Mobile

Medtronic debuts first apps to let heart patients monitor their pacemakers

Clinicians have been able to remotely monitor pacemakers for years thanks to a combination of near-field and remote wireless technologies, but until now, patients haven’t been able to access the data from their own implanted devices. That’s about to change thanks to pacemaker developer Medtronic, which has officially launched MyCareLink Heart — a free iOS and […]

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Google's top lobbyist reportedly sent his staff a blank organization chart making employees fear for their jobs

Byun Young-Wook/Getty Images Google’s head of public policy Karan Bhatia has reportedly hinted at restructuring the company’s Washington, DC, team responsible for lobbying on Capitol Hill. Sources told Bloomberg that Bhatia shared a blank organizational chart that had only his own name filled in at the top. The chart prompted employees to fear for their […]

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Google Assistant's 'Pretty Please' feature is now available and ready to help users of all ages clean up their manners

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images On Thursday, Google announced the release of its “Pretty Please” feature for Google Assistant, which helps encourage polite manners when interacting with its AI smart home devices. The “Pretty Please” feature works when users talking to their Google Assistant include words like “please” or “thank you” in their requests. If a user […]

Emerging Tech

Brain-reading tech lets paralyzed people control a tablet with their thoughts

BrainGate Collaboration The U.S.-based BrainGate consortium has developed technology that makes it possible for people with paralysis to use tablets and other mobile devices — simply by thinking about cursor movements and clicks. The technology uses a miniature sensor to record users’ neural activity via their motor cortex, the part of the brain used for […]

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The ‘Neo-Banks’ Are Finally Having Their Moment

Supported by The ‘Neo-Banks’ Are Finally Having Their Moment ImageChime, part of a new wave of alternative banks, has opened two million fee-free online checking accounts. Other so-called neo-banks include Aspiration, Empower and Varo.CreditCreditCayce Clifford for The New York Times By Nathaniel Popper Nov. 20, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO — After the financial crisis 10 years […]