Tag Archives: health and safety

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Autopsy: What caused the battery to explode?

Samsung’s official press conference will stream live on January 23rd, but reports from investigators paint a picture of what might have gone wrong with this phablet.

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Behind the scenes of exploding smartphones

It Can Wait Expands Message From Texting to Smartphone Use

I’m a big fan of the It Can Wait campaign, which works to reduce the number of traffic injuries and fatalities by educating people on the dangers of distracted driving.

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One key problem with their messaging however, has been the focus on “texting while driving”. As we now live most of our lives out of our phones. For many of us, the phrase “distracted driving” has been far more important, as there seems to be little functional difference in preoccupying a driver with a text over a Tweet, Facebook message, IM, email, or any other notification and interaction.

Happily It Can Wait is now moving their conversation to smartphone use of any kind. It’s a vitally important conversation for folks to have, as we move towards a world with more data enabled services, and we’re still a ways off from self-driving cars being the norm…

You can hit the video and press release below, or head to ItCanWait.com for more info and studies on distracted driving.

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Review: BACtrack Mobile Breathalyzer – Police Grade Results – Stay Safe While Drinking

The BACtrack Mobile is an interesting addition to our line up of health and safety accessories. Like a fitness tracker, it gives detailed reports on your blood alcohol level, and it pairs with your phone for easy to read results while tracking your drinking over time. I took the BACtrack out for a night on the town, and here are my experiences using it!

Shop the BACtrack Mobile on Amazon.
More info on BACtrack products.

Review: V.ALRT is a Smart, Wearable, Panic Button for Personal Security and Care Givers

As we add more sensors and gadgets to our Personal Area Networks, VSNMOBIL is carving out a niche in personal security. The V.ALRT is a big emergency panic button which connects to your phone over bluetooth and has only one job. It sends alerts to your contacts when you might be in danger or need help. Let’s take a look at how it works!

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More info at: https://www.vsnmobil.com/

Review: Dash.by App Trains You to Become a Better Driver

It’s rare that I find an app which instantly becomes a “must download” service for my phone. Providing a one-stop shop for all of my vehicle mileage and maintenance tracking, Dash became a mandatory service for me after about two days of use.

Connecting to your car’s computer via a Bluetooth OBDII adapter, and utilizing the sensors in your phone, Dash provides Fitbit style tracking and alerts. It aims to make you a better driver, and hopefully that will save you money in fuel and maintenance costs.

Let’s check out all the features on tap in this free app!

The OBDII Bluetooth car computer adapter I used in this video.

More info on the Dash app and service at: https://dash.by/
Dash in the Google Play App store.
Dash in the iTunes App Store.

Interview: Monika McMahon chats Noiselace Necklaces – Fashionable Earplugs for Concert Fans!

I got to meet Monika during my recent adventure out to the Firefly 2014 Music Festival with the Microsoft Lumia and MixRadio crews. She’s a concert and travel blogger who created the Noiselace Necklace, a MUCH more fashionable way to protect your hearing while out at shows than traditional gummy earplugs.

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Noiselace on Twitter
Monika on Twitter

Liftware Launches Hardware Stabilized Utensils for Those Suffering from Tremors

spoonInHandPlantTech can do some pretty cool things. Sometimes grand things like giving a voice to the voice-less. Sometimes it’s something as small as making a meal easier.

Liftware makes something really niche, but kind of cool. Using a battery and gyros, they’ve made a hardware stabilized eating utensil. Something we able-bodied folks might take for granted, but for people suffering from Parkinson’s disease, or any other disorder which might result in tremors and shaking, meals can be frustrating or embarrassing.

Liftware compensates for some of that shake, and it might make enjoying a nice bowl of soup a less trying endeavor. The company has released a launch video to show off the new stabilizer, and for more info check out: http://www.liftlabsdesign.com/

Liftware Launch Video from Lift Labs on Vimeo.

Glendale School District tracking 13,000 students social networking activity.

geo listening social network monitoring service, glendale public schools somegadgetguyWont someone please think of the children!

Administrators for Glendale public schools in California are facing some heavy criticism following announcement that they are retaining the services of a company called Geo Listening to track the public activity of some 13,000 Glendale students. This is of course being done in the name of student safety, though it’s always going to feel invasive finding out about a monitoring program after it’s been put in place. This program was actually instituted last school year, and parents are only just now finding out about it. I’m sure that lack of transparency regarding which companies are actively monitoring their offspring’s online activity wont ruffle any feathers…

After collecting information from students’ posts on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter, Geo Listening will provide Glendale school officials with a daily report that categorizes posts by their frequency and how they relate to cyber-bullying, harm, hate, despair, substance abuse, vandalism and truancy.

And if this really is for the public good, one has to question what criteria Geo Listening is ranking this publicly collected data. What exactly are they looking for, and what are they doing with the information they’ve collected after it’s been deemed “safe”?

Supposedly, they’re only monitoring public posts, so you can be sure a couple thousand Glendale students just figured out how to set up their privacy filters.

(via TechDirt)