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Your old dog may already know this Digiwell NFC trick

Patrick Kramer pulled back his sleeves and reached out an empty hand to offer his business card.

His contact details appeared on the smartphone screen as if by magic, but it was a sufficiently advanced technology that made it happen.

For an encore, he opened a locked door without a key. When anyone else touched the handle, it remained locked.

Unlike other magicians, Kramer willingly explained the secret to the trick, which is so simple a dog could perform it: In the flesh between his left thumb and forefinger, he has inserted a tiny glass bead containing an NFC chip.

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Computerworld

This video shows a Google self-driving car crashing into bus

Video has surfaced that shows a Valentine’s Day accident where a Google self-driving car was sideswiped after it pulled into the path of a city bus.

The accident is the first time an autonomous vehicle has been to blame for an accident.

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority released the video today, which shows camera angles from both outside and inside the city bus throughout the accident. The videos don’t show a great amount of detail, but they give the viewer a good idea about how the collision occurred.

The Feb. 14 accident happened on El Camino Real, a wide boulevard consisting of three lanes in each direction that runs through Google’s hometown of Mountain View, Calif.

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Computerworld