New Veterans Health API to give U.S. Veterans access to EHR data on iPhone

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The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) has announced mHealth upgrades. This summer, the U.S Department of Veteran Affairs will release new capabilities via the recently announced Veterans Health Application Programming Interface (Veterans Health API). These capabilities will allow Veterans who receive care at VA with the ability to access their personal medial data using Apple’s Health Records feature on iPhone. Veterans will be able to see an aggregated view of their health conditions via the iPhone health app. This includes an aggregated view of their allergies, medical conditions, immunizations,…

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New wearable technology transforms sign language into audible speech

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Kenyan engineer and innovator creates gloves that could revolutionize sign language communication. A new type of wearable technology could revolutionize the way that those who are deaf and those who can hear, but who do not necessarily understand sign language, communicate. Called Sign-IO gloves, the wearable tech was invented by young Kenyan engineer and innovator, Roy Allela. The Sign-IO gloves are capable of translating sign language into audible speech. The glove has been designed to connect through Bluetooth to an Android phone and uses the device’s text-to-speech function to provide…

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DBS Bank launches world’s first QR Ang Bao

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QR codes makes it easy to give money gifts this Chinese New Year. Those who wish to give electronic money gifts this Chinese New Year in traditional red packets can easily do so with DBS Bank’s new QR Ang Bao. Instead of having to procure new cash for the envelopes, Singaporeans can simply scan, load and gift with DBS PayLah! The unique QR code money gift system combines the best of both the physical and digital worlds. In 2018, eAng Baos (electronic Ang Baos) reached a record number of transactions,…

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“OK Google” – Google Maps to be updated with Google Assistant

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Google Maps will allow users to control navigation with their voice. Thanks to Google Assistant, Google Maps will become an even more hands-free tool, enabling both Android and iOS smartphone users who use the app to control navigation with their voice, further simplifying the process. The integration allows users more than just the ability to use voice-control navigation. Once the update has been rolled out to Google Maps users across the globe, they will be able to enjoy the convenience and freedom of simply using their voice to ask the…

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Mookkie bowl uses AI to make sure the right pet is eating the right food

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Volta is gearing up to launch its “smart” pet food bowl at CES 2019 in Las Vegas. The Milan-based smartphone appliances manufacturer, Volta, has developed a unique facial recognition pet food bowl called Mookkie bowl, which features a built-in camera and embedded circuit board that makes it capable of recognizing a person’s pet. The company is expected to show it off at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2019). The bowl uses artificial intelligence to keep other animals out of your pet’s food. The facial recognition tech that has been…

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A new hands-free phone driving law could come into effect in Florida in 2019

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The new bill seeks to cut down on distracted driving in the state. Florida Representative Jackie Toledo filed a bill for the 2019 legislative session that would essentially enact a hands-free phone driving law throughout the state. Passing this House Bill 107 would allow law enforcement officers to pull over motorists who talk or text on handheld mobile phones while driving. If passed, the new law would make texting while driving a primary offense. Texting while driving in Florida is against the law but it is presently treated as a…

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VR tech helps to keep dental patients and airline passengers calm

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Virtual reality is changing both dental experiences and long air travel for the better. Thanks to the magic of VR tech, a trip to the dentist or taking a long flight may no longer be something to dread. Virtual reality (VR) headsets have been found to improve both experiences, helping people in these situations to feel more at ease. VR has a “profound” sedation effect on dental patients. According to dentist Bryan Laskin, providing dental patients with a Pico interactive VR headset while they’re getting work done, has a sedative…

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See Johannes Vermeer’s paintings with new Vermeer augmented reality app

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Those who want to see Vermeer’s famous paintings don’t have to travel the world to do it. The Mauritshuis museum has teamed up with Google Arts & Culture in Paris to develop a Vermeer augmented reality app. The AR app creates a virtual museum that features all the artists’ works, including what is arguably his best (and most well-known masterpiece), “Girl With a Pearl Earring,” which is on display at the Maurithuis. Museums from around the world have contributed images of the Dutch artist’s famed work. Only 36 paintings are…

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Salvation Army QR code incorporated into red kettle campaign

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The famous red kettle campaign is welcoming digital donations in Texas. Residents of Amarillo, Texas who come across the Salvation Army’s red kettle, but who don’t have any cash to donate, can now make a digital donation by scanning the Salvation Army QR code on the kettle. Many people use cashless payment methods and no longer carry loose change. Today, it’s becoming less common for people to carry cash. Most rely on cashless forms of payments such as credit/debit cards or digital wallets to make purchases. This can make it…

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FDA-approved mHealth substance abuse treatment app now available

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The reSET mHealth platform is available for healthcare providers to prescribe to their patients. A mHealth substance abuse treatment app called reSET is the first digital therapeutic treatment for substance abuse disorder to be granted approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This unique digital treatment platform can now be prescribed to patients by their medical providers. The prescription-based digital therapeutic offers a 12-week treatment plan. Developed by Pear Therapeutics, the mHealth substance abuse treatment app offers patients a 90-day (12-week) treatment plan. The plan features interactive treatment…

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New WhatsApp QR code feature will allow users to easily share contact info

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WhatsApp to introduce a new tool that will make adding and sharing contact info easier. A WhatsApp QR code feature is reportedly in the works. This new tool will supposedly give WatsApp users the ability to easily share contact information and add contacts via a quick response code. Users simply need to scan a QR code to automatically add the contact to the app. WhatsApp has reportedly been working on these new features for weeks and adding the improvements it has been making in recent app updates, according to WABetaInfo.…

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