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Apple confirms iPhone 6 NFC chip is only for Apple Pay at launch
Apple finally added NFC to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but if you were hoping the company’s new NFC chip will allow you to pair speakers or integrated NFC tags into your favorite apps, however you won’t be able to do any of the when the iPhone 6 launches this week because Apple’s put its NFC chip on lockdown.
Sources at Apple have confirmed to Cult of Mac that the NFC chip on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will only be used for Apple Pay when it launches this week.
World’s first 3D-printed car: Futuristic vehicle is made in 44 hours
There have been 3D-printed buildings, dresses, hats, jewelry and even parts of the anatomy. And now the world has been introduced to Strati, a 3D-printed car which was created using direct digital manufacturing techniques. The car is composed of 40 parts – a significantly smaller number than that of a conventional vehicle which has more than 20,000 components. Conceived of by the Arizona-based Local Motors, the printing and assembly process took 44 hours to complete and took place during the six-day International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014 in Chicago. Made of one solid piece, the Strati will have a top speed of 40mph and a battery range of between 120 to 150 miles. The chassis and the body of the car are printed using a giant 3D printer but the tires, seats, wheels, battery, wiring, suspension, electric motor and window shield were made using conventional methods. The battery-powered, two-passenger car is made of layers of black plastic and reinforced with carbon fiber.
No More Cracked Smartphone Glass
Glass touch-screen displays are easily cracked and scratched, making them a weak point in today’s ubiquitous mobile devices. Sapphire—second only to diamond in hardness—could make such damage a thing of the past. Sapphire is already used on a few luxury smartphones and for small parts of recent iPhones, including the cover of the camera lens and thumbprint reader on the iPhone 5S. And some models of Apple’s newly announced watch include a sapphire face. In a sign of the material’s growing importance, Apple recently invested $700 million in a sapphire processing factory in Arizona.