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The project developed by the MIT Portugal PhD Student at the University of Minho Carlos Gonçalves, was considered the most innovative of the 9 projects incubated during 10 weeks by Startup Nano, a pioneer incubation and acceleration program for nanotechnology innovation promoted by Startup Braga in a partnership with the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory and the Centre for Nanotechnology and Smart Materials (CeNTI) both located in Braga.The active compression sleeve developed by the student during his PhD at Engineering Design and Advanced Manufacturing (EDAM) from MIT-Portugal PhD Program at the University of Minho allow improving the treatment of upper limb lymphedema patients.This painful life time health condition is normal a consequence of breast cancer treatment and is characterized by a higher upper limb diameter due to the accumulation of lymph.Nowadays the treatment is done with upper limb drain massages and pressotherapy using inflated compression sleeves.The active compression sleeve mimics the upper limb drain massages performed by occupational therapists with five compression stages seamless embedded into the elastic textile.The compression stages are activated sequentially, which allows creating a shock wave that brings the accumulated lymph to the lymphatic channels.
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A faulty inventory system at Whole Foods is leading to empty shelves at stores across the country, much to the annoyance of employees and customers alike.According to Business Insider, the Amazon-owned grocery chain’s order-to-shelf system - which was implemented last year - is to blame.Described by Business Insider as a “tightly controlled system designed to streamline and track product purchases, displays, storage, and sales,” the system allows employees to essentially forgo stock rooms by carrying products directly from delivery trucks to shelves.While it has helped reduce food spoilage and bring down costs, employees say the system’s strict procedures are what’s causing items to be out of stock.Some customers have tweeted at the company in recent weeks to voice their complaints:Once again your Upper East Side @WholeFoods is a failure.
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Sony Interactive Entertainment has parted ways with its head of third-party developer relations just about a year after he joined.Florian Hunziker took the important job at Sony in January 2017.Sony didn’t announce the change yet, but a source familiar with the matter told GamesBeat that Hunziker had left the job.And in a message to GamesBeat, Hunziker also confirmed that he left Sony.The change happens amid other management movement at Sony, including the departure of Sony game chief Andrew House, who announced he would leave Sony in October.Among the three major console manufacturers, Sony has had arguably the strongest support from third-party indie developers and major blockbuster publishers in this generation of consoles.
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During the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics, we’re used to seeing athletes proudly parade with their phones out, recording videos and taking selfies while the entire world watches.Now Samsung wants to be part of that priceless exposure.The company has announced it will supply over 4,000 special edition Galaxy Note 8 devices to staff members and all Olympians competing in the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games.The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games Limited Edition Galaxy Note 8 features a white glass back (representing winter) emblazoned with gold Olympic Rings that are “inspired by the Olympic Torch.” The phone features the same specs and functions as the standard Galaxy Note 8, but also comes with pre-loaded PyeongChang 2018 themed wallpapers.Athletes competing in the Paralympic Winter Games will also receive the device along with a special case that features the Paralympic Games logo.Samsung had previously handed free Olympic editions of its Galaxy S7 Edge smartphone to every competing athlete at the 2016 Rio Games.
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Apple and Tencent have reached an agreement to allow tip-style gifts to again be sent through WeChat, a messaging application that boasts nearly 1 billion users.While the specific date for reintroduction of tipping was not given, the “feature with Chinese characteristics” has been the subject of discussions between the companies for months.Tencent previously allowed WeChat users on iOS to send gifts to WeChat public account holders, a Chinese way of rewarding stars and video content producers directly for entertaining people.In April 2017, Apple attempted to treat the tips as in-app purchases, subject to the company’s standard 30 percent cut of the transaction amount.Tencent responded by disabling the feature, claiming that it passed the gifts directly to the recipient, and was providing the service for free.At a WeChat developers conference in Guangzhou, WeChat creator Allen Zhang said that the platform will be tweaked to pay the tip directly to recipients without WeChat serving as an intermediary, suggesting that Apple has been removed from the tipping loop.
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But fixing technical issues can be time consuming and expensive.After a redesign, search engines have to crawl and index a new environment, figure out the entirety of what changed, test how searchers will react to the new site, and determine algorithmically how that changes the site’s rankings.That doesn’t happen overnight, especially when the launch results in errors that have to be hammered out afterward.The result is weeks or months of natural search instability or decline that can affect revenue.Test how searchers and Google will react to changes that could impact natural search.For example, if you’re trying to convince a reluctant marketing team to add a small section of descriptive content to category pages, consider creating a paid-only landing page with the content block on it and testing it to see how Quality Score and conversion numbers shift.
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East Hanover, NJ - January 10, 2018 - Helen Genova, PhD, Assistant Director of Neuropsychology & Neuroscience Research at Kessler Foundation, has been awarded a $44,000 grant from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.The grant funds her research on emotional processing deficits in people with multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune degenerative disease of the central nervous system associated with significant behavioral and emotional sequelae.Recent research suggests that a significant number of individuals with MS have difficulty with emotional processing, specifically, in recognizing the emotions of others through facial expressions.These impairments often lead to issues in social functioning and interpersonal relationships.Dr. Genova will examine the effects of an intervention consisting of a computerized program aimed at improving facial affect recognition in individuals with MS, and interactive training that uses examples of the individual's own emotional experiences."We know that the proposed intervention has been effective in autism, schizophrenia, traumatic brain injury and in our own pilot data in people with MS," remarked Dr. Genova.
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Despite being best known for its phones like the Mate 10 Pro, Huawei isn’t solely a smartphone company, and it really works on all aspects of connectivity — from infrastructure to base stations — as proven by its latest product announcement.It’s called the Huawei WiFi Q2, and it’s a hybrid home Wi-Fi system, designed to solve those annoying connectivity dead spots and slow speeds we often suffer with in our homes.If you’re wondering what happened to the WiFi Q1, don’t worry, it was launched in China only a few years ago.The launch of the WiFi Q2 outside China appears to be driven by the growing number of connected products our homes contain, from phones to computers, and lightbulbs to televisions.That could add up to dozens of devices all connected to a single router, potentially all suffering from connectivity problems.The Huawei WiFi Q2 is sold in packs containing a base station and at least one satellite, which employ a hybrid system matching a MESH and 1Gbps PLC system.
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ViewSonic has announced three gaming monitors and two “entertainment monitors.” Are games not entertainment?Do movies benefit from 144Hz adaptive sync refresh?It’s another wild evening at CES 2018, folks.The $573 XG2560 is a standard 25-inch 1080p display, but has a blazing fast 240Hz refresh rate with Nvidia G-sync technology.The $629 XG3220 is one of the first 4K monitors on the market with HDR10 support, and has FreeSync for AMD GPUs (though presumably only hits 60Hz).Finally, the $739 XG3540C (above) is a 34-inch 1440p curved ultrawide monitor that hits 100Hz.
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Stunning images show the moment that a 50,000-pound humpback whale pushed a snorkeler through the water to protect her from a nearby shark.The pictures of Nan Hauser, 63, show how the massive sea creature pushed the whale biologist with his head and his mouth, then tucked her under its pectoral fin and even lifted her out of the water on one occasion.However, lurking near the mammal and Hauser was a 15-foot tiger shark, as well as another whale that was moving its tail to ward off the shark.The whale biologist told the Daily Mirror that she believes the moment in September reveals the whale’s intuitive instinct to protect another species of animal.As Hauser returned to the safety of the boat, in the waters off Muri Beach, Rarotonga, the Cook Islands, the whale even came back to check on her.Hauser, who lives on the Cook Islands, said to the Daily Mirror: “I wasn’t sure what the whale was up to when he approached me, and it didn’t stop pushing me around for over 10 minutes.”
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In just a few days, upwards of 175,000 industry insiders, exhibitors, and members of the media will once again descend upon Las Vegas in attempts to set the pace of tech for the next 12 months.Not only will some of the world’s largest and most influential companies such as Samsung, LG, Ford, and others be in attendance, Vegas will also temporarily become home to more startups than anywhere else on the planet, all fighting for the kind of attention that could make or break their fledgling endeavours.Past breakouts include everything from an automatic wireless breast pump to virtual reality headsets, while other much-hyped debuts are still trying to make their good on their promises.Here at Gizmodo, we’ve been keeping track of everything we can, and while we might not be able to pinpoint every single rising star before the show starts, we’ve got more than enough info to highlight a number of major trends that are going to define this year’s CES.Smarthome - Everything is getting more intelligentLast year, one of the clear winners of CES was Amazon, which was quite impressive when you consider that the online shopping giant didn’t actually have an official presence or booth at the show.
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The good things are still the same, though—it's still made of metal, and it still costs about $230.First, the specs: the Nokia 6 has been upgraded to a full tier higher in Qualcomm's SoC lineup—the 2017 version has a low-end Snapdragon 430, while this 2018 version ships with a more mid-range Snapdragon 630.The new Nokia 6 is also upgrading from micro USB to the newer, reversible USB-C standard.The rest of the specs are pretty much the same.There's still a 5.5-inch, 1080p IPS LCD, a 3,000mAH battery, and a baseline of 32GB of storage with expansion via a MicroSD slot.There's also a 64GB version available for $260.
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On December 21, 2017, the leading smartphone maker in China held a new conference and announced a thousand-yuan machine dubbed as the Huawei Honor 9 Youth Edition.The latter comes with the trendiest full-screen of 5.65 inches, its own-made chip in face of the Kirin 659, 3/4GB of RAM, 32/64GB of internal storage, 3000mAh battery, 13+2MP rear camera, Android 8.0 (EMUI 8.0) and so on.As you see, the Honor 9 Lite comes with a decent specs list, but there are too many smartphones coming our way from Chinese manufacturers and sporting identical features.However, when it comes to real performance, most of them fail.To understand whether this model is capable of implementing daily tasks, we are coming with a few benchmark results.First, the Huawei Honor 9 Youth Edition scores 87.861 points at the newest AnTuTu.
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Amazon just doubled down on the smart kitchen in a big way.The technology juggernaut announced expanded abilities for its Alexa voice assistant to control kitchen appliances.Specifically Alexa will gain dominion over microwave ovens along with conventional ovens.Manufacturing partners that have signed on to the program include GE Appliances, Kenmore, LG and Samsung.These new capabilities are made possible through Amazon's Smart Home Skill API.Amazon explained further telling CNET that, "we're making it easier for device manufacturers to build for Alexa by providing a common framework".
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The US and North Korea seem to be on the brink of starting a nuclear war almost every single day here in 2018.But even if a nuclear bomb is used and millions die, whatever humans left surviving will try to achieve some level of normalcy in the aftermath.The United States became the first nation to ever use a nuclear weapon on August 5, 1945 when it dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima.But that didn’t stop the Americans from trying to turn Japan into a place they could enjoy after fighting had ceased.The American occupation forces were understandably depressed about the death and destruction that surrounded them, even if they rationalised the use of the bomb as good and justified to stop the war.The footage taken in the following months by both American and Japanese cameramen was suppressed by the US military for decades, showing the carnage and the absolute misery of what had been unleashed on Japan.
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Will 2018 be another year to remember for Bitcoin?The start of 2018 hasn’t brought good news for Bitcoin investors, with the cryptocurrency’s value falling, perhaps signalling another year of turmoil.Bitcoin, which hit a record high value of $19,511 on December 18th, has fallen dramatically over the festive season to $13,587 at time of writing.The current value actually marks a slight rebound after the opening value of $13,412, according to coindesk.The value of Bitcoin skyrocketed after the launch of Bitcoin futures at the start of December, but both now have fallen in value, perhaps settling to a more sustainable levels than those reached in mid-December.Investors and followers of Bitcoin will likely be getting used to the dramatic fluctuations in the value of the cryptocurrency, with 2017 being a year of highs and lows.
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In February 2017, something miraculous happened: Almost every major carrier in the U.S. announced revamped, tweaked, or entirely new unlimited data plans.But just because all four major carriers now offer “unlimited” data doesn’t mean that the plans are equal.Beyond subtle (and not-so-subtle) variations in pricing, there’s fine print to consider.We’ve also got guides to the best individual plans and the best family plans.For $70 a month, there’s no better unlimited plan out there.But T-Mobile’s extras — in addition to its plan price’s included taxes and fees — put it over the finish line.
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Ever since I heard Netflix’s Black Mirror was going to do a parody of Star Trek, with a focus on totalitarianism, a million ideas ran through my head.Was this going to be like Star Trek: Discovery, exploring the conflict between military might and scientific exploration—or, was it going to be the Mirror Universe brought to life, showing what a man like Captain Kirk would become if he’d been given more control?Granted, the episode does start like you’d imagined, with Captain Robert Daly (Jesse Plemons) and the crew of the USS Callister trying to negotiate with an adversary over some stolen crystals, but you slowly start to see that something is amiss.Captain Daly may be beloved and praised, kissing all the women on his bridge as the men cheer him on, but there’s also an undercurrent of fear.Turns out, this isn’t a Star Trek-style TV show, but rather a video game recreation of it.Daly has stolen some of her DNA from a tossed-out coffee cut and digitally copied her into the game.
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Every year around Halloween, you can’t turn on the radio without hearing the novelty song “Monster Mash.” Released by Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers in August 1962, it was such an instant hit that Pickett rushed out a Christmas version of the song called “Monsters’ Holiday” by December of that same year.Image: Bobby Pickett, performer of Monster Mash and Monsters’ Holiday, as he appeared on TV in 1964 (YouTube)If you haven’t heard the Christmas version of “Monster Mash,” drop everything and listen to it right now.The song tells the story of a bunch of monsters trying to hold up Santa Claus, and I couldn’t help but think of the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas as I listened to it.I’d be shocked if there wasn’t some direct influence on the film.It was the night before Christmas when all through the castle
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We've finished season one of the podcast.Because it's also the season of giving, and because we love you all, today's episode is dedicated to you.In today's Holiday Spectacular — I told you it was coming — Kaitlyn and I listen to the audio clips you've sent us over the past few months.We also sit by the fireplace here in our podcast studio to look back at the season.We've learned so much, mainly how tech companies manipulate our minds :)Anyway, I know we're going to be gone for a while, but feel free to email us at button@theverge.com.
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