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The best blood pressure monitors for at-home use

The best blood pressure monitors for at-home use

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Shopping for the best blood pressure monitor? Good for you. It's never too early to start taking a series of easy, accurate readings and monitoring your blood pressure level; a recent study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that people who have high blood pressure, or hypertension, before age 40 are at an increased risk of heart disease later in life. But to know if you have high blood pressure, you need to take a series of measurements with an accurate home-use monitor. And according to the American Heart Association (AHA), monitoring accuracy depends on two things: a properly fitting blood pressure cu...
Andy Rubin’s Start-Up, Essential Products, Shuts Down

Andy Rubin’s Start-Up, Essential Products, Shuts Down

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Mr. Rubin helped popularize the use of keyboards on phones when he introduced the Sidekick device in 2002. He went on to develop Android, which Google acquired in 2005. Android software now runs on about 80 percent of the world’s smartphones.In 2018, Essential received buyout interest from larger companies like Amazon, Walmart and several telecom carriers, according to a person familiar with the situation who was not authorized to speak on behalf of the company. Walmart and Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Any potential buyout would have valued the company below its $1 billion valuation, the person said.But interest evaporated, in part because of the risk associated with Mr. Rubin’s workplace scandals. In 2017, The Information, a technology news site, reported th
China launches coronavirus ‘close contact detector’ app

China launches coronavirus ‘close contact detector’ app

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Image copyright Getty Images China has launched an app that allows people to check whether they have been at risk of catching the coronavirus.The 'close contact detector' tells users if they have been near a person who has been confirmed or suspected of having the virus.People identified as being at risk are advised to stay at home and inform local health authorities.The technology shines a light on the Chinese government's close surveillance of its population.To make an inquiry users scan a Quick Response (QR) code on their smartphones using apps like the payment service Alipay or social media platform WeChat.Once the new app is registered with a phone number, users are asked to ...
Snap earnings fall short. Investors are impatient but not deterred

Snap earnings fall short. Investors are impatient but not deterred

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It was only last year that Snap Inc. emerged from the doldrums, shoring up its sagging user base and dispelling the dark cloud hanging over its future.The path forward seemed clear and bright to investors: if the users were there, and the company was able to turn that into ad dollars, profitability wouldn’t be far off.But investors were disappointed Tuesday when the company delivered its year-end earnings report. The news that Snap’s fourth-quarter revenue of $560.9 million fell shy of Wall Street’s estimates, with a downward adjustment in projected first-quarter sales to boot, sent shares plunging 14% in after-market trading on Tuesday. They tumbled another 9.5% on Wednesday. But the report also contained some good news. On the glass-half-full side of the ledger, the company saw its first
Windows 10: We now know when the next showstopping update will land

Windows 10: We now know when the next showstopping update will land

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Microsoft has revealed when it will hold its annual developer conference, known as Build. The event, which sees thousands of developers from across the globe attend to find out the latest tweaks and improvements coming to the desktop operating system so their applications can take advantage of the latest features.As well as operating system improvements, Microsoft also uses the opportunity to showcase the latest features coming to Windows 10. Last year, Microsoft discussed its plans to build its Microsoft Edge web browser on the same open-source Chromium engine as Google Chrome – ensuring fewer incompatibility problems. It also saw the company reveal plans to include a full Linux kernel inside Windows 10.Microsoft Build 2020 will be held on May 19 to May 21, 2020.The Redmond-based technolo
Uber wins appeal in Brazil, court says drivers are not employees

Uber wins appeal in Brazil, court says drivers are not employees

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FILE PHOTO: An Uber pick-up location is pictured in San Diego, California, September 30, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo SAO PAULO (Reuters) - A superior labor court in Sao Paulo state ruled on Wednesday that there is no employment relationship between Uber and its drivers, siding with the ride hailing company against a driver in the Guarulhos district. The judge ruled against recognizing an employer-employee link, arguing the drivers can disconnect at any time from the app and have a flexible work schedule, the court said. Uber had argued that its platform is a digital intermediary and the drivers accept that condition when they sign on. Reporting by Peter Frontini; Editing by Chris ReeseOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
10 things in tech you need to know today, February 5

10 things in tech you need to know today, February 5

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Kendall Jenner's TikTok account disappeared less than 24 hours after being founded. Frazer Harrison / Getty Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. The company behind the Iowa-caucus app that caused the results delay released its first public statement about the fiasco. Results from the much-anticipated Iowa caucuses were delayed Monday night into Tuesday after the Iowa Democratic Party said there were "inconsistencies" in initial results, and the app's developer Shadow Inc said it "sincerely" regrets the delay.Snapchat's parent company Snap reported its fourth-quarter results Tuesday. The company fell short of Wall Street's expectations with $561 million in revenue, b...
2021 Cadillac Escalade vs. BMW X7, Lincoln Navigator, Mercedes GLS, Audi Q7 and Range Rover: How do they stack up?

2021 Cadillac Escalade vs. BMW X7, Lincoln Navigator, Mercedes GLS, Audi Q7 and Range Rover: How do they stack up?

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Nick Miotke/Roadshow The Cadillac Escalade has been around for about 20 years. During that time, it's become something of a cultural touchstone, a modern-day automotive icon. Even though it's never been the most luxurious or refined option in its class, the Escalade's daring design and powerful engines have won it plenty of customers. Over the last two decades, GM has delivered more than 900,000 copies, making it, at least according to Cadillac, the king of large SUVs.For 2021, this big, boldly styled body-on-frame SUV has been completely redesigned from roof to rocker. This was a necessary ...
Twitter Moves to Target Fake Videos and Photos

Twitter Moves to Target Fake Videos and Photos

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Twitter, bowing to pressure from its users, said on Tuesday that it would more aggressively scrutinize fake or altered photos and videos.Starting in March, the company said, it will add labels or take down tweets carrying manipulated images and videos. The move, while short of an outright ban, was announced one day after YouTube also said it planned to remove misleading election-related content on its site.Twitter’s new policy highlights a balancing act — between allowing parody and removing disinformation — that social media companies face as they try to more aggressively police the content posted to their platforms.To determine whether a tweet should be removed or labeled, Twitter said in a blog post, it will apply several tests: Is the media included with a tweet significantly altered o
BlackBerry breaks up with phone-maker TCL

BlackBerry breaks up with phone-maker TCL

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Image copyright BlackBerry Mobile Chinese electronics giant TCL will not release any more BlackBerry-branded phones, the company has announced.In 2016, it signed a deal to produce BlackBerry-branded Android phones, after BlackBerry decided to stop making its own devices.It released several contemporary Android phones featuring the classic BlackBerry keyboard.However, in a statement it confirmed that the arrangement would come to an end in August 2020.In 2016, BlackBerry decided to stop designing its own smartphones in-house after 14 years.Once a market leader, the company struggled to keep pace with rival handsets produced by competitors such as Apple and Samsung.It attempted to l...