Feeds

Tags for your fags (and perfume and PC parts)

Tune into high-quality goods

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

New hybrid storage solutions

Ever bought extra components for your computer, plugged them in and decided that the quality is somewhat suspect? [No, I just buy my PCs from mail-order companies - Ed]. Remember that Chanel No.5 you bought from a reputable salesman standing on Oxford Street - she never forgave you for that did she? (Rash: 3 days; Smell: 3 baths). And the dodgy cigarettes - was the sore throat worth the 30p saving? Well, those days will soon be over. With some new fancy technology you will be able to pay the disproportionate premium safe in the knowledge that you have the real thing. International Paper Co has teamed up with Motorola and come up with a new cheap way of mixing silicon with ink. Such "smart tags" will create "smart packaging" and everything along the way will no doubt pick up a few IQ points as well. The tags emit a radio signal that can be checked, traced etc and so should reduce the opportunity for theft and counterfeiting - something that costs manufacturers a bloody fortune every year. Those companies reportedly interested include Sony, Clairol and Philip Morris. The BiStatix techology behind the packaging could be a nice little earner for Motorola, but The Register is more interested in the concept of security men equipped with James Bond-style location detectors: "He'sh heading north with the Malboro Lightsh. I have him in my shightsh." ®

The next step in data security

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!
Redmond sporran metrics get one in the ten ring
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please
'Platform for piracy' must be punished, or it'll kill us in FIVE YEARS
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought
Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL
Discussing the vulnerabilities inherent in Wi-Fi networks, and how using TLS/SSL for your entire site will assure security.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.