Southcoast Health Partners with Stratus Video to Improve Care for Limited English Proficiency and Deaf/Hard-Of-Hearing Patients

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Southcoast Health has partnered with leading language access and telehealth company, Stratus Video, to better serve its limited English proficiency (LEP) and Deaf Hard of Hearing patients. The community based health system now provides easy access to video remote interpretation (VRI) at all three of its hospitals in Southeastern Massachusetts.

Ever-expanding language diversity, coupled with evolving federal regulations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), has brought on-demand interpreting from a “nice-to-have” to “mission-critical” for health systems looking to provide quality care for all patients. For Southcoast Health, there were 42,195 interpretation requests across all of its hospitals in FY 2015, of which 24,486 were for Spanish, alone. The health system realized the need to offer its diverse patient population access to a broader array of simple and effective communication tools.

“We are very focused on leveraging innovation to promote health and well-being in the communities and populations we serve, and our LEP population is no exception,” said Robert Caldas, DO, Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Southcoast Health. “We have been so pleased with how Stratus Video Interpreting has helped enhance communication and care delivery in our hospitals that we are now beginning to discuss rolling the VRI technology out to our affiliated physician practices.”

Stratus Video Interpreting combines the benefits of face-to-face interpretation with the on-demand nature of over-the-phone interpretation. The mobile app is easy to use and can be loaded onto any tablet, smartphone, desktop or laptop, giving users instant access to medically qualified interpreters at a push of a button. On the back-end, the technology incorporates sophisticated automation and intelligent routing, enabling easy integration into existing processes and workflows.

“As patients begin to act more like consumers, hospitals are seeking solutions to improve not only quality of care, but patient experience as well,” said David Fetterolf, President of Language Services at Stratus Video. “Stratus Video Interpreting is a cost-effective way for health systems like Southcoast Health to positively impact care outcomes as well as patient and provider satisfaction, all while ensuring regulatory compliance.”

About Stratus Video Stratus Video is a technology-driven company that is changing the way patients and medical professionals connect across all areas of health care. Stratus Video is the largest and fastest growing video remote languages services company in the world. Stratus Video Language Services has four proprietary products including Stratus Video Interpreting, a video remote interpretation product; Stratus Audio, an over-the-phone interpretation service; Stratus InPerson, an in-person Uber-like solution; and Stratus Word, a solution for document translation. Stratus Video Telehealth leverages Stratus Video’s proprietary technology platform with innovation aimed at improving the timing and quality of patient care. Stratus Video Telehealth solutions include ER/Urgent Care Virtual Consult, the Post Hospital Discharge Solution, a Behavioral Health Solution, and a Care Coordination Solution. Led by a team of dedicated individuals with decades of experience in the health care and technology markets, Stratus Video is committed to enabling visual connections and vital conversations. For more information, please visit www.stratusvideo.com and follow us on @stratusvideo on Twitter.

About Southcoast Health Southcoast Health is a community-based health delivery system with multiple access points, offering an integrated continuum of health services throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and parts of Rhode Island. Southcoast Health’s mission is to promote the optimal health and well-being of individuals in the communities it serves. Southcoast Health is comprised of four hospitals – Charlton Memorial in Fall River, St. Luke’s in New Bedford, Tobey in Wareham and Southcoast Behavioral Health in Dartmouth – two Centers for Cancer Care, four Urgent Care Centers, a physician’s network, an employed physicians group, a visiting nurse association and numerous additional ambulatory facilities and serves more than 719,000 residents in 33 communities covering over 900 square miles. More information is available online at www.southcoast.org. Connect to Southcoast Health through social media on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Former FCC Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy Returns to Wilkinson Barker Knauer

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Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP is pleased to announce that former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy is returning home to Wilkinson Barker Knauer. Ms. Abernathy’s unmatched combination of top level government and corporate experience makes her uniquely suited to counsel WBK’s clients throughout the media, communications, energy, and technology sectors. Ms. Abernathy will provide strategic guidance on business, legal, and policy issues, navigating the firm’s clients through a fast changing regulatory environment, both domestically and around the world.

Ms. Abernathy recently retired from Frontier Communications, where she first joined the company as an independent Board member and then moved into the role of Chief Legal Officer and Executive Vice President, External Affairs as the company pursued major strategic acquisitions. At retirement she was EVP, External Affairs, overseeing all state, federal and external relationships. During her time at Frontier, she guided the company through the regulatory aspects of three major acquisitions of properties from AT&T and Verizon, and was also a key player in the company’s advocacy at the FCC, including recent opposition to the Commission’s business data services (BDS) proposal. Ms. Abernathy also sits on the board of ISO New England, a regional energy transmission organization authorized by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to ensure the constant availability of competitively-priced wholesale electricity.

Nominated by President George W. Bush and unanimously confirmed by the Senate, Ms. Abernathy served as FCC Commissioner from May 2001 until December 2005. As part of the Republican majority during her time as a Commissioner, she advocated for a light regulatory touch as she helped craft policies for broadcast television, cable, satellite, domestic and international telecommunications, wireless telephony, consumer protection and education, and general enforcement of Commission rules. She also chaired the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service and participated in international bilateral and multilateral negotiations, including the 2002 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference and the 2003 ITU World Radiocommunications Conference. In 2004 she was selected by the ITU to Chair the Global Symposium for Regulators. Ms. Abernathy was a partner at WBK both before and after her time at the agency.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Abernathy worked in a variety of private and public sector roles, including advising prior Commissioner Sherrie P. Marshall and Chairman James H. Quello, working for several telecommunications companies, and serving as an adjunct professor at both Georgetown University Law Center and Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law. Ms. Abernathy is an active member and former President of the Federal Communications Bar Association. She is a graduate of Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law and of Marquette University.

Bryan Tramont, Managing Partner of Wilkinson Barker Knauer, said, “Kathleen’s unmatched experience fighting for more limited, thoughtful regulation makes her the perfect catalyst for developing relationships with clients who face federal and state regulatory issues in communications, media, and energy. At a personal level, Kathleen has been a mentor, boss and friend for many years. I am excited to team up again-as they say, the third time’s the charm!” Ms. Abernathy added, “The fun, positive culture and exciting, growing practice areas at WBK consistently pull me back. I have known these people for many years and very much look forward to returning to my WBK team.”

Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, one of the largest law firms in the nation dedicated primarily to the practice of communications and energy law, is ranked as a “first tier” firm by Chambers USA (Telecom, Broadcast, and Satellite: Regulatory), and Legal 500 (Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory), and was twice named “Law Firm of the Year” in communications law by U.S. News – Best Lawyers (2012 & 2014). The firm, with offices in Washington, D.C. and Denver, Colorado, advises clients ranging from global Fortune 100 companies to small start-ups in regulatory, transactional, privacy/cybersecurity, consumer protection, intellectual property, corporate and litigation matters involving all aspects of communications and energy law, at both the state and federal levels.

Ms. Abernathy will be resident in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office and can be reached at 202-383-3399 and at kabernathy@wbklaw.com. Additional information about Ms. Abernathy can be found at http://www.wbklaw.com/Our_Team/Kathleen_Abernathy.

CopaSAT Selects LeoSat for LEO Connectivity Network

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LeoSat Enterprises, which is launching a constellation of up to 108 low earth orbit communications satellites, has entered into a strategic agreement with CopaSAT, a world leader in highly reliable and secure satellite solutions to U.S. Government and Military organizations, to market the fastest, most secure and widest coverage HTS data network in the world.

The Military and Government sector relies on a number of key attributes when it comes to communications networks. Mission-critical operations require advanced sensor capabilities, bandwidth intensive applications and near real-time command and control and the proximity low earth orbit satellites have to the earth, provides the lower latencies and better data rates that are required to support these capabilities. With LeoSat’s unique new architecture utilizing inter-satellite laser links, customers will benefit from an optical backbone in space with fiber-like and full duplex gigabit per second data delivery. LeoSat also provides unprecedented security as the data is encrypted from end-to-end across one single network, with no terrestrial touch points. For military or civil government customers these attributes bring the advantages of increased precision, simplified infrastructure and therefore higher success rates for their missions.

Ronald van der Breggen, CCO of LeoSat said: “We’re enjoying an excellent relationship with CopaSAT and are excited to welcome them as a service provider. As the entire global community is getting increasingly dependent on Big Data, specifically the Government and Military markets are faced with new and tough requirements for capacity, latency and security, unmet by existing data infrastructure. With our capabilities we will meet those requirements and therefore see LeoSat as a game-changer for the Defense sector’s network operations. Leveraging CopaSAT’s experience and deep relations with the US Government, we’re looking forward to providing CopaSAT with new opportunities through previously unavailable levels of performance, combined with true worldwide reach”.

Scott Bohnsack, VP of Business Development at CopaSAT commented: In response to the US Government’s increasing requirements for high-speed data connectivity worldwide, requiring LEO satellite solutions – as confirmed by SOCOM’s recent connectivity requirements – we are excited to work with LeoSat. While there are options available in the market, LeoSat’s security, latency and capacity capabilities are truly unique. Building on the positive response from the military sector which is becoming increasingly interested in the major performance advantages of operating communications networks in low earth orbit (LEO), we look forward to providing LeoSat’s faster than fiber, ultra-secure and highly reliable global data solution – enabling us to respond to specific customer needs in this sector which are not being met by today’s technology”.

LeoSat is currently working with Thales Alenia Space, a company with unmatched expertise in designing and manufacturing LEO satellites, to finalize the manufacturing plan, paving the way for the production and deployment of the entire constellation. ENDS

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About LeoSat Enterprises

LeoSat Enterprises was established to leverage the latest developments in satellite communications technologies to develop and launch a new low-earth-orbit satellite constellation which will provide the first commercially available, business grade, extremely high-speed and secure data service worldwide.

With up to 108 low-earth-orbit communications satellites in the constellation LeoSat is the first company to have all the High Throughput Satellites (HTS) in the constellation interconnected through laser links, creating an optical backbone in space which is about 1.5 times faster than terrestrial fiber backbones and without the need for any terrestrial touchpoints. This unique set of features enables LeoSat to provide instant infrastructure from anywhere to everywhere which is fast, secure and reliable.

Based in Washington DC, LeoSat is currently working with Thales Alenia Space for the low-earth-orbit constellation of Ka-band communications satellites. Once operational, the constellation will provide high-speed, low-latency and highly secure communications and bandwidth for business operations in the telecom backhaul, Energy, Maritime, Government and international business markets. Launch of the constellation is expected in 2019. www.leosat.com

About CopaSAT

CopaSAT is a certified business provider of turn-key and end-to-end complex satellite solutions to simplify the deployment of specialized satellite communications. CopaSAT provides a wide range of SATCOM products, services, and infrastructure incorporating Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT), airborne ISR/COTM, maritime supporting mission-critical applications. CopaSAT was recently named an awardee on the a $2.5 Billion Complex Commercial SATCOM Solution (CS3) Contract. CopaSAT is located in St. Petersburg, Florida. CopaSAT solutions are tailored to the unique requirements of our customer segments in aerospace, maritime, broadcast, government, and infrastructure.

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PCTEL 802.11ac Coachandtrade; Antenna Boosts Data Rates for IoT

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PCTEL, Inc. (Nasdaq PCTI), a leader in Performance Critical TELecom solutions, announced today the release of its 802.11ac MIMO Coach antenna. The MIMO Coach antenna supports wireless Internet of Things (IoT) applications such as power distribution monitoring for utilities, fleet connectivity for public safety, and video monitoring for secure facilities. This dual band, low profile antenna enables data intensive machine to machine (M2M) applications, even when multiple devices in the area are using Wi Fi. Its attractive, compact, and durable housing makes it suitable for outdoor and indoor fixed base or mobile fleet management installations.

“Video streaming is becoming a common requirement for industrial and enterprise IoT and fleet management systems. PCTEL’s new Coach antenna optimizes Wi-Fi network performance, enhancing video capabilities in challenging RF environments for fixed and mobile applications,” said Rishi Bharadwaj, Senior Vice President and General Manager of PCTEL’s Connected Solutions group. “In addition to external antennas such as the Coach series, PCTEL also designs embedded solutions for the next generation of IoT networks on both licensed and unlicensed spectrum,” added Bharadwaj.

The new Coach antenna features six dual-band antenna ports that support simultaneous 3×3 MIMO on both the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands for faster and less complex network field installations. The antenna’s optimized multi-port isolation reduces interference between multiple wireless signals in MIMO systems for maximum data throughput.

PCTEL’s Coach antennas deliver multi-band wireless connectivity wherever it’s needed and are available in a variety of configuration options to support the leading MIMO radio manufacturers. Coach antennas are available with black or white housing options, although custom colors are also available for special projects.

PCTEL will demonstrate the 802.11ac 6-port Coach antenna along with other antenna solutions for IoT and fleet management applications May 15-17 at the UITP Global Public Transport Summit, booth #B213.

The 802.11ac Coach antenna will be available for sale in late June 2017. Order using product number PCTHPMIMO-6.

About PCTEL

PCTEL delivers Performance Critical TELecom technology solutions to the wireless industry. We are the leading global supplier of antennas and wireless network testing solutions. PCTEL Connected Solutions designs and manufactures precision antennas. PCTEL antennas are deployed in small cells, enterprise Wi-Fi access points, fleet management and transit systems, and in equipment and devices for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). PCTEL RF Solutions provides test tools and engineering services that improve the performance of wireless networks globally. Mobile operators, neutral hosts, and equipment manufacturers rely on PCTEL to analyze, design, and optimize next generation wireless networks.

For more information, please visit the following websites.

PCTEL Corporate: http://www.pctel.com/

PCTEL Connected Solutions: http://www.antenna.com/

PCTEL RF Solutions: http://rfsolutions.pctel.com/

Conduent Named as a Leader in the 2017 NelsonHall NEAT in Customer Management Services in Telecommunications

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. Conduent Incorporated, (NYSE CNDT) the world’s largest provider of diversified business process services, has been named a ‘Leader’ among customer management services (CMS) vendors in telecommunications by research firm NelsonHall.

The recognition comes from the 2017 NelsonHall Vendor Evaluation and Assessment (NEAT) report on CMS in Telecommunications.

“Today, telecommunication companies’ customers expect a personalized, on-demand, multichannel experience at a minimum,” said Christine Landry , group chief executive, Consumer & Industrials, Conduent. “With our automation and analytics-driven solutions, our clients can deliver a personalized experience via chat, social media or the phone that leads to a tailored positive outcome for each of their customers; a true-to-brand experience.”

Conduent has more than 25 years of supporting the customer experience around the globe in more than 30 languages and continues to be recognized by leading industry analysts for leadership in this area. Customers include the users of four out of five of the world’s top mobile phone manufacturers, assisting 20 million smartphone users each month with remote email configuration.

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About Conduent   Conduent is the world’s largest provider of diversified business process services with leading capabilities in transaction processing, automation and analytics. The company’s global workforce is dedicated to helping its large and diverse client base deliver quality services to the people they serve. These clients include 76 of the Fortune 100 companies and over 500 government entities.

Conduent’s differentiated offerings touch millions of lives every day, including two-thirds of all insured patients in the U.S. and nearly nine million people who travel through toll systems daily. Whether it’s digital payments, claims processing, benefit administration, automated tolling, customer care or distributed learning – Conduent manages and modernizes these interactions to create value for both its clients and their constituents. Learn more at www.conduent.com.

About NelsonHall NelsonHall is the leading BPS and IT services research firm with analysts in the U.S., U.K., and Continental Europe. The company takes a global approach to analysis of vendors and outsourcing markets and is widely respected for the quality and depth of its research. With its “Speed-to-Source” initiative, including NEAT, NelsonHall is helping buy-side organizations significantly reduce the time and cost associated with BPS and ITS sourcing projects.

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DigitalGlobe to Provide Elevation Data to Rise Broadband for Wireless Internet Service Provisioning

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DigitalGlobe, Inc. (NYSE DGI), the global leader in Earth imagery and information about our changing planet, today announced an agreement to provide elevation data to Rise Broadband to enable faster and more efficient deployment of wireless internet services in the United States.

DigitalGlobe will provide Rise Broadband, the country’s largest fixed wireless internet service provider (WISP), with Vricon’s™ high-resolution Digital Surface Model (DSM) data, to rapidly verify fixed wireless broadband service availability to households and businesses in its market areas before sending installation teams into the field. The combination of Vricon’s elevation products, EGS Technologies Corporation’s industry expertise, and DigitalGlobe’s satellite imagery, which is the highest resolution commercially available, gives Rise the ability to make decisions with confidence and enhance the performance of its fixed wireless coverage prediction tools.

“Our customer service team will use the tools built around the high-resolution DSM to verify our ability to connect the customer to an access point on a nearby tower, eliminating a large amount of failed installation truck rolls,” said Damon Estep, Senior Vice President of Technology for Rise Broadband. “By being one of the first fixed wireless internet service providers to embrace high-resolution surface elevation data, we will realize significant savings we can then apply to other parts of our business.”

“The combination of DigitalGlobe’s high-resolution satellite imagery with Vricon’s revolutionary 3D production process has enabled the creation of a new, scalable elevation data solution. These highly accurate location intelligence datasets allow broadband and telecom companies to deploy services faster and serve customers more efficiently,” said Amy Minnick, DigitalGlobe Senior Vice President and General Manager, Commercial Imagery. “We are excited to partner with Rise Broadband as they pioneer this new application of elevation products within the WISP industry.”

About DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe is a leading provider of commercial high-resolution Earth observation and advanced geospatial solutions that help decision makers better understand our changing planet in order to save lives, resources and time. Sourced from the world’s leading constellation, our imagery solutions deliver unmatched coverage and capacity to meet our customers’ most demanding mission requirements. Each day customers in defense and intelligence, public safety, civil agencies, map making and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration, infrastructure management, navigation technology, and providers of location-based services depend on DigitalGlobe data, information, technology and expertise to gain actionable insight.

About Rise Broadband

Rise Broadband is the largest fixed wireless internet service provider in the US; offering affordable high-speed broadband services in 16 states. Established in 2005 as JAB Wireless, Inc., Rise serves residential and business accounts in rural and suburban areas throughout the Midwest, Rocky Mountain and Southwest regions. The company also offers digital telephone service, DISH and DIRECTV video services, and PC Care; a one-stop resource for residential tech assistance. Rise is headquartered in Englewood, Colorado and more information can be found at RiseBroadband.com.

About Vricon

Vricon, a joint venture between DigitalGlobe and Saab, serves the global professional geospatial market with world-leading 3D geodata and 3D visualization solutions. Vricon is headquartered in McLean, Virginia. For further information, visit www.vricon.com.

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OpenAI’s new system lets you train robots entirely in VR

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Elon Musk’s artificial intelligence platform OpenAI introduced a new program to train robots entirely in simulation. Now they’ve added a new algorithm, named one-shot imitation learning, which will only require humans to demonstrate a task once in VR for a robot to learn it.

The system is powered by two neural networks. The first takes a camera image and determines objects’ spatial position in relation to the robot — but it was trained only with a host of simulated images, meaning it was taught how to interact with the real world before it ever actually saw the real world. The second imitates tasks shown by the demonstrator by scanning through recorded action and paying attention to frames that tell it what to do next.

This training model is only a prototype, but teaching robots entirely in simulation could allow researchers to train them for complex tasks without needing physical elements at all. That would let humans safely and easily approximate extreme environments like arctic waters or areas soaked in nuclear radiation — or even other planets.

 

 

'Shadow Brokers' threaten to release more hacking tools in June

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An exploit that the “WannaCry” malware used to encrypt computers worldwide first appeared in a leak from “The Shadow Brokers,” a group that claims to have stolen a number of tools from the NSA. Now the Shadow Brokers are back with a new blog post threatening more leaks. Through an intentionally sloppy writing style, the group taunts not only TheEquationGroup (read: NSA), but also Microsoft and its blog post blaming spy agencies, claiming that Microsoft is simply upset the NSA didn’t pay to hold its vulnerability.

The threat with the most teeth, however, is the claim that The Shadow Brokers could have more exploits to release, targeting mobile devices or Windows 10, as well as leaked data from the SWIFT banking system or nuke and missile programs in Russia, Iran, China or North Korea. The group proposed a “monthly subscription model” for dumps, beginning in June — despite the fact that earlier plans to auction the vulnerabilities didn’t pan out. However, as researcher Marcy Wheeler points out, simply threatening these leaks can strain relationships between Microsoft and the US government, which may be the real aim.

 

 

Twitter wants you to slide into its DMs for account help

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Ever wanted to have a private chat with Twitter to settle your burning questions? At last, you can. As hinted a few weeks ago, Twitter has started offering both tips and account help through direct messages to @support. You’re talking to a chatbot and not a live human, but this could still help you deal with abuse, regain control of an account or offer feedback without scrounging around Twitter’s website first. It certainly beats having to publicly mention the @support account and hope for the best. Just don’t expect them to give you an edit button and you’ll be set.

 

 

Samsung sold over 5 million Galaxy S8 phones

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Samsung was quick to crow about Galaxy S8 pre-orders, but it was easy to be skeptical without real numbers to back up the bragging. Flash forward a few weeks, though, and it’s a different story. The company now reports that it has sold 5 million Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus devices worldwide since its April 21st debut — not bad for less than a month on the market, and only in a limited number of countries. It’s not certain which model was the most popular, though the regular S8’s lower price helps its chances.

It’s hard to say how this stacks up to the Galaxy S7, although Samsung had noted that pre-orders were up 30 percent compared to a year ago. And other manufacturers? That’s tricky when most tend not to divulge model-specific data to avoid tipping their hand to competitors. The closest you get is Apple. It reported selling 50.8 million iPhones last quarter (about 16.9 million per month), but it’s not certain how many of those were iPhone 7 and 7 Plus units, let alone how many of them sold in April. Without directly comparable figures, it’d be difficult to declare a sales leader in high-end phones.

As it is, Samsung is likely less concerned about raw numbers and more about its bottom line. In that sense, the S8 could easily be a success. Samsung racked up record operating profit in the quarter before the S8 stared shipping (albeit mainly on the back of chip sales), and the phone’s strong early showing is only bound to help.

 

 

Bragi's Dash Pro earbuds pack improved audio and AI smarts

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If tapping your cheek to ask Siri a question isn’t futuristic enough, Bragi’s new “wireless ear computers” might impress you. The headphone maker has announced two new versions of its high-end Dash earbuds, the “Dash Pro” and the “Dash Pro tailored by Starkey” (a hearing-aid manufacturer). These wireless, in-ear devices will also be powered by a new operating system (OS). The Bragi OS3 will bring new features like real-time face-to-face translation, a hands-free gestural menu system, and AI built right into the earpieces. Existing Bragi Dash owners can also upgrade to BOS3 to get these tools.

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The Dash Pro consumer model connects to Android, Apple or Windows devices with what Bragi claims is a “simple, one-touch” setup. The company also promises that this new iteration of its Dash series will have up to five hours of battery life per charge and a carrying case that carries up to five charges, similar to the case for AirPods.

What sets these headphones apart from offerings like Apple’s, though, is how they’re fitted with computing features, like the iTranslate real-time language translation, the hands-free menu systems and an integration with IBM’s Watson AI, not to mention the built-in workout tracking features. Your workouts will be accessible in the Bragi app on your smartphone, too.

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During a demo in New York City, the Dash Pro heard what I said most of the time, correctly recording the words I said in Mandarin. However, it delivered an inaccurate translation of what I said, which was admittedly an informal saying. You have to tap the lower third of the left earbud before starting to speak, and tap it again to indicate you’re done. You can also nod or shake your head to signal to the earbuds that you were ready to talk. And because of the noisy environment with multiple Dash devices in the area, my demo unit lagged and struggled to hear what I was saying.

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The Dash Pro tailored by Starkey will only be available at one of approximately 5,000 audiologists in the US. It’s made with an exact impression of your ear canal, just like other high-end hearing aids and in-ear monitors for musicians. They’ll also have a fancy laser engraving on the earbuds themselves.

The fitting process will take about five minutes, and involves looking into your ear for blockages, cleaning it, filling it with a silicone that’s similar to dental molds and waiting for that to set. Once your mold is made, it’s sent off to the Starkey labs, where it will be scanned. The engineers will 3D print a template, and your Dash Pro will be ready in less than a week, according to Bragi.

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Both models promise high-end audio clarity and tonal balance for a wide range of activities, from listening to music (which you can store on the headphone’s 4GB of internal storage) to making calls. They’re waterproof in up to three feet of water, too, which makes them ideal for swimming and other water sports. The Dash Pro tailored by Starkey isn’t available as yet, while the Dash Pro is available now through the company website.





 

 

DJI streams drone footage to your television

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Just a few months after GoPro threatens to close its entertainment doors, DJI is ready to step in. The drone-cum-camera company has just announced that it’s launching a Smart TV app that’ll stream plenty of aerial content and 4k videos captured from DJI drones and cameras. The app will initially be made available on Samsung’s Tizen TVs and Apple TV.

This is yet another instance in which DJI and GoPro have overlapping businesses. GoPro started with cameras and moved into drones, while DJI went from making drones and then moved into the camera business (The DJI Phantom Vision 2 was the first to ditch GoPro cameras for its own).

GoPro has also been trying to make inroads as an entertainment company for a few years now — indeed, there’s a GoPro channel on Xbox, PS4, Roku, Samsung and LG TVs, as well as Virgin America’s in-flight entertainment center. And now DJI is starting to do that too.

“We’ve made flying and capturing aerial footage easy with our drones, and now with the DJI Smart TV App, creators will have more ways to share their work with the world,” said Paul Pan, DJI’s senior product manager in a statement.

At the same time, GoPro has been struggling. It had a disappointing earnings report at the end of 2016, and had to cut 15 percent of its workforce late last year. The company laid off another 270 jobs in March of this year. It also announced last year that it would be ending its entertainment division entirely, so those aforementioned GoPro channels might not be around for long. In a few months, DJI might be the only channel streaming action camera content.

You can find DJI’s Smart TV app in both Apple TV and Samsung’s Tizen TV app store. DJI says that the app is also compatible with entertainment devices running on Android 5.1 and above, so get ready for it to be available on even more platforms going forward.

 

 

You can't get an LG Watch Sport on Verizon after all

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We hope you weren’t dead set on picking up Verizon’s edition of the LG Watch Sport. The carrier has confirmed that it cancelled its take on the Android Wear 2.0 flagship device, yanking the smartwatch from its store. LG has pulled the wristwear from its online shop, too. Verizon didn’t have an immediate explanation for the move when we reached out, but it is offering pre-order customers $100 off any connected smartwatch it sells.

It’s tempting to be cynical about the decision — after all, this could help boost sales of Verizon’s self-branded Wear24. It’s not clear that this is the case, however, and there could be a more mundane answer such as estimated demand or technical issues. We’ve asked LG if it can shed any light on the move as well.

Whatever the reason, the cancellation leaves the network’s subscribers in a tricky spot. If your heart’s set on the Watch Sport, you’ll either have to buy a version without compatible cellular data (such as the one in Google’s online store) or switch to a provider like AT&T. Otherwise, you’re left looking at older hardware like the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition or Gear S2.

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Diesel emissions above legal limits contribute to premature deaths

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Diesel vehicles in almost a dozen countries emit 50 percent more nitrogen oxide than lab tests anticipate, according to a new study. The disparity between estimated and actual levels isn’t just dumping more pollution in our atmosphere: It’s believed to have contributed to about 38,000 premature deaths in 2015.

Researchers checked emissions from the tailpipes of diesel vehicles in eleven regions: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, India, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Korea and the US. Labs estimated that cars, trucks and other emitters belched 9.4 million tons of nitrogen oxides (NOx), but researchers found them to have spewed 5 million more tons than expected.

This isn’t a revelation: Last year, a comprehensive study found that 97 percent of all modern diesel cars emit more NOx than the legal limit. The study published yesterday in the journal Nature finally put a body count on those excess vehicle emissions at about 38,000 premature deaths across the globe back in 2015. Which is why, when car companies are caught tweaking their emissions numbers, they get crucified in the media: Continual court settlements and bad publicity have at least pressured Volkswagon to fix their polluting diesel vehicles and promote new electric models.

Only 1,100 of those facilitated fatalities were in the US, with most coming out of China, India and the European Union. That shouldn’t be surprising either, as several reports have found that the EU’s lower regulations for diesel cars compared to larger-hauling trucks has allowed consumer vehicles to spew more NOx than comparable machines in other countries. They’re even disproportionate within the EU, as Italy had far and away the most premature deaths linked to NOx pollution at over 20,000 per year in 2013 (including gas emitted from industrial, non-vehicle sources), according to the European Environment Agency.

 

 

Amazon is planning push notifications for your Echo

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Amazon has been updating its line of voice-assistant devices to make them more user-friendly for a while. The Tap no longer needs a physical touch to activate it and your Echo devices can make calls and leave messages. Better yet, they’ll will soon be able to whisper and have better wake word accuracy. According to a post on Amazon’s developer site, Echo devices are getting another upgrade here, too: visual notifications for skills.

When one of your notification-enabled skills get new information, you’ll get a chime and a pulsing green light on your Echo, Dot, or Show device when there’s new information. This is the same way Amazon’s calling service notifies you of a message. You’ll just ask, “Alexa, what did I miss?” or “What are my notifications?” and Alexa will let you know what’s new all at once, instead of having to query each individual skill to get new updates.

The new system will roll out for select skills and shopping updates on most Alexa-enabled devices at first, including Amazon’s Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Show. Companies in line to get the feature already include AccuWeather, The Washington Post, Just Eat and Life360. Other developers will have access to the software needed to add notifications to their own skills soon. The feature is opt-in only, which means you’ll have to enable it to have it work. You can suppress notifications by putting your device into Do Not Disturb mode, too.