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Computers made from e-waste are helping kids use the internet for first time

Making computers out of e-waste and casing them in jerrycans is allowing kids their first chance to go online. The computers were built by an association in Chad, called Wenaklabs, in association with UNICEF.

Most of us cannot imagine a life disconnected from the internet, but there are 346 million young people who have no access at all. A new UNICEF report examines how digital technology is affecting children’s lives, as well as their opportunity.

Computers made from e-waste are helping kids use the internet for first time

Making computers out of e-waste and casing them in jerrycans is allowing kids their first chance to go online. The computers were built by an association in Chad, called Wenaklabs, in association with UNICEF.

Most of us cannot imagine a life disconnected from the internet, but there are 346 million young people who have no access at all. A new UNICEF report examines how digital technology is affecting children’s lives, as well as their opportunity.

Xiaomi’s first-ever Android One smartphone Mi A1 gets a price cut

Robin Sinha | Gadgets Now | Updated: Dec 11, 2017, 12.26PM IST

e6d8d_62017861 Xiaomi's first-ever Android One smartphone Mi A1 gets a price cut

Xiaomi launched its first-ever Android One smartphone, the Mi A1, in September this year in India. The company launched the handset at Rs 14,999. But now, the company has slashed the price of the smartphone by Rs 1,000, making new price cost of the device at Rs 13,999.

The company’s global vice president and India managing director, Manu Kumar Jain announced the price cut on micro-blogging website Twitter. Interested users can buy the device from Mi.com and Flipkart websites.

Xiaomi Mi A1 price cut announcement comes just few days after the announcement of the smartphone’s Rose Gold colour variant in the country. It was already available in Black and Gold colour versions.

The Xiaomi Mi A1 runs Android 7.1.2 Nougat and comes with pure Android UI onboard. The company is already testing Android 8.0 Oreo for the smartphone. Running Android One on the Mi A1 is likely to receive quick OS updates, bug fixes and a clean interface. Xiaomi says the device is also get Android P.

Sporting a 5.5-inch full HD (1080×1920 pixels) resolution display with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass, the Xiaomi Mi A1 features a full metal body with rounded edges. Under the hood, there is a mid-range octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, clubbed with 4GB RAM and Adreno 506 GPU.

The smartphone comes with 64GB inbuilt storage, which can be expanded using a microSD card.

The dual-rear camera of the smartphone consists of a 12MP wide angle and a 12MP telephoto lens for an improved bokeh effect in portrait shots. The telephoto lens enabled 2x optical zoom. This pairs with Mi A1’s 10x digital zoom. Some of the camera features users will get include Beautify 3.0, Portrait Mode, HDR and more. At the front, the smartphone has a 5MP camera.

The Xiaomi Mi A1 supports 4G, dual-band Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Display, hybrid SIM card slot, 3.5mm headphone jack, GPS and Bluetooth. It is backed by a 3080mAh battery and has a fingerprint sensor at the back.

Xiaomi Mi A1 specifications

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SBI Online Internet Banking Facility: How To Log In For The First Time

SBI offers a facility that enables its customers to access their account and make several kinds of transactions online, through the internet. This facility is known as SBI Internet Banking facility. SBI customers subscribing to SBI Internet Banking or SBI Net Bank facility are issued an “Internet Banking Kit”. This was said by India’s largest bank SBI on its website – onlinesbi.com. This Internet Banking Kit, according to SBI, contains information about the username and password as well as the kit number. This information can be used to access and set up your Internet Banking facility – SBI Net Banking – with SBI, for the first time and for subsequent use in future. On its website, SBI shared a link to a video explaining the process.

How to log in for first time in SBI Internet Banking online facility

SBI has given a few steps on how a customer possessing this Internet Banking Kit can set up his or her account for the first time.

Once on the SBI website – onlinesbi.com, the customer is required to click on the ‘Login’ button in the ‘Personal Login’ section.

(A ‘Login’ button seen on the ‘Personal Banking’ section of the SBI site)

On the next page, proceed by clicking on the ‘Continue To Login’ at the bottom of the page.(SBI website onlinesbi.com enables a customer to set a password of his or her own choice for future use)

In the ‘username’ field, the customer needs to enter the internet banking username received as part of the Internet Banking Kit, says SBI.

Enter the password in the ‘password’ field and click on the ‘Login’ button.

Once you are logged in for the first time, the SBI portal asks you to “enter a username of your choice for your future use in SBI’s Internet Banking”.

How to set SBI Internet Banking username

SBI allows usernames and passwords of a maximum of 20 characters each under its Internet Banking facility. Both username and password are case sensitive, says SBI. That means ‘AJAYKumar2087’ and ‘ajaykumar2087’ can be two possible usernames. The username can be a combination of alphabets and numbers, says SBI.

Once having typed a username in the given field, the user may click on the ‘Check Username Availability’ link to check whether the desired username is available.

“Kindly enter the Kit Number super scribed on the Kit,” says SBI.

This ‘Kit Number’ can be found on the back side of the page containing the username and password, according to SBI.

After entering the kit number, check the ‘I accept the Terms and Conditions’ option at the bottom of the form and click on the ‘Submit’ button to proceed.

How to set SBI Internet Banking password

On the next step, enter the desired password in the given field.

SBI customers subscribing to the bank’s Internet Banking facility are required to maintain two passwords – Login Password and Profile Password, according to the bank’s website.

The Login Password is used for performing tasks such as accessing your accounts details, according to SBI. The Profile Password is used to update the profile, adding Intra-Bank beneficiary etc, the bank adds.

Proceed by entering the ‘New Login Password’ in the given field.

Enter the same password in the ‘Confirm Login Password’ field and click on ‘Confirm’.

Similarly, a Profile Password can be set using the form on the next page. The Profile Password is used for performing customer profile-related tasks such as making a transaction, according to SBI.

(The SBI portal asks the customer to set a different password as login password)

The user has the option to use the ‘Use Multilingual Image-based Virtual Key Board’ to set the Profile Password. A password set via this tool also has to be of length 8-20 characters with at least two special images. Options include the symbols of arrow and clock, for example.

(SBI provides an optional ‘Multilingual Image-based Virtual Key Board’ facility on its portal)

After this step, the customer is required to set a hint question and a respective answer. SBI’s Internet Banking facility provides many language options to choose from. These include English, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi Tamil, Telugu and Urdu, among others.

The multilingual keyboard is optional. The user can also proceed by the regular process by typing in the password using the physical keyboard/keypad.

The customer should set a hint answer that he or she “can remember easily”, says SBI.

After this, enter the date of birth in the format ’31/Jan/1971′.

Once the date of birth is fed into the field, proceed by clicking on ‘Submit’.

At the end of a successful entry, the portal displays the message “Your profile password has been set successfully” along with the date and time of submission.

(The SBI portal displays the date and time at the end of the process)

These passwords, says SBI, can be used in future to use the Internet Banking service.

Once done, log out from the account by clicking on the ‘Logout’ button, SBI adds.

How to choose SBI Internet Banking password

SBI also shared some tips on how to select “an appropriate password of your choice and carefully memorize your password”.

SBI allows a password of 8-20 characters with a combination of alphabets, digits and special characters. The password should contain at least one digit, at least one alphabet and one special character (@, !, %, $, , * etc.)

The Internet Celebrates The First Snow Of The Season : The Two …

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The first snow of the season didn’t keep New Yorkers out of Madison Square Park. Parts of the Deep South also saw an unusual early snowfall.

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The first snow of the season didn’t keep New Yorkers out of Madison Square Park. Parts of the Deep South also saw an unusual early snowfall.

Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

From Portsmouth, N.H., to Nashville, Tenn., social media rejoiced over the first snowfall of the season this weekend.

The unusually early storm dumped snow on parts of the South that rarely see such wintry weather this time of year. Sid King, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, told The Associated Press: “It’s very, very abnormal and rare that we would get totals like that this time of year.” King added, “I would not be surprised if we broke a lot of records.”

The AP reported that more than 300,000 homes and businesses were still without power Saturday afternoon in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. Temperatures stayed low throughout the weekend in much of the Southeastern United States, raising the risk of icy roads and dangerous driving conditions.

In other places, the snowfall was less dramatic. NPR’s Rob Byers tweeted a video of a snowplow, diligently plowing a snow-free street in Washington, D.C.

But even a light snow can make for a pretty picture.

At the National Zoo, some of the animals enjoyed the snow while others were brought indoors. A video posted on the zoo’s Twitter showed panda Mei Xiang rolling in the flurries.

SBI Online Internet Banking Facility: How To Log For The First Time

SBI offers a facility that enables its customers to access their account and make several kinds of transactions online, through the internet. This facility is known as SBI Internet Banking facility. SBI customers subscribing to the Internet Banking facility of the bank are issued an “Internet Banking Kit”. This was said by India’s largest bank SBI on its website – onlinesbi.com. This Internet Banking Kit, according to SBI, contains information about the username and password as well as the kit number. This information can be used to access and set up your Internet Banking facility with SBI, for the first time and for subsequent use in future. On its website, SBI shared a link to a video explaining the process.

How to log in for first time in SBI Internet Banking online facility

SBI has given a few steps on how a customer possessing this Internet Banking Kit can set up his or her account for the first time.

Once on the SBI website – onlinesbi.com, the customer is required to click on the ‘Login’ button in the ‘Personal Login’ section.

(A ‘Login’ button seen on the ‘Personal Banking’ section of the SBI site)

On the next page, proceed by clicking on the ‘Continue To Login’ at the bottom of the page.(SBI website onlinesbi.com enables a customer to set a password of his or her own choice for future use)

In the ‘username’ field, the customer needs to enter the internet banking username received as part of the Internet Banking Kit, says SBI.

Enter the password in the ‘password’ field and click on the ‘Login’ button.

Once you are logged in for the first time, the SBI portal asks you to “enter a username of your choice for your future use in SBI’s Internet Banking”.

How to set SBI Internet Banking username

SBI allows usernames and passwords of a maximum of 20 characters each under its Internet Banking facility. Both username and password are case sensitive, says SBI. That means ‘AJAYKumar2087’ and ‘ajaykumar2087’ can be two possible usernames. The username can be a combination of alphabets and numbers, says SBI.

Once having typed a username in the given field, the user may click on the ‘Check Username Availability’ link to check whether the desired username is available.

“Kindly enter the Kit Number super scribed on the Kit,” says SBI.

This ‘Kit Number’ can be found on the back side of the page containing the username and password, according to SBI.

After entering the kit number, check the ‘I accept the Terms and Conditions’ option at the bottom of the form and click on the ‘Submit’ button to proceed.

How to set SBI Internet Banking password

On the next step, enter the desired password in the given field.

SBI customers subscribing to the bank’s Internet Banking facility are required to maintain two passwords – Login Password and Profile Password, according to the bank’s website.

The Login Password is used for performing tasks such as accessing your accounts details, according to SBI. The Profile Password is used to update the profile, adding Intra-Bank beneficiary etc, the bank adds.

Proceed by entering the ‘New Login Password’ in the given field.

Enter the same password in the ‘Confirm Login Password’ field and click on ‘Confirm’.

Similarly, a Profile Password can be set using the form on the next page. The Profile Password is used for performing customer profile-related tasks such as making a transaction, according to SBI.

(The SBI portal asks the customer to set a different password as login password)

The user has the option to use the ‘Use Multilingual Image-based Virtual Key Board’ to set the Profile Password. A password set via this tool also has to be of length 8-20 characters with at least two special images. Options include the symbols of arrow and clock, for example.

(SBI provides an optional ‘Multilingual Image-based Virtual Key Board’ facility on its portal)

After this step, the customer is required to set a hint question and a respective answer. SBI’s Internet Banking facility provides many language options to choose from. These include English, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi Tamil, Telugu and Urdu, among others.

The multilingual keyboard is optional. The user can also proceed by the regular process by typing in the password using the physical keyboard/keypad.

The customer should set a hint answer that he or she “can remember easily”, says SBI.

After this, enter the date of birth in the format ’31/Jan/1971′.

Once the date of birth is fed into the field, proceed by clicking on ‘Submit’.

At the end of a successful entry, the portal displays the message “Your profile password has been set successfully” along with the date and time of submission.

(The SBI portal displays the date and time at the end of the process)

These passwords, says SBI, can be used in future to use the Internet Banking service.

Once done, log out from the account by clicking on the ‘Logout’ button, SBI adds.

How to choose SBI Internet Banking password

SBI also shared some tips on how to select “an appropriate password of your choice and carefully memorize your password”.

SBI allows a password of 8-20 characters with a combination of alphabets, digits and special characters. The password should contain at least one digit, at least one alphabet and one special character (@, !, %, $, , * etc.)

Apple iPhone X First Impressions

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I waited to purchase an iPhone X so that I could get the SIM-free version. Here are some quick first impressions.

Face ID. As reported elsewhere, Face ID seems to work pretty quickly, but it requires a screen swipe to get into the device, which seems like an odd extra step. It failed when I was wearing sunglasses.

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Display. Apple’s first OLED display is beautiful to look at, and less HDR/oversaturated than is the case elsewhere. I really like the curved corners, which fulfill what I assume was Steve Jobs’ dream of making the whole device a rounded rectangle. That said, the bezels are big compared to modern Androids, and, of course, the display doesn’t curve to the edges, as do Samsung’s. The display is also only 5.8 inches, compared to 6-inches elsewhere.

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Size. The iPhone X is closer in size to my daughter’s (non-Plus) iPhone 6 S—it’s a bit wider and taller—than it is to my iPhone 7 Plus. The display takes up most of the front of the device, however, so it’s like an iPhone 6/7/8 where almost the whole front is a display. Those looking for a phablet may want to hold out for a rumored bigger X-type device for late 2018.

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From left to right: iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone 6 S

Form factor/design. Like other modern smartphones, the iPhone X takes the tall, 18:9-ish aspect ratio of the modern smartphone to iOS. And it looks great. The glass back feels and looks elegant, though I’m worried about durability. The vertically-aligned camera lens give it a unique look. But the curved aluminum (or steel, apparently) side material seems fake to me, somehow, and less premium than the rest of the device. I expect it to scratch off and reveal a plastic underneath.

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Navigation. Give Apple some credit here: While the removal of the Home/Touch ID button seems odd in the abstract, navigation is nearly intuitive (assuming you’ve ever used a modern smartphone). All of the edge swipes work exactly as expected—up from the bottom to go to Home, down from the top to display Control Center, and so on—and screenshots were easily guessed: Now it’s Power + Volume Up. No problems here.

The notch. I’ve heard from many that the notch kind of disappears with use. I’m not convinced. It’s particularly noticeable in two places, so far: When the screen is white or light-colored and fills the space near the top, and when an app—sadly, far too many—isn’t designed for the new, tall, and notch display, and it appears letter boxed, in this case with empty black spaces at the top and bottom. It’s noticeable and even a distraction at times.

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Camera. I arrived home mid-day Saturday from an overnight flight and 19 hours of travel, so I spent more time configuring the phone than testing the camera. But based on a few quick shots taken outside and compared side-by-side with the Pixel 2 XL, the iPhone X camera system looks solid, with slightly more vibrant colors. (The Pixel 2 XL excels at night/low-light shots too.) The new Portrait mode features look interesting, but there are edge issues, of course. Excuse the grizzled look.

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My daughter is very grumpy about the iPhone X: It makes her old iPhone look, well, old by comparison. I’m not sure about it yet. I like the look, but don’t believe that Apple can justify the premium pricing. In fact, I kind of wonder why this wasn’t just the non-Plus design for 2017, with a bigger version being sold as the iPhone X Plus. But whatever. It’s an elegant phone, and beautiful and unique in that way that Apple’s best products are.

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More soon.

 

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The Internet Celebrates The First Snow Of The Season

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The first snow of the season didn’t keep New Yorkers out of Madison Square Park. Parts of the Deep South also saw an unusual early snowfall.

Stephanie Keith/Getty Images


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The first snow of the season didn’t keep New Yorkers out of Madison Square Park. Parts of the Deep South also saw an unusual early snowfall.

Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

From Portsmouth, N.H., to Nashville, Tenn., social media rejoiced over the first snowfall of the season this weekend.

The unusually early storm dumped snow on parts of the South that rarely see such wintry weather this time of year. Sid King, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, told The Associated Press: “It’s very, very abnormal and rare that we would get totals like that this time of year.” King added, “I would not be surprised if we broke a lot of records.”

The AP reported that more than 300,000 homes and businesses were still without power Saturday afternoon in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. Temperatures stayed low throughout the weekend in much of the Southeastern United States, raising the risk of icy roads and dangerous driving conditions.

In other places, the snowfall was less dramatic. NPR’s Rob Byers tweeted a video of a snowplow, diligently plowing a snow-free street in Washington, D.C.

But even a light snow can make for a pretty picture.

At the National Zoo, some of the animals enjoyed the snow while others were brought indoors. A video posted on the zoo’s Twitter showed panda Mei Xiang rolling in the flurries.

Shop For An iPhone X First Thing In The Morning

The lead-times for Apple’s iPhone X on the its US website have gotten better over the past few days. This is also true of the company’s Canada, China, Germany and United Kingdom sites where they have fallen to 1 to 3 or 4 to 6 days. To get a read on iPhone X availability in Apple stores I’ve looked at a dozen stores around the Palo Alto area for the past two weeks and also checked stores in Dallas, Minneapolis and New York City this morning. By entering these cities zip codes it shows the in-store availability at surrounding stores and provides 688 data points. (Note that I own Apple shares and have sold Put options).

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A boy makes faces while testing out the Animoji feature on an iPhone X at the Apple Store Union Square. Photo credit: ELIJAH NOUVELAGE/AFP/Getty Images

Apple’s financial results and to a large degree its stock price is dependent on how well iPhones sell. While investors only get an official read when the company announces it quarterly results following data such as lead-times and in-store availability gives an indication on how they are doing. For the week Apple shares were down 1% vs. the SP 500 up 0.3% and the NASDAQ down slightly at 0.1%.

iPhone X lead-times since pre-orders on October 27th

Best Buy is in the second day of a three day sale on multiple Apple products so check their stores (only available for in-store purchases) to see if it has the iPhone X you want.

T-Mobile has the longest lead-times

All four US carriers (ATT, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon) had the same lead-times from when the iPhone X could first be ordered until yesterday. On Friday ATT, T-Mobile and Verizon saw their iPhone X lead-times shorten from 10 days down to 4 to 6 days. However T-Mobile’s have stayed at 10 days.

It could be hard to find Sprint models in a store

It may not be this way throughout the US but in the Dallas, Minneapolis and Palo Alto regional stores (a total of 31) there were no Sprint iPhone X models available. In the 12 New York City stores only 15 of the 48 combinations (Silver and Space Gray colors and 64GB and 256GB memory sizes) could be ordered for same day pickup. The total percentage of X’s in all four geographic areas works out to be 9%.

For ATT, T-Mobile and Verizon models among the 43 stores and 172 potential versions there was 62%, 40% and 72% availability, respectively. Combined this is 58%.

Best Buy’s 3-day Apple sale event includes the first big iPhone X deal

The iPhone X is probably one of the best Christmas gifts this year, whether you’re buying it for a special someone or for yourself. It’s also a pricey gift. Regardless of how you’re paying for it, you’re still going to shell out more money for an iPhone X than any other smartphone. That’s why iPhone X deals are definitely welcome, considering there were no iPhone X discounts on Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Best Buy has just kicked off a special 3-day sale on Apple gear, however, and it actually includes a hot iPhone X sale.

Best Buy says on its Apple sale page that you’ll get a Best Buy gift card of up to $250 if you trade up to an iPhone X in a Best Buy store. That means you have to bring in a working iPhone to take advantage of the deal and activate your new iPhone X with ATT, Sprint, or Verizon.

iPhones as old as the iPhone 5 are supported, but don’t expect those devices to net you a significant discount. Using Best Buy’s iPhone trade-in value tool, you’ll discover that an iPhone 5 in working condition is worth $35, while a 256GB iPhone 7 Plus with no issues has a $300 trade-in value. Strangely, that’s above the $250 that Best Buy is prepared to offer.

If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of selling your old iPhone yourself and don’t plan to give it to someone in your family, then Best Buy’s offer fantastic.

The iPhone X isn’t the only discounted Apple products that Best Buy will sell from now through Saturday night. Here are the other hot deals:

  • Save up to $150 on iPad Pro 10.5”
  • Save up to $200 on Select MacBook computers
  • Save up to $200 on iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 with qualified activation
  • Save $190 on Beats Studio 2 Wireless headphones
  • Save up to $200 on iMacs
  • iPhone 6s starting at $9.99/mo. with qualified activation; Save $150

Check out all of Best Buy’s deals at this link.

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UN health agency launches first global monitoring system for dementia

7 December 2017 – The United Nations health agency on Thursday launched the first global monitoring system for dementia, which is expected to affect 152 million people worldwide by 2050 – triple the current 50 million – amid the aging of the global population.

Dementia includes Alzheimer’s disease and other types of memory loss and cognitive disabilities.

“Nearly 10 million people develop dementia each year, six million of them in low- and middle-income countries,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), in a news release.

“The suffering that results is enormous. This is an alarm call: we must pay greater attention to this growing challenge and ensure that all people living with dementia, wherever they live, get the care that they need,” he added.

The Global Dementia Observatory, a web-based platform, launched by WHO, can track progress on the provision of services for people with dementia and for those who care for them, both within countries and globally.

It will also monitor the presence of national policy and plans, risk reduction measures and infrastructure for providing care and treatment.

“This is the first global monitoring system for dementia that includes such a comprehensive range of data,” said Tarun Dua of WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. “The system will not only enable us to track progress, but just as importantly, to identify areas where future efforts are most needed.”

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WHO says the annual global cost of dementia is estimated at $818 billion, equivalent to more than one per cent of global gross domestic product. The total cost includes direct medical costs, social care and loss of income of caregivers.

By 2030, the cost is expected to more than double, to $2 trillion, a cost that could undermine social and economic development and overwhelm health and social services, including long-term care systems.

To date, WHO has collected data from 21 countries. By the end of 2018, it is expected that 50 countries will be contributing data.

Of the countries reporting data so far, 81 per cent have carried out a dementia awareness or risk reduction campaign, 71 per cent have a plan for dementia, 71 per cent provide support and training for caregivers and 66 per cent have a dementia-friendly initiative.

All of these activities are recommended by WHO in the Global action plan on the public health response to dementia 2017-2025.

The Plan provides a comprehensive blueprint for action that can be taken by policy-makers, health- and social-care providers, civil society organizations and people with dementia and their caregivers.

Don’t buy the first-gen Qualcomm-powered Windows 10 laptops

Qualcomm a few days ago announced that the first Snapdragon 835 laptops are finally happening. Devices powered by the same platform found inside this year’s Android flagships including the Galaxy S8 and Note8 will have all-day battery life and always-on LTE connectivity.

That’s excellent news, and it opens up a brand new type of mobile computing. But don’t get too excited just yet. In fact, the best thing you could do about these devices is to ignore them for about a year.

That’s because the next best thing is just around the corner. I’m talking about the Snapdragon 845 processor that will power next year’s Galaxy S9 and many other Android devices. And if you thought Snapdragon 835 Windows 10 laptops sound exciting, then Snapdragon 845 laptops will be even better. Qualcomm further perfected the Snapdragon chips, and the 845 platform will be even better suited for mobile experiences on laptops.


The new processor is 25% more powerful than its predecessor, and graphics performance is up by 30%. These are relevant parameters, especially when talking about machines that should run Windows 10 apps. And there’s support for AR and VR features built into Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 platform, and we all know Microsoft is betting big on such experiences for the future of Windows 10.

Moreover, the chip comes with a new built-in Snapdragon X20 LTE modem that supports theoretical LTE speeds of up to 1.2Gbps. Wi-Fi speeds now support the 802.11ad standard, and there’s Bluetooth 5.0 support inside the 845.

Other specs include a new image signaling processor, a new secure processing unit that can handle biometrics, encryption, and mobile payments, and support for artificial intelligence.

The Snapdragon 835 isn’t comparable with Apple’s A10X and A11 Bionic chips. But even so, it’ll still be able to offer you a decent Windows 10 experience, as long s you don’t need the power of an Intel chip inside your laptop. But if you’ve waited this long for ARM-based laptops that support 4G LTE and offer excellent battery life, what’s another year? It sure looks like the Snapdragon 845 will offer an even better overall experience.

Just like the Snapdragon 835, the new chip is made by Samsung on an improved 10nm process, and the Galaxy S9 will probably the first handset in the world to make use of it. Snapdragon 845 laptops will probably arrive only much later down the road. Until then, however, rumors say Galaxy S9 buyers will be able to enjoy an even better Android desktop experience thanks to a brand new accessory.

AT&T launched first ever fixed internet service in Mendota – KFSN

Internet access is a necessity in today’s world. For most, it never feels like it is never quite fast enough, but imagine having to use dial-up or not having any wireless access at all, this is how the city of Mendota has been living up until now. On Wednesday, for the first time ever ATT launched its fixed wireless service to Mendota.

“Fixed wireless technology is a connection between an ATT tower and an outdoor fixed piece of equipment at the customers home or a business and it provides a connection into the home to a WiFi router,” said Julie Tone, Director of External Affairs for ATT California.

The new service was brought to Mendota through the FCC Connect America Fund Program, which aims at providing high-speed internet access to underserved areas. The new wireless service will provide internet of at least 10 mega bites per second at an affordable cost to thousands.

“This is great news, that we were picked as one of the selected areas and it is something that we have been waiting for a while,” said Robert Silva, Mendota City Council Member. “It is great for the businesses, community, great for the Ag folks, so they can get involved.”

Ismael Herrera, Associate Director for Community and Economic Development at Fresno state said the new service will help his office in their goal of closing the digital divide.

“There are communities up and down the San Joaquin Valley, who do not have a connection to the internet at any speeds and there are many more who have connections, but the speeds are not adequate,” said Herrera.

Information on the service has already been mailed out to residents. The service costs $50 if bundled with Direct TV or a wireless plan you also need to sign a one year contract.

IU first lady to help host free computer science training for K-12 teachers in summer 2018

Inspired by the success of past funding initiatives to train thousands of public school teachers, Infosys Foundation USA and Indiana University first lady Laurie Burns McRobbie will host the Pathfinders Summer Institute 2018, a national event for K-12 teacher education in computer science and making.

The institute, tagged #InfyPathfinders, will be an intensive week of professional development at IU Bloomington taking place July 15-20, 2018. More than 800 teachers from across the United States will convene for high-quality, hands-on training.

“As Indiana’s flagship public university, we embrace the challenge of employing our resources to inspire lifelong learning and excellence in teaching,” McRobbie said. “We are delighted to offer the IU Bloomington campus as a venue for Infosys Foundation USA’s inaugural Pathfinders Summer Institute, which will enable over 800 teachers to benefit from superior professional development in computer science and maker education. The teachers will gain valuable insights and tools that they can take back to classrooms both in Indiana and across the nation.”

All tuition, travel, accommodation and food expenses for teacher participants will be paid by other sources. Funds from Infosys Foundation USA will be matched by school districts and by individual donations through education crowdfunding leader DonorsChoose.org to make it possible for teachers to attend the Pathfinders Summer Institute at no cost.

“An inspired teacher will be one of the most influential guides for children to discover their own unique paths. And a teacher will influence hundreds, if not thousands, of children over the course of her or his teaching career,” said Kaustav Mitra, chairperson of Infosys Foundation USA. “We are honored to host the Pathfinders Summer Institute to both celebrate teachers and get them the resources they need to be even more effective in helping students navigate this world.”

Formal applications for Infosys Foundation USA Pathfinders Summer Institute 2018 will open in January. All K-12 public school teachers are welcome to apply. Special consideration will be given to high-needs schools, teachers from underrepresented communities, those new to teaching computer science and making, and districts demonstrating significant commitment to these subjects.

Interested teachers and school administrators can find out more at infy.com/Pathfinders.

About Infosys Foundation USA

Infosys Foundation USA is focused on bridging the digital divide in America by supporting high-quality computer science education and coding skills with a particular focus on underrepresented communities. It aims to give children and young adults the skills they need to become creators, not just consumers, of technology. Learn more on the foundation’s website, follow @InfyFoundation on Twitter or check it out on Facebook.

First Baby Born To US Uterus Transplant Patient Raises Ethics Questions

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The first baby born as a result of a womb transplant in the United States in the neonatal unit at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.

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Beautiful. Pure. Natural. Medicine at its pinnacle.

Those were the words of Dr. Giuliano Testa this week — the principal investigator of a clinical trial with ten women underway at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.

He was talking about the birth of a baby boy to a mother who underwent a uterus transplant last year. It’s a first in the U.S., but in Sweden, eight babies have been born to mothers with uterus transplants.

Not everyone is celebrating though.

Dr. Testa and his colleague, Dr. Liza Johannesson, who joined the Baylor team from Sweden earlier this year, spoke with All Things Considered host Kelly McEvers about this development. Excerpts of the interview follow, edited for length and clarity.

Dr. Johannesson, you’ve delivered a lot of babies, can you describe what this one was like, watching this baby boy be born in Dallas?

Dr. Johannesson: It doesn’t really matter how many babies you’ve delivered … This was a very special moment.

Dr. Johannesson, you’ve been through this in Sweden, we mentioned that eight babies have been born there to mothers with transplants. How complicated a procedure is it?

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Dr. Johannesson: Well it’s a transplant, and it’s a completely new transplant. …. I think we can compare it to a hysterectomy. When it comes to the donor surgery, probably a little bit more complicated than a simple hysterectomy. It takes about five hours. For the recipient, the transplant itself takes about five hours too. … Then after you have the transplant, you don’t have an immediate success. First you have to know the uterus is staying with the recipient, then you have the periods coming, showing it’s viable, then you have to implant the embryo, and then finally you have a pregnancy and then you have to wait the nine months before you have a baby. So the actual success is one and a half years down the line. That’s very rare in transplants.

We should mention, Dr. Testa, some of the other women who have been involved in this trial have had transplants that were unsuccessful. What lessons did you learn from those?

Dr. Testa: Well we learned a lot of emotional lessons. … They trusted us for doing something that for them was of extreme value. We were not able to deliver. So that was a big humbling lesson in itself. And then all the scientific information we got, we were able to apply to the woman who came afterwards, and now we are successful. So I really feel for the first ones.

We mention that not everyone is celebrating this. It raises some ethical questions. Is it possible with a procedure that is so experimental, so risky, to get informed consent from women who desperately want to have a baby?

Dr. Testa: I doubt it is possible for lay people to have informed consent about anything we do in medicine, if you ask me. This is even more complicated because we are going into uncharted waters. … I think that we go through years of studying to understand what we do, and to achieve mastering the things we do. And then we pretend that in ten minutes we can explain something to anybody. … I don’t think it’s really possible.

… We try to use the simplest terms we can think about and then we leave it to the autonomy of the patients, in this case not even patients, these women, to make the decisions. I think we really refrain, and it was really important for us, from any pressure of any kind from our side but then of course, the inner pressure of this woman to have a child I think drove the entire process and their decision at the end.

What about the risk for the baby? What possible complications do you have to consider?

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Dr. Johannesson: So in that sense, we know a lot. That’s maybe the only aspect of this that we actually have a good knowledge of because females have been giving birth after kidney and liver transplants for many many years on immunosuppressive drugs. So we know what the effect of immunosuppressive drugs has on pregnancies, on babies, on recipients. And we know which immunosuppressive drugs you should not take during pregnancy.

Dr. Testa, women and families do have other options to have a baby — adoption, using a surrogate mother. I wonder how you think about that, about committing scarce medical resources to solving a problem that does have other solutions.

Dr. Testa: True, I don’t have a very intelligent answer to this question. I just understood through this process that I myself had completely underestimated the wish of any woman that I’ve met thus far to have their own child. I don’t know whether there is a price for it. I have no philosophical discussion to add. I just have to say that it was a humbling discovery and I’m still profoundly touched by it.

Dr. Johannesson: I think it’s important to say also that it doesn’t exclude surrogacy or adoption. We’re just offering this as a complement treatment.

You’re adding this to a menu of options. Which raises the cost question: This is not a cheap procedure to go through. Right now as part of a clinical trial, this is being paid for with research funds, I gather. It is not clear that people’s insurers are going to pay for this going forward, which means you may perfect this technique and women may desperately want it and may not be able to afford it.

Dr. Testa: That’s absolutely true. But this is true for infertility at large in this country. … Some woman will go to extremes to be able to have this experience. The cost of medical care is at any rate extremely high for anything we do. As I said, I don’t know whether this is really an important question, who’s going to pay and how. I doubt the insurers will ever pay for something like this.

What is the cost?

Dr. Testa: We are collecting all the data. … I assume it’s going to be a similar cost that we face today for a kidney transplant. … The ballpark is, I would say around $200,000 to $250,000.

What’s next? You have another mother in the trial who is pregnant?

Dr. Johannesson: We do, we have one that’s in an advanced stage of pregnancy. So next up is her delivery. Then we have a couple of other women in different stages of the procedure, so we’re hoping for a very happy 2018.

All Things Considered host Mary Louise Kelly and senior producer Andrea Hsu contributed to this report. Greta Jochem is an intern on NPR’s Science Desk.

First Baby Born To US Uterus Transplant Patient Raises Ethics Questions

ec073_uterus-transplant-1-3a932f65c54bb18a6c48c23329f9c4c5e1652938-s1100-c15 First Baby Born To US Uterus Transplant Patient Raises Ethics Questions

The first baby born as a result of a womb transplant in the United States in the neonatal unit at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.

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hide caption

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The first baby born as a result of a womb transplant in the United States in the neonatal unit at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.

AP

Beautiful. Pure. Natural. Medicine at its pinnacle.

Those were the words of Dr. Giuliano Testa this week — the principal investigator of a clinical trial with ten women underway at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.

He was talking about the birth of a baby boy to a mother who underwent a uterus transplant last year. It’s a first in the U.S., but in Sweden, eight babies have been born to mothers with uterus transplants.

Not everyone is celebrating though.

Dr. Testa and his colleague, Dr. Liza Johannesson, who joined the Baylor team from Sweden earlier this year, spoke with All Things Considered host Kelly McEvers about this development. Excerpts of the interview follow, edited for length and clarity.

Dr. Johannesson, you’ve delivered a lot of babies, can you describe what this one was like, watching this baby boy be born in Dallas?

Dr. Johannesson: It doesn’t really matter how many babies you’ve delivered … This was a very special moment.

Dr. Johannesson, you’ve been through this in Sweden, we mentioned that eight babies have been born there to mothers with transplants. How complicated a procedure is it?

ec073_uterus-transplant-1-3a932f65c54bb18a6c48c23329f9c4c5e1652938-s1100-c15 First Baby Born To US Uterus Transplant Patient Raises Ethics Questions

Dr. Johannesson: Well it’s a transplant, and it’s a completely new transplant. …. I think we can compare it to a hysterectomy. When it comes to the donor surgery, probably a little bit more complicated than a simple hysterectomy. It takes about five hours. For the recipient, the transplant itself takes about five hours too. … Then after you have the transplant, you don’t have an immediate success. First you have to know the uterus is staying with the recipient, then you have the periods coming, showing it’s viable, then you have to implant the embryo, and then finally you have a pregnancy and then you have to wait the nine months before you have a baby. So the actual success is one and a half years down the line. That’s very rare in transplants.

We should mention, Dr. Testa, some of the other women who have been involved in this trial have had transplants that were unsuccessful. What lessons did you learn from those?

Dr. Testa: Well we learned a lot of emotional lessons. … They trusted us for doing something that for them was of extreme value. We were not able to deliver. So that was a big humbling lesson in itself. And then all the scientific information we got, we were able to apply to the woman who came afterwards, and now we are successful. So I really feel for the first ones.

We mention that not everyone is celebrating this. It raises some ethical questions. Is it possible with a procedure that is so experimental, so risky, to get informed consent from women who desperately want to have a baby?

Dr. Testa: I doubt it is possible for lay people to have informed consent about anything we do in medicine, if you ask me. This is even more complicated because we are going into uncharted waters. … I think that we go through years of studying to understand what we do, and to achieve mastering the things we do. And then we pretend that in ten minutes we can explain something to anybody. … I don’t think it’s really possible.

… We try to use the simplest terms we can think about and then we leave it to the autonomy of the patients, in this case not even patients, these women, to make the decisions. I think we really refrain, and it was really important for us, from any pressure of any kind from our side but then of course, the inner pressure of this woman to have a child I think drove the entire process and their decision at the end.

What about the risk for the baby? What possible complications do you have to consider?

ec073_uterus-transplant-1-3a932f65c54bb18a6c48c23329f9c4c5e1652938-s1100-c15 First Baby Born To US Uterus Transplant Patient Raises Ethics Questions

Dr. Johannesson: So in that sense, we know a lot. That’s maybe the only aspect of this that we actually have a good knowledge of because females have been giving birth after kidney and liver transplants for many many years on immunosuppressive drugs. So we know what the effect of immunosuppressive drugs has on pregnancies, on babies, on recipients. And we know which immunosuppressive drugs you should not take during pregnancy.

Dr. Testa, women and families do have other options to have a baby — adoption, using a surrogate mother. I wonder how you think about that, about committing scarce medical resources to solving a problem that does have other solutions.

Dr. Testa: True, I don’t have a very intelligent answer to this question. I just understood through this process that I myself had completely underestimated the wish of any woman that I’ve met thus far to have their own child. I don’t know whether there is a price for it. I have no philosophical discussion to add. I just have to say that it was a humbling discovery and I’m still profoundly touched by it.

Dr. Johannesson: I think it’s important to say also that it doesn’t exclude surrogacy or adoption. We’re just offering this as a complement treatment.

You’re adding this to a menu of options. Which raises the cost question: This is not a cheap procedure to go through. Right now as part of a clinical trial, this is being paid for with research funds, I gather. It is not clear that people’s insurers are going to pay for this going forward, which means you may perfect this technique and women may desperately want it and may not be able to afford it.

Dr. Testa: That’s absolutely true. But this is true for infertility at large in this country. … Some woman will go to extremes to be able to have this experience. The cost of medical care is at any rate extremely high for anything we do. As I said, I don’t know whether this is really an important question, who’s going to pay and how. I doubt the insurers will ever pay for something like this.

What is the cost?

Dr. Testa: We are collecting all the data. … I assume it’s going to be a similar cost that we face today for a kidney transplant. … The ballpark is, I would say around $200,000 to $250,000.

What’s next? You have another mother in the trial who is pregnant?

Dr. Johannesson: We do, we have one that’s in an advanced stage of pregnancy. So next up is her delivery. Then we have a couple of other women in different stages of the procedure, so we’re hoping for a very happy 2018.

All Things Considered host Mary Louise Kelly and senior producer Andrea Hsu contributed to this report. Greta Jochem is an intern on NPR’s Science Desk.

Fitbit Ionic’s first software update brings more watch faces and apps, improved touch interaction

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When we reviewed the Fitbit Ionic in November, most of our gripes had to do with software. Fitbit OS was quite laggy, and there were only a handful of third-party apps available at launch. Now, with the Ionic’s first software update, many of those issues will be fixed.

4df61_Fitbit-Ionic-review-AA-4-840x560 Fitbit Ionic's first software update brings more watch faces and apps, improved touch interactionThe biggest news here is the addition of more third-party applications. Previously only four apps were available for the Ionic, and now Fitbit is adding dozens more. Now you’ll be able to find nearby restaurants with Yelp, control your smart home devices with Nest and Philips Hue Lights, get the latest news from Flipboard and The New York Times, and even summon an Uber, all from your wrist.

The Ionic will also gain the ability to stream music through Deezer sometime in 2018.

This new update also brings more than 100 new watch faces (or clock faces) to the Ionic, adding to the other 17 pre-installed faces.

More apps and clock faces are on the way, too. Fitbit says more than 1,000 developers have already started building apps or clock faces for the Ionic, while there are over 5,000 developers that have joined the company’s new developer community and registered for the public SDK.

Fitbit is also introducing Fitbit Labs, which is a way for the company’s Research Development team to test potential new features in the form of experimental apps and clock faces. Right now there are a handful of clock faces and apps available through Fitbit Labs, including a Fitbit Pet clock that helps you stay active by using your steps to feed and care for a virtual dog.

This update also brings the ability to keep up with friends with the Fitbit Leaderboard on the Ionic, and allows you to choose which credit or debit card to pay with via Fitbit Pay, right from your wrist. The list of participating Fitbit Pay banks has expanded to 25 banks in 13 markets.

This update helps with the Fitbit OS lag.

For me, the most exciting improvement in this update is faster touch interactions in Fitbit OS. Throughout my time with the Fitbit Ionic, I’ve found Fitbit OS to be too laggy, almost to the point where I don’t want to wear the watch at all. And after using this new software update on my Ionic for a few minutes, I’m happy to report that many of the lag issues are gone.

This new Fitbit Ionic software update is rolling out now.

Fitbit Ionic’s first software update brings more watch faces and apps, improved touch interaction

e7a07_Fitbit-Ionic-review-AA-4-840x560 Fitbit Ionic's first software update brings more watch faces and apps, improved touch interaction

When we reviewed the Fitbit Ionic in November, most of our gripes had to do with software. Fitbit OS was quite laggy, and there were only a handful of third-party apps available at launch. Now, with the Ionic’s first software update, many of those issues will be fixed.

e7a07_Fitbit-Ionic-review-AA-4-840x560 Fitbit Ionic's first software update brings more watch faces and apps, improved touch interactionThe biggest news here is the addition of more third-party applications. Previously only four apps were available for the Ionic, and now Fitbit is adding dozens more. Now you’ll be able to find nearby restaurants with Yelp, control your smart home devices with Nest and Philips Hue Lights, get the latest news from Flipboard and The New York Times, and even summon an Uber, all from your wrist.

The Ionic will also gain the ability to stream music through Deezer sometime in 2018.

This new update also brings more than 100 new watch faces (or clock faces) to the Ionic, adding to the other 17 pre-installed faces.

More apps and clock faces are on the way, too. Fitbit says more than 1,000 developers have already started building apps or clock faces for the Ionic, while there are over 5,000 developers that have joined the company’s new developer community and registered for the public SDK.

Fitbit is also introducing Fitbit Labs, which is a way for the company’s Research Development team to test potential new features in the form of experimental apps and clock faces. Right now there are a handful of clock faces and apps available through Fitbit Labs, including a Fitbit Pet clock that helps you stay active by using your steps to feed and care for a virtual dog.

This update also brings the ability to keep up with friends with the Fitbit Leaderboard on the Ionic, and allows you to choose which credit or debit card to pay with via Fitbit Pay, right from your wrist. The list of participating Fitbit Pay banks has expanded to 25 banks in 13 markets.

This update helps with the Fitbit OS lag.

For me, the most exciting improvement in this update is faster touch interactions in Fitbit OS. Throughout my time with the Fitbit Ionic, I’ve found Fitbit OS to be too laggy, almost to the point where I don’t want to wear the watch at all. And after using this new software update on my Ionic for a few minutes, I’m happy to report that many of the lag issues are gone.

This new Fitbit Ionic software update is rolling out now.

For the first time, Nintendo is bringing major Mario and Zelda games to an Android device

  • Through a licensing deal with the chip manufacturer Nvidia, Nintendo is bringing major Wii and GameCube games to Android.
  • The games are available through only the Nvidia Shield console and will be available “soon.”
  • It’s unclear whether the games will be available on Android or iPhone in other parts of the world.

Major entries in the “Super Mario” and “Legend of Zelda” franchises are heading to Android for the first time.

In a surprising move, the Japanese gaming powerhouse Nintendo said it would license major Wii and GameCube games to the chip manufacturer Nvidia. They aren’t going to Android smartphones, though, but the Android-powered Nvidia Shield set-top box, and they’ll be available only in China.

The only GameCube title announced thus far is “Super Mario Galaxy.” There will be a handful of Wii games, including “The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess,” “New Super Mario Bros.,” and “Punch-Out!!” More games are said to be “coming soon.”

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The games are download-only, of course – the Nvidia Shield console is similar to a Roku or Apple TV in that it’s a small box unable to read physical media. Instead, you download or stream games, media, and music to the box through the internet.

In the case of the Shield, which is already available elsewhere in the world, Nvidia gave it more of a gaming bent. There’s an official gamepad, for instance, in addition to the standard remote control. You can also stream games to the console from your PC using Nvidia’s software.

When the Shield – which costs about $225 – arrives in China, Wii games will cost about $10. It’s unclear how much GameCube games will cost.

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The news isn’t just a big deal for Nintendo fans in China, but for the company itself.

Game companies have a notoriously fraught relationship with the Chinese market, and the sale or distribution of many consoles in China isn’t allowed because of governmental restrictions. (It’s complicated.) Nintendo has in the past worked around them by partnering with a Chinese company named iQue.

Similarly, Nintendo is partnering here with both Nvidia and the Chinese streaming-video platform iQiyi to release its games in China – a smart move that enables Nintendo to push into one of the world’s largest gaming markets.

Check out a video of the Shield running Nintendo games:




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