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Australians can now see a doctor through video link thanks to Telstra

By: Chris Smith | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Jul 3, 2015 10:31 am

We've all seen the memes about misdiagnosis through WebMD and now Telstra is offering Australians the ability to see a qualified doctor through the internet, courtesy of ReadyCare.

 

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Free of Government assistance, ReadyCare will not be 'bulk billed' and this collaboration with Medgate will set users back $76 AU per session. Even though the payment is high, Telstra's Dr Amandeep Hansra justifies it through the prevention of virus': "Services like this will decrease the risk of infection because if somebody has got the flu and they're sitting there waiting in the GP's waiting room they're coughing and spreading it; the same goes for hospital emergency departments."

 

Dr Chris Mitchell from the clinical advisory panel agrees, commenting on the swine flu epidemic being a major cause for using this service "dangerous honeypot situation for spreading infectious diseases."

SurveyMonkey CEO David Goldberg's death confirmed as gym accident

By: Chris Smith | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: May 5, 2015 6:07 am

Recently we reported on the unfortunate and unexpected death of SurveyMonkey CEO David Goldberg, announced by his brother with little information attached.

 

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We've now received word that it occurred whilst exercising at a Mexican resort gym, seeing the 47 year old collapse while running on a treadmill and with the Mexican Government stating that he "cracked his head open." With the discovery made around 6:30pm, Goldberg was found on the ground in a pool of blood as reported by The New York Times.

 

His family has planned a private funeral service in Silicon Valley to commemorate his life.

David Goldberg, cheif executive of SurveyMonkey passes away

By: Chris Smith | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: May 3, 2015 6:59 am

David Goldberg, passed away at only 47 suddenly whilst on holiday as confirmed on Facebook by his brother, Robert Goldberg.

 

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Husband of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Goldberg was was well known for his position as the chief executive of SurveyMonkey and described by his wife as "a true partner" in her book named 'lean in'.

 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also posted of Goldberg's passing, adding "Sheryl is a very strong person and knows we're all thinking of her."

 

His Facebook profile has been changed to 'Remembering Dave Goldberg' and stands as a celebration towards a life well lived.

Weed delivery just got real thanks to investors like Snoop Dogg

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Apr 15, 2015 12:17 am

TweakTown has the 420 on what's going on in the weed delivery startup scene, with rapper and businessman Snoop Dogg investing an unknown sum of money into Eaze, a California-based startup that is aiming to deliver weed to your doorstep, all in less than 10 minutes.

 

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The weed delivery startup has raised over $10 million so far from DCM Ventures, Fresh VC, 500 Startups, and Snoop Dogg's Casa Verde Capital. Ease was founded by former Yammer employee Keith McCarty, where the startup quickly raised $1.5 million in seed funding in November, quickly becoming one of the first weed companies to reel in overseas investors. This is mainly because Eaze doesn't just provide the marijuana, but the technology behind the delivery side of things.

 

Since it launched nine months ago, Eaze has made over 30,000 deliveries, and is looking to expand heavily in the next 50 days where it is aiming to add another 50 members to its growing team.

'Star Trek' style Tricorder becomes medical reality

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Feb 15, 2015 11:50 pm

Introduced nearly fifty years ago in 'Star Trek: The Original Series', the medical tricorder used by Dr McCoy and the medical staff of the Starship Enterprise was once a thing of far-off science fiction. Now, it's a reality.

 

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The Scanadu Scout, which started life as an IndieGoGo campaign in May 2013 before raising nearly $1.7 million USD is now shipping out to backers. The device, which the company is trumpeting as the 'First Edition' works by placement on the patients forehead for a total of 10 seconds, before a vital stream of stats including heart rate, temperature, blood pressure, oxygen level and even a complete ECG reading are instantly sent to a mobile device, and also allows for historical tracking.

 

If you missed the initial campaign and are interested in the device, you can subscribe on the Scanadu site to join the list to purchase the next wave of devices. Now, can we please turn our attention to warp drive? K, thanks.

Researchers claim finding love online is all to do with your name

By: Chris Smith | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Feb 14, 2015 5:51 am

Research results have recently been published by scientists from the Queen Mary University of London, claiming that the earlier the first letter of your first name starts in the alphabet - the more likely you are to find love online.

 

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This study claims that if your first name starts with any letter between A and M, you're in luck. This information has been published in the Evidence Based Medicine journal and made aware to us by News.com.au.

 

"A always comes first. People are drawn to those at the top of any listing," claims professor Khalid Khan, further adding "applied to online dating this means that those at the top of the listing get first bite of the attention from potential love-interests and so have a higher chance of being matched." Still not convinced? Khan also mentioned that "the findings are not limited to dating. Amazon and Apple, successful companies, begin with A."

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As online sales ramp up, check out this great postage box redesign

By: Chris Smith | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Jan 25, 2015 11:26 am

ChenChen Hu has designed a fancy new shipping box designed to cut the messy tape piles and box-cutter injuries, replacing them with a fancy fold-over design box that contains a dented corner, housing a tab to open up the world of surprises located within.

 

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The Corner Pack has been designed as a solution to annoying packages that are wrapped in seemingly-endless amounts of sticky tape - or those eBay orders that come with a simple 2-inch long strip of tape that couldn't hold down an ant. The only small drawback to this development is the slight loss of space thanks to the 'dented' edge, however this design aspect has a purpose.

 

Thanks to it storing the opening flap out of the way, the box is unlikely to open when stacked with other objects or brushed past by the postman or courier. Meaning that your contents are safely stored inside without any need for sticky tape whatsoever.

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This multi-tool Leatherman bracelet is an IT-workers dream

By: Chris Smith | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Jan 23, 2015 8:32 am

Often very under-appreciated, the Leatherman is an absolute life-saver if you're a worker in IT and sometimes need to pull apart desktop systems, clean laptops or complete general computer repairs and servicing. Much easier than carrying around various screwdrivers and small scissors in your pocket, a Leatherman is an often-overlooked life saver.

 

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The Leatherman Tread fits 25 different tooling options into the one bracelet - providing users with Phillips and Flathead screwdrivers, a cutting hook, a bottle opener and more. Set for release around the end of Q1 2015, this product will set you back about $150 from retail stores for the silver metal edition, or $200 for the black-issue.

 

Expensive, yes - but do you know how long a Leatherman will last? If you're not happy with wearing this on your wrist for day to day activities, there's no harm storing it in your pocket - however you might see it getting snagged on things.

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Almost a mini-Segway, check out the Onewheel

By: Chris Smith | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Jan 21, 2015 11:06 pm

Said to be current technologies' answer to the hover board, Onewheel is some sort of Segway, skateboard and hover board mix. Propelled by a brushless hub motor utilizing only one moving part, simply lean forward to start your journey - no kicking needed.

 

 

What's even cooler is the ability to go off-road - thanks to the larger sized, air-filled tire, the Onewheel can handle all types of terrain for whatever adventures you have in mind.

 

Complete with lithium iron phosphate batteries for extended ride-times and an 'ultra charger' that claims to fill them from empty to 100% in "well under an hour" (later confirmed as 20 minutes), this project is also completely self-balancing - much like a Segway. Now you can see how we came to our explanation above: Self-propelling and balancing like a Segway, board and stance similar to a skateboard and the versatility of a hover board.

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Logic wins again - London venues are banning selfie sticks

By: Chris Smith | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Jan 19, 2015 1:03 pm

Leading concert venues in London have started to ban selfie sticks due to issues regarding blocking views of stages and the possibility of injury toward other patrons.

 

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You're not allowed to take in an extendable baton into festivals, concerts or gigs, so it makes perfect sense that selfie sticks have been barred from entry. This news comes amid reports of some injuries taking place thanks to selfie sticks being used in packed crowds, alongside many complaints that any large sized phone, like an iPhone 6 Plus, will easily block the view of any spectators.

 

O2 arena has joined the banned-wagon (no pun intended), with a spokesman stating in an interview to NME.com that "the O2 do not allow selfie sticks into the arena due to safety considerations. We welcome selfies, but please leave the stick at home", and a representative for Wembley Arena adds, "The sticks might mean you are refused entry to the venue so our advice is don't bring them and stick with the tried and tested use of an arm." This is followed by a spokesman for Brixton Academy adding "selfie sticks are not permitted at Academy Music Group venues. This is in keeping with our existing policy that prohibits the filming and photography during a performance with iPads and other tablet devices and includes any such obstructions for the satisfaction of other customers."

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