Best Buy Deepens Repair Relationship With Apple

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Via The Verge

“This morning, Apple announced that Best Buy now offers authorized repairs on its products at each and every one of the retailer’s stores. This gives consumers an important alternative to visiting their nearest Apple store — if there even is one — for service on an iPhone or Mac. Repairs are done with genuine Apple parts and are fully backed by the company, just as if Apple had done the work itself.”

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The Mayo Clinic Is Testing Memory Chips Surgically Implanted In The Human Brain

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Via Bloomberg

“In a grainy black-and-white video shot at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, a patient sits in a hospital bed, his head wrapped in a bandage. He’s trying to recall 12 words for a memory test but can only conjure three: whale, pit, zoo. After a pause, he gives up, sinking his head into his hands.

In a second video, he recites all 12 words without hesitation. “No kidding, you got all of them!” a researcher says. This time the patient had help, a prosthetic memory aid inserted into his brain.”

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Entrust Datacard In Shakopee Buys 300 Employee Hardware Security Business

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Via Star Tribune

Entrust Datacard in Shakopee has completed its acquisition of nCipher Security, a hardware security division of the French company Thales Group. Entrust will inherit nCipher’s 300 employees with the purchase, whose terms were not disclosed.

NCipher Security is expected to strengthen Entrust Datacard’s ability to help clients secure data, verify identities and reduce hacking, viruses and other risks that can come from the cloud, internet of things devices and other digital products, officials said.”

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Why Computer-Chip Factories From The 1980s Are Still Going Strong In Bloomington

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Via Star Tribune

“In the 1980s, a computer-chip manufacturer in Bloomington needed a new factory to make products that met the security demands of the federal government and military.

On a ridge just above the Minnesota River, near what is now the Mall of America, it built a plant with copper-lined walls to block electromagnetic radiation and prevent snooping. By the standards of the fast-moving industry, the factory should have outlived its usefulness and closed 10 to 15 years ago.”

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Digi International’s Performance Is Increasing Its Visibility

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Via Star Tribune

Digi International, poised for a conference this week that will include 400 stakeholders and fresh off record first-half results in fiscal 2019, may have achieved the transformation CEO Ron Konezny envisioned when he took over in 2015.

Konezny led a job-shedding restructuring of Digi, which still makes and sells routers and other devices that connect solar arrays and agricultural and industrial equipment to the internet. However Digi is getting much faster growth from sales of software solutions and services that help end-user companies monitor performance and replace parts before they expire or act up.”

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Drone-For-Selfies Hits $100k+ On IndieGoGo

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“MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AirSelfie announces the launch of the preorder campaign for the AIR PIX, the next generation of the original AirSelfie, engineered with more features for a revolutionary new user experience that will change selfie taking forever. AIR PIX is the brand new personal selfie photographer that can autonomously capture every moment in life just while it’s happening. It fits in your pocket and is always ready to shoot anytime, anywhere from a cool new perspective, impossible with a handheld camera.”

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UMN Researchers Pair Soft Robotics With Textiles

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Via Advanced Textile Source

“At last week’s Smart Fabrics Virtual Summit, sponsored by IFAI, Brad Holschuh, Ph.D., assistant professor of wearable technology and apparel design in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota (UMN), gave a presentation titled, “Soft-Robotic Textiles Using Integrated Active Materials.” In his talk, he noted the many materials and their capabilities that can be useful in soft robotic applications, particularly in shape memory functions.”

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