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Healthcare.gov upgrades to go live Dec. 1

Healthcare.gov upgrades to go live Dec. 1

Healthcare.gov, the website that serves as a marketplace for private and public health insurance plans for Americans, is getting more upgrades. The servers and software will be upgraded, some fixes will be made, by Sunday, Dec. (tomorrow.) This will allow up to 50,000 people to access the site at the same time, up from about 20,000 as of this moment.

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Tongue-driven wheelchair uses high-tech power piercing

Tongue-driven wheelchair uses high-tech power piercing

Tongue piercings may be associated with rebellion, but one researcher is aiming for revolution instead, creating a Tongue Drive System that allows paralyzed wheelchair users to more easily navigate than traditional hands-free control options. The handiwork of a team at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the system uses a magnetic tongue stud which is wirelessly tracked by a headpiece, with up to six instructions differentiated by tongue position.

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Philips ErgoSensor display updated – Still scolds slumping workaholics

Philips ErgoSensor display updated – Still scolds slumping workaholics

Philips has updated its ErgoSensor display range, the company's LCD monitors which track user posture and can warn if the ergonomics aren't correct or if an eye-break is in order. The Philips 241P4QRYES is a 24-inch LCD display running at 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution, with 250 cd/m2 brightness and the ability to rotate between landscape and portrait orientations; however, it's the embedded ErgoSensor that really differentiates it.

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Manhattan ophthalmologist implants jewelry into the eye

Manhattan ophthalmologist implants jewelry into the eye

An eye doctor in Manhattan named Emil William Chynn has performed a new cosmetic procedure that makes my eyes hurt just thinking about it. Dr. Chynn has performed what is apparently the first implantation of eye jewelry under the surface of a patient's eye in the US. The jewelry was made of platinum and in the shape of a small hearts.

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23andMe issues response following FDA warning and sales halt

23andMe issues response following FDA warning and sales halt

Earlier this week, the genetic testing company 23andMe was forced to stop selling its testing kit following an FDA decision that the kit is a medical device and requires regulatory approval. The decision was largely based on concern over inaccurate results, and led to a warning letter being published by the FDA. In response to the issue, 23andMe has published its own statement on the matter.

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Google-backed 23andMe genetic testing shuttered by FDA

Google-backed 23andMe genetic testing shuttered by FDA

DNA analysis company 23andMe has been forced to halt sales of its testing kit, after the FDA decided the saliva kit counted as a medical device and as such lacked the proper regulatory approval. The decision, which affects 23andMe's flagship "Personal Genome Service" (PGS) testing product, comes becomes the "FDA is concerned about the public health consequences of inaccurate results from the PGS device" the agency said in a warning letter, arguing that the company - which was co-founded by Anne Wojcicki, former partner of Google co-founder Sergey Brin - was putting customers' health at risk by potentially mis-diagnosing or overlooking actual medical concerns through its unapproved assessments.

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Stir Kinetic Desk goes on sale for standing work addicts

Stir Kinetic Desk goes on sale for standing work addicts

Stir's Kinetic Desk, the smart standing desk which not only shuffles electrically between different heights, but tracks your fitness and teases you with twitches when it thinks you need to change, has gone up for order. Priced at $3,890, the first fifty orders will ship out in February 2014, though everybody else will need to wait for the second production run, expected from April. As we found when we went hands-on with the desk back in September, it's an expensive way to get off your feet, but Stir's integrated computer does have some appeal.

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Jawbone UP24 and UP 3.0 Review

Jawbone UP24 and UP 3.0 Review

You can't accuse Jawbone of taking shortcuts with its fitness wearables. The company prematurely pulled the plug on the original 2011 UP and took it back to the lab to work on battery and stability for a year before the 2012 version was released, and it's taken another twelve months for Jawbone to settle on a wireless implementation it's happy with. The Jawbone UP24 is the culmination of those efforts, now toting Bluetooth LE for real-time exercise and sleep updates on your iOS device. Meanwhile, Jawbone also has UP 3.0 ready for release, the latest version of its iPhone app, and which will also work with the existing UP (which stays on sale, too), so is the UP24 worth the upgrade? Read on for our review.

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Research suggests the human brain is more powerful than previously thought

Research suggests the human brain is more powerful than previously thought

Scientists have been studying the human brain for decades in an attempt to understand how the brain can do what it does. Scientists have made a very interesting discovery suggesting that the human brain may be significantly more powerful than previously believed. The image you see below may look like Christmas decorations, but it's a computer simulated image of pyramidal neurons in the cerebral cortex.

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Affordable Care Act website set to be fixed by November’s end

Affordable Care Act website set to be fixed by November’s end

This afternoon the folks responsible for taking care of repairs on the US Government Affordable Care Act website suggested that they'd have it up and running by the end of November. This comes after a bit of a breakdown in the workings of the site earlier this month, with QSSI at the center of the issue. A conference call with official Jeffrey Zients suggested that Quality Software Services Inc would be service as general contractor to oversee repairs to what's commonly referred to as the "Obamacare" insurance marketplace website.

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