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Image inside Google Smart Contact Lens Focuses On Healthcare Billions

By FuryStryfe - 17 hours ago

Google is developing a smart contact lens, with pharmaceutical giant Novartis, to help patients manage diabetes – in one of a number of moves focused squarely on billions of dollars of potential revenue available across the total digital healthcare market.

As technology moves further into treatment with remote consultations, monitoring and operations, robotic treatments, and advanced digital diagnosis, Google has seen the opportunity to apply its own eyewear technology (up until now limited as glasses called Google Glass) to the healthcare field.

Google’s 3D mobile technology and its offering around health record digitization form potential other strands of its expansion in the health market. Last month, it released the Google Fit platform to track exercise and sleep, among other health factors – but it is far from alone, as Apple and Samsung offer similar systems in that area.

Today, under a new development and licensing deal between Google and the Alcon eyewear division at Novartis, the two companies said they will create a smart contact lens that contains a low power microchip and an almost invisible, hair-thin electronic circuit. The lens can measure diabetics’ blood sugar levels directly from tear fluid on the surface of the eyeball. The system sends data to a mobile device to keep the individual informed.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin said the company wanted to use “the latest technology in ‘minituarisation’ of electronics” in order to improve people’s “quality of life”.

Novartis chief executive Joe Jimenez added that technology as a whole, starting with smart eyewear, could be used to “manage human diseases”, and indicated that diseases will be mapped in the body using a range of other devices in the future – many of which are in development across universities and research laboratories.

An official timescale for the product’s development and commercialization has not been made public, though Jimenez said in Reuters and WSJ interviews respectively that the company “would hope to be able to commercialize it within about five years”, adding that it was expected to create a “large revenue stream”.

The combination of Google’s technology background and Novartis’ pharmaceutical knowledge would help meet “unmet medical needs”, Jimenez claimed.

The pharmaceutical firm is also looking into how to enable the contact lens technology to assess long sighted people’s vision and autofocus it on what they are looking at, working rather like an automatic camera lens when taking a picture. Such technology would help them avoid the need for glasses when reading or looking at other nearby objects.

The Google team involved in the contact lens development is called Google[x], and it focuses on “finding new solutions to big global problems” in healthcare and beyond, according to the companies.

The secretive Google[x] facility operates in Mountain View, California, and one of its most high profile projects has been a self driving car. It is also working closely on speech recognition, balloon powered internet access for rural areas, wind power, and technology for the Internet of Things – in which internet connected home, personal and city objects communicate with each other and take automatic action when different events take place.


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Image inside The iPhone 6 Isn't Official, But A 24-Carat Gold iPhone 6 Is

By FuryStryfe - 17 hours ago

Until Tim Cook holds it up on a California stage a month or two from now, the iPhone 6 will remain subject to rampant rumors and speculation. But luxury design and accessory company Brikk is already taking pre-orders for its extravagant take on Apple's next big thing.

Brikk announced on Monday that it will offer 14 luxury versions of the next iPhone including 24-carat yellow gold, 24-carat pink gold and pure platinum finishes for the anticipated 4.7-inch 128 GB model. The bling-obsessed can also add over a carat of white diamonds to embellish the Apple logo on the phone back.

Clearly, Brikk is not doing this with AppleÂ’s explicit blessing as most companies would not appreciate a partner scooping them on their own product announcement. According to BrikkÂ’s release:

Each piece is disassembled inside BrikkÂ’s state-of-the-art laboratory in Los Angeles, USA by a team of highly skilled engineers. They are hand polished, prepared and plated with five layers of diverse metals before their final plating in either two layers of gold or platinum.

And indeed, Brikk concedes that it is playing the iPhone 6 guessing game right along with everyone else on its pre-order site, which warns: “specifications, images and information cannot be guaranteed and is subject to change based on the actual release of the iPhone 6 by Apple Corporation.”

To get in line for the opportunity to pay between $4,495 and $8,395 for whatÂ’s currently a piece of ostentatious vaporware, youÂ’ll need to put down a nonrefundable $500 deposit with your pre-order. Brikk says it will ship within 3-4 weeks of the official iPhone release and offers a 1-year warranty, which is handy since the production process almost certainly voids AppleÂ’s own iPhone warranty.


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Sprint Posts Best Net Income In 7 Years, EBITDA Grows 30% Year-To-Year To $1.83 Billion

By Jago - 17 hours ago


Sprint today released its earnings report for the first fiscal quarter of 2014, detailing a net income of $23 million, the best result in over seven years. The US mobile operator also confirmed that 3G network maintenance was largely complete, while LTE coverage expands to cover approximately 254 million people. Sprint had previously been struggling with new affordable plans to attract custom and forking out for upgrading 4G infrastructure.

It's safe to say Sprint is starting to turn things around. The company's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) of $1.83 billion grew by 30 percent year-on-year and the adjusted margin of almost 24 percent was the best recorded in six years. The main issue Sprint was experiencing was losing customers, which totalled 383,000 last quarter. This has been reduced to 220,000 and while it's still a sizeable figure, the amount of customers switching is at least dropping.

However, bearing the above in mind, Sprint also reports the network was able to increase postpaid gross additions by 16 percent compared to the same quarter in 2013 and retail smartphone sales almost hit 5 million. The network also added a total of 503,000 wholesale and affiliate customers during this quarter, serving over 53 million subscribers at the end of fiscal Q1 2014. As well as finances, Sprint also touches on the collection of awards obtained in the report.

Forecasting the future, the company expects calendar 2014 adjusted EBITDA to be between $6.7 and $6.9 billion. The quarterly earnings conference call will be held at 8:30am (ET) today.
Sprint's first quarter 2014 results show they finally turned a profit | Android Central

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Video inside Smartphone Connected Smart Shoes Will Help You Navigate And Track Movement Using Google Maps [Video]

By mrfreak76 - 17 hours ago

Forget Google Glass or Jawbone Up, the next wave in wearable tech might just be a smart shoe from India. The Lechal, meaning “take me along” in Hindi, has a Bluetooth enabled shoe insert that hooks up with Google Maps and buzzes to let you know which way to turn on your chosen route.

Created by Ducere Technologies Pvt, the shoe hooks up with an app that syncs with Google Maps, tracks your steps and counts your calories burned. The shoe itself can be used for jogging around town.

At this point you’re probably thinking this is some sort of high tech for runners, but the Lechal has much wider applications than that. The insert fits inside pretty much any shoe in your closet. Want to listen to tunes while driving instead of Siri navigation? The Lechal could vibrate to let you know when to turn instead. It can be used for hands-free biking, hiking, walking, tourists not wanting to look down at a map every five seconds as well.

The original idea for the shoe was actually to help the visually impaired navigate the world around them. About 90% of the world’s visually impaired live in developing countries, according to the World Health Organization. Around 20% in India alone.

As in the video below, users can also drop a pin on the map on their phone to meet up with others at a certain destination. The shoes apply haptic feedback to guide the wearer at the right turn to meet up with friends or to get wherever they need to be.

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The Lechal footwear also comes with something called Smart Assist, which alerts you if your phone is not in close proximity.

It’s not actually the first smart shoe tech, but it is the first to take on navigation. Aetrex created a smart shoe to track people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia a couple of years back, but they didn’t apply it to haptic learning, navigation or personal fitness.

The idea and design for the Lechal came from two American educated Indian engineers, Krispian Lawrence and Anirudh Sharma. Both life long friends, the two went back to India and formed Ducere in the newly formed state of Telengana in 2011. The company quickly grew to a solid 50 employees currently. The Lechal is Ducere’s first product, and is expected to retail for around $100 to $150 this September.

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Image inside Samsung's 2nd Metal Android Phone, The Galaxy Alpha, To Be Unveiled On August 4th

By Jago - 17 hours ago


Usually, at this time of the year, everyone looks forward to the next device in SamsungÂ’s popular Galaxy Note lineup. However, some of the pre-release limelight of the next Galaxy Note has been stolen by SamsungÂ’s upcoming Galaxy Alpha, mainly due to the fact that the device will be the f̶i̶r̶s̶t̶ second Android phone from Samsung to feature a metallic construction. We have already offered an exclusive look at some of the Galaxy AlphaÂ’s hardware, and today we can confirm that the device will be officially announced on August 4th, instead of sometime in mid-August as other leaks had mentioned.

The early August announcement makes sense – it will give Samsung a month or so to let the excitement around the Galaxy Alpha die down before taking the stage and unveiling the Galaxy Note 4 in September. For those wondering why Samsung would want the excitement around its f̶i̶r̶s̶t̶ second metal-clad Android phone wane, itÂ’s because the Galaxy Alpha is not meant as a flagship device. Instead, it will feature a mix of high-end and mid-range hardware – a 4.8-inch 720p display, 32 GB of non-expandable internal storage, a fingerprint scanner - and will be a lesser variant of the Galaxy S5, similar to the Galaxy S5 mini.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha to be unveiled on August 4th | SamMobile

This will actually be Samsung's 2nd metal Android phone after the Galaxy J. Not sure why the media keeps trying to stress that this is their first. It will be their 3rd metal phone in general, if you count the Wave 3.

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By calviiin - 17 hours ago

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Image inside Samsung Level Over Premium Headphones Review: Samsung May Finally Be Getting Sound Right

By Jago - 17 hours ago


The Level Overs are Samsung's flagship premium headphone, commanding a just-barely-beats-Beats price of $350 (Beats Studio Wireless are $380). Yes, that is a very expensive set of headphones that you are probably not interested in, but then again, the Level Overs are very clearly targeted at a specific group of buyers: people who are considering the Beats Studio Wireless or, potentially, the Parrot Ziks.

If you're simply going on features, the Level Overs blow Beats out of the water. The touch controls on the right ear alone are a massive advantage for the Level Over, and I simply cannot overstate their convenience. Like the Parrot Ziks, you can control volume and play/pause/tracking via swiping or tapping gestures on the right ear housing of the Level Overs. Swipe up to increase volume (it even does incremental adjustments based on how far you swipe), swipe down to lower it. Double-tap to play or pause. Swipe left or right to active the next / previous track function. This stuff works in every music app I tested, too. I would pay money dollars for this. You can also tap and hold for 3 seconds to activate S Voice / BT voice dialer on non-Samsung phones, but that's pretty useless.

How well do the gestures work? Surprisingly well, actually. I love them, and though the next / previous track gesture sometimes activated accidentally when I went to shift the headphones or take them off, it's something I got used to and was able to avoid after using them for a week.

Like the Studio Wireless, the Level Overs feature active noise cancellation, activated via a somewhat annoyingly small button below the power switch (on the Studio Wireless, ANC is always on, so the Over's toggle is a definite upgrade). The ANC on these headphones, though, is simply outstanding. Samsung's hybrid noise-cancellation system utilizes a microphone inside the headphones along with one outside, and then generates the noise-cancelling... noise... based on those inputs. It works amazingly well. I actually took these on a flight last week, and while the noise of the plane wasn't completely muted, it was so quiet and inoffensive that was I legitimately befuddled by Samsung's apparent sound-killing witchcraft. It is scary good, and the amount of ANC hiss is very low.

Like any ANC headphone, the Overs won't magically mute voices, random and sudden loud noises, or other sound sources that aren't relatively constant. That said, it seems a lot better than other ANC headphones I've tried. It does help that the Level Overs have great passive isolation, being a big set of over-ear headphones and all.

There's also a Level app you can install on most Android smartphones. It shows your remaining battery, has an ANC toggle, an EQ, and you can set up TTS notifications for Samsung apps and a few non-Samsung ones too ("message" and "schedule" were all I saw on my G3). Finally, the Level Overs have NFC on the left ear cup for quick and easy Bluetooth pairing. They charge via microUSB, and Samsung claims 15 hours of wireless listening per charge.

Beyond the tech, of course, is sound. The Level Overs sound decidedly better than the Ons, like a real, quality headphone. Compared to my Grado SR80i on-ears, the Overs have comparable fidelity, though do sound a bit muted and mid-heavy to my ears. They're not overly bassy, surprisingly. The difference between sound wired versus over Bluetooth was also surprisingly small. The same 320Kbps MP3s played over Bluetooth versus a direct line from my PC's stereo / DAC setup sounded strikingly similar, though I could perceive a noticeable loss in fidelity (tracks over Bluetooth simply felt less textured and "tight"). If you're comparing the audio out of a smartphone's headphone jack to Bluetooth on the Level Overs, though, I doubt you'll hear the difference.

Compared to huge audiophile fan favorites like V Moda's Crossfade, of course the Level Overs aren't going to stand up favorably. This is clearly a headphone built to a price point and an aesthetic, not to please headphone fanatics. That said, the Level Overs do sound genuinely good, just not $350 worth if it were my money.

Once you turn on ANC, generally all bets are off in regard to sound quality. ANC by its nature distorts sound, and soundstage on complex tracks gets kind of nuked when you flip that switch. For people who want ANC headphones, this isn't a problem - music is still perfectly listenable and fairly detailed with the ANC activated, it just isn't quite as good. It's not a problem because this is true of literally any ANC headphone in existence. I will say that using ANC while listening to audio over the wired connection is a bad idea - things get very distorted and the loudness and line noise get cranked way up. If you're using the ANC, definitely only do so in combination with Bluetooth.

If I were to change any one thing about the Overs, it would be the addition of a smart on-off technology. Parrot's Zik headphones are able to detect when they're not on your ears, and pause playback when you take them off. Even better would be a similar technology that knows to turn the headphones off if they've been off your ears for more than a few minutes. Because they're ANC headphones, the Overs will stay on in ANC mode if you forget to turn them off via the power switch, and that uses up the battery. Sitting idle with ANC off probably isn't going to drain much, but people tend to use ANC on these kinds of headphones most of the time.

As for comfort - one of the key points to address on any over-ear headphone - the Level Overs are exceptional. I had virtually zero fatigue wearing them for hours at a time, these are truly nice headphones to wear from an ergonomic perspective. They did sometimes feel like they'd slide off the back of my head when I'd lean back, though they never actually did, and you probably just get used to this feeling eventually.
Samsung Level Over, On, In, And Box Review: Samsung May Finally Be Getting Sound Right

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Image inside Amazon launches 3-D printing store

By Shadiah - 2 days ago

The future of retail: manufactured by a 3-D printer, delivered by drone.
That's the sci-fi scenario Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) is inching closer to with the launch this week of its 3-D Printing Store, which offers shoppers over 200 products, including toys, jewelry and home decorations.
The items are produced via 3-D printer, and can be customized by size, color, material or with personal text and images. A "personalization widget" lets you play around with different designs and preview your purchase before you buy.
"The introduction of our 3-D Printed Products store suggests the beginnings of a shift in online retail - that manufacturing can be more nimble to provide an immersive customer experience," Petra Schindler-Carter, Amazon's director for marketplace sales, said in a statement.
In launching the store, Amazon signed on 3-D-printing productions firms including Cincinnati-based 3DLT and Brooklyn's Mixee Labs. Mixee co-founder Nancy Liang said the new marketplace "has the potential to become the app store for the physical world."

Watch this 3D printer print makeup
As for the drone delivery, Amazon still has some hurdles to clear. The company announced in December that it hoped to begin delivering packages using drones in four or five years, but it won't be able to do so until federal regulators craft safety rules for unmanned aircraft.
"Amazon Prime Air, a new delivery system that will get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less using aerial vehicles, is one invention we are incredibly passionate about," Amazon said in a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration earlier this month. "One day, seeing Amazon Prime Air will be as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road today, resulting in enormous benefits for consumers across the nation."

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Want $50 for free, Have an Nfc Device.....

By Jae_Mike - 2 days ago

Heres the deal make sure you have a NFC capable device and an Isis Sim Card.

Go to the android market and download Isis mobile wallet. Then create an account an user name. After that go to add cards on the left and set up an American Express Serve Prepaid card account. Once that is completed give it 10 mins and bam....$50 that you can use wirelessly in Nfc locations listed on the site. They will also send you a debit card for places that do not have NFC. Also if you have friends they will pay you to refer them. $10 Amazon Gift Card for each friend (Up to 15) that signs up with Isis. A free $50 Dollars. Offer Ends 8/31.

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha confirmed to sport a 720p display

By fat_boyy21 - 2 days ago


If you ever thought that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Alpha will be a high-end smartphone, then you might want to reconsider that.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha will indeed feature a premium metallic design, but it doesnÂ’t look like the smartphone will come out with high-end hardware. According to a Samsung developer console, the Galaxy Alpha will sport a 720p display, which is similar to what the companyÂ’s third-generation Galaxy S smartphone that was launched two years ago had.

Apart from confirming the screen resolution, the document also confirms the naming scheme of the device. The smartphone will be officially named Galaxy Alpha and not as Galaxy S5 Alpha as suggested by a few reports.

For now, we know that the Galaxy Alpha will feature a 4.8-inch display, 32GB non-expandable memory, a fingerprint scanner and a nano SIM slot.

Samsung is expected to announce the Galaxy Alpha in August, a couple of weeks before it unveils its next generation Galaxy Note phablet.


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