Motiv’s activity tracking ring now works with Android and Alexa

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Motiv is making good on promises of widening support for its fitness tracking ring. To start, Android support is finally here in an early form. If you have one of a handful of phones (one of the Google Pixel series, the Galaxy S7 through S8+ and th…
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AI predicts your lifespan using activity tracking apps

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Researchers can estimate your expected lifespan based on physiological traits like your genes or your circulating blood factor, but that's not very practical on a grand scale. There may be a shortcut, however: the devices you already have on your bo…
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Apple Watch heart rate, activity data key in Australian murder case

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Activity data recovered from an Apple Watch will be reportedly become key evidence for the prosecution in an Australian murder trial.
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A Mobile Scanner Reveals Brain Activity of Patients Doing Everyday Tasks

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Children with mental and neurological disorders have plenty of challenges in their lives. The last thing they need is to sit still for a while with their heads stuck in a machine — the current technique that scientists use to take pictures of their brain activity. It’s inconvenient and unpleasant, but it’s also pretty limited, because it tells scientists nothing about how the brain behaves when the patient is active, going about their daily lives.

Scientists in the U.K. and U.S. decided it was time to make brain imaging way less stressful for patients, not to mention suitable for patients that struggle to keep still, such as toddlers.

They came up with a (scary-looking but) versatile helmet that allows them to move relatively freely as it scans their brain. The helmet is 3D printed, can be personalized to fit a patient’s head, and weighs less than one kilogram.

The researchers were able to shrink the machine without reducing its function by replacing the conventional sensors, which require a heavy cooling system, with tiny ones that use a different technique to capture the brain’s magnetic field.

As reported by New Scientist, the team tested the helmet on four volunteers. They were asked to move their fingers, to play a ball game and even have a cup of tea (because England). These experiments showed the portable scan worked as precisely and accurately as a conventional static one.

“This has the potential to revolutionize the brain imaging field, and transform the scientific and clinical questions that can be addressed with human brain imaging,” Gareth Barnes, a neuroimaging expert with the University College London and a partner of the project, told The Guardian.

Patients wearing the helmet can’t exactly forget about it — the scanner only works inside a special room designed to suppress the influence of the Earth’s natural magnetic field, which would interfere with the procedure. Oh, and it don’t just sit on the top of the head, but covers part of the face, too.

Still, the device could help researchers study child development, or brain activity of children with epilepsy. Better understanding could allow doctors to catch problems sooner, and treat them better.

Although still experimental, the device’s creators are confident that a mobile brain scanner holds great promises for science. They may do more tests, on people with neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, or psychoses, and see if they learn anything new.

They also realize the design isn’t quite where it needs to be. So they’re working on making future iterations look similar to a bike helmet. Perhaps they realized that terrified patients with their heads stuffed in giant devices might not give the most reliable brain scans.

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Tinder’s new chronological Feed of recent match activity is rolling out to all users

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Tinder’s Feed is now rolling out to users worldwide, the dating app company confirmed late Wednesday with a single-sentence blog update today. Feed is a chronological timeline of recent activity from those you’ve matched with; it shows your recent matches, their latest photos, and new Spotify “anthem” choices added to their profiles. Everything is listed in order beginning with the most recent changes to a profile. Users are able to comment on individual items in the feed, giving hopeful swipers an easier way of firing off a first message.

So instead of mindlessly just saying “hey,” you’ll now have photos and music interests to work with. Feed is also another way for users to kick off conversations with the long list of matches they’ve…

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Watch Peter Kafka interview Jason Blum, producer of “Get Out” and “Paranormal Activity,” from SXSW

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Blum, who is behind such hits at “Paranormal Activity” and “Get Out,” will be onstage with Peter Kafka.

Recode is live from SXSW! Join Senior Editor Peter Kafka as he dives into the future of media during a live podcast taping of Recode Media with Jason Blum, the innovative Hollywood producer behind such hits as “Paranormal Activity” and “Get Out,” which just won director Jordan Peele an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

Watch the interview live below on Saturday, March 10 at 11:30 am – 12:30 pm CT / 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm ET. This interview will also be livestreamed on Facebook and Twitter.


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G Suite adds ‘Activity dashboard’ to Docs, Sheets, and Slides, essentially bringing read receipts to files

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More and more services are getting read receipts these days, and the latest services to get it seem to be Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides for G Suite users. The feature is called ‘Activity dashboard’ here, and it can be tweaked by G Suite administrators to control what data is shown.

Google gives a few examples to explain why this is useful, including having an employee check if a coworker has seen a file already, and having an account manager see the best way to follow up with a client based on whether that client has viewed the materials they were sent.

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Google’s G Suite is getting a new activity dashboard to show who read your files

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Google is adding a new activity dashboard to Docs, Sheets, and Slides that lets users with the ability to edit files check to see who else viewed the file and when they viewed it, via Engadget.

If you’re the kind of person who turns on read receipts to know when your friends and colleagues have seen your message but not responded, now you can get that same experience with the documents you share. With the new activity dashboard, you can find out if Jeff really read that memo last week. Or, more practically, users who accidentally mess up share permissions on documents can find out who accidentally managed to get access to the file.

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How to complete Apple’s International Women’s Day activity challenge

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On March 8, double your Apple Watch Move ring to unlock Apple’s ‘International Women’s Day’ badge!

Wanna celebrate women around the world and really rock your workout for the day in one fell swoop? You’re in luck! According to a tweet by Kyle Seth Gray, Apple’s next activity challenge is happening on International Women’s Day: March 8, 2018.

The point of the challenge is to honor International Women’s Day by closing your move rings twice over. That means if your daily calorie goal is usually 600, you’ll need to burn 1,200 calories to earn the achievement. As a reward, you’ll earn a super cool badge as well as unlock animated iMessage stickers based on Move rings that use the International Women’s Day badge color scheme.

The badge should appear on March 6 for all Apple Watch users, and is expected to be international. If you need some themed jams for your workout, Apple is also offering curated collection of Celebrating Bold Women playlists and albums in Apple Music.

To help you jumpstart your ring closing, here are some of the things you can do to get yourself up and moving.

Go for a fall photo walk (with or without puppers)

In many areas of the world, there’s still time for some autumnal fun (or spring nature flings, if you’re in the southern hemisphere). That means it’s the perfect time to explore the great outdoors in your neighborhood: Grab a friend (or a doggie pal) and take a 5K photo walk, snapping as you go. If you live near a large park or preserve, all the better.

Just remember, for walk, run, or wheel workouts to count, you have to keep up the pace. So go brisk and, when you want to shoot, pause the workout, snap, snap, snap away, then hustle to the next spot.

Trail skating is in

Okay, so Apple doesn’t officially have a skating option in the Workout app, but you can fake it by logging a running workout while you go roller skating, blading, or skateboarding on your town’s paved bike path or trail.


Run, run, run away

Whether you’re running in the gym, on the streets, along the coast, or in a park, a run or wheelchair workout is a great way to get your badge. You may not look as cool as the runners in Apple’s recent Watch ad, but what’s stopping you from feeling that way on the inside?


Play Pokémon Go

The Pokémon Go Watch app will in fact log a walking workout on your Apple Watch, so you can theoretically go for a lengthy walk and help hatch your eggs, too. Grab a Pokemon Go Plus and you can click to catch and spin as you go!

There’s even an event on right now, with Gen 3 water types, Delibird, Santa Hat Pikachu, and more to discover — if you’re out and about!

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How are you going to grab Apple’s International Women’s Day badge? Let us know in the comments!

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