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The Future Is Here & It’s The NFC Ring

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The Future Is Here & It's The NFC Ring
A Ring That Locks Your Doors?

NFC stands for Near Field Communication, a type of data transfer that allows information to be passed between people and devices at short distance. British developer John McLear’s been working on the ring technology, which he says will allow wearers to do stuff like wirelessly lock doors, unlock their phones and transmit information between devices. With the NFC ring, hypothetically, you could store a bunch of data — photos, emails, or documents — that you’d like to share, but also have other information that remains private. So basically, it’s wearable technology that will make your life even more ridiculously easy. The project’s already met its Kickstarter funding goal, but it’s still worth checking out the video so you can be in the know when our future tech overlords take over. [Kickstarter]

Instagram Can Now Sell Your Grainy Manicure Photos

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Yesterday, Instagram released an updated privacy policy and terms of service statement that has caused something of an uproar in the land of lo-fi pancake photos. The gist of it? Instagram now reserves the right to sell your photos, it doesn’t have to tell you about it, and the only way to opt out is deleting your account. Facebook, which completed its acquisition of Instagram three months ago, has similar policies regarding the photos you share on your profile, but since Instagram deals only in pictures, CNet reporter Declan Mccullagh points out that these changes “effectively transform the website into the world’s largest stock photo agency.” Keep reading »

Switched On With The Sound Out

As everybody who works with me knows, I am a litttttttle bit sound-sensitive. I tend to obsessively fixate on strange and repetitive noises and can’t deal if there’s lots of ambient chatter in my work zone. I should probably work and live in a soundproof booth, but alas, that’s not a possibility at the moment. Instead, I’ll settle for a pair of these colorful Fanny Wang headphones. Available in nearly a dozen colors, Fanny Wang’s headphones provide superior sound along with noise canceling protection. And they look pretty cute, too.

[$169.95 Fanny Wang]

How Social Media Can Help You Get Fit

It’s a pretty well-known fact that telling friends and family about your goals can help you achieve them, and fitness is no exception. While broadcasting your New Year’s resolutions on your Facebook page might not do much to keep you from abandoning those goals a week later, the more you involve others in your ongoing plans, the more likely you are to stick with them. 

There are a lot of resources out there to help you find someone to join you in your workouts, and there are tons of iPad apps that help you log your runs, count your calories, and even plan your yoga workouts. But don’t forget the power of social media — here are some great ways to harness your social network and meet your fitness goals. Read more…

Holiday Gift Guide: Tech Gifts For The Man In Your Life

You want to pick out a great gadget gift for that special guy in your life, but you have no idea where to start? Well, we’ll let you in on a little tech expert secret here — start by matching the device to his personality. We’ve spent countless hours doing extensive research on this subject (“extensive research” = playing with each and every gadget you see below, with the exception of the JetLev) and talking with many a man here at Tecca and beyond, to create the perfect list for that special dude in your life. We’ve even given you a price range in each type, so whether you’re on a budget or feeling like a big, big spender these days, there’s something here for every guy on your list! Keep reading »

MIT Smarties Create Interactive Wallets


Raise your hand if you’ve ever avoided looking at your credit card bill (easier now, thanks to automatic payments) or bank balance? We’re oftentimes guilty of not managing our money as best we could, and we hate to use technology as the culprit, but you can’t deny that money is becoming increasingly abstract with online banking. That’s an issue a group of MIT students address with a project that creates mechanical wallets to make you more conscious of spending. One wallet buzzes when you make a transaction, another inflates or deflates to reflect your bank balance, and one (our favorite) includes a hinge that becomes more difficult to open as you get closer to your monthly budget max. Check it out! [Gizmodo] Keep reading »

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