March 21, 2018

Device Tracks Your UV Exposure

The trickiest aspects of sun protection are realizing when you've had too much ultraviolet (UV) exposure and remembering when it's time to reapply sunscreen or go inside - before it's too late.

With this in mind, the experts at L'Oréal aimed to create a wearable sensor that could not only track the user's UVA and UVB exposure levels, but also go a step further and sync to an app in real time to keep the wearer informed. What they developed is called "UV Sense," a tiny adhesive electronic sensor that's pretty freaking cool.

"We set out to create something that blends problem-solving technology with human-centered design to reach even more consumers who require additional information about their UV exposure," Guive Balooch, Global Vice President of L’Oréal’s Technology Incubator, said in a press release.

a screenshot of a cell phone: This Tiny Device Tracks Your UV Exposure© L'Oréal This Tiny Device Tracks Your UV Exposure
To make it wearable and easy to incorporate into everyday life, the device is created with adhesive backing slips that can we worn for up to two weeks each. It's only 9 millimeters in diameter and easily fits on the user's thumbnail (like nail art), which is the best place for tracking exposure according to the brand. The sensor is battery-free, activated by UV light, and powered by the wearer's phone (compatible with iOS and Android). Basically, you're running out of excuses for not being safe in the sun.

Pricing is still being finalized, but the UV Sense will launch in the U.S. this summer and around the world in 2019. Visit for updates and more info and watch the video above to see it in action.

How to Know When It's Time to See a Doctor about flu

The flu may be a common (and generally harmless) illness, but in rare cases it can be deadly. So it's crucial to know how to listen to your body and seek medical attention if you're experiencing certain symptoms.

That's the message that Kyler Baughman's family wants to share after the 21-year-old died recently from flu-related complications.
Kyler Baughman was in great shape and was studying to become a personal trainer, his mom, Beverly Baughman, told WPIX. But when he came home to visit over the holidays, he didn’t look well. "We saw him the 23rd for our family Christmas get-together and we noticed he wasn't feeling well,” she said. “He looked run-down and had a bit of a snotty nose."

Kyler returned to work after Christmas but came home early because he wasn’t feeling well. "He kinda just laid down and went about his day and that was the day he was coughing and said his chest hurt, he had a mild cough," said his fiancée, Olivia Marcanio. "I think he thought, I just got the flu, I'll be all right. I'll go rest a little bit,'" Beverly Baughman said.

But Kyler began running a fever on and off, and within two days, he went to the emergency room. He died less than a day later from organ failure due to septic shock caused by the flu, Beverly Baughman told WPIX, adding that her son didn’t get a flu shot. “It doesn't seem real," she said.

Flu deaths aren’t common, but they happen more often than you’d think.
It’s hard to know exactly how many people die from the flu each year. That's partly because these deaths are often attributed to flu-related complications, such as pneumonia, sepsis, or heart failure, which means the flu may not actually be listed as the cause of death, the CDC says on its website.

But, according to recent CDC estimates, 7 percent of all deaths in the U.S. during the week of December 23, 2017, were related to pneumonia or the flu.

While anyone can get the flu, it’s rare for a young, otherwise healthy person to actually die from it. “Typically those that are most vulnerable to serious flu complications are older adults, very young children, pregnant women, and people with underlying health conditions,” Sherif Mossad, M.D., an infectious disease specialist at Cleveland Clinic, tells SELF. “It is very unlikely that a young, healthy person would die from the flu.”

Still, it can happen, and Kyler Baughman's story isn't the only one to make national news lately. In late November, Alani “Joie” Murrieta, a 20-year-old mother of two, died from complications of the flu, according to a GoFundMe page set up by her family to help pay for funeral expenses.

It’s hard to know why some young people end up with severe complications of the flu, infectious disease expert Amesh A. Adalja, M.D., senior scholar at the John's Hopkins Center for Health Security, tells SELF. Some cases may be due to an overactive immune response to the virus—it can cause an extreme inflammatory response in the body and lead to sepsis, which is a life-threatening response to infection, Richard Watkins, M.D., an infectious disease specialist at Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital in Ohio, tells SELF. And it's possible that someone with a severe case of the flu or flu-related complications could interpret their symptoms as something they can recover from at home, delaying crucial medical attention.

The majority of flu cases will get better with rest and time, but it’s important to be aware that things can also get very serious.
Most people who come down with a mild case of the flu will be just fine after staying in bed for a while, Dr. Watkins says. But people with more severe symptoms and those who are at a higher risk for complications (because they have asthma or diabetes, for instance) should check in with their doctor. They may be prescribed an anti-viral medication, like Tamiflu, which can reduce your symptoms by one to two days and help prevent complications.

Tamiflu can also help with mild cases of the flu and it doesn’t hurt to call your doctor and ask for it, even if you suspect that your case of the flu isn’t overly serious. “I use it quite liberally,” Dr. Adalja says. “Even for mild cases, it can decrease symptoms and prevent complications.” Your doctor might even prescribe it over the phone, saving you a trip to their office and lowering the odds you’ll infect others, Dr. Adalja says.

The flu generally causes fever, chills, muscle aches, a cough, congestion, runny nose, and fatigue. But if you find that your symptoms are getting worse, you’re experiencing shortness of breath, or you have a fever that’s not responding to over-the-counter medications, it’s time to go to the ER, Dr. Adalja says.

While stories like these are tragic and terrifying, they're an important reminder to listen to your body.
“You’re going to hear about the severe cases of the flu,” Dr. Adalja says. “But it’s nothing to panic about.” What you should do is get your flu shot, if you haven’t already.

You may have heard that this year’s shot isn’t very effective at preventing cases of H3N2, the predominant strain of the flu circulating, but that doesn’t mean it can’t help at all. “The vaccine is not 100 percent effective, but those who get it and then get the flu generally have a less severe illness than those who did not get vaccinated,” Dr. Watkins says.

Slideshow: 15 simple ways to fend off colds and flu (Provided by Cheapism)

Flu deaths prompt warnings from victims'

It doesn't matter if you run marathons or play sports, when it comes to the flu, no one is completely immune.
That's the warning families of flu victims and health officials are hoping to spread throughout this year's flu season as the epidemic continues to plague the U.S.

The flu is now widespread in every state except Hawaii and it has claimed the lives of at least 20 children, according to the CDC's latest report. California is being hit particularly hard, with reports of at least 27 deaths of people under the age of 65 in the state since October.

The virus that's predominating this year is Influenza A (H3N2), and that tends to be more severe. It affects the elderly and the very young, epidemiologist Lynnette Brammer, who leads the CDC's Domestic Influenza Surveillance Team, told Fox News.

But the flu can hit anyone.

"Sadly, we hear every year of people that were previously healthy and active and they get influenza and die and for reasons we don’t understand," Brammer said. "[But] if you get sick and you're not getting your doctor."

Brammer says we're getting "pretty close" to the peak of flu season, but flu activity is likely to continue for several more weeks.

As the nation continues to fight the illness, some families are sharing their stories in hopes of preventing others from facing similar tragedies.

“We want to...make a change in some way,” Keila Lino, the mother of 12-year-old flu victim Alyssa Alcaraz, told Fox News. “It’s not fair. We know it’s not fair. We don’t want revenge. We want changes."

Read Lino's story and those of other victims lost this year because of the flu.

a couple of people posing for the camera: The flu claimed the lives of Alyssa Alcaraz, 12, (left) Nico Mallozzi, 10, (center) and Alani Murrieta, 20, (right), who were hospitalized and pronounced dead shortly after they were hospitalized.© Provided by Fox News The flu claimed the lives of Alyssa Alcaraz, 12, (left) Nico Mallozzi, 10, (center) and Alani Murrieta, 20, (right), who were hospitalized and pronounced dead shortly after they were hospitalized.
Nico Mallozzi, 10
Nico Mallozzi started feeling sick before participating in The Cup North American Championship hockey tournament in Buffalo, New York.

The 10-year-old from New Canaan, Conn., reportedly left the tournament early, and was later rushed to a hospital, where he died on Jan. 13.

The fourth-grader's death was a result of “Flu type B that was complicated by pneumonia,” a medical examiner confirmed to Fox 61 two days after the boy's death.

Dr. Bryan Luizzi, superintendent of New Canaan Public Schools, sent a letter home to parents memoralizing Mallozzi and urging students to get the flu vaccine recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

“Nico was a wonderful, enthusiastic, outgoing boy who was known school-wide for his high spirits, limitless energy and quick smile,” Luizzi wrote in the letter, which was posted on the school’s website Monday. “We will miss Nico terribly, and will always cherish our memories of him as a vibrant, fun-loving boy.”

Alyssa Alcaraz, 12
Four days before her death, Alyssa Alcaraz was diagnosed with the flu and sent home from a local urgent care with some nausea medicine and cough syrup.

But the 12-year-old girl's health continued to deteriorate over the next four days. She became lethargic and had trouble breathing.

Her mom, Keila Lino, took her back to urgent care, where she was told her oxygen levels were low and was transported to a nearby hospital.

Hours after arriving at the hospital, Alcaraz went into cardiac arrest and died on Dec. 17.

It wasn't until days later, that Lino learned her daughter's death was a result of septic shock from a strep infection in her blood – an infection she had no idea her daughter was suffering from.

“I know right now with the flu season clinics, hospitals, everyone is just busy and assuming that’s what everyone has,” Lino said. “But it’s more than that. In order for us to know, with simple blood work, it could have been caught. Something so simple.”

Alani Murrieta, 20
Alani Murrieta, a 20-year-old mother of two, died just one day after being diagnosed with the flu, family members told Fox 10.

The Arizona mom, who had a 2-year-old and 6-month-old, left work early after feeling sick.

“Monday she was still feeling sick, so her sister took her to urgent care, her and her kids,” Stephanie Gonzales, the woman’s aunt, told Fox 10. “They diagnosed them with the flu, sent her home with flu meds.”

The next day, Murietta took a turn for the worse. Her mom rushed her to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with pneumonia, placed on a ventilator and pronounced dead within hours on Nov. 28.

“Never in a million years would we have thought we would have lost her that day like this,” Gonzales told the news outlet.

Kyler Baughman, 21
As an avid bodybuilder, a chiseled Kyler Baughman was the picture of health.

So, when the 21-year-old from Pittsburgh said he felt too sick to exercise, his family knew something was wrong.

Baughman came home early from work one night with a mild cough.

“He kinda just laid down and went about his day, and that was the day he was coughing and said his chest hurt,” his fiancée, Olivia Marcanio, told WXPI.

Nearly 48 hours later, Baughman was taken to the emergency room and airlifted to a nearby hospital, where he died of organ failure caused by septic shock from the flu, Baughman's family said.

Katie Denise Oxley Thomas, 40
With three kids, Katie Oxley Thomas was always running around. And on top of that, somehow the San Jose mother also squeezed in marathons and the occasional yoga session.

Her family never expected she would die from the flu.

"It was very shocking for us. We just thought she was going to leave the hospital in a couple of days and come home," Thomas' stepmother, Adrienne Oxley, told KTVU.

But on Jan. 4, just four days after she was diagnosed, Thomas died. Doctors said the flu lead to pneumonia, and Thomas' death was a result of septic shock.

"The one doctor said I've never seen anything progress like this. He said this is just incredible," Thomas' father, Walt, told the news station. "Most of us get the flu and recover from it and a handful of people every year don't. And you just don't think it's going to be your daughter. But you really want to take it serious."

Repeated hits, not concussions, behind neurodegenerative disease

The neurodegenerative disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy can start early and without any signs of concussion, according a study released Thursday.

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The Alzheimer's-like disease has been most commonly associated with former professional football players, but has also been detected in military veterans, including many who have been exposed to roadside bombs and other types of military blasts.

Previous studies have shown that repetitive hits to the head -- even without concussion -- can result in CTE, but scientists said this is the most definitive study to date to find this connection.

"Now we have both the scientific proof, the pathologies to support it, and all the evidence to show that concussion is not linked to long-term neurological disease," said Dr. Lee Goldstein, one of the authors on the study, published in the journal Brain.

Goldstein and his colleagues from Boston University evaluated the brains of four deceased athletes, ages 17 and 18 years old. All four had died within a day to four months of receiving some sort of sport-related head injury and had a history of playing football.

Brain changes detected by 24 hours
In all four brains, there were already changes to the brain that could be indicators of CTE, including leaky blood vessels and abnormal buildups of the protein tau.

Some of these changes in the brain occurred as early as 24 hours after injury. Goldstein said one of the cases could be diagnosed as early-stage CTE.

What researchers found under the microscope was striking, said Goldstein. "We're seeing the earliest pathology soon after one of these injuries," he said.

The four specimens were compared to brains from four other athletes of similar age who had not experienced any recent head trauma before death. The brains in this group had no changes in their pathology.

Concussion 'not telling you anything about the brain'
While it seems likely that the recent head injuries could be the source of the brain changes, Goldstein said, "we can infer it, but we can't prove it."

To try and understand the source of the changes, Goldstein and his colleagues mimicked the experiences of the human brains in mouse models, by exposing mice to repeated head trauma, like that in football, and single blast head trauma, similar to military combat.

The researchers found similar pathologies in both the mouse and human brains, regardless of the type of blast exposure they had experienced. Goldstein and his colleagues also measured the mice for concussion-like symptoms by testing their arousal and balance. They found that even without concussion, the mice exposed to the head trauma still exhibited changes in the brain.

Concussion is "not only not correlated, we can decouple it," said Goldstein. He said that concussion itself is not the injury, but rather the symptoms experienced from injury, such as memory impairment or loss of balance.

But not everyone experiences these symptoms, and so "by looking at concussion, it's not telling you anything about the brain or CTE," he added.

Using animal models and computer modeling, Goldstein and his partners were able to see progression of the disease, finding that as tau built up, it began to work its way through the brain.

Currently, the only way to diagnose CTE is with an autopsy after death. Researchers are working on finding biomarkers and other indicators to help detect it in the living, with further hope that such findings can help lead to potential treatments.

Goldstein said that while the new work advanced understanding of the mechanisms underlying CTE, it's not clear how frequently people experience these types of changes in the brain. "We don't know how to weight the information," he said.

'It starts early. It persists'
"I think [this research] really reinforces, as we have suspected, [the idea] that it's not concussion per se, it's the exposure to multiple head impacts," said Dr. Julian Bailes, the director of neurosurgery and co-director of NorthShore University HealthSystem Neurological Institute, who was not involved in the study. Bailes was one of the first researchers to connect repeated head trauma to neurological damage in football players.

A recent evaluation from Boston University's CTE Center, of which Goldstein is a part of, found that 110 of 111 former NFL players had been diagnosed with the disease. However, there is a potential bias, as many of the studied brains came from players who experienced clinical CTE symptoms when living, such as memory loss, rage and mood swings.

In addition, scientists are also trying to unravel the role other factors play in the disease -- factors such as genetics, how early someone is exposed to head trauma, and how long they've been exposed to trauma.

While it's not clear how common CTE is, Goldstein said the brains examined in the new study are a warning.

"CTE develops early, soon after injury. It doesn't take years, or decades. It starts early. It persists. And all of our evidence to date shows it's progressive."

Goldstein hopes policy makers, professional players and parents heed the warning that CTE can develop early -- and that focus on concussions doesn't reduce the risk. Instead he said it was important to focus on ways about how to reduce total overall exposure to repeated hits, such as limiting head-to-head contact.

"Most hits to the head are not concussive ... but no one is paying any attention to them," said Goldstein.

But, he remains optimistic for the future of football.

"You can play football differently. There are all sorts of ways to do it more safely," he said.

Related video: What is CTE?

Loneliness is deadlier than obesity or smoking

Britain has appointed a minister for loneliness to take forward the work of murdered lawmaker Jo Cox and tackle the isolation felt by more than one in 10 people in the UK.

Sports minister Tracey Crouch will take on the new role, in addition to her existing job, and develop a strategy to address the problem, which research has linked with dementia, early mortality and high blood pressure.

Past studies have found chronic loneliness to be more life-threatening than obesity and smoking. Psychologists have come to call the global trend of isolationism a "loneliness epidemic."

"We should all do everything we can to see that, in Jo's memory, we bring an end to the acceptance of loneliness for good," British Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement. "For far too many people, loneliness is the sad reality of modern life."

Cox was murdered by a right-wing extremist in 2016, after being in parliament for little more than a year.

The majority of people over 75 live alone, and about 200,000 older people in the UK have not had a conversation with a friend or relative in more than a month, according to government data.

Most doctors in Britain see between one and five patients a day who have come in mainly because they are lonely, according to the Campaign to End Loneliness, a network tackling the health threat that isolation poses to the elderly.

The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, which the 41-year-old lawmaker set up shortly before her death, had called for a minister to be appointed to lead action on the issue.

"Jo would be over the moon," her husband, Brendan Cox tweeted.

Crouch's appointment follows other steps Britain has taken toward combatting loneliness. Five years ago, the first Silver Line center opened, giving lonely senior citizens a hotline to call when they want to socialize. Collectively, the centers receive more than 10,000 calls a week.

More than 3,000 volunteers work at the Silver Line, and many make follow-up calls to people battling the most extreme cases of loneliness.

Facebook Launched An App For High-Speed WiFi Connection

It’s almost a year when Facebook made a grand attempt to connect Indians to the internet. However, it was shot down by the government for allegedly violating net neutrality with Free Basics. However, now according to the latest reports, the social network giant Facebook just launched an application for high-speed WiFi connectivity.

Facebook Just Launched An App For High-Speed WiFi Connectivity
Express Wi-Fi is the new mobile application of the social network giant Facebook, that it has launched silently, without announcement in the middle, for Android devices, which will allow users in developing countries the possibility of accessing the broadband Internet at affordable prices.

For this, these users will have to buy data packages from local business partners and access through nearby WiFi points belonging to the same network. It is an alternative to the use of mobile data networks, which in those places are networked with low speed and high prices.

For now, as TechCrunch has learned, its distributed Wi-Fi network is available in five developing countries.

With this, the social network giant Facebook facilitates access to broadband Internet at an affordable price to users in those areas, which have precarious mobile connections, and incidentally, will try to gain user share, since in developed countries is already seeing a decrease important users, not only within the United States, but also in other countries.

Unlike Free Basics, the social network giant Facebook’s initiative to offer restricted Internet access to a series of services in developing countries, users who access the Internet through this new Wi-Fi network will not see any type of access restrictions, being able to access to any website they wish.

According to a spokesperson of the social network giant Facebook, “Facebook will launch the Express Wi-Fi application in the Google Play store to offer people another simple and secure way to access the Internet quickly and affordably through their local access points Express Wi-Fi.”

This application will facilitate not only finding an access point to the distributed WiFi network, which is being developed in collaboration with local telecommunications operators but will also help in the configuration of the mobile phones themselves and will be able to send reports to the social network giant Facebook about connectivity problems that may arise.

So, what do you think about this? Simply share all your views and thoughts in the comment section below.

Microsoft Launched A New Version Of Windows

The Redmond firm, of course, the tech giant Microsoft has just launched the new version of Windows 10 for its next fall update, the Redstone 5, all for the members of its Insider program, specifically for those subscribed to Skip Ahead.

Microsoft Just Launched A New Version Of Windows 10
The Redmond firm, of course, the tech giant Microsoft has just launched the new Windows 10 Build 17623 for its next fall update, the Redstone 5, all for the members of its Insider program, specifically for those subscribed to Skip Ahead.

First, we will talk about the arrival of the .HEIF file format, an image container that uses more modern codecs to improve the quality and compression of them compared to the usual JPEG, GIF or PNG. In addition to individual images, .HEIF supports the coding of sequences, collections, etc. In principle, all this will be integrated into the application Photos of the system itself, an app that will help us get the most out of this format.

On the other hand, Build 17623 includes the safe removal of external GPUs connected through Thunderbolt 3, which allows us to know what applications are running on an external GPU so that we can eliminate it safely and avoid data loss.

This is something that we can do from the “Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media” icon. So, if there are applications running on the external GPU, a dialogue box will appear with them so that we have knowledge of it.

At the same time, it has integrated a new design in the privacy settings of Windows 10, which displays information aimed to help users make decisions about their privacy. In this way, it offers two new functions, “Inking & Typing” and “Find my device”. Continuing with security, we find improvements in Windows Defender Application Guard or WDAG.

Microsoft forces users of the Mail app to use Edge
On the one hand, in terms of performance, Windows Defender Application Guard or WDAG is no exception, so in Redstone 5 we will see an improvement in the start time of the security solution with a faster startup process. This provides a better experience when accessing Microsoft Edge in Windows Defender Application Guard.

Thus, we can activate a function to download files from our browsing session in WDAG to the host file system, something that will be available in Windows 10 Enterprise. To activate it we will do it from “Local Group Policy Editor/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Windows Defender Application Guard”. There we select that the files can be downloaded and saved in the operating system from Windows Defender Application Guard.

The tech giant Microsoft says that with these improvements in WDAG, it is taking a leap forward in the security of the platform, all for the benefit of the users themselves. At the same time, a function is being tested by means of which the clicked links within the Windows Mail app will open in Edge, so the first reactions against it have not been long in coming. This is intended to improve the Windows 10 experience by integrating platforms such as Cortana, OneDrive or Microsoft Edge.

At the same time, a series of errors related to the official Windows 10 store, the usability of Windows Mixed Reality, or a failure that could not interact with the title bars when using the expected Sets function has been corrected.

So, what do you think about this? Simply share all your views and thoughts in the comment section below.

Samsung Confirmed The Radical Galaxy OF Note 9

With the presentation of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ already in the rearview, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 begins to be the subject of rumours and leaks, in fact, a few days ago we knew what could be the first feature of the new phablet of the South Korean giant Samsung. However, now according to the latest reports, the South Korean giant Samsung suddenly just confirmed the radical Galaxy Note 9.

Samsung Suddenly Confirmed The Radical Galaxy Note 9
It may seem obvious to talk about the nomenclature or name of the new Samsung Galaxy Note, which will probably be presented next summer, but given the experience in the Note range of recent years, it is news that the name of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is confirmed, although it is something that sounds obvious to us.

With the presentation of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ already in the rearview, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 begins to be the subject of rumours and leaks, in fact, a few days ago we knew what could be the first feature of the new phablet of the South Korean giant Samsung.

The name of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is registered
As we say it may sound quite obvious that the new Samsung phablet has the name of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, although as you know, in the past the firm skipped the expected order and jumped from the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 to the Note 7, the ill-fated terminal that had to be removed from the market. With this background, it becomes news what we have known today, that the new terminal of the Koreans will follow the order expected for the next model. And this is because we have known the registration of the name in a South American country.

It has been in Colombia where the South Korean giant Samsung has already got up early and has registered the name of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, so two things are confirmed, the name of the new terminal, and of course, that this range goes ahead and in the expected order. Nor is it strange, having matched Samsung both the S range and the Note range to have the same number each year. So while this year we have the Galaxy S9 and we will have Note 9, about next year there are more questions, especially with the new S 10.

As the South Korean giant Samsung is expected to also celebrate in style the arrival of the tenth model of the Galaxy S series, and you can call this also Galaxy X. So far not have known many features of the new terminal, and what has been known can be taken at face value. But it seems that this new Note 9 will feature the main novelties of the Samsung Galaxy S9+, with an even bigger screen and especially the new dual camera, with variable aperture, which is undoubtedly the biggest attraction of the new Samsung terminal, since the reader of fingerprints seems to be discarded under the screen of this new terminal of the Koreans.

So, what do you think about this? Simply share all your views and thoughts in the comment section below.

IBM Just Unveiled The World’s Smallest Computer EVER CREATED

IBM has just introduced the smallest computer in the world. Indeed, what you are seeing in the header image is the computer with the basics to work, an example of the extreme to which the technology giants have come with the miniaturization of components.

IBM Just Unveiled The World’s Smallest Computer
Today begins the IBM Think 2018, an event in which the mythical technology company (whose spirit is still alive in the Lenovo Thinkpad hardware) presents its novelties, lets us savour the future with hardware that we will use in the coming years and hosts lectures on hot topics such as the blockchain. One of the novelties of this edition has been its new computer, the smallest PC in the world.

Literally, IBM has introduced the smallest computer in the world. Indeed, what you are seeing in the header image is the computer with the basics to work, an example of the extreme to which the technology giants have come with the miniaturization of components. Of course, do not think that with this you can mount a mini-PC to work or play to the fullest. There is still a way to go.

When we talk about miniature hardware we talk about the SNES Classic Mini or Raspberry Pi. The Raspberry minicomputer was, practically, a technological miracle that looks like a big board compared to the smallest computer in the world, IBM.

The company has a race against itself for the miniaturization of the components. In 2015 they created a 7-nanometer transistor and last year they surprised us with a fully functional chip that went down in weight up to 5 nanometers.

Now, directly, the nanometers as a scale have run out large and use a comparison with a grain of salt. Again, when we talk about the smallest computer in the world, we mean that, literally, it is smaller than a grain of salt.

The uses of the smallest computer in the world
The size of the IBM computer is hard to believe, but what about its applications? Well, here we are talking about serious things. The power of the smallest computer in the world is not to take rockets. According to IBM, it has the power of an x86 chip of 1990 and, although it seems very scarce for the times, its applications are very interesting.

To start, we need a microscope to see it well and, to continue, these computers can be stacked to multiply their power in a minimum size and, thus, perform tasks that are very fashionable. It seems that IBM wants to be able to perform certain tasks in artificial intelligence environments, as well as analyze data and perform tasks in the blockchain world.

IBM has not yet given data on a specific use or task, but it has shown us a plan on this prototype in which we can see to what extent they have been able to arrive with the miniaturization of components.

Now it only remains to see if this prototype goes from paper to reality and how it is used to make life a little easier. In addition to a tiny size that allows you to stack several of these computers, one of the advantages of miniaturization is what it costs to produce this computer.

Producing the smallest computer in the world costs less than 10 cents, which is a real madness.

So, what do you think about this? Simply share all your views and thoughts in the comment section below.

Xiaomi MIUI 9.5 ROM Launched: New Features,

We all know very well that a couple of months ago, in the middle of summer, when it became official with great fanfare the launch of MIUI 9. Now the Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi recently launched its MIUI 9.5 Global ROM and released the full list of compatible devices.

Xiaomi MIUI 9.5 ROM Launched: New Features, Full List Of Compatible Devices
A few days ago the Asian manufacturer announced the news that it would come with the latest version of its interface. Now we know which terminals of Xiaomi will be able to update to MIUI 9.5, the personalized layer of the Chinese firm which is based on Android 7.0 Nougat

In principle it was expected that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 was the first terminal to be able to get the upgrade to MIUI 9.5 but as we have seen in the official blog of the company based in Shenzen the vast majority of terminals with Android 7 Nougat will receive this update.

For now the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Special Edition, Redmi Note 3 with Qualcomm processor, Redmi Note 4 and Redmi Note 4X, Xiaomi Mi Max, Mi Max Prime, Redmi 3S, Redmi 4 Prime and Redmi 4A will be the first terminals that will receive the update at the end of this month of March.

At the beginning of April it will be others turn to get the update MIUI 9.5 to the following models: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Prime and Redmi Y1, Redmi Note 5A and Redmi Y1 Lite, Redmi 5A, Redmi 5 Plus, Redmi Note 5, Redmi 5, Mi Max 2, Mi 5, Redmi 4X, Mi 6 and Xiaomi Mi MIX 2.

Finally, the Mi Note 2, My 5s, Xiaomi Mi MIX, Mi Note 3, Mi 5s Plus, Redmi Note 2, Redmi 3, Redmi 4, Mi 3 and Mi 4 will receive their MIUI 9.5 ration in the middle or end of April. As always, this update will arrive via OTA and in a staggered way so you should be patient because if your Xiaomi phone is on this list, sooner than later you can update it to MIUI 9.5.

These are the novelties that MIUI 9.5 will bring
Among the news that will come after the update of MIUI 9.5 highlights the new notification system that will respond much more conveniently. And the Xiaomi terminals that receive the latest version of the interface of the manufacturer based on Android 7.0 Nougat can now respond to any message directly from the notification bar, without having to stop using the application they are at that time.

Yes, it is one of the main novelties of Android 8 Oreo that will arrive at the customized layer of the Asian manufacturer facilitating, and much, the process of answering notifications. In this way, by grouping the notifications as we have seen in Stock Android, it will be more comfortable to answer them. In addition, stability improvements are expected that will make the user experience much greater.

Now we just have to wait for the manufacturer to deploy the MIUI 9.5 update to the mentioned Xiaomi terminals to enjoy the latest version of its custom layer.

So, what do you think about this? Simply share all your views and thoughts in the comment section below.

March 20, 2018

Those Floss Picks Might Be Doing Serious Damage to Your Smile

For some reason, flossing just seems so time consuming. Is it even all that necessary? Doesn't brushing get in all the nooks and crannies in your smile? We hate to break it to you, but flossing is just as important as your dentist has been telling you for years. To get the real story on how often we really need to floss to have healthy gums and teeth, we talked to Kevin B. Sands, DDS, a cosmetic dentist in Beverly Hills, CA. With a patient list including Kim Kardashian, Justin Bieber, and Miley Cyrus, he must know a thing or two about maintaining an amazing smile! Brace yourself, because flossing needs to become part of your daily routine.

How Often Do You Need to Floss?
"You have to floss your teeth every day, because plaque builds up in 24 hours," Sands said, adding that the American Dental Association guidelines agree that that's the minimum. Twice a day would be ideal, but even this dentist acknowledges that people aren't likely to go that far. So if you're going to choose one time to do it, opt for flossing at night since your salivary glands start producing plaque while you sleep, Sands explained.

How Long Should It Take to Floss Your Teeth Properly?
You need to get in between each tooth and you need to hug the tooth to get down to the gums, Sands said. This isn't a 30-second process, so don't skimp on taking a couple minutes to make sure you get each tooth!

Those floss picks might be doing serious damage to your smile© Getty Those floss picks might be doing serious damage to your smile
Is There a Difference Between Using Traditional Floss or Floss Picks?
"I don't recommend the picks because you can really be messing your gums up," Sands said. If it's not used right, you can damage your papilla (the gums in between each tooth). Since it doesn't grow back, you might want to ditch those picks altogether and stick with the original stuff to avoid a serious problem.

Moral of the story: take a few minutes before bed each night to floss your teeth! You'll thank yourself in the long-run.

Slideshow: Why You Shouldn't Skip Brushing Your Teeth (Even If You're Feeling Lazy) (Courtesy: Refinery29)

fitness app 'Sweatcoin' secures funding

Sweatcoin, a free smartphone app that pays people to be physically active, said on Wednesday it has secured its first round of institutional funding after topping download charts in Britain and the United States.

The fitness app pays digital “sweatcoins” for how many steps users take daily as measured on their smartphones.

They can be exchanged for fitness-related products and services and, say its developers, could one day be traded like money or even cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin.

Video: You earn 'sweatcoin' just by working out

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But most users just prize the virtual coins for the psychological boost they get from tracking their daily exercise.

"It is the emotional element that makes people engage with Sweatcoin on a daily basis and open us three times a day," Oleg Fomenko, the company's co-founder and a London-based Russian entrepreneur, told Reuters.

The company said it had completed a $5.7-million initial "seed stage" round of financing from Silicon Valley and European investors including Goodwater Capital, Greylock Partners' Discovery Fund and Seedcamp. It first funded itself by collecting $600,000 from individual angel investors.

While inspired by bitcoin, the system is not yet on blockchain, a record-keeping system that is designed to make transactions irreversible, Fomenko said. It is also not formally convertible into established currencies, as widely traded, often volatile cryptocurrencies can be, he said.

Fomenko plans eventually to develop the technical and security features to enable it to be listed on cryptocurrency exchanges, creating a marketplace for movement, he said.

These and other money-making plans have been put on hold while the 10-member Sweatcoin team struggles to satisfy growing volumes of consumers using its basic fitness tracking features. Co-founder Anton Derlyatka said Sweatcoin had 2.28 million active users who have counted their steps on Tuesday this week.

It’s a successful second act for Fomenko, whose last start-up,, a music app launched in 2013, drew 1.3 million downloads before imploding when its sole investor, a unit of Gazprom Media, pulled out after Russia’s invasion of Crimea. (

London-based Sweatcoin has ranked as the top health and fitness app in both countries since September 2017 and is among the most downloaded apps of all types on both the Apple iOS and Google Play stores. (Reporting by Eric Auchard; Editing by Douglas Busvine and Andrew Heavens)

GALLERY: 15 secrets your personal trainer won’t tell you (courtesy Best Life)

5-year-old Cancer Survivor Run Over and Killed on Eve

A five-year-old cancer survivor from Toronto, Canada, was anticipating the one-year anniversary of completing chemotherapy when tragedy struck.

On Monday, kindergarten student Camila Torcato and her father Amilcar Torcato were leaving North York’s St. Raphael Catholic School and in a drop-off area when an unoccupied Hyundai SUV struck the pair, pinning them between the driverless car and their own vehicle, according to the Toronto Star.

Camila was rushed to SickKids Hospital where Amilcar was told by doctors that his daughter’s organs were failing and she was bleeding internally. The young girl died of her injuries later that same evening.

“Unfortunately God has taken Camila from us, having fought off cancer at 3 and yet again facing a tragic accident at 5, the only thing that we can believe is that she was a true angel,” a statement on Camila’s GoFundMe page read. “The people who really suffer from these type of events are the parents who have to live on without their child and they deserve all the support that they can get so they can find peace, without the financial stress that our society can create.”

After completing chemotherapy, Camila received a clean bill of health in February and was cleared to start school in September.

“She was a very special girl, she had problems before, she had cancer, but she was a fighter. She was a very sweet girl, shy, but very sweet; my mind is filled with her memories,” grieving father Amilcar told the Toronto Star on Tuesday. “I went to pick her up in school because the day before she asked me if I could. Usually, her mom picks her up, but that day I did.”

Adding, “It would be a year now after finishing chemotherapy and this just happened yesterday. There are so many memories of playing with her, and going with her to places she liked to go to like the beach, playing in the snow, outside, she liked being outside all the time.”

Ward 9 Council Maria Augimeri told CTV News on Tuesday that the area where Camila was fatally run over is a high traffic zone.

“Parents have to be extra vigilant when they are dropping off their kids and picking them up. There is really like a maze to get through. Police do their best to try to keep a lid on the situation but accidents will happen,” she said.

“This is the most tragic one I have ever seen,” Augimeri added.

Authorities are still investigating what happened at the drop-off area.

Trump BEING Mocking for his weight is hypocritical and ignorant

Your overweight friends and family are listening to these jokes. Is this how you describe them when they're not there?

Liberals and media outlets, please stop fat-shaming the president of the United States.

No, really.

Tuesday, the resident White House physician, Dr. Ronny Jackson, reported to the press corps some of the results of President Trump's annual physical, which included a voluntary cognitive exam ("I've found no reason whatsoever to think the president has any issues whatsoever with his thought processes,") concerns for his cholesterol levels (requiring an increase in his current prescription to help manage it), and detailing his remarkable cardiac health.

He also made public the president's weight: at a reported 6'3" tall, Jackson stated that Trump weighs in at 239 pounds, putting him just shy of being considered obese by medical standards.

In collective disbelief, netizens everywhere began voicing their skepticism. Sports fans, known for their commitment to all things numbers, began comparing photos of Trump (though, obviously, his weight at the time the pictures were taken is unknown) to athletes at similar height and weight ranges. MSNBC's Chris Hayes asked, rather cheekily, who was coining the term "girther" to label those who believe the president's weight is slightly less than accurate.

Sports Illustrated even upped the ante, publishing a list of "athletes who are the same size as Donald Trump," complete with an almost 18-year-old photo of a tennis-playing Trump in thin white shorts and visible tighty-whities positioned next to a shirtless and seriously-ripped Tim Tebow.


But ask any of my fellow professional trainers, and they'll tell you that the actual number on the scale doesn't mean that much about your health or fitness (let alone your value as a person or morals). Your average doctor's office scale tells you little more than how much weight is standing on it, and fails to quantify the far more important number: your body fat percentage. The amount of fat on your body, and not simply your weight, is what determines your physical appearance. The amount of muscle can signal the need for quality-of-life challenges, and help highlight a targeted approach towards fixing them.

A pound of muscle still weighs the same as a pound of fat, but the two look vastly different, because muscle mass is far more dense and, therefore, takes up less space. Two people who are 6'3" tall and both weigh 240 pounds can have wildly different appearances specifically because the percentages of their bodies that consist of fat in comparison to lean mass like muscle are different. Two people who both have body fat percentages of 18 percent at two different heights are more likely to look like each other than two people of the same weight and height. Weight, alone, means virtually nothing.

But that's not the point of the snark, is it? People are not criticizing the president's weight and appearance because of the need for nuanced discussion surrounding the human body, the uselessness of the body mass index or the need for doctors to develop more realistic and thoughtful methods for measuring health as a function of weight and body mass.

Instead, they are using photos of Trump and reports on his weight to mock the man who, at one point, allegedly referred to a Miss America pageant winner as "Miss Piggy." We're trying to find ways to snark on the man who statements and policies often denigrate our fellow human beings on what feels like a regular schedule. In many instances, we're trying to cope with the stress and anxiety we feel due to this man's policies by coming together and laughing at him and his size.

So I'm about to say something that even I can't believe I'm saying: please stop making fun of the president — at least when it comes to his weight.

Either we have standards as a country (and as liberals), or we don't. Either we believe in fat-shaming as an accepted practice — and Megyn Kelly TODAY host Megyn Kelly does — or we don't. Either we believe that we should treat people according to the dictates of our purported morals, or we don't.

Not only that, but remember that your overweight and obese friends and family are watching and listening to these jokes and cringing. Is this what you say about them in private? Is this how you describe them when they're not there? Do you really think they enjoy these jokes, believing that their own fatness is somehow different from Trump's?

Moreover, what kind of uproar would we be in if this were a conversation about Trump's 2016 election opponent, Hillary Clinton? What kind of uproar were we actually in about the efforts by many to paint her as frail and unhealthy, incapable of service? Wouldn't we see the wrongness in this behavior if it were lobbed in the direction of any current female political leader?

This isn't a defense of Trump — my Haitian husband and in-laws wouldn't let me live it down if I even tried. This is a pleading request for us to have some standards and then live up to them. There is no reason for us to use this man's body against him, when his politics are rife with ahistorical understandings of society, regressive ideals and beliefs that are flat-out dangerous to our fellow human beings. Let's focus our energy towards that, and leave the body-snarking behind.

We can't progress forward if we're allowing our own behavior to hold us back.

Erika Nicole Kendall is the writer, certified personal trainer and certified nutritionist behind the popular weight loss blog A Black Girl's Guide to Weight Loss.

A Terrifying Example Of Eyelash Extensions Gone Wrong

Unlike the group of young female factory workers of the 1920s now known as the Radium girls who died of necrosis as a result of their exposure to the "harmless" chemical, the modern woman has very little reason to equate beauty with any real suffering. (Yes, bikini waxes hurt, but they don't make your jaw disintegrate from the inside out.) But before you cast the first stone at the seemingly poor decision-making skills of women of yesteryear who would paint their teeth with radium to create a luminous smile for a night out or use lard as hair product, consider one of the most popular beauty procedures in this year of 2018: eyelash extensions.
As nice as it is to wake up in the morning in full Bambi mode without a single coat of mascara, having synthetic eyelashes glued to your real eyelashes is objectively questionable. That hasn't stopped millions of people from getting them, and while most of those people have emerged unscathed, others have not been so lucky — like 20-year-old nursing student Isabelle Kun, of Ottawa, Canada, who was taken to the hospital after suffering an allergic reaction in her bid for lush lashes.

Kun told that she's been getting eyelash extensions at the same salon every two or three weeks for the past year, and had never shown any signs of an adverse reaction. After her last touchup about a month ago, she noticed her eyes became swollen — so when she returned to the salon last week, she told her esthetician that she thought she may be allergic to the glue, and asked her if she'd be using the same one. Kun says that the esthetician brushed it off and told her not to worry, saying, "I don’t know the name of the glue we use, but you should be good."

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Just two days later, on Thursday morning, Kun woke up with her eyes swollen almost completely shut. "My girlfriend had slept over and I couldn’t even see her," she said. "And I was having a hard time swallowing and even breathing." The friend called an Uber to take Kun to the hospital, where she was rushed in immediately. "They took me right in within seconds when they saw my face. My eyes [were] swollen both above and under and my tonsils were apparently really inflamed."

Doctors administered an antihistamine and steroid intravenously to reduce the swelling, which Kun said still hasn't improved after she was sent home with another prescription antihistamine.

"My eyes are actually even worse now," she said. "There’s like a sac of fluid under my eye now. It’s so gross." What's more, she says that the salon she's been going to states on its website that, because most reactions to lash extensions are caused by the adhesive, clients can ask to be tested for allergies to the glue before undergoing the full treatment. Kun said that next time, she'll be sure to ask for the allergy testing to be on the safe side — and there will be a next time. "I do love getting fake eyelashes," she admitted.

The biggest takeaway for the rest of us? Do your homework. Elizabeth Diaz, a senior lash artist for Pucker at Spruce & Bond in NYC, told us that some salons even offer several options of hypoallergenic glue for those with allergies and sensitive skin — and always, always make sure the person you're seeing has the proper credentials. "Experienced lash technicians go through years of training, so make sure your technician is licensed," she said. "A certification is not a license — please know the difference." Finding a lash expert you trust might mean paying a little more up front, but it'll cost less than a hospital bill... and save you the emotional trauma, too.