Apple and GE announce deep partnership

While Apple has had its share of enterprise partners in recent years including IBM, Cisco and SAP, today’s announcement that it will be working directly with GE feels a bit different with the two companies more closely intertwined than in previous deals.

Apple and GE have committed to build a set of development tools and to develop apps together using Apple’s design sensibility and deep understanding of iOS, but the deal doesn’t stop there. Apple’s sales team will also push the GE Predix platform with its industrial customers when it makes sense, and GE has committed to standardizing on the iPhone and iPad for its 330,000 employees, while offering the Mac as a computer choice. All of this adds up to a level of cooperation we have not seen in Apple’s previous enterprise partnerships.

For starters, the two companies announced an iOS software development kit (SDK) for GE’s Predix platform, which is a set of cloud services designed to help industrial customers track the health of the huge industrial equipment GE sells and services. It can help predict failures before they happen and bring down this expensive equipment such as jet engines, wind turbines and train locomotives.

The key here is that the new SDK gives both external developers and those inside GE the ability to build native apps on top of the Predix platform, allowing them to take advantage of the full Apple ecosystem whether that’s iBeacons, the internal gyroscope sensor inside iPhone or even augmented reality in the latest iPhones.

To prime that software development pump, GE has built a new Applications Performance Management case management app built on top of Predix. Using this tool, customers can see the health of their industrial equipment on an iPad and collaborate more easily, sharing information like last action taken, notes and photos; all designed to provide the data to make decisions in real time.

Susan Prescott, VP for apps, markets and services at Apple was clearly charged by the possibilities that this partnership brings. “For the first time, we’re unlocking incredible new potential for industrial workers by giving them access to native apps that tap the functionality of iOS devices in exciting ways. Now employees can make better informed decisions through the native capabilities of the apps right at their fingertips,” Prescott told TechCrunch.

She offers some examples of how this could work: “A technician can now use the iPhone’s built-in camera to capture a thermal image of a piece of equipment to diagnose an issue or iBeacons and built-in location services can push critical information to a nearby worker’s iPhone or iPad in real time to help quickly flag an issue. We’re essentially closing the feedback loop between the employee in the industrial environment and the analytics and data that’s stored in the cloud,” she said.

Surely GE, an industrial company that was launched by Thomas Edison in 1888 couldn’t be more different than Apple, a computer company launched almost a 100 years later in 1976, but there is more in common than you might imagine.

There are the strong charismatic and demanding founders in Steve Jobs and Edison. There was also an internal mission to change the world with technology. GE has done it with giant industrial equipment like wind turbines and airplane engines, while Apple has gone smaller with phones, computers and watches.

In recent years, GE has been making a hard push to modernize and this partnership is clearly part of that.

The SDK and the APM app will be available for download on October 26th as part of GE’s Mind + Machines conference.

Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/18/apple-and-ge-announce-deep-partnership/

Ranking The Zodiac Signs By How Basic They Are

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Cancer

(June 22nd to July 22nd)

Cancers like what’s familiar, and the most basic things in life usually come back every year. Pumpkin spice, peppermint lattes, Shamrock Shakes, granted these things are all food related, but Cancers don’t stop there. They enjoy basic activities as well, like apple picking in the fall, carving pumpkins for Halloween, dying eggs in the spring (even if they don’t celebrate Easter). The Cancer doesn’t mind being predictable, they don’t mind being basic.

Taurus

(April 20th to May 21st)

The Taurus is both materialistic and practical, which means they’re pretty basic. They like to look nice, and keep up to date on all the latest trends. The Taurus will google whether or not chokers are still in style, and they’ll go shopping for anything if social media says it’s trending. They don’t want their iPhone 7 after the iPhone 8 comes out, and they always update their apps. Gotta have the latest snapchat filters, duh.

Libra

(September 23rd to October 22nd)

A Libra likes to be agreeable which puts them in the top 3 for the most basic of zodiac signs. They like to go with the crowd rather than disagree with them. If their significant other wants to go pumpkin picking, they’re going to put on their comfy flannel and they’ll be sure to get a cute insta out of it, preferably a couple selfie in front of a giant farm tractor or friendly-looking scarecrow.

Capricorn

(December 22nd to January 20th)

The Capricorn likes to keep it traditional, and sometimes traditions are basic. They LOVE decorating their own christmas stockings every year, and watching Hocus Pocus on the night of Halloween, traditions mean everything to them, and they live to keep them going.

Virgo

(August 23rd to September 22nd)

The Virgo loves their fresh pressed green juices with carrot, ginger, and kale. They believe in holistic approaches to healing, and are very health conscious. Their basic-ness revolves around cleanses and piYo.

Leo

(July 23rd to August 22nd)

The Leo lives for holidays and special events. They’ll use anything as an excuse to host a party. They’re the type to host a superbowl party stocked full of themed cocktails and appetizers without actually knowing who’s playing. The most basic thing about them is their absurd spirit around seasons and holidays.

Gemini

(May 22nd to June 21st)

The Gemini likes to keep an open mind. The idea of going apple picking during the fall won’t completely disgust them, but it doesn’t thrill them either. The Gemini usually just goes along with whatever their friends want to do. They’re social, friendly, and always up for a good time, so if basic activities will put a smile on their face, so be it.

Aries

(March 21st to April 19th)

Aries likes to set trends, not follow them. They don’t really care if everyone’s hyped about pumpkin spice season. They’re the type to put cinnamon and almond milk in their coffee and say it’s the “new pumpkin spice latte.” They’re not followers, they’re leaders.

Aquarius

(January 21st to February 18th)

Aquarius is far too busy harvesting intellect to be doing basic things like drinking spiced apple cider at a pumpkin patch. They enjoy deep conversations, and don’t usually flock towards individuals who surround themselves with basic things.

Scorpio

(October 23rd to November 22nd)

The Scorpio cringes at the thought of anything basic. The Scorpio is authentic, and what everyone else is doing really doesn’t concern them. You won’t find any photos of pumpkin picking on a Scorpio’s instagram.

Sagittarius

(November 23rd to December 21st)

Sagittarius isn’t basic because they’re far too busy exploring the world to know what’s basic and when. When it is pumpkin spice season here, they’re in another hemisphere where pumpkins aren’t even a thing. They decorate their home with souvenirs from their travels, and have stories to tell of all different cultures and places. Basic is the opposite of most Sags.

Pisces

(February 19th to March 20th)

The Pisces usually likes things that no one else has heard of. When it comes to music, movies, books, or art, they only like what’s underground. Pisces don’t go to Starbucks, they go to their local coffee shop where they can support their fellow local artists and performers.

Read more: https://thoughtcatalog.com/nicole-tarkoff/2017/09/ranking-the-zodiac-signs-by-how-basic-they-are/

Here’s The Gross Thing Every Parent Needs To Watch Out For This Halloween

Halloween is a scary time of year.

Everyone’s decorating with spooky decorations and getting ready to scare their neighbors with their costumes. It’s super exciting for children who get to dress up and have some of that sweet Halloween candy. While most parents are concerned about checking their kids’ candy for issues, there’s another health risk that comes around this time of year that every mom and dad should know about.

Doctors see a huge jump in head lice during this time of year. With people trying on wigs and costumes in the store, that makes sense.

After all, there’s no telling how many people have tried it on before you decide to take a costume home.

Putting costumes and wigs in an airtight plastic bag for 48 hours before wearing it is the easiest way to kill lice.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/halloween-lice/

The Psychological Reason Watching Horror Movies Can Be Good For Your Mental Health

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A weird thing about me is that I LOVE horror movies and I suffer from anxiety. If I see a centipede in my apartment, I’ll be awake all night, fearful that it will somehow make it’s way to my bed. When I worry about something, it’s like I can’t turn my brain off.

So, over the years I’ve fielded questions from well-meaning family and friends who don’t understand why I consume so much horror. I love scary movies, I read all the creepypasta I can get my hands on, I’m obsessed with Stephen King, and I even like to visit scary locations like famously haunted hotels. It seems to go against common sense. If I have a hard enough time with my real life worries, why am I inserting new (fictional) fears into my life? I’ve never known the scientific reason, I just know I love being scared. It’s my favorite form of entertainment.

Well, it turns out there’s a scientific reason horror tends to be relaxing for me and other people with anxiety. One social scientist, Dr. Mathias Clasen, has been studying horror films and mental health since 2001. He explains, “there’s psychological distance when we watch a horror film. We know it’s not real—or at least, some parts of our brain know it isn’t real… The genre allows us to voluntarily — and under controlled circumstances — get experience with negative emotion.”

Experiencing anxiety while knowing, objectively, that we are “safe” gives us practice fact-checking whether our worries are real. The fun is in feeling the psychological and physiological effects of fear while knowing there isn’t any actual danger.

Personally, I find the highs and lows of a horror movie to be relaxing. My anxiety may be heightened at the climax of the plot, but by the time everything is over it almost feels like a post-workout glow. I’m more relaxed than I was when the movie started, or maybe just tired from the dose of adrenaline. Other people who suffer from anxiety have noticed this same effect, and say that horror movies can serve as self-care for them.

Next time you’ve had a particularly stressful week, find a scary movie on Netflix (here’s some streaming right now) and see if it works for you.

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Read more: https://thoughtcatalog.com/emily-madriga/2017/10/the-psychological-reason-watching-horror-movies-can-be-good-for-your-mental-health/

Daily Show’s Trevor Noah thinks it’s finally time to talk about guns in America

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In the wake of a mass shooting that left 59 dead and more than 520 people hurt, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “There’s a time and place for a political debate, but now is a time to unite as a country.” 

Well, The Daily Show‘s Trevor Noah thinks that’s BS. On Monday night, he called out politicians and members of the media who claimed right now is not the time to talk about gun control. 

“I feel like people are becoming more accustomed to this kind of news,” he said, noting there have been 20 mass shootings in the two years he’s lived in the United States. 

After the latest shooting — in which a gunman fired at a country music concert from his Las Vegas hotel room — pundits even turned to hotel security as a possible culprit. Instead of, you know, sane gun laws. 

“We seem to do everything to avoid talking about guns,” Noah said. 

The talk show host pointed out that Congress was still considering the Sportsman’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act, which would make it easier to buy silencers and armor-piercing bullets.

“I can only say I’m sorry,” Noah told the people of Las Vegas, “sorry that we live in a world where people would put a gun before your lives.”

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/10/02/trevor-noah-daily-show-las-vegas-shooting/

Michael Jordan just donated $7 million to open Charlotte-area health clinics.

It’s been nearly 18 years since basketball legend Michael Jordan called it quits, but this week, he proved he’s still a champion.

According to the Associated Press, the former Chicago Bulls star and current Charlotte Hornets owner pledged to donate $7 million to local health centers in Charlotte, North Carolina.

According to his spokesperson, Jordan was inspired to make the donation after coming across a study that revealed Charlotte was dead last in a survey of the 50 largest cities in the U.S. when it comes to economic mobility for children in poverty. According to the study’s findings, Charlotte children born into the bottom 20% of local income levels had just a 4.4% chance of ever rising to the top 20% in their lifetimes.

The two new Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Clinics funded by Jordan’s donation are slated to open in 2020.

“It is my hope that these clinics will help provide a brighter and healthier future for the children and families they serve,” said Jordan in a press release.

On its website, Novant outlines how and why Jordan’s donation will be so valuable, especially to low-income communities, writing that more than 100,000 Charlotte residents don’t currently have health insurance, making access to basic health services extremely difficult. One of the goals of the new clinics will be to reduce the amount of emergency room usage, providing a more affordable option for low-income families.

“This gift will transform the lives of thousands of families and children living in poverty-stricken communities,” said Novant Health president and CEO Carl Armato in the release. “We are thankful to Michael for his generosity. The gift will remove barriers to high-quality health care in some of the most vulnerable communities.”

Jordan at the NBA All-Star Game in 2016. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images.

It’s tragic that it takes a massive act of generosity from a blockbuster star like Jordan for at-risk communities to get the care they need.

The U.S. is among the most prosperous countries in the history of civilization, and yet it apparently cannot manage to take care of its citizens, with millions still without access to health care. Those numbers have improved in recent years, as a result of the Affordable Care Act, but the message is that there is a long way to go before we live up to our often self-bestowed reputation as the “greatest country on Earth.” So long as generations of families find poverty inescapable and so long as economic status can determine your ability to survive illness, there’s work to be done.

We can’t forget the wins, though — whether small or large. This donation is absolutely  worth celebrating for the families who will now be able to access care.

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/michael-jordan-just-donated-7-million-to-open-charlotte-area-health-clinics

Nokia pulls out of OZO VR hardware, lays off 310, steps up in health and patents

Nokia, the once-mighty phone maker that eventually retreated to a business based around networking equipment and targeted verticals like health and imaging, is rethinking its business strategy once again. Today, the company announced that it would cease building its pricey OZO virtual reality cameras after finding that the VR market was developing “slower than expected”. It will instead shift its focus more to health products and patent licensing. Nokia Technologies is laying off up to 310 people as part of the move. Nokia Networks is unaffected.

The reductions will happen mainly in the U.S., U.K. and Finland, the company said, and account for about 35 percent of the 1,090 employees in Nokia Technologies, as the unit overseeing VR efforts (along with Health and licensing of patents) is called.

Nokia Technologies is at a point where, with the right focus and investments, we can meaningfully grow our footprint in the digital health market, and we must seize that opportunity,” said Gregory Lee, president of Nokia Technologies in a statement. “While necessary, the changes will also affect our employees, and as a responsible company we are committed to providing the needed support to those affected.”

Nokia’s OZO VR cameras made their debut around 2015 at a time when Nokia looked like it had all but given up on hardware, after seeing its mobile phone business — once the biggest in the world — get decimated by the rise of Android and the iPhone and eventually sold off to Microsoft (which continued to wind it down after also failing to resuscitate it).

The company said that it will continue to support those who have already purchased devices.

Tapping into the growing interest in VR, the company doubled down on its imaging prowess — it was known to have some of the best camera technology in its smartphones, with the patents to underpin it — and went hell for leather into VR cameras.

Partly because of the tech involved, and partly because of the relative immaturity of the market, these cost a fortune, upwards of $60,000 when they finally started to ship, meaning that there was never going to be a mass market for the products, unless VR really took off.

In the end, it hasn’t — or at least not like Nokia thought that it would. With competitors making lower-priced equipment, one interesting turn has been how VR tech has made its way into more ordinary products, rather than developing on a specialist-equipment trajectory. (In the VR headset space, for example, that has meant headsets that let you use your own smartphone as the display screen.)

Nokia kick-started its digital health business about a year and a half ago with the €170 million ($200 million in today’s currency) purchase of French smart health gadget maker Withings, which had made a name for itself in activity trackers, smart scales, blood pressure monitors and other health and fitness devices. Nokia rebranded the services as Nokia earlier this year.

Patent licensing has been one of Nokia’s mainstays throughout a lot of its other ups and downs. Part of this is related to the company’s technology legacy, and part of this is still in progress of being built by way of Nokia Bell Labs.

Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/10/nokia-pulls-out-of-ozo-vr-hardware-lays-off-310-steps-up-in-health-and-patents/

Trump praises health care of Nambia, a nonexistent African country

(CNN)President Donald Trump lavished praise on the health care system of Nambia during a speech at the United Nations. But there’s one little problem — there’s no such country.

“In Guinea and Nigeria, you fought a horrifying Ebola outbreak,” Trump told African leaders gathered Wednesday. “Nambia’s health system is increasingly self-sufficient.”
Trump mentioned Nambia twice during the session attended by leaders of several nations, including Ghana, Namibia and Uganda.
    The gaffe lit up social media, with many speculating whether he meant Namibia, Zambia or Gambia.
    The White House later clarified that Trump was talking about the southwestern African nation of Namibia. Namibia dodged the Ebola outbreak that killed thousands in Africa two years ago and affected several nations, including the United States.
    At the time, Namibia revamped its health care system to ward off an Ebola outbreak and treat sudden infections.
    The nation of 2.5 million people is one of the world’s biggest producers of uranium. It shares borders with Angola, Zambia, South Africa and Botswana.

      Trump: My friends go to Africa to get rich

    Nambia aside, Trump also applauded the continent’s economic progress during the speech.
    “Africa has tremendous business potential,” he said. “I have so many friends going to your countries, trying to get rich. I congratulate you. They’re spending a lot of money.”
    Meanwhile, here are nine reasons to spend your money in Namibia.

    Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/21/africa/trump-nambia-un-africa-trnd/index.html

    Dear Husband, This Is Who You Really Married

    Dear Husband,

    I am sorry.

    I’m sorry that you’ve been neglected for the last four-and-a-half years. I’m sorry that your needs are secondary. I assure you, you are still one of my top priorities—you just aren’t on the top of the list anymore.

    I know that you have needs, wants, dreams and desires. When I tell you that I want to be the one you lean on, I mean it. I know you are tired of my excuses of being tired, having a headache or am already snoring when you snuggle up next to me. Trust me, I wish I had the energy I had five years ago. Hell, I wish I had the energy I had two weeks ago when I washed, folded and actually put away all 10 loads of laundry. Of course, you didn’t see that because I was letting you get some much-needed sleep.

    I know that some days it feels like we have a business partnership. And you’re right. Some days—even weeks—feel that way. Know that I want better for our marriage, for us. Because together, we are damn good.

    The problem is, my life, my brain and my body are so wrapped up in being a mother to those little boys who look exactly like you. Even after they’re sound asleep and we’re sitting on the couch watching a movie, my brain is still in mother mode.

    I’m thinking about tomorrow; I’m thinking about 10 years from now. I’m wondering if you have work clothes for tomorrow. I’m worried about money, milestones and milk. Do we have enough milk? I can’t turn off being a mom. It is who I am now. And it is physically, emotionally and mentally exhausting.

    I don’t want you to think you aren’t as important as you once were. I couldn’t live this life without you and I wouldn’t want to, either. But the simple fact is, you’re an adult and you can do things for yourself. You can vote, so you can make your own lunch. You are legally able to drive a car, so you can figure out how to make a doctor’s appointment.

    When you come home from work, you, unfortunately, are getting the worst version of me. I gave our children the best. A little secret: Sometimes, some days, there just isn’t a best version of me. There just isn’t.

    I can’t worry about your health, the boys’ health, the pet’s health and my health. Who do you think gets ignored? It’s not you. It’s not our children or our pets. When I say I don’t feel well, when I say I haven’t been sleeping, it’s because I haven’t been taking care of me.

    Yes, you tell me to go to the doctor, to eat better, to drink more water, but I am my very last priority. I know I need to change that and I’m not complaining. I’m explaining that when something has to give, because no one person can do it all, I am the thing that gives.

    I’m worried about your sleep apnea, your allergies, your knee spasms. I am worried about the rash Alex has, and the snotty nose that Ben suddenly started with. I am concerned about our dog’s ears and what it’s going to cost to take her to the vet.

    While I’m thinking about it, I’m worried that the fish have too much algae in their tank and the water needs to be changed. I’ll just add that to the never-ending list of things I will feel guilty about when I am trying to sleep tonight. None of this your fault. I am not blaming you, or wishing you were any different.

    You do extraordinary things for our family. You work harder than any person I know. You care more about everyone, including me, than any other human I have ever met. I love you a little more each time I see you help someone knowing you will never get anything in return. You are the kindest, most loving father to our children. There is a reason they cry when you leave for work. Yes, it stings a little, but knowing that you are their role model in life fills me with love and pride.

    I am not the person you married 11 years ago. I have changed and evolved into a wife, mother, friend and keeper of all schedules. I am a party planner and a personal shopper. I am a chef specializing in chicken nuggets and pasta. I am a housekeeper that can’t keep a house. I am the cheerleader and the librarian. I am the night and the day nurse.

    I wouldn’t change any of it. I don’t want any other life. I love you and I love the life that we created. But I am not the spontaneous, beer drinking, sexy bad girl you met way back when. I am a mother. And it is all of me.

    Love Always,

    Your Wife

    **This article appeared originally on Parent.Co. Used with permission. 

    Read more: http://faithit.com/dear-husband-who-really-married-laura-birks/

    ‘Instant’ blood test for heart attacks

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    A blood test that could rule out a heart attack in under 20 minutes should be used routinely, say UK researchers.

    A team from King’s College London have tested it on patients and say the cMyC test could be rolled out on the NHS within five years.

    They claim it would save the health service millions of pounds each year by freeing up beds and sending well patients home.

    About two-thirds of patients with chest pain will not have had a heart attack.

    A heart trace, called an ECG, can quickly show up major heart attacks, but it is not very good at excluding more common, smaller ones that can still be life-threatening.

    Currently, patients with suspect chest pain and a clear ECG can have a different heart-attack blood test, called troponin, when they arrive at A&E. But it needs to be repeated three hours later to pick up signs of heart muscle damage.

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    Image caption Alison Fullingham ended up having coronary bypass surgery

    Alison Fullingham, 49 and from Bolton, did not realise she was having a heart attack when she experienced pain in her upper chest, neck and jaw.

    Despite a small change in her ECG, doctors initially suspected she was having a simple panic attack.

    It was only hours later when her troponin tests came back that the correct diagnosis was reached.

    Rapid diagnosis

    Levels of cMyC (cardiac myosin-binding protein C) in the blood rise more rapidly and to a higher extent after a heart attack than troponin proteins, studies suggest.

    That means doctors can use the new test to rule out a heart attack in a higher proportion of patients straightaway, according to the researchers who report their trial findings in the journal Circulation.

    They carried out troponin and cMyC blood tests on nearly 2,000 people admitted to hospitals in Switzerland, Italy and Spain with acute chest pain.

    The new test was better at giving patients the all-clear within the first three hours of presenting with chest pain.

    Dr Tom Kaier, one of the lead researchers, funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) at St Thomas’ Hospital, London, said: “Our research shows that the new test has the potential to reassure many thousands more patients with a single test, improving their experience and freeing up valuable hospital beds in A&E departments and wards across the country.”

    He says if the test were to be used routinely, it could provide doctors with reliable results within 15 to 30 minutes. It is only being used for research at the moment, however.

    Dr Kaier’s hospital carries out around 7,800 troponin blood tests each year. By his calculations, switching to cMyC would save his hospital £800,000 through reduced admissions. Extrapolate that to other NHS hospitals and the savings could be millions of pounds, he says.

    Prof Simon Ray, from the British Cardiovascular Society, said more research was needed before the new test could replace the troponin test.

    “Unlike currently available blood tests which need to be repeated at least three hours after pain it looks as though a single test is enough to make a confident decision on whether a patient has or has not suffered a heart attack. Not only can it be done earlier after the onset of symptoms but it also seems to be better at discriminating between heart attacks and other causes of chest pains. This is very important.”

    Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41399159