The glitz and glamour of Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event in February 2019 brought us a deluge of new devices, including the new Samsung Galaxy S10 range and the folding Galaxy Fold smartphone. But with those huge devices, it’s all too easy to forget Samsung also revealed two new fitness-based wearables. It would be a mistake to do so; Samsung hasn’t always had the best record with wearable devices, yet last year’s Galaxy Watch was a triumph — and the Galaxy Watch Active hits the mark with the right price point. Our Galaxy Watch Active review details a smartwatch with plenty to appreciate, including decent looks and solid software. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Fit — which we’ve also reviewed — is a band in the style of the classic Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro, and it delivers basic fitness tracking features at an affordable price point. Here’s everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active and the Galaxy Fit. Updates The Galaxy … [Read more...] about Samsung Galaxy Watch Active & Galaxy Fit: Everything you need to know
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Google is working alongside one of the nation’s largest health care systems to collect and analyze the personal health information of Americans across 21 states, according to The Wall Street Journal. The joint effort with the St. Louis-based company Ascension reportedly began last year, but increased dramatically over the summer and fall of 2019. Code-named “Project Nightingale,” the project collects data regarding patients’ lab results, diagnoses from their doctors, and hospitalization records to create a complete health history for a patient — including that patient’s name and data of birth — all without the consent of the patients or their doctors. Data has been shared for tens of millions of patients and can be accessed by at least 150 Google employees. While some Ascension employees have reportedly questioned the practice, privacy experts have suggested that the collection is permissible under the Health Insurance Portability and … [Read more...] about Google is secretly gathering personal health data on millions of Americans
A new study has examined the energy use of gaming devices across the county, and it’s bad news for anyone hoping to escape global warming by diving into a video game. “Toward Greener Gaming: Estimating National Energy Use and Energy Efficient Potential,” published in The Computer Gamers Journal, found that U.S. gamers consume an incredible 34 terawatt-hours of energy each year. That’s 2.4% of all residential electricity, with carbon emissions equal to more than 5 million cars, adding up to $5 billion spent. Gaming sucks down more power than all the nation’s freezers. The study has plenty of blame to go around. In 2016, the year used as a baseline for most of the study’s findings, consoles were responsible for 66% of gaming energy consumption. PC desktops used 31%, PC laptops used only 3%, and the rest was consumed by media streaming devices (like Apple TV or Nvidia Shield). PC gamers aren’t out of the woods, however. While they contributed less … [Read more...] about Gamers in the U.S. create as much carbon dioxide as 5 million cars, study says
DT Recommended Product Garmin fenix Score Details “The fenix will reliably churn out data long after your phone has died or lost connectivity -- and it looks fantastic doing it.” Stylish, sophisticated, rugged design Huge display reads well during serious activity Solid GPS tracking options ANT+ and Bluetooth communication Good battery life Menu layout is confusing and difficult to navigate Profiles and data pages are complicated to set up Documentation lacks in detail With the recent Stravafication of running and cycling it seems there is little reason to go anywhere or do anything unless it’s GPS tracked for speed, distance, and time. What good is going outdoors if we’re not able to capture each data point for online analysis and social media blasting? If it’s not tracked, logged, and shared, it didn’t happen. Because of this, athletes have been forced into owning full quivers of … [Read more...] about Garmin fenix Review
In Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, a self-aware artificial intelligence system called HAL 9000 turns murderous and begins trying to kill off its crew during a space mission. In 2019, our A.I. assistants — such as Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, and Google Assistant — have yet to turn on humans with quite the willful ferocity of HAL. That doesn’t mean they can’t be used against us, however. Today, some reports place ownership of smart speaker devices at as high as one-third of American adult households. In the process, smart speakers have expanded their abilities far beyond simply helping us select music or set kitchen timers: aiding us in everything from providing pharmaceutical knowledge to controlling our smart homes. So what exactly can go wrong? Two recent studies offer examples of a couple of ways in which malicious actors (or, in this case, researchers hypothetically posing as malicious actors) could exploit … [Read more...] about Your Alexa speaker can be hacked with malicious audio tracks. And lasers.