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The term fob originated in the late 1800s and refers to an ornament on a pocket-watch chain. Today a fob refers to a variety of small electronic devices, including USB drives, authentication tokens, remote car starters and garage door openers. See USB drive, USB dongle and authentication token.

The Keyless Entry Fob
For years, opening car doors with the fob has been standard equipment.
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Abbr. for “free on board.”
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The key fobs offered by NFC Tagify are of mixed colours and NTAGS in the key fobs are developed by NXP semiconductors, and like all NXP chips, these have reliable and fast readings of encodings.
It was a multi-part fix known as ( PIN to Drive , software update and a new fob. The team of researchers, who found the first flaw led by ( Lennert Wouters from Katholieke Universiteit in Belgium, found a similar defect in the new fob.
Many FOBs had a sewage system in place, power lines buried in the ground, roads paved with asphalt, a number of concrete pads poured, and hard standing buildings.
Military Academy, I used a problem-solving methodology to attack FOB closure, truncating the design process taught at West Point to three distinct phases--problem definition, solution design, and execution.
When my brother-in-law went out to put something in the car he couldn't unlock the car with his fob.
Recognizing this difficulty inherent in establishing chemical identity between biological drugs, Congress opted to require that FOBs be "biosimilar" to the reference product, instead of "identical." An FOB application must demonstrate biosimilarity between the FOB and the reference product through data derived from analytical, animal and clinical studies.
At least 12 such FOBs and overhead water pipelines need repairs because the BMC hasn t paid the requisite Rs 1.76 crore for maintenance, WR officials claimed.
I spent my last evening at FOB Lynx packing and going over every last piece of my gear, particularly my weapons, to make sure everything was as "tight" as possible.
Now, when I was 23, I might have just shrugged my shoulders and accepted the single key fob. But, now I'm older and grumpier.
Our company sent two more platoons to build their own FOBs in neighboring district headquarters.