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Google’s Fitbit acquisition is official

Following regulatory scrutiny on both sides of the pond, Google this morning announced that it has completed its acquisition of wearables pioneer, Fitbit. Google’s use of the vast amount of user health data has long been the key sticking point of regulatory concern of the deal. After all, targeted advertising continues to be at the heart of much of what the tech giant does. As such, it’s unsurprising that both Google and Fitbit are looking to address concerns in their respective statements on th...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Startups, Hardware, Samsung, Eu, Commission, Htc, Apple Watch, Fitbit, James Park, Timex, Rick Osterloh, Fitbit Google, Google SVP of Devices


How to Talk with a Conspiracy Theorist: What the Experts Recommend

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpInOs1Fyno Why do people pledge allegiance to views that seem fundamentally hostile to reality? Maybe believers in shadowy, evil forces and secret cabals fall prey to motivated reasoning. Truth for them is what they need to believe in order to get what they want. Their certainty in the justness of a cause can feel as comforting as a warm blanket on a winter’s night. But conspiracy theories go farther than private delusions of grandeur. They have spilled i...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Politics, College, Current Affairs, Reddit, University of Pennsylvania, Vox, Bill Nye, Daniel, Facebook Twitter, Pew Research, Josh Jones, University of California Irvine, Cass Sunstein, MIT Technology Review


How to Talk with a Conspiracy Theorist (and Why People Believe Conspiracy Theories in the First Place): What the Experts Recommend

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpInOs1Fyno Why do people pledge allegiance to views that seem fundamentally hostile to reality? Maybe believers in shadowy, evil forces and secret cabals fall prey to motivated reasoning. Truth for them is what they need to believe in order to get what they want. Their certainty in the justness of a cause can feel as comforting as a warm blanket on a winter’s night. But conspiracy theories go farther than private delusions of grandeur. They have spilled i...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Politics, College, Current Affairs, Reddit, University of Pennsylvania, Vox, Bill Nye, Daniel, Facebook Twitter, Pew Research, Josh Jones, University of California Irvine, Cass Sunstein, MIT Technology Review


Social Psychologist Erich Fromm Diagnoses Why People Wear a Mask of Happiness in Modern Society (1977)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nCzsqKrkhE Modern man still is anxious and tempted to surrender his freedom to dictators of all kinds, or to lose it by transforming himself into a small cog in the machine. —Erich Fromm There are more think pieces published every day than any one person can read about our current moment of social disintegration. But we seem to have lost touch with the insights of social psychology, a field that dominated popular intellectual discourse in the post-war 20t...
Tags: Psychology, Google, College, Current Affairs, Philosophy, Un, Albert Camus, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Erich Fromm, Camus, Durham NC Follow, Maria Popova, Jacobin, Fromm, Frankfurt School


Right-wing app Parler booted off internet over ties to siege

By MATT O’BRIEN The conservative-friendly social network Parler was booted off the internet Monday over ties to last week’s siege on the U.S. Capitol, but not before hackers made off with an archive of its posts, including any that might have helped organize or document the riot. Amazon kicked Parler off its web-hosting service, and the social media app promptly sued to get back online, telling a federal judge that the tech giant had breached its contract and abused its market power. It was a ro...
Tags: Health, Google, Amazon, Business, Media, Uncategorized, Sport, Soccer, Seattle, Donald Trump, Fox Business, Trump, McGill University, Coleman, Facebook Twitter, Matt O Brien


Healthvana’s digital COVID-19 vaccination records are about communication, not passports for the immune

As the vaccination campaign to counter COVID-19 gets underway (albeit with a rocky start), a number of companies are attempting to support its rollout in a variety of ways. Healthvana, a health tech startup that began with a specific focus on providing patient information digitally for individuals living with HIV, is helping Los Angeles County roll out mobile vaccination records for COVID-19 using Apple’s Wallet technology. A cursory appraisal of the implementation of this tech might lead one to...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Android, Startups, TC, Instagram, Virginia, Hiv, Los Angeles, Tech, Windows 95, Vaccination, Biotech, Biotechnology, Life Sciences


Parler squeezed as Trump seeks new online megaphone

By FRANK BAJAK and BARBARA ORTUTAY President Donald Trump has been kicked off of most mainstream social media platforms following his supporters’ siege on the U.S. Capitol. But it remains to be seen how fast or where — if anywhere — on the internet he will be able to reach his followers. The far right-friendly Parler had been the leading candidate, at least until Google and Apple removed it from their app stores and Amazon booted it off its web hosting service just after midnight Pacific time ea...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Business, Media, Buzzfeed, Uncategorized, Sport, Chicago, Soccer, Associated Press, Donald Trump, Pacific, Trump


Squelched by Twitter, Trump seeks new online megaphone

By FRANK BAJAK BOSTON (AP) — One Twitter wag joked about lights flickering on and off at the White House being Donald Trump signaling to his followers in Morse code after Twitter and Facebook squelched the president for inciting rebellion. Though deprived of his big online megaphones, Trump does have alternative options of much smaller reach, led by the far right-friendly Parler — even if Google removed it from its app store Friday and Apple threatened the same. Trump may launch his own platform...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Business, Technology, Media, Instagram, Congress, Youtube, Washington, White House, China, Germany, Boston


How Tibetan Monks Use Meditation to Raise Their Peripheral Body Temperature 16-17 Degrees

Tibetan monks in remote regions of the Himalayas have long claimed near miraculous powers through yogic practices that resemble nothing you’ll find offered at your local gym, though they may derive from some similar Indian sources. One such meditative practice, a breathing exercise known as tummo, tum-mo, or g-tummo, supposedly generates body heat and can raise one’s peripheral body temperature 16-17 degrees—a distinctly advantageous ability when sitting outside in the snow-capped mountains...
Tags: Health, Google, College, Boston, Religion, Neuroscience, Harvard, Himalayas, Dalai Lama, Benson, National University Of Singapore, Facebook Twitter, Harvard Medical School, Josh Jones, Robert Wright, Durham NC Follow


#618 How Small Businesses Can Stand Out Online and Reach New Customers in 2021

Listen to “#618 How Small Businesses Can Stand Out Online and Reach New Customers in 2021” on Spreaker.       On this episode of The Small Business Radio Show… SEGMENT 1, starting at 0:00: Having a digital presence during this pandemic is essential for communicating and doing business. What specific things can you be doing to increase your digital presence, stand out online, and reach new customers this year? SEGMENT 2, starting at 16:30: Emotional health struggles are at an all-time high duri...
Tags: Google, Sales, Mental Health, Depression, Anxiety, Podcasting, Digital Innovation, Mark, Ralph, Jay Oakerson, Mark Henick, Ralph Sutton, Digital Presence, Small Business Radio Show, GaS Digital Network, Google Customer Solutions


Mental Health is Top Concern for SMBs in 2021

On the heels of a tumultuous year, many small business owners still in operation are licking their wounds. They have had to lay off staff, reduce hours or even pivot their business models entirely. To say it was both unexpected and unprecedented in our lifetime is to put lipstick on a pig – and at this point in the pandemic, we know better than that. In all honesty, it was undoubtedly and unequivocally painful, both process-wise and from an emotional and psychological perspective. According to a...
Tags: Google, Business, US, America, Management, Mental Health, Jp Morgan, Right Now, Ben, Information Systems, Ben Richmond, University of Canterbury His Twitter


Photos: Staff photographer Keith Birmingham shares his images of the year 2020

  Brandi Chastain (#6) tears off her uniform top and cheers after scoring the winning shootout goal for the U.S. Women’s World Cup soccer team at the Rose Bowl in 1999. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) USA’s players from left: Jullie Foudy, Joy Fawcett, Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, Brandi Chastain are seen during the medal ceremony after the gold medal women’s soccer game between USA and Brazil for the Athens 2004 Olympics at the Karaiskaki stadium in Athens, on Thursday A...
Tags: Health, Google, Business, Japan, Usa, News, Sweden, Education, Washington, Government, China, Germany, America, Atlanta, Sport, Ap


Comparing Google AI and human intelligence for the forecasting of COVID-19

Junko Kurita et al. from Japan have compared Google AI forecasting with a statistical model by human intelligence and recently presented it in a preprint medRxiv* paper.
Tags: Health, Google, Japan, Junko Kurita


Amazon’s Halo fitness tracker raises privacy concerns for Amy Klobuchar

After reading a review of Amazon’s new fitness tracker, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar penned an open letter. “Recent reports have raised concerns about the Halo’s access to this extensive personal and private health information,” the lawmaker wrote to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. “Among publicly available consumer health devices, the Halo appears to collect an unprecedented level of personal information.” The senator is far from the first critic to expre...
Tags: Health, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Hardware, Minnesota, Privacy, Halo, US, Tech, Eu, Connecticut, Commission, Amnesty International, Amy Klobuchar, Fitbit


How Do Vaccines (Including the COVID-19 Vaccines) Work?: Watch Animated Introductions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rb7TVW77ZCs The other day, I found myself reading about what life is like in countries that have successfully minimized the pandemic: worry free holidays, meeting friends and family without the danger of infection, a general air of normalcy thanks to a combination of rigorous public health efforts and public cooperation. I live in the U.S., where the political party currently in power (and desperate to keep it) convinced millions of my fellow citizens that...
Tags: Health, Google, Science, College, America, United States, Current Affairs, Who, Philadelphia, Pbs, Bmj, Johns Hopkins, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Durham NC Follow, Katherine O'Brien


iOS 14.3 Features: New Apple TV+ Tab, AirPods Max Support, ProRAW for iPhone 12 and More

Apple today released iOS 14.3 and iPadOS 14.3 to the public, introducing some notable new features. We've highlighted the biggest changes so you can get a quick overview of what to expect after installing it. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Apple Fitness+ Priced at $9.99 per month and included in the highest-tier Apple One bundle, Apple Fitness+ is Apple's latest service that's designed to work with the Apple Watch. It offers guided workouts provided by App...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Featured, Mexico, China, Apple Watch, Bing, MacRumors YouTube, Vo2 Max, Ecosia, Ios 14, Cardio Fitness, UK Germany India, Breezometer Air, Ecosia Search Engine Ecosia


iOS 14.3 Features: Everything New in iOS 14.3

Apple today released iOS 14.3 and iPadOS 14.3 to the public, introducing some notable new features. We've highlighted the biggest changes so you can get a quick overview of what to expect after installing it. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Apple Fitness+ Priced at $9.99 per month and included in the highest-tier Apple One bundle, Apple Fitness+ is Apple's latest service that's designed to work with the Apple Watch. It offers guided workouts provided by App...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Featured, Mexico, China, Wikipedia, Apple Watch, Bing, MacRumors YouTube, Vo2 Max, Ecosia, Ios 14, Siri zwnj, Cardio Fitness, UK Germany India


Daily Crunch: Apple launches Fitness+

We review Apple Fitness+, Gmail goes down and Pornhub cracks down on unverified content. This is your Daily Crunch for December 14, 2020. The big story: Apple launches Fitness+ Brian Heater tried out Apple’s new $10-per-month subscription service for guided workouts, prompting some broader reflections on exercise during this terrible year — and on how Fitness+ might fit in. The service requires an Apple Watch to sign up, which is a hurdle if (like me) you don’t already own the device, but B...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Hardware, Fitness, Samsung, Tech, Reddit, Fda, Brian, Apple Watch, Pfizer, Pornhub, Gary Oldman, David Fincher, Cray


Exposure Notifications: end of year update

For the last eight months we’ve been working with Apple on the Exposure Notifications System (ENS) to help public health authorities in their efforts to contain COVID-19. We wanted to provide an update on this work. Saving lives at all levels of adoption Since May, when this technology became available, public health authorities have launched Exposure Notifications in more than 50 countries, states and regions—an average of two apps each week. This week, California became the latest U.S. sta...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, UK, Colorado, California, Washington, Virginia, Spain, United States, Ireland, Finland, Uruguay, Ralph Northam, Association of Public Health Laboratories, Task Force for Global Health


Google to add Covid-19 vaccine information panels to Search

Google announced today it’s introducing a new search feature that will surface a list of authorized vaccines in users’ location, as well as informational panels about each individual vaccine. The feature is first being launched in the U.K., which earlier this month gave emergency authorization to the BioNTech/Pfizer coronavirus vaccine.  The company says the feature will roll out to other countries as their local health authorities authorize vaccines. The feature itself will appear at the top of...
Tags: Health, Google, Youtube, Tech, Vaccines, Google Google, Google Today Google, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID, BioNTech Pfizer


How you'll find accurate and timely information on COVID-19 vaccines

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, teams across Google have worked to provide quality information and resources to help keep people safe, and to provide public health, scientists and medical professionals with tools to combat the pandemic. We’ve launched more than 200 new products, features and initiatives—including the Exposure Notification API to assist contact tracing—and have pledged over $1 billion to assist our users, customers and partners around the world. As the world turns its focus to th...
Tags: Health, Google, Youtube, Search, United Kingdom, Ohio State, Safety And Security, Md, World Health Organization WHO, Asia Pacific region, Centers for Disease Control, Karen DeSalvo, Google News Initiative, Australian Science Media Centre, COVID-19, M.P.H.Kristie Canegallo


Don’t Think Twice: A Poignant Film Documents How Bob Dylan & The Beatles Bring Joy to a Dementia Patient

It’s often said the sense of smell is most closely connected to long-term memory. The news offers little comfort to us forgetful people with a diminished sense of smell. But increasingly, neuroscientists are discovering how sound can also tap directly into our deepest memories. Patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia seem to come alive, becoming their old selves when they hear music they recognize, especially if they were musicians or dancers in a former life. “Sound is evolutionarily ancien...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Google, Music, College, Washington, Neuroscience, Bob Dylan, Npr, John, Dover, Northwestern University, Ac, Facebook Twitter, Jon, Tchaikovsky


Advancing health research with Google Health Studies

COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of research in providing information about disease and treatments. However, it’s challenging for researchers to recruit enough volunteers so that studies are representative of the general population. To make it easier for leading research institutions to connect with potential study participants, we’re introducing the Google Health Studies app with the first study focused on respiratory illness. With the new app, anyone with an Android phone can take part ...
Tags: Health, Google, Google Play Store, Research, Harvard Medical School, Boston Children 's Hospital, Google Research, John Brownstein, Jon Morgan Paul Eastham, Google Health Studies


A Biostatistician Uses Crochet to Visualize the Frightening Infection Rates of the Coronavirus

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lxKUulMxH8 Chances are you’ve looked at more graphs this past year than you did over the previous decade — not just while working at home, but while scrolling through cascades of often-troubling quantitative information during your “off” hours as well. This phenomenon has hardly been limited to the Americans who obsessed over the predictions of and returns from their presidential election last month, an event turned practically into a sideshow by the ongo...
Tags: Health, Google, Facebook, Biology, College, Current Affairs, Seoul, Johns Hopkins, Facebook Twitter, Paul Gauguin, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Kathrine Frey Frøslie, Frøslie, Coral Crochet Based


Marina Abramović’s Method for Overcoming Trauma: Go to a Park, Hug a Tree Tight, and Tell It Your Complaints for 15 Minutes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQmAHmLy5DA One of the most renowned of Chinese poets, Du Fu, survived the devastating An Lushan rebellion that nearly brought down the Tang Dynasty and resulted in an incredible loss of life around the country. His poems are full of grief, as translator David Hinton notes. The opening of “Spring Landscape” contains “possibly the most famous line in Chinese poetry,” and a painful comment on humanity’s place in the natural world. The country in ruins, river...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Amazon, Art, College, Life, Nature, Marina Abramovic, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, David Hinton, Durham NC Follow, The New York Review of Books, Madeleine Thien, Du Fu, Marina Abramovi


Gov. Newsom Announces New Smartphone App To Help Californians Trace COVID-19 Cases

SACRAMENTO (AP/CBS13) – A new smartphone tool is being rolled out in California that will help alert people if they spent time near someone who tests positive for coronavirus, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Monday. The tool doesn’t track people’s identities or locations but uses Bluetooth wireless signals to detect when two phones are within 6 feet (1.8 meters) of each other for at least 15 minutes, officials said. Newsom said it will be ready for use on Thursday. “The process is private, anonym...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, News, California, Washington, California News, Sacramento, Smartphones, Cbs, Associated Press, Biden, University Of California, Central Valley, Gavin Newsom, Southern California


California’s CA Notify app to offer statewide exposure notification using Apple and Google’s framework

The state of California has now expanded access of its CA Notify app to all in the state, after originally deploying the app in a pilot program at UC Berkeley in November, which later expanded to other UC campuses. The statewide launch of the app, announced by California Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday, means that the tool based on Apple and Google’s exposure notification API will be available for download and opt-in use to anyone with a compatible iPhone or Android device as of this Thursday...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Health, Google, Android, TC, Apps, Bluetooth, California, Tech, Software, Messages, Api, Biotech, Uc-berkeley, Operating Systems


Behold the Steampunk Home Exercise Machines from the Victorian Age

The pandemic has resulted in a lot of people reinventing their fitness regimens, investing in pricey items like Mirror and Peloton bikes to turn homes into home gyms. Personally, we’re saving our pennies until some Etsy seller replicates the mechanical therapy systems of Dr. Gustav Zander (1835–1920). From the mid-19th century through WWI, these machines were at the forefront of gym culture. Their function is extremely similar to modern strength training equipment, but their design exudes a d...
Tags: Health, Google, Design, London, Etsy, College, New York City, Physics, New York Times, Philadelphia, Stockholm, Facebook Twitter, Walt Whitman, Franz Kafka, Peloton, Zander


The best Fitbit trackers and smartwatches for health and fitness

Fitbit offers an extensive lineup of user-friendly fitness wearables that automatically track metrics like your daily steps or stairs climbed, as well as any workouts and sleep patterns.  The brand's latest devices also promote mindfulness, offering insights into your stress levels and in-depth info about your health habits and routines.We compared every current Fitbit to find the best in its lineup, from full-on smartwatches like the Versa 3 to more basic trackers like the Charge 4 or Inspire 2...
Tags: Reviews, Health, Google, Fitness, Trends, Tech, Best, Features, Fitbit, Garmin, Alexa, Fitness App, EDA, Spotify Pandora, Amazon Alexa, FitBit Flex


YC-backed LemonBox raises $2.5M bringing vitamins to Chinese millennials

Like many overseas Chinese, Derek Weng gets shopping requests from his family and friends whenever he returns to China. Some of the most wanted imported products are maternity items, cosmetics, and vitamin supplements. Many in China still uphold the belief that “imported products are better.” The demand gave Weng a business idea. In 2018, he founded LemonBox to sell American health supplements to Chinese millennials like himself via online channels. The company soon attracted seed funding fro...
Tags: Health, Google, Ecommerce, Y Combinator, Japan, Instagram, China, Funding, America, Tech, Walmart, Alibaba, Silicon Valley, Baidu, Shenzhen, Google Facebook



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