These new 3D scan fit helmets could make football safer

May 28, 2017

… NFL players, will use a new 3D head-scanning process on each player who wears its new Precision Fit headgear. To be sure there are other innovations in helmet tech, but unlike just about every other helmet design on the market, which use inflatable pads that are adjusted manually by handheld air pumps, the inside of the Precision Fit models have a custom-fit liner system made of “energy managing materials” built according to the personalized scan data of each player’s head. The …

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If MacGyver lived today this is probably how he’d survive in the wild

May 27, 2017

Image: discovery channel We all use tech to get through the day. Whether its replying to messages on Slack or email for work, or using map apps to get us from place to place, our gadgets are often our lifeline to the world. But imagine having to use your gadgets to survive, literally. SEE ALSO: This tiny iPhone gadget can help you detect hazards lurking in the air That’s exactly what adventurer Andy Quitmeyer does in his new series Hacking the Wild. In the show, Quitmeyer, whose day …

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What you should think about while considering a career change to healthcare

May 27, 2017

Image: PIXABAY Between now and 2024, the healthcare field is projected to experience the fastest employment growth, which is creating opportunities for people who are passionate about healthcare and considering a career in the industry. The healthcare field is broad and dynamic, said Doris Savron, executive dean at University of Phoenix College of Health Professions. A career path in healthcare can range from IT to nursing to administrative staff, and each path is unique in what level of …

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Apple working on dedicated AI chip for iOS devices, report says

May 27, 2017

… Virtually every tech company is working on improving AI processing on mobile devices. Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 chip, which is already in devices like the Samsung Galaxy S8, has a special module dedicated to processing AI tasks. Years ago, Apple started designing its own mobile processors to improve performance and reduce power consumption, and it’s really paid off. Despite having fewer cores, the iPhone 7 still crushes the Galaxy S8 when it comes to sheer performance. iPhones …

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10 new features coming to your phone in Android O

May 21, 2017

Dave Burke, Google Vice President of Engineering for Android, speaks during the opening keynote address at the Google I/O 2017 Conference.Image: Getty Images/ Though we got out first peek at Android O back in March, Google finally revealed more details this week at its I/O developers conference about the soon-to-drop version of Android. Though we’re still quite a ways away from the official release, we now a lot more about the update. At first glance, many of the new changes are subtle, …

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Tim Cook reportedly seen sporting a world-changing Apple Watch prototype

May 21, 2017

… toolkit could be a real, immediate breakthrough for the millions of people around the world living with diabetes. SEE ALSO: Apple, please don’t kill the iPad mini This is far from the first time we’ve heard about the potential for a glucose-monitoring Watch feature. Apple reportedly has an entire team of scientists hard at work on the tech’s development, which could come in the form of modular Watch bands or some other external add-on to the device. The glucose monitoring …

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Are hackers working to bring back WannaCry just for the lulz?

May 20, 2017

Ain't that rich?Image: Getty Images When it comes to online currency, lulz just might outvalue Bitcoin. A unknown group of hackers is working behind the scenes to restart the ransomware WannaCry, and one security expert believes the culprits this time around aren’t who you think. And neither is their motivation. SEE ALSO: It won’t be easy for WannaCry hackers to get their cash Contrary to what you might expect, it appears not to be the initial group responsible for WannaCry …

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Apple spotlights how accessible tech helps people with disabilities thrive

May 19, 2017

… engineer is transforming the tech world at only 22 Meera is nonverbal, living with a rare condition called schizencephaly that impacts her ability to speak. But with the help of her iPad and text-to-speech technology, she can make her thoughts and opinions known and she sure does. From her love of Katy Perry to her passion for soccer, Meera will let you know exactly what’s on her mind. All it takes is a few taps of her tablet, and with a specialized app stringing letters into words, and …

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Facebook and The Trevor Project hope to help prevent LGBTQ youth suicides

May 18, 2017

Facebook has been working to make users feel safer on the platform for years, and in its latest effort to enhance the online community, the social media platform partnered with The Trevor Project, an organization dedicated to suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth. On Tuesday in the middle of Mental Health Awareness month Facebook announced that users will be able to connect with mental health resourcesfromThe Trevor Project right from their direct messages. The project rolls out over the next …

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How to bring humanity and tech together: Innovators and advocates on hope for the future

May 18, 2017

Image: Shutterstock / whiteMocca The headlines are everywhere. Social media makes us narcissists. Screen time atrophies the brain. Work is inescapable. We sleep less, weigh more, and report higher levels of depression all thanks to the onslaught of tech. On the other hand, many of technologys benefits are undeniable: longer life spans, reduced poverty, and the democratization of both knowledge and opportunity. The question is: Can we bring humanity and tech into harmony? To find an answer, I …

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Better hair representation could be coming to our emoji keyboards soon

May 18, 2017

Image: Mashable composite/ Emojipedia Our hair is a big part of our identities. But when it comes to finding an emoji that represents us, there aren’t that many options to choose from. There’s some hope on the horizon. The Unicode technical Committee just added emoji for curly hair, white hair, red hair, and baldness as candidates for 2018’s Unicode release. If accepted, they could be added to our emoji keyboards mid-2018. SEE ALSO: A redhead emoji is finally in the cards …

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Apple adds a Mother’s Day fitness gift to Apple Watch

May 14, 2017

Image: apple via youtube  It’s Mother’s Day weekend, and in case you haven’t called your mom yet, Apple has a handy way you can pester her to get on the jogging track with you a little more often: digital flowers! SEE ALSO: Apple’s self-driving car reportedly spotted on the streets in California An update to Apple’s Activity app now shows a Mother’s Day achievement badge in the design of a rose. Along with the new iconography, a message reads: …

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MashTalk: It’s totally possible to live modern life without Facebook

May 14, 2017

Image: mashable composite Can you live without Facebook? Yes, you can. And life will go on just like the days before Facebook came into your life and sucked up all your attention. This week’s MashTalkis hosted by tech Editor Pete Pachal, with commentary from Senior tech Correspondent Raymond Wong and tech News Intern Freia Lobo. SEE ALSO: Does Microsoft now make more exciting computers than Apple? Our very own tech Correspondent Jack Morse says he deleted his personal Facebook …

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New VR program helps new doctors learn strategies for delivering bad news

May 13, 2017

Image: RAFAL RODZOCH/Caia image/Getty How do you deliver bad news? It’s an unfortunate question we all grapple with at some point in our lives. But regularly having tough, life-changing conversations is a job requirement for many doctors. SEE ALSO: Hospitals try giving patients a dose of VR A newly developed technology called MPathic VR helps medical professionals learn how to deliver bad news, like a cancer diagnosis or a loved one’s death. The technology, according to its …

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India’s leading edutech startup is now a Harvard case study

May 6, 2017

Image:  GOOGLE PLAY STORE Education technology startup Byju’s, backed by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), is now a Harvard case study. It is only the fourth Indian startup to make it to the hallowed Harvard Business Publishing platform, after Flipkart (India’s largest online retailer), Paytm (India’s biggest mobile wallet) and GOQii (India’s leading health and fitness startup). SEE ALSO: This health and fitness startup is now a Harvard case study The case …

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Even the Vatican has a startup accelerator now

May 6, 2017

… challenge,” Forte wrote. Along with washing people’s feet and giving homilies, Pope Francis has also supported mission-driven for-profits and challenged tech companies to do more for social good and to fight climate change, Forte noted. The accelerator will operate in Rome from July 13 to Sept. 9 and is open to startups that have already gotten off the ground but haven’t yet raised a Series A funding round. The program will provide a $100,000 for a 6-to-8 percent equity …

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Amazon’s Alexa can now whisper, and it’s as terrifying as you’d imagine

May 3, 2017

"Hey, you. Yes you. Come closer. *I want to tell you a secret.*"Image: Mikael Buck/REX/Shutterstock The sound of humanity’s impending irrelevance is all the more terrifying when it’s delivered sotto voce. This much is clear following Amazon’s release of several new voice features for its Alexa assistant. Pitched as a way for developers to create a “more natural voice experience,” the update from the Seattle-based retail giant has made it possible to alter …

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Researchers use Wireless signals to measure health

May 2, 2017

Walking by this sensor could help keep you healthy.Image: MIT/CSAIL Millions of people now track their steps with Fitbits, Apple Watches, and other wearable fitness-tracking devices. We have to admit, it feels pretty good to hit that 10,000 steps-a-day goal. But what if there was a measurable difference between a good step and a bad step? What if the quality of your gait could reveal more serious health issues? Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory …

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Trump’s big EPA website change should worry you

April 30, 2017

Arctic ice melt is a climate change indicator. But will that information be on the "updated" EPA climate site?Image: Mario Tama/Getty Images Yet another climate activist fear has become reality in the era of Trump. Years of research and data about carbon emissions, other greenhouse gases, and more was hidden from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website by the Trump administration Friday as the climate change webpage goes under “review.” Adding insult to injury, …

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Alexa can now whisper sweet nothings and cuss, kinda

April 29, 2017

Alexa can now whisper sweet nothings in response to your demands to order new toilet paper.Image: christina ascani/mashable Alexa is always there for those of us with Amazon’s AI-enabled speakers, but when she speaks, sometimes it’s hard to tell that she really cares. We’re not saying we need to all fall in love with our smart assistants, Her-style, but hearing a little bit more warmth in Alexa’s automated responses could make the human-AI overlord relationship so much …

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Games for Change highlights impactful VR projects with its new summit

April 29, 2017

A visitor plays a computer game holding virtual reality glasses at the independent and alternative games event A Maze.Image: Clemens BILAN/EPA/REX/Shutterstock The social change-driven organization Games for Change is expanding from video games into virtual reality with the VR for Change Summit at its annual Games for Change Festival this year, featuring VR projects that impact the way we learn and shape the way we view the world. The VR for Change Summit is focusing entirely on virtual …

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It’s the worst possible time for ‘Girlboss’ on Netflix

April 22, 2017

Britt Robertson as Nasty Gal's Sophia Amoruso in 'Girlboss.'Image: Karen Ballard/netflix When Netflix signed on for Girlboss, it probably sounded like a great idea. Feminism, fashion, and San Francisco? We were about to have our first female president, so what could go wrong? When the show starts streaming on Friday, things will be a little different. Not only are we living in Trump’s America, but Nasty Gal, the multi-million-dollar startup the show was based on, is bankrupt. …

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Vending machines dispensing clean needles are coming to Las Vegas

April 15, 2017

Chelsi Cheatom, the program manager at Trac-B Exchange, demonstrates how the vending machines will work at a recent news conference.Image: southern nevada health district Las Vegas is about to set up vending machines to dispense clean needles, free of charge. The machines will be designed to make equipment more readily available for intravenous drug users, who can pass various infections to each other if they use the same needles. The project will make Vegas the first place in the country to …

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This smart bra can help calm you down when you’re stressed

April 12, 2017

… and unusual for a tech company to bet on an undergarment, even if it’s one worn for athletic purposes. Most importantly, its sleek enough to be worn by users deterred by clunky wristbands and clip-on devices, like Wu herself. “It’s just not in my style to be wearing those silicon wristbands,” she said. How it works All of the bra’s electronics are centralized in a small, stone-looking device, which Vitali Wear calls a “gem.” You can pop the gem out …

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Should exercise be compulsory at work? – BBC News

April 5, 2017

tech giant Google led the way in office gyms but Homes doesn’t believe a company has to have a gym on site, and says he encouraged staff to exercise even when they were a small start-up. “We made it clear that anyone could block off an hour for exercise during the day, provided it didn’t conflict with meetings and they made up the time (by having lunch at their desks, for instance).” And he believes it’s more than worth it. “I see employees return from …

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Apple’s brutal breakup with Imagination is a warning to its other partners

April 5, 2017

… of Apple’s mobile gadgets the iPad, Apple Watch and even the venerable iPod. Apple’s has an 8 percent stake in the company and has been working with it for almost a decade, integrating Imagination’s graphics tech within its homegrown chips (all those “A” chips you hear about at each iPhone release). This was a long-term relationship, for sure. SEE ALSO: Apple’s USB-C plans might not kill the Lightning connector But now Apple wants out of their relationship, …

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