1. Zeo The Zeo Personal Sleep Coach is the first at-home device that allows people to track their sleep cycles over time. During the night, the user wears a soft headband with an embedded sensor that detects the brain’s electrical activity. That information is used to determine the user’s stage of sleep—light, deep or REM (when we dream)—and wirelessly sent to a bedside base station. In the morning, the display unit gives a summary of the previous night’s sleep, including how long a user slept, how many times she woke up, and the amount of time she spent in the various stages of sleep. A small memory card within the display unit stores the data, which can then be transferred to a computer and uploaded to a website that tracks the user’s sleep trends and offers advice for improving sleep. (The company is careful to point out that the Zeo is not a medical device and cannot diagnose sleep disorders.) Thus far, Zeo, a start-up based in Newton, … [Read more...] about Tools for Quantifying Yourself
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On the heels of the major security breach at Equifax, millions of Americans are considering signing up for identity and credit monitoring. Equifax is even offering its own version, called TrustedID Premier, for free to all U.S. consumers for a year. Free credit and identity monitoring has become the salve that companies and government agencies dole out to consumers in the days after a security breach. When personnel records at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management were compromised in 2015, the government pledged three years of free identity monitoring to those affected. But there hasn’t been much research to into whether these solutions are actually helpful, or if there are meaningful differences between the 60 or so companies that sell them. Little is known about the methods and algorithms that each company uses to search for stolen information on the dark web, for example, which makes it hard to compare them. In March, the U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a … [Read more...] about After Equifax, What Will Credit or Identity Monitoring Really Do For You?
Aging wine is an art. Depending on the particular blend of vino, proper aging has the ability to drastically change a wine’s tasting notes, mouthfeel, and acidity. Typically, this is done over several years with some blends of wine benefitting from decade-long aging processes. In other words, patience is a virtue in the wine community.However, a small French startup located at CES 2016’s Eureka Park looks to drastically change this perception and officially unveiled the D-Vine connected sommelier, a smart brewing system that’s essentially a Keurig for wine. Naturally, we indulged in a taste test.Like pods for an automated coffee machine, the D-Vine requires owners use specially designed 10-centiliter bottles, which contain a particular wine of choice. From rosé and Saumurs to Pomerols and Bordeauxs, 10-Vins’ compatible wine list makes finding the perfect glass of wine an absolute breeze. Similar to owner a Keurig or Nespresso machine, owners must purchase … [Read more...] about Straight out of France, the D-Vine connected sommelier is like a Keurig for wine
The Web moves fast, and so does e-commerce. Blink and you might miss a fleeting piece of information or major sale on something you love. Instead of chugging Mountain Dew all night as you frantically refresh, you can now use Punchr to monitor webpage activity for you.The concept of Punchr is simple. There are things on the Web that you want to keep an eye on without actually having to watch at all times for changes. Punchr acts as your eyes. Find the webpage you’re interested in eyeing, tell Punchr exactly what it is you’d like to monitor, and set your marker. Any time an alteration occurs to that specific bit of information, Punchr will alert you to the update so you can act accordingly to the change. That’s the idea, anyway.Unfortunately, the execution wasn’t there in our experience with Punchr. The app is about as streamlined as possible, which is great. The primary interface is a stripped down Web browser with little more than an address bar and a back … [Read more...] about Punchr is a set of eyes always watching the Web for you (when it works)
As stories about cyber-bullying and its effects continue to make headlines, so do warnings about tuning into teens’ Facebooks and Twitters and Tumblrs. We are supposed to be ever-vigilant, spotting, reporting, and punishing the trolls. But those are well-known sites, with millions of users of all ages. What happens when the harassment is happening on a little-known social site whose main demographic is teenagers – and its format is Q&A, basically a welcome sign for bullying?These are just some of the questions being asked following the death of Hannah Smith, a 14 year old Briton who is believed to have killed herself after receiving abusive messages on Ask.fm, a social network for asking and answering questions. The death of someone so young has incited outrage, not only at the harasser but at Ask.fm for perceived safety failures. Prime Minister David Cameron called for a boycott of the site until it found a way to prevent further bullying, and many major advertisers, … [Read more...] about Is Ask.fm the Internet’s Neverland, or just a haven for adolescent bullies?
The definition of "cybercrime" is ever changing, as is the severity of attacks. 2011 has already been labeled the "year of the data breach," and yet many of the breaches are not the typical SQL injection attacks or database hacks. Instead, criminals are using legitimate website functions to steal data and sometimes money, from targeted organizations. Compounding the problem, as U.S. banks and other financial institutions are enabling customers and employees to make mobile transactions, security implications around both Web and mobile functionality have become a large concern for IT.As the majority of today's applications and services are easily accessible via the Web -- website, intranet, mobile, etc. -- online security standards are a weakness that cannot be ignored. Although acts of cybercrime may not be classified as, "physical destruction," new threats crop up daily. Online institutions and the security industry need to band together to develop effective solutions that protect as … [Read more...] about EXPERT ADVICE The Next New Cyberdefense Strategy: Monitor Everything
Kopin -- a move reminiscent of previous attempts to create wearable computers and communications devices.The device will offer voice, audio and PC capabilities on a virtual reality-style 15-inch monitor that will also support simulation software and streaming video."We believe this computer headset will be a game-changing solution for mobile workforces," said Motorola emerging business director Tom Bianculli in a prepared statement. TechNewsWorld's attempts to contact Motorola were not successful.From cellphones to car stereos, hands-free operation has been all the rage for years. However, widespread adoption -- where virtual computers are concerned -- has been elusive."Historically, users haven't liked the end product," Enderle Group principal technology analyst Rob Enderle told TechNewsWorld.Code-named the "Golden-i platform," the Kopin/Motorola offering hopes to change history with Bluetooth and WiFi enabled gesture- and voice-recognition technology.Golden-i's micro display appears … [Read more...] about Is That a Computer You’re Wearing on Your Head?
Europol on Friday announced that a team of agents from United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and Eurojust have taken down more than 400 cybercrime services accessible via the Tor browser.They include the dark market Silk Road 2.0. Its operator, San Francisco resident Blake Benthall, was arrested, along with six Britons.Europol coordinated the action, which was dubbed "Operation Onymous.""Almost all crime now has an international nexus -- and especially within HSI, we have significant dependency on other partners in law enforcement here and in other countries," Gary Hartwig, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Chicago, told the E-Commerce Times.In all, the cops arrested 17 vendors and administrators running the cybercrime sites. Officials seized about US$1 million worth of bitcoins, along with an estimated $225,000 worth of cash, gold, silver and drugs. Forty law enforcement agents reportedly collaborated … [Read more...] about The Law Scores a Victory Against Dark Net Denizens
As businesses gain a new appreciation of the power of data, they're discovering new tactics for sales and marketing that go far beyond what was possible in the past. It's not just big data and a technology-driven revolution -- it's also a shift in attitudes about data's place in the selling process, its role as a guide or as a reality check, and its ability to fuel new processes that drive greater sales performance.However, it's important to keep in mind the customer's perception of how data is being used. Otherwise, all the data-based changes you make could be worse for your business than distracting shiny objects -- they could be genuine customer turnoffs.Those turnoffs result from a failure to think like a customer. They're usually not based on privacy issues; they're more often the result of how businesses use data. Businesses are getting creative about how they use data types in conjunction with each other, and that's a good thing. Still, focusing too much on customer data, … [Read more...] about OPINION Wrangling Big Data: When in Doubt, Think Like a Customer