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Smartphone users may soon be able to check their blood glucose level without having to take a blood sample, using a new app for iOS and Android.Checking your blood sugar level usually needs at least a drop of blood for testing.The app works when the user places one fingertip over the camera lens of their smartphone.A series of close-up images are taken, and show information about the user's blood flow.These are sent to the cloud for analysis and give feedback on various vital signs from heart rate, temperature, and blood pressure, to respiration rate and blood oxygen saturation, said Epic Health, the company behind the app.The app is currently in clinical trials but the company said it could be available to download, free of charge, for Androind and iOS in the fourth quarter of this year.
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E-handelsbolaget Sportamores rapport för det andra kvartalet 2017 nådde inte upp till marknadens förväntningar och aktien faller med 8,2 procent.Sedan årsskiftet är aktien dock fortfarande upp nästan 89 procent.Sportamore levererade ett resultat efter skatt på minus 3,4 miljoner kronor för det andra kvartalet 2017 vilket kan jämföras med 0 Mkr under samma kvartal i fjol.Omsättningen landade på 173 Mkr vilket var ett lyft från 156 Mkr under det andra kvartalet 2016."Sportamores andra kvartal 2017 har präglats av satsningar på förbättrad infrastruktur och rustning för fortsatt tillväxt.I perioden har vi tillträtt vårt nya lager och också installerat den automatiserade lagerlösning som ska utgöra hjärtat i vår framtida logistikfunktion”, skriver Johan Ryding, vd för Sportamore, i rapporten.
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Men för ett företag som är ledande på avancerade, traditionella databaser känns det nog rätt snopet att inte ens spela andrafiol till Amazon på molnmarknaden.Faktum är att man har fullt upp med att sig upp i kölvattnet bakom Microsoft, Google, IBM, med flera molnleverantörer.Därefter kommer Ali Baba och Oracle, skriver IDG News.Det ska uppenbarligen bli ändring på det, har man tänkt sig på Oracle.Företaget meddelar dels att man ska anställa tusen nya säljare i Europa, samt Mellanöstern och Afrika, dels att samtliga molntjänster som erbjuds även ska kunna köras rakt av i privata moln, inte bara på Oracles publika molnplattform.I ett pressmeddelande står det, översatt till svenska, att läsa att man söker ”folk med olika bakgrunder och profiler med mellan två och sex års arbetslivserfarenhet”.
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The culprit was a fresh batch of cryptocurrency miners.Riding the wave of record cryptocurrency highs, they descended on hapless retailers like a Mongol horde, buying up every energy efficient graphics card they could find.It left supplies destitute, and like every case of an imbalance in supply and demand, prices rose.If stock cannot be found because this trend continues, how will anyone be able to upgrade their computers in the months to come when new games come out or heaven-forbid, their current graphics card dies?Fortunately, gamers are not the only ones concerned by this trend, and a number of interested parties are aiming to turn things around.“Personally, I see this as a bad thing for the industry,” one graphics card manufacturer insider told Digital Trends.
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The Nintendo Switch Online mobile app is now available to download on iOS and Android devices, allowing users to sample features of the online service before it becomes a premium service next year.Timed to release alongside family-friendly shooter Splatoon 2 this Friday (21 July), the app allows users to set up private lobbies and use voice chat via a special hub for the ink-splattered sequel.Users log in with the Nintendo Account associated with their Switch console, but might currently experience some difficulties, with a message appearing which says servers are currently undergoing maintenance.The app had been pencilled in to launch alongside the new game on Friday, so Nintendo's decision to release early may have been to ease any heavy burden on servers come release day.Nintendo's Switch online service will cost €/$3.99 a month, €/$7.99 for a three-month period and €/$19.99 for a 12-month period when it goes live next year.It will grant subscribers access to online feature and include a library of classic titles they'll be able to access.
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One step back – but several steps forward possible in battle against NSL gagging ordersThese security letters are typically sent to internet giants demanding information on whoever is behind a username or email address.Cloudflare and Credo Mobile aren't happy with that, and – with the help of rights warriors at the EFF – challenged the gagging orders.Despite earlier successes in their legal battle, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled [PDF] on Monday that the gagging orders do not trample on First Amendment rights.“We are disappointed in the Ninth Circuit’s decision and are considering our options for next steps,” Credo CEO Ray Morris told The Register in a statement.“At CREDO, we know what an uphill battle challenging these gag orders can be, and feel that the court missed an opportunity to protect the First Amendment rights of companies that want to speak out in the future.”
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Research projects that help pick out terrorists in crowds are being sought by the Home OfficeThe government is set to make £2 million available for research into how technology and behavioural science can be used to pick out potential terrorists among crowds.A competition has been set up by the Home Office and the government’s Defence and Security accelerator with aid from the Royal Society in order to receive research proposals on how to tackle the threat of terrorist attacks that make use of weapons or explosives.Security minister Ben Wallace noted that the fund is part of the government’s commitment to review its counter-terrorism strategy following the recent Manchester and London terror attacks.“The threat from terror does not stand still so neither will we, which is why we are calling on the best and the brightest from the science and technology sector to come forward with their ideas and proposals to support our ongoing work to keep people safe,” he said.Lucy Mason, head of the Defence and Security Accelerator, urged anyone with ideas on how technology cna be used to tackle terrorism to subint a proposal.
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Music fans around the world were disappointed to hear about Soundcloud, a popular audio-sharing platform, laying off staff, closing offices and possibly shutting down in the next 50 days.After hearing the news, Chance The Rapper, a Grammy Award-winning artist who credits the site with his early success, tweeted out "I'm working on the SoundCloud thing," causing a frenzy of rumors about a buyout.Today Chance posted a cryptic tweet about a "very fruitful call" he had with Alex Ljung, SoundCloud's co-founder and CEO.He confidently stated that "SoundCloud is here to stay," and Soundcloud's official Twitter account also tweeted out a similar sentiment, stating that it's not "going anywhere."The company affirmed the announcement with a blog post.When asked for comment, Soundcloud verified that Chance talked with Ljung "to inquire about the rumors and speculation circulating" and confirmed that "SoundCloud is here to stay."
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Fear not, Fresnovians — but keep your eyes out for a slowly cruising van.The life sciences branch of Google parent Alphabet plans to release 20 million mosquitoes in Fresno, starting July 14, according to a new report.These are mozzies of the Aedes aegypti variety, and they can carry Zika, dengue (aka “breakbone fever”) and chikungunya, which can present similar symptoms to dengue.As appropriate of an initiative coming from Alphabet, the mosquitoes that will make their new homes in the self-described “best little city in the U.S.A.” have been raised by machines.Here’s why there’s probably no reason for worry: the mosquitoes are all male, and it’s females that bite and spread disease.In fact, life-sciences unit Verily’s planned release of a million mosquitoes a week for 20 weeks should actually be cause for celebration in Fresno.
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Cats, dogs, raccoons, sea lions—you name a mammal and it’s probably got special hairs sprouting out of its face.In a new paper published in the journal Soft Robotics, Hartmann and her team detail how they’ve pulled one step closer to a rat-like machine that can feel an object and pinpoint it in 3-D space.Meaning robots of all kinds could soon get a powerful new sense.When the whisker hits an object, those sensors trip and relay information to the brain, acting as a supplement to the critter’s other senses.Connect a whisker to this device and it can relay lots of information when the appendage hits an object: lateral force, how much the whisker twists in the follicle, how much it pushes into the follicle, in what direction the whisker bent, and how much it bent.Working in a simulation, Hartmann and her team discovered that you don't actually need all this information to pinpoint objects with a whisker.
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DoNotPay, the chatbot that became known for helping users challenge thousands of unfair parking fines and refugees apply for asylum, has announced a massive expansion to bring its AI-based free legal counseling to 1,000 different areas of law in all 50 US states and across the UK.The new broad range of capabilities include bots to apply for more parental leave, fight a fraudulent purchase on your credit card, claiming lost luggage for an airline, make insurance claims, resolve landlord disputes and lots more.The bot won’t help you take on court battles, but it can help with anything involving documents — users simply state the problem they are trying to solve, answer a few questions, and DoNotPay will fill out the right forms or generate letters for you.Joshua Browder, the British entrepreneur behind the so-called “robot lawyer” has been working with volunteer and part-time lawyers to deal with the differences between state laws and make locality-specific bots.IBM also offered its Watson technology for free to DoNotPay, making the tool smarter about figuring out what users need when expressing their legal questions in natural language.If it can’t help with someone’s specific legal queries, DoNotPay may still be able to refer the person to a resource, law firm, or charity that’s willing to help.
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Google Earth has always been about exploration.Everyone, from pre-teen primary school kids, to bored office workers, has at some point used it to look up some faraway place, just to see what it looks like.So, it makes sense that Mountain View would introduce a social element, allowing individuals to enhance the blurry satellite imagery with their own text, photographs, and videos.“The story of your family history, the story of your favorite hiking trip – it could be anything.It doesn’t have to be profound,” Google Earth Director Rebecca Moore told Reuters at the company’s Voyager event in Sao Paolo, Brazil.The company plans to open up this functionality within the next few years.
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Dieu merci, nous n'avons pas mis en place un bureau à Paris, le grand fromage of ads sighedThe search engine giant underpaid taxes on its income in France for five years, according to the authorities who sued the American giant's European's subsidiary, based in Dublin, to get its due.But despite a six-year court battle, an administrative court in Paris decided Wednesday that Google's presence in the country was not sufficient for the fine to be held against the company.Google does not have a permanent office in France and even though it supplied ads specifically to French customers on behalf of other companies, Google France was not in a position to legally oblige the Irish company to hand over the money, the court decided.Google has 700 employees in France, but advertising contracts are sold through Google Ireland where the company – and many other tech firms – enjoy special low tax rates.However Google France does not have the people or technological ability to handle all the advertising itself, and so was not delivering them autonomously, the Parisian court decided.
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With the meteoric rise in popularity of Ethereum, cryptocurrencies and blockchains are back in the news again.Graphics card prices have soared with the promise that those who have the computers and know-how to do some serious mining can take home huge sums in a Bitcoin-like gold rush to snatch up as much virtual currency as possible.And is it worth your while getting started?These days you can waste a weekend and a month’s wages on building a machine with four graphics cards purring away in a row and still not make a profit.GPUs are now established as the mining processors of choice in most situations—graphics cards are even built for and marketed towards miners now—basically because they’re better at doing lots of laborious, repetitive tasks, whereas CPUs are better suited to switching between many tasks quickly.You probably won’t get rich
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Microsoft har idag släckt ned supporten till sitt mobila operativsystem Windows Phone 8.1, vilket betyder att telefonerna nu inte kommer att få några nya uppdateringar och därför kan ses som pensionerade.Windows Phone 8.1 lanserades i april 2014 och var redan från start ett operativsystem som fick kämpa i motvind gentemot konkurrenterna Ios och Android, detta tack vare ett skralt utbud av applikationer och faktumet att operativsystemet främst fungerade på Lumia-telefoner.Windows Phones död betyder dock inte att Microsoft helt har lämnat mobilmarknaden, utan 2015 lanserade företaget Windows 10 Mobile, som mer liknar pc-versionen av Windows 10 än Windows Phone 8.1.Vissa av Windows Phone 8.1-användarna kan uppgradera sin telefon till Windows 10 Mobile – men det är enbart om deras telefon är kompatibel med det nyare operativsystemet, vilket långt ifrån alla är.
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Heat, light and water are absolute essentials, but Wi-Fi is fast becoming a must have.Whether it’s a bar, restaurant, shopping centre or airport, people now just expect access to Wi-Fi as a minimum but they also have very definite expectations around its speed, safety and reliability too.Of course lots of businesses already offer Wi-Fi to their customers.Access is usually provided by leaving the internet connection ‘open’ or by writing the password on the menu or a blackboard somewhere on the premises.I’m sure we are all familiar with asking a member of staff for the Wi-Fi password or wandering around a venue until you spot it blue-tacked to the till.First of all, if the internet connection is critical to the day to day running of the company, from processing card payments to running retail point of sale systems, then there is a real danger that customers may stumble across sensitive and confidential information.
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Astronomers at the University of Cambridge have discovered a star that’s barely bigger than Saturn, making it the smallest stellar object known to science.The title of this new Astronomy & Physics study pretty much says it all: “A Saturn-size low-mass star at the hydrogen-burning limit.” This tiny star, called EBLM J0555-57Ab, is about as small as stars can get according to physics, but it’s also one of the densest active stellar objects ever discovered.The gravitational pull at the surface of this object is about 300 times stronger than what we experience here on Earth—which means it has just enough mass to trigger the fusion of hydrogen nuclei into helium.“Had this star formed with only a slightly lower mass, the fusion reaction of hydrogen in its core could not be sustained, and the star would instead have transformed into a brown dwarf.”Indeed, brown dwarfs may be hot and big, but they lack enough mass to sustain stable hydrogen fusion at their cores, which is why they’re sometimes referred to as “failed stars.” But this newly discovered star, dubbed EBLM J0555-57Ab, was massive enough to get a passing grade, meeting the standards for a full-fledged star.Prior to the new discovery, the smallest star recorded by scientists was OGLE-TR-122b, a red dwarf star that’s 20 percent bigger than the largest planet in our Solar System, Jupiter.
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RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Seismologists at the University of California, Riverside studying earthquakes in the seismically and volcanically active Alaska-Aleutian subduction zone have found that "slow earthquakes" are occurring continuously, and could encourage damaging earthquakes.Slow earthquakes are quiet, can be as large as magnitude 7, and last days to years.Taking place mainly at the boundary between tectonic plates, they happen so slowly that people don't feel them.A large slow earthquake is typically associated with abundant seismic tremor--a continuous weak seismic chatter--and low frequency (small and repeating) earthquakes.The Alaska-Aleutian subduction zone, which stretches from the Gulf of Alaska to the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East, is one of the most active plate boundaries in the world.In the last 80 years, four massive earthquakes (greater than magnitude 8) have occurred here.
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Researchers from the department of Physical Geography and Regional Geographical Analysis at the University of Seville have developed a new system to estimate the time that it takes to do a walk in the countryside.It is an algorithm that takes into account length and gradient as the main variables when establishing how long a walk takes.The authors have detected the need for a more precise system than those that currently exist due to the increase in the number of people practising hiking in recent years.Until now, various methods have been used for calculating distances and times.Another important development was the Tobler system, which appeared at the end of the 20th century.To test the efficiency of their tool, the University of Seville researchers have compared results obtained using it and by the three aforementioned systems on 21 approved hiking routes across Spain.
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We’re gradually learning that smart home devices can be quite valuable for police.Following a recent case in which Amazon handed over data from its Echo device to police investigating a murder, a Google Home called the police when a couple was allegedly involved in a violent domestic dispute.Police say that Eduardo Barros was house-sitting at the residence with his girlfriend and their daughter.Barros allegedly pulled a gun on his girlfriend when they got into an argument and asked her: “Did you call the sheriffs?” Google Home apparently heard “call the sheriffs,” and proceeded to call the sheriffs.A SWAT team arrived at the home and after negotiating for hours, they were able to take Barros into custody.The couple’s daughter was safe and unharmed.
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