Fitbit confident smartwatch will arrive on time, despite rumors of delays

first_imgInternet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts David Curry Fitbit’s next smartwatch is “on track” to launch at the end of this year, according to chief executive James Park, who denied the multiple rumors of delays.In an interview with the Financial Times, Park said the smartwatch will be the company’s best yet, sporting “industry leading” GPS performance, a music player, and new biometric sensors that may find use in the medical industry, if Fitbit receives FDA approval.See Also: Study hints that wearables are terrible at counting calories, just like their usersOne thing that won’t be in the next Fitbit is cellular options, which Park says requires too many tradeoffs, the most important being battery life.Even though Fitbit has one of the better records for accuracy, in a report last year the Apple Watch was deemed far more accurate when it came to heart-rate and high-intensity exercise. The improved GPS may help reduce inaccuracies, alongside the new sensors.Customers say “Where’s my jam?”The company has also been hounded by customers that want to control music through the fitness tracker. The acquisition of Pebble late last year has helped them add third-party applications to the new wearable, according to Park.Entering into the medical market has been rumored for a few months, and Park confirmed the company’s intentions: “Getting approved by the FDA and going down that pathway is something we wholeheartedly embrace. The exciting thing about larger form-factor devices is it allows us to have those capabilities and unlock them over time.”Fitbit is in a tricky situation, if the FDA approval doesn’t come in and the smartwatch doesn’t work wonders, it could be seen as same old to Wall Street. The company’s stock has halved in the past year, and it recently lost its position as the most popular wearable manufacturer, now third behind Apple and Xiaomi.center_img Follow the Puck Tags:#biometric#FDA#Fitbit#fitness tracker#GPS#smartwatch Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

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Thane Police seize three tonnes of meat, say lab test confirms its beef

first_imgThe Thane district police seized a stock of three tonnes of animal meat from a tempo with police claiming that it was beef. Police said that the vehicle was intercepted in the early hours of Wednesday within the limits of Padgha police station and two persons, the driver and cleaner of the tempo, had been arrested. The Station House Officer of Padgha police station said that the lab test of the meat had confirmed that it was beef. The official said that the tempo was coming from Nashik to Mumbai and the meat was concealed beneath scrap items loaded onto the tempo. Police said that the tip-off about the tempo allegedly transporting beef was received from Bajrang Dal activists and a trap was laid at Ajroli checkpost to intercept the vehicle. The meat was being transported from Sangamner to Govandi in Mumbai where it was to be delivered to a meat-seller, police said. The official said that cases under relevant sections of the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act of 1995 and also the Indian Penal Code had been registered against the two arrested persons.last_img read more

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Sixers: Top pick Markelle Fultz done for summer with ankle sprain

first_imgPagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Fultz appeared to roll his ankle in Saturday night’s game and was helped to the locker room by two teammates.He had just signed his contract earlier in the day and was taken for X-rays. The former Washington star had eight points in 15 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIt was the last thing the Sixers wanted to see just when they appeared ready to put years of misery behind them. They have dealt with significant injuries to center Joel Embiid and last year’s No. 1 pick, Ben Simmons, over the last three years.The 76ers pulled off a trade with Boston before the draft to move up from No. 3 to No. 1 to take Fultz, the dynamic scoring point guard that team president Bryan Colangelo felt was the perfect piece to put with Simmons and Embiid.a Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – In this Wednesday, July 5, 2017, file photo, Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz (7) drives around Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game in Salt Lake City. Fultz needed to be helped off the court with an injury to his left ankle in the 76ers’ summer league game Saturday, July 8, against Golden State. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)LAS VEGAS — No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz will miss the rest of the NBA summer league because of a sprained left ankle.The Philadelphia 76ers say Fultz is expected to return to basketball activities in one to two weeks. Fultz tweeted Sunday : “I’m ok, thank you for all who where worried!”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ $50 million boxing tournament announces quarterfinal matchups Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PARlast_img read more

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Ahead of byelections in Bihar Grand Alliance appears to be under strain

first_imgPatna: Even though the Grand Alliance is yet to decide seat allotment for the by-polls on five Assembly segments and Samastipur Lok Sabha constituency, Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) president Jitan Ram Manjhi Monday said they would contest Nathdwara vidhan sabha seat in Bhagalpur under all circumstances.Manjhi, who had recently threatened to pull out of the five-party formation, said his party would field its candidate “har haalat mein” (under all circumstances) from the Nathdwara assembly seat in Bhagalpur district which has fallen vacant upon the sitting JD(U) MLA Ajay Mandals election to the Lok Sabha. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”After five assembly segments fell vacant in the state, we had initially wished to contest Kishanganj and Nathdwara. I had even spoken about this to Tejashwi Yadav (RJD heir apparent). “However, taking into consideration the fact that Kishanganj was a sitting seat of the Congress our alliance partner we have forgone our claim on the same”, Manjhi told reporters. “But, we will contest Nathdwara. Har haalat mein ladenge. We have conveyed this to our alliance partners and reiterate our stand when coalition partners sit together later this week to decide respective candidates for the poll-bound seats. “In the meantime, we are undertaking a massive public outreach programme in Nathdwara, which we are confident of winning”, he added. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe Grand Alliance which had come into being after Chief Minister Nitish Kumars JD(U) tied up with the RJD- Congress combine in 2015 now comprises RJD, Congress and HAM besides former Union minister Upendra Kushwahas RLSP and Bollywood set designer turned politician Mukesh Sahnis VIP. Kumar returned to the NDA in July, 2017, about six months before Manjhi quit the BJP-led coalition and switched over. Kushwaha followed suit 10 months later. Manjhis latest outbursts come less than two months after he had accused the Grand Alliance of having underestimated his party, just like the NDA did, and threatened to go it alone in the assembly polls due next year.last_img read more

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Those out of Assam NRC will continue to vote Poll panel

first_imgNew Delhi: Days after the Union Home Ministry clarified that those left out of the National Register of Citizens in Assam will continue to enjoy all rights of a citizen till they exhaust all legal remedies, the Election Commission has decided that such people will continue to be voters if their names exist in the electoral rolls of the state. A senior functionary of the poll panel on Friday said until those left out of the NRC are eventually declared foreigners after they exhaust all their legal remedies, they would not be disenfranchised. A foreigner cannot be a voter in India, according to the Representation of the People Act, the functionary pointed out. The EC functionary referred to a clarification issued by the Home Ministry earlier this month that those left out of the NRC would continue to enjoy all rights as earlier, like other citizens. The functionary said there will be no review of their voting rights till they use all legal options available to them. The final NRC was released on August 31 with 19,06,657 of the total 3,30,27,661 applicants excluded and 3,11,22,004 included.last_img read more

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New Delhi There have been three firing incidents

first_imgNew Delhi: There have been three firing incidents in various parts of Delhi within a span of 24 hours which left two persons dead and one battling for life. The three shooting incidents occurred in Kalyanpuri, Rohini and New Usmanpur area.In the first incident, objecting to the foul language of some ruffians proved fatal for a young man as he was murdered by the group in Kalyanpuri area of East Delhi. The man was shot dead purportedly for objecting to their use of foul language. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe victim has been identified as Jaspal, a resident of the same area. Sources said that the incident took place when some men in a car were using bad language which was objected to by Jaspal. This made the men furious and they fired at Jaspal. The firing took merely 100 meters from the local police station. The police said that the cause of the murder was being ascertained. A criminal, Guddu, has been detained and investigations were underway. Police recovered a damaged motorbike from the spot, which was said to belong to the criminals involved in the incident. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaIn the second incident, a 22-year-old man was shot dead by some persons in Rohini’s Prem Nagar allegedly after an argument over consumption of liquor, police said on Tuesday. The man, identified as Ashish was living inPrem Nagar in a live in relationship with a girl. Ashish was involved in smuggling of illicit liquor, a senior police officer said. On Monday, at around 8 pm, an argument broke out between him and some persons over consuming liquor, following which one of the accused shot him in the stomach. He died instantly. The third incident happened in North east Delhi’s Brahampuri where a man was shot by unidentified assailants. The victim Mohammad Abbas received a bullet injury on his neck. He is admitted and his condition is said to be stable. “The injured, as well as other persons present at the time of the incident, have not alleged any one. The circumstances seem suspicious,” said Ved Prakash Surya, DCP North East Delhi. On September 26, a man identified as Mohammad Hasan was shot dead in the same area by gunmen.last_img read more

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Kolkata West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerje

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accused the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) of releasing excess water, thereby leading to a flood-like situation in several districts, including Malda, Murshidabad, Hooghly, and Howrah. She was speaking at the state secretariat, Nabanno.According to state government sources, nearly 2.5 lakh people have been affected by the flood-like situation in Malda district. The situation may get worst if it continues to rain heavily. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The internal report of the state administration said some parts of Howrah and Hooghly have been flooded after the DVC released 75,000 cusec water on Monday. The government formed a committee and a control room to monitor the flood-like situation. “The Chief Secretary will head that committee and the control room will be open 24X7. We do not want to take any chance. We are prepared for any adverse situation,” Banerjee said. She also said lack of proper dredging in barrages is causing the flood-like situation in some parts of the state. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway If proper dredging was carried out in the barrages they could have held more water, she said. Sources from the district said many low-lying areas have been inundated. They claimed Malda alone received 99.80 mm rain since Monday. Several mud houses have collapsed creating further problem for people residing in low-lying areas. The flood-like situation triggered by incessant rain has thrown normal life out of gear. Even hospital premises were inundated. Malda Medical College and Hospital has also been badly affected, sources added. The ground floors of almost all houses have been flooded and many areas are without electricity supply for hours. Water has also entered the district collectorate, police stations, the district magistrate’s residence and government offices, said sources.(With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

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Bengaluru Amid growing criticism against the dela

first_imgBengaluru: Amid growing criticism against the delay in release of central funds for flood relief, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Wednesday said it would be released in a couple of days as Prime Minister Narendra Modi was aware of the situation. Yediyurappa’s assurance comes a day after the opposition parties in the state hit out at Modi, alleging he has adopted an “indifferent behavior” towards Karnataka on the issue of extending flood relief funds. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad “There is no need for anyone, whether from our party or others to create any confusion. Relief funds have not been announced to any of the flood affected states in the country yet,” Yediyurappa said. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi was outside the country, now he has come back, in another two to three days all affected states will get funds,” he said. Speaking to reporters in Mysuru, the Chief Minister said, “there is no need for anyone’sinfluence or to meet Prime Minister in this regard. PM is aware of the situation. Amit Shah (Home Minister) also is aware… Funds will be released at the earliest.” Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tweet expressing concern over the floods in Bihar drew the ire of leaders of Congress and JDS. In his tweet on Monday, Modi said, “Spoke to Bihar CM @NitishKumar Ji regarding the flood situation in parts of the state. Agencies are working with local administration to assist the affected. Centre stands ready to provide all possible further assistance that may be required.” Reacting to Modi’s tweet, senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah had sought to know why there was “hatred” for Karnataka, and no response from Modi despite severe floods that ravaged many parts of Karnataka. “More than 60 days since parts Karnataka suffered from floods. No shelter, nothing to eat, cattle dying, crops lost – but response from @narendramodi is missing. Why this hatred towards Ktaka? What are our 25 MPs from @BJP4Karnataka doing? #NAMOMissing, pls help us find him,” Siddaramaiah had tweeted. Interestingly, Vijayapura City BJP MLA Basanagouda Patil Yatnal had said Modi tweeting concern for Bihar flood victims and not with those affected in Karnataka has made people feel he did not care about the state as there were no immediate polls there. BJP governments at both centre and the state have been facing criticism from the opposition regarding the “delay” in grant of central funds despite Home Minister Amit Shah, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman and an Inter-ministerial Central team visiting the affected region. The Opposition parties have accused the Modi government of showing its “apathy” towards Karnataka, despite state sending 25 BJP MPs. Last evening, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman had said, the Inter-ministerial Central Team’s report was under finalisation. Karnataka has sent a flood damage estimate of Rs 35,160.81 crore to the central government, and is waiting for the relief. As many as 103 taluks in 22 districts were affected due to floods in August, in which over 80 people were killed. Around seven lakh people were shifted to safe areas and thousands of houses were damaged.last_img read more

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If you drink nearly 14 drinks per week 2 drinks p

first_imgIf you drink nearly 14 drinks per week (2 drinks per day) and already suffer from mild cognitive impairment (MCI), you may be at a higher risk of developing dementia than those who enjoy drink a week, say researchers. According to researchers from Harvard University’s T H Chan School of Public Health, among those adults with MCI, the risk of dementia according to numbers of alcoholic drinks per week wasn’t statistically significant, although it appeared to be highest for drinking more than 14 drinks per week compared with less than one drink. Also Read – The Puja carnivalIn this cohort study of 3,021 participants aged 72 years and older, alcohol intake within recommended limits was not significantly associated with a lower risk of dementia among participants with or without mild cognitive impairment at baseline. Among participants without mild cognitive impairment, daily low-quantity drinking was associated with lower dementia risk compared with infrequent higher-quantity drinking. “The findings suggest that physicians caring for older adults need to carefully assess the full dimensions of drinking behaviour and cognition when providing guidance to patients about their alcohol consumption,” said the research led by Manja Koch from TH Chan School of Public Health and published in the journal JAMA Network Open. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraThe study analysed 3,021 adults (72 and older) who were free of dementia (2,548 were without MCI and 473 with MCI). During about six years of follow-up, there were 512 cases of dementia, including 348 cases of Alzheimer disease. Among those adults without MCI, no amount of alcohol consumption was significantly associated with higher risk for dementia compared with drinking less than one drink per week. Given the rapidly growing burden of Alzheimer disease (AD) and other dementias, including 50 million people currently living with dementia and 82 million expected by 2030, the identification of factors that prevent or delay the onset of dementia remains of paramount concern. During the study, the participants reported their liquor consumption in days per week and their usual number of 12-oz cans or bottles of beer, 6-oz glasses of wine, and shots of liquor consumed on each occasion. “We categorised participants according to their alcohol consumption as follows: none, less than 1 drink per week, 1 to 7 drinks per week, 7.1 to 14 drinks per week, and more than 14 drinks per week,” the authors wrote. In this study of older adults, the association of self-reported alcohol consumption with dementia risk appeared to cluster into 3 separate dimensions—baseline cognition, dose and pattern. “At present, our findings cannot be directly translated into clinical recommendations,” authors suggested.last_img read more

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Researchers have found that in top athletes exce

first_imgResearchers have found that, in top athletes, excess physical activity could be harmful and also associated with major fatigue and reduced performances. The study published in the journal Current Biology shows that intensive physical training could harm brain capacity, particularly cognitive control. For the findings, Mathias Pessiglione and his team said that they were interested in identifying the causes of a common phenomenon in top athletes, known as “overtraining syndrome”. Also Read – The Puja carnivalThis was characterised by reduced athletic performance and intense fatigue. Athletes suffering from this syndrome might be tempted by products likely to restore their performance. The primary hypothesis of the researchers were clear: the fatigue caused by overtraining is similar to that caused by mental efforts. To test this idea, the team spent nine weeks working with 37 triathletes, who were split into two groups. The first underwent the “usual” high-level training whereas the second had additional training during the last three weeks of the experiment, with sessions lasting 40 per cent longer, on average. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraFrom this, the researchers were able to identify similarities between overly intensive physical training and excessive mental work. This excessive physical activity leads to reduced activity of lateral prefrontal cortex, similar to that observed during mental effort. Reduction in brain activity was associated with impulsive decision-making, in which short-term gratification was prioritised over long-term goals. In the case of top athletes, being this impulsive could lead to their decision to stop right in the middle of a performance or to abandon a race in order to end the pain felt during physical exertion. The researchers believe, fatigue and reduced cognitive control might also constitute the first stage in development of a “burnout syndrome”, which affects people across professional sectors.last_img read more

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