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What do the Apple Watch and Nokia Pulse Ox have in common? They’ve both got pulse oximeter sensors that measure heart rate using photoplethysmography (PPG), the expansion and contraction of capillaries based on changes in blood volume. They’re accurate to a degree, but require a fair amount of electricity because they’re light-bas…Read More
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Facial recognition technology is a controversial topic. Scores of investors and consumer advocacy groups rallied against Amazon for providing its face-detecting artificial intelligence (AI) to local law enforcement. In committee hearings, representatives in the House of Representatives took the FBI to task for using a facial ID system with an error…Read More
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Companies that employ on-demand workers rely on checks of criminal records, employment verification, and driving records to spot red flags during the hiring process. The trouble is, those checks are a one-time deal — if a contract worker commits a crime a few weeks into a job, their employer usually remains none the wiser. Case in point? Last…Read More
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Have trouble juggling team meetings, appointments, and projects at work? Microsoft thinks that data analytics might be the answer. Ahead of its Inspire developer conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Redmond company today announced enhancements to two of its productivity insights products, Workplace Analytics for teamwork and MyAnalytics, designed t…Read More
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EXCLUSIVE: So far, blockchain has focused largely on areas such as fintech, cryptocurrencies, real estate, insurance, and identity. But every day a new industry sector is taking advantage of the benefits of distributed ledger technologies. Invention analysis platform Loci has announced today the launch of its blockchain-powered solution that helps…Read More
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Alzheimer’s disease affects millions of people each year. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, it’s the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, killing more seniors than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. It’s also expensive — early diagnosis could save an estimated $7.9 trillion in medical and c…Read More
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Glasswing Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm based in Boston, Massachusetts, announced that it has raised $112 million for an AI-focused fund it claims is the largest of its kind on the East Coast. The capital — which was raised over the course of 18 months from a mix of pension funds, family offices, and foundation and university…Read More
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Earlier this week, Amazon announced that it has opened virtual reality kiosks in 10 shopping malls to promote its upcoming Prime Day shopping event. Now you can see the Amazon VR experience for yourself. Prepare to be impressed: It’s significantly more elaborate than expected, and shows how a top retailer is transforming the future of shoppin…Read More
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Self-driving cars ferry folks from place to place. They deliver food. And starting later this year, they’ll transport wood from logging sites to sawmills. Self-funded Swedish company Einride today announced the T-log, an autonomous, all-electric logging truck that’s designed to navigate hilly, winding forest roads. “Logging transp…Read More
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Text messages are a minefield of a medium. They’re easily misinterpreted (a 2005 study found that message recipients routinely fail to distinguish between seriousness and sarcasm), and one misplaced word or misconstrued phrase could land an unlucky sender in the doghouse. Kevin Knull, CEO and co-founder of Atlanta, Georgia-based Truthify, fou…Read More
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