Theranos may have self-destructed, but these Stanford students are still betting that health tech is going to be huge
- That's judging from Tuesday's Stanford University startup demo day, where current students at the university — and a handful of alumni — showed off to potential investors and the media what their very-early-stage companies have been working on.
- Several of the companies specifically described technology that will help patients shorten or avoid doctor visits by bringing medical procedures and testing into the comfort of their own home.
- Demetric Maxim, founder and CEO of Nephrogen Inc., says that Americans lose $52 billion every year in "opportunity costs," meaning potential earnings lost to wasted time, because of doctor visits solely dedicated to blood tests.
- On stage at the Stanford demo day, Maxim says that his company plans to combat this cost by developing a "rapid, cheap, at-home blood testing platform" that can examine blood samples in 30 minutes, for less than five dollars a test.
One of my favorite tech gadgets prevents me from ever losing my phone, wallet, or keys — and it only costs $35
- So over the course of the last year, I've been using a couple of Tile devices to keep track of my things.
- But for those who have never used one, Tile works like a tiny tracking device.
- I also have a newer $35 Tile Style, a fancier-looking and more powerful Tile that lives in a pocket inside my work bag.
- Tile Style has a longer range, it's waterproof, and it's twice as loud as Tile's older devices.
- While my Tile Mates work just fine, the Tile Style is my personal favorite.
- There's one other major Tile perk: because Tile pairs with your phone, the lost-and-found system goes both ways.
- My Tiles are currently keeping track of four of the most important items I own: my phone, keys, work bag (which includes my wallet), and my luggage when I travel.
CAMERA SHOOTOUT: Samsung's new Galaxy S9 versus the best smartphone camera in the world, the Pixel 2
- Both shots look pretty comparable at first, but a closer look at the details outside the window show the Pixel handles this indoor/outdoor lighting situation better.
- The Galaxy S9 Plus takes better low-light shots than the Pixel 2 XL.
- Both look pretty similar, but you can tell that the waiter figurine's jacket is a dark blue in the Pixel 2 XL's shot, whereas it looks simply black on the Galaxy S9 Plus' photo.
- With that said, the Galaxy S9 phones offer more versatile cameras, as they take good shots in decent lighting, and they can take much better photos in low-light environments than the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
- And if you're considering the larger Galaxy S9 Plus with a dedicated 2x zoom lens, you'll get better zoomed shots than you would with the Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL.
Trump-linked firm Cambridge Analytica collected personal information from 50 million Facebook users without permission
- A data analysis firm linked to President Donald Trump's campaign used the personal information of 50 million people on Facebook without authorization to target them with personalized political advertisements, The Guardian reported Saturday.
- Through his company, Global Science Research, Kogan and Cambridge Analytica paid roughly 270,000 people to download the app and take a personality test, per the Guardian report.
- The demo helped Cambridge Analytica compile information not only from the users who took part in Kogan's research, but from their friends' profiles as well, exposing millions of users' data.
- Several news outlets reported in 2016 that the Trump campaign paid Cambridge Analytica $5 million for its services in September alone that year, a significant increase from the $250,000 it paid one month earlier.
Claims of social media ‘addiction’ are full of bad science — its real impact might be more positive than you think
- She told Business Insider that social media may be having some positive effects on teens and young adults, but many people are not paying attention to that research.
- A large review of 36 studies published in the journal Adolescent Research Review concluded that instead of feeling hampered by their screens, teens are chiefly using digital communication to deepen and strengthen existing in-person relationships.
- A small 2018 study of British teens in foster care supports that idea — it suggested that social media helped young people maintain healthy relationships with their birth parents, make new friends, and ease the transition from childhood to adulthood.
- Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty The researchers behind these studies emphasized that social media and smartphones are not so much an "addiction" as a novel, attention-grabbing platform for enhancing existing activities and relationships.
The best game from the last generation of consoles just got a gorgeous re-release — and it's still an incredible game
- In "Burnout Paradise Remastered," you get the same incredible open-world racing game that impressed critics and fans alike way back in 2008.
- I played the original game for dozens of hours back in 2008, and I've put another 10 or so into "Burnout Paradise Remastered" — even after all that time, I still freak out when I accidentally crash at full speed.
- I don't play many simulation racing games these days, but I spend lots of time with the "Forza Horizon" series, and I'm always interested in the latest "Need for Speed." But even with the huge number of real cars in "Horizon," and even with the gorgeous graphics, and even with the massive open-world maps, I find myself eventually getting tired of just racing.
This 27-year-old MIT graduate explains why she gave up a promising career in tech to help kids get vital job skills
- When she was 17, Netia McCray received a letter inviting her to attend a summer tech program for high school students at MIT.
- The organization is headquartered in Boston, and McCray says she sees many of the same dismal learning conditions for students there as those she's experienced in a few of the African nations with which Mbadika partners.
- To combat that gap, Mbadika uses technologies like 3D printing and virtual reality to get kids excited about learning — and her her favorite pop culture characters, like Marvel's Black Panther, to inspire them.
- McCray says she's inspired by "Black Panther" because to the characters in the story "have not been made victims, they have not had their creative agencies robbed of them," the way many colonized peoples and nations have throughout history.
We asked famous YouTubers what it’s actually like to play video games for a living — here are all the perks and drawbacks that come with the job
- Markiplier / Rooster Teeth / Nagzz21 For many people, the thought of playing video games as a full-time job on YouTube or Twitch might seem like a far-off dream, akin to becoming a rockstar or professional athlete.
- From the types of games they play on-camera to the amount of money they make is unique to each person; no one content creator is indicative of the success of the next.
- Some channels and personalities must rely on backing from separate groups or larger companies, like Rooster Teeth, the Austin-based digital media company that makes animated shows, feature-length films and supports a whole array of YouTube channels dedicated to video gameplay.
- For example, she says, one of Achievement Hunter's most viewed videos to date is a two-hour, 45-minute, unedited marathon of four cast members playing an online version of the classic card game UNO.
Here's a roundup of Google's St. Patrick's Day doodles over the years in case you didn't know what you needed today
- St. Patrick's Day is here, and that means another one of Google's annual customized holiday doodles.
- Every March 17 since 2000 (save for the year 2003), Google's homepage has displayed different variations of its logo celebrating Irish culture with shamrocks and Celtic designs.
- This year's St. Patrick's Day Doodle features a design by Irish artist Ross Stewart with a picturesque Irish countryside scene and "Google" spelled out in stones next to a river bank.
- In honor of today's festivities, we've rounded up every St. Patrick's Day doodle featured on Google's website since 2000.
- Have a scroll and find your favorite.
- Get the latest Google stock price here.
The YouTube Kids app has been suggesting a load of conspiracy videos to children
- Search for "UFO" on YouTube Kids and you'll mostly find videos of toys that are clearly fine for children to watch.
- Two other conspiracy theory videos by Icke appeared in the related videos, meaning it was easy for children to quickly go from watching relatively innocent videos about toys to conspiracy content.
- Following related videos that appear in YouTube Kids, we ended up watching a video that claims that a gateway to a new world had opened, and that a female employee working on the Large Hadron Collider mysteriously vanished in a magic portal.
- However, it's (hopefully) unlikely that children are regularly watching these videos unless they appear as suggestions on more popular content in the app.
- That's fine when it's adults watching the main YouTube site, but children on YouTube Kids can easily go from innocent content about the moon landing to Icke claiming lizard people rule the world.