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The US' busiest airline just spent $US50 ($65) million on tech that promises to more efficiently route your checked luggage to its destination. By the end of the year, all Delta Airlines flights will be tracking bags using RFID, or radio frequency identification. But can RFID really solve one of the most annoying things about air travel?

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Outdoor cats get to massacre untold millions of mice per year, but indoor cats have to make do with balls of yarn and laser pointers. To try bridging the gap, one man built a machine that would only feed his kitty when he 'hunts' down an RFID-chipped plastic ball.

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Inside your smartphone, hidden underneath the sticky plastic wrapping of the battery, or glued to the removable rear cover, there's a secret, ominous-looking wireless chip. It's not controlled by the FBI or the government or the Illuminati, though, and it's not tracking every search you make online — it's just NFC.

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Many New Yorkers are still mourning the news that the body of Avonte Oquendo, a non-verbal autistic boy, was found on the banks of the East River. To meet — and partially assuage — the grief, US Senator Charles Schumer has an idea: let's put tracking chips on autistic children.

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Last month, London reached a grim milestone: Six cyclists were killed within 14 days, sparking a massive "die-in" protest. London isn't alone; 176 cyclists or pedestrians were killed in NYC last year. The rapidly rising death toll is spurring a race to build a technology to warn drivers before they hit someone on foot or bike.

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There's a flood of new smartwatches and other wearable devices coming just around the corner, and every one of them will require a connection to your smartphone. Wireless NFC technology has already made things a little easier when it comes to pairing, but researchers at Disney want to make things even easier by just having you shake a couple of devices in unison.

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Tired of waiting for the bartender to simply pour your beer while he's busy making a half dozen martinis? You'll want this beer tap technology to make its way to your local drinking hole soon.

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When I was a Christmas postman, many years ago, some of the bored guys in the sorting office's loading bay liked to play a boisterous game of "catch" when parcels marked "video recorder" and "fragile" arrived. How they guffawed when one landed in the bottom of a skip with a sickening crunch, ruining somebody's Christmas.

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Pushing war and world hunger to the back of the line, the next important issue that technology is tackling is mismatched and missing socks. A company called Blacksocks has developed what it's claiming are the world's first smart socks that make them virtually impossible to mismatch and incredibly easy to find in a basket overflowing with laundry.

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For most, AT&T is simply seen as the company that delivers phone and internet and TV service to the US masses. But they also have a full-fledged R&D program, which spans multiple countries. Today they offered a glimpse into the fruits of those AT&T labs, with innovations ranging from clever to "OMG I WANT THIS NOW". Here are the three best things AT&T had to share.