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January 25, 2016

It can be a problem when grieving relatives can't access a dead person's computer records. It comes as a shock to many when they realise that the apps and content on their computers and mobile devices are not their property to do with as they wish. This mostly becomes an issue when someone dies and the relatives try to get access to apps, accounts and content.

 

A Canadian widow for example, recently tried to get her deceased husband's Apple ID password so she could continue using apps on their shared iPad. Peggy Bush ended up being told by Apple support that she would need to produce a court order before they could give her access to her husband's account.

 

Peggy's daughter spent weeks going back and forth with Apple before writing to the company's chief executive and going to the media with her family's story. Apple eventually agreed to help the family with their issue but has not said whether this will include giving the family full access to Peggy's husband's account.

 

The family shoul...

January 21, 2016

SuperSeniors is run by the Office for Seniors through the Ministry of Social Development to provide older New Zealanders with information to help age positively. The Office for Seniors encourages New Zealanders of all ages to think about the ageing population, and it helps government and communities keep up-to-date with the needs of seniors. It helps New Zealanders to help themselves to be safe, strong and independent.  It offers a number of different services for seniors.


http://superseniors.msd.govt.nz/
 

 

January 11, 2016

Self-driving cars are involved in fewer crashes on average than vehicles with a driver behind the wheel, a study released on Friday by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute shows. The study was commissioned by Alphabet Inc's Google unit, which has reported a series of minor crashes involving its self-driving fleet. It looked only at Google's fleet of more than 50 self-driving cars, which has logged 1.3 million miles in Texas and California in self-driving mode.

 

The test fleet has reported 17 crashes over the last six years, although none were the fault of the self-driving cars, Google said. After adjusting for severity and accounting for crashes not reported to police, the study estimated cars with drivers behind the wheel are involved in 4.2 crashes per million miles, versus 3.2 crashes per million miles for self-driving cars in autonomous mode. Crash rates for conventional vehicles at all severity levels were higher than self-driving crash rates, the study found.

 

A 2015 National...

January 11, 2016

A famous name in mobile phones is going away. Lenovo, which bought the Motorola phone business from Google in 2014, is phasing out the Motorola brand for its phones. Motorola is widely credited as the first company to produce a mobile phone, and it was a leading brand a decade ago.

 

But it struggled to keep up with newer smartphone makers and, after splitting into companies, saw its mobile phone business acquired by Google in 2012. Google then sold the business to Lenovo two years later. 
 

January 11, 2016

To experience a world empty of PCs, walk around the flashy displays of the latest and greatest technology at the Consumer Electronics Show. Smartphones and their accessories are ubiquitous. So are internet-connected devices of all sorts, from televisions to watches and stoves, even socks and shoes. Automakers are out in force.

 

For decades, personal computers have been the focal point of human interaction with machines. But at the 2016 edition of this major consumer-electronics show, other than some sleek models sporting Intel's latest processor, they've been pretty much relegated to the sidelines. Increasingly small and mobile computing devices and advances in Internet connectivity have expanded the reach of technology well beyond a piece of hardware bound to a desk or laptop case, raising questions about the future of the PC and the industry it seeded.

 

CES, a trade show dominated by audio equipment and televisions, took up the PC-market mantle a decade ago when Comdex, a computer-focu...

January 8, 2016

Pacif-i, the first smart pacifier that measures your baby's temperature while keeping him from crying. The connected app can also track meds.The Pacif-i is a smart pacifier for infants and toddlers that measures a baby's temperature, and transmits that data to a connected app for Android or iPhone using Bluetooth Low Energy. In the app, parents can add medication information such as type, dosage and when the medication was last given. The Pacif-i has a built-in tracker, so you'll hopefully never lose it. The Pacif-i costs $40 and if you just have to have a connected baby as soon as possible, you can preorder the Pacif-i on the company's site.

January 8, 2016

 

Thermometers can be pretty invasive: You stick them in your ears, your mouth, and occasionally in other places. Not this one. The Withings Thermos reads your temperature when you place one end on your forehead—that's it. The Withings Thermo takes about two seconds to read your temperature once it's pressed against your forehead. Your body temperature reads out in a dotted LED display. A small light on the front will blink green if your temp is registered as a healthy rate. If you have a fever, a red light flashes notifying that you’re in poor health. The companion app keeps track of your temperature over time, which can come in handy especially when you’re sick. You can also keep a log of any medication that you’re taking in a chronological view, so you know whether your temperature is cooling after taking any health products. The app stores profiles of several people, lasts on 2 AAA batteries for about two years.

January 8, 2016

Here's one way to make your iPhone more useful: Lasers. Simply plug the iPin Spatial Ruler into your iPhone, download the app, you have your own laser measuring device. iPin's first product was a laser pointer that plugs into the headphone jack of an iPhone. Pretty nifty, but its newest product, the Spatial Ruler, has many more practical applications. In addition to measuring the distance between an object and the phone, the iPin Spatial Ruler can determine the distance between two points on the object it captures, such as the length of a desk and iPin cleverly incorporates a zoom feature on the touchscreen to precisely dial in your measurements.

January 8, 2016

The EHang184 can carry one passenger for flights up to 23 minutes. On Wednesday at the Consumer Electronics Show, Chinese drone manufacturer EHang unveiled the EHang 184, the first fully electric autonomous aerial vehicle capable of carrying one passenger up to 220 pounds over short distances. Travel is controlled mostly by an onboard tablet inside the pod-like cockpit—a passenger selects their flight destination, and then relaxes in the airborne vehicle’s air-conditioned cabin as the 184 takes off, flies, and lands on its own.  According to company spokespeople showing off the drone at this year’s CES in Las Vegas, 100 successful, manned test flights have already happened in the EHang 184.

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