Google Fit Receives Apple Watch-Like Activity Goals And More

Google Fit has been revamped, receiving numerous new functionalities. Most significant, is the inclusion of activity goals. Google hypes that it is functioning with the WHO and AHA to bring the spanking-new fitness-centered features.

The upgraded Google Fit application is also developed to identify automatically your running, biking, and walking activities utilizing your Wear OS-based smartwatch or phone sensors and provide diverse “Heart Points” to encourage you to continue moving.

The Google Fit’s new version has 2 key parts—one is developed to underline your physical activity, while the other enables you to specify what activities are affecting your heart. Now Google has begun utilizing “Move Minutes” to push users to make few alterations to their daily habit, such as taking a walk rather than of having a coffee or walking up stairs rather than taking an elevator.

All the users’ physical activities are tracked by the upgraded Google Fit app utilizing the inbuilt sensors either of their smartwatch or smartphone to provide you precise Move Minutes. Besides Move Points, the upgraded app provides Heart Points that are collected dependent on activities that get their heart pumping harder than its ordinary habits.

The updated Google Fit utilizes sensors on one’s smartwatch or smartphone, such as the GPS and accelerometer, to automatically sense your moves and project the integer of Heart Points you receive. Also, the Google Fit app functions with other fitness apps like Runkeeper, Strava, MyFitnessPal, and Endomondo to accurately acclaim your points based on your activity.

The newest Google Fit upgrade remarkably arrives just weeks prior to the new Apple Watch rollout that is likely to take place along with the unveiling of the 2018 iPhone models in the coming month. The latest report also asserted that Google is functioning on a devoted assistant for wearables that may appear as Google Coach.

People Science

The Latest Study Says Googling The Symptoms Might Improve Patients’ Experience In The ER

Recently, researchers released the results of their latest study. According to the latest research, googling the health-related questions can impact positively on patients’ experience in the hospital’s emergency room. Earlier, this study was published in the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA).

Victorian scientists proclaimed that they had studied about 400 individuals who were presented to the Melbourne hospitals’ emergency departments. The study was carried out for a period of about 4 Months in 2017. The results of this research highlighted that about 49% of patients were searching the health-related information on the Internet on regular basis.

The earlier study pointed out that about 35% of patients involved in the survey were found to be searching the Internet for information on the particular health issue for which they had visited the hospital emergency room. Scientists reviewed patients’ experience with the help of a “doctor–patient relationship” scale. They found that about 68% of patients who had googled their symptoms thought this assisted them to communicate with their doctor more effectively.

On a similar note, recently 40 Australian children were offered with cannabidiol for the treatment of acute epilepsy. The recent assessment highlighted that almost all children had an unpleasant event within 3 Months of the treatment. However, the research also highlighted that most of these events were found to be mild and not related to the therapy.

According to the NSW study, the treating doctors and carers of these patients stated that more than half of the group had demonstrated at least a little progress in their health. The recent research paper was published in the Medical Journal of Australia. Pediatric neurologists had tracked tolerability, adverse events, and the subjective impressions of treating neurologists and caregivers amongst the initial group of children. These children were suffering from drug-challenging epilepsy.


Russian Attackers Attacks On US Think-Tanks

Hackers connected to Government of Russia attempted to target the sites of two US think-tanks. This suggests that they were widening their attacks prior to the elections in November, Microsoft claimed to the media in an interview.

The software behemoth claimed that it had thwarted the efforts previous week by taking charge of websites that attackers had developed to replicate the pages of The Hudson Institute and The International Republican Institute. Consumers were redirected to false sites where they were asked to submit passwords and usernames.

There was no instant answer from authorities in Russia, but the Kremlin was likely to answer to the report. It has often declined blames that it has used attackers to influence US political opinion and elections.

Casting such accusations as fraction of an anti-Russian campaign developed to rationalize new sanctions on Russia, Kremlin claims it wishes to enhance not worsen relations with Washington.

“We are concerned that these efforts pose safety threats to a widening series of groups linked with both political parties of America before the 2018 elections,” Microsoft claimed to the media.

Speaking of cyber attacks, scientists at Checkpoint have discovered a new error that employs the external storage in an Android handset and allows attackers silently install apps to get authorization to data.

The scientists, addressing in Las Vegas at Defcon hacker event, have claimed that this procedure is dubbed as “Man-in-the-disk” attack. This attack takes place when app developers are not cautious about the memory their apps occupy in the external storage, which is something that is out of sandbox protection by Android.

It has been cited that some developers do not follow the rules laid out by Google entirely. The rules claim that an application must not store executable files in external memory, which is shared by other applications as well. Coders must do validation experiments too.


BS4 Engine Based On Inline Fuel Pump, Innoline Introduced By Ashok Leyland

Ashok Leyland presented on Thursday Innoline for commercial vehicles in India. The company has combined the inline fuel pump BS3 and iEGR to launch the inline pump dedicatedly made for BS4 engines in India for the first time, according to the company statement.

This technology can also be upgraded and used for BS6 engines.

In addition to the benefits of iEGR technology, such as the reduction of operational costs and the hassle of AdBlue (urea), the Innoline significantly simplifies maintenance task for mechanics ensures a worry-free service experience for customers.

According to the company, this will translate into an increase in profits for the customers of Ashok Leyland on the basis of the motto of the brand.

Managing Director of Ashok Leyland, Vinod K. Dasari said, “With the BS3 fuel inline pump and iEGR, exactly what we were doing. The iEGR is already a success in the Indian market, with more than 1 million vehicles sold last year. Now we are facilitating the introduction of Innoline technology in our motors H series. This technology will be equipped with an inline pump for our BS4 engine, making the iEGR continue to provide our customers with a simpler system along with simplification for maintenance and other cost savings.”

“This technology is also ready for the future as it can also be updated standard for BS6 problem. We are proud of our innovation and the fact that we are the only OEM in the world with BS4 inline pump and Euro4 engines also certified ARAI. This is another example of the promise of a brand that will not only aid customers but also the mechanical and ecosystem drivers will get advantage from this simple but effectual Indian innovation, “he added.


Chinese Manufacturer’s Inspection Failure Leads To The Thyroid Medication Recall

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proclaimed that medicines used in the treatment of hypothyroidism have been voluntarily recalled. The reason behind the recent recall is said to be quality issue of these medicines.

Reportedly, Westminster Pharmaceuticals LLC informed all wholesalers for stopping their distribution of particular products labeled as “Levothyroxine and Liothyronine (Thyroid Tablets, USP).” These are synthetic hormones enclosed in the thyroid drugs.

As per the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus survey, more than 4.5% of the U.S. people over the age of 12 are suffering from hypothyroidism or an underactive thyroid. No “undesirable incidents” related to the recalled products were noticed earlier.

The FDA release states that these products might be utilized for treating severe health conditions. So, patients using recalled drugs are allowed for the continual use of these medicines until they obtain an alternative option for the medicine. The release directs patients to communicate with their doctor before stopping the consumption of the medicine.

On a similar note, earlier the FDA announced that the organization has expanded its recall for valsartan, a commonly used blood pressure drug. The agency proclaimed that few batches of drug were found to be contaminated with a cancer-causing chemical.

Numerous generic valsartan products sold in the U.S. were found to be contaminated with NDMA that has an ability to cause cancer. Dr. Janet Woodcock, Director, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, FDA, proclaimed that the procedure utilized for manufacturing some generic versions of valsartan possesses the ability to generate a cancer-causing compound. Further, he added that these compounds are present at very small levels. However, as they are toxic to the DNA, they need to be controlled.

Woodcock proclaimed that the FDA has informed patients to continue their drugs until they can be confident that they are either using an unaltered brand or that they can be moved to a safer one. The threat is not urgent.


Author Of Rich Dad Poor Dad Calls US A Scam; Emphasizes On Bitcoins

Robert Kiyosaki, the man who wrote the widely popular self-help book ‘Rich Dad poor Dad’ which is based on financial aspects, has now joined the league of the people who consider the bitcoin along with other cryptocurrencies relatively better as compared to the fiat currencies. Not just that, he also said that the US dollar is nothing but a scam. While speaking on the Sane Crypto Podcast with Kim Hughes, the man spoke about quite a few other things as well and also predicted a forthcoming stock market crash.

Kiyosaki, in his exact words, said that the silver and gold cybercurrencies can easily take the dollar out of the picture, which was the only currency in the year 2000. The dollar which was called reserve currency is said to stand nowhere with the rise of bitcoin and cybercurrency, by the man.

Against this collapse of the financial market that is expected to happen, the man believes that the bitcoin, gold and other cryptocurrencies stand a better chance. He mentioned this during discussing his new book called ‘Fake: Fake money, Fake teachers, Fake assets’, where he has shed more light on the topic.

In his new book, Kiyosaki talks about three types of money that currently exist. One type comprises of the gold and silver which is called as god’s money by the author. Second is the fiat currency and referred as government’s money while the third one is people’s money and it consists of the cybercurrency.

Robert Kiyosaki is not the only public figure who thinks that bitcoin is superior as compared to the US dollar. Earlier in 2017, Steve Wozniak too, the man who co-founded the tech giant Apple, said that the bitcoin is far more superior to the fiat currencies while referring to it as kind of phony.


Sony Pictures Geared To Slash Headcounts

Sony Pictures is supposedly aiming to cut 5% of its labor force. As per a media report, the firm declared this through an internal memo witnessed by several news organizations.

The firm is supposedly slashing jobs in its worldwide distribution and marketing groups. As per the report, mentioning the memo, the firm’s domestic and international groups will be merged into single teams, resulting in the loss of almost 25 jobs from a workforce of 550, claimed a source who is well known with the issue and asked not to be named since the information-insensitive.

Distribution and marketing head at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Josh Greenstein, claimed in the memo, “The reorganization will assist our department better mirror the realities of how films are introduced these days, and develop the connective tissue required externally and internally to be efficient and effective.”

The studio is consequently claimed to be removing positions in strategy, research, media, publicity, distribution & consumer groups, and operations. The report also spoke about the increasing requirement for Hollywood studios to be more competent with the up-and-coming forms of entertainment such as video-streaming offerings.

Speaking of Sony, the electric behemoth recently has unveiled its newest handset Xperia XA2 Plus in London. The handset is the heir to Xperia XA Ultra and Xperia XA2 that were declared in January 2018.

Xperia XA2 Plus is anticipated to be a mid-range handset. According to the blog, Xperia XA2 Plus will have two different versions such as 6 GB RAM couple with 64 GB internal memory and 4 GB RAM with 32 GB internal memory.

The handset is fueled by Snapdragon 630 chip by Qualcomm. It has a full HD + 6-inch screen with 18:9 of aspect ratio. Its display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 coating to improve the durability of the screen.


Seagate Launches Its Newest Fast SSD Drives On Account Of Amazon Prime Day Sale

This week Seagate Technology declared the accessibility of its newest Fast SSD drives in India with an introductory cost of Rs 8,990 on account of Amazon Prime Day. The SSD drive will be obtainable in 2 storage versions such as 500 GB and 250GB. The 500 GB and 250 GB versions will be obtainable for INR 10,990 and INR 8,990 respectively as fraction of the introductory pricing of Amazon Prime Day. The special introductory cost is legitimate for one month of offer period starting from July 16, 2018.

The Seagate Fast SSD was rolled out previously at CES 2018 this year, as fraction of the firm’s new series of product services extending its SSD portfolio. As per the firm, the Fast SSD is an ultra-portable and lightweight flash drive that has almost 540MB/s transfer rates of fast performance, USB-C connectivity, and is shock-resistance.

Seagate states that with an utmost sequential write & read speed up to 500 and 540 MB/s, consumers will be capable of working at any time, on any project, straightly from the Fast SSD. The device also has a software for folder syncing that permits consumers to copy their projects & files and have a selected folder monitored. This is done so that the Fast SSD will automatically level up with the newest modifications to their folders. It comprises a formatting software for consumers to optimize the drive for cross-OS compatibility or utmost performance.

The price of the SSD on Amazon post the offer period will jump to Rs 13,990 for 500 GB variant and Rs 9,990 for 250GB version.

On a related note, on account of Amazon Prime Day, the firm is launching 25 additional exclusive products on the platform. Earlier, the company announced 200 exclusive launches of product during the 36-hour sale.


“Zombie Dogs” Roaming Chicago Neighborhood

For a few weeks, the population of Chicago has been alarmed by the appearance of coyotes that go out to hunt by day.

Police in Hanover Park, a suburb of Chicago, warned people to keep their pets inside the house to keep them from being attacked by “zombie dogs.”

According to police, in recent weeks they received several reports on “malnourished or abandoned street dogs” hanging around the village. But they clarified that in reality they are urban coyotes infected with sarcoptic mange, a highly contagious skin disease.

“Unfortunately, there is an increase in sarcoptic mange in the urban coyote population. Infected animals suffer from hair loss and develop secondary infections, which makes them look like a ‘zombie’ dog ,” police said.

Infections affect vision, causing these normally nocturnal animals to go out and look for food during the day . The infected coyotes are not usually aggressive, but they should be avoided at all times.

Urban coyotes inhabit metropolitan areas of North America, areas where the population of these wild animals thrives due to availability of food and absence of predators. In addition, in Illinois the urban coyote is a protected species, which means that killing or hunting them without a special license is illegal.

Science Space

1979 Presenter Announcing The 2017 Eclipse Wasn’t Even Close

The event has been nicknamed “The Great American Eclipse”. On Monday, August 21, 2017, the United States will be able to admire the first total solar eclipse in 38 years (except the one visible from Hawaii in 1991). At least twelve million Americans will live for a few moments in the shadow that will cross the country diagonally from north-west to south-east. The expectation is passionate and the rejoicings scheduled on this occasion, many.

In 1979, Mondays eclipse already fueled dreams. Like the crazy one of this journalist with ABC . Presenting a report on the last total solar eclipse of the 20th century on the American continent, 26 February 1979, the news anchor had a dream of the next solar eclipse falling on a world full of “peace.”

As attacks around the world multiply and a part of the Middle East is in ruins , the United States seems irreconcilable and there are several serious threats to world peace. Not sure that Frank Reynolds , who died in 1983, imagined all this while wishing American viewers “that the shadow of the moon falls on a world in peace” 38 years later, as you can see in our video above .


“So that’s it, the last solar eclipse to be seen on this continent in this century,” Reynolds concluded. “As I said, not until August 21, 2017, will another eclipse be visible from North America. That’s 38 years from now. May the shadow of the moon fall on a world at peace.”

Not without irony, the video has emerged again in recent days on social networks .

On Monday, August 21, the total solar eclipse will be visible on a trajectory of 113 kilometers of width passing from one coast to the other of the country. That such a phenomenon crosses the whole country is quite rare: the last time it was in 1918.
The Moon will slip between the Earth and the Sun, then aligned, blocking the rays. It will completely mask the Sun (unlike a normal solar eclipse) and the sky will darken in the middle of the day.