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20
Jun

Google’s A.I. tools can predict death risks more accurately than hospitals


Google is beating hospitals at their own game — at least when it comes to death risk assessment. Google’s Medical Brain team has begun training its artificial intelligence system to evaluate the risk of death among hospital patients, and results for the time being are more accurate than those provided by existing medical tools.

Google first detailed its new system in a paper published in the Journal Nature in May. At the time, company researchers noted, “These models outperformed traditional, clinically used predictive models in all cases. We believe that this approach can be used to create accurate and scaleable predictions for a variety of clinical scenarios.”

The results, of course, are rather morbid. Alas, Google’s algorithms aren’t looking for ways to save people — just how likely they are to beat the odds. In one major case study, Google used its A.I. to evaluate a patient with breast cancer. In the 24 hours after she was admitted to the hospital, Google’s system gave her a 19.9-percent chance of  dying in the hospital, significantly higher than the 9.3 percent chance the hospital’s Early Warning Score submitted. Unfortunately, less than two weeks later, the patient passed away.

So how did Google do it? The A.I. examined the 175,639 data points found in the patient’s electronic medical records, which included interpreting and evaluating handwritten notes. As Google says, the inclusion of all this information is what differentiates this A.I. from previous approaches.

“In general, prior work has focused on a subset of features available in the EHR, rather than on all data available in an EHR, which includes clinical free-text notes, as well as large amounts of structured and semi-structured data,” Google’s paper reads.

In total, Google has analyzed 216,221 hospitalizations and 114,003 patients, which comes to more than 46 billion data points from all EHRs. And its results are particularly promising for healthcare professionals. Google’s ability to efficiently and accurately parse through stacks and stacks of data could be a real boon to hospitals, ultimately resulting in improved patient care.

Moving forward, Google wants to work on A.I. tools that can predict not only death risk, but also symptoms and diseases. The tech giant is no stranger to working in the healthcare industry, especially as related to prediction. Earlier in 2018, DeepMind worked with the Department of Veterans Affairs, examining its 700,000 medical records and predicting potentially fatal changes in patients’ conditions. And Google also wants to provide doctors with a voice recognition system that would cut down on the time-intensive practice of writing notes.

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20
Jun

Wait, what? These ridiculous hacks will make you do a double-take




Hacking is serious business these days: There’s always another attack that might have stolen your online information, another device that may be spying on you, or another vulnerability that you have to watch out for until it gets patched. That’s no fun.

That makes it easy to forget the first hacks were jokes and pranks, invented by coders looking to push a computer to its limit. While most of the world has forgotten that, some still hack with a more lighthearted approach. Here’s what happens when digital attacks get silly.

The “Godzilla ATTACK!” road warning

Sometimes the simplest hacks are the best. Take this 2014 hack of traffic warning signs—which are programmed with basic warnings about serious traffic issues or repair ahead. This hack replaced the warning on a San Francisco sign with, “Godzilla Attack! Turn Back!”

Interestingly, this coincided with other traffic sign attacks on the other side of the country, so we’re guessing someone was passing along an easy way to break traffic software security. State and federal agencies heaved heavy sighs, and put the signs on a long, long list of, “Things way overdue for security upgrades.” But we’re giving this prank extra points, because it was relatively harmless and probably made the drive home more enjoyable. It also spawned a series of amusing copy-cat road sign hacks.

20
Jun

Wait, what? These ridiculous hacks will make you do a double-take




Hacking is serious business these days: There’s always another attack that might have stolen your online information, another device that may be spying on you, or another vulnerability that you have to watch out for until it gets patched. That’s no fun.

That makes it easy to forget the first hacks were jokes and pranks, invented by coders looking to push a computer to its limit. While most of the world has forgotten that, some still hack with a more lighthearted approach. Here’s what happens when digital attacks get silly.

The “Godzilla ATTACK!” road warning

Sometimes the simplest hacks are the best. Take this 2014 hack of traffic warning signs—which are programmed with basic warnings about serious traffic issues or repair ahead. This hack replaced the warning on a San Francisco sign with, “Godzilla Attack! Turn Back!”

Interestingly, this coincided with other traffic sign attacks on the other side of the country, so we’re guessing someone was passing along an easy way to break traffic software security. State and federal agencies heaved heavy sighs, and put the signs on a long, long list of, “Things way overdue for security upgrades.” But we’re giving this prank extra points, because it was relatively harmless and probably made the drive home more enjoyable. It also spawned a series of amusing copy-cat road sign hacks.

20
Jun

Adobe Spark Post is finally available on Android


You can download the open beta right now.

Adobe Spark Post (a graphic design suite) has been making headlines with its iOS app for some time, and after building up a following there, fans have been demanding that Adobe make an Android version of it. After months and months of patiently waiting, that day has finally come.

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You can download Adobe Spark Post for Android right now, and while not every single feature from its iOS counterpart is here, Adobe plans on changing that soon. Spark Post is releasing as an open beta initially, but it’ll only stay that way as Adobe puts the finishing touches here and there.

In its current form, the Spark Post Android app gives you access to all of the filters, fonts, colors, shapes, and templates you’d find in the iOS version. The UI has been updated to adhere to Material Design guidelines, and features such as Magic Text, auto-resize, and more are all here.

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In the near future, Adobe says it plans on adding animations, an icon library, integration with Adobe Stock, and plenty of other goodies.

If there are certain features you’d like to see added before others, you can send Adobe your feedback and help pave the future for Spark Post’s Android presence.

Download: Adobe Spark Post (free)

20
Jun

Google Podcasts: Everything you need to know!


An AI-powered app that syncs with your Google Home.

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Google has been slowly dipping its toes into the warming podcast waters of the past few years, first bringing native support to Google Play Music and then, more recently, launching playback, curation, and downloads within the Google Feed.

Now, Google is launching a dedicated app for podcasts, and here’s what you need to know!

The latest Google Podcasts news

June 19, 2018 — Google Podcasts launches on Android

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Google is taking the wraps off its long-awaited Podcasts app, which is now available. The app, which is detailed below, syncs between Google Home devices and phones using Google Assistant.

What is Google Podcasts?

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It’s an app that’s very similar to the functionality you’ll find when searching for podcasts on the mobile web right now. That means Google not only finds the podcast you were searching for, but using what it calls “AI-powered features,” it curates personalized recommendations of other shows that you’ll like, too.

Where is it available?

Google says it’s available in 47 Play Store languages. It should be available in your country, but if it isn’t let us know in the comments below!

How many podcasts are there in Google Podcasts?

Around two million, according to Google, and that number should expand very quickly.

What’s the interaction with Google Assistant and Google Home?

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Glad you asked! For the first time, Google Podcasts will allow synchronization between a Google Home and your phone, since Assistant is the link between them. That means that if you’re listening to a show on a Home and need to leave, you can continue listening on the phone.

Right now, the synchronization only appears to be one-directional. I can ask my Google Home to “resume playing ‘This American Life’” and it picks up where my phone left off, but the progress doesn’t appear to be synching back to my phone.

What other features does Google Podcasts have?

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Not a whole lot. Once you start playing a podcast, you can tap to go back 10 seconds or forward 30 seconds. you can speed up or slow down playback between 0.5x and 2x. You can play and download podcasts for listening later on, and you can mark a podcast as played.

In the settings, you can decide when podcasts will be removed from your device, either after they’re played or after they’ve been inevitably neglected.

Is there much of a difference between Google Podcasts in search and Google Podcasts the app?

Not really, but the latter is a bit more robust. Right now, podcasts in search is a bit hidden because it’s only accessible when you search for a particular podcast and somehow, often accidentally, navigate to the main portal. It’s not a great experience.

On the other hand, Google Podcasts is a native app that feels very much at home on a modern Android phone. It’s designed with Material Theme, which helps it fit in with recent Google releases like Tasks, and there are more personalization elements.

How does Google Podcasts compare to popular Android apps like Pocket Casts and Stitcher?

It’s a bit more bare bones, as most Google products are when they first launch, but the goal with Google Podcasts is to provide a unified experience between the phone and Google Assistant-based products like speakers.

Where can I download it?

Right here!

Download Google Podcasts (free)

20
Jun

Become a Salesforce wizard with this $39 certification bundle


Salesforce is a huge asset for many companies looking to become more efficient, and they are willing to pay experts big bucks to help them out. Wouldn’t it be nice to learn the skills you need now so that when the next big opportunity presents itself you could be in the running? Sounds expensive and time-consuming, right? Well, it doesn’t have to be.

Meet the Salesforce Administrator Certification training bundle, a great way for you to learn these new skills and move towards getting certified.

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With this bundle you’ll get:

  • Access 30 hours of content 24/7
  • Configure & manage Sales & Service Cloud
  • Gain insight into each of the functional Salesforce user groups
  • Implement automation, security, debugging, data validation, & customize apps
  • Deploy applications & manage changes on the Force.com platform
  • Develop new applications using Salesforce Platform App Builder
  • Configure a Salesforce user interface

Normally, this would all set you back over $1000, but right now you can pay a fraction of that. For just $39 you can learn these new skills, and gain a new certification. This price won’t last long, so be sure to grab it while you can now!

See at Android Central Digital Offers

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20
Jun

Evie Launcher’s update positions it as a perfect replacement to Google Now Launcher


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Evie Launcher has finally given its users its most-requested feature.

One of the best launchers on the market has seen a surge of new users in the wake of Google Now Launcher’s death — almost a million new users in just the last month — and it’s not hard to see why. Evie Launcher is quick as a whip, offers just enough customization without overwhelming inexperienced Android users, and is 100% free. The launcher has been quiet for much of 2018, but the wait for a new update has been answered with Evie’s biggest update in 18 months, an update that answers some of its users’ biggest requests.

Gestures are 200% better, with room to grow

Evie Launcher has long had a few basic but beautifully effective gesture options — including swipe up to open the app drawer and double-tap to sleep. Other gestures were less effective; swiping down on the home screen didn’t open the notification shade it instead opened Evie Search. Now, we can finally set what each of Evie Launcher’s eight gestures to one of six Evie shortcuts available.

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This has been the most-requested feature for Evie Launcher for a while, and it’s wonderful to finally see it come. The only catch with Evie’s gestures over those of Nova Launcher or Action Launcher is that Evie is missing one of the most popular gesture shortcuts on Android: the ability to launch an Android app or shortcut from a gesture — for example I use the two-finger swipe gestures on most launchers to connect and disconnect from the Bluetooth speaker in my bedroom.

Even without the ability to set apps as gesture actions, Evie Launcher’s new gesture system is worlds better now that user can pick what each gesture does.

You can finally ditch Evie Search and its persistent search bar

Being able to switch the swipe down gesture from Evie Search to Expand Notifications — or any of the other gesture options — is a great start, but Evie Launcher is letting us ditch Evie Search entirely. That’s right, my friends, you can kiss that persistent search bar goodbye and toggle it off in Evie’s Homescreen settings section.

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For an added bonus, if you want search in your Evie Launcher setup that ties into Google Assistant, set one of your desired gestures to Voice Search. This will trigger a Google Assistant voice search window. Please note that this is a voice search only; you cannot switch to keyboard input as you could if you triggered Google Assistant via long-press of the home button or “OK Google” hotword detection.

Stay informed with Evie Feed

As more and more people move to Evie Launcher from Google Now Launcher, its developers have chosen to add a Google Now-style news feed to the left-most panel of the home screen. It’s called Evie Feed, and while it’s not quite the Google feed that other launchers have added over the last year, it also doesn’t require a non-Play Store plugin to work.

Evie Feed allows you to personalize its feed based on publications and topics you like. For instance, you can follow The New York Times — or you could follow Android Central — and you can follow Entertainment and Technology news, and Evie Feed will tweak your feed to suit your tastes. If you use Evie Launcher on multiple devices, Evie Feed will not sync between devices right now, as Evie Launcher does not collect any personally identifiable information.

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Still free, easy, and fast

Evie Launcher big update is rolling out to users today on Google Play, and with it is a reassurance that “Evie Launcher will remain 100% free, with our full set of features available to everyone.”

Whether you’ve been an Evie user for a while or are still looking for a launcher that’s simple without being limited, now is the perfect time to give Evie Launcher a fresh look. It lets you get things set up the way you want, and then gets out of the way to let you enjoy more of what you want on your Android phone.

Download Evie Launcher (free)

20
Jun

How to log your water intake on Fitbit Versa and Ionic


Third-party apps coming to the rescue!

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As much as I love the Fitbit Versa and Ionic smartwatches, there’s one important feature that’s missing out of the box — a built-in way for tracking the water you drink throughout the day.

I hope we see Fitbit integrate this into the watches in the near future, but in the meantime, app developers have been quick to offer third-party solutions for keeping tabs on your water intake.

There are a number of apps you can choose from for doing this, but in my experience, Water Logged by Tyler Leonhardt has been the most reliable. As such, here’s a guide on how to install and customize the app so you can start logging your water right on your wrist!

Download Water Logged

First thing’s first, we need to actually install the Water Logged app. To do this:

Tap on the Ionic / Versa icon near the top right of the Fitbit app.
Tap Apps.

Tap All Apps.

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Tap the search bar near the top right and search for “Water Logged.”

Tap on the app and then tap the red Install button.

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Log in / customize the app

Now that Water Logged in installed, you’ll need to link it with your Fitbit account so it can sync your logged water to the Fitbit app.

From the Water Logged page, tap Settings.

Tap Fitbit Login at the top of the settings page and enter your Fitbit account info.

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After logging in, you’ll see a few options under the Configuration tab. If you tap on Units, you can switch between fluid ounces and milliliters.

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Glass, One Bottle, and Two Bottles will automatically log 8oz, 16oz, and 32oz, respectively, but you can change these amounts by tapping on them and entering a new number.

Using Water Logged

With Water Logged installed, it’s time to start using the app!

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Upon opening it, you’ll see how much water you’ve drunk out of your daily goal. The icon in the upper-left corner will add Two Bottles, the one below it will add One Bottle, and the icon at the bottom right adds a Glass. If you tap the + icon, you can manually increase and decrease by one oz/ml. When you’re done, tap the checkmark icon at the bottom left and the amount you entered will be added.

After tapping any of the buttons in Water Logged, it’ll automatically sync with your Fitbit account so your info is updated in the app. Additionally, you can tap in the middle at any time to trigger a manual sync.

Start logging!

With all that said, you’re ready to start tracking your water intake right from your wrist! If you have any additional comments/questions, feel free to sound off in those comments below.

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20
Jun

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 rumors: Release date, specs, price, and features!


Here’s everything we know about the Galaxy Note 9!

Now more than ever, Samsung’s Galaxy S+ phones are becoming eerily similar to the Note series. The Note used to be Samsung’s way of touting all of the latest and greatest tech it had to offer, and while this is still the case, the same can be said for this year’s Galaxy S9+.

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Samsung needs more than just the S Pen to make the Note 9 stand out from its own phones and the rest of the competition, and luckily, all signs are pointing to something exciting for this year’s release. Here’s what we know so far!

June 13, 2018 — A large 4,000 mAh battery might be present

There are a lot of aspects that make the Note series unique, and one of those has long been huge batteries. The Note 7 had the largest to-date in 2016 at 3,500 mAh, but after those started exploding and catching fire, Samsung decided to play it safe in 2017 by kicking things down to 3,300 mAh in the Note 8.

This year, however, Samsung might start going back in the right direction. According to Ice Universe on Twitter who’s been fairly accurate about Samsung rumors in the past, they’re “100% sure” that the Note 9 will come with a 4,000 mAh battery.

June 6, 2018 — This is what the Galaxy Note 9 might look like

We’ve been talking about the Galaxy Note 9 for months at this point, but up until now, we haven’t had a definitive idea as to what the phone will look like. Thankfully, 91Mobiles partnered with @OnLeaks to scratch that itch for us.

As you can see in the video above, the Note 9 will look very similar to last year’s Note 8. The front will be home to a large, notch-free Infinity Display while the back houses two rear cameras and a fingerprint sensor. The way the cameras and fingerprint sensor are positioned is slightly different compared to the Galaxy S9, but even so, there’s no mistaking this for a modern Samsung phone.

The bottom frame also shows a slot for the S Pen, USB-C port for charging the Note 9, a speaker grill, and 3.5mm headphone jack.

What specs can we look forward to?

Samsung’s Galaxy Note phones are always home to some of the best specs around, and the Note 9 shouldn’t be any different.

Based on the current rumor mill and what we’ve seen from other 2018 flagships, here’s what we think we’ll see this year.

Operating system Android Oreo
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810
Screen 6.3-inch Quad HD (2960 x 1440) Super AMOLED panel 18.5:9 aspect ratio
RAM 6GB
Storage 64GB to 256GB
Expandability microSD up to 2TB
Battery 4,000 mAh
Connectivity USB-C 3.5mm headphone jack
Security Fingerprint sensor Iris scanning Face unlock
NFC Yes

When will the Galaxy Note 9 be released?

Samsung typically releases its Galaxy Note series in the second-half of the year, often in mid-to-late August.

According to a report from Bloomberg on June 1, Samsung plans on unveiling the Galaxy Note 9 on August 9 in New York City. Samsung’s yet to confirm this information, but based on past Note releases, we have no reason to believe it’s false.

How much will the Galaxy Note 9 cost?

Pricing for the Note series has steadily been going up each year, as has the majority of the smartphone industry.

The Galaxy Note 8 costs $950 unlocked, and I’d expect the Note 9 to cost either the same or slightly more. Apple proved with the iPhone X that people aren’t afraid to shell out $1000+ for a new smartphone, and I don’t consider it to be out of the question for Samsung to follow suit with the Note 9 – especially if it adopts newer technologies like an in-display fingerprint sensor.

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Updated: June 19, 2018: Added a spec sheet based on rumors and past 2018 flagships.

20
Jun

Sony announces PlayStation Hits lineup featuring PS4 games for $20


It’s time to delve into some of the PS4’s best games.

Remember PlayStation’s Greatest Hits titles back in the day? From the original PlayStation all the way up to the PlayStation 3, there were tons of older video games which recieved the ‘Greatest Hits’ label, along with a nice drop in price down to $20 or $25. As for the PlayStation 4 though, there have only been a couple of games which recieved the honor. Considering the console has been out for close to five years now, the absence of the Greatest Hits program has become more pronounced to gamers. Today, PlayStation fixes all of that with its announcement of the PlayStation Hits lineup.

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Beginning June 28, fifteen select PlayStation 4 games will drop in price down to $19.99 in US retail stores and the PlayStation Store, many of which are PlayStation-exclusive titles. In Canada, the games will start at $19.99 CAD, though some will be priced slightly higher. The games included in the lineup will have their covers updated with a red banner which reads ‘PlayStation Hits’ underneath the standard blue PS4 header.

The games which are first being featured in the PlayStation Hits lineup include Bloodborne, Battlefield 4, Doom, Driveclub, Infamous Second Son, Killzone Shadow Fall, The Last of Us: Remastered, LittleBigPlanet 3, Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience, Project CARS, Ratchet & Clank, Street Fighter V, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Yakuza Kiwami, and Yakuza 0.

It’s likely we’ll see more additions to the PlayStation Hits line soon enough. Until then, these games should be a fun way to spend the rest of the year while waiting for new releases from this year’s E3, like Spider-Man, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

See at PlayStation

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