Google Photos update tweaks interface to put focus on album, device folders

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If you’re a regular user of Google Photos (and if you’re not, you should be), don’t freak out if things are arranged a little differently when you fire up the app today. A new update rolling out to users brings some interface and layout tweaks, but the most interesting stuff is hidden deep in the code.

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The album view in Google Photos gets a makeover in the new update.

The visual changes are pretty easy to spot. When you head into the Albums tab, you’ll see more of your photos at a glance. Instead of giant images for the albums you’ve created, there’s a new Photos on device section at the top, which collects the pictures or screenshots you’ve taken with your phone. Under that you’ll find any albums you’ve created, also organized in a row of small boxes. The Photo on device page has also been tweaked to show more on a single screen.

But thanks to Android Police’s customary teardown, we have some details on what Google is planning for future updates to Google Photos. The first is a feature called auto-stories, which will be added under the Create new menu. Android Police’s educated guess is that the feature will allow you to add custom parameters to Google’s automatic album creation, letting you determine which sets of photos get chosen, based on “location maps, dates, groups of related photos, hashtags, and whatever other clever bits may be appropriate.”

Additionally, it appears as though Google is looking to implement its Nearby feature into Photos. The current incarnation allows developers to create features based on proximity to a specific place, and we can see it in things like the directories that pop up on our phones when enter a store. Most likely, it would be a easy way to share pictures with the people around us, but the feature could also alert us to picturesque spots or nearby memories that we might have forgotten.

The update should be rolling out to most phones today, but if you’re not seeing it you can sideload the Google-signed APK from APKMirror.

The big picture: Google Photos is one of the best apps on our phone, and it’s great to see Google devoting so much attention to it. While the interface tweaks in the latest update are relatively minor, it shows that Google is constantly rethinking the ways we interact with the pictures on our phone, and making it easier to find, share, and organize them only makes Google Photos greater. But it’s the future features that are most exciting. We’ve long wanted a way to control how Assistant decides which photos are worthy of an automatic album, and it looks like we’ll be able to do that soon

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A new Microsoft foldable device patent offers more grist for the Surface phone rumor mill

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In 2009, Microsoft enflamed the minds of consumers with Courier, a foldable phone/tablet concept that was eventually cancelled. Years later, a sort-of new patent implies Microsoft hasn’t (or hadn’t) totally given up on the idea.

According to the new patent, which was approved on Tuesday, Microsoft envisions a mobile device with a continuous viewing area that extends across the foldable region—similar in spirit to the dual-screen Courier concept.

It’s an exciting idea, but there’s one major caveat: This is a patent from 2014 that the U.S. Patent Office finally approved, not one that Microsoft applied for more recently. As such, it shows that Microsoft was eyeing ambitious, foldable mobile devices at a time when the landscape for mobile computing was much more favorable for Microsoft than it is today. (Remember how Microsoft intended to lure Android phone makers with Windows Phone derivatives like the HTC One M8?) Today, Microsoft’s mobile market share sits at well under 1 percent, while Android and iOS continue to dominate the mobile landscape.

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Microsoft’s foldable phone/tablet concept: unfolded at left in tablet mode, and folded into “phone mode” at right.

Nevertheless, Microsoft’s patent is intriguing, to say the least. It reasons that phablets represent a poor compromise, straddling a phone’s “pocketability” and the large, easy-to-read display of a tablet. Microsoft’s patent suggests that a display could be stretched across a hinge, so you’d have the option of a folded, phone-sized device that could be unfolded to reveal a large, thin screen.

Microsoft has filed what might be called a “broad” patent, suggesting that this arrangement could be configured as both a desktop and mobile display, with connections to both an external display as well as an unexplained peripheral device.

Still, the patent doesn’t get into some of the nitty-gritty technical details. One question that comes to mind: What to do with the portion of the tablet-sized display that’s folded away from view? Displays consume power, and no current display can be partially powered off, just darkened. Unless Microsoft’s developed a way to turn off a portion of the display that’s not in use, the phone will still be consuming the power of a tablet.

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The hinge that would connect the two halves of the Microsoft concept, creating a seamless display.

Why this matters: Like the El Dorado myth of the city of gold, Microsoft fans haven’t given up on the idea that a Surface Phone exists somewhere in the bowels of the company’s research labs. Microsoft’s patent checks some of the important boxes: It would be a category-defining product in the same vein as the original Surface, and is in line with the current thinking that a Surface Phone won’t necessarily be a phone. Right now, this patent approval suggests that there’s still a flicker of life in Microsoft’s mobile aspirations, and perhaps the Surface Phone. But the cynical viewpoint is that this represents the aspirations of a time gone by, rather than a promise of things to come.

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Wearable device can reduce fat, treat type 2 diabetes

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Scientists from Japan have developed a wearable medical device that can help diabetic elderly or overweight people to lose fat and treat type 2 diabetes.

The device developed by Kumamoto University affects visceral fat loss and improves blood glucose (sugar) by helping overweight or elderly people exercise, which is effective for the treatment of diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is a disease of systemic organ failure due to chronic hyperglycemia and inflammation from the accumulation of excess visceral fat.

Metabolic disorders such as hyperglycemia attenuate stress resistance in the human body and exacerbate insulin resistance.

The heat shock response (HSR) is activated as a response to stress in the human body, but its function decreased in those with type 2 diabetes.

A research team from the university has found that by restoring the function of HSP72 — the main protein of HSR — improved glucose-related abnormalities.

The researchers developed a belt-type medical device that uses a special type of rubber.

“This device is very easy to use since it simply attaches to the abdomen and it has a low-impact on the patient. One can expect the effects to be similar to exercise therapy,” Tatsuya Kondo, who led the research, said in a statement.

The team then performed a clinical trial of MES + HS on 40 obese men suffering from type 2 diabetes.

Results showed a decrease fasting glucose levels, a loss of visceral fat, improve insulin resistance and a significant improvement in glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) values.

“Even in patients who have difficulty exercising, such as those who are overweight, elderly, or have some form of disability, this device can be expected to provide acceptable treatment in addition to conventional diabetic medical care,” Tatsuya added.

The research appeared in journal Scientific Reports

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Wearable device can reduce fat, treat type 2 diabetes

13, 2016, 05.00 PM IST

Wearable device can reduce fat, treat type 2 diabetes (Getty Images)Wearable device can reduce fat, treat type 2 diabetes (Getty Images)
Scientists from Japan have developed a wearable medical device that can help diabetic elderly or overweight people to lose fat and treat type 2 diabetes.

The device developed by Kumamoto University affects visceral fat loss and improves blood glucose (sugar) by helping overweight or elderly people exercise, which is effective for the treatment of diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is a disease of systemic organ failure due to chronic hyperglycemia and inflammation from the accumulation of excess visceral fat.

Metabolic disorders such as hyperglycemia attenuate stress resistance in the human body and exacerbate insulin resistance.

The heat shock response (HSR) is activated as a response to stress in the human body, but its function decreased in those with type 2 diabetes.

A research team from the university has found that by restoring the function of HSP72 — the main protein of HSR — improved glucose-related abnormalities.

The researchers developed a belt-type medical device that uses a special type of rubber.

“This device is very easy to use since it simply attaches to the abdomen and it has a low-impact on the patient. One can expect the effects to be similar to exercise therapy,” Tatsuya Kondo, who led the research, said in a statement.

The team then performed a clinical trial of MES + HS on 40 obese men suffering from type 2 diabetes.

Results showed a decrease fasting glucose levels, a loss of visceral fat, improve insulin resistance and a significant improvement in glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) values.

“Even in patients who have difficulty exercising, such as those who are overweight, elderly, or have some form of disability, this device can be expected to provide acceptable treatment in addition to conventional diabetic medical care,” Tatsuya added.

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More Meizu M5 images leak; device spotted on Geekbench as well

If you recall, we have already seen some leaked images of Meizu’s upcoming M5 smartphone. Now, a couple of more images alleged to be of the device have surfaced online, showing a black and a green colored variant of the handset.

Further, an alleged Geekbench listing of the device has also been spotted, confirming some of its rumored specs such as Mediatek’s MT6750 chipset and 2GB RAM.

Other rumored specs include an HD display, 16GB internal memory, and a 13MP main camera. Latest reports say the phone could feature a polycarbonate body instead of a metal one.

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Kodak teases a new phone for October 20, its second device

Kodak is an iconic brand in photography so when the company announced an Android phonelast year, it seemed like a big deal. The Kodak IM5 didn’t make a dent in the market and has even been taken off the official website (here’s a Google cache link).

There’s a new phone coming on October 20. The teaser image shows brushed metal sides and a button (shutter key?) stamped with the famous K logo. There’s not much else to be see, the KodakPhones.com site just holds the teaser image.

The previous phone, IM5, had a bog standard 13MP f/2.0 camera. Kodak teased image editing and easy printing on compatible printers, but that wasn’t enough to win consumers.

You’d think that a company as crucial to the development of photography as Kodak would focus more on the camera. Maybe this new phone will be different.

Sidenote: it’s true that old Kodak is gone, it’s now a brand name used by a different company (same for Polaroid).

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Small Implanted Device Can Fight Breast Cancer

Small Implanted Device Can Fight Breast CancerNEW YORK:  A small device implanted under the skin can improve breast cancer survival by catching cancer cells, slowing the spread of tumours in other organs and allowing time to intervene with surgery or other therapies.

These findings, reported in the journal Cancer Research, suggest a path for identifying metastatic cancer early and intervening to improve outcomes.

Metastatic cancer is a cancer that has spread from the part of the body where it started (the primary site) to other parts of the body, according to American Cancer Society.

“This study shows that in the metastatic setting, early detection combined with a therapeutic intervention can improve outcomes,” said one of the study authors Lonnie Shea from University of Michigan.

The study, done in mice, expands on earlier research from this team showing that the implantable scaffold device effectively captures metastatic cancer cells.

“Currently, early signs of metastasis can be difficult to detect. Imaging may be done once a patient experiences symptoms, but that implies the burden of disease may already be substantial,” Jacqueline Jeruss from University of Michigan’s Comprehensive Cancer Centre.

Improved detection methods are needed to identify metastasis at a point when targeted treatments can have a significant beneficial impact on slowing disease progression,” Jeruss explained.

The device is made of material commonly used in sutures and wound dressings. It is biodegradable and can last up to two years within a patient.

The researchers envision it would be implanted under the skin, monitored with non-invasive imaging and removed upon signs of cancer cell colonisation, at which point treatment could be administered.

The scaffold is designed to mimic the environment in other organs before cancer cells migrate there.

The scaffold attracts the body’s immune cells, and the immune cells draw in the cancer cells.

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Android device updates: August security patches are on their way for Nexus devices

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The Android update world slowed to a crawl this week. But there was plenty of other news to get our attention, with Samsung showing off the Galaxy Note 7 and several new rumors about all the new software tricks in the upcoming Nexus phones.

Each week, we compile all the major software updates to hit the ecosystem, including phones and tablets on U.S. carriers, unlocked phones, Android Wear smartwatches, and Android TV devices. Making sure your device is running the latest available software is a good housekeeping practice, ensuring you have the latest features with fewer bugs and gaping security holes.

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August security patches: It’s the last month of summer bliss for many before heading back to school. You can at least make sure your Nexus phone is safe from all those nasty threats out there by downloading the latest security patches. There are a few critical vulnerabilities found in Qualcomm components, which should get the attention of hardware makers. Over-the-air updates should be on their way in the next few days. Below is a list of the specific build numbers:

  • Pixel C – MXC89L
  • Nexus 6P – MTC20F
  • Nexus 5X – MTC20F
  • Nexus 6 – MOB30W and MMB30R
  • Nexus Player – MOB30W
  • Nexus 9 LTE – MOB30W
  • Nexus 9 Wi-Fi – MOB30W
  • Nexus 5 – MOB30Y
  • Nexus 7 2013 Wi-Fi – MOB30X
  • Nexus 7 2013 Mobile – MOB30X

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Distribution numbers: Another month also brings the latest distribution numbers for the given versions of Android out there in the wild. Marshmallow is up from 13.3 percent last month to 15.2 percent this month. Hooray?

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July saw minimal growth for Android Marshmallow.

As you can see, however, large swaths of the ecosystem are still stuck on Lollipop, KitKat, and even Jelly Bean. Most of the flagships have made their way to Marshmallow by now, but Android is populated with many low-cost phones in emerging markets that don’t get timely updates.

The cycle is going to reset soon with an imminent launch of Nougat, which will probably be at about 15 percent at this time next year.

The Android update world slowed to a crawl this week. But there was plenty of other news to get our attention, with Samsung showing off the Galaxy Note 7 and several new rumors about all the new software tricks in the upcoming Nexus phones.

Each week, we compile all the major software updates to hit the ecosystem, including phones and tablets on U.S. carriers, unlocked phones, Android Wear smartwatches, and Android TV devices. Making sure your device is running the latest available software is a good housekeeping practice, ensuring you have the latest features with fewer bugs and gaping security holes.

Nexus

August security patches: It’s the last month of summer bliss for many before heading back to school. You can at least make sure your Nexus phone is safe from all those nasty threats out there by downloading the latest security patches. There are a few critical vulnerabilities found in Qualcomm components, which should get the attention of hardware makers. Over-the-air updates should be on their way in the next few days. Below is a list of the specific build numbers:

  • Pixel C – MXC89L
  • Nexus 6P – MTC20F
  • Nexus 5X – MTC20F
  • Nexus 6 – MOB30W and MMB30R
  • Nexus Player – MOB30W
  • Nexus 9 LTE – MOB30W
  • Nexus 9 Wi-Fi – MOB30W
  • Nexus 5 – MOB30Y
  • Nexus 7 2013 Wi-Fi – MOB30X
  • Nexus 7 2013 Mobile – MOB30X

Android

Distribution numbers: Another month also brings the latest distribution numbers for the given versions of Android out there in the wild. Marshmallow is up from 13.3 percent last month to 15.2 percent this month. Hooray?

august distribution numbers

Android Developers

July saw minimal growth for Android Marshmallow.

As you can see, however, large swaths of the ecosystem are still stuck on Lollipop, KitKat, and even Jelly Bean. Most of the flagships have made their way to Marshmallow by now, but Android is populated with many low-cost phones in emerging markets that don’t get timely updates.

The cycle is going to reset soon with an imminent launch of Nougat, which will probably be at about 15 percent at this time next year.

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Handheld device takes high-resolution images of children’s retinas

Engineers and physicians at Duke University have developed a handheld device capable of capturing images of a retina with cellular resolution. The new probe will allow researchers to gather detailed structural information about the eyes of infants and toddlers for the first time.

“Diagnostic tools that examine and image the retina have been well-designed for adults, but are exceedingly difficult to use in infants and young children who can’t hold the required position or focus for long enough periods of time,” said Cynthia Toth, professor of ophthalmology and biomedical engineering at Duke University. “Before now, it hasn’t been possible to measure the impact of injury or diseases on their photoreceptors, the cells in the eye in which light is first converted into nerve signals.”

The eye presents a unique opportunity for research and imaging. It is not difficult to access, it is relatively self-contained, improvements in function are easily measured and there is even a natural opening to peer inside. But it is also delicate, with important structures buried millimeters below its various surfaces, so a wide range of technologies are needed to study it.

Over the past three decades, one of the most popular of these has been optical coherence tomography (OCT). By shining specific frequencies of light into the eye’s tissues and comparing those reflections to identical but unimpeded light waves, researchers can build 3-D images several millimeters deep of the back of the eye.

The equipment, however, has traditionally been bulky, meaning the patient must sit still in front of the machine and remain focused on a particular point. And the process takes tens of minutes — an eternity to most toddlers, as any parent knows well.

While handheld devices based on OCT and other technologies have been developed before, they are far from ideal. Some weigh several pounds, making holding them still over a child’s eye tiresome and difficult, and none provide a high enough resolution to see individual photoreceptors.

In a new paper, published online on August 1, 2016, in Nature Photonics, researchers and ophthalmologists from Duke University present a new option. Their handheld device is about the size of a pack of cigarettes, weighs no more than a few slices of bread and is capable of gathering detailed information about the retina’s cellular structure.

“This paper demonstrates the first time researchers have been able to directly measure the density of photoreceptors called cones in infants,” said Joseph Izatt, the Michael J. Fitzpatrick Professor of Engineering at Duke and a pioneer of OCT technology. “As such, it opens the door to new research that will be key in future diagnosis and care of hereditary diseases.”

Without the ability to gather this sort of information, there is little to no data about how a child’s retina develops, as it matures by the age of 10. This limits our knowledge of how diseases affect a child’s vision early in life and makes diagnosis of these diseases more difficult.

In the paper, a collaborative research group led by Izatt, Sina Farsiu, professor of ophthalmology and biomedical engineering at Duke, and Toth, detail the developments that made their new handheld device possible.

A new type of smaller scanning mirror recently reached a point where it could replace larger, older models. A new design using converging rather than collimated light cut the telescoping length of the device by a third. Custom lenses detailing curvature, thickness and glass type were designed by first author Francesco LaRocca and specially fabricated. And a mechanical design to hold and integrate the components was designed by Derek Nankivil — who, with LaRocca, recently graduated with their PhDs from Duke — and fabricated in a machine shop on Duke’s campus.

The new device was then given to clinicians for testing on adults, which proved that it was capable of getting accurate photoreceptor density information. It was also used for research imaging in children who were already having an eye exam under anesthesia.

“But because children have never been imaged with these systems before, there’s no gold standard that we can compare it to,” said LaRocca. “The results do, however, match theories of how cones migrate as the eye matures. The tests also showed different microscopic pathological structures that are not normally possible to see with current lower-resolution clinical-grade handheld systems.”

With the prototype being used by clinicians at Duke Health, the amount of information being gained from children’s scans could eventually create a database to give a much better picture of how the retina matures with age. The group is already working on the next generation of the design after getting feedback from clinicians on what can be improved.

“At that point, we know a lot of collaborators at different institutions who would also like to get their hands on one of these,” said LaRocca.
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Ubuntu sixteen.04 LTS brings massive changes to the Linux computing device

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The Ubuntu computer has visible little or no alternate given that Ubuntu 14.04 LTS come to be launchedyears inside the beyond. That’s approximately to change with extremelycurrent release of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS—code-named “Xenial Xerus”—which brings massive modifications and welcome polish to thetraditional solidarity 7 desktop.

What’s new for the conventional Linux computer
if you’re the usage of the harmony 7 laptop—now crew spirit 7.four—you’ll have a better experience than ever earlier than. those debatable on line search results—which a few humans calledspyware”—areabsolutely disabled through the usage of default. Ubuntu received’t ship your nearby searches over thenet to reveal you shopping for results anymore.

crew spirit 7 additionally now, at prolonged final, helps you to pass your launcher to the lowest of theshow display. The function is hidden and calls for a terminal command, but it’s formally supported.concord 7.four brings a spread of different little enhancements and bits of polish that make this a fulfillingrevamp.

The growing older Ubuntu software center is now lengthy gone, changed via the colourful new GNOMEsoftware program software utility that Fedora has been the use of for severa releases. in addition to standard Deb programs, Ubuntu now allows “Snaps,” which may be installation along Debs. due to the fact they’re self-contained packages that can encompass their very personal dependencies, Snaps can’t mess with the rest of your system. They’ll be ideal for putting in proprietary software software or the trendy versions of huge open-deliver projects—like computer environments—with out threat.

Ubuntu sixteen.04 LTS’s new software program program application and group spirit pc.

Ubuntu’s team spirit computing device has in no manner been greater polished and individualexcellent.
The Brasero disc-burning software program and Empathy instantaneous-messaging software wereremoved from the default installation, no matter the truth that they can though be established from GNOME software software. Ubuntu now includes GNOME Calendar and the Cheese webcam utility with the aid of default. below the hood, you’ll discover version 4.four of the Linux kernel, which offersprogressed manual for computer systems with Intel Skylake chipsets.

There’s unique and lousy information for AMD photographs clients. Ubuntu 16.04 LTS will help AMD’s new AMDGPU portraits motive force structure, which have to help close the gap with Nvidia’s brilliantLinux drivers. unluckily, Ubuntu sixteen.04 LTS now not helps the modern-day AMD Catalyst ridingpressure, also referred to as “fglrx.” AMD photos card customers may additionally want to stay withUbuntu 14.04 until AMDGPU has matured. that is, if you’re the usage of the cardboard for gaming ordifferent disturbing chores. AMD photos will paintings definitely best if you’re acting standardcomputing tool activities.

in which’s harmony eight and the converged computing device?
Ubuntu sixteen.04 LTS stands as a strong conventional Linux laptop so one can serve customers for the following few years. nevertheless, convergence features, which blur the lines among computing deviceand mobile devices, are slowly arriving. That’s part of the brotherly love eight laptop, which is now solidsufficient that it’s transport at the primary Ubuntu pill, even though it’s although early days for thissoftware.

The harmony eight computing device isn’t blanketed on Ubuntu sixteen.04 LTS by way of default, but it’savailable to install from the repositories as a preview. If all goes as planned, Ubuntu sixteen.10 willfunction concord 8 with the resource of default, giving Ubuntu developers an entire twoyeardevelopment cycle—until the following lengthyterm service launch, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS—to beautify thepresent day laptop and make it geared up for a favored Linux pc target audience. till then, Ubuntuclients have masses to enjoy with the current concord computer.