provided by Published 4:32 pm PDT, Sunday, March 17, 2019 Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 This ingenious app alerts you to laptop theft 1 / 1 Back to Gallery For most of us, our laptops and smartphones are our lifelines – not only are they expensive, but they store our most important documents and photos. Unfortunately, thieves don’t care about your memories or short stories; if they see an unattended laptop, they’ll take it. All it takes is for you to step away for just a second in a busy cafe – unless you have a powerful anti-burglar device like Beepify. It’s a simple but effective tool. All you do is set up Beepify on your laptop and set certain “triggers” that will set off a loud alarm. For example, you can set Beepify to go off if your laptop’s charger is disconnected, or if someone shuts it. This kind of anti-theft device immediately scares away would-be … [Read more...] about This ingenious app alerts you to laptop theft
ShakeAlertLA enforces greater safety precautions during earthquakes by sending “limited public notifications” to users seconds before the disaster. (Tucker Judkins/Daily Trojan) Angelenos may now receive early warnings for earthquakes by using the ShakeAlertLA app, which launched Dec. 31, according to LA Curbed. According to the California Geological Survey and the U.S. Geological Survey, California is ranked the second-most seismic state in the country. In its U.S. National Seismic Hazard Model update last year, the U.S. Geological Survey found that there is at least a 74 percent chance that California will experience earthquake damage in the next century. ShakeAlertLA notifies users seconds before an earthquake hits. Additionally, the app also records recent earthquakes with a magnitude greater than 3.0 and lists the proper protocol used to recover from an earthquake or prepare for one. According to ShakeAlertLA’s website, the app plans to send “limited … [Read more...] about New app can provide earthquake warnings
Peter Holley, The Washington Post Published 7:54 am PST, Wednesday, November 21, 2018 A new Taser automatically alerts authorities as soon as the weapon is fired. A new Taser automatically alerts authorities as soon as the weapon is fired. Photo: Courtesy Of Noonlight Photo: Courtesy Of Noonlight Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 A new Taser automatically alerts authorities as soon as the weapon is fired. A new Taser automatically alerts authorities as soon as the weapon is fired. Photo: Courtesy Of Noonlight New weapon alerts police as soon as its fired 1 / 3 Back to Gallery In the heart of an emergency, when the body's fight-or-flight response is fully activated, calling … [Read more...] about New weapon alerts police as soon as its fired
Peter Holley, The Washington Post Published 2:47 pm CDT, Sunday, October 7, 2018 Imagine you're riding a bicycle when you collide with a car and are thrown over the handlebars. When you hit the street, you're knocked unconscious and unable to call for help. In this scenario, you're wholly dependent upon a stranger coming to your rescue. If you're in public, surrounded by people, that might not be a problem. But if you're injured when you're alone, hours could pass before you're found. The makers of one app claim that their technology now includes a feature they refer to as "automatic crash detection and response." As of last week, Noonlight - an app designed to connect people with rescue services - began using an algorithm that taps into a smartphone's sensors, allowing the platform to measure and detect minuscule changes in the user's location, motion and force. If the sensors detect a sudden change in motion and force indicating that the user has been involved in an … [Read more...] about This app knows when you’ve been in an accident
Tech & Science There are countless phone applications that promise to help women keep track of their fertility to prevent pregnancy, but the reliability of these programs is questionable. That could change, though, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on Friday that a phone application can be used as an effective form of contraception. The agency approved marketing of the application Natural Cycles that works to prevent pregnancy using an algorithm that calculates the days of the month a woman is likely to be fertile. “Consumers are increasingly using digital health technologies to inform their everyday health decisions, and this new app can provide an effective method of contraception if it’s used carefully and correctly,” Dr. Terri Cornelison, assistant director for the health of women in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said in a statement. “But women should know that no form of … [Read more...] about Is This Phone App Effective Birth Control? The FDA Thinks So.