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Comment Project Bar-B-Q (Score 1) 66

Project Bar-B-Q gathers an interesting cast of characters from the interactive audio world every year. The annual reports are full of interesting results from their brainstorming. Which working group report coming out of Bar-B-Q are you the most proud of, and which do you wish had received more attention from the industry?

Submission + - Universal Genome Sequencing at Birth? ( 1

sciencehabit writes: In a few years, all new parents may go home from the hospital with not just a bundle of joy, but with something else—the complete sequence of their baby’s DNA. A new research program funded at $25 million over 5 years by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will explore the promise—and ethical challenges—of sequencing every newborn’s genome.

Submission + - Crunching the Numbers On Shared Cellphone Contracts (

itwbennett writes: The Wall Street Journal has a handy online calculater to help you sort out which phone plan is best for you. But one thing you'll notice is that shared or 'family' plans rarely offer any real savings, or benefits beyond the convenience of having a single bill, says blogger Kevin Purdy, who is bracing himself to propose a phone plan separation with his wife.

Submission + - NYC Startup Stores Your Physical Keys in the Cloud ( 1

barlevg writes: Iris and fingerprint scanning may be the future of locksmithing, but when it comes to keys, most of us are still using the good old-fashioned brass sort. And that means the occasional lock out.

New York based start-up KeyMe is hoping to solve that problem by creating a secure, cloud-based keychain that stores keys’ cutting instructions and makes it easy to walk into a locksmith to have a replacement made. Their iOS app, out today, enables users to scan and store their keys at any time.

Submission + - Robotic Kiosk Stores Digital Copies Of Physical Keys

An anonymous reader writes: The New York Daily News reports that a startup company in Manhattan is putting robotic key copying machines in 7-Eleven stores. The machines can automatically create physical copies of common apartment and office keys. What is more interesting is that they allow users to save digital copies of their keys, which can later be created when the original is lost or the user is locked out of their home.

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