Val Strefeler

Val Strefeler

Followers 9
Following 16
US
The FDA has approved the first medical device accessory for the Apple Watch, made by AliveCor, whose CEO is former Google+ boss Vic Gundotra.The accessory is AliveCor's KardiaBand electrocardiogram (EKG) reader, a sensor that pairs with an app and can detect abnormal heart rhythm and atrial fibrillation (AFib).The user touches the sensor, which snaps into a slot on the watch's band, to get an EKG reading in 30 seconds.The recording can then be sent to a doctor.Using AI, the KardiaBand can predict and analyze someone’s heart rate based on data from both sick and healthy people, Bloomberg notes.“It doesn’t apply a generic range — instead, it determines what’s abnormal for you.” A device like this could play an important role in quickly diagnosing abnormalities and then alerting health-care professionals to life-threatening situations.
US
Ericsson and Corda Campus have announced plans to set up a 5G Life Campus in Hasselt, Belgium, which will be used to test new technologies and applications.The 5G Life Campus will be located at Corda Campus, a technology park, and connected to connected to Ericsson’s R centre in Aachen, Germany, where Ericsson’s 5G pilot projects are executed.The campus will act as a test environment for industry players to develop and trial new applications for the 5G world.“Corda Campus is a high technology campus, where more than 200 innovative companies work on new products and services every day,” said Raf Degens, Director of Corda Campus.“With Ericsson, this 5G Life Campus will provide industries a way to prepare for the future and grow faster.”“Ericsson and Corda Campus will engage Belgian enterprises to be key players in the development of 5G, helping to speed up industrial digitalization in the country and Europe,” said Saskia Van Uffelen, Country Manager of Ericsson Belgium and Luxembourg.
UK
Some people say that the Coca Cola lorry is a Christmas icon, and that it wouldn't be Christmas without it.Others say it's a corporate attempt to take over Christmas, and encourages obesity in the process.Well the latter group won't like this very much, because Coca Cola is letting people win a night inside the iconic lorry.But before you say anything, the inside has been kitted out with all the usual bedroomy things like beds, a TV, and a Coca Cola brand mini fridge that is (presumably) filled with coke.So it's not like you're jumping into the back of an actual lorry, and slumming it by pretending to be an illegal immigrant.The night in question is 15th December, the location is Lambeth in London, and there's room for two people to stay over.
UK
Before falling for Prince Harry’s charms (and accepting his proposal), Meghan Markle was just another actress trying to make a name for herself.Prior to hitting pay dirt playing lawyer Rachel Zane on the US drama ‘Suits’, Meghan had more than her fair share of blink-and-you’ll-miss-her bit-parts.OK, so the vast majority of her roles would have passed British audiences by unless you’ve got a thing for made-for-TV Hallmark movies (no judgement here), or the US version of ‘Deal Or No Deal’.But whilst most people were focusing on Jennifer Aniston’s turn as a sex-mad dentist in the 2011 big screen hit ‘Horrible Bosses’, they probably didn’t realise it was Meghan who played the the FedEx delivery girl who was hit on by Jason Sudeikis’s character Kurt.Alas, it looks like she’ll now be retiring from the acting world, with the seventh series of ‘Suits’ rumoured to be her swansong ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry next year.If you’ve seen Meghan in anything other than ‘Suits’, then it’s probably in this big screen comedy.
UK
William Henry Fox Talbot, the British scientist and inventor, who was born in 1800, was a polymath, well-versed in subjects from botany to the classics, which he studied at Cambridge University.But it was his frustration with paper and pencil that led to his most lasting contributions, in the nascent medium of photography.Using light-sensitive silver nitrate, he was able to create “photogenic drawings,” imprinting the shadows of opaque objects onto paper.A few years later, he would develop a new and more stable photographic technique, the calotype, which was far more economical than the daguerreotype, Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre’s method for capturing images on polished silver plating.Talbot’s pioneering images—which the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library is currently in the process of digitizing—are a window into his obsessions, both alchemical and aesthetic.When he brought his camera to Oxford’s campus to document the university’s architecture, he was working to insure that he could capture detail beyond the formal scenes he had been arranging at his estate, and was also enchanted by the idea of imbuing his images with a historical quality that might help them transcend his era.
US
An anonymous reader quotes BGR: A few days after the iPhone X launched in stores, Samsung came out with an anti-iPhone campaign...I actually did not expect Samsung to pull off cheap tricks like that, but it sure looks like the iPhone X is a pretty scary device to fight against.But what probably nobody saw coming is Motorola trolling Samsung with an ad of its own...The "Up-upgrade to Motorola" ad offers the alternate ending to Samsung's ad, as Motorola explains on its Facebook page... Motorola doesn't even mention the iPhone X, so if you haven't seen Samsung's ad, you'd think it's just going after Galaxy handsets.Elsewhere on Facebook, Motorola specifically referenced the attachable accessories available for their Moto Z when mocking the Galaxy Note 8."Why settle for edge-to-edge, when you could project your screen up to 70 inches?"
UK
The Huawei Mate 10 is the realization of Huawei’s take on the highest-end smartphones released this year.As such, it replicates a number of the most pervasive trends – and not always the good ones.One of these is a “HUAWEI HullView Display” – which is part of the 18:9 screen ratio trend that’s popped up on the biggest brand phones in the world.This device also has a pair of cameras at its back – not unlike a few of the most popular Huawei smartphone releases over the past 12 months.This device has the “world’s first Kirin AI processor” with the Kirin 970 – so says Huawei.Its backside cameras were co-engineered with Leica – similar to a few previous Huawei releases.
US
The Tesla Semi, the automaker’s all-electric transport truck, will retail starting at $150,000 for a version with 300 miles of range, and will also be available in a $180,000 version with 500 miles of range.Interested parties can pre-order them with a base reservation price of $20,000 – or, if they want a “Founders Series,” they can get one for $200,000, with the entire balance due for a reservation to be among the first in line to get one of the initial 1,000 production Semis.This pricing, newly revealed via the Tesla website, is actually incredibly competitive when measured against diesel truck costs.Entry level diesel trucks star at around $100,000, and Tesla promises cost saving of upwards of $200,000 over the life of the truck, based on fuel consumption and electricity vs. diesel costs.Tesla also touts its Semi’s performance benefits, including a 20 second 0 to 60 mph time with an 80,000 lb load attached, and the ability to drive up a 5% grade at 65 mph, which is much faster than is possible in a diesel equivalent towing the same load.The Semi also boasts industry-leading safety fealties, according to Tesla, including a total inability to jackknife, enhanced Autopiilot features and glass that’s designed to resist even the most serious impacts.
UK
The nanobots have been found to kill 90% of cancer cells.Patients could one day be diagnosed and cured of fatal diseases such as cancer through the use of tiny remote-controlled robots.A team of scientists at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, led by Professor Li Zhang, are using a biodegradable substance called spirulina algae.Covered in an iron coating, the nanobots are controlled by magnetic fields.The coil shape of the nanobot allows it to move easily with the help of magnetic waves."Rather than fabricate a functional microbot from scratch using intricate laboratory techniques and process, we set out to directly engineer smart materials in nature, which are endowed with favourable functionalities for medical applications owing to their intrinsic chemical composition," Zhang said.
US
For some, the title could imply possessing an eye for cutting-edge design, or a penchant for bold ideas.Through their distinctive campaigns, each brand displayed their own unique take on what it means to be a visionary.We spoke to representatives from all three brands to get a better insight into the creative process behind their respective campaigns.While all of the finalists displayed an incredible amount of creativity, award winner Refinery29 edged out the competition with their ambitious “29Rooms”, a self-described “immersive, interactive fun house,” designed to empower and inspire women.Filled with bright visuals and brighter ideas, this proverbial Instagrammer’s paradise was wisely held during New York Fashion Week, a conscious decision according to senior brand strategist Finola Austin.“Because Refinery29’s roots are in style, we wanted to host 29Rooms during New York Fashion Week,” she explains.
US
Google's new Pixel Buds "are really bad" and "not worth buying," according to CNBC's technology products editor: The stand-out feature of Google Pixel Buds is that they're supposed to be able to translate spoken languages in near real-time.In my real-world tests, however, that wasn't the case at all.I took the Pixel Buds out on the streets of Manhattan, speaking to a Hungarian waiter in Little Italy, multiple vendors in Chinatown and more.If you press the right earbud and say "help me speak Chinese," for example, the buds will launch Google Translate, you can speak what you'd like to ask someone in another language, and a voice will read out the translated speech through your smartphone's speakers.Then, when someone replies, you'll hear that response through the Pixel Buds.The microphone on the Pixel Buds is really bad, so it barely picked up my voice queries that I wanted to translate.
US
I'm going to show you a strategy from Bryan Harris that brings you 100s or 1000s of visitors every time you publish a piece of content (high-quality piece of content).
US
But it stepped in a pile of controversy by adding an unpopular monetization system known as loot crates.As of last night, EA decided to back off on the controversial microtransactions for the loot crates.“We’ve traded one type of evil for another in the form of casting aside DLC for loot crates.”This kind of sentiment has been expressed about other games, like Middle-earth: Shadow of War, where the final ending was locked behind a number of grind-like missions, and fans fretted that they could shorten that grand by buying loot crates.But EA’s problem looks worse because Battlefront II — whose predecessor sold 14 million units — is one of the biggest titles of the year.If you are a developer on this game, imagine the horror.
US
Error loading player: No playable sources foundAt the end of Tesla's semi-truck event, Elon Musk unveiled Tesla's brand new convertible.Musk said the new Tesla Roadster will be the "fastest production car ever made, period."The prototype has reportedly traveled faster than 250 mph.The car seats four and will have a 620-mile highway range, and that's just the base model.Musk said the Roadster is expected to be available in 2020.
US
According to a new survey from consulting firm Deloitte, consumers are uneasy about being watched, listened to, or tracked by devices they place in their homes.The firm found that consumer interest in connected home technology lags behind their interest in other types of IoT devices.Business Insider reports: "Consumers are more open to, and interested in, the connected world," the firm said in its report.Noting the concerns about smart home devices, it added: "But not all IoT is created equal."Nearly 40% of those who participated in the survey said they were concerned about connected-home devices tracking their usage.More than 40% said they were worried that such gadgets would expose too much about their daily lives.
UK
For the first time, gene editing tools have been directly injected into a patient in a trial by biotech firm Sangamo Therapeutics (Science).First reported by the Associated Press, US doctors have introduced DNA cutting tools called zinc finger nucleases (ZFNs) into the blood of a 44-year-old man with Hunter syndrome, a metabolic disorder that prevents the breakdown of certain sugars and can lead to organ failure.The ZFNs will, it's hoped, snip and replace the DNA of liver cells to prompt them to produce albumin, a protein that will allow the patient's body to correctly process carbohydrates.Twitter has updated the rules relating to its account verification system to indicate that verified status can be lost in response to "behaviors on and off Twitter" including threats and hate speech (TechCrunch).A number of far-right, neo-nazi and white supremacist accounts have already been unverified, including that of EDL founder Tommy Robinson.The planet's surface temperature is estimated at somewhere between -60 and 20 degrees Celsius and it has an Earth Similarity Index value of 0.86.
US
Members of the Mexican military and the country's Criminal Investigation Agency found a "bazooka" likely used to launch drugs or contraband over the border in a modified van in Agua Prieta, a town just over the border from Douglas, Arizona, in Sonora, Mexico.The Sonora state attorney general said the drugs consisted of 203 packets of marijuana, weighing more than 1,800 pounds.The van was "adapted" with a metal tube, hooked up to a hose and a compressor, and the vehicle had a sliding roof allowing the tube to be raised and to fire projectiles, according to Mexican newspaper El Universal.Authorities also found 1,965 bullets of different calibers and 26 magazines.Authorities found the van and the materials on Agua Prieta's Avenue 14, which runs right up to the border, though it's not clear where it was on the avenue.In September last year, Mexican federal police in the same municipality found another van modified to carry a similarly designed cannon, as well as an air compressor, a gasoline motor, an air tank.
US
Retailers are using machines from a startup called Bossa Nova Robotics to analyze what’s selling on the shelves.The robots drive autonomously through store aisles figuring out what has sold and then sends back data.The company is now raising $17.5 million Series B led by Paxion to scale its business.Intel Capital, Cota Capital and others are participating, bringing its total funding to $41.7 million.Robots have become a regular part of warehouses, but Bossa Nova’s are different because they hang out in stores.The company has “been working on this solution to automate process on the shop floor,” Martin Hitch, Chief Business Officer, told TechCrunch.
US
While IO Interactive works on the follow-up to the critically acclaimed stealth adventure Hitman, fans of the bald assassin will have something else to look forward to — a Hitman TV series.According to Deadline, John Wick creator and writer Derek Kolstad will write the pilot for a Fox 21 and Hulu developed series.The video game franchise was previously adapted to the big screen on two occasions, with 2007’s Hitman and 2015’s Hitman: Agent 47.Adrian Askarieh and Chuck Gordon, both of whom served as producers on each of the Hitman films, have joined the TV project as executive producers alongside Kolstad.With Kolstad attached, he also wrote the script for the third John Wick movie set to release in 2019, it’s apparent that Hulu has high hopes of turning the adaptation into a premier piece of original streaming content.Gordon has an impressive list of credits to his name as well, including producer roles for Die Hard and Field of Dreams.
US
The supposed hack was carried out by researchers from Vietnamese security firm Bkav, which in 2009 demonstrated a way to bypass face-based authentication in Toshiba and Lenovo laptops.On Friday, company researchers published a video showing them unlocking an iPhone X by presenting it with a custom-made mask instead of the live human face that Apple has repeatedly insisted is the only thing that can satisfy the requirements of the facial recognition system.Other features of the mask used 2D images and "special processing on the cheeks and around the face, where there are large skin areas" in a successful attempt to defeat the artificial intelligence Face ID uses to distinguish real faces from images, videos, or masks."It is quite hard to make the 'correct' mask without certain knowledge of security," a Bkav representative wrote in an e-mail to Ars.The truth is out thereThe video and accompanying press release omitted key details that are needed for other researchers to assess if the results represent a true bypass of an authentication system Apple has spent years developing.
More

Top