Mitsubishi develops super-efficient RFID tag reader

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/rfid.jpg" /> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio-frequency_identification">Radio-frequency identification (RFID)</a> tags are wi

Mir:ror mak:es ob_jectz smar:ter

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/1_57_product_img.jpg">Remember <a href="http://www.nabaztags.com/">Nabaztag</a>, those little rabbits that waved their ears to notify you

Poken: Tiny RFID thingies that share all your personal data with others

I was on the SXSW Meatbus last night and I met a charming young lady from England, Renate, who introduced me to the Poken . Poken is a tiny USB key with an embedded RFID reader/transmitter. When you p

Hothead Technology bringing RFID tags onto the football field to save lives

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/hothead.jpg">Sometimes passion and adrenaline gets in the way of recognizing early signs of heatstroke, but maybe this system developed i

At what point do you start worrying about the RFID tag in your passport?

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/passport.jpg" />Does your passport look like this, with a strange-looking symbol on the bottom? Then you're in luck, for your passport co

Flipside: Is a wallet really ‘revolutionary’ when it's fundamentally still a normal wallet?

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/flipsideeee.jpg" />You know what's the most annoying word in this whole technology song and dance? The word “<a HREF="http://www.merria

Unlock doors with your cellphone

http://www.viddler.com/player/3c2d32b6/ Ever lose your hotel keycard? Ever have it get de-magnetized? Both of these are simple to resolve – just go to the front desk – but wouldn’t i

Arizona testing Cactus microchipping to prevent theft

If someone asked me to help them steal a gigantic cactus, I’d be like, “Have you ever touched a cactus? Those things are really prickly. Find yourself another cohort, kind sir.” But apparently t

Oyster card hack published, released at security conference

Details of the much-discussed Oyster card hack have been published and released at a security conference that’s being held in Spain right now. What a long, awkward sentence. The hack takes advan

New RFID chip claims to be "unclonable"

So many people have raised the issue of RFID security that it’s practically common knowledge, even among technophobes, that they are easily cracked. Verayo has announced an augmented RFID chip w

Adam Savage of Mythbusters on Discover's shut-down of RFID segment

Adam Savage of Mythbusters basically busted the myth of RFID security – and the Discovery Channel wouldn’t air the segment. Here he talks at the HOPE conference about the experience.

Aluratek announces secure RFID hard drives.

Aluratek announced this week their Tornado plus line of external hard drives which feature RFID security key data encryption. Available in two different sizes, (2.5”/3.5”) the USB 2.0 drives come

Automatic door for dogs, training not provided

Your RFID-enabled pooch now has the ability to take control of their own ”inside or out” fate with this automatic doggie door. As the dog approaches, the door slides open. Assuming this thing work

Get thee to the Last HOPE today, its final day ever

The Last HOPE is entering its final day today, and Gearfuse of all sites (!) is doing a genuinely passable job of covering it. That lanyard up there is the show’s entrance badge, the same one wi

RFID services moving closer into the retailing mainstream

The EU-funded SMART project is looking to finalize the technological hurdles that have hindered the widespread acceptance of the data containing tags. Utilizing radio waves, the information can be sha

Hooray, my credit/debit card now has RFID!

Guess who’s credit/debit card now has RFID? Yup, apparently I used my old card at a highly insecure location within the past few days, so much so that Citibank had to rush me a new card. And luc

McDonalds Japan to offer RFID payment and coupon system

After almost a year in development, McDonalds Japan and this country’s No. 1 mobile telecommunications company, NTT DoCoMo, presented their new electronic payment and coupon system based on RFID

New U.S. identity card, with RFID, could pose security threat

Not the document in question A new passport-like travel card poses a threat to our Nation’s security because, some security experts say, it’s easily susceptible to counterfeiting. The card

Hackers will track conference attendees' movements using RFID

The good folks at this year’s HOPE conference, organized by 2600 magazine, will track the movements of attendees by using RFID, while at the same time encouraging them to find vulnerabilities in

Killing RFID tags

Aim well, my friend Instructables has a detailed discussion on how to disable an RFID tag in a passport or other radio-enabled item. The bottom line? Smash the bugger with a hammer. -The last (and mos
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