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Researchers tested their method to track Bluetooth fingerprints on campus. They use an off-the-shelf device to track and identify devices. CREDIT: University of California San DiegoA team of engineers at the University of California San Diego has demonstrated for the first time that the Bluetooth signals emitted constantly by our mobile phones have a unique fingerprint that can be used to track individuals’ movements.

Mobile devices, including phones, smartwatches and fitness trackers, constantly transmit signals, known as Bluetooth beacons, at the rate of roughly 500 beacons per minute.These beacons enable features like Apple’s “Find My” lost device tracking service; COVID-19 tracing apps; and connect smartphones to other devices such as wireless earphones.

Image:  Researchers tested their method to track Bluetooth fingerprints on campus. They use an off-the-shelf device to track and identify devices. CREDIT: University of California San Diego

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(Apple/PA)Apple’s latest round of software updates to its range of devices has emphasised the dominance of the company in the technology sector, one industry expert has said.

Ben Wood, the chief analyst at CCS Insight, said the announcements made during the firm’s annual WWDC event, which spread across updates for the iPhone, mobile payments, desktop computing, smart home and even in-car tech, showed the “ever-increasing breadth and depth of Apple’s business”.

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Closeup of iv drip chamber 2022 04 12 03 03 32 utcA tiny group of people with rectal cancer just experienced something of a scientific miracle: their cancer simply vanished after an experimental treatment.

In a very small trial done by doctors at New York's Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, patients took a drug called dostarlimab for six months. The trial resulted in every single one of their tumors disappearing. The trial group included just 18 people, and there's still more to be learned about how the treatment worked. But some scientists say these kinds of results have never been seen in the history of cancer research.

 

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Business people in office using computer 2022 03 08 01 31 17 utcThe time has come to look beyond customer service. A satisfactory engagement process, whether digital or human-centric, is now to be expected. In order to stand out and truly establish a game-changing emotional connection, the concept of Deep Customer Care has to be integrated into every aspect of the engagement journey.

Conventional customer service can be a curated, almost scripted response, delivering a standard corporate interaction. Deep Customer Care, on the other hand, dispenses with pre-defined parameters and looks to ensure every brand journey is bespoke and goes above and beyond expectations. This is not, however, some theoretical, unattainable pinnacle; instead, it is a robust, actionable reality, underpinned by a cohesive route to consistency.

 

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The world seems heading towards the age of the four-day working week | Photo Credit: AMANDA PEROBELLIThe future of work looks increasingly headed towards an era where many will work partly from home

Elon Musk doesn’t like WFH. Neither does New York Mayor Eric Adams or London Mayor Sadiq Khan, though for different reasons. Musk, a notorious workaholic who calls WFH “pretend’ work, has just ordered Tesla executives to spend 40-hours minimum weekly at the office, “not some remote pseudo-office.” Not mincing words, Musk adds if Tesla employees don’t turn up, “we will assume you have resigned.”

Image: The world seems heading towards the age of the four-day working week | Photo Credit: AMANDA PEROBELLI

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D0dba21c 5f17 4f22 9dd6 411001e254f5Investing in entrepreneurs and startups is a fun but different world from investing in conventional stocks, bonds, and commodities. First of all, it’s more of an investment in people than in a business, since the startup is usually an idea barely half-baked when they need your money. Secondly, the risk is very high, since as many as 90 percent of startups fail within a few years.

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Close up of heart rate monitor measuring heartbeat 2021 11 03 22 31 50 utcBritish researchers have developed a biodegradable gel to repair damage caused by a heart attack in a breakthrough that could improve the health of millions of survivors worldwide.

There are more than 100,000 hospital admissions every year due to heart attacks in the UK alone – one every five minutes. Medical advances mean more people than ever before survive, with 1.4 million Britons alive today after experiencing a heart attack. But hearts have a very limited ability to regenerate, meaning survivors are left at risk of heart failure and other health problems.

 

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BiOI pixels produce hydrogen bubbles under illumination CREDIT: Dr Virgil Andrei, St John's College, CambridgeDevices made of readily available oxide and carbon-based materials can produce clean hydrogen from water over weeks – according to new research.

The findings, co-led by Dr Virgil Andrei, a Research Fellow at St John’s College, University of Cambridge, with academics at Imperial College London, could help overcome one of the key issues in solar fuel production, where current earth-abundant light-absorbing materials are limited through either their performance or stability.

Image: BiOI pixels produce hydrogen bubbles under illumination CREDIT: Dr Virgil Andrei, St John's College, Cambridge

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The apple car is still alive and a ford veteran joins apple to make it happen 187962 1Apple Inc wants to power the dashboard of your next car, but first it must convince automakers they will not end up surrendering future profits to the iPhone company like the makers of flip-phone handsets.

Apple on Monday gave a preview of a new generation of its CarPlay software that will migrate from its current home on the entertainment screen to power everything in front of the driver.

 

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Apple WWDC22 iOS16iOS 16 introduces multi-layered cutomisation options. You will have access to wallpapers with widget-like capabilities and the OS will allow you to pick from different typefaces and colour filters while customising your setup. You will also have the ability to add widgets for upcoming calendar events, workout status and choose multiple widgets, while picking wallpapers and presets from a curated selection provided by Apple.

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