The Tories have punched truth in the face | Joel Golby

A mendacious tweet-storm about a phantom punch drowned out the fact that a child was left lying on a hospital floor, says Joel Golby, author of Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant Violence is never the answer, even when Matt Hancock is involved. Yesterday, the secretary of state for health and social care and, apparently, Laura Kuenssbergs tweets, and choosing not to double check it. No, dont make me watch the video. Im not going to watch the video. Matt Hancock is dead! I will take your phone and put it in my pocket, so help me! Lets get Brexit done! To catch you up: a week ago, a child with suspected pneumonia suffered from sub-standard hospital care. Sorry to bring …

Google’s secret cache of medical data includes names and full details of millions whistleblower

Whistleblower tells Guardian of growing alarm over secret transfer of medical history data, which can be accessed by Google staff A whistleblower who works in Project Nightingale, the secret transfer of the personal medical data of up to 50 million Americans from one of the largest healthcare providers in the US to Google, has expressed anger to the Guardian that patients are being kept in the dark about the massive deal. The anonymous whistleblower has posted a Wall Street Journal, involves the transfer to Google of healthcare data held by Ascension, the second-largest healthcare provider in the US. The data is being transferred with full personal details including name and medical history and can be accessed by Google staff. Unlike …

I’m the Google whistleblower. The medical data of millions of Americans is at risk | Anonymous

When I learned that Google was acquiring the intimate medical records of 50 million patients, I couldnt stay silent I didnt decide to retail giant Target now imagine a similar event was inflicted on the healthcare data of millions. I am proud that I brought this story to public attention. federal inquiry has been launched into whether HIPAA protections have been fully followed. I can see the advantages of unleashing Googles huge computing power on medical data. Applications will be faster; data more accessible to doctors; new channels will be opened that might in time find cures to certain conditions. But the disadvantages prey on my mind. Employees at big tech companies having access to personal information; data potentially being …

Majority of anti-vaxx ads on Facebook are funded by just two organizations

Study finds Robert F Kennedy Jrs World Mercury Project and Larry Cooks Stop Mandatory Vaccinations bought 54% of ads The majority of Vaccine has found. The World Mercury Project chaired by Robert F Kennedy Jr, and Stop Mandatory Vaccinations, a project of campaigner Larry Cook, bought 54% of the anti-vaccine ads shown on the platform during the study period. Absolutely we were surprised, said David Broniatowski, a professor of engineering at George Washington University, one of the authors of the report. These two individuals were generating the majority of the content. Cook uses crowd-funding platforms to raise money for Facebook ads and his personal expenses. The crowd-funding platform GoFundMe publicly criticized his dangerous misinformation about vaccines in May. They called …

Google to offer checking accounts in partnership with Citigroup

News of product, Cache, comes day after whistleblower revealed alarm over secret transfer of personal medical data to company Google is to offer personal checking accounts to consumers in a partnership with Citigroup bank as the search giant pushes deeper in its quest to harvest the personal data of consumers. The project, code-named Cache, is expected to launch next year. News of the project comes a day after a whistle-blower revealed the existence of Project Nightingale a hook-up with the healthcare giant Ascendant that could give Google access to personal medical data of up to 50 million Americans. The existence of Project Cache, which was Apple has introduced a credit card and Amazon has been in talks with banks to …

The rise of microchipping: are we ready for technology to get under the skin?

As implants grow more common, experts fear surveillance and exploitation of workers. Advocates say the concerns are irrational On 1 August 2017, workers at Three Square Market, a Wisconsin-based company specializing in vending machines, opted into the procedure received complimentary t-shirts that read dovetailed with Three Square Markets longer-term vision of a cashless payment system for their vending machines workplace snacks purchased with a flick of the wrist. And the televised chipping party proved to be a savvy marketing tactic, the story urged employees to quit. The companys Google reviews page was fulfilled an end-of-days prophecy where people are branded with the mark of the beast accused the company of being the antichrist. Jowan sterlund, a Swedish tattooist and body …

Apple Watch Series 5 review: the king of smartwatches

Always-on screen completes the package kicking competitors to the curb and becoming a top reason to buy an iPhone When Apple launched its smartwatch in 2015 to a lukewarm reception, quickly eclipsed every other smartwatch and with Swiss watchmakers combined. The latest Apple Watch Series 5 iteration, though still pricey at 399 and up, looks likely to continue the firms domination of the smartwatch market and deservedly so. If you are unfamiliar with Apples smartwatches, they only work if you also have an Apple iPhone 6S or newer connecting to the smartphone via Bluetooth. Its a genius link-up that ties buyers into the Apple ecosphere, while adding an important alternative revenue stream as people hold onto their phones. But that …

Nir Eyal on how to beat tech addiction: We need a new skill set

The behavioural scientist has advised tech companies on how to get people hooked now hes telling us how to break the habit Follow Eyals guide to avoiding digital distraction I am 10 minutes late for my interview withIndistractable: How To Control Your Attention And Choose Your Life, a guide to staying focused in an age of constant distraction. The hope is that he will teach me, a chronic procrastinator, how to stop wasting my life scrolling through my phone, and finally write that novel. Or, at the very least, be on time for appointments. Dressed in Tech Dad chic a crisp button-down shirt and jeans Eyal already has coffee and looks busy when I burst in. He dropped his daughter …

Collision course: why are cars killing more and more pedestrians?

The long read: For drivers, roads are safer than ever but for people on foot, they are getting deadlier. Car companies and Silicon Valley claim that they have the solution. But is that too good to be true? In 2010, the small community of specialists who pay attention to US road safety statistics picked up the first signs of a troubling trend: more and more pedestrians were being killed on American roads. That year, 4,302 American pedestrians died, an increase of almost 5% from 2009. The tally has increased almost every year since, with particularly sharp spikes in 2015 and 2016. Last year, 41% more US pedestrians were killed than in 2008. During this same period, overall non-pedestrian road fatalities …

New tech to help disabled people

Latest developments in the pipeline for those struggling with mobility, sight, hearing or speech Electrical stimulation Nine years ago, David Mzee was left paralysed by a gymnastics accident and told he would never walk again. Last week, he competed in a charity run during which he walked 390 metres, thanks to an CloudMinds, Meta looks like a cycling helmet and uses sensors and cameras to map its environs, sending information to a cloud server to be processed by AI technology. The information can be communicated through speech, helping blind people and those with visual impairments to navigate streets, recognise objects and negotiate traffic lights and crossings. Loud and clear: the cognitive hearing aid. Photograph: Columbia University Next-generation hearing aid A …

Chonky, fluffy, thicc: inside the internet’s obsession with fat cats on diets

More social media accounts are dedicating themselves to specific chonky cats and their weight-loss efforts Theyre chonky, theyre fluffy, theyre thicc and body pawsitive. Theyre round boys, floofs and absolute units. The new animal trend on the internet celebrates the rotund and plump, with social media users focusing on the adorableness of a cats rounded cheeks, a hamsters many rolls, a dogs rounded shape and a raccoons voluptuous volume. The Instagram account Chonky Animals has more than 409,000 followers while the Round Boys and Round Animals accounts top out at more than 455,000 and 487,000, respectively. The Facebook group, This Cat is Chonky, has more than 395,000 members and hundreds of new posts each day. The trend raises concerns about …

Your Own Professional Newsletter At The Click Of A Button

Internet Marketing Newsletter PLR – Product Review You may have seen a lot of hype around Nick James’ Internet Marketing Newsletter PLR lately. They have just released their 100th issue and Nick is celebrating by offering a huge discount to new members. You might be wondering if this is any good and worth joining. I’m going to give you my full unbiased review here, but the short version is… yes, it’s definitely worth joining this while the discount is still available! However, this is obviously not a good fit for all marketers and businesses… so read on below to see if this will be a good investment for you.   Firstly… what is the Internet Marketing Newsletter PLR? This is …

JD Salinger estate finally agrees to ebook editions

Authors son explains that wish for accessibility has persuaded trustees to look past his fathers dislike of digital media After years of refusing to allow publishers to digitise his works, the estate of JD Salinger has announced that the authors famously small body of work will be published as ebooks for the first time. Salingers son Matt said that the author had always valued accessibility, but preferred the experience of reading a physical book. The Catcher in the Rye author, who died in 2010 at the age of 91, also hated the internet; Matt And in 2009, Fahrenheit 451 author Ray Bradbury told the New York Times: They wanted to put a book of mine on Yahoo! You know what …

Why are thirtysomethings lonely? Because society doesnt value friendship | Arwa Mahdawi

Social media has been made the scapegoat for millennials reporting loneliness, but the cultural primacy in adulthood of career and family has much to answer for, writes Arwa Mahdawi Millennials arent just the poorest generation; they are also the loneliest. According to data from YouGov, while digital habits undoubtedly affect mental health, research hasnt provided conclusive answers regarding the relationship between the two. When it comes to loneliness, I have a feeling that the culprit isnt so much technology as the fact that many millennials are in their 30s, which is a natural time for friendship dynamics to change: people start focusing on advancing their careers and building families rather than socialising with pals. It feels as if we are …

We just clicked: why I set out to find a new group of friends online

Can a friendship app, a digital neighbourhood noticeboard or Facebook really help me discover a new bestie? This year started with a bang. It burst into life with fireworks and kisses, and then came the sound of a spoon tapping on a wine glass. Since were all together, said my friend, I wanted to say its been an honour knowing you while Ive been in London. Another leaving speech. I have heard many over the past few years, watching loved ones leave in search of job opportunities or housing security, or as a cure for homesickness. Later, as I lay in bed, I thought about my rate of friend attrition. How long until I found myself totally alone? Five years? …

The gig is up: Americas booming economy is built on hollow promises | Robert Reich

Contract workers prop up big earners but under Trumps anti-labor administration are ruthlessly exploited themselves Uber just filed its first quarterly report as a publicly traded company. Although it lost $1bn, investors may still do well because the losses appear to be declining. Uber drivers, on the other hand, reported that fewer than half of Google workers are full-time employees. Most are temps and contractors receiving a fraction of the wages and benefits of full-time Googlers, with no job security. Across America, the fastest-growing category of new jobs is gig work contract, part-time, temp, self-employed and freelance. And a growing number of people work for staffing firms that find them gig jobs. Estimates vary but its safe to say almost …