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This insurance startup will give you a wearable and reward you for hitting fitness goals

Many in the health care industry believe that wearable devices can keep patients more engaged with their caregivers, and more mindful of their health in general.<p>The tech-focused health insurance startup Oscar is now ready to put some money behind that belief. The New York-based insurer says it will …

Forget steps and calories — Prana’s wearable tracks breath and posture

San Francisco-based Prana said its new wearable, which combines breath and posture tracking, can offer a unique look into your health and well-being.<p>The small round device clips into the inside of the user’s waistband. It uses a 3-axis accelerometer and a fancy set of fancy algorithms (which took …

Could your washer really charge your smartphone from across the room?

Wireless charging is a little bit more convenient than plugging your device in, but was picking up a microUSB lead ever that much of a chore in the first place? White goods and TV supremos Haier believe so, which is why it's signed a development pact with wireless charging outfit Energous. The …

Portals, Skype, and wearables: What primary care should look like

At your last doctor’s appointment, you may have noticed that the experience hasn’t really changed over the last few decades. In fact, with doctors constantly typing and clicking, it may have actually gotten worse.<p>In general, scheduling is difficult, signing in feels eerily similar to filling out …

Billy Beane’s five lessons for business success

<i>Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A’s baseball team, has consistently innovated by using analytics to get the A’s into the play-offs despite one of the lowest budgets in baseball. Here, he outlines five lessons that can apply to most businesses.</i><p><b>1) Don’t be afraid to employ smarter</b> …

Wireless Expense Management Software

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Nest data collection shows how smart homes could save lives

Experts can now see carbon monoxide events at an unprecedented scale<p>Nest Protect may have returned to store shelves at a lower price point this week, but the smart smoke protector is also proving how sensors in homes provide invaluable data. Nest Labs has released a new report based on data from …

The Social Store: A Hybrid

Peterson and his team see an untapped opportunity with the ascendancy of foodie culture. "Stores will combine the sociality and the indulgences of food with the pleasures of shopping," says WD Partners' report.

Texas county unwittingly votes in favour of reparations for African Americans

Leaders in a North Texas county passed a resolution this week supporting reparations to African Americans for slavery – without even realizing they had done so.<p>Dallas county commissioners unanimously passed a Juneteenth resolution on Tuesday that appeared to be another routine proclamation, …

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Singapore Is Planning The World’s Largest Floating Solar Farm

“The vast majority of photovoltaic installations in Singapore will obviously be on rooftops, but even those are limited,” says Thomas Reindl, deputy …

Indian police 'gang-rape woman after she fails to pay bribe'

An Indian woman has said she was gang-raped by four officers at a police station, the latest in a string of sex attacks in the state of Uttar Pradesh.<p>The woman said she was attacked when she went to the station overnight on Monday in the Hamirpur district to seek her husband's release.<p>"At 11.30pm …

Some abducted schoolgirls may never return: Nigerian ex-president

ABUJA (Reuters) - Some of the schoolgirls abducted by militant group Boko Haram may never return home, Nigeria’s influential former president Olusegun Obasanjo said, in some of the most pessimistic comments yet on their fate from a member of the country’s elite.<p>A man points to one of the girls …

Boko Haram Suspected of Kidnapping Another 20 Women

Members of the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram are suspected to have kidnapped 20 women near the Nigerian town where nearly 300 schoolgirls were …

Textual healing: are apps the future of therapy?

One company wants to connect patients and therapists on smartphones, but not everyone's convinced the idea has merit<p>Compared with finding a therapist in a big city, signing up for text-message therapy was a breeze. All I had to do was open an app on my phone, pick a username, and type my first …

15 Emerging Neurotechnologies That Will Change The World

<i>Policy Horizons Canada worked with futurist and data visualizer Michell Zappa of Envisioning to produce a report called MetaScan 3: Emerging Technologies and accompanying infographics. We are reproducing the summary for emerging neuro and cognitive technologies.</i><p>We have included predictions based on …

The Brain

Coaching: 3 Keys To Improve The Teams You Lead

Coaching has achieved buzzword status in business circles. As with many ideas that acquire this near-mythical standing, there’s a core of effectiveness behind their elevated reputation.<p>But to get there, you’ve got to cut through a <i>lot</i> of hype.<p><b>Feel Free To Dabble</b> <br>Coaching isn’t a magic bullet that …

The Future Of America’s Roads: Smart Streets, Cars That Communicate

Population growth paired with a lack of “appetite for investment” in transportation systems means big challenges for Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. His solution? Creativity, cars that talk to each other, and a data innovation challenge.<p>When Anthony Foxx was sworn in as the …

Indian girls found hanging after gang-rape

Two teenage girls have been found dead, hanging from a tree in a northern Indian village after they were gang-raped by five men, police said on Thursday.<p>A post-mortem report indicated that the sisters, previously reported to have been cousins, from the low-caste Dalit community, aged 14 and 15, …

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Don't Drink the Maple Water: Which Health Drinks Are Actually Healthy

Liquid nutrition is having a moment. From kombucha teas to high-priced “cleanses,” grocery stores are devoting whole aisles to a rash of new …

How to Lose Weight around the Clock

Meals to pack for all-day energy<p><b>Question:</b> I work 12-hour shifts. What are some easy meals I could take with me to make it through the day?<p><i>(from reader Dustin Yesenia Hippensteel)</i><p><b>Answer:</b> Think outside the brown bag. Blend up a smoothie in the a.m. and stash it in the fridge until you need a snack. …

What to Eat Before a Workout: 50 Pre- and Post-Workout Snacks

For some, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But for others who manage to squeeze some gym time into their everyday routine, pre- and …

Healthy Eating

LeVar Burton's Reading Rainbow Kickstarter hits $1M goal in less than a day

It would be pretty easy for actor LeVar Burton to coast through the remainder of life taking only acting gigs he likes and getting showered with adoration from Geordi La Forge fans on the Star Trek convention circuit.<p>Instead, Burton is taking the noble path by trying to launch a new Reading Rainbow …

X.ai Lands $2.1M To Build ‘Amy’, An AI-Powered Personal Assistant For Meetings

From the sometimes disappointing but often great reality of Siri to the complicated potential of Samantha, the idea of virtual personal assistants helping us with our digital-fuelled lives has captured the public imagination.<p>Today, another not-quite real female is entering the fray: Amy, a personal …

Google's New Self-Driving Car Has No Steering Wheel, No Brakes, And A Face Designed To Be 'Friendly'

If the tiny car above looks like it’s happy to see you, that’s no accident.<p>It’s Google’s new house-made self-driving car, and its front-grill “face” was designed to look friendly — maybe because its insides could make riders feel ill at ease.<p>Unlike Google’s autonomous cars of the past — with a …

German scientists make it possible to fly a plane with your brain

Mind control technology gives you the capability to do things you didn't think possible -- like piloting a plane even if you have zero flying experience. A team of researchers from the Technische Universität München and the TU Berlin in Germany have not only developed the technology to fly planes …

Nigerian Military Says It Knows Where Missing Girls Are

A Nigerian official claimed Monday that the military knows the whereabouts of the 276 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists more than a month ago and has ruled out using force to rescue them.<p>The official said that the military could not disclose the location.<p>U.S. military officials were …

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Nigerian defense chief says abducted girls located

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's military has located nearly 300 school girls abducted by Islamic extremists but fears using force to try to free them …

Our health is in our hands

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