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Google Map update shows where you’ve been

Let’s face it, there’s places we’ve been to but can’t recall the name or the approximate location of it. Today, Google Map wants to solve that. A new update to Google Maps for Android and Desktop version enables “Your Timeline” in Maps setting. The Your Timeline setting allows you to view your daily routes, places you’ve been to on certain days/times, and if you use Google Photos, you can see the pictures you’ve taken in those locations.

Now we know what you’re thinking, this is super creepy and invades our privacy. But if you already use Google Now and have your location history turned on for traffic updates, nearby information, where you parked your car, etc, then you’ll feel right at home. Those wanting privacy can opt out by turning location history off in the settings. Your locations are visible only to you and you choose what to keep. You can delete them all or delete a certain day. You can also rename that secret spot you often visit to, “the gym” or “my favorite restaurant”.

Here are a few screenshots of the new Maps on our Sony phone. Some parts are blanked out for privacy purposes.

We hope this helps you to go out and venture your world more!

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maps your timeline

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Google Maps Blog

Lexus makes a car with a heartbeat

We usually don’t associate cars with living things, but one car manufacture just might change that.
Lexus has used their Lexus RC-f coupe for the project. M&C Saatchi of Australia’s Creative Tech division and Lexus Australia. The purpose of this project was to create a connection between the car and the driver.

This of it as an extension to the driver. It’s like a wearable smartwatch but on a bigger scale and having more value. The car is fitted with a circuit board that is wired to both the cars doors and to the driver. On the outside, the door panels have electroluminescent paint that glows when hit with an electric charge. If the driver’s pulse goes faster, the outside paint will glow and represent that pulse motion. What we can gather from this is that it will better help manage the car if the driver is feeling tense in traffic or is on the verge of sleeping. The car could take over or slow down the speed depending on the driver’s emotions. Lexus doesn’t have any plans to implement this into its current lineup.

Below is a video representing the car in action.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3N7BOLDR5w

Source: Wired U.K.

Smartphone’s sensor to help with depression

Our smartphones are capable of many tasks in today’s age. We use our smartphones to keep track of how many miles we’ve ran, how much calories we’ve burned off, tracking our sleep patterns, etc.

A recent study that was published in the Journal of Medical Research shows that our smartphone sensors can determine whether we are showing symptoms of depression or not.  For the study, researchers used Craigslist to gather 40 people between the ages of 19 and 58. The participants movements and activities were all tracked for two weeks by an Android app called Purple Robot. People with depression tend to go out less and are more withdrawn from social gatherings. To put this to test, out of the 40 participants, 28 were chosen to monitor by amount of phone usage which would show that they were withdrawn from the real word.

Researchers also found that those who were more depressed tend to not leave their house and spend more time on the phone than those who did venture outside their homes. The results from the study found that people with depression symptoms was 87% accurate. A lot of factors that were left out were age, whether people were on their phone texting to another individual, using phone for business, etc.

Dr. Mohr, who led the research for these tests says a more detailed research is enroute and will be conducted with 120 participants and a better defined for results.

 

 

Source: Journal of Medical Internet Research

Mobile Screens Bad for Toddlers?

Technology is growing at a rapid rate, and the generation after us is getting engulfed in it at an early age. But exactly how much of an early age and is it safe for early exposure?

The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) recommends that a 2 year old should not be near or use mobile screens and the television. This is all based on their findings that children weren’t learning much when exposed to the television back in 1999.

With screen timeout settings, parents can monitor how long their children use the devices, but some like AAP aren’t convinced. A child’s mind stimulates more when playing in the sandbox or building blocks. Real life problem solving is done whereas on a mobile screen, you’re fixated on one screen interactions. Also, family time is taken away because they are focused on the mobile screen rather than what everyone is doing around them. “Seattle pediatrician Dr. Dimitri Christakis, who helped write the no-screens-under-2 warning the AAP reaffirmed in 2011, now says it’s OK for toddlers to spend up to an hour a day with smartphones and tablets.”

Until research has more profound findings of negative effects of technology on toddlers, it’s safe to say that a couple hours couldn’t hurt your young one from using mobile screens. On the bright side, it buys you that 30 to 60 minutes of time to relax or focus on house chores.

 

 

Source: CNET

 

 

Drones could deliver your next package

Switzerland has undergone testing for drones to deliver parcels this week. Switzerland Postal Service plans to run these tests of drones delivering roughly 2 pounds maximum parcels in a 6 mile radius for about a month.

Drones delivering parcels isn’t ready yet for commercial use, but in another five years or so, officials say it will be possible. The tests being run by Swiss Post have the drones on an autonomous flight path with pre-programmed routes on the cloud. These tests are said to help understand the limitations of the drones and whether they are primed and ready to be used extensively in 5 more years.

Swiss Post sees aerial drone delivery mainly being used for hard to reach areas and time sensitive parcels.

 

 

Source: Yahoo Tech

An inside look at Google’s self-driving car

On Saturday, Google brought its self-driving out to the Community Schools of Music and Arts in Mountain View. This is the first time for the public to view the interior of the car and be able to take pictures of it. The inside is composed of plastic fitted pieces. The steering wheel was absent as well as your usual vehicle controls. In the picture below, courtesy of Washington Post, a red button is present on a controller like device. I wonder what purpose that red button serves…

The insides don’t show any sort of luxury feeling, but this being a prototype, it was expected. Inside the car is very spacious. Our guess is, to keep everything light and minimal for transportation purposes, adding detailed interior might not make it to production models.

Google was promoting an event in Mountain View called, Paint the Town. This was to encourage artists in California to submit artwork for the self-driving vehicles which would then be displayed on the production models. Google wants to show that these cars are here to stay and are friendly to use for the community.

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Source: Washington Post

The Next Twitter CEO

The burning question for the struggling company and the candidates lined up to take the seat. Its been said by analysts that executive search firm Spencer Stuart will seek out the next CEO for Twitter, someone who can give it a huge boost against other social media giants like Facebook.

The next CEO will have a lot on his or her plate. They would need to be aggressive, a perfect fit for Twitter’s hip image, and a heavy user of Twitter themselves. New ideas will need to be pouring in from the CEO to keep the investors happy and The Wall Street.

Spencer Stuart executive firm says the approximate timeframe when the next CEO will be selected to replace Jack Dorsey will be by Labor Day or at the latest, after Thanksgiving.

Speaking of the next Twitter CEO, stay up to date on the latest from Team:on on our official Twitter account. Twitter Team:on

 

 

Source: Wall Street Journal

Google’s AI filtering your spam mail

Let’s face it, we all HATE SPAM. We all want it out of our digital lives. It’s 2015 and we still haven’t figured out a solution to filtering out all of the spam. In a recent gmail blog post, Sri Harsha Somanchi, Product Manager posted that the gmail team has some new ways to help with filtering out spam.

For senders, the Gmail team has created Gmail Postmaster Tools. This helps high volume senders to analyze their email, spam reports, delivery error data, and reputation. All that data can help the sender to send their mail to your inbox and not any spam folders.

Next up is an artificial neural network that is used by the spam filter to detect the tougher spam that may sneak through to your inbox. Also, with rapid rate nowadays of machine memorizing habits and patterns, the spam filter memorizes your preferences and what you mark as spam and what you don’t. Lastly, “Gmail can now figure out whether a message actually came from its sender, and keep bogus email at bay”.

Thanks to Google, we can spend less and less time filtering out unwanted emails and eventually let it automate what we want to read and what we don’t.

Source: Gmail Blog

Doppler Labs Active Listening Wearable

Doppler Labs goal is to eventually place a microphone, computer, and speaker into people’s ears. Their recent kickstarter product labeled as “Here” is a wearable earpiece that aims to enhance sound for live performance venues. Here is focused on marketing towards audiophiles and those that want options at live concerts.

Here is controlled by your smartphone via bluetooth. From your smartphone you control the volume Here, set your preferred equalizer settings, and effects such as bitcrusher, flange, delay, reverb, and fuzz.

Aside from enhancing sound for live concerts, it can be used to suppress sounds of common frequencies such as baby crying and other frequencies.

A kickstarter has been going on for Here and within 6 months they will have the first production unit available for consumers.

doppler ear buds

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