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Do you own an iPhone? Have you noticed that the YouTube app is depleting your precious new phone's battery life at an unusually quick pace?

Good news: YouTube says it's fixed the battery bug in the latest version of the app.

 :)

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Twitter is not new to making glaring mistakes in suspending or blocking the wrong people on the platform.


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NASA Glenn Research Center has just reinvented the wheel, introducing a new tire that can get back to its original shape after having undergone deformation. This invention was possible thanks to a shape memory alloy based on nickel-titanium.

No matter how many rocks it rolls over, this "Superelastic tire" will return to its pre-deformed shape like nothing ever happened. Originally created for future Mars missions, NASA researchers believe that this technology has the potential to someday revolutionize earth tires.

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It's not such a surprise these days when you visit your doctor's office and your physician uses an iPad to take notes and store your medical records electronically. It makes sense, since managing modern-day medical information involves a great deal of effort and resources.

This tech shift has spurred the field of "health informatics," which describes the intersection of healthcare, information technology and business. The infographic below — by the University of Illinois at Chicago's (UIC) Online Masters of Health Informatics program — breaks down and describes health informatics and the mashup of technology and healthcare.

According to the UIC program, health informatics systems can streamline medical care, reduce repeated or duplicate tests/procedures and automate manual processes. The UIC program suggests electronic health records can improve patient education: you can more easily get direct access to your records, you stay involved/informed in your healthcare and it could help you to potentially manage your own care.

But it's not all rosy: some doctors say electronic health records negatively affect care and some believe it makes interaction impersonal. A more substantial verdict may come as larger portions of the U.S. healthcare system shift to electronic records. Part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act pushed incentives to digitize health records, and the U.S. government reportedly hopes most Americans have electronic health records by 2014.

Does your doctor's office use electronic records or paper charts? What are the pros/cons of technology in healthcare? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Self-driving vehicles may get their very own lanes along a stretch of the bustling Interstate 94 in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin transportation officials are considering the futuristic option because the electronics manufacturing giant Foxconn — whose Chinese factory produces up to half a million iPhones a day — confirmed in October that it will build a 20 million square-foot flat-screen factory in Racine County, Wisconsin. This will inevitably bring a ton of commerce-related traffic to the region, so Foxconn asked state officials to consider a self-driving vehicle lane to more efficiently move things to and from the factory.

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Software Engineering / Facebook adds a button to help disaster victims
« on: November 14, 2017, 05:25:28 PM »
From natural disasters to terror events, Facebook has been continuously expanding the capabilities of its Crisis Response Hub, which they rolled out in September of 2017.

Now, in addition to following the latest news or checking the status of friends in at-risk areas, Facebook has provided its users with another way to give back. On Friday, the social network unveiled the "crisis donate button," which enables people to easily give money to organizations assisting victims.

Facebook will send money donated through the button to GlobalGiving, a non-profit that works with many NGOs who may be on the ground in disaster situations. Through its partnerships, GlobalGiving learns where the money is needed most during disaster situations, and disseminates its funds where they deem it will be most impactful.

“Following a disaster, people in the affected area often have tremendous needs to help them recover and rebuild," Asha Sharma, Facebook's social good product manager, said in a statement sent to Mashable. "Others who aren't affected want to help communities in any way they can."

Facebook rolled out the ability to donate to non-profits in 2013. They debuted the "safety check" feature shortly thereafter in 2014, and made the ability to check in on safety updates a permanent feature this past August. Now, Facebook's users can check on friends and loved ones, and contribute to relief efforts all in the same place. And Facebook will waive all transaction fees on donations made through the button.

"Our goal at Facebook," Sharma said, "is to create tools that make it easier for people to help their community and the communities they care about recover from a crisis."

Nice to see a social network being used for good for a change, isn't it?

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China has reached a supercomputing milestone.

The country now has more machines on a list of the world's 500 fastest supercomputers than the U.S.


China has 202 systems on the Top500's supercomputer list, with the U.S. comparatively having only 143.

The U.S. ranking is its lowest since the Top500 rankings began 25 years ago, though the country still manages to come in at second place.

Japan comes in third with 35 supercomputers, and Germany fourth with 20.

According to Top500, China's managed to turn things around pretty fast. Just six months ago, the US led with 169 systems, with China slightly trailing with 160.

How fast is a supercomputer?
Supercomputers have a much higher processing capacity compared to a general-use computer, and a much higher speed of calculation.

They're used for various things such as weather forecasting, nuclear weapons simulation and even to track space activity.

The processing speeds of a supercomputer are measured in floating points operations per second, or "flops".

A "petaflop" is one thousand trillion "flops".

The world's fastest supercomputer, the Chinese Sunway TaihuLight, can reach up to 93 petaflops.

 

That's more than twice as fast as the world's second fastest supercomputer — which is also developed by the Chinese.

The U.S. in comparison, comes in at fifth place with the Titan, at a speed of 17.6 petaflops.

It looks like the U.S. has some serious catching up to do.

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Science and Information / Uber is finally introducing upfront pricing
« on: November 14, 2017, 05:15:23 PM »
Previously, when you booked an Uber an hour or more in advance, you were just given an estimate of the fare. That could vary widely from the price you would be charged after the ride if there was an unexpected surge. The app noted on its "Fares" page that "Actual fares and surcharges may vary" from the estimate. But such "estimates" are no longer.

This new locked-in pricing feature is intended to ease the stress of travel. An Uber spokesperson told Mashable that customers have, in the past, most often been surprised by their final fares when bad weather or popular events led to unexpected demand.

You can budget around your ride without worrying about unexpected price increases. The change will give customers "one less thing to stress about ahead of an early flight," an Uber spokesperson told Mashable.

This feature isn't exactly new, though. Uber's chief rival Lyft rolled out a similar feature last year that shows users their locked-in rates for all rides. The total price that Lyft displays includes all fees, taxes, and tolls, and is calculated based on your "usual time and distance" if you don't initially select a destination.

Uber's feature is available in all U.S. cities where Uber operates. To use the feature, tap the car icon next to "Where to?" and select your date and time, add your pickup and dropoff locations, and select the type of Uber you're looking for. If your ride was scheduled more than an hour in advance, your upfront fare will be displayed.

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ACADEMIC PROGRAMS AT DIU / Sofo_lab
« on: November 14, 2017, 04:54:05 PM »
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