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7/2/2020

Apple's recent series of patent applications titled "Providing Verified Claims of User Identity" reveals the company is working on technology in which a device can be used to store, verify and transmit a user's personal identification, which in theory could make physical IDs such as passports and driver licenses obsolete. The system would work by verifying the user through biometric sensors on devices, such as an Apple Watch, and then securely transmitting the ID.

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7/2/2020

Lenovo has launched its Virtual Care service to help doctors manage chronically ill patients through home kits that include biometric devices to measure blood pressure and glucose levels and a Lenovo tablet programmed with "Rosie," a smart assistant that guides patients through their customized health plans. The monitoring service is intended to allow patients and doctors to communicate quickly and more efficiently, ultimately decreasing the number of in-person visits.

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Engadget
7/2/2020

By Jim Beaugez. Sound design using local sounds in creative ways helps tell the story of Hurricane Katrina in the eight-part podcast, Floodlines.

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Podcast Pro
7/2/2020

Luis Guerra, composer behind Malcolm Gladwell's Revisionist History podcast, makes use of his BAE Audio gear to help tell musical stories.

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Podcast Pro
7/1/2020

Google is rolling out its Seasonal Savings program free to all Nest thermostat users to help customers conserve money and energy during peak summer use. The program works by adjusting the thermostat's settings a fraction of a degree daily, which can cut a customer's energy use by 5%.

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Engadget
7/1/2020

Retailers are getting stricter about enforcing mask-wearing rules, especially in cities where masks are now mandatory, and many are relying on signage to spread the message without putting employees at risk. "Given the incidents of violence we have seen when some customers object to wearing masks, retailers do not want to let disagreements escalate to the point of confrontations," the National Retail Federation's Craig Shearman wrote.

7/1/2020

Apple is in position to take on headphone giants Sony and Bose by upgrading its AirPods Pro with spatial audio, a feature that uses gyroscopes and accelerometers to produce high-quality surround-sound. The upgrade will be compatible with all major video streaming apps that support multichannel audio, including Hulu, Netflix and Disney Plus.

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CNET
7/1/2020

Journalists are increasingly using TikTok to develop story ideas and expand their audiences. Robert Hernandez, of the School for Communication and Journalism at USC Annenberg, said, "What we're seeing is very much in line with Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter, which all started as something ephemeral, something fun…Then we realize that the platform is viable and complex and can take on serious topics."

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7/1/2020

JavaScript web app Koji currently lets users play video games inside messaging programs. The eventual goal is for Koji to incorporate a wider variety of both external and nested apps, letting it compete with companies such as Snap and Apple.

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Protocol
7/1/2020

The Discord app is shifting its focus and branding from gaming to chat. Its new presentation includes a simpler onboarding process, more video and voice capacity and a safety center.

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PC Gamer