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Online key duplication could allow anyone access to your home
There's a surge of cyber locksmiths popping up online and in app stores that allow people to copy a key with the snap of their camera and then have it delivered to their doorstep. Quite often your keys are out of sight when you visit an oil-change place, drop them with the valet or give them to the carhop at the full-service carwash. Many might question what is going on when their keys are out of their sight. One unfortunate possibility is that a copy of their keys could be made in a matter of seconds.
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Cost of fixing Canadian school board locks less than originally estimated
MetroNews Canada
It turns out Canada's Toronto District School Board will have to pay only a fraction of the cost it originally estimated to re-key locks after inadvertently releasing "pin" codes to the public. "The actual costs will be far less than originally reported," TDSB Education Director Donna Quan said, referring to a front page Globe and Mail report stating that it would cost $700,000 to re-key locks at more than 100 schools.
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Security improvements get underway at Louisiana State Capitol
Phase one is underway at the Louisiana State Capitol on a $4.37 million project to make security improvements to the buildings, grounds and surrounding areas. The Division of the Administration said the project aims to increase physical security, including additional security cameras and guard stations, as well as safer vehicle routes. The project will also create a more pedestrian-friendly Capitol Park and improve the flow of traffic.
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Will Bluetooth kill the NFC chip?
Near field communication has been an "emerging" technology for half a decade. During that time, it has jumped the initial hurdle being deployed in handsets worldwide. But there are still obstacles to conquer if NFC is to truly go mainstream. Some are tired of waiting. "Physical access control has been a stale industry and this is one of the more exciting things to come around," says John Fenske, vice president of product marketing for physical access control at HID Global. He's not talking about NFC, but an alternative — some say competitive — technology called Bluetooth Low-Energy or Bluetooth Smart.
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Standards War? Dell, Intel and Samsung forge 'Internet of Things' alliance
Aiming to capitalize on the burgeoning "Internet of Things" market, Dell, Intel and Samsung introduced a home automation alliance called the Open Interconnect Consortium that creates an open-source standard for machine-to-machine communication. The standard competes with similar home automation standard groups such as the Qualcomm-led AllSeen Alliance, which counts LG and, as of recently, Microsoft as two of its 51 members.
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Why you have to use social media
By Catherine Iste
As a teenager, I frequently used the "but everyone else is doing it" argument to try to secure permission for anything from attending a Guns N' Roses concert to staying out all night after prom. It did not usually work with my parents, but I am happy to say after all of these years, I have found a clear case where this excuse works: social media. Yes, the main reason you have to use social media is because everyone is using social media. Use it and make sure your professional message is out there and accurate.
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5 critical trends in marketing to women
By Chris Holt
Most marketing teams recognize that women are an increasingly powerful part of the purchasing power equation. A recent study found that only 9 percent of women think they are being marketed to effectively. The percentage drops in ages 50-plus to a scant 7 percent. Considering that the latter demographic holds nearly three-fourths of U.S. financial wealth, there is a good chance that your business is not only missing the marketing target, but wasting money as well.
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