Selfie Self-Care: Phone Apps Push People To Take Their Pills

Take two tablets and a selfie? Your doctor’s orders may one day include a smartphone video to make sure you took your medicine.

Smartphone apps that monitor pill-taking are now available, and researchers are testing how well they work when medication matters. Experts praise the efficiency, but some say the technology raises privacy and data security concerns.

Selfie medicine works like this: Open an app on your phone, show your pills, put them in your mouth and swallow. Don’t forget to show your empty mouth to the camera to prove today’s dose is on its way. Then upload the video proof to the clinic.

Fans say the technology addresses a big problem: About half of drugs for chronic conditions aren’t taken as prescribed because of cost, side effects or patient forgetfulness.

With treatment for opioid addiction, a skipped dose can mean a dangerous relapse. The National Institute on Drug Abuse is funding research to tailor a smartphone app for those patients and see if they’ll use it.

“If we can keep patients engaged, we can keep them in treatment longer,” said lead researcher Dr. Judith Tsui of the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle.

The next phase of her research will compare a group of patients who use the monitoring app called emocha (ee-MOH-kuh) with those who don’t to see if there’s a difference.

At one Tennessee treatment center, some patients with opioid addiction are already using the app to upload selfies of their daily dose and answer questions about how they’re doing.

“Every time they sign on, it allows us to capture data. Are they having cravings? Suicidal tendencies?” said Scott Olson, CEO of Dallas-based Pathway Healthcare, which is trying the app at its Jackson, Tennessee, site. “Maybe a phone call from a counselor might make the difference between staying clean and a relapse.”

Olson thinks…
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House Party! Google Home Can Connect to Any Bluetooth Speaker

If you’ve been eyeing a multi-room Sonos, you might want to hold off. Google Home has a new trick up its sleeve that can turn any old Bluetooth speaker into a connected part of a multi-room audio setup.

The feature is part of a new software update that brings Bluetooth connectivity and control to the Google Home family of devices — i.e., the Google Home, Google Home Mini, and the Google Home Max.

Once tethered to your Google Home, you’ll be able to ask Google Assistant to play music on your other speakers either by itself or part of a larger group.

The trick here is that Google Home devices are just using Bluetooth to funnel music from its connected streaming services to the Bluetooth speaker. Which means your speaker needs to be on at all times to receive the music and it doesn’t necessarily imbue the Bluetooth speaker with Google Assistant’s intelligent voice recognition software, obviously. If you want to make a request to change the song, you’ll have to be within shouting distance of the Home.

It’s a Google House Party!

Despite a few quirks with the system, this is still a major upgrade for the Home, enabling you to form multi-room systems piece-by-piece with old Bluetooth speakers at a far cheaper price than a Sonos system.

So, when can you get your multi-room Google house party underway?

According to a Google spokesperson, the update is rolling out now with some speakers getting the functionality before others. (Read: Not ours for some reason.)

Oh, and if the idea sounds familiar, it might be because Amazon already offers this function through its Amazon Echo speakers.
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Huawei P20 Pro. First thoughts and unboxing

Huawei P20 Pro. First thoughts and unboxing
The glitz and the glamour are done, so now it’s time to get the real work done. The unboxing of the P20 Pro.

So, let’s dive into the video first and then we can analyse the phone further..

Let’s start at the top of the phone and work our way around. Right at the very top of the phone is where we can find the first microphone and an IR emitter.
Huawei P20 Pro. First thoughts and unboxing

We can also see the lines for the antennas here in a traditional Huawei fashion. Going down the right-hand side is where we have got most of the buttons, starting with the volume rocker and then the power key. This has a very nice red detailing on it to make it easier to identify.

Huawei P20 Pro. First thoughts and unboxing

Onto the base to find the speaker grills, however one is a fake speaker grill and it actually covers the other mic inputs. Very much in the same vein as the iPhone and the Oneplus 5/5T.

Huawei P20 Pro. First thoughts and unboxing
In-between these grills is the Type C USB port which will support Displayport 3.1 and will allow you to use the EMUI desktop mode as previously seen on the Mate 10 Pro. Going back up the left-hand side we have an expanse of metal until we get to the SIM card slot.

Huawei P20 Pro. First thoughts and unboxing
This will support dual SIMs, as the phone we have here is that version. There isn’t a version of the phone that will support external memory, which is a shame. The dual SIMs will both be capable of working at full 4G speeds which is a nice touch.

Huawei P20 Pro. First thoughts and unboxing

Moving around the back we come to the business end of the phone. Here we can find the camera array – three cameras. This image below makes it easier to appreciate which ones are which as there is quite a lot going on here.

Huawei P20 Pro. First thoughts and unboxing

As you can see then there is a lot going on here. The individual cameras are 40MP for the main RGB lens, 20MP for the Mono Lens and 8MP for the Telephoto Lens. This equates to a massive 68MP for the back camera array! As we know though, this is not how the array works and I will go into more detail about that in the full review.

Huawei P20 Pro. First thoughts and unboxing

We also have the newly redesigned Huawei logo. The difference is the “E”, as it now uses a different font!

Yeah, I didn’t notice it either until someone pointed it out to me.

Going around to the front is where we find the fingerprint reader at the bottom of the phone. Although it looks like it should be a button it is not, however, the area is “gesture aware” should you wish it to be. If not then you can use the on-screen controls.

Huawei P20 Pro. First thoughts and unboxing

Up top, we can find the infamous “notch” This houses the 24MP front-facing camera and the earpiece, which also pulls double duty as a speaker.

In between the two ends of the phone, we have got the fabulous 18.7:9″ Fullview FHD OLED display. Wow, that is a mouthful! The display is very bright and clear and has a very good PPI of 408. With a screen-to-body ratio of 82%.

Huawei P20 Pro. First thoughts and unboxing

Here is a break down of the key specs for you spec geeks…

  • Body: dual-glass with metal frame, 7.65mm thick
  • Screen: 6.1″ AMOLED, 1080 x 2244 px resolution (408ppi);
  • Chipset: Kirin 970 chipset, octa-core processor (Cortex-A73 2.4GHz + A53 1.8GHz), Mali-G72 MP12 GPU
  • Memory: 6GB RAM, 128GB storage
  • OS: Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.1;
  • Camera: 40MP f/1.8 color + 8MP f/2.4 color telephoto + 20MP f/1.6 black & white, 4K video capture, 720@960fps slow-mo, Leica branding
  • Camera features: 1/1.7″ 40MP sensor, up to ISO 102,400, 3x optical zoom, 5x hybrid zoom, OIS + EIS, can change focus and lighting in photos after they are taken, Variable Aperture, Portrait Mode, can shoot long-exposure without a tripod
  • Selfie cam: 24MP, f/2.0 Leica lens, Portrait Mode with live bokeh effects; 2D Face Unlock
  • Battery: 4,000mAh; Super Charge
  • Security: Fingerprint reader (front), 0.4 seconds response time
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2 + LE, NFC, USB Type-C
  • Misc: IR blaster, stereo speakers

So, now we know what it looks like outside, what about the guts of the phone? Well, as you can see above, it packs some very good hardware, particularly in the camera area. Thankfully it is backed up by a proven stablemate in the form of the Kirin 970 processor with its embedded NPU, helping with a lot of the heavy lifting.

For the most parts, the core of the phone is the same as what we have seen on the Mate 10 Pro at the end of last year. This has proven to be a fantastic phone that has not lacked power at all. It has also been my phone of choice when I need a long-lasting battery when snapping photos. That is why I chose it as my weapon of choice for my trip to Barcelona this year at MWC. I have the distinct feeling that the place the Mate 10 Pro filled will now be taken up by the P20 Pro.

I will be giving the phone a trial by fire when I travel to Scotland next week on my holiday, after which I will be able to come to some conclusions about the phone. In the meantime, I will need to get into the phone and re-acclimate myself to EMUI.

Huawei P20 Pro. First thoughts and unboxing

As I mention in the video at the top of this article I will be doing a more in-depth look at the OS soon so if you haven’t already please subscribe to our channel so you don’t miss it

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Review: Blu Vivo X

Blu’s latest phone is the Vivo X, an affordable flagship that boasts a 6-inch screen, 4 cameras, and a massive battery. If you’re turned on by unlocked Android phones with 2:1 displays and low price points, the Blu Vivo X is a reasonable piece of hardware. Here is Phone Scoop’s in-deopth review.

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ZTE's Android Go Phone, the Tempo Go, Now Available for $80

ZTE made the Tempo Go available for purchase from its online store. The Tempo Go is a version of the Tempo X that runs the Android Go Oreo platform. Android Go is Google’s slimmed-down version of Android for ultra low-cost devices with RAM of 1 GB of less. The Tempo Go has a 5-inch display with 854 by 480 pixels and it is powered by a Snapdragon 210 processor with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage. Other features include a 5-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front camera, microUSB, 3.5mm headset jack, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 2,200mAh battery. The Tempo Go is sold unlocked with support for the LTE 4G networks of AT&T and T-Mobile. The phone costs $80.

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Huawei Says It's Not Giving Up On the US Market

Huawei plans to soldier on in the U.S. market despite recent setbacks. “We are committed to the U.S. market and to earning the trust of U.S. consumers by staying focused on delivering world-class products and innovation,” said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business, to CNET. Earlier this week, Huawei announced the P20 and P20 Pro phones (pictured), contenders to the Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S9. The phones boast gradient paint jobs and advanced cameras. Huawei, however, will not sell these phones in the U.S., at least not right away. Earlier this year, AT&T and Verizon Wireless dropped plans to sell Huawei’s flagship device, the Mate 10 Pro, due to government pressure. Later, retailer Best Buy also said it would stop selling the Mate 10 Pro in its stores. Some in the U.S. government believe Huawei represents a security threat. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has gone so far as to introduce rules that would make it illegal for companies in the U.S. to buy gear from Huawei and other companies that post a potential risk. Huawei insists these fears are unfounded. “The security risk concerns are based on groundless suspicions and are quite frankly unfair,” said Yu. “We work with 46 of the [top] 50 global operators, and have maintained a very strong security record because security is one of our top priorities.” Huawei may not have a carrier distribution deal for its phones, but the company does still sell its devices to U.S. consumers online. The company is the world’s third-largest supplier of phones behind Apple and Samsung. “We recognize we are not a known brand in the U.S. and we need to build our brand here. Our first step is to win the trust of consumers.”

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DoJ Watchdog: FBI Could Have Tried Harder To Hack iPhone

FBI officials could have tried harder to unlock an iPhone as part of a terrorism investigation before launching an extraordinary court fight with Apple Inc. in an effort to force it to break open the device, the Justice Department’s watchdog said Tuesday.

The department’s inspector general said it found no evidence the FBI was able to access data on the phone belonging to one of the gunmen in a 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, as then-FBI Director James Comey told Congress more than once. But communications failures among FBI officials delayed the search for a solution. The FBI unit tasked with breaking into mobile devices only sought outside help to unlock the phone the day before the Justice Department filed a court brief demanding Apple’s help, the inspector general found.

The finding could hurt future Justice Department efforts to force technology companies to help the government break into encrypted phones and computers.

The intense public debate surrounding the FBI’s legal fight with Apple largely faded after federal authorities announced they were able to access the phone in the San Bernardino attack without the help of the technology giant. But Trump administration officials have indicated a renewed interest in legislation that would address the problem, with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray publicly discussing their frequent frustration with encrypted devices. Congress could be less inclined to act on the problem — known as “going dark” — if there is an indication it may not be necessary.

Even after an outside vendor demonstrated it could successfully hack the phone, FBI officials disagreed over whether it should be used, in part because it would make the legal battle with Apple unnecessary. Some FBI officials thought they had found the precedent-setting case to convince Americans there should be no encryption that can’t…
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Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 Phones Now Receiving Android 8.1

HMD Global today said that it is rolling out the Android 8.1 Oreo update to the Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 phones. The company has been beta testing Oreo for these devices for the last few months. The update is available over the air. The Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 are inexpensive Android phones released by HMD Global last year. They are available unlocked from

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Data of 150M MyFitnessPal App Users Stolen by Hackers

Under Armour says the data of about 150 million people was taken from its MyFitnessPal app and web site. MyFitnessPal is a popular tool for managing diet and exercise. The company says it noticed unauthorized access to its servers by a third party on March 25 and immediately took steps to investigate the issue. Under Armour believes the hackers made off with usernames, email addresses, and hashed passwords. Data such as social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, and payment card data was not accessed. Under Armour began notifying impacted users within several days of the breach. The notice provides users with recommendation on steps they can take to protect their information. Under Armour is encouraging all users to change their passwords immediately. The investigation into the nature of the breach is ongoing and Under Armour will provide more information as it is available. Customers can find more information on a FAQ posted to the company’s web site. In 2016, Under Armour partnered with HTC to create a fitness-focused Health Box, which included a smart scale that could talk to apps on HTC phones.

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Razer Phone Picks Up Android 8 Oreo Developer Preview

Razer is offering an early build of Android 8.1 Oreo to developers for the Razer Phone. The developer preview must be installed manually and will erase all data from the phone. This preview is not intended for owners of the device. Critically, Razer points out that the build does not include any carrier-specific features, meaning network connectivity, signal strength, enhanced voicemail, VoLTE support, and Wi-Fi calling support may not work with the developer preview. Further, there will be no over-the-air updates for the developer preview program and new builds will need to be manually installed each time. Developers interested in testing Android 8.1 on the Razer Phone can snag the preview from Razer’s web site.

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