Apple Launches Study into Whether Apple Watch Can Detect COVID-19 (Other devices could do so too if they did the research)

Date Published: Thu, 15 Apr 2021 13:54:31 +0200

Apple is launching a study into whether the Apple Watch can be used to detect respiratory illnesses such as coronavirus or flu, in partnership with the University of Washington and the Seattle Flu Study.

A previous independent study by Mount Sinai researchers found that an Apple Watch can effectively predict a positive COVID-19 diagnosis up to a week before current PCR-based nasal swab tests, which may be reinforced by the findings of this new study.

Enrolment is open now for individuals in the greater Seattle area who are age 22 or older and have an Apple ‌iPhone‌ 6s or newer.

Most of the results coming out now for diabetes and atrial fibrillation are based around algorithm detections based on HRV, heart rate, oxygen levels, etc so nothing groundbreaking or new, it's just a question of doing the research which Apple is doing for their device. I had a Fitbit which clearly, in retrospect, showed my sharply elevated resting heart rate about 3 days before I was hospitalised with a viral infection, but the software gave no warning and I only saw it when I was analysing the data manually afterwards. I sold the Fitbit and bought an Apple Watch...

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Apple is launching a study into whether the Apple Watch can be used to detect respiratory illnesses such as coronavirus or flu, in partnership with...

Nvidia’s GeForce Experience now optimizes settings for creative apps such as Lightroom, AutoCAD, and DaVinci Resolve, and OBS Studio gets noise cancellation

Date Published: Thu, 15 Apr 2021 13:20:48 +0200

Clever of Nvidia to branch out from just focussing on gaming and now also tweak the power of their GPUs into another category of apps that really thrive on heavy horsepower processing ability.

Nothing really groundbreaking new here but its just a matter of allowing the GPU to be better utilised. Some apps like Kdenlive (not supported yet by Nvidia) has its own setting for utilising a GPU, but not all apps provide for this.

Open Broadcaster Software (OBS), the go-to software for streamers, is getting native support for Nvidia’s excellent noise-removal technology, and you’ll now be able to adjust the background noise-removal feature directly from within OBS.

See Nvidia’s GeForce Experience now optimizes settings for creative apps

#technology #Nvidia #creative #videorendering #GPU

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Lightroom, AutoCAD, and DaVinci Resolve are all supported

Phone wet and won’t turn on? Here’s what to do with water damage (hint: putting it in rice won’t work)

Date Published: Thu, 15 Apr 2021 11:25:51 +0200

While many smartphones are advertised as ‘water resistant’, this doesn’t mean they’re immune from water damage, and it usually just means they have more glue inside them. As a rule I treat all phones as not being water resistant which is why that is also not a criteria I use at all fore purchasing a new phone. You can probably also assume that most manufacturers are still not going to cover you for 'liquid damage'. I've been collecting those silica gel packets over many years and have a whole jar filled up now.

See some info about OEMs getting out of warranty claims and what you should do at Phone wet and won’t turn on? Here’s what to do with water damage (hint: putting it in rice won’t work)

#technology #hardware #phones #liquiddamage

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While many smartphones are advertised as ‘water resistant’, this doesn’t mean they’re immune from water damage

Dcbel r16: This EV charger turns electric cars into back-up power sources - Could power a house up to 12 hours long from the EV

Date Published: Wed, 14 Apr 2021 23:27:09 +0200

The unit can charge up to two EVs at the same time, and offers fast charging (known as Level 3 or DC Fast Charging) giving you 60 miles of battery range in an hour. CEO Marc-Andre Forget described it as a "small Tesla Supercharger inside your home."

The Dcbel can charge any EV, but to use your electric vehicle as a power source the car has to have bi-directional charging. That's only compatible with the Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid vehicles for now.

The Dcbel can supplement your home's everyday power use with stored energy from an EV, or it can kick into action during a power outage and can power the average American home for up to 12 hours (depending of course on how much charge was in the EV and what your power draw is).

It's not cheap, but it is cheaper than installing a Tesla Powerwall.

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Plug in your car to power your house.

The SharkRF Openspot3 can actually play audio through the browser for digital ham radio modes

Date Published: Wed, 14 Apr 2021 19:22:49 +0200

A very short clip just showing the Icom IC-7100 D-STAR radio connecting and listening to the Brandmeister DMR radio network through the SharkRF Openspot3. This just demonstrates the cross mode functionality with text read out.

Many have shown off this cross mode functionality, so this is really nothing new, but look at the second half of the clip where you will hear it playing through the desktop computer browser's audio. This is not a feature I've seen anyone mention before. It essentially means you could actually listen to the various mode ham radio networks without even having any radio, just the Openspot3 connected.

Watch at Ham Radio: Openspot3 can play audio through the browser without the radio

#technology #amateurradio #hamradio #openspot3 #Sharkrf

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Very short clip just showing the Icom IC-7100 DSTAR radio connecting and listening to the Brandmeister DMR radio network through the SharkRF Openspot3.Many h...

DuckDuckGo, Brave, and Vivaldi will block Google’s FLoC

Date Published: Tue, 13 Apr 2021 20:35:28 +0200

Basically, Google’s FLoC replaces third-party cookies by grouping Chrome users based on their interests and demographics. Google claims it’s a better alternative to third-party cookies, but privacy advocates disagree — and so does DuckDuckGo, Brave, and Vivaldi. The disagreement appears to focus on the fact that Google isn’t getting consent before tracking users.

With FLoC, by simply browsing the web, you are automatically placed into a group based on your browsing history (“cohort”). Websites you visit will immediately be able to access this group FLoC ID and use it to target ads or content at you. It’s like walking into a store where they already know all about you! In addition, while FLoC is purported to be more private because it is a group, combined with your IP address (which also gets automatically sent to websites) you can continue to be tracked easily as an individual.

Brave, meanwhile, said it vehemently opposes FLoC, and any feature that’s designed to share information about users and their interest without first getting consent. Brave said in response to Google’s practices, it has removed FLoC in the Nightly version of both Brave for desktop and Android.

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A number of companies are speaking out against Google's Federated Learning of Cohorts (FLoC), which is replacing third-party cookies.

Like it, or not – the sugar tax is working in South Africa but it needs to be increased to WHO recommendation levels

Date Published: Tue, 13 Apr 2021 19:28:37 +0200

We are drinking far less of the bad stuff, says Prof Karen Hofman of the Wits Centre for Health Economics and Decision Science.

South Africa introduced a sugar tax of 11% per litre three years ago, significantly below 20% recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Nevertheless, it seems to be doing the job.

Hofman and her team researched the impact of the sugar tax and found large reductions in demand for taxed beverages but no significant changes in demand for untaxed drinks. A similar study a couple of years ago found that households bought 50% fewer sugary beverages.

"Liquid sugar is particularly bad… particularly toxic… Fruit juices were not included [in the tax]. They’re less healthy! … Eat your fruit, don’t drink it!"

Listen to the full audio interview at Like it, or not – the sugar tax is working

#health #sugar #obesity #sugartax #southafrica

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We are drinking far less of the bad stuff, says Prof Karen Hofman of the Wits Centre for Health Economics and Decision Science.

TicWatch GTH is a 'familiar looking' but budget health tracker that can monitor your skin temperature with a 10 day battery life for US$80

Date Published: Tue, 13 Apr 2021 18:35:49 +0200

Interesting that this is a dedicated health tracker so no Android Wear OS (hence the longer battery life) or other apps. It seems more targeted at those that actually don't want a smart watch but just want plain health tracking, along with the temperature monitoring (obviously with Covid in mind). It also has 24-hour heart-rate and respiration monitoring, blood oxygen saturation detection (Sp02), and sleep quality monitoring.

It does also have basic notification alerting as well as some customisable watch faces.

Now that Google (an advertising company) has bought Fitbit this device may be perfectly timed for those wanting to move away from Fitbit. Mobvoi already has an excellent pedigree built up around the quality of their TicWatch Pro range.

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Mobvoi's TicWatches are some of the best wearables around right now. In fact, they're among the very few Wear OS watches that we would actually recommend

Find yourself watching the screen instead of webcam in VCs? Try this open source Eyecam instead which mimics a real eye

Date Published: Mon, 12 Apr 2021 21:37:39 +0200

The eyebrow-raising design pulls no punches in the uncanny department: the eye behaves as you’d expect (if you could have expected this) — it blinks, looks around, and can even waggle its brow. The eyeball, brow, and eyelids are actuated by a total of six servos that are controlled by an Arduino Nano.
Inside the eyeball is a Raspberry Pi camera connected to a Raspi Zero for the web cam portion of this intriguing horror show.

Creepy or fascinating, it succeeds in making people think about the vast amount of sensors around us now, and what the future of them could look like. Would mimicking eye contact be an improvement over the standard black and gray oblong eye?

Yes it may not be so easy for everyone to just 3D print and build this from scratch, but it is fully open sourced including the hardware, so it's quite possible, or maybe someone will start selling them. Bonus is you don't need to shutter it when not in use, it should just close it's eye and 'sleep'.

See Eyecam Is Watching You In Between Blinks

#technology #opensource #videoconferencing #webcam

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We will be the first to admit that it’s often hard to be productive while working from home, especially if no one’s ever really looking over your shoulder. Well, here is one creepy way …

Your WhatsApp account can be suspended by anyone who has your phone number... Because it still uses phone number verification and has a bug

Date Published: Mon, 12 Apr 2021 19:27:40 +0200

Yes it's partly an oversight on Whatsapp's side ie. they should not disable the whole account, just the new device. But phone numbers are often known, so it is quite easy to sabotage someone's account this way. Good services like Threema and others won't even require your phone number or e-mail address, so it is basically impossible to cause mischief.

Yet another reason why you want to always be sure to have a secondary or more service as alternatives.

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If you're a frequent user of WhatsApp, you may want to keep an eye on a disturbing hole discovered in its security this weekend. It's possible for an

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