Major players in the music industry are planning to use microSD cards to let consumers buy and transport music without being dependent on a PC or Internet connection. A new format, slotMusic, will carry pre-loaded DRM-free MP3 music from artists associated with EMI Music, Sony BMG, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group. Best Buy and Wal-Mart will be selling albums in time for the holiday season. microSD cards are supported by cell phones, notebook computers and other equipment, giving users broad access to music that's free from Digital Rights Management controls. SanDisk Corp. is among those that will provide slotMusic entertainment.
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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