With Allo and Duo, Google Finally Encrypts Conversations End-to-End

Wired News - Wed, 18/05/2016 - 7:23pm
In Whatsapp's footsteps, Google's new apps finally adopt end-to-end encryption. The post With Allo and Duo, Google Finally Encrypts Conversations End-to-End appeared first on WIRED.
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Nokia Is Plotting A Big Comeback to the Phone Business

Wired News - Wed, 18/05/2016 - 7:13pm
That brand you like is going to come back in style. Maybe. The post Nokia Is Plotting A Big Comeback to the Phone Business appeared first on WIRED.
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Google Announces Allo, Duo, Stable Android N Preview, Instant Apps

Slashdot - Wed, 18/05/2016 - 6:52pm
Also at the conference, Google announced Allo, a new smart messaging app, and Duo, a high-definition video chat app for Android and iOS devices. TechCrunch reports: Why the decision to launch two separate apps? A couple of reasons, it seems. The first is to keep the experiences simple and lightweight; and the second: to do something a little different from the rest of the pack. Facebook, for example, has supercharged Messenger with smart bots, as well as voice and video calling and more on top of its basic text messaging service. Allo leverages Google's assistant bot to prompt interesting and relevant responses to texts. Duo is a one-to-one video chatting app with a number of interesting features including "Knock Knock" which lets you see the real-time video of the person calling you. Google has also released the third preview of Android N. The company says that it is now safe enough to be used on your primary smartphone and tablet. The new update comes with a feature called "Seamless Updates" which will install system updates in the background. The company also announced Instant Apps, a feature that will allow users to tap an Instant App URL, and run the app without installing it. Clicking on Instant App URL, Google says, only gleans the parts of the app that you need for a specific purpose. The feature will work on all phones running Android 4.2 or newer version, and will be available starting later this year.

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Google Daydream: The Next Android Will Have Virtual Reality Baked Right In

Wired News - Wed, 18/05/2016 - 6:44pm
The company's behind a crop of new headsets coming, but its bigger VR play involves the operating system you probably already use. The post Google Daydream: The Next Android Will Have Virtual Reality Baked Right In appeared first on WIRED.
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Big data, better care for chronic kidney disease patients

Science Daily - Wed, 18/05/2016 - 6:14pm
A team of physicians and computer scientists is using merged electronic health records to improve care and clinical outcomes for patients with chronic kidney disease, which affects some 26 million American adults.
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Bright light alters metabolism

Science Daily - Wed, 18/05/2016 - 6:14pm
Exposure to bright light alters your metabolism, reports a new study. Scientists found bright light exposure increased insulin resistance compared to dim light exposure in both the morning and the evening. In the evening, bright light also caused higher peak glucose (blood sugar) levels. Over time, excess blood glucose can result in increased body fat, weight gain and a higher risk for diabetes.
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Research suggests new contributor to heart disease

Science Daily - Wed, 18/05/2016 - 6:12pm
Medical professionals have long known that the buildup of plaque in arteries can cause them to narrow and harden, potentially leading to a whole host of health problems -- including heart attack, heart disease and stroke. While high blood pressure and artery stiffness are often associated with plaque buildup, new research shows they are not the direct causes. Their findings suggest a new culprit: elastic fibers in the arterial wall.
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Researchers develop novel, non-toxic approach to treating variety of cancers

Science Daily - Wed, 18/05/2016 - 6:12pm
A novel, non-toxic approach to treating a wide variety of cancers has been identified by a team of researchers. The treatment approach is based on a combination therapy of the sugar 2-Deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG) and fenofibrate, a well-studied cholesterol medication.
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Panda feces study provides insights into microbiome, reproductive troubles

Science Daily - Wed, 18/05/2016 - 6:12pm
A stomachache can put a real damper on your love life -- especially if you're a giant panda. One minute it's breeding season and you're happily dining on fresh bamboo leaves, the next you're left clutching your stomach while your gastrointestinal lining passes through your system. This is exactly what seems to happen to captive giant pandas, and the researchers behind a new study are beginning to suspect it may play a role in their struggles to reproduce.
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Google Assistant and Google Home: Amazon Echo, But From Google

Slashdot - Wed, 18/05/2016 - 6:05pm
At its developer conference I/O, Google on Wednesday unveiled Google Home, a small round gadget with microphones and speakers that listens and responds to your questions and commands. As you may have guessed, Google Home will compete with Amazon Echo. The company also announced Assistant. Ars Technica reports: Google's conversational assistant is in the same vein as Cortana and Siri, Google Assistant. Google Assistant will be on phones and wearables too, and Google says that it will be better at picking out the context of what you're doing than any of the competitors. As an example, when standing near Cloud Gate, better known as The Bean, in Chicago, you can ask Google Assistant "Who designed this?" Based on your location alone, Assistant will understand that you're probably referring to the large shiny sculpture in front of you, and answer "Anish Kapoor."The Google Home will be available for purchase later this year. CNET has more details.

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No evidence that grit improves performance, analysis finds

Science Daily - Wed, 18/05/2016 - 5:42pm
The significance of grit in improving performance has been greatly overstated, says a psychologist who conducted a meta-analysis of all prior research on grit and found no evidence that grit is a good predictor of success.
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New study finds major earthquake threat from the Riasi fault in the Himalayas

Science Daily - Wed, 18/05/2016 - 5:38pm
New geologic mapping in the Himalayan mountains of Kashmir between Pakistan and India suggests that the region is ripe for a major earthquake that could endanger the lives of as many as a million people.
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Stellar cannibalism transforms star into brown dwarf

Science Daily - Wed, 18/05/2016 - 5:38pm
Astronomers have detected a sub-stellar object that used to be a star, after being consumed by its white dwarf companion.
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Staying a step ahead of cancer

Science Daily - Wed, 18/05/2016 - 5:38pm
Scientists have designed a potential cancer therapy that uses a unique strategy to block mTOR, a molecule that helps drive the growth of many tumors. In animal experiments, the drug reduces the size of tumors that are resistant to earlier-generation mTOR inhibitors.
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How antibodies access neurons to fight infection

Science Daily - Wed, 18/05/2016 - 5:38pm
Scientists have solved a puzzle of the immune system -- how antibodies enter the nervous system to control viral infections. Their finding may have implications for the prevention and treatment of a range of conditions, including herpes and Guillain-Barre syndrome, which has been linked to the Zika virus.
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Scientists predict extensive ice loss from huge Antarctic glacier

Science Daily - Wed, 18/05/2016 - 5:38pm
Current rates of climate change could trigger instability in a major Antarctic glacier, ultimately leading to more than 2m of sea-level rise.
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How viruses infect bacteria: A tale of a tail

Science Daily - Wed, 18/05/2016 - 5:38pm
Bacteriophages are viruses that infect bacteria. Using state-of-the-art tools, scientists have described a million-atom 'tail' that bacteriophages use to breach bacterial surfaces. The breakthrough has major implications for science and medicine, as bacteriophages are widely used in research.
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Antimicrobial in common toothpaste doesn't impact gut, oral microbiome

Science Daily - Wed, 18/05/2016 - 5:38pm
Personal hygiene products such as soaps and toothpastes that contain the antibiotic triclosan do not have a major influence on microbial communities or endocrine function, according to a small, randomized trial, say researchers.
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Google’s New Allo Messaging App Gets Its Edge From AI

Wired News - Wed, 18/05/2016 - 5:32pm
Google's new messaging app, Allo, lets you chat with Google while you chat with your friends. It's the first step toward making Google truly conversational. The post Google's New Allo Messaging App Gets Its Edge From AI appeared first on WIRED.
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Transparent Displays Are Here, But They're Pretty Useless

Slashdot - Wed, 18/05/2016 - 5:23pm
An anonymous reader writes: Samsung has debuted the first commercial installation of its 55-inch 'mirror' displays at a salon in South Korea with a transparent OLED screen overlaid over a mirrored surface to allow interaction. The Samsung product rivals an equivalent TOLED from Planar, with both intended for high-end use in the retail display and exhibition space. However both manufacturers are struggling to find practical applications for the much-awaited technology. Transparent displays have been a staple of sci-fi films such as Minority Report for decades, but only, it seems, because they helped to open up scenes which would otherwise have been difficult to film. With the pending advent of AR-based visualization, the innovation of the clear monitor seems not only to have come too late, but also offer limited practical use, even if its current breathtaking prices were to descend to the consumer space.

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