Electrical Stimulation of Brain Trialed As Aid To Treating Stutter

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: People who stutter are being given electrical brain stimulation in a clinical trial aimed at improving fluency without the need for grueling speech training. If shown to be effective, the technique -- which involves passing an almost imperceptible current through the brain -- could be routinely offered by speech therapists. The latest treatment, which is combined with fluency training, is not expected to completely cure people of their stutt...
Tags: Tech, University of Oxford, Jennifer Chesters

The Optimal Brand Naming Process

Everyone’s heard stories of great brand names chosen randomly from a hat full of employee suggestions, from the pages of a dictionary, or from an all-night brainstorm. But in reality, while a laissez faire approach to naming could lead to the next “Twitter” or “BlackBerry,” it’s just as likely to end in disaster — if not more so. For example, a more rigorous naming process could’ve helped World Wrestling Entertainment avoid a 12-year dispute with World Wildlife Fund over the initials “WWF.” W...
Tags: Google, Mexico, US, Spain, United States, Uspto, Group, Anthony, Branding, Sutton, World Wrestling Entertainment, Amanda Peterson, Naming, Laurel Sutton, Jonathan Bell, Shannon DeJong

Some lawmakers are already raising concerns about Facebook's plans to merge its messaging apps (FB)

Some lawmakers have spoken out about Facebook's plans to partially merge WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram. The social network plans to combine the back-end systems of the three apps, so users can talk to each other across platforms. But the move has faced early skepticism from some politicians, with concerns raised around data privacy and anti-trust issues. Facebook plans to partially combine its most popular messaging apps — and some lawmakers don't sound happy about it. On Friday, The New...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, California, Trends, New York Times, Myanmar, Capitol Hill, Signal, Ron Wyden, Alex Stamos, Facebook Messenger WhatsApp, Ro Khanna, Cambridge Analytica, Jennifer Hakes

Everything New in iOS 12.2: HomeKit TV Support, Redesigned Remote, Safari Updates and More (mac rumors)

Apple today released the first beta of iOS 12.2 for developers, and while it doesn't bring as many new changes as we might have hoped for in a 12.x update, there are still quite a few minor tweaks to be aware of. Below, we've listed all of the new features and changes that we've discovered in iOS 12.2 so far, and we'll update this post should any additional features be found. - Apple News for Canada - iOS 12.2 expands the availability of Apple News to Canada for the first time, with news s...
Tags: Apple, News, Siri, Google Search, Safari, Canada, Apple News, Control Center, Juli Clover, HomeKit TV Support Apple

Google Memo on Cost Cuts Sparks Heated Debate Inside Company

At a companywide townhall meeting on Thursday, Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai fielded questions about the proposals, some of which have been implemented, the people said. The ideas were in a 2016 slide deck drafted by the company’s human resources department from a brainstorming session. The document, portions of which were read to Bloomberg News, was circulated in recent days by employees via Google’s internal communications systems.
Tags: Google, Science, Sundar Pichai, Bloomberg News, Sparks Heated Debate Inside Company

Outdoor Edge Chowpal

I'd all but given up on finding a compact lightweight utensil set for my bag. I HATE a spork and most of the time backpacking spoons I just don't like the shape of the damn things. Eventually I gave up and swiped a spoon and fork from the kitchen. Until today. Went to Academy today to get a lifestraw and this was on clearance for $5. A quick Google search revealed that it was $20+ elsewhere so good deal. 4.9 stars with 14 reviews on Amazon. The one 4 star is from a tree hugger wanted to use l...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Knives, Weapon, Swords & Axes, Weiner

Bioware’s ambitious Anthem is off to a rough start as players bring servers to their knees

The gaming world is excited to play for Anthem, Bioware’s answer to Destiny and other big-budget online shooters — but an exclusive preview weekend for the mech-flying game has struggled to get off the ground. Of course, it wouldn’t be a game launch these days without a few hiccups to spice things up, but it is a little embarrassing. The 40-gigabyte demo was made available today to those who had pre-ordered the game, as well as press and other “VIPs.” The game, announced last year at E3, is a lo...
Tags: Gadgets, Gaming, Tech, EA, Anthem, Online Games, Electronic Arts, BioWare, Online Gaming Opt Out & Removal: Your Best Options

[Heads Up]: If you want to opt out or remove yourself from quickly we just launched a new feature that will do this for you automatically. Visit this page to try it out. Completing the opt out and removal procedure is something we highly encourage you to do. As one of the most popular people search websites around, FastPeopleSearch shares a boatload of personal information on a daily basis. Here’s an example of what things they share on the site: Names ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Privacy, Branding, Whitepages, FastPeopleSearch

The Predictive Index brings in $50M to help businesses create winning teams

Funding will get you a long way, but people, at the end of the day, are the key to a successful business. The Predictive Index, which develops behavioral and cognitive employee assessments, has raised a $50 million round of growth-stage capital from venture capital firm General Catalyst to help companies choose the right talent. Kirk Arnold, an executive-in-residence at General Catalyst and new Predictive Index board member, led the deal for the VC firm, which says the round is the largest fi...
Tags: Startups, Funding, Tech, Venture Capital, Nissan, General Catalyst, Arnold, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Zani, Kirk Arnold, Predictive Index, Mike Zani, Daniel Muzquiz, Boston Predictive Index

Millions of Bank Loan and Mortgage Documents Have Leaked Online

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: [M]illions of documents were found leaking after an exposed Elasticsearch server was found without a password. The documents contained highly sensitive financial data on tens of thousands of individuals who took out loans or mortgages over the past decade with U.S. financial institutions. The documents were converted using a technology called OCR from their original paper documents to a computer readable format and stored in the database, but ...
Tags: Amazon, New York, Texas, Tech, Social Security, U S, U S Department of Housing and Urban Development, Bank Loan, Bob Diachenko, Diachenko

What is 5G? Here’s everything you need to know

It has been years in the making, but 5G is finally becoming a reality. While 5G coverage is still extremely limited, expect to see it expand in 2019. Not sure what 5G even is? Here's everything you need to know. The post What is 5G? Here’s everything you need to know appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Android, Mobile, Business, Trends, Wireless, 5g, 4G LTE, 5G cellular, Cellphone Tech, 5GQualcommSponsorship

China Creates App To Tell You If You're Near Someone In Debt, Encourages You To Report Them

The Chinese government has developed a mobile app that tells users if they are near someone who is in debt. The app, called a "map of deadbeat debtors," flashes when the user is within 500 meters of a debtor and displays that person's exact location. TechSpot reports: News of the app has caused quite a bit of controversy after it was originally reported by the state-run China Daily. It is an extension to China's existing "social credit" system which scores people based on how they act in public....
Tags: China, Tech, North China, Hebei province, Hebei

Sigma IQ Nabs $3.5M to Save Bean Counters Time on End-of-month Tasks

Businesses nearing the end of a financial reporting period roll up their sleeves for the task of reconciling the books, with accounting and finance teams responsible for making sure everything adds up the way it should. A Seattle software startup, Sigma IQ, believes it can make this process, which involves validating an organization’s financial accounts by checking that their balances are correct, cheaper and less error-prone for mid-sized and large businesses.Sigma IQ, which was incubated in t...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Microsoft, Finance, Trends, Tech, Vc, Software, Paul Allen, Seattle, Accounting, Oracle, B2b, Enterprise Software, Vulcan, Vulcan Capital

Spotify Data Shows How Music Preferences Change With Latitude

A paper in Nature Human Behaviour this week drew on the listening data of nearly a million Spotify listeners from around the world, describing the daily and seasonal variations in how people listen. The researchers suggest that the results point to a universal human habit that probably sounds familiar: choosing your music to both match and change your mood. Ars Technica reports: The researchers took data from listeners in 51 countries, making sure that their samples matched the demographics of e...
Tags: Asia, Spotify, Tech, Ars Technica, Latin America, Northern Hemisphere

About face: new Zillow competitor removes all listings

ComeHome, a new home search portal from real estate predictive analytics firm HouseCanary, has deactivated all of its property listings as of Friday — essentially turning itself off — after multiple listing service executives told Inman they were surprised...
Tags: Technology, Radio, Mls, Zillow, Inman, Select, HouseCanary, Listing Portal, MLS & Associations, Comehome

Mitrefinch helps businesses to Increase workforce productivity

Mitrefinch is responsible for producing products and services, which help a business to run more smoothly that without technological help. With precision in time management, a company can improve its productivity and overall performance using the time tracking software. The staffs employed to this task have spent decades of research to upgrade it into an intelligent system best for molding your business. Mitrefinch is, therefore, a supporter of businesses process to make life easier for the entr...
Tags: Time, Sales, Tech, Mitrefinch

Google Voice VoIP Calls Will Be Live For Everyone by Next Week

An anonymous reader shares a report: Google took a long, long break from Google Voice a while back. After letting the app fall into disrepair, Google expressed a renewed commitment to Voice in 2017. It has since announced a handful of feature updates, including VoIP calling in 2018. However, that feature never actually rolled out to everyone. Google's Scott Johnston says it's almost time, though. We know that some Voice users got VoIP calling as far back as September. Like far too many Google fe...
Tags: Google, Tech, Google Voice, Voice, Johnston, Scott Johnston

YouTube says it will soon recommend fewer conspiracy theory videos on its platform (GOOG, GOOGL)

YouTube announced in a company blog post on Friday that it would recommend less "borderline" content, or videos that are untruthful in potentially harmful ways.  Examples of videos YouTube hopes to promote less often include ones that claim that the Earth is flat or promote phony cures for serious illnesses.  " We think this change strikes a balance between maintaining a platform for free speech and living up to our responsibility to users," YouTube said in its blog post.  YouTube has long s...
Tags: Google, Elon Musk, Youtube, US, Trends, Earth, Jeff Bezos

Facebook Deliberately Allowed 'Friendly Fraud' To Avoid Harming Revenue

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Newly unsealed court documents show that Facebook was aware that underage children routinely used their parents' payment information to spend large sums of money on in-game purchases, and the company chose not to fix the problem. For years, it allowed for what it called "friendly fraud" because it feared implementing protections would harm revenue, according to the documents. In 2016, Facebook settled a class-action lawsuit brought by parents of ...
Tags: Facebook, Tech, Gizmodo, Center for Investigative Reporting

Google's I/O Developer Conference Starts May 7th At the Shoreline Amphitheater

Twitter user Till Kottmann used a shortcut accidentally hidden in a puzzle Google tweeted out this morning to figure out that the company's next I/O developer conference will be taking place at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA starting May 7th. The Verge reports: Typically, the I/O puzzle takes a little longer to solve. This year, Google tweeted out an enigmatic, 12-line block of tweet with an accompanying URL that led to a video with equally enigmatic voiced narration of said tex...
Tags: Google, China, US, Tech, Department Of Defense, Mountain View CA, Google Lens Maps, Kottmann

Nintendo Throws Out Metroid Prime 4 Work, Restarts With Retro Studios

Nintendo is essentially restarting development on the highly anticipated Metroid Prime 4, saying the game as it currently exists "has not reached the standards we seek in a sequel to the Metroid Prime series." Ars Technica reports: The surprise announcement comes from Nintendo General Manager for Development Shinya Takahashi. He said in a YouTube video posted this morning that current Metroid Prime 4 producer Kensuke Tanabe will begin "collaborating" on the game with Retro Studios, the studio re...
Tags: Tech, Ars Technica, Nintendo, Takahashi, Metroid Prime, Shinya Takahashi, Kensuke Tanabe, Retro Studios, Tanabe, Work Restarts With Retro Studios

YouTube vows to recommend fewer conspiracy theory videos

Site’s move comes amid continuing pressure over its role as a platform for misinformation and extremismYouTube will recommend fewer videos that “could misinform users in harmful ways”, the company announced on Friday, in a shift for a platform that has faced criticism for amplifying conspiracy theories and extremism.The change concerns YouTube’s recommendations feature, which automatically creates a playlist of videos for users to watch next. The recommendations are the result of complex and opa...
Tags: Google, Technology, Youtube, US news, Alphabet

Apple's latest case will double the battery life of your iPhone XR, XS or XS Max

Teams at Apple spend countless hours working and refining secret products that are either unveiled at a keynote or as a surprise addition to the online store.
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Digital Self: A Third Type of Self-Representation

The sense of mind and self is created by multiple social interactions with many others; particularly from those in our early psychosocial environment. These intimate interactions result in the construction of our personality. Personality becomes, in time, the consistent features of who we are in regards to our thoughts, feelings, and actions (which I refer to as mind , mood , and motor ). Around age 3, personality emerges. It is dynamically formed by multiple inputs from others, become...
Tags: Psychology, Facebook, Twitter, Technology, General, Media, Relationships, Boston, New York City, Communication, Personality, Brain And Behavior, SIEGEL, Abraham Maslow, MASLOW, Ferrante

YouTube Is Taking Another Step to Clean Up Its Recommendations

YouTube is tweaking its recommendations to reduce exposure to videos on what it called "borderline content and content that could misinform users in harmful ways." Over 200 million videos are recommended on YouTube's homepage every day, the company said in a blog post. The Google-owned video site offered as examples of content that could be...
Tags: Google, Youtube, Advertising, Social Pro Daily

Google I/O 2019 will take place at a familiar time and at a predictable locale

Google has taken the wraps off of the dates and location for Google I/O 2019. The event is set to take place from May 7 to 9 at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. The event will likely be where Google unveils Android Q. The post Google I/O 2019 will take place at a familiar time and at a predictable locale appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Android, Mobile, Trends, Computing, Mountain View California, Google I/O 2019

Looking for anti-virus software? Ask your internet service provider

Patrick Marshall answers your personal technology questions each week
Tags: Business, Technology, News, Patrick Marshall

Nokia 3.1 Plus vs. Moto E5 Plus: Battle of the big screen budget phones

If you're in the market for a budget phone and you want something with a big screen, then you need to check out the Nokia 3.1 Plus and the Moto E5 Plus. But which is better? We compare the two in various categories here and pick a winner. The post Nokia 3.1 Plus vs. Moto E5 Plus: Battle of the big screen budget phones appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Android, Mobile, Nokia, Trends, Buying Guides, Budget Smartphones, Moto E5 Plus, Nokia 3.1 Plus

Online Video Marketing and Engagement in 2019 – Stats You Need to See

How many times have you went online for something and ended up on social media… only to find yourself an hour or two later lost in a world of endless videos? Don’t worry… it happens to the best of us. For these videos, there are two different ways to look at them. As a normal internet user, and simply being entertained As an online marketer, and discovering new marketing methods However, most content creators and marketers will likely find themselves in a mix of the two — who doesn’t love watc...
Tags: Google, Videos, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Blogging, Don, Google Facebook

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