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Comic Series Takes A Candid Look Inside The Mind Of Someone With Anxiety And Depression

When Holly Hindle draws herself, she draws herself as a bear. For Hindle, 27, bears make her comics more relatable and provide an escape from body …

Mental Health

Verizon gearing up to dominate IoT landscape in 2017

The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing at a rapid rate and telecommunications giant Verizon wants a large slice of the cake, with the aim of $1 billion in sales by 2017.<p>Over the past year, it has made a few large purchases to bolster its position in the market. It acquired fleet management firm …

Internet of Things

Pets Help People Manage The Pain Of Serious Mental Illness

Any pet owner will tell you that their animal companions comfort and sustain them when life gets rough. This may be especially true for people with serious mental illness, a study finds. When people with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder were asked who or what helped them manage the condition, many …

Mental Health

Home Monitoring Will Soon Monitor You

When the Internet of Things begins to track electrical usage, houses could become more measured—and scrutinized—than ever.<p>I worry. About my family. My house. My dumb possessions, and my treasured ones. Doesn’t everyone? “Happiness,” Don Draper opines in <i>Mad Men</i>’s pilot, “is the freedom from fear.” …

Machine Learning

3 Stocks to Invest in the Internet of Things

Image source: Getty Images.<p>The internet connected people and businesses across the globe, and now the Internet of Things (IoT) could mark a similarly revolutionary shift by connecting the world's devices and paving the way for an explosion in data generation and analytics-driven efficiency …

Edward Snowden: why Barack Obama should grant me a pardon

Edward Snowden has set out the case for Barack Obama granting him a pardon before the US president leaves office in January, arguing that the disclosure of the scale of surveillance by US and British intelligence agencies was not only morally right but had left citizens better off.<p>The US …

Surveillance

Amazon launches Dash instant-order Internet of Things buttons in the UK

Online retailer’s challenge for the likes of Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury’s extends its Prime lock-in for taking the work out of buying toilet roll and detergent<p>Amazon has finally launched its Dash physical instant purchase buttons in the UK, bringing one-push buying of nappies, toilet roll, …

Automation

Even IBM's Watson Is Getting Into 'Pokémon Go'

Players must have Watson's visual recognition API with Watson's Internet of Things platform installed for it to work.<p>IBM's supercomputer Watson has maintained its interest in games since beating Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter on <i>Jeopardy!</i> back in 2011. In fact, like many of the rest of us, it's busy …

Internet of Things

Here's how to request a verified account on Twitter

Want the blue checkmark that accompanies a verified account on Twitter? You can now ask for it.<p>Twitter on Tuesday announced it is now accepting requests to verify a specific Twitter accounts.<p>You can request verification for a personal account, in addition to one belonging to a brand or company. …

Internet

The state of the smart home

The promise was big, the hype was bigger, but the reality, well, let’s just say, not exactly earth-shattering. Several years after the concept of the …

Smart Homes

Hey, Listen! How to Be a Better Friend to Someone Who’s Depressed

One of the most common questions that we get at Take This is, “How can I help someone I care about?” Seeing a friend suffering is hard, and it’s made …

Mental Health

As a mental health nurse, people don't realise I'm more soldier than nurse

They imagine me making up beds and giving out medication. They don’t see the steel behind my eyes<p>When I tell people I am a nurse working on an acute psychiatric ward they often say, “That must be hard”. They imagine something quite different from reality. They see me by the bedside of a crying …

Mental Health

In The Battle Against Mental Health, One Doctor Conquers Her Demons

Dr. Z met me at a coffee shop on a rainy day in San Francisco. We sat across from each other, sipping hot coffee as funky 70s music boomed from the speakers. It felt horribly out of place considering what our meeting was about: her suicide attempt.<p>She was apprehensive and I understood why. …

Mental Health

What You Should Know About Dating Someone With A Mental Health Problem

Illustrated by Anna Sudit.<p>"Depression," Eva Recinos tells me, "is the third wheel in my relationship." Recinos has been with her boyfriend for three-and-a-half years and lived with him for one-and-a-half. Even as their relationship has flourished, her depression and anxiety have always featured in …

Mental Health

Google clarifies how search autocomplete works

In yet another odd development of the 2016 campaign season, Google's autocomplete feature -- not the actual search results, just autocomplete -- has come under scrutiny of potential bias. A YouTube video posted by <i>SourceFed</i> (with a followup, posted here) picked up attention after claiming that …

Google aims to kill passwords by the end of this year

Android users will be able to log in to services using a combination of their face, typing patterns and how they move<p>Google will begin testing an alternative to passwords next month, in a move that could do away with complicated logins for good.<p>The new feature, introduced to developers at the …

Information Systems

EgyptAir crash raises questions about imperfect airport security

Explosives in the form of paper, or concealed in a medicine-sized bottle and looking like salt. Tiny electric detonators. Security agents at the main …

Charles de Gaulle

The Eliza app makes mental health tracking as easy as talking to yourself

Makers of an app called Eliza want to make it as easy for people to track their psychological well-being as it is to track their physical fitness.<p>The Eliza app asks users to record a voice memo, say, venting about an issue they’re dealing with at work or simply reflecting on their day. The app …

Mental Health

The Science of Making Friends

Our number of friends starts to decrease steadily in adulthood; there are ways to reverse the tide<p>I’ve been going on a series of dates lately.<p>I exchanged numbers with the person sitting next to me at a Cabernet tasting at my favorite wine bar and went for a coffee with a neighbor I met walking my …

Relationships

Hello, I Have Anxiety, How Are You?

<b>May is Mental Health Awareness month</b>.It is now May.So, hello, mental health. <i>I am aware of you</i>.I am aware of you because my mental health is <i>on the</i> …

Mental Health

11 Things People Who Make Great First Impressions Never Do

Want to make a great first impression--and keep on making a great impression? Here's how.<p>While you meet a lot of people, occasionally you meet a person who stands out. She might be remarkably charismatic. He might be extremely charming and likable. She might be extremely confident, in a genuine and …

Self-improvement

UK spies are collecting bulk data on millions of innocent people

UK security services have been collecting personal information from citizens who are "unlikely to be of intelligence or security interest" since the …

Surveillance

Snapchat's 'face-swap' now taps into your existing photos

Snapchat has scrapped its pay-to-replay feature, meaning repeat views of temporary videos and photos is now a free, one-time-only deal. Far, <i>far</i> more importantly, you can now swap your face with any visage that Snapchat auto-detects on your photo roll: no more attempting to awkwardly position your …

Google Play

Attention, Students: Put Your Laptops Away

As laptops become smaller and more ubiquitous, and with the advent of tablets, the idea of taking notes by hand just seems old-fashioned to many students today. Typing your notes is faster — which comes in handy when there's a lot of information to take down. But it turns out there are still …

Teaching

What's in a Flag's Design?

A new infographic by a pair of Danish designers has everything you never knew you wanted to know about the world’s flags.<p>At their simplest level, national flags are banners that express pride and loyalty. But if you take a closer look, a flag is a fascinating representation of a nation’s …

Happiness is the new GDP

Global policymakers are starting to take happiness seriously.<p>In March, the United Nations released its fourth World Happiness Report, ranking 156 nations on how close residents say they are to living the best life possible. The UN report features endless interesting tidbits: Scandinavians are …

Economics

How to help students manage their mental health during exams

<b>Don’t stay silent</b><p>As teachers, you know that your students express themselves in different ways. Talking about their mental health is no different, so don’t ignore any comments a young person makes, however brief, even if something seems like a bit of classroom banter. Everyone has different …

Mental Health

This New App Hopes to Save Suicidal Teens

Because therapy the analog way just doesn't work for under-18s.<p>Krista Moellers was in fourth grade when her symptoms began. She didn't have a name for it back then, but it's clear now that her spiral into severe depression began many years before her sophomore year of high school, when she tried to …

Mental Health

London's gentrification can be predicted by tweets

The gentrification of London boroughs can be predicted from tweets and Foursquare check-ins, researchers at Cambridge University have found.<p>By …

Social Media