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 People with depression tend to go out less and are more withdrawn from social gatherings.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to test, out of the 40 participants, 28 were chosen to monitor by amount of phone usage which would show that they were withdrawn from the real word.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

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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

 

 

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Team:on iOS Update (Version 1.1.4)

It’s been a while, but we’re back with an iOS update!

Version 1.1.4 introduces two new features that we think you’ll be happy about.

 

What’s new:

  • Slide out menu integrated and moved to the left side
  • Attach files from Dropbox and Google Drive
  • Increased size of edit button (hamburger icon) in Chat
  • Voice record feature! Record audio in Chat when you can’t use your hands
  • Now you can unlike accidental likes in Chat
  • Increased touch response
  • Bug fixes

 

As always, the latest version can be downloaded here: iOS Team:on

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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

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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.

sef driving car

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Washington Post

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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

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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

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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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BMW Places a 40-ton Electric Semi Truck on Public Roads

BMW has partnered with Scherm Automotive Services to release a 40-ton all electric semi truck on public road. The truck is built by Terberg and is said to have a maximum travel distance of 100 kilometers (62 miles) and take 3-4 hours to charge using renewable sources. BMW says the electric powered truck produces zero CO2, remains quiet, and can save approximately 12 tons of CO2 each year.

BMW plans to test the truck daily going back and forth delivering automotive parts from its BMW Group plant to Scherm’s Logistics Center in Munich, Germany. The distance it will travel each day will be 82 kilometers (50 miles). BMW hopes to gather enough data to see what the truck is capable of and what limitations it possesses in the long run.

BMW wants companies to see that you can innovate in the global market with sustainable products and shouldn’t be afraid to take a step in a different direction. Be the pioneers.

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