• Researchers develop connected stitches that transmit patient health data

    Researchers develop connected stitches that transmit patient health data

    Nobody wants stitches. They suck when they put them in, they suck when they take them out. They feel antiquated, like some holdover from a medieval medical manual, but they get the job done. A team at Tufts University is working not so much to replace as augment the age-old technology, dragging them kicking and screaming into the 21st century by adding an element of connectivity. In a… Read More

  • Google Maps is turning its over a billion users into editors

    Google Maps is turning its over a billion users into editors

    Google has begun to further tap into the power of the crowd in order to improve its Google Maps application, the company announced this morning. This is being done through the introduction of a number of features that will allow users to more easily share location details, as well as confirm edits suggested by others. Many users had already seen these changes rolling out, but today Google… Read More

  • Samsung invests $450M in Chinese electric car firm BYD

    Samsung invests $450M in Chinese electric car firm BYD

    On Thursday, Reuters reported that Samsung invested $450 million in BYD Company Ltd., a Chinese automaker and rechargeable batteries firm. The Korean smartphone giant clearly isn’t about to let Google, Apple and Tesla have all the automotive fun. Samsung said just last week that it was in negotiations with BYD to help improve the company’s automotive chips. But in a press… Read More

  • Combine design thinking and digital health to provide for the underserved Crunch Network

    Combine design thinking and digital health to provide for the underserved

    When it comes to healthcare and wellness, the population of people needing support is quite diverse. Not everyone has adequate health insurance, disposable income for a gym membership or education about proper nutrition. Digital health solutions are poised to fill this gap, but too often they seem designed for those in the same socio-economic situation as the designers. Design thinking can help! Read More

  • BBC iPlayer Radio app now available in the U.S.

    BBC iPlayer Radio app now available in the U.S.

    BBC does radio well, and now Americans can experience the full effect of the UK broadcaster’s audio content expertise with the iPlayer Radio app for iOS and Android. The app contains all of BBC’s radio feeds, including Radio 1 through 6, as well as the World Service. It also has offline support for BBC podcasts, and curated collections of past content. The app was… Read More

  • Edward Snowden is working on an iPhone case

    Edward Snowden is working on an iPhone case

    Most probably wouldn’t have anticipated a smartphone case being high on Edward Snowden’s to-do list, but an on-going collaboration with Andrew “Bunnie” Huang detailed today during an event at MIT Media Lab certainly comports with some of the NSA’s whistle blower’s chief concerns. The iPhone peripheral is designed to monitor signals sent to the… Read More

  • Hopper’s travel app helps you pick the best dates, airports to save more money on your trip

    Hopper’s travel app helps you pick the best dates, airports to save more money on your trip

    Fresh off its $16 million funding round from earlier this spring, popular airfare prediction app Hopper is moving beyond simply helping travelers figure out when to fly in order to snag the best deal. With the launch of Hopper 3.0, out this morning, the app will now also make personalized recommendations regarding how to adjust your trip plans to save more money, as well as point users to… Read More

  • Udacity wants to help you become a self-taught self-driving car engineer

    Udacity wants to help you become a self-taught self-driving car engineer

    Convenient that we just revealed self-taught autonomous car creator Geohot will be at Disrupt: Now you, too, can become a self-driving vehicle engineer, in one year, using Udacity’s newly announced nanodegree (via Recode). Udacity is the online education startup helmed by Sebastian Thrun, a former Google employee who actually helped kick off that company’s self-driving car… Read More

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