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FTC busts up $275 million credit card scam, sues the folks behind it

The folks down at the Federal Trade Commission are busy helping all of us these days, whether they’re weighing in on patent disputes or forcing firms to help cover your child’s lack of parental supervision. Today, the FTC charged several companies…

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Sorry, folks: Study says musical talent mostly comes from your genes

We like to imagine that musical talent is just a matter of putting in enough hours. The Beatles became superstars because they spent years honing their craft in Hamburg, right? Well, maybe not. A recently published study from the Karolinska…

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Lively Raises $4.8M, Launches Sensor Network For Older Folks

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“Help the aged,” sang the bard, and that’s what Lively aims to do. After all, one time they were just like you, drinking smoking cigs, and sniffing glue. This $ 150 device, on the other hand, ensures that they’re up and about and staying active while you’re away, giving you a bit of peace of mind while the older folks are at home.

The system consists of a sensor array that communicates with a wirelessly connected base station. When various items are moved around the house – keys, a medicine cabinet, the refrigerator door – the sensors report back and then the app shows you just what they are up to. Are they eating? Taking their meds? Driving to the liquor store? You’ll know about it.

Founded by former adBrite CEO Iggy Fanlo, Keith Dutton, and David Glickman, the company closed a $ 2.5 million seed round in 2012 and just announced a $ 4.8M series A led by Cambia Health Solutions and Maveron. They just launched their product which includes the dongle and two months of free service. They took part in a failed Kickstarter in April.

The team prides itself on a sort of minimalist monitoring that will help older folks maintain dignity and privacy. “This is not ‘big brother’ monitoring. Lively’s passive sensing tracks just enough information to interpret meaningful activity that shows how you’re doing without sharing too much. It doesn’t require any video cameras or anything that you have to wear,” said Fanlo.

“Creates new avenues of connection: Lively provides a better way for older adults to share how they’re doing with a connected device that uses passive activity sensors you apply to moveable objects around the home.”

Fanlo created the company after going through a divorce and missing his extended family. As a result, he thought he wanted to find a solution to loneliness and looked first to the aging community. “It was a difficult and in many ways a dark time for me. I was looking at health & wellness. I sought out two things in my preliminary search: the intersection of large and growing market AND an area generally ignored by entrepreneurs. Within health & wellness, aging jumped off the page. That was all good and well, but how is that inspiring even for me. Well, as I visited several facilities and spoke to many people the social side of aging, the isolation, the potential loneliness struck a chord. I had felt that very strongly only a few years before and I saw a light at the end of the tunnel… For many of those over 70, 80 years of age, there might not be another good opportunity to really stay connected. I had my inspiration.”

Interestingly, the service offers LivelyGrams, printed photo booklets created by friends and family and mailed monthly to the Lively user. In this way you get sort of a two way street – data comes out of the home while notes, pictures, and comments come in. Sadly, Lively doesn’t really have an emergency notification system in case someone has fallen and can’t get up nor is it particularly useful if a loved one wanders off – without a GPS tracking system, it’s useless in that case. However, it does help note movements and activities around the house specifically which could make it valuable if you want to make sure mom is taking her vitamins and dad isn’t watching too much TV.

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Some robotics questions for computer folks?

Question by : Some robotics questions for computer folks?
Hey,

I need to get answers of a question, please.

1.) Are there any Artificial Intelligence Computer Robots which can help us (Not existing, physical robots but AI bots inside a computer functioning like software)

Please do not suggest crappy AI ROBOT 2.0.

I am not talking about chat bots like A.L.I.C.E. or Enigma :) Kind of software/AI bots which really assist you!

Best answer:

Answer by Jerry Lee
The link describes software (not a robot) for medicine, but I think it was A.I.

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

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GreatCall outs Samsung-made Jitterbug Plus, for folks who want a phone without all the smarts

GreatCall outs Samsungmade Jitterbug Plus, for folks who want a phone without all the smarts

Including characteristics to a senior-friendly phone kind of defeats the application, however a sleeker design, enhanced battery life and enhanced speaker? Sure, we’ll take it. That’s exactly what you’ll get with the brand-new Jitterbug Plus, a bare-bones smart phone for users who truly only require to make and receive calls, and maybe examine the periodic voicemail. Manufactured by Samsung, the no-frills r220 includes an incredibly straightforward user interface, with clearly marked Yes and No button possibilities and sizable, backlit keys, consisting of a panic button that places you in touch with a 5Star Urgent Response representative. This most recent design also brings a very basic 1.3-megapixel camera, which lets you post images to Facebook with the touch of a button (you’ll need to give up the Instagram filters, though). The Jitterbug As well as is offered now in red or silver for $ 99 at retailers like Greatest Buy, Radio Shack and Fry’s, along with the business’s online store, nevertheless pricing is anticipated to leap to $ 119 shortly after launch. Generally, the device seems a wonderful selection for seniors, though CNET called the phone “overpriced” in its assessment, which you’ll discover at the link below.

Continue reading GreatCall outs Samsung-made Jitterbug Additionally, for people that prefer a phone without all the smartsGreatCall outs Samsung-made Jitterbug Plus, for individuals that want a phone without all the smarts initially appeared on Engadget on Tue, 03 Jul 2012 01:20:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink|Jitterbug (PDF)|E-mail this|Comments

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GreatCall outs Samsung-made Jitterbug Plus, for folks who want a phone without all the smarts

GreatCall outs Samsungmade Jitterbug Plus, for folks who want a phone without all the smarts

Adding features to a senior-friendly phone kind of defeats the purpose, but a sleeker design, improved battery life and boosted speaker? Sure, we’ll take it. That’s what you’ll get with the new Jitterbug Plus, a bare-bones mobile phone for users who really only need to make and receive calls, and perhaps check the occasional voicemail. Manufactured by Samsung, the no-frills r220 includes an incredibly straightforward interface, with clearly marked Yes and No button options and large, backlit keys, including a panic button that puts you in touch with a 5Star Urgent Response agent. This latest model also adds a very basic 1.3-megapixel camera, which lets you post photos to Facebook with the touch of a button (you’ll need to forgo the Instagram filters, though). The Jitterbug Plus is available now in red or silver for $ 99 at retailers like Best Buy, Radio Shack and Fry’s, along with the company’s online store, however pricing is expected to jump to $ 119 shortly after launch. Overall, the device appears to be a great choice for seniors, though CNET called the phone “overpriced” in its review, which you’ll find at the link below.

Continue reading GreatCall outs Samsung-made Jitterbug Plus, for folks who want a phone without all the smarts

GreatCall outs Samsung-made Jitterbug Plus, for folks who want a phone without all the smarts originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 03 Jul 2012 01:20:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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That’s right, folks: Instagram now supports HTC One X

That's right, folks: Instagram now supports HTC One X

Upon it’s debut, one notable smartphone was curiously absent from Instagram’s list of supported devices: the HTC One X. Thankfully, all of that worry is now behind filter lovers, as the latest update for this Android app has added support for HTC’s premiere superphone and its stellar camera. In addition, the refresh is said to deliver better support for all devices based on NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 platform, provide better support for tablet users and squash a nasty bug that’d caused Instagram photos to not appear in the gallery. With this issue behind us, we can now resume living our lives without worry or fear.

That’s right, folks: Instagram now supports HTC One X originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 10 Apr 2012 23:19:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Lenovo outs Enterprise App Shop for business-oriented Android folks

Lenovo outs Enterprise App Shop for business-oriented Android folks
We’d previously seen Lenovo work its app game by handing out dev classes to high schoolers, and now it’s got some application bits for the grown-ups. Earlier today, the Chinese manufacturer introduced its Enterprise App Shop, which is said to run on Android slates that are sporting Honeycomb or any later version of the OS. Lenovo’s also stuffed an “App Shop Manager” feature in the biz-oriented market, allowing companies to build a mini app store where they can add and control their own applications. The ThinkPad maker says the Enterprise App Store Shop’s simplicity will help by “eliminating factory resets and streamlining app installation,” while being “very intuitive and easy to use.” We’ll have to wait and see if that’s indeed the case.

Lenovo outs Enterprise App Shop for business-oriented Android folks originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 28 Mar 2012 02:14:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sorry Folks: Samsung Says No Galaxy S III Release In April

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And the saga of the Samsung Galaxy S III continues. Late last week a pair of dueling reports surfaced with one stating that Samsung would announce (and ship shortly thereafter) their much-anticipated Android handset in April and another shooting the claim down.

Normally, this isn’t a big deal — who doesn’t enjoy a little back-and-forth every once in a while? — but Samsung Korea has taken to Twitter to officially put the kibosh on an April unveiling.

The news may come as a bit of a bummer for Samsung aficionados, especially after the company’s new flagship device was conspicuously absent at this year’s Mobile World Congress. If recent reports are to be believed though, the GSIII is looking to be worth the wait — if you haven’t been keeping up, it’s expected to feature a 1.5GHz quad-core Exynos processor, a 4.8-inch 1080p display, an 8-megapixel camera, and (of all things) a ceramic body.

While the Galaxy S III gets most of the attention, it isn’t the only device currently in the works deep in the heart of Samsung’s Korean headquarters. Samsung is also said to be slaving away on a new smartphone (tentatively dubbed the “Galaxy B”) that features a nearly bezel-less display, though the possibility remains that the two devices are actually one and the same.

Samsung was quick to debunk the April rumors, but they kept understandably mum on when we can expect to see their latest and greatest. On the upside though, Samsung made a point of playing the “don’t call us, we’ll call you” card — their tweet mentions that they’ll be keeping people posted on the Galaxy S III’s status via Twitter.



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Kevin Bacon’s closer than you think, Facebook finds folks separated by only 4.74 degrees

Facebook’s fertile ground for social experiments, and it wasn’t all that long ago that Yahoo tested the six degrees of separation theory using the site. Not to be outdone, Mark Zuckerberg’s crew, with an assist from the Laboratory for Web Algorithmics of the Universita degli Studi di Milano, has done a little digging of its own to find out just how intertwined its 721 million users really are. Turns out, instead of being six degrees away from your favorite dancing actor, you’re likely only 4.74 — which was the average distance between any two Facebook users globally. Considering that number shrinks to three when limited to relationships within your own country, and the worldwide number was at 5.28 in 2008 (and is shrinking all the time), you should be best friends with Kevin Bacon by 2020 or so. Don’t believe us? There’s plenty of statistical analysis to prove it at the source below.

Kevin Bacon’s closer than you think, Facebook finds folks separated by only 4.74 degrees originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 23 Nov 2011 02:16:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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