Tech Talk: The real 'Back to the Future' hoverboard was fake - of course

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by Doug Delony / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on March 6, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 6 at 2:26 PM

Your smartphone may soon serve as your hotel room key. Also, HOVrTech’s hoverboard was fake, of course. This and more in today’s Tech Talk.

== Facebook’s new policy on private gun sales ==
(CBS News) -- After a campaign by gun control advocates to address concerns of firearm-related commercial activity on Facebook, the company Wednesday announced a series of "educational and enforcement" measures regarding discussion of guns and other regulated items on its social networks. The changes, which also apply to Facebook-owned Instagram, include new age limits for posts or pages promoting private sales of restricted items like firearms, alcohol or adult products. Click here to read more.

== Smartphone hotel room keys ==
(CBS News) -- At the Personality Hotels chain, in the San Francisco area, guests can now use their smartphones to unlock their hotel room doors. When guests check into the hotel, they can download the free Personality Hotels app onto their smartphone. Once the front desk assigns a room, it alerts the app. When they reach the door to their room, all guests have to do is press the key icon to emit a sound that activates the door sensor and unlocks the door. Click here to read more.

== No, we still don’t have a hover board ==
(CNET) -- To everyone's dismay, the future has not actually arrived. Folks, hoverboards are not real. At long last, actor Christopher Lloyd of "Back to the Future" fame conceded Wednesday in a Funny or Die apology video that the strange and still confounding online viral campaign promoting a working hoverboard was indeed a hoax, throwing in the towel on what has been a drawn-out, exhaustive social-media time suck for the last 24 hours.  HUVr, the company purported to be behind the groundbreaking new technology, is fake, as are its "Back to the Future"-inspired hoverboards. Click here to read more.

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