by Sleep Innovation @ Sleep Innovations
Tue Sep 20 14:31:41 PDT 2016
How Designing the Perfect Mattress is Like Baking a Cake A memory foam mattress is a lot like a wonderful layer cake, but it’s not going to satisfy if you don’t use the right ingredients or construct it correctly. Pastry Chef Steve Wong shares the importance of a great recipe for great results. One Size … Continue reading "What’s Sleep Innovations All About? Let Experts from Other Industries Explain."
by Sleep Innovation @ Sleep Innovations
Thu Mar 09 12:57:51 PST 2017
We love the idea of living simply. After all, do you need 73 different coffee combinations at 7:30 in the morning? Does it really matter which international roaming plan you add to your cell phone if you’re just going to cancel it when you get back? No, it doesn’t. So you can stop overthinking and … Continue reading "A One Size Fits All Mattress? Not in Your Dreams."
by Maren Estrada @ BGR
Wed Feb 07 15:29:15 PST 2018
The Nintendo Switch video game console was easily one of the biggest surprises of 2017. The company’s previous-generation Wii U was a tremendous flop and people were skeptical that Nintendo would ever recover. Well, recover is an understatement. It’s been nearly a year since the Switch was released and it’s still the hottest console on the planet. And it’s about to get even hotter in a few months when Nintendo releases its first Labo kits for the Switch.
Nintendo Labo consists of DIY kits that come as sheets of cardboard. You pop the pieces out, use the instructions on your Switch to assemble them, and you’re left with incredible interactive video games that merge the physical and virtual worlds. Here’s a video that shows Nintendo Labo kits in action:
Kits are going to be extremely difficult to come by when they’re released, so definitely preorder Nintendo’s first two Labo kits right now on Amazon to ensure you get them on day 1.
Nintendo Labo - Variety Kit
- Make, Play, and Discover with Nintendo Labo! Simply have fun making DIY cardboard creations called Toy-Con, bring them to life with the technology of the Nintendo Switch™ system (required; sold separately) to play games, and discover the magic behind how Toy-Con works.
- Express your creativity by customizing Toy-Con projects with your own color, stickers, paint, and more. You can even invent your own Toy-Con!
- Use pre-cut cardboard kits to build your own remote-control car, fishing rod, 13-key piano, or toy house, with easy-to-follow interactive instructions included in the Nintendo Labo software. After the making is complete, the kits come to life.
- Insert a Nintendo Switch Joy-Con™ controller into your Toy-Con to interact with the Nintendo Labo software in a variety of games that will have you catching fish, racing on a motorbike, or playing music on a piano. Nintendo Labo lets you explore your curiosity to discover the mechanics of how each Toy-Con works and interacts with the Nintendo Switch technology. Find creative ways to customize your Toy-Con creations and invent new ways to play with Nintendo Labo!
- The Variety Kit includes six different projects to Make, Play, and Discover: two Toy-Con RC Cars, a Toy-Con Fishing Rod, a Toy-Con House, a Toy-Con Motorbike, and a Toy-Con Piano!
Nintendo Labo - Robot Kit
- Make, Play, and Discover with Nintendo Labo™!
- Simply have fun making DIY cardboard creations called Toy-Con, bring them to life with the technology of the Nintendo Switch™ system (required; sold separately) to play games, and discover the magic behind how Toy-Con works. Express your creativity by customizing Toy-Con projects with your own color, stickers, paint, and more. You can even invent your own Toy-Con!
- Use pre-cut cardboard kits to build your own robot suit, with easy-to-follow interactive instructions included in the Nintendo Labo software. After the making is complete, the kits come to life.
- Insert a Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controller into your Toy-Con to smashing buildings as a robot. Nintendo Labo lets you explore your curiosity to discover the mechanics of how each Toy-Con works and interacts with the Nintendo Switch technology. Find creative ways to customize your Toy-Con creations and invent new ways to play with Nintendo Labo!
- The Robot Kit lets you build the Toy-Con Robot suit to wear, control, and turn yourself into an interactive on-screen robot.
by Candace Osmond @ The Sleep Judge
Sat Feb 03 11:00:16 PST 2018
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by Jessica Jones @ The Sleep Judge
Wed Feb 07 11:00:15 PST 2018
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Sat Feb 03 06:00:27 PST 2018
by Chris Mills @ BGR
Wed Feb 07 13:18:36 PST 2018
Emoji 11.0, the latest and greatest list of tiny characters that will define your online communications for the next year, has been finalized. Internet arbiter of teen cool The Unicode Consortium has published the new list, which contains superheroes, red-headed people, and a brand-new party face. Judging by the regular release schedule, you'll see the new emoji on iOS shortly after the release of iOS 12, normally in the first or second point upgrade to the OS. That usually lands in October, so iPhone and iPad users should get the new emoji before the end of 2018. Android release dates are a little less predictable, but before the end of the year is a good bet. Per Emojipedia, there are 157 new emojis in the list, bringing the total number of approved emojis to 2,823. There are sample images for the new emoji floating around the internet, including those from Emojipedia and from The Unicode Consortium itself. However, the emoji that you'll actually see and use depends on what software you're using. Apple and Google make the actual emoji images themselves, leading to occasional controversies, such as Google's inability to build a decent burger. For the first time, Emoji 11.0 includes options for hair color and style on different emoji. You can add red hair, curly hair, white hair, or baldness to men or women of any skin tone. Other notable new emoji include a hot face (to enhance the often-abused flushed face), a woozy face for when you feel like making your intentions particularly vague, and male and female superheroes. Emoji have also been added for activities like softball, knitting, and lacrosse. A list of all the new emoji types is included below. The Unicode Consortium has sample images for all those emoji on its website, or you can (and should) check out Emojipedia's video detailing them all above.
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by Star Newcomb @ The Sleep Judge
Sun Feb 04 11:00:28 PST 2018
by Yoni Heisler @ BGR
Wed Feb 07 14:34:59 PST 2018
While the Apple Watch may never be able to non-invasively measure a user's glucose levels, an intriguing and massive new study conducted by the health startup Cardiogram and the University of California San Francisco suggests that the device can accurately detect when a wearer has diabetes. The study specifically found that the Apple Watch and other wearables were able to detect the disease in previously diagnosed patients 85% of the time. All told, the study monitored approximately 14,000 Apple Watch and Android Wear owners over the course of many weeks. As for how the testing was done, the researchers explain that they used an avalanche of health sensor data to train a deep neural network "by presenting it with samples from people with and without diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, atrial fibrillation, and high cholesterol." Incidentally, Cardiogram calls its AI-based algorithm DeepHeart. As to how heart rate data is tied into the detection of diabetes, Cardiogram co-founder Johnson Hsieh explains: "Your heart is connected with your pancreas via the autonomic nervous system. As people develop the early stages of diabetes, their pattern of heart rate variability shifts." Hsieh further cites a 2015 study wherein researchers discovered that a "high resting heart rate and low heart rate variability" is capable of predicting when individuals are liable to develop diabetes "over a 12-year period." The research here is obviously incredibly important, especially as the number of individuals suffering from diabetes continues to grow. As the study notes, more than 100 million individuals in the U.S. alone either suffer from diabetes or are prediabetic. "1 in 4 of those with diabetes are undiagnosed and, even worse, 88.4% of people with prediabetes don’t realize they have it," the report further adds. With these new research results in mind, Hsieh adds that the Cardiogram app for iOS and Android will likely incorporate DeepHeart into subsequent app updates.
by Chris Smith @ BGR
Wed Feb 07 17:00:54 PST 2018
The US Senate asked Apple various questions about the recently discovered iPhone slowdown practice. The iPhone maker issued a response on February 2nd, which was made public on Tuesday. In it, Apple explains the whole iPhone battery mess, providing a timeline of events, existing fixes as well as other mitigations for the future. Apple’s explanation proves that the worst thing about the iPhone slowdown is that Apple lied about having informed users of what was about to happen once iOS 10.2.1 was released last year. The first time Apple acknowledged that it hasn’t informed its customers properly back in January 2017 was a few weeks ago. "When we did put [the software update] out, we did say what it was, but I don't think a lot of people were paying attention," Apple’s Tim Cook said in an interview with ABC News. "And maybe we should have been clearer, as well." The letter to Congress makes that sort of misinformation even clearer. First of all, Apple released the iOS 10.2.1 update in January 2017, a month before it actually tried to tell us what the update did. "We first delivered this power management feature to iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE as part of iOS 10.2.1, in January 2017," Apple explains. Then, in February 2017, it “told” users about the slowdown. "Once we verified that the feature was effective in avoiding unexpected shutdowns, we updated the iOS 10.2.1 ReadMe notes in February, 2017. Specifically, the iOS 10.2.1 ReadMe notes said that this update 'also improves power management during peak workloads to avoid unexpected shutdowns on iPhone," Apple said. I’m sorry, Apple, but telling users in an updated change log, a month after the update, that the update “also improves power management during peak workloads to avoid unexpected shutdowns on iPhone” will not make me realize that the phone will be slowed down in certain cases. Don’t get me wrong, I do understand why Apple had to revert to this fix. I happen to have been an iPhone 6s user right until the iPhone X rolled out, but I never noticed the slowdowns. Nor did I experience annoying iPhone shutdowns before the iOS 10.2.1 rolled out, although it may have shut down a few times overnight from what I can recall. I did replace the battery of the iPhone 6s long before the iPhone slowdown scandal was unearthed, as I was preparing it for a new life with a family member. Finally, I’m also a non-believer in the theory that Apple intentionally slows down iPhones to sell newer models. But telling iPhone users that you warned us about what was going to go down, is a pretty huge “alternative fact,” Apple. That has been my main complaint all along. I wish I knew in advanced that iOS is clever enough to slow down the iPhone so that it doesn’t die unexpectedly. I wish I had the option of turning the feature down, just like it’ll happen from now onward. Republican Senator John Thune, who penned the initial letter to Apple, also acknowledged in a statement that Apple’s disclosures of the update “came up short.” "I appreciate Apple’s response to my inquiry and the company’s ongoing discussions with the committee," Thune said, according to Business Insider. "In those conversations, Apple has acknowledged that its initial disclosures came up short." "Apple has also promised the committee some follow-up information, including an answer about additional steps it may take to address customers who purchased a new battery at full price," he added. Apple’s full letter follows below.
by Mike Wehner @ BGR
Wed Feb 07 16:28:18 PST 2018
Unless you were living under a rock yesterday you no doubt saw plenty of coverage of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket flying towards the heavens in its maiden test flight. Just as amazing as the launch itself was the landing of the two Falcon 9-based side boosters, which helped give the spacecraft a push before cruising back down to Earth and landing side-by-side in near perfect harmony. It was a truly amazing display of engineering might on behalf of Elon Musk's private space venture, but what you didn't see (or, more importantly, hear) is what the boosters sounded like as they made their journey back to solid ground. A couple of really fantastic new videos from near the landing site reveal the incredible sound of multiple sonic booms being generated by the boosters as they sped downward. Due to the shape of the boosters, each of them actually created three sonic booms — one being produced by the bottom end where the engines are located, another by the landing legs which rest against the body of the booster but jut slightly outwards, and a third by the fins. Check it out. Because there are two boosters, a total of six sonic booms can be heard. Depending on the location of the listener, they can be quite distinct, but the closer you are the more it tends to just sound like one (or in this case two) massive bang, like in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_kfM-BmVzQ From a greater distance, the individual booms are a lot more recognizable: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMCC0iigRWI Both boosters landed perfectly according to SpaceX, but the same unfortunately can't be said for the center core booster. Like the side boosters, the center core separated from the spacecraft and floated downwards, but instead of heading for land it was supposed to touch down on SpaceX's droneship in the ocean. Unfortunately, it didn't stick its landing and reportedly slammed into the ocean at a speed of around 300 miles per hour. It missed its mark by about 100 meters, according to SpaceX. SpaceX boss Elon Musk noted that he was hoping there was video of the impact itself, stating that "it sounds like some pretty fun footage." SpaceX has never been shy about sharing videos of its failures in the past, so we can expect to see it ourselves sooner rather than later if anyone captured the crash.
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