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Optician: Too Much Smartphone Usage Can Damage Vision

textdrive304The blue-violet light beaming from your precious smartphone can damage your eyes. Too much exposure to this particular type of light, and you can damage your vision.

That’s the latest warning from optician, Andy Hepworth, who warns users that blue “violet light is potentially hazardous to the back of your eyes.” Moreover, tests have found that blue-violet light can lead to a higher risk for macular degeneration, otherwise known of blindness.

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Google Presents its Government Search Policy as a Board Game Animation

Google’s new transparency request is out, and according to the search company, Government data requests are up 120% over the past four years. The report shows that the US consistently requests more data than any other country, but that number may be reaching a plateau. with 10,574 requests compared to 10,918 from the last reporting period. It may be too soon to be optimistic, since overall, government requests from all countries are actually increasing.

US Data Requests

US Data Requests

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Study: iOS Apps More Likely to Crash Than Android Apps

A new study from Crittercism’s Mobile Experience Benchmark Report brings some optimistic data to Android users: their apps are more stable than iOS. In fact, iOS apps are twice as likely to crash. The study also found that Android apps on tablets show less stability than their smartphone equivalent.

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Foodini: A 3D Printer That Uses Fresh Ingredients

Foodini is a 3D printer, but unlike other 3D printers that rely on weird tubes of processed materials, Foodini promises to help you use fresh ingredients. Why? Because someone, some day, may want a custom dinosaur chocolate cake – or something like that.
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Sony’s 13″ Digital Paper Costs Only $1,100

sony paperSony’s Digital Paper incites a vague desire that can dissipate almost immediately upon viewing the not-so-cool price tag of $1,100. The paper-thin e-ink display can show documents while accepting handwritten notes from an ultra-thin stylus. At 12.6 oz, it’s only slightly lighter than a 1 lb iPad Air, and only slightly thinner at 6.8mm compared to the iPad’s 7.5 mm. Read more

Google Glass is Helping Doctors in the ER

google glassBoston’s Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center (BIDMC), one of the nation’s largest hospital, is piloting a Google Glass experiment that llow doctors to use Google Glass when performing duties. The new smart eyewear allow doctors to get patient information beamed into their peripheral vision without having to look at a laptop or tablet device.

Patient folders have been replaced with giant QR codes that can be quickly scanned and replaced with new data as patients change rooms and beds. BIDMC software has been used to secure patient records and medical data. In fact, all of Google’s interanl software has been disabled so nothing goes to the Google Cloud. Read more

Whatsappitis: The Latest Disease to Hit the Text Generation

textdrive304A patient was diagnosed with Whatsappitis for the first time ever after spending six continuous hours on the chatting app. Ironically, the patient is a 34-year-old emergency medicine physician.

What’s Whatsappitis?, you might ask. Well, according to the very first diagnosis of the case, the patient suffered a sudden onset of bilateral wrist pain after spending too many hours of continuous texting. A finkelstein test revealed positive signs of sharp wrist pains, similar to Nintendinitis, a common diagnosis for patients who suffered wrist pains after playing too much Game Boy in the 90′s.

What’s the cure for Whatsappitis? Abstaining from texting and plenty of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Infographic: Inequality Between iOS and Android Marketshare

marketshareSince 2009, Android has been growing worldwide, but it failed to match the iOS platform as a major source of income. This past holiday season, iOS users were 5 times more likely to purchase online. Further purchases made on iOS came to an average of $93.94 compared to $48.10 of Android transactions.

When it comes to the apps marketplace, marketshare doesn’t necessarily equate to profit. Today’s infographic reveal just that. Read more

Facebook Acquires Oculus Rift for $2 Billion

Virtual reality headset makers, Oculus Rift have been purchased by Facebook for approximately $2 billion in cash and Facebook stocks. Oculus Rift is primarily used by gamers for immersive virtual reality experiences. The headset was originally funded on Kickstarter for over $2.4 million by 9,522 backers, some of whom are not the least happy about the acquisition. The negative comments on Kickstarter are getting heated:
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Father Uses Drone to Pull Loose Tooth From Son’s Mouth

It takes a good father to creatively remove a loose tooth from his son’s mouth. In the video below, you can see the dental deed. Malcolm Swan, Drone father of the year, helped his son, Adam, who asked his father to remove the loose tooth from his son when it became annoying.

Warning: there is a bit of blood, but it’s not gruesome.
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