Three tech things: Egg-freezing at Apple and Facebook, password-killing wristbands, the smart lock that’s disrupting keys

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Everyone is talking about August’s new “Smart Lock” device that lets you enter your house with your smartphone, and the reception is mixed. The good: It’s simple to install, you get notifications about who goes in and out. A bonus: The Smart Lock knows when you are close—geofencing!—and unlocks when you walk up to it. The bad: It doesn’t always work.

Nymi, the wristband that ID’s you by your heartbeat, is shipping to developers today. It’s a password-less way of securing your other devices. Its Toronto maker Bionym closed $14 million in funding in September.

Facebook and Apple will start paying for women employees to freeze their eggs. Women who’d otherwise pause their executive-track careers in their 30s to have kids may have the choice to delay the kid-bearing until later. Anna Helen Peterson of Buzzfeed started a fascinating discussion about the flip side of this move.

Oh, and Mark Zuckerberg bought a great big chunk of a Hawaiian island. There are pictures.

 

Nidhi Subbaraman writes about science and research. Email her at nidhi.subbaraman@globe.com.
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