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ASUS could drop dual-OS devices following pressure from Google and Microsoft

One of the more interesting laptops we saw at this year’s CES was a split-personality hybrid from ASUS — the Transformer Book Duet TD300, shown above. According to the Wall Street Journal, however, plans to launch the device during the first half of…

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Qardio Puts Its Smart Blood Pressure Monitor On Indiegogo, Aiming To Ship In March


Qardio was one of the startups competing in our battlefield competition at Disrupt Europe 2013, last October. On stage in Berlin it showed off a forthcoming consumer ECG monitor, the QardioCore, along with a wireless blood pressure monitoring device, QardioArm. The startup has now kicked off a crowdfunding campaign to help get the less expensive of the two, the QardioArm, to market — using the Indiegogo platform as its springboard.

Qardio’s devices are designed to undercut the high cost of current-gen medical kit, while also offering a simpler and more passive way for people to monitor their health that leverages the power of smartphones/tablets — with data from Qardio’s hardware streamed or synced to the user’s mobile device where it can be tracked and reviewed.

Qardio is looking for $ 100,000 in crowdfunding via Indiegogo to help it get the smart blood pressure monitor to market. It previously said it expects this device to retail for $ 99 but is offering it to early backers for $ 75.

This campaign is a flexible funding one, meaning Qardio does not need to meet that target in order to get the pledged funds. Indeed, it largely looks to be using Indiegogo to boost visibility — i.e., mostly as an additional marketing channel — and to get feedback and ideas to help further development, rather than because it needs the cash for manufacturing.

The QardioArm syncs blood pressure readings to Qardio’s secure cloud, where data can then be shared with others, such as your doctor. Users can also view their blood pressure data in Qardio’s companion iOS app.


As to when the QardioArm will be in the hands of users, the startup says it’s currently awaiting “final clearance” from the US Food and Drug Administration (for shipping to the US) and certification under EU Product Directives (for Europe).

It’s currently expecting to get clearance in time to ship the QardioArm to backers in March 2014 — which fits with its previously discussed timetable. At Disrupt Berlin, Qardio said it was planning to retail both the QardioCore and QardioArm online and through brick-and-mortar partnerships early this year.

At the time of writing, a few days into its Indiegogo campaign and with 27 days left to run, Qardio has raised more than $ 30,500.

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Lavabit was under FBI pressure to decrypt Snowden connections, court reveals

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When Lavabit shut down in the wake of Edward Snowden’s leaks, it left a big question unanswered: just what did the US government want that was supposedly so egregious? Thanks to newly unsealed court documents obtained by Wired, we now know much more of the story. The FBI had served Lavabit an order requiring that it hand over Snowden’s encryption keys, helping the agency install a device that would collect metadata from its suspect’s email connections. Lavabit repeatedly turned down the requests since it could have given access to data from every user of the service — at one point it did serve up the SSL keys, but printed out on 11 pages in 4pt type — which led to threats of criminal contempt charges and fines. We all know what happened afterward — company founder Ladar Levison chose to shutter Lavabit rather than comply with the FBI’s demands. While the new details aren’t shocking given the government’s desire to catch Snowden, they help explain Levison’s past statements; he felt that it was better to defend Lavabit in court than risk violating the privacy of his customers.

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How Google searches for ‘pressure cookers’ and ‘backpacks’ led the cops to a writer’s door


All it took was a few humble Google searches to send shivers throughout the collective spines of the internet this week. Michele Catalano, a writer for Death & Taxes magazine, wrote on Medium about how a group of armed men suddenly showed up at her house in Long Island, New York, on the morning of Wednesday, July 31st and began questioning her husband about “pressure cookers” and bombs. Catalano, who said she wasn’t home at the time, recalled that weeks prior, she searched for pressure cookers online. And that her husband separately searched for backpacks. And that her 20-year-old son had used the internet to follow the news of the Boston Marathon bombing, which was reportedly carried out with pressure cooker explosives in backpacks.

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Swedish Language Council drops ‘ungoogleable’ from new word list after legal pressure from Google

Sweden drops 'ungoogleable' from new word list following legal pressure from Google

The Swedish Language Council appeared on Google’s radar when it desired to add the term ungoogleable (in Swedish, ogooglebar– yep) to a listing of new words. The company didn’t desire the word nixed, but redefined to reference Google straight and not just any general search engine– this was the initial meaning of the term. Attorneys got involved, however rather of battling in court, the Language council chose to drop the addition completely, not due to the objection however to bring even more input to the procedure and avoid any legal time (and cash) being squandered. The head of the council, Ann Cederberg stated that “it’s our use that gives it meaning– not a multinational company putting in stress.” For now, a minimum of, it appears like the meaning is goinged in the same instructions of the one-time house of the Swedish Chef translator.

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Nokia puts pressure on Instagram for a Windows Phone app with #2InstaWithLove


Nokia desperately wants Instagram for Windows Phone and it’s proving that this week. The Finnish company has just released #2InstaWithLove, a new Windows Phone app for Lumia devices that’s specifically designed to put pressure on the release of an Instagram app for Microsoft’s mobile operating system. “Many of you have asked when Instagram will be coming to Windows Phone, and the #2InstaWithLove app was created as a way for you to have your voice heard,” says Nokia.

The app simply lets users take a photo and it automatically applies a filter and turns the image into a polaroid-like result with the #2InstaWithLove moniker. “It’s all about showing Instagram just how passionate the Windows Phone community is,” claims Nokia, but it’s a very…

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Wacom Teases Mobile Tablet With Pro Pressure Sensitivity, Multi-Touch And HD Display Coming This Summer


Wacom, the leading player when it comes to pressure-sensitive input devices aimed at photo and digital art professionals, has teased an upcoming mobile tablet product on its Facebook account. In response to what Wacom characterizes as outspoken customer feedback, the company says it’s working on a a device with “a pressure-sensitive professional pen, smooth multi-touch, an HD display, and other valuable features that you haven’t seen in other tablets.”

The tablet device is said to be something Wacom is working on “24/7,” with a target launch date of sometime this summer. Wacom provides the underlying technology behind a number of current tablets with pressure-sensitive stylus input, including the Surface Pro and Samsung’s Galaxy Note line, so it’s no stranger to doing pressure sensitivity on mobile devices. The company’s own hardware has generally been limited to peripherals, however, like its Bamboo, Intuos and Cintiq line of USB-powered drawing tablets, all of which require a host computer to operate.

Now, it looks like Wacom wants to branch out into an own-branded standalone tablet device. The tease shares nothing about what platform the device would be based around, but Android is a good bet. Penny Arcade co-creator Mike “Gabe” Krahulik also recently articulated at length his love for the Surface Pro and its built-in Wacom tech for creating digital art, so a device based on Windows 8 also isn’t outside the realm of possibility.

The only challenge for Wacom might be keeping a standalone device affordable. The Cintiq line of drawing tablets with built-in screens it currently offers start at $ 899 for the 12WX, which has a 12.1-inch display, but again requires a connected computer to function. Getting a self-sufficient Wacom tablet to a level where it meets the standards of the company’s demanding pros probably won’t come cheap, but the level of tech and the supply chain associated with the necessary components has also matured considerably since the 12WX was introduced in 2007. The proliferation of tablets and smartphones have helped putting more advanced technology in ever-smaller packages increasingly affordable.

I reached out to Wacom to see if they could provide more detail on this upcoming product, and will update if they respond with additional information.

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STMicroelectronics details pressure sensor in your Galaxy S III, can tell when you’re mountaineering

STMicroelectronics details pressure sensor in your Galaxy S III, can tell when you're mountaineering

If you’re the sort to tear down your Galaxy S III, you might have noticed a mysterious STMicroelectronics LSP331AP chip lurking on the motherboard. While we’ve known that it’s a pressure sensor, we now know that it’s a new generation — new enough that ST is just getting to explaining the technology to a mainstream audience. The piezoresistor-equipped MEMS chip tracks altitude through atmospheric pressure with an uncanny knack for precision; it can tell when you’ve crossing between floors, which could be more than handy for future iterations of indoor navigation. Don’t worry if you’re an extreme sports junkie that might push the limits, either. The sensor can do its job at the kinds of pressure you’d normally see when 32,800 feet high or 5,900 feet below sea level, which should keep it working even if you’re checking your phone during a climb up K2 or a HALO skydive. We don’t know if anyone beyond Samsung is lined up to use ST’s pressure sensor in their devices, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it becomes a mainstay for smartphones and outdoor gear in the near future.

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Pogo Connect Pressure Sensitive iPad Stylus Ships in October


10 One Design, producer of some preferred iPad accessories, has actually been teasing its Pogo Connect pressure delicate iPad stylus (nicknamed “ Blue Tiger ” given that March, however today it made things official, revealing what the shipping product will resemble and when it ’ ll be available. The Pogo Connect ships “ next month, ” according to info delivered to individuals who registered for news about the gadget early this month, with pre-orders starting Oct. 1.

The Connect utilizes Bluetooth 4.0 to communicate pressure sensitivity details to the iPad, and deals with the new iPad right away. iPad 1 and 2 users aren ’ t left out entirely, however, as locals who own an iPhone 4S (and presumably the upcoming iPhone 5, given that it should include Bluetooth 4.0) will certainly also be able to download a bridge application on those tools to obtain their Pogo connected to their tablets. The Pogo Connect isn ’ t the very first Bluetooth-powered pressure delicate stylus pen out there; Adonit delivers the Jot Touch, which was greeted by blended reviews, primarily owing to the hit-or-miss experience of third-party software support.

As with the Jot Touch, the Connect relies on third-party app producers to build in support for its stylus, because Apple doesn ’ t offer any kind of system-level process for managing pressure sensitivity over Bluetooth. However already it details a number of sturdy apps in its library, including preferred options Paper and Sketchbook Pro as “ coming soon. ” It ’ s merely a matter of seeing whether those partners carry out residential property on the potential of the Connect.

I ’ m really enthused to get my hands on one of these, given that it appears to deliver a number of advantages over the Jot Touch, including months of battery life on a single AAA thanks to reasonable power Bluetooth 4.0, without any type of requirement to turn it off or on. It additionally uses something called “ solid state ” pressure sensing, which supplies “ hundreds ” of levels of sensitivity and also has no moving parts, so it ’ ll be fascinating to see exactly how that compares with typical techniques employed by Wacom and others. Plus, if it works well, that ’ s one less reason to long for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, which right now I see as practically a large lovely standalone drawing tablet with some web surfing and social abilities.

Pogo Connect is delivering a tremendously secret pre-pre-order now, and offering a laser engraved minimal variation to the very first 2,000 orders that cross the wire. The pen retails for $ 79.95, which is a little over $ 20 less expensive than the Adonit Jot Touch.

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RIM board under pressure to split company or partner with Microsoft, says Reuters

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After the completely terrible quarter and the delay of BlackBerry 10 devices, it’s only natural that the previous rumors we have actually heard about RIM aiming to spin off a branch of the company or also partnering with Microsoft would certainly bubble up again. According to Reuters, the business’s board is under “mounting pressure” to do something more drastic than CEO Thorsten Heins’ stay-the-course-to-BB10 strategy. One of the possibilities on the table is reportedly to sell off the computer software services branch that runs the back-end for BlackBerry smartphones with an intention to make it work for any smartphone. That’s rumored to have been the strategy Jim Balsillie was pursuing prior to he abruptly left the business, however it had actually been presumed that strategy was off the table.


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