In a serious medical emergency, action in the first few minutes can be key to a positive outcome. An ambulance might be only a few miles away, but what if someone with medical training, who could provide immediate care while the cavalry’s on route, was sitting just next door? It’s this kind of scenario a doctor with London’s Air Ambulance service had in mind when he created GoodSAM, an Android and iOS app that sends out a request for any nearby professionals to lend a hand in an emergency.
Well, there are actually two different apps. GoodSAM Alerter is available to everyone, and it’s through this you can broadcast a call for help. During the app registration process, you can also add medical details you think could be important for the first person on the scene, should you be the one in trouble. The app uses GPS and Google Maps to pinpoint your location, then notifies the nearest person who might be able to provide aid, before hailing others if they’re unavailable. Once you’ve made a request for immediate support, the app then asks if you want to call the emergency services, assuming you haven’t already.
GoodSAM Responder is the app for those who can actually do the helping. As you’d expect, the registration process is much stricter — you need to prove you have the right qualifications and training to give emergency care. If you fit the bill, you’ll be the one receiving notifications of people in need through the Responder app. Confirm you’re able to help, and the app will direct you to the scene, as well as set up a messaging channel with the smartphone that sent the alert. Responders also have access to a crowd-sourced map of defibrillator locations if they need to find one quickly. GoodSAM isn’t the first app of its kind, but it could be the first to have a global impact. We’re told the app is currently most useful in London due to a high number of registered responders, but it’s hoped with ongoing awareness campaigns the app will become a valuable tool worldwide.
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Via: Sky News
Speed-reading apps seem like the new weather apps. There are tons of different examples to choose from and they tout benefits that range from better memory retention to more free time and even healthier, shinier hair (one of those may not be totally true). So, have you used one to take your reading skills from average speed to ludicrous speed? Head over to the Engadget forums and share your experiences.
Simply put, Doctor Who and Minecraft are two worldwide sensations, each extremely popular in their own entertainment category. Thus, it just kind of makes sense to bring the two together. Thankfully for those of you who are into both, Microsoft and the BBC have partnered up to do exactly that, by way of digital downloadable content for Minecraft on the Xbox 360. Starting next month, players will have access to character packs from Doctor Who, including skins of The Doctor himself, his companions and his mad enemies — all from throughout the show’s entire history, not only from most recent seasons. No word yet on if this also applies to the upcoming Xbox One edition of Minecraft, but it wouldn’t surprise us if that was the case.
Back in June T-Mobile made a fairly awesome move that gave customers a break from their data consumption by letting you stream certain services without touching your data allotments. Sure, there were a few stipulations, like being on a plan that let you do it. Still, if streaming music is your bread and butter of data use, it certainly helped. At initial launch it offered up a variety of services that wouldn’t touch your allotment. Services like Spotify, Slacker, iHeartRadio and others. T-Mobile promised others would be added over time, but that the ones available at rollout were the heaviest used ones.
Today T-Mobile is adding in a few other services to the list that should make some of you jump up and down. Starting today, if you are on the Simple Choice plan of course, you can stream from six newly added services; AccuRadio, Black Planet Radio, Grooveshark, Radio Paradise, Rdio and Songza.
“T-Mobile’s Music Freedom and services like Grooveshark are about bringing music accessibility to the consumer,” said Sam Tarantino, Co-founder and CEO of Grooveshark, “Together with Music Freedom, Grooveshark is creating a new kind of music discovery on T-Mobile devices. We believe the combined global audiences of millions represents a new and engaged audience for Grooveshark on T-Mobile.”
Now, before you throw your phone and curse out T-mobile for not adding Google Play Music, there is news on that front too. Google Play Music raked in three-quarters of a million votes in the poll for what should be added next. It topped the charts and is clearly the service we all want the most. T-Mobile says they are on track to bring Google Play Music into the fold later this year. While it isn’t ‘right this minute’ like many of us would like, it is coming. It is almost September, so later this year only gives them 4 months at most to pull it off. So sit tight a little longer guys.
An interesting set of numbers came out of the press release as well. Since the launch of the Music Freedom campaign, T-Mobile claims that customers have streamed 7 terabytes of music with 5 million more songs being played a day then before the launch. Obviously removing the data use on music has paid off for customers in a pretty big way.
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Looks like there is an update headed to your HTC One M8 if you are using a AT&T branded version of the device. The firmware version coming down the pipeline is reportedly 2.23.502.3. It brings a long a number of security fixes and optimizations for your beloved M8. While you won’t find some fancy new visuals, it is still worth getting on the latest available update.
Like most OTA updates though, if you have root you might want to hold off for a bit. It is entirely possible that it will kill that for you. If you are just your average stock user though, have at that update button in your settings menu. Be sure you have over 50% battery life and some time to hover on a Wi-Fi connection as the update file size is said to come in at about 660MBs. I am sure it will be rolling out in stages too, so if you don’t see it right away keep an eye out for it.
T-Mobiles similar update started just last week and word on the street is that Verizon should be following suit sometime in mid-September.
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Ever since Microsoft cut its motion- and voice-sensor from the Xbox One package, the second version of Kinect has been in limbo. Sure, you could still get one if you shelled out $500 for the deluxe version of Xbox One, but there was no way to pick one up on its own. What if, say, a new Dance Central game for Xbox One were to be announced? Microsoft always said it would offer the device standalone, and now it’s got a release date and price: October 7th for $150 ($50 less than the Windows version, for those wondering). Even better: Kinect on Xbox One comes with the aforementioned new Dance Central game. Not a terrible nod to the most important third-party game studio making Kinect games.
Despite taking Kinect out of the box — mostly to stay competitive price-wise with Sony’s PlayStation 4, which is repeatedly besting the Xbox One in monthly sales — Microsoft says the standalone release is more evidence of the company’s belief in the sensor. “We believe Xbox One is better with Kinect,” Microsoft’s blog post reads, “offering unlimited possibilities.” Specifically, the company cites voice commands and Skype as the primary reasons for owning Kinect, in addition to calling out a handful of Kinect-enabled titles (Kinect Sports Rivals, Dead Rising 3, Project Spark).
The key here, Microsoft says, is choice. “We’re excited to offer you more choices for purchasing Xbox One — with Kinect, without Kinect for $399, bundled with games like Madden NFL 15 or Sunset Overdrive, or by adding the standalone Kinect sensor at a later date.”
It’ll be interesting to see what numbers, if any, Microsoft releases on standalone Kinect sales after October 7th. The original Kinect, an add-on for the Xbox 360 game console, sold tremendously well as a standalone peripheral. The approach this time around, however, is a lot different; Microsoft has to overcome the malaise of spurned consumers who didn’t love their first Kinect (which was barely supported, with many bad games) and get past the public perception that the Xbox One isn’t an inferior console to the PlayStation 4.
This morning, Facebook-owned Instagram released a new, free iOS app for making time-lapse videos. It’s called Hyperlapse. Though it sounds simple, the app is anything but: it adds beautiful image-stabilization to normally shaky-cam. We’ve compiled half a dozen of the best videos we’ve seen thus far, but we’d love to add more to our collection as the day goes on. Let us know about your favorites in the comments below, on Twitter/Facebook/G+/the Engadget forums, by carrier pigeon — really, whatever means you’d like. Preferably not smoke signals
Those of us who’ve been frustrated that Hangouts in Gmail has been displaying conversations in chronological order rather than who’s online are about to get some relief. Rolling out over the next few days, a new tab in the Hangouts window will allow you to toggle your contacts list there, so you can easily see who’s available at the top of the group. What’s more, you’ll also be able to pin your favorites above the rest — whether they’re online or not. Of course, you’ll need to click the “Try the new Hangouts” option in the setting pane in order to leverage the conversation method, if you haven’t already done so.
Source: Gmail (Google+)
The stock Android faithful have been peering at the same UI inside its News and Weather app for quite some time, but today there’s a welcome update. Folks carrying the unskinned version of Google’s OS are now privy to Now’s card-based organization for recent headlines with the weather forecast for the current location situated up top. You can toggle that meteorology widget off and on, or set it to stay with a locale of your choosing or track conditions in multiple places. Swipe through sections with ease, and as you might expect, those handy home screen widgets got a refresh of their own to match. The update seems to be rolling out to compatible devices now, so if you can’t snag it yet, sit tight ’cause it’s on the way.
Via: Android Central
Source: Google Play
The $35 media stick from Google, the Chromecast, keeps gaining more and more supported apps. In the beginning it was pretty easy to keep up with them all. After Google released the API and SDK to the developer world, the number of apps that take advantage of the media has grown steadily. Today a couple new higher profile apps have received updates that add in support for casting to your bigscreen.
First up is the addition of WatchABC. This app lets you watch live and on demand ABC broadcast shows. However, the live streaming is limited to specific locations and specific TV providers. If that isn’t annoying enough, the update that brought in Chromecast support is a gaining terrible reviews of it being extremely laggy. I installed it just to see and it was pretty bad. Hopefully they don’t take months to update it and solve the issues.
Next up is NPR One. This app is fairly new audio app that connects you to a variety of local and national public radio news and stories curated for you. The NPR One app isn’t just loaded full of news either, there is access to some pretty funny radio shows too like Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me.
Both apps are free to install and enjoy, for the most part. WatchABC is
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