Archives: October 2013

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Celebrate Halloween with This Charlie Brown Classic for iPad

Halloween is not the same without this television classic, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, which aired every year when pumpkins are spooky and candy is a plenty. For iPad and eBook lovers, the comic can be a fun, interactive experience in the form of an eBook with pumpkin carving and costuming. I heard about this eBook around this time last year, and like the televised show, I think it’s worth a replay every year.
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Kindles & iPads Now Allowed During Takeoff & Landing

Screen-Shot-2013-10-01-at-10.22.24-AMYou no longer have to put down your eBook when your plane is taxing to take off. After months of consideration, the FAA announced today that airplane passengers can now use their personal electronics “during all phases of flight,” though cellphone use is still banned.

The government agency based the decision on input from a panel of experts that had included a diverse bunch of voices from airlines, aviation manufacturers, passengers, pilots, flight attendants, and the mobile technology industry.

While you can use these devices during takeoff and landing, there are still some rules about how you use these devices. Read more

This Thermal Wristband is the Perfect Halloween Accessory for Cold Costumes

wristifyHalloween costumes can be a tricky affair for cold-bloods like me. Unless I am dressing up as a polar bear, a Yeti, or Jabba the Hutt, I always have to cover my great costumes with a jacket and plenty of scarves, indoors or out. I wished I had this Wristify accessory to help me out. It’s an electronic device that can keep me feeling thermally comfortable, no matter how hot or cold I am.

The thermoelectic bracelet was invented by engineering students at MIT – most likely after being too hot or too cold in their Halloween costume. The bracelet sends thermal pulses to the wrist to help maintain personal comfort for your body. It’s also useful when you’re not in costumes. Read more

cyPOP: The Story of an LA-Based Social Startup

Josie BaikLA’s Tech scene is growing and, along with it, the number of LA-based social media sites. One of the most recent additions is cyPOP – a new type of social media platform which connects people through common interests.

Co-founder and president Josie Baik started the company when she was a student at the University of Washington. Now, an MBA student at the University of Southern California, Baik continues to learn, as her company – which relocated to Los Angeles earlier this year  –  grows. Like many passion projects, cyPOP, still in beta, grew out of the founder’s need: she took her childhood loneliness and attraction to social media communities and build a business. Read more

American International Medical University on Empathy

While everyone wants a doctor who is highly skilled in his area of medicine, most patients also need and appreciate a physician with a human touch, according to American International Medical University, or AIMU.  Compassion and empathy are values that parents try to instill in their children, and they are just as critical to people working in the medical profession. The university supports this goal and has woven these values into their coursework for future physicians and nurses in their desire to offer a comprehensive medical education.

Modern medical advancements are astonishing. Technology has made it possible to do surgery in utero, and robots have made remote procedures possible. According to the American Medical Association, nothing can replace the importance of the communication between doctor and patient, and a warm and concerned bedside manner.

Most students enter medical school with a sincere desire to help their fellow human beings. The rigorous demands and competitive nature of medical school, along with specific pressures unique to each individual, often take a toll on the student over time. One study revealed a decline in the level of empathy by the third year of their education. That’s one reason it is critical to incorporate into every medical program ongoing coaching and mentoring along with coursework that teaches and fosters patient empathy. Read more

‘The App Store Economy’: INFOGRAPHIC

appeconomyGigaOM has created an infographic called, “The App Store Economy,” which explores the economy within Apple’s App Store.

According to the graphic, The App Store has 133,979 apps available for download made by more than 28,000 different developers. The graphic also revealed that developers wait an average of 4.78 days to have their app approved by Apple.

We’ve embedded the entire graphic after the jump for you to explore further. Read more

Public Wi-Fi Could Present Risks to Some iOS Apps

skycureIt’s pretty well established that using public Wi-Fi introduces security risks, but now it has come to light that apps accessed over public Wi-Fi could be at risk as well.

Mobile security researchers from Skycure will demonstrate an attack that will show the vulnerability in the code within iOS apps, on Tuesday. Here is more from the Skycure blog:

While the problem is generic and can occur in any application that interacts with a server, the implications of HRH for news and stock-exchange apps are particularly interesting. It is commonplace for people to read the news through their smartphones and tablets, and trust what they read. If a victim’s app is successfully attacked, she is no longer reading the news from a genuine news provider, but instead phoney news supplied by the attacker’s server. Upon testing a variety of high profile apps, we found many of them vulnerable.

(Via The New York Times).