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TechBits: Phone Blox & Tracking Canon

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New ways to use technology are changing the way we do things:

A Dutch designer has come up with a  modular smart phone system called Phone Blox.  Parts of the phone- like the wi-fi unit, the camera, and even the display are modular.  That means when one needs to be replaced, you don;t have to replace the entire phone.  Right now, the system is just in the idea stages.

Police in Iowa are now using a GPS tracking canon.  It fires a tracking unit from the front of a police car, onto a vehicle being chased.  Police can then end the chase, reducing danger to other drivers.  The vehicle can then be tracked using GPS.  A launcher unit costs about $5000, and each tracker costs $500.

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