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Justin FritzJustin Fritz

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How a NASA Discovery Could Launch a Coup in the Pharmaceutical Industry

If you haven’t heard of the term “carbon nanotubes” (CNTs) before, believe me – you will soon… CNTs are essentially tiny, super-light, ultra-strong and highly conductive cylinders made up of sheets of graphite (or graphene). And considering the applications scientists have been developing using the material, it seems like CNTs offer unlimited potential. Recall that...

A Blessing and a Curse for Protestors

A few unfortunate Occupy protesters have become intimately familiar with two forms of non-lethal ammunition used by law enforcement: rubber bullets and flexible baton rounds (or bean bag rounds). The problem is, both can end up doling out more damage than the “non-lethal” label would have you believe. Also, neither can be used for both...

PayPal’s Out to Steal NFC’s Thunder

UPDATE: PayPal’s Communications Director contacted me to underscore the point I make below that the company will continue to keep NFC in mind going forward: “Our position on NFC has never changed. We consider it an interesting technology that may play a part in delivering PayPal’s goal of anytime, anyway, anywhere payments that make money...

We’re One Step Closer to “Printing” Full-Body Replacements

In December, I discussed how Washington State University scientists had developed a way to create new bones using 3-D printing technology. The only problem? The scientists don’t think the technology will be ready for humans for at least another decade. Not to worry, though. Luckily – for the excessively accident prone among us – it...

Put to the Test, Google Wallet Delivers

When my friend’s wallet was stolen last week, the thief didn’t use her credit card as you might think. The culprit was actually able to take my friend’s ID to the bank and extract money from her checking account! How’s that for banking security? Yes, the story definitely had me clutching my wallet a little...

The Wi-Fi of the Future Has Arrived

For the lucky 106,000 or so people living in Wilmington, NC, white spaces have gone live. Last month, I discussed the coming launch of white spaces – chunks of TV broadcast channels that opened up when television made the switch from analog to digital. The technology utilizing these white spaces works just like Wi-Fi currently...

Survey: Give Us Your Take on Amazon’s “Disappointing” Earnings

It’s safe to say investors aren’t happy with Amazon’s (Nasdaq: AMZN) earnings announcement on Tuesday. Shares plunged as much as 12% yesterday and have continued to drop today. And no, it’s not because the company failed to announce plans to launch a subscription-based streaming movie service like I hoped. First of all, although the company...

Amazon’s Plans May Spell Disaster for Netflix

During Netflix’s (Nasdaq: NFLX) earnings call last week, one question posed to the CEO, Reed Hastings, involved the company’s policy toward pay-per-view style movie offerings: “What’s wrong with being everything to everyone and providing a one-stop shop for digital movies through Netflix?” Hastings responded: “I don’t think there’s a lot of brand strength in being…...

Is Netflix’s Rally Just a Temporary Glitch?

Most longtime Wall Street Daily readers know that I’ve been in Netflix’s (Nasdaq: NFLX) corner for a while now… And it wasn’t always easy. Like when it raised the cost of its services in July… Or when its streaming video partner, Starz, decided not to renew its contract… And when the company planned to spin...

The Coming Paradigm Shift in Higher Education

If you’re like me, when the topic of online education comes up you can’t help but think of institutions like the University of Phoenix, and the less-than-stellar education these “colleges” provide. But that’s not stopping more and more students from jumping on the online higher education bandwagon. According to a study by Marketdata Enterprises, in...