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New Tech Lets Wheelchair Users Steer With Their Tongues

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November 27, 2013
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A small, magnetic sensor is helping wheelchair users steer their chairs, type on computers, make phone calls and more.


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Tongue Tip Technology Drives Quadriplegic Independence

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Reuters (Dec. 18, 2013) — Quadriplegics may soon gain more independence with a device that allows them to steer a wheelchair and operate wireless technology with their tongue. Its developers at Georgia Institute of Technology, say the device is easy to use and could transform the lives of people paralysed from the neck down. Ben Gruber reports.
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WhatsApp Passes 600 Million Active Users, New Features in Progress

WhatsApp Passes 600 Million Active Users, New Features in Progress

TheStreet (Aug. 25, 2014) — There are 600 million people actively using WhatsApp. According to its founder, Jan Koum, the mobile app got 100 million more active users in just the last four months. Koum was quick to point out that active users are people using the app regularly. WhatsApp gained traction in every major region in the world. It's growing the fastest in Brazil, Russia and Mexico, and a tenth of the active users are from India. Facebook acquired WhatsApp at the beginning of this year for $19 billion. It expressed interests in monetizing WhatsApp better and is reportedly working on file sharing and call features. However, WhatsApp's most valuable part for Facebook is the database. Top traffic and the number of conversations allow Facebook to extract marketable information on the users' likings. Mark Zuckerberg said, "[WhatsApp] is the only app we've ever seen with higher engagement than Facebook itself." WhatsApp can also borrow what its competitor WeChat has been doing. WeChat took over the smartphone chatting arena in Asia by storm last year and it sells special stickers and emoticons for users to share with friends. Of course, WeChat contributes the most to its parent company Tencent's bottom line by driving traffic to everything else Tencent owns, and Facebook wants the same. Video provided by TheStreet
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Apples Rolls Out New Software Updates for Developers at WWDC14

Apples Rolls Out New Software Updates for Developers at WWDC14

TheStreet (June 2, 2014) — Apple introduced new operating system updates at the World Wide Developer's Conference in San Francisco, Yosemite and iOS8. OS X.X for laptops and desktop computers is now called "Yosemite". Updates to the platform allow devices to communicate more effectively with other Apple devices. This will help compete with Google Drive and Google Docs and will push users to stay within the Apple eco system. Apple's newest "employee" Dr. Dre made a cameo appearance by phone to help demonstrate how computers will be able to locate iPhone's within the home. This function will allow users to make and receive phone calls through their computers. iOS 8 for iPhones and iPads helps that process as well. But, there are also updates for sharing pictures and controlling home appliances, Home Kit, and making mobile devices more hands free in vehicles. Users will also be able to aggregate health information from all the apps they use in Health Kit. Sergio Quintana reports from San Francisco. Video provided by TheStreet
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Facebook Is Going to Let Advertisers Target You Based on Location

Facebook Is Going to Let Advertisers Target You Based on Location

TheStreet (Oct. 8, 2014) — Facebook is going to start allowing advertisers to target its users based on their locations. In a blog post, the social media network announced its new local awareness ads, designed to help local businesses reach more customers. The ads will let businesses show ads to people near their neighborhoods. The company says they're built to be more cost-effective than traditional advertising channels. When it comes to privacy, Facebook says advertisers select locations, not individuals and users will only see ads based on their recent location if location services are enabled on their phone. The ads will roll out to U.S. advertisers in the coming weeks. Video provided by TheStreet
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