Hearing aids and headphones are a natural marriage in the world of smartphones, but we’ve yet to see something as simple and small as this new device, Linx from ReSound. The hearing device tucks neatly inside the user’s ear and is controlled with Bluetooth technology to stream wirelessly from any iPhone, iPad, or iPod. Read more
According to a lice treatment specialist, selfies are to blame for an unusual increase in the parasitic outbreak. Marcy McQuillan of Nitless Noggins tells SFist, ” I’ve seen a huge increase of lice in teens this year. Typically it’s younger children I treat, because they’re at higher risk for head-to-head contact. But now, teens are sticking their heads together every day to take cell phone pics.”
She said, “we’re getting more of the high school and college kids than middle schoolers. Every teen I’ve treated, I ask about selfies, and they admit that they are taking them every day…I think parents need to be aware, and teenagers need to be aware too. Selfies are fun, but the consequences are real.” Read more
Facebook’s pilot program, SocialEDU, is on a mission to bring education to young students in Rwanda. The online education program is a joint partnership between the Rwandan government, Airtel telecom company, Nokia mobile company, online education provider edX, and Facebook.
Based on the success of MOOCs (Massice Open Online Courses), the joint venture is an extension of the Internet.org’s mission to bring the internet to the two thirds of the world’s population that does not have digital access. The MOOC-list is a huge database where students can find open-access courses available online. They are free, but do not come with course credits. Read more
Fitbit’s high-end activity tracking wristband, The Force, appears to be causing skin irritation for a small portion of users – about 1.7%. Users at risk for the irritation can also experience painful infections, if not properly treated. Those who have complaints about the issue have already been offered a full refund, but the company has now decided to stop selling the product and conduct a voluntary recall. In a press announcement by Fitbit’s CEO, the company offered a full apology, citing these laboratory tests results:
- Independent test results have not found any issues with the battery or electrical systems.
- Test results show that users are likely experiencing allergic contact dermatitis.
- All Force materials are commonly used in consumer products. However, some users may be reacting to the nickel present in the surgical grade stainless steel used in the device. Other users are likely experiencing an allergic reaction to the materials used in the strap or the adhesives used to assemble the product.
Looks can be deceiving if you have the right phone case. Today’s DIY video does just that with a paper notebook hack that literally cuts things up just the right way. If you have some glue, an Exacto knife, and some DIY spirit, you too can look like you’re playing in your notebook. Or, be a good student, and use it to take notes while recording the lecture for test time studying.
It’s not 100% foolproof as the person next to you will definitely see your phone sitting in your notebook, but in a lecture hall of over 100, you might look studious with the right stylus.
The latest research project from the University of Sheffield, Warwick, King’s College London, Saarland in Germany and MODUL University Vienna in Austria is being funded by the European Union. The goal: to root out social media lies from truths.
With social networks like Twitter being on the forefront of information dissemination, the EU and government agencies are interested in siphoning the information it seeks. Dr. Lalina Bontcheve from the University’s Department of Computer Science explains that “after the 2011 riots that social networks should have been shut down, to prevent the rioters using them to organise. Read more