It’s been a week full of spooky news, some scary and some utterly fascinating. Be sure to read about the 10 brave souls who decided to go under the knife and implant NFC chips in their hands. And don’t miss out on a slideshow of abandoned technology factories across the world.
- NFC technology is being taken to the next level. At the IT Innovation Day, 10 brave humans injected a rice-grain sized NFC implant to find out whether it is more useful to use NFC technology in a human hand or in a mobile phone.
- Android users will soon be able to dictate searches in third-party apps using the dictation words, “OK Google.” This is a new prompt that third-party developers can now code into their apps, allowing users to activate a Google search on Android smartphones or smartwatches.
- This week AirWatch kicked off the #MobileGameChanger series to help recognize some of the most innovative uses of mobility technology. While describing their innovative strategy for using AirWatch technology, #MobileGameChanger LAUSD said that “The No. 1 game changer is [that] learning never stops.”
- Wearables are in the works to one day track nanoparticles. The top secret Google X Lab released details this week about the development of a nanoparticle-packed pill a person can swallow. The nanoparticles will be able to send data to a wearable that can include information such as potential malignant cells.
- In other wearable news, Microsoft released the Band fitness tracker, which is compatible with Microsoft, Android and iOS platforms.
- What’s so scary about shadow IT? Blake Brannon explains in a guest post on the Sprint blog.
- Photographer David Lynch is fascinated by abandoned factories and has documented some abandoned technology factories whose spooky remains evoke the feeling of a ghost house tour.
- Not sure how to get out of that obligatory Halloween party? Just ghost. But beware, new ghost-hunting technology might allow the host to track you down.
Photo courtesy of Olena Mysnyk. This additional appendage is available for purchase on etsy.