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At 10 p.m. on a Saturday night, I found myself scaling a poorly lit, three-story staircase at the back of a Minneapolis apartment building. I had to use the flashlight on my phone to find the lockbox and let myself into the unit, where an 80-pound dog was waiting for me. There’s more to being an app-approved dog walker than picking up poop. To research my story on dog-walking apps, I filled out Wag’s application to be a walker, paid $25 for a background check and took two online quizzes and sent in five recommendations. Within 10 days, Wag approved me and sent me a work agreement as an independent contractor. I uploaded my picture, wrote my profile, and started looking for walk work. Turns out, it wasn’t all that easy to get. When I got my first alert (an owner seeking a 30-minute walk), I took a few seconds to click on the profile to see what kind of dog I’d be walking. By the time I tried to accept the job, someone else had taken it. That happened several … [Read more...] about Could I be an app-approved dog walker? Sure. Was it worth it? Maybe
By Christopher Mims Christopher Mims The Wall Street Journal BiographyChristopher Mims @mims christophermims [email protected] July 12, 2018 12:00 p.m. ET 4 COMMENTS Illustration: PETER ARKLE If every tree falling in every forest might soon be heard by an internet-connected microphone, what hope is there for our privacy? Already when you’re sitting in a room with an iPhone, an Apple Watch and a smart assistant like Amazon Echo or Google Home, you’re surrounded by a dozen microphones. (Newer iPhones have four and the Echo has seven, while the smartwatch has just one, for now.) Add in the latest smart wireless headphones—Apple’s expected next-generation AirPods or competing ones from Bose or Shure—along with talking microwave ovens and TVs from Samsung, LG and others, and anyone at home or in an open-plan office could soon be within earshot of hundreds of microphones. Most of them will be listening for a wake word like … [Read more...] about All Ears: Always-On Listening Devices Could Soon Be Everywhere
"I don't remember dates," he said. "I have to write things on my calendar." Ginenthal is in the first stages of Alzheimer's disease, but is doing everything he can to build his body to protect his brain, reports CBS News medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook. "I don't want to give up my dancing," Ginenthal said. Today, researchers report that a new test indentifies with 88 percent accuracy those patients 65 and over who are likely to develop dementia. "This is the very first tool that is trying to put together all of the different known risk factors and to try and come up with one single score," said Dr. Murali Doraiswamy, the head of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University. More than 3,000 elderly patients were screened for risk factors like older age, poor performance on cognitive tests, and, surprisingly, being underweight. Other warning signs were an abnormal brain scan, a thickened carotid artery, and genes linked to Alzheimer's disease. Over half of the patients in … [Read more...] about New Test Could Reveal Dementia Risk
Mistakes made on memory and thinking tests may be early warning signs of Alzheimer's disease, researchers report. Low scores on such tests could serve as a "red flag" for the progressive brain disease up to 18 years before it can be diagnosed, the study authors added. "The changes in thinking and memory that precede obvious symptoms of Alzheimer's disease begin decades before," study author Kumar Rajan, of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, said in a news release from the American Academy of Neurology. "While we cannot currently detect such changes in individuals at risk, we were able to observe them among a group of individuals who eventually developed dementia due to Alzheimer's," Rajan said. The study involved more than 2,000 people, both black and white, from Chicago. The participants were an average age of 73. None were diagnosed with Alzheimer's at the start of the study, and each completed tests of memory and thinking skills every three years over nearly two decades. … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Memory test could signal Alzheimer’s years in advance