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Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch leaks with health focus

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch leaks with health focus

Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch has apparently leaked, just days ahead of the wearable's expected debut at Samsung's pre-IFA September 4 event. The bulky touchscreen smartwatch was unofficially shown off in prototype form to VentureBeat, along with details from an internal marketing video which describe the onboard WiFi and Bluetooth, roughly 3-inch OLED display, and a 4-megapixel camera integrated into the strap. Samsung apparently expects wearers to use that camera as a food-logging tool, taking snapshots of meals and then tagging them with type so as to build up a diet diary for heath purposes.

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Microsoft Sculpt desktop accessories offer health-centric ergonomic designs

Microsoft Sculpt desktop accessories offer health-centric ergonomic designs

Those who spend any significant amount of time every day at their desk know the discomfort that can result from an improper work setup, whether it be a stiff back or a pinched nerve. Such was reflected in a Healthy Computing Survey conducted by Microsoft, which it made available today to coincide with the launch of two ergonomic desktop accessories: the Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop and the Sculpt Comfort Desktop.

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Bill Gates: Google web balloons “won’t help” key issues

Bill Gates: Google web balloons “won’t help” key issues

Bill Gates has slammed Google's Project Loon, which would bring internet connectivity to developing nations using high-altitude balloons, arguing that getting online won't help core issues like malaria, and suggesting that the search giant has lost its way when it comes to altruism. "When you're dying of malaria, I suppose you'll look up and see that balloon, and I'm not sure how it'll help you" Microsoft founder Gates told Bloomberg Businessweek, when asked whether he saw schemes like Project Loon helping low-income countries. "When a kid gets diarrhea, no, there's no website that relieves that."

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Garmin Vector cyclist power meter hits stores

Garmin Vector cyclist power meter hits stores

Garmin has launched its latest health tracker, the Garmin Vector, this time targeting cyclists wanting to record their power output. Fitted, the manufacturer claims, in minutes to a bike's pedals, the ANT+ compatible power meter can track individual power output from each leg, squirting data to a Garmin Edge head unit and, from there, into the web-based Garmin Connect user profile.

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Shine activity tracker hits Apple Stores to challenge Flex and Fuelband

Shine activity tracker hits Apple Stores to challenge Flex and Fuelband

Activity tracker Shine is headed to Apple Stores this week, with the discrete wearable the latest option in health monitoring to follow in the footsteps of Nike's Fuelband and Jawbone's UP. Initially funded by an Indiegogo campaign late last year, Shine is arguably the most attractive of the health dongles we've seen so far, being a simple metal disc with hidden LEDs to show your daily progress or the current time.

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Adidas miCoach X_Cell shown off at FCC

Adidas miCoach X_Cell shown off at FCC

We've talked about Adida's miCoach series in the past, and while the fitness-tracking devices have laid low for quite some time, it seems as if Adidas is ready to reboot the product line with a new miCoach device. For example, what's supposedly called the miCoach X_Cell is making its way through the FCC now and could see a release in a few months.

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FACTOR Vis Vires road bike outted with ANT+ integration

FACTOR Vis Vires road bike outted with ANT+ integration

All of the cool tech that you can get for your bike can add a lot of new functionality to the way you exercise, including cadence sensors, and bike computers that tell you your speed and distances. However, all of this technology has never really been implemented into the bike seamlessly, but that's where a company called FACTOR is looking to change that.

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3D printed Cortex Exoskeleton concept could crack plaster casts

3D printed Cortex Exoskeleton concept could crack plaster casts

A 3D-printed cast concept, more flexible and wearer-friendly than traditional plaster cast for break and fracture patients, is the latest potential application of advanced materials manipulation. The design, dubbed the Cortex Exoskeleton, is the handiwork of Jake Evill, and could potentially deliver more structured support for broken limbs while also being lighter, stronger, and more convenient than existing options.

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Mitochondrial Replacement “three-parent IVF” set for UK go-ahead

Mitochondrial Replacement “three-parent IVF” set for UK go-ahead

Artificially inseminated babies created from the genes of three people could be a reality as early as 2014, with the UK the first to approve so-called mitochondria replacement to prevent inheritable diseases. The controversial procedure involves transferring the genetic material from two parents into an egg from another woman; by removing the donor egg's nucleus, and replacing it with the parents' nucleus, the risk of inherited defects that could have otherwise been passed down to the baby is removed. However, the fact that the child will have DNA from three parents, not two - albeit only around 0.1-percent from the woman who donated the egg - has some genetic modification opponents angry, given IVF embryos are destroyed in the process.

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Star Trek deflector shield could protect Mars mission from cancer risk

Star Trek deflector shield could protect Mars mission from cancer risk

A Star Trek style deflector shield that could protect deep-space astronauts, such as the much-discussed manned mission to Mars, from cancer-causing levels of radiation is in testing, researchers have revealed. The system, described as a "mini-magnetosphere" in reference to the Earth's magnetic field which protects us from solar radiation, is the handiwork of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, and relies upon the fact that by creating a magnetic field around a spacecraft, the dangerous rays can be deflected and the astronauts preserved in a bubble of safety for their journey.

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