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USB turns PC into power plant
A minor problem: no cigs for kids
Software piracy is in resurgence, with new safeguards eroded by file sharing
Year of the documentary film, again
Congratulations all around: art prizes on the rise
QR codes connect paper and online worlds by cellphone camera
Fingerprints for car parts
Dutchtub, a 'new way of outdoor bathing'

USB turns PC into power plant

The New York Times – Jun 10, 2004 – When the technology first appeared, U.S.B. meant keyboards, joysticks and the like. But manufacturers began cottoning to U.S.B.'s ability to provide a power source, leading to a host of gizmos that have nothing to do with computers: radios, reading lights, even massage balls and air purifiers.

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A minor problem: no cigs for kids

Wired News – Nov 6, 20002 – Customers will still be able to buy tobacco from the machines using cash or coins, provided they insert the AgeKey-encrypted card beforehand, which electronically "unlatches" the machine.

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Software piracy is in resurgence, with new safeguards eroded by file sharing

The New York Times – Jan 19, 2004 – The software industry has developed techniques to safeguard programs and thwart pirates, and global software piracy rates have declined somewhat. Yet the advent of peer-to-peer, or P2P, file-sharing programs like Kazaa is quickly eroding those gains.

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Year of the documentary film, again

The New York Times – Nov 30, 2004 – If sheer numbers mean anything, the much-discussed documentary-film revival of the last year continues unabated. What remains less clear is whether the documentary world's next wave will remain as firmly polemical as the last, which grabbed attention and a surprisingly large share of the box office for hard-edged message films.

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Congratulations all around: art prizes on the rise

The New York Times – April 3, 2005 – Over the last few years, museums large and small have started awarding their own prizes, usually named after the institution and sponsored by a corporate donor, to capitalize on the glamour associated with contemporary art.

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QR codes connect paper and online worlds by cellphone camera

The New York Times – Oct 4, 2004 – Focusing your camera phone on a code and then clicking any button launches a wireless service -- for example, the ability to buy a train ticket, check an airplane's departure time, or download a ring tone from a store display.

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Fingerprints for car parts

The Economist – Dec 8, 2005 – Microdots are tiny polyester particles that can be sprayed on to valuable items such as car parts. Under ultraviolet light and a magnifying glass, any one of these dots can reveal the host vehicle's unique identity number.

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Dutchtub, a "new way of outdoor bathing"

The New York Times – Jan 14, 2004 – It requires no electricity, plumbing or hot water. Just fill it with water, put firewood in the bin, light it up, wait a while and enjoy a 100-degree soak.

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