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3rd May 2017

Doctor On Demand launches “in app” lab testing referrals

Video medical consultation service, Doctor On Demand is launching an integration with lab testing services providers like Quest Diagnostics to include more of the in-clinic care services that patients expect. “By integrating with labs and upgrading our patient profile and follow-up care services, we’ve taken a major step in advancing the quality and range of services treatable… Read More

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New zinc battery competes with lithium-ion

Enlarge / Lithium-ion batteries do a lot of great things, but they also do this more often than we’d like. (credit: Crushader)

Lithium batteries are currently the belle of the battery ball. They have a lot going for them, including high energy storage for their weight and the ability to charge and recharge many times before losing much capacity.

But we’re all familiar with the drawbacks, too. Lithium-ion batteries pose a fire risk, and the lithium and cobalt used in them aren’t the most abundant elements, which makes things more expensive.

Plenty of other possible battery chemistries could compete with lithium, but getting them to live up to their theoretical potential is difficult. Zinc, for example, performs admirably in your non-rechargeable alkaline batteries, and it could theoretically make a safer and cheaper rechargeable one—with a water-based electrolyte rather than a flammable organic one. This hasn’t happened, though, and the reason becomes apparent if you throw the batteries under a microscope.

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Amazon FreeTime comes to Android phones and tablets

Amazon’s FreeTime service, which includes access to curated kid-friendly content and various parental controls, is now arriving on Android devices with the launch of a new FreeTime Android app. The app offers parents a similar set of parental controls as those found on Amazon’s Fire tablet devices, as well as a handpicked selection of over 40,000 YouTube videos and websites that… Read More

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Decibel Insight scores $9M Series A for ‘digital experience analytics’ tech

Decibel Insight, a U.K. startup that has built “digital experience analytics” tech to help large companies understand how individual customers interact with its websites and apps, has raised $9 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Eight Road Ventures, with participation from John Simon, via his Ventureforgood investment entity. Read More

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Huawei Nova 2 with dual-camera setup certified by TENAA

Huawei took the wraps off the Nova smartphone back at IFA 2016. It looks like its successor is just around the corner, as it has recently been certified by TENAA in China. As of now, we don’t know anything about the specs of the device, as they haven’t been listed yet. But we do know what it looks like thanks to the image posted by TENAA.

The Nova 2 looks totally different than its predecessor, which kind of resembles the Nexus 6P. It has a metal body and sports a fingerprint scanner located on the back. The device is also equipped with a dual-camera setup, which you won’t find on the original Nova. The model in the picture has a black front and what looks like a rose gold back, but we expect it to be available in a few other color options once it’s released.

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Although the specs haven’t been revealed yet, we can get a good idea of what to expect by looking at what last year’s Nova has to offer. The smartphone features a 5-inch display with Full HD resolution and is powered by the Snapdragon 625 chipset. It has 3 GB of RAM and offers 32 GB of expandable storage.

There’s a 12 MP camera with phase detection autofocus on the back, while the front-facing selfie snapper has an 8 MP sensor. Other features include a 3,020 mAh battery, a USB Type-C port, and Android Marshmallow, which is upgradable to 7.0 Nougat.

Just like its predecessor, the Nova 2 will be a mid-range device. It just might feature a newer processor, obviously a better camera, and maybe even a slightly larger screen. Although it probably won’t be a lot bigger, as the company is also expected to announce the Nova 2 Plus with at least a 5.5-inch display.

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Verizon LG G5 receives software update that optimizes the phone and adds the monthly security patch

Verizon has announced an update for its version of the LG G5, 2016’s flagship handset from LG. The nation’s largest carrier says that the update will add performance optimizations, fix known issues and install the latest security patch. First thing first; the update brings LG G5 users software version VS98728B. When the notification arrives saying that the update is on your phone, connect the device to a Wi-Fi network, or make sure that you have a strong signal from Verizon. You should also check to see if your battery is fully charged before proceeding with the installation of the new files.

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EFF’s Stupid Patent of the month: Dispatch a taxi (on a computer)

(credit: David R. Tribble)

Paying for a ride to get around town isn’t new. The first gas-powered taxicabs date to the beginning of the 20th century, and the horse-drawn “hackney coaches” of London date to the 17th century. In the vehicle-for-hire business, it’s all about efficiency and execution, not “invention.”

That long history notwithstanding, the US Patent and Trademark Office has granted patents that claim monopoly rights to, essentially, calling up a taxi—on a computer.

US Patent No. 5,973,619 is owned by Hailo Technologies LLC, a shell company formed on April 6, which sued (PDF) Uber and Lyft two weeks later.

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Guy Builds a Terrifying, Gigantic Mouse Trap That Can Pulverize a Coconut

What do you do if hungry raccoons are tearing your garbage to shreds every night? You can put locks on your cans, or if you’re YouTube’s The Backyard Scientist, you build a gigantic mouse trap with a spring-powered, coconut-smashing arm that reaches speeds of 42 miles per hour.

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‘The Defenders’ trailer is here and it’s even more epic than we hoped

The first full trailer for Marvel and Netflix’s The Defenders is here, and it kicks all kinds of ass.

For the first time, fans have the chance to see Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) united as one crime fighting team, and the snark — and action — is already off the charts.

(It’s almost enough to make us forget how lame Iron Fist was.)

The teaser also features the return of Elektra (Elodie Yung), Misty Knight (Simone Missick), Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) and Stick (Scott Glenn), as well as the introduction of Sigourney Weaver’s mystery villain Alexandra. …

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Red Hat: The cloud needs an OS, and OpenShift is just the thing

In a world of cloud complexity, Red Hat’s Linux experience could pay dividends. – Source

Upgrade Your Monitor to QHD and IPS For Just $170

I know 4K is the new hotness, but 2560×1440 QHD monitors still give you a ton of screen real estate, and work with a wider variety of computers. So if you’re looking to upgrade your workspace, $170 is a terrific price for a QHD IPS panel, let alone one from a top-tier manufactuer like Acer.

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Upgrade Your Monitor to QHD and IPS For Just $170

I know 4K is the new hotness, but 2560×1440 QHD monitors still give you a ton of screen real estate, and work with a wider variety of computers. So if you’re looking to upgrade your workspace, $170 is a terrific price for a QHD IPS panel, let alone one from a top-tier manufactuer like Acer.

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Nissan wants to fight texting while driving by throwing your phone in a cage

“19th century innovation with a 21st century application” is rarely a good way to start a pitch. And it’s not even true – Nissan’s idea is downright medieval. The car maker is proposing what is essentially a chastity belt to keep you from the temptation of using your phone while driving.

A prototype armrest for the Nissan Juke is the most stylish Faraday cage we’ve seen yet. If you haven’t heard the term, it’s an enclosure that prevents wireless signals from getting in or out – no 4G, no Wi-Fi, no Bluetooth, nothing that can deliver or send a digital message between your phone and the…

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Windows 10 S forces you to use Edge and Bing

Enlarge (credit: Tim Sweeney)

Windows 10 S, Microsoft’s new locked-down operating system that comes bundled with the Surface Laptop, won’t allow you to change the default Web browser away from Microsoft’s own Edge. Furthermore, Edge’s default search provider can’t be altered: Bing is all you get.

Curiously you can download other browsers from the Windows Store, such as Opera Mini, but Windows 10 S won’t let you set it as the default browser: if you try to open an HTML file, or click a link in another app, it will always open in Edge, according to Microsoft’s official FAQ on the topic.

The FAQ uses very direct language: “Microsoft Edge is the default web browser on Microsoft 10 S. The default search provider in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer cannot be changed.” It isn’t clear if OEMs will be able to override this feature of Windows 10 S.

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Study could provide first clues about the social lives of extinct human relatives

A new study of the bony head-crests of male gorillas could provide some of the first clues about the social structures of our extinct human relatives, including how they chose their sexual partners. – Source

Novel treatment offers kidney failure patients with rare disorder new hope

A novel treatment offers kidney failure and kidney transplant patients with a rare disorder new hope. The treatment allows targeted elimination of plasma cell clones producing abnormal proteins that deposits in the kidneys and leads to kidney failure, according to new research. – Source

Judging moral character: A matter of principle, not good deeds

People evaluate others’ moral character — being honest, principled, and virtuous — not simply by their deeds, but also by the context that determines how such decisions are made. Furthermore, the research found that what differentiates the characteristics of moral character (from positive yet nonmoral attributes) is that such qualities are non-negotiable in social relationships. – Source

New source of dangerous electrical instability in the heart

Sudden cardiac death resulting from fibrillation — erratic heartbeat due to electrical instability — is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Now, researchers have discovered a fundamentally new source of that electrical instability, a development that could potentially lead to new methods for predicting and preventing life-threatening cardiac fibrillation. – Source

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More evidence why depressed dads should seek help

A father’s depression has a direct effect on both internalized and externalized behavioral problems in adolescents, according to a recent study. – Source

Almost 6 in 10 teens take a break from social media

A new survey reveals that 58 percent of American teens report taking significant breaks from social media, and that many of these breaks are voluntary. The findings are drawn from a broader Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey that explores teens’ social media, messaging, and video content habits, with a special focus on understanding if and why teens take breaks from the social media platforms that are so prominent in their lives. – Source

Asus takes a jab at Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus, touts ZenFone 3 Zoom’s superior battery life

Asus today released a video that pits its ZenFone 3 Zoom against Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus. More exactly, Asus took the time to compare the battery life and charging times of the two handsets (which aren’t completely different, first and foremost because both sport 5.5-inch 1080p screens).

As you’ll see in the video – embedded below – the Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom lasts longer than the iPhone 7 Plus when shooting a time-lapse video, as well as when playing back a video. But that shouldn’t come as a surprise, since the ZenFone 3 Zoom packs a 5000 mAh battery, while the iPhone 7 Plus features a 2900 … – Source

Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite 10 gets FCC certification, US release to follow soon?

Following on from the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) FCC news a little earlier, it now looks like Huawei’s latest tablet has just received certification too. The recent FCC filing features a device with model number QISBAH-W09 believed to represent the Wi-Fi version of the MediaPad M3 Lite 10. A 4G/LTE variant is expected to follow.

Huawei launched the MediaPad M3 Lite 10 in Poland just last week alongside the MediaPad T3, though the Chinese manufacturer hasn’t discussed any plans to introduce it in the US. This FCC certification is a pretty strong indication that this is planned, however.

The M3 Lite 10 comes with a 10-inch Full HD display, Snapdragon 625 processor, 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage space. It also houses a 13 MP rear camera, 2 MP front-facing camera, 6660 mAh battery and will run Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.

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We don’t have any word on prices just yet, but the Wi-Fi version launched for 1399 PLN (~$365 ) in Poland, while the LTE version cost (~$415). The US prices are expected to be similar.

We reviewed the more powerful MediaPad M3 (pictured at the top) when it was released last year, scoring it an 8.4 out of ten. We found lots to praise in the tablet and it has since been featured on our best Android tablets list. Though the M3 Lite won’t be as much of a powerhouse, here’s hoping it can still deliver the goods in its price bracket.

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Gorgeous Galaxy Note 8 concept lets you have your cake and eat it too

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is a beautiful, powerful phone, but there are several indications that it could’ve been so much more — according to a leaked alleged prototype and reports about the S8, Samsung gave up on a dual rear camera as well as a fingerprint sensor embedded into the screen.

Now, a new concept for the (likely) upcoming Galaxy Note 8, posted by Concept Creator on YouTube, imagines the Note 8 as the perfect version of Galaxy S8 that never was. The concept model imagines a phone without all of the pesky design compromises Samsung had to make with S8.


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How calorie restriction may prolong life

A new review proposes a theory to explain how calorie restriction can extend life across a variety of species. – Source

Article on microplastic particles to be retracted

The research article on consumption of microplastics by larval fish that was reported for misconduct in research will be retracted from the journal Science. The researchers behind the study themselves requested to retract the article at the end of last week, following sharp criticism of the study in an opinion from the Central Ethical Review Board. – Source

Groupon shares drop on Q1 revenue miss, shutters businesses in 11 more markets

Groupon — the once-dominant daily deals business that has more recently tried to shift to other kinds of local commerce — today reported first-quarter earnings that pointed to a company still in transition — or struggling to turn itself around more successfully, depending on how you look at it.
Dragged down by a 5.5 percent decline in its core market of North America… Read More

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These materials have self-healing capabilities, just like Wolverine’s skin

Self-healing materials are so widespread that clothes lines and tech companies are already applying them to different products.

Now, a research team at the University of California, Riverside, has developed a new type of self-healing material that is conductive of electricity, highly elastic, and almost entirely transparent. The lead researcher …

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All 2,500 of this shelter’s animals were adopted — leaving one sad, sweet little dog behind

Has it been a long time since you last cried? If so, let me help you.

On Saturday, the BISSELL Pet Foundation held an “Empty the Shelters” event for Little Traverse Bay Humane Society in Harbor Springs, Michigan. All 2,500 of the shelter’s animals were adopted, leaving behind just one little pup, Eastwood — until someone took action.

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Eastwood is a 70-pound Labrador retriever who with a deformity in his leg. Workers at the shelter estimated that he may need a $4,000 surgery down the road, which appears to have scared some potential owners off. …

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Amazon’s excellent kids portal, FreeTime, comes to Android

Parents with Android phones and tablets can now use Amazon’s FreeTime service and get some much-needed quiet.

Amazon is expanding its excellent kids portal, FreeTime, to Android, moving over from the smaller, more limited confines of the company’s own hardware.

The free app is now available for Android phones and tablets in the U.S., and provides a number of books, television shows and movies, with a $2.99 monthly subscription ($4.99 for non-Prime members) adding considerably to that number.

The upside is that Amazon gets another sizeable revenue stream without alienating its core hardware audience, since FreeTime and its Unlimited subscription service still work a bit better on its Kindle tablets, sticks and e-readers, since external kid-approved apps will need to be added manually through the settings. But Android users get the same options that parents have loved about the service so far, including extensive filters and content controls, along with a dashboard that lets them monitor what kids are reading, watching and browsing on the service.

To that end, FreeTime has a SafeSearch browser that Amazon curates, including a selection of YouTube content that has been approved for kids.

The selections for FreeTime Unlimited are from well-known publishers like Disney, Nickelodeon, Amazon Studios, PBS Kids, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster, and include:

Books: Splat the Cat, Little Blue Truck Leads the Way, Frog and Toad Are Friends, Curious George Goes to the Hospital, Caps for Sale, Inside Out Junior Novel, National Geographic Readers: Mummies, Big Nate: Game On!, Beezus and Ramona, Bridge to Terabithia, Star Wars: Before the Awakening, The Princess Diaries, and many more
Videos: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, If You Give A Mouse a Cookie, Wishenpoof!, Fireman Sam: Ultimate Heroes—The Movie, The Gruffalo, Odd Squad: The Movie, Just Add Magic, Happy Feet, LEGO Friends, Pokemon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire, An American Girl Story—Melody 1963: Love Has to Win, Tarzan, and many more

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