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A new ultrathin, elastic display that fits snugly on the skin can show the moving waveform of an electrocardiogram recorded by a breathable, on-skin electrode sensor.Combined with a wireless communication module, this integrated biomedical sensor system - called "skin electronics" - can transmit biometric data to the cloud.Thanks to advances in semiconductor technology, wearable devices can now monitor health by first measuring vital signs or taking an electrocardiogram, and then transmitting the data wirelessly to a smartphone.The readings or electrocardiogram waveforms can be displayed on the screen in real time, or sent to either the cloud or a memory device where the information is stored.The newly-developed skin electronics system aims to go a step further by enhancing information accessibility for people such as the elderly or the infirm, who tend to have difficulty operating and obtaining data from existing devices and interfaces.The skin display, developed by a collaboration between researchers at the University of Tokyo's Graduate School of Engineering and Dai Nippon Printing (DNP), a leading Japanese printing company, consists of a 16 x 24 array of micro LEDs and stretchable wiring mounted on a rubber sheet.
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Tonight sees one of 2018's biggest boxing match-ups as Raymundo Beltran takes on Paulus Moses.The fight for the vacant WBO lightweight world title takes place in the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada, in what should be a tremendous bout as the world's top two fighters go head-to-head.Mexican Beltran, currently the number one-ranked WBO fighter, will be looking to extend an excellent recent run of form that has seen him win four of his last five fights via knockout.However he will face a tough task, as the Namibian Moses looks to make a big impression on his North American debut.If you're looking to watch tonight's fight, don’t worry - there is still a way to keep up with the action online.Whether you're in the US, Canada, India, Italy or absolutely anywhere else with an internet connection, we'll help you tune in for the event.
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The first teaser for Pixar’s Incredibles 2 was just that.There was little to no indication of what, exactly, the highly anticipated sequel would be about.Well, during the Winter Olympics Wednesday, we finally got a good look at the movie.Like we’d heard from previous reports, this time around Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) is the star leaving her husband Mr.Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) with the kids.Seems the super heroic power of parenting is at the forefront this time around.
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Brilliant boffins back bullsh*tting bureau bollockingFour cryptography experts have backed a US Senator's campaign to force the FBI to explain how exactly a Feds-only backdoor can be added to strong and secure encryption.The four are: Stanford professor Martin Hellman, of Diffie-Hellman fame and who helped invent the foundations of today's crypto systems; Columbia professor and USENET co-creator Steve Bellovin; top cryptographer Paul Kocher; and information security guru Bruce Schneier.All four this week signed a letter [PDF] to Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) applauding his "effort to find out with whom the bureau has been consulting and which cryptographic experts believe an exceptional access system can be built securely."Late last month, in response to a speech given by FBI director Chris Wray in which he argued that tech companies "should be able to design devices that both provide data security and permit lawful access with a court order," Wyden sent a memo [PDF] to the bureau boss taking issue with his position.Calling the idea of introducing backdoors into software a "flawed policy that would harm American security, liberty, and our economy", Wyden noted that "experts are unified in their opinion that introducing deliberate vulnerabilities would likely create catastrophic unintended consequences."
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The need to manage applications on unmanaged devices owned by employees or contractors is driving adoption of stand-alone mobile app management (MAM) software and services, according to a new Gartner report.By 2021, 60% of mobile apps being used in the enterprise will rely on at least one app-level management control, whether on managed or unmanaged devices, Gartner's Market Guide for Mobile Application Management said.When MAM is part of a larger EMM suite, businesses are often required to purchase additional licenses for it.CASBs enable access and authorization control over cloud-based resources, such as a cloud-based CRM front end for mobile devices, Gartner said."It is increasingly apparent that the growth of CASB is more likely to complement rather than replace current mobile management paradigms.Because MAM allows a company to control features or access to business applications and associated data, it can provide security whether on a corporate-issued or employee-owned smartphone or tablet.
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Viddsee, a Singapore online entertainment platform, has announced its original content slate for 2018 with seven new web-series that includes a short film anthology, three social documentary series, a coming-of-age comedy-drama, a web series about a taxi driver and a dramatic thriller series about cyberbullying.The short film anthology, is Ellie Ngim’s ‘Run Chicken Run’, about a father and daughter relationship and their unique Chinese New Year traditions, will be released first, in time for the annual holiday.The other confirmed filmmakers for this slate of Viddsee Originals are Michael Tay, JD Chua, Rifyal Giffari, Sabrina Poon, Christine Seow, Ng Yiqin, Eileen Chong, Jacky Lee and Don Aravind.“We’re proud to collaborate with the incredibly talented local filmmakers from our community of content creators,” says head of Viddsee Studios, Kenny Tan.The Viddsee platform combines creativity, technology and data science, and we’ve come a full circle as we move into content creation.We are excited about this journey in elevating their voices and their craft to our fans and to a global audience.”
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Google’s fight for a more secure internet continues with the announcement that its Chrome 68 update – to be released in July this year – will see all unencrypted websites (HTTP sites) marked with a ‘not secure’ label.The internet giant began rolling out the ‘not secure’ label with the release of Chrome 56, with all HTTP sites requiring a password or containing a payment field marked with the label.Chrome 62 saw any HTTP site opened in an Incognito Window named and shamed that way.After these initial measures, Google says 81 of the top 100 websites on the internet now use HTTPS encryption, with over 78% of Chrome OS and Mac traffic and more than 68% on Android and Windows is secure.Google hopes that this change will convince site owners to adopt HTTPS encryption, and the search giant is even offering up its own Lighthouse tools to make the migration easy.
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Photo by James Bareham / The VergeEver since it was revealed as Google’s hidden chip inside the Pixel 2, the Pixel Visual Core has been clad in a little bit of mystery.Google hasn’t helped matters in its communications, and until recently it seemed like the Visual Core would aid the main camera app — by making the company’s signature HDR+ image processing faster and more efficient — as well as third-party apps like Instagram and Snapchat.As it turns out, however, the Pixel Visual Core is, for now at least, only used in helping other apps gain the HDR+ functionality.This became clear as Google announced that it was activating the Visual Core this week, noting that the beneficiaries of the change would be any third-party apps that use the Pixel’s camera.The reason why Google isn’t making use of its dedicated image-processing accelerator inside its own app has been revealed in a November interview by the Pixel camera team: they’ve done a lot of custom optimizations already, and the Visual Core just isn’t necessary.
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Chinese phone manufacturer – UMIDIGI – is allegedly working on a smartphone with a very neat design and Global LTE network support, which would be a first for the company.The smartphone is namely called UMIDIGI One and should get launched in the coming months; let’s have a closer look!Let’s begin with what we know according to a source over at UMIDIGI’s headquarters which released the image above.The UMIDIGI One is set to support 36 global bands and more than 21 international LTE bands as well as better 4G support for European countries.The same leak also suggests that the UMIDIGI ONE will come with CE and FCC certifications, which could mean the handset will be allowed to enter the American market.Since the phone supports various networks and its connectivity will work in areas such as America, India, Canada, Australia and Brazil, the company is also suspected to expand in these countries later on.
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Vox Media has affiliate partnerships.These do not influence editorial content, though Vox Media may earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links.For more information, see our ethics policy.Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and what better way to show your undying affection for your significant other than with a midrange Android smartphone?That’s what Motorola thinks, at any rate: it’s holding a “Hello Love” Valentine’s Day sale, which discounts the Moto Z2 Play by $150 to $349.99 from now until February 17th, via SlashGear.The Z2 Play is a pretty good option if you’re looking for a cheap, unlocked smartphone, with excellent battery life and a thin design, even if the Snapdragon 626 processor and 5.5-inch 1080p screen are topped by pricier phones.
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For insomniacs, there is no shortage of gadgets promising a better night’s sleep.Here, try on this headset, or these goggles, or this wristband that promises, really, to help you fall asleep.Last year, one Kickstarter project suggested something different: Forget all of the high-tech sleep wearables.The Gravity Blanket became an overnight success, scooping up $3 million in crowdsourcing funding from over 15,000 sleepless people on the internet.No wires, no batteries, no gizmos to bring into bed with you.Inside, the Gravity Blanket is filled with 15 to 25 pounds of little beads (technically “non-toxic plastic pellets and a cotton polyester blend mix”), giving it the texture of a bean bag.
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Today, 15 tech companies devoted to reshaping the way we move came together to define the euphemism.These ride-sharing, bike-sharing, and transit companies signed a joint pledge to “prioritize people over vehicles”, lower emissions, encourage data sharing, and other lofty goals that should make cities nicer places to live—if everyone can just get on board.The “Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities” is the work of Zipcar co-founder Robin Chase, along with a group of city and transport organizations."For most cities, urban planners, legislators and residents, there is a cacophony of advice," says Chase.So, it’s no surprise that the 15 companies signing up—including Lyft, Uber, Zipcar, and Mobike—all benefit from a decline in private car use.There's also no sign of their ride-sharing experiments like GM's Maven or Daimler's car2go.
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The company can talk about the content of the feed in general terms — mostly posts from friends and family, ranked by how close Facebook believes you to be with them — but were an engineer to browse your feed alongside you, they couldn’t explain why the posts appeared in the exact order they did.A few years ago I was interviewing Chris Cox, who leads product across the company, and asked something about my feed I had always wanted to know.Sometimes I would open Facebook after being away for an hour or so and the News Feed would show me one or two posts I had already seen.Was that an effort to get me to add a comment?The conversation stuck with me for two reasons.One, we talk about Facebook primarily in the context of its power, and the bug was a good reminder that the News Feed is just a flawed piece of software like any other.
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Downloads of base Windows Server Core containers are 30 percent smaller than before in preview build 17079Microsoft’s efforts to trim the size of its Windows Server Core containers is yielding results.Windows Server Core, along with Windows Nano Server, are a slimmed-down version of the operating system for virtualized and application container environments.They dispense with many non-essential software components, such as a full-blown UI, resulting in a lightweight package that uses fewer system resources than an installation with all the bells and whistles.In preview build 17079 of the server operating system, available now for users enrolled in the Windows Insider early-access program, the base Windows Server Core container image boasts a download size of 1.58GB, which is nearly a third smaller than the version shipped with Windows Server 1709.Once unpacked, it takes up 3.61GB of disk pace, a 20 percent reduction.
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A Google engineer revealed that more than 90 percent of active Gmail accounts don’t use two-factor authentication (2FA), reports The Register.Given the low uptake, The Register asked Google software engineer Grzegorz Milka why 2FA isn’t mandatory for all Gmail accounts.Milka chalks it up to usability, adding that, “It’s about how many people would we drive out if we force them to use additional security.” The statistic was shared during a presentation at Usenix’s Enigma 2018 security conference in California.Two-factor authentication is a security tool that requires a user’s password as well as an additional form of authorization.It adds another layer of security if your password has been stolen, or you use the same password for multiple websites.Google offers 2FA through a code that’s sent to your phone via text, voice call, mobile app, or via a Security Key that’s inserted into your computer’s USB port.
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Engineers from the University of Sheffield's Engineering Faculty and Boston's Children Hospital, Harvard Medical School have created a robot that can be used to help treat babies with a rare birth defect that affects an infant's oesophagusThe robot stimulates cells by gently pulling on tissue using sensorsThe robot is inspired by the Foker procedure but is less invasive and more accurate and will enable babies to move more freely during this delicate procedureResearchers at the University of Sheffield and Boston's Children Hospital, Harvard Medical School have created a robot that can be implanted into the body to aid the treatment of oesophageal atresia, a rare birth defect that affects a baby's oesophagus.Dr Dana Damian from the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering at the University of Sheffield and her team from Boston Children's Hospital have created the revolutionary prototype robotic implant which encourages tissue growth in babies.The robot's function is inspired by the Foker technique of correcting the oesophageal atresia which involves manually pulling the tissue slowly using sutures over a period of time.
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A bug has been discovered in iOS that crashes the Messages app and can freeze or restart your phone when you’re sent a specially-engineered website link.The bug was discovered by software developer Abraham Masri, who gave it the catchy — if slightly alarmist — name of “chaiOS.” It exploits the fact that Messages preloads any links to webpages so it can show users a preview of the page.Speaking to BuzzFeed News, Masri explains that he created a webpage hosted on GitHub and stuffed its metadata with hundreds of thousands of unnecessary characters.Masri suggests that Messages crashes when trying to load all of this unexpected information, sometimes taking the entire operating system down with it.Text the link below, it will freeze the recipient's device, and possibly restart it.thanks to @aaronp613 @garnerlogan65 @lepidusdev @brensalsa for testing!
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Many laundry detergent companies are offering their product in “pod” form: a small dissolvable sachet containing a single load’s worth of detergent.There have been regrettable reports of very young kids and adults with dementia eating these pods by mistake, but a worrisome trend has surfaced among teens, and it is known as the “Tide Laundry Pods Challenge.” The “challenge,” in this case, is biting into the pods and then posting a video of it online.Ingesting detergent isn’t wise, of course.Some mistakenly believe such actions to be similar to a child having their mouth washed out with soap, but that’s not the case, as detergent is quite a big stronger and made with synthetic materials.Voluntarily biting into a laundry pod is unwise.Despite that, the challenge that may have started as a joke has earned some very real videos, and YouTube is tired of them.
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The French government will agree to lend the UK its most famous memento of the Norman conquest of England after Blighty leaves the EU.President Emmanuel Macron is expected to announce the loan of the Bayeux Tapestry during his visit to the UK on Thursday, which would not be transferred before 2020.According to The Times, the agreement was made after "months of talks between culture department officials in London and Paris" but it has not yet been decided where in the UK the tapestry will be displayed.It will be the first time it has left France in 950 years.The Bayeux Tapestry depicts the conquest of the throne of England by William the Conqueror, from 1064 until the end of the Battle of Hastings in 1066.It displays King Edward of England sending Harold to Normandy, who was supposed to confirm to William that he will be Edward's successor on the throne.
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MossRehab, the U.S. News & World Report top-ranked rehabilitation facility and home of the biggest collection of robotics that aide in physical and cognitive rehabilitation, is proud to announce that it has become the first facility in the United States to implement the cutting-edge Hunova robotic device to assist in neurorehabilitation.Designed by Movendo Technology in Italy, Hunova is a programmable, robotic device that allows professionals in the geriatrics, neurology and sport rehabilitation field to treat and evaluate many neurological and orthopedic conditions.Specifically, Hunova can collect significant biomechanical data, constantly monitoring the patient's progress.Hunova offers a wide range of clinical activities that include gaming activities that engage the patient.Hunova is designed with two mechatronic platforms equipped with sensors, characterized by two degrees of freedom (feet and seat level).Force sensors adjust the interaction with the patient and a wireless trunk sensor or other body parts depending on the exercise, allowing the therapist to check the overall movements of the patient.
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