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New DNA stool test almost as good as dreaded colonoscopy

Last year alone, almost 50,000 Americans died of colon cancer, and nearly 150,000 new cases were discovered. In fact, it's the third most common cancer in the US, according to the American Cancer Society. And yet one in every three qualifying Americans doesn't follow colonoscopy guidelines: getting one at age 50 and every decade thereafter.

There may be many factors at play behind so many people not undergoing the procedure, but even for those who simply feel squeamish about it, it's hard to blame them. Colonoscopies are invasive, uncomfortable, and at least for some, downright … Read more

Pimp Lock Screen for iOS 7 review

Pimp Lock Screen for iOS 7 gives you tons of options that you can use to create a totally unique custom lock screen for your iOS device. Choose a new color theme, wallpaper, and slide lock shape to ensure that your phone truly reflects your personality and that you stand out from the crowd wherever you go. You can create as many lock screens as you like, but you'll need to pay to save or use them.

This app has a great Help feature that guides you step by step through the process of customizing your screen. The first … Read more

Blood testing coming to a touch screen near you

People with hemophilia, or those taking anticoagulants to help prevent dangerous outcomes such as deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, or ischemic stroke, are unfortunately at a higher risk of bleeding easily. To better monitor these patients, health care professionals typically take blood coagulation tests in hospitals and clinics -- which can be a real burden both financially and logistically.

But soon, thanks to startup Qloudlab, based in the microengineering lab in Switzerland's EPFL tech university, these patients may be able to use the touch screens on their phones or other devices to test their blood coagulation, all in the comfort of their own homes -- or wherever.… Read more

Cartoon Home Screen Wallpaper Maker review

Cartoon Home Screen Wallpaper Maker is an easy-to-use app that lets you create custom wallpapers for your iOS device. It's plagued with ads and a lot of its features require a paid upgrade, but it's a cute way to customize your device if you're into that kind of thing.

Cartoon Home Screen Wallpaper Maker has two components: wallpapers, which, as you would expect, serve as the background image, and frames, which are little squares resembling animals, fruits, and other objects. Users first select a wallpaper and then arrange the frames as desired on top of the wallpaper; … Read more

Couple hospitalized after trying to save flat-screen from fire

On the generous side, none of us knows what we'd do if our homes suddenly caught fire.

On the less generous side, there's been a series of incidents in which people risked their lives -- and in one case lost it -- by trying to retrieve electronic items from burning buildings.

The latest comes from St. Paul, Minn. As the Pioneer Press reports, firemen were called to a burning basement apartment.

Inside the smoke-filled living room, they found a couple grappling with their flat-screen's wires, in a desperate attempt to take it with them.

As St. Paul … Read more

The 404 1,435: Where we reach the big reveal with Screen Rant's Kofi Outlaw (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Check out Screen Rant: The #1 Independent Movie & TV News Website.

- Screen Rant's riskiest movies of 2014.

- The latest episode of the Screen Rant Underground podcast predicts the 2014 Oscar winners.

- Follow Screen Rant's Kofi Outlaw on Twitter.… Read more

Pink Home Screen Designer Pro review

Pink Home Screen Designer Pro contains multiple options for wallpaper, as well as shelf designs and frames, to help your phone look its best. Use some of the available options, or choose a photo from your camera roll, and then add the finishing touches to design a background that makes you smile every time you turn your phone on.

The interface of this app is highly intuitive, but the one major drawback is the number of fullscreen ads that pop up as you try and use it. The ads can be cleared quickly, though, and if that doesn't bother … Read more

This app gives your Android background an amazing look

Muzei Live Wallpaper is a free app from developer Roman Nurik. His name may sound familiar, as he is also the developer of the popular DashClock widget.

Taking the same approach that he took with DashClock, Nurik has made Muzei Live Wallpaper free and open to developers to integrate with various services.

After installing Muzei, you'll have the option to select a service from which the app will pull random images. The default option is featured art, updated once a day. You can also select a photo album on your device, and increase the frequency of your wallpaper changing, … Read more

Xbox One hit by black screen bug

A new update for the Xbox One didn't quite go smoothly.

Many Xbox One users who downloaded the latest update say their screens now go black when they press the Xbox Button on their controllers. A number of them commenting on both the Xbox One support forums and Reddit's Xbox thread report that the audio remains alive even as all screen activity goes dark. Some have responded to the bug by unplugging and replugging their consoles, while others were able to recover by holding down the power button to reset the machine.

In response to a tweet from … Read more

On-Screen Keyboard Portable review

On-Screen Keyboard Portable brings up the Windows virtual keyboard and lets you take the same keyboard from one device to another. Since the settings you create for your keyboard are stored on portableapps.com, you won't have to configure your keyboard from scratch again when you switch machines.

When you run On-Screen Keyboard Portable, it automatically opens the default Windows on-screen virtual keyboard. This keyboard stays on top of all of your active windows, so you can use it no matter what you're working on, and you won't lose it under a pile of other windows. While … Read more