Smartphone magnetic fields could affect pacemakers and defibrillators, says study

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This is a good reason for anyone with this type of implant to keep devices out of bras and breast pockets. It may seem harmless to tuck your phone into your bra if you need both hands to do something else, but smartphone magnetic fields could make this a dangerous practice for pacemaker and implanted defibrillator patients. Same goes for devices tucked into breast pockets and the inner chest pocket of a jacket. New research shows that these types of gadgets should be kept at least 15 cm (6 inches)…

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European Union intends to legislate for universal phone charger

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Despite Apple’s complaints about the move, the EU intends to move forward with the requirement. At the end of last week, the European Union presented a legislative proposal that would require smartphones, tablets and headphones to all require a universal phone charger. This move is likely to have the largest impact on Apple, which is notorious for its proprietary cables. The iPhone is the smartphone most commonly associated with a proprietary charger, while rival devices typically use one of two different cable types at the moment. Most Android-based phones charge…

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New Kindle Paperwhite models unveiled with larger screens

Kindle Paperwhite Device

These e-readers also feature a notably longer battery life than previous generations of the device. Amazon recently announced that it would be releasing three new versions of its e-reader called the Kindle Paperwhite. This represents the first update the device has seen since its last release in 2018. Many technology experts had started questioning whether the last Kindle Paperwhite devices were the final models to be released. As many people have opted for tablets and phones with large screens instead of e-readers, there had been some speculation as to whether…

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OUTFORM Launches In-Store PodDrop™ Platform That Merges Product Sampling With Customer Data Capture

Outform Launches In-Store PodDrop™ Platform That Merges Product Sampling With Customer Data Capture

Fully Automated Sample Dispenser Gives Physical Products a Digital Trail for the Next Level of Consumer Engagement and Ad Retargeting   OUTFORM is proud to debut PodDrop™, a new in-store discovery experience that allows brands to dispense product samples and stay in touch with consumers, even after they leave the store. The revolutionary platform creates a digital trail for every sample and  seamlessly integrates customers’ in-store experiences with their unique data. After consumers obtain a sample, brands can retarget ads or engage these consumers with an unprecedented level of authenticity and…

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Walmart will test self-driving cars controlled by artificial intelligence in US cities

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The retail giant is working with Ford and Argo AI in an expansion of its major partnerships. Walmart has announced that it is partnering with Ford Motor and Argo AI in order to test self-driving vehicles controlled by artificial intelligence in several American cities. The collaboration will be testing Ford Escape hybrids equipped with Argo AI technology for deliveries. The artificial intelligence driven vehicles will be used for delivering Walmart orders in Washington DC, Miami, and Austin. This is a notable extension of Walmart’s self-driving vehicle program. The technology for…

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