emergencies

Doctors testing Google Glass to get real-time patient data

While the general public appears to still be making up its mind about Google Glass and the idea of wearing a face computer, in some fields of work the wearable could be a helpful asset.

One such field is medicine. By using Glass, doctors won't have to use their hands to dig through files, search computers, or look up facts on a tablet. With a simple nod of the head or blink of the eye, they could get all of the real-time information they need without having to leave a patient.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston has … Read more

Fund this: iPhone case calls for help with the flip of a switch

No one likes to think about it, but scary and potentially life-threatening situations happen all the time: assaults, robberies, stranger danger, medical emergencies, and so on.

You can call for help, of course, but only if you have the time (and capability) to get your phone out of your pocket or purse, unlock it, tap the phone app, dial 911, speak to the operator, describe your emergency, and so on.

The Lifesaver Case for iPhone calls for help with nothing more than the flip of a switch. It not only saves time, but also works discreetly, just in case you'… Read more

A non-Windows OS? Microsoft drops clues

Over the past couple of weeks, there were two interesting developments around Microsoft's "Midori" operating system project.

First, I heard from two of my contacts that Midori -- Microsoft's non-Windows-based operating system project -- moved into the Unified Operating System group under Executive Vice President Terry Myerson. (Before that, it was an incubation project, without a potential commercialization home inside the company.)

Secondly, Microsoft officials seemingly gave the green light to some of the Midori team to go public with more details about the project. Specifically, Joe Duffy, one of the Midori team members, blogged on December 27 about the language used to develop Midori, … Read more

Twitter amps up its mobile emergency alert system

You never know when a crisis will hit, which is why Twitter launched its "Alerts" system in September designed to help users get crucial information during an emergency. On Thursday, the social network added a few new features to this system to make it even easier for users to get notified on their mobile devices.

"Now, on your iOS or Android app, you can go to a participating organization's profile and easily subscribe to their Alerts as push notifications by tapping on the bell icon," Twitter product manager Gabriela Pena wrote in a blog post. &… Read more

BlackBerry concedes it can't compete with iOS, Android

BlackBerry has acknowledged that it just can't compete with Apple and Android, even in international markets where it once was dominant.

In a regulatory filing released late Tuesday to announce its second-quarter results, BlackBerry explained how weak demand for its products in the US has spread to other countries.

The intense competition impacting the Company's financial and operational results that previously affected demand in the United States market is now being experienced globally, including in international markets where the Company has historically experienced rapid growth. The increase in competition encountered by the Company in international markets is due … Read more

Target joins crowded video-streaming scene

CNET Update is digitizing Post-Its:

In this episode of Update:

- Add another video streaming service to the list with Target Ticket.

- Access Target Ticket and dozens of other video services on the new lower-cost Roku boxes.

- Don't expect T-Mobile stores to carry many BlackBerry phones in stock anymore.

- Get emergency alerts from local, state and national agencies from Twitter Alerts. (See the full list of participating organizations.)

- Download the Evernote app update and have an easier time scanning sticky Post-Its into digital notes.

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The BoostTurbine 4000 powers your gadgets with elbow grease

The Eton BoostTurbine 4000 is a unique portable charger. It's half everyday battery pack that can charge many modern smartphones, and half emergency power backup, thanks to its hand crank that lets you harness your elbow grease to power your dead iPhone. That makes it an ideal backup battery for powering your gadgets away from home, and helps you get power when there is no other power source, such as during a blackout, while you're camping, or if you've traveled to a remote area.

Most emergency backup power sources I've come across, like this Ambient Weather modelRead more

How to turn off emergency alerts on your phone

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are designed to alert mobile users in the United States about kidnappings, known as Amber Alerts, severe weather, and presidential announcements for national emergencies.

Alerts are geographically targeted, meaning you won't receive a notification for a missing child in San Francisco if you live in New York, and vice versa. The system has proven to be helpful in warning people about dangerous situations, but alerts have also been known to reach phones at ungodly hours. And for some people, it might make sense to turn them off. For example, a person with multiple phones might … Read more

The 404 1,299: Where we disrupt your transmission (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Did Florida just ban all smartphones and laptops?

- Google interns are terrorizing their neighbors at a San Jose apartment complex.

- We interrupt this program to warn that the Emergency Alert System is hackable.

- Tumblr hugs its stuffed animals in support of a lost best friend.… Read more

Google may build wireless networks in emerging markets, WSJ says

Google's bid to connect everyone to the Internet may have it entering the wireless service business.

The company is looking at building cellular networks and offering service to emerging markets such as sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, according to The Wall Street Journal. Citing anonymous sources, WSJ reported that the networks would be available outside of big cities, where service is spotty or not available. Google is reportedly working with local companies on a possible deployment and thinking up business models to support the networks.

Google is also looking at building low-cost phones using its Android operating system, considering … Read more