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Israeli Health Tech Is Heating Up With A Wave Of Interest From Abroad

Dennis Mitzner Contributor<p>Dennis Mitzner lives in Tel Aviv and writes about startups and technology trends.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Magic Leap goes to Finland in pursuit of Nordic VR and AR talent<br>• Israel’s former Prime Minister Ehud Barak bets big on emergency app Reporty<p>Israel’s many health …

'Butt dials' responsible for increase in emergency calls

An increase in emergency calls in San Francisco has been attributed to butt dials.<p>San Francisco's Department of Emergency Management reported an …

Teen Invents Headphones That Prevent Hearing Loss

Aegis Acoustics headphones were designed by 16-year-old Kingsley Cheng as a stylish-but-safe way listen to music. “The American Academy of Audiology reports that approximately 12 percent of all children ages 6–19 have noise-induced hearing loss. We’re here to change all that and make listening …

Consumer Tech

11 ways to speed up your Mac

New MacBooks are very tempting, but upgrading a machine that can easily be salvaged makes no sense.<p>Here are some simple, free ways to speed up your Mac.

Microsoft steering Windows 10 users away from non-Microsoft browsers

Microsoft is aggressively pushing its own Edge browser when you run a Bing search for another browser<p>Microsoft is aggressively pushing its new web browser, Edge, to Windows 10 users when they attempt to search for other browsers — like Firefox or Chrome — using Microsoft's own browser.<p>The tactic …

Over the limit: how cars could soon prevent drink-driving

US traffic safety agency developing technology to disable cars if excess blood alcohol levels detected in drivers<p>Smart cars of the near future could refuse to start if the driver exceeds the drink-drive limit.<p>The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), working with a consortium …

DUI

Tesla's home batteries could be leased similarly to SolarCity scheme

Tesla is widely expected to introduce a pair of new battery technologies later this week: a battery for the home and a "very large scale utility battery." A new report from <i>The Guardian</i> suggests that the home battery could be leased to customers on similar terms to an existing, experimental scheme …

Shield your iPhone fitness data from other apps’ prying eyes

iPhone 5s, iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPad Air 2<p>Settings App<p><b>Directions:</b><p>Tap into your Settings app on the iOS device you own that has an M7 or M8 chip. Next, tap onto the Privacy section, and then scroll down to — not Health — Motion & Fitness.<p>You’ll see a toggle switch to turn Fitness Tracking OFF, as well …

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Scanadu’s New Pee Stick Puts The Medical Lab On Your Smartphone

Health tech startup Scanadu is working on the cutting-edge of a new type of medical technology that could one day put the hospital in the palm of our hands.<p>It just started shipping its first product Scout, a device that can detect your temperature, blood pressure and other biological phenomenon and …

Lab-made blood cells may curb brain cancer

Mouse study suggests it's possible to use the immune system to hunt glioblastoma<p>Teaching T cells to hunt cancer has spurred remissions in two kinds of leukemia. A new study suggests the technique may also work to treat glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer.<p>Today's study, published in <i>Science</i> …

'Dongle' turns smartphone into mobile lab to diagnose HIV, syphilis

Engineers have taken an ordinary smartphone and made it a whole lot smarter.<p>They created a compact, handheld device that plugs into an iPhone and turns it into a mobile laboratory that can diagnoseHIVand syphilis in just 15 minutes.<p>The diagnostic device – the engineers call it a “dongle” – was …

An Epilepsy Tracker So Beautiful, It Could Be Sold In An Apple Store

Meet the Embrace, an utterly gorgeous smartwatch that saves lives.<p>Wearables are getting smarter. Once considered little more than glorified pedometers, the wearables coming out of 2015 are going to be considerably more powerful. So powerful, in fact, that they might save lives.<p>That’s what the …

New sapphire glass screens could be coming to the iPhone 6s

In the lead-up to the iPhone 6, everyone expected Apple to give it a sapphire glass display. Sapphire glass, it was said, would lead to nigh-indestructible screens: Scratched and shattered iPhone displays would become a thing of the past.<p>Of course, we all know what happened from there. Apple’s …

Saying 'ow' really can ease pain

Scientists saying 'ow' and being vocal does help us tolerate pain.<p>From birth, we instinctively yelp whenever we are hurt.<p>Now, scientists say there is a reason behind our spontaneous groans as being vocal helps us tolerate pain.<p>In a study, 56 people were asked to immerse their hands in painfully …

Sip Up, Slim Down: The Right Way to Drink Green Tea for Weight Loss

Find out if the green stuff's weight-loss power extends to flavored ice cream, iced tea, and extract<p>Find out if the green stuff's weight-loss power extends to flavored ice cream, iced tea, and extract<p>I'll admit it: I had a mini celebration when I learned green tea has the incredible power to shift …

Tea

The rising cost of acquiring mobile-app users is hitting devs like a hurricane

Every fall, the cost of acquiring mobile-app users rises like the wind. After a summer lull, this phenomenon happened again in September. The cost rose 34 percent from a year ago according to data collected by mobile-marketing firm Fiksu. The cost-per-loyal-user index, which measures the price of …

3 ways crooks attack on public Wi-Fi

When you're on the go and running out of data on your cellular plan, finding free public Wi-Fi is like getting a fantastic present on Christmas morning<p>But unlike a Christmas present, free public Wi-Fi comes with a cost. No, not your firstborn child (although some people in London agreed to do just …

Spruce Health launches virtual doctor app, raises $2M seed round

Consumers, health providers, and insurers are just now getting comfortable with the idea that many types of face-to-face doctor visits can be replaced with less expensive virtual visits.<p>A new telemedicine app called Spruce launched today in the App Store, with an Android app coming soon. The app …

'Pocket' diagnosis for Parkinson’s

<b>Smartphone technology revealed at the British Science Festival could help diagnose and treat Parkinson's disease.</b><p>Symptoms of Parkinson's are currently difficult to measure objectively after the patient leaves the doctor's clinic.<p>New smartphone software developed at Aston University will bring the …

Sense.ly raises $1.25M for mobile 'virtual nurse' service

One aspect of Obamacare that you hear few complaining about is the way it will increase compensation for health providers who treat Medicare patients. In simple terms, providers will be given a fixed amount for taking care of a given patient population. Then every dollar they can avoid spending on …

The Impact of Apple Watch on Health and Fitness

The Apple Watch was announced earlier today and it, along with the Health app, will change the way we are able to interact with our iPhones. The Apple Watch does double duty as an all day fitness tracker (Activity app) and a sports watch (Workout app). The wide variety of data it collects makes it …

Resilience: How to train a tougher mind

Can you learn to be mentally tougher? Emma Young investigates the science of mindfulness and other techniques promising to foster resilience in the face of extreme stress.<p>“It was one of those perfect days. I think that’s what everyone remembers. And now whenever the day’s too perfect and the sky’s …

University of Pennsylvania

Google Glass makes doctors better surgeons, Stanford study shows

One of the ripest markets for Google Glass and Glass-based apps may be healthcare. While patient care has become increasingly data-driven, doctors need a way to receive the data while remaining hands-on with patients.<p>Can wearables in the OR improve clinical outcomes? Although it makes sense, …

Who Is Running Phony Cell Phone Towers Around The United States?

A multitude of opinions<p>On August 29, Popular Science published a map of interceptor towers -- surveillance devices that masquerade as cell phone towers to intercept voice and data transmissions from every cell user in an area. 19 of the interceptors were found in the United States in August, and …

How Do You Catch Ebola: By Air, Sweat Or Water?

There's no question Ebola is one of the most terrifying diseases out there. It causes a painful death, typically kills more than 50 percent of those infected and essentially has no cure.<p>But if you compare how contagious the Ebola virus is to, say SARS or the measles, Ebola just doesn't stack up. In …

Glaucoma discovery inspires nanofiber eye drop - Futurity

New findings in mice suggest that nanofiber eye drops could one day "grow new pipes" in the eye to cure glaucoma.

Glaucoma

Body upgrades may be nearing reality, but only for the rich

Homo sapiens were not always so special. In the ancient past, other human forms lived beside us. The Neanderthals in Eurasia. Small, hobbit-like humans in Indonesia. The mysterious Denisovans in the Ural mountains.<p>But our time alone may be nearing its end. Through the power of technology, humans …