New Target augmented reality tech helps make holiday home decorating easier

Target augmeted reality app feature - Christmas Tree

American retail giant rolls out new augmented reality (AR) feature for its app. If you still need to put up a Christmas tree or you have some last minute holiday decorating to do, the new Target augmented reality feature introduced in its app earlier this month, could be a big help. The “See It in Your Space” tree feature helps you find the perfect artificial tree for your space. All homes are not created equal. Rooms come in all shapes, sizes and angles, which can make finding the right sized…

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mHealth anemia detection app could identify anemia from a smartphone photo

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Atlanta researchers are working on a mobile health app that could revolutionize anemia detection. Those who suffer from chronic anemia or who think they might be anemic, could one day be able to detect this condition via their smartphone using an mHealth anemia detection app. The app is currently being developed by Atlanta researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and Emory University. The app can detect anemia via a smartphone picture. The Atlanta researchers revealed via a study published in the journal Nature that they have developed an…

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New Formula 1 VR channel to revolutionize the experience of F1 fans

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Formula 1 (F1) has signed a deal with virtual reality (VR) company Dream VR. The prestigious and popular racing series Formula 1 will soon provide its fans with an immersive virtual reality experience via a new Formula 1 VR channel. This will be made possible through the motorsport’s partnership agreement with The Dream VR, which provides VR 360º experiences. Via the new experience fans will gain access to unique behind-the-scenes content. The Formula 1 VR experience will give viewers the chance to get a unique look at some of the…

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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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FDA-approved mHealth substance abuse treatment app now available

mHealth substance abuse treatment app

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 augmented reality app to provide ‘David Bowie Is’ exhibition experience

Augmented Reality App Experience - David Bowie

The application will become available to both Android and iOS device users in January 2019. The “David Bowie Is” exhibition from the David Bowie museum is coming soon to an augmented reality app. It is slated to be launched on January 8, 2019 for both Android device users and those using Apple products. The launch date is significant as it would have been the musician and performer’s 72nd birthday. The new augmented reality app will make it possible for Bowie fans to explore the hundreds of different videos, costumes, original…

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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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Indispensable Travel Apps

Best Travel Apps

Traveling can be both exciting and a little stressful if you don’t have the proper tools to help you along the way. With a little foresight and planning you can load up your smart phone with travel apps that will help you with everything from the trip planning to converting currency, reading signs in foreign languages, and even finding public bathrooms! The following are some indispensable travel apps that will help take the stress out of your vacation, leaving you free to fully enjoy the experience: Tripit This is a…

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Google Change the Game contest challenges teenage girls to design mobile games

Google Change the Game Challenge - Mazu mobile game - Google Play - LearnDistrict Inc.

Google wants to see more mobile games developed by female gamers. Google Change the Game Design Challenge was launched by the internet giant last spring and challenged thousands of teenage girls to design games they would like to play. After receiving thousands of submissions, five finalists were selected by a group of Google employees and guest judges. The grand prize winner received a $10,000 college scholarship and a $15,000 technology contribution to her school. In addition to these awards, the grand prize winner, Christine – an 11th grader from Vancouver,…

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Virtual reality learning could help disadvantaged youth find employment

Virtual reality learning - Grand Hyatt hotel in Shanghai

A new community-hiring program has been introduced by Hyatt Corp. The global hotel chain has a new community-hiring program called RiseHY, which provides young people, who are seeking career opportunities in the hospitality industry, with a virtual reality learning experience. Hyatt hotels around the world have committed to hiring 10,000 “opportunity youth.” The company plans to hire young people of ages 18 to 24 who are neither in school or working. The goal is to hire 10,000 of these individuals by 2025. The virtual reality learning experience provide by RiseHY…

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West Virginians living abroad cast their election ballots via mobile voting

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The remote voting system via mobile device is a pilot project. Almost 140 West Virginians living abroad in 29 counties have used mobile voting in order to participate in the 2018 midterm elections. West Virginia is the first state to run a blockchain-based voting project at such a large scale. The statewide pilot project covers 24 of West Virginia’s 55 counties. It uses a variety of tech, including a combination of smartphones, facial recognition and blockchain to create a large-scale and secure method for West Virginians, including service members, Peace…

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