Harvard, the Mayo Clinic and Google team up to help your self-diagnosis with new symptom search

If some part of your body itches or burns, you’ve probably searched for free medical advice on Google. But an overload of results can have you mistaking an allergic reaction for an STD — or vice versa. Either way, it’s no fun. Over the next few days Google is rolling out a feature called symptom search, which is designed to show better results on the Google app for iOS or Android. A search that includes a description like “child with knee pain” will return a list of related conditions.

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Cars outpace mobile phones in cell service connections

According to mobile consultants at Chetan Sharma, more cars were added to mobile networks in the US market than phones in the first quarter of 2016. Cars made up nearly a third of new connections (32%) according to Chetan Sharma’s research, followed closely by phone connections which represented 31 percent. Further down the line, tablets constituted 23 percent of connections while M2M was just 14 percent.

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Clothes that will wirelessly charge your phone

Hiral Sanghavi is at it again. Less than a year after the Kickstarter campaign for his BauBax jacket raised a whopping $9.2 million, he’s debuting his next project — clothes that wirelessly charge your devices. The project launched Tuesday on Kickstarter with a goal of raising $100,000. With this line, his Seattle startup Baubax is turning jackets, jeans and shorts into mobile charging stations. The clothing, which is machine washable, has copper wire built into it and a wireless charging pad that’s stitched inside a pocket. You charge an iPhone by putting it into a BauBax iPhone case and slipping it into the pocket. Android phones don’t require the case because they have built-in wireless charging capability. The power source is a battery bank that fits into a wallet you carry in the clothes. Sanghavi said the battery bank can provide one full […]

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Alarming increase in ransomware attacks

The number of reported encryption ransomware attacks has soared to 718,536 users between April 2015 and March 2016 – 5.5 times greater than the same period 2014-2015. Because the data held for ransom is high value and irretrievable unless the ransom is paid, victims are often left with no other choice than to pay, which in turn draws more cybercriminals into action.  In fact, the frequency of attacks is growing so quickly, it could be labeled as epidemic.

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Cloud usage will become part of every business’ overall strategy by 2020

By 2020, a corporate “no-cloud” policy will be as rare as a “no-internet” policy is today, says research firm Gartner. Cloud-first, and even cloud-only, is replacing the defensive no-cloud stance that dominated many large providers in recent years. Today, most provider technology innovation is cloud-centric, with the stated intent of retrofitting the technology to on-premises.

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Synthetic Identity Theft is more common than outright ID theft, and growing daily

Legendary Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis said, “Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.” Never were truer words spoken when it comes to protecting your identity. When it comes to synthetic identity theft, you have to be extra vigilant. Synthetic identity theft is committed in a variety of ways, ranging from simple (changing a few details like address or using a “new” Social Security number to create a new credit profile mixing “legitimate and fake data to create synthetic identities,” as The Wall Street Journal reports) to more ornate scams, where the bad guys set up shell companies that report to the three credit reporting agencies on huge portfolios of fictitious consumers (all of them synthetic identities) with unusually perfect credit histories—a […]

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6 ways to light up your nighttime run or walk

If you live in an area with a lot of traffic, but not so many street lights, you’ll want to bring your own illumination with you. That’s why we put together this collection of 6 products for lighting up your runs. Whether you want to light up the path ahead of you or simply make it so drivers can see you running on dimly lit streets, you’re sure to find something below that’s perfect for you. Take a look!

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The best new features of iOS 10

Apple took the wraps off of the latest version of its iOS operating system at its big developers conference Monday, and it promises to bring a boatload of new features to your iPhone and iPad. Available later this fall, iOS 10 is one of the largest updates to the operating system to date. The OS has been upgraded from the bottom up, but these are the seven biggest innovations.

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