Categories
Tech Radar

Ancestry vs 23andMe: which DNA test service is best for you?

The commercial DNA test kit market has been a big deal for several years now, and two of the biggest players are Ancestry and 23andMe. On the face of it they offer very similar services: both enable you to find DNA relatives, explore your ancestry and even discover how much Neanderthal DNA is kicking around inside you, and both have a second tier that analyses your DNA to let you know of health risk factors and other key health issues. But they’re quite different in terms of the information they provide. So which is best for you? Ancestry vs 23andMe: what’s the sales pitch? Ancestry is the world’s largest genealogy service and the world’s largest for-profit DNA company. Globally it has 20 billion searchable family history records and the DNA records of 18 million people. It “harnesses the information found in family trees, historical records, and DNA to help people gain a new level of understanding about their lives.” 23andMe is focused primarily on health and has over 12 million customers. It says “we’re all about real science, real data and genetic insights that can make it easier for you to take action on your health.” Those insights aren’t available in the entry-level Ancestry + Traits service, however – you’ll need to buy the Health + Ancestry service for that. Ancestry vs 23andMe: how much do they cost? The AncestryDNA kit costs $99 / £79 / AU$129 and is frequently discounted by the likes of Amazon, but the price doesn’t…Continue readingAncestry vs 23andMe: which DNA test service is best for you?

Categories
Tech Radar

Got two phones? You could be first to test WhatsApp’s next big feature

WhatsApp’s long-awaited multi-device support feature will soon be ready for testing, allowing you to stay logged in on several phones at once. Currently, signing into WhatsApp on a second device will log you out of the first one as a security precaution, which can prove frustrating for anyone who regularly switches between phones (for work and personal use, for example). Now, according to new resource files discovered by the sleuths at WABetaInfo, who specialize in finding evidence of forthcoming app features hidden in WhatsApp beta releases, that’s finally about to change. Multi-device support for WhatsApp has been on the cards for a long time, with hints first appearing back in March this year. It’s not surprising that it’s taken a long time to implement, though – the feature not only involves multiple logins (up to four), but also needs to securely sync messages and files between devices. That syncing feeling Now, it seems multi-account support will soon be available for WhatsApp beta testers to try. WABetaInfo has discovered a new settings screen with a toggle button that will allow you to enroll in early access, and a button for linking additional devices to your account. You will also be able to see a list of all the devices currently linked to your account – and they won’t need to be connected to your main phone in any way for the feature to work. If you want to be the first to test it, you’ll need to join the WhatsApp Beta…Continue readingGot two phones? You could be first to test WhatsApp’s next big feature

Categories
TechCrunch

NASA to test precision automated landing system designed for the Moon and Mars on upcoming Blue Origin mission – TechCrunch

NASA is going to be testing out a new precision landing system designed for use on the tough terrain of the Moon and Mars for the first time during an upcoming mission of Blue Origin’s New Shepard reusable suborbital rocket. The ‘Safe and Precise Landing – Integrated Capabilities Evolution’ (SPLICE) system is made up of a number of lasers, an optical camera, and a computer to take all the data collected by the sensors and process it using advanced algorithms, and it works by spotting potential hazards, and adjusting landing parameters on the fly to ensure a safe touchdown. SPLICE will get a real-world test of three of its four primary subsystems during a New Shepard mission to be flown relatively soon. The Jeff Bezos -founded company typically returns its first-stage booster to Earth after making its trip to the very edge of space, but on this test of SPLICE, NASA’s automated landing technology will be operating on board the vehicle the same way they would when approaching the surface of the Moon or Mars . The elements tested will include ‘terrain relative navigation,’ Doppler radar, and SPLICE’s descent and landing computer, while a fourth major system – lidar-based hazard detection – will be tested on future planned flights. Currently, NASA already uses automated landing for its robotic exploration craft on the surface of other planets, including the Perseverance rover headed to Mars. But a lot of work goes into selecting a landing zone with a large area of unobstructed…Continue readingNASA to test precision automated landing system designed for the Moon and Mars on upcoming Blue Origin mission – TechCrunch

Categories
The Verge

Many states aren’t reporting rapid COVID-19 test results

Over 20 states aren’t including results from a type of rapid COVID-19 test in their overall case numbers, according to a survey by Kaiser Health News (KHN). The federal government is sending millions of these types of tests all around the country in an effort to keep up with the pandemic. If states don’t release the results from those tests through their public health departments, it creates a blind spot in the overall data. The tests, called antigen tests, work by detecting a small protein on the surface of the coronavirus. They tend work much faster than the tests that look for the virus itself, called PCR tests, although they can be less accurate. According to the KHN survey, 21 states and the District of Columbia don’t report all of their antigen test results. Fifteen states and DC don’t count positive antigen test results as confirmed cases, and nearly half of the 48 states that responded to the survey said that their antigen test results are probably underreported. At the start of the pandemic, the majority of testing done in the United States was PCR testing. Then, the Food and Drug Administration started authorizing antigen tests in May, and over the past few months, others have started to enter the market. Still, it took until August for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to say that a patient with a positive antigen test should be considered a probable COVID-19 case, even without checking for symptoms. Even now, the agency’s…Continue readingMany states aren’t reporting rapid COVID-19 test results

Categories
The Next Web

Facebook test auto-shares Instagram Stories to your news feed

It didn’t take long for Facebook to copy Snapchat’s Stories format and begin to use it throughout its social networks. Unfortunately for Zuckerberg, it only really caught on for Instagram. Seemingly admitting defeat, Facebook is running a test in which it brings Instagram Stories right onto your news feed. Facebook currently allows anyone to crosspost their stories from Instagram on Facebook, but it’s so far been a manual process, requiring users to actively choose to post their stories on the social network. The change was spotted by @ec_wife on Twitter: View Instagram story directly from Facebook. Hm..new? @MattNavarra pic.twitter.com/FtIBw0uMVz — Audrey 電商人妻® (@ec_wife) September 4, 2020 And later confirmed by Facebook to social media consultant and my former colleague Matt Navarra: CONFIRMED… by Facebook Comms rep: pic.twitter.com/MWSEcqp3hv — Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) September 4, 2020 Anecdotally, it seems Stories hasn’t been quite as successful on Zuckerberg’s primary social network, so spreading some of the love from Instagram makes some sense. I see far more stories on Instagram than Facebook, despite have many more Facebook friends than people I follow on Instagram. That said, it doesn’t seem Facebook is planning on merging the features completely at this point — at least not yet. Per the above screenshot, Facebook will denote which Stories come from Instagram and which were posted onto the social network itself. This is where things become a little confusing too: Facebook notes that only people who follow you on Instagram and have linked their accounts with Facebook will be able to see your…Continue readingFacebook test auto-shares Instagram Stories to your news feed

Categories
Engadget

Watch a Toyota-backed flying car’s first public, piloted test flight

Toyota-backed SkyDrive has finally conducted a public, crewed test flight (via Observer) for its flying car after years of work. The startup flew its SD-03 vehicle around the Toyota Test Field in the city of Toyota with a pilot at the helm. While it wasn’t autonomous, as you might have guessed, it showed that the aircraft could work as promised in the field. The SD-03 is billed as the smallest electric VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) vehicle in the world, and it’s meant to usher in a “new means of transportation” for urban life. It has a total of eight rotors that help it fly safely even if there’s a motor failure. Source linkContinue readingWatch a Toyota-backed flying car’s first public, piloted test flight

Categories
The Next Web

I just got a COVID-19 test — who now knows I got it?

Anytime a person gets tested for COVID-19, it creates a data point public health officials can use to track the spread and prevalence of the virus—but it also creates a financial opportunity for a private company administering the test. There is a multibillion-dollar market for health data in the United States, and those same companies that are now scaling up coronavirus testing, like LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics, have been making money from patients’ medical data for years. When a patient gets tested at a private lab, that lab often removes the patient’s name, then feeds the test information to third parties like pharmaceutical companies, advertisers, researchers, and other companies with an interest in analyzing large quantities of health data. “When you go to have your blood tested, or your urine tested, or tissue sampled, you sort of think that’s a very private thing, it’s coming from inside of you,” said Adam Tanner, author of “Our Bodies, Our Data: How Companies Make Billions Selling Our Medical Records.” But provided companies meet some anonymization requirements, that information can quickly be packaged and resold. “That’s a big surprise to a lot of people,” Tanner said. Under the United States’ health privacy law, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), data must be “de-identified,” which means excluding easily identifiable information, like the name of a patient. But experts say an astonishing amount of detail can still appear in a patient’s file. What’s sold can go well beyond the results of a test and…Continue readingI just got a COVID-19 test — who now knows I got it?

Categories
The Verge

Revel’s electric mopeds return to NYC with new in-app safety test and mandatory helmet selfies

Revel has announced it’ll be resuming its electric moped service in New York City starting today, with new protective measures for riders like a mandatory in-app safety test and a requirement that all riders take a selfie of themselves wearing a helmet before they’ll be allowed to ride. The company worked with the City of New York in developing the new safety measures, and city officials have signed off on the new plan. Revel suspended its service in late July after two customers were killed and one was critically injured while riding the shared electric mopeds. At the time, the company had said that it would be “reviewing and strengthening our rider accountability and safety measures” in light of the accidents. Today we’re relaunching Revel in the city where it all began. We’re rolling out new and enhanced education, safety, and accountability features, and there are a few things you’ll have to do to start riding again. (1/3) pic.twitter.com/WVySpa2j1L — Revel (@_GoRevel) August 27, 2020 One of the biggest changes is a new, mandatory safety test that’s been added to the Revel app that all riders — whether they’ve been using the service for years or are completely new to Revel — will have to pass before they’re allowed to operate the mopeds. New York City customers will have to take the test immediately, while existing customers in Oakland, Austin, and DC will be allowed to ride without taking the test until September 1st. Revel partnered with The Behavioral Insights…Continue readingRevel’s electric mopeds return to NYC with new in-app safety test and mandatory helmet selfies

Categories
The Verge

FDA authorizes Abbott’s fast $5 COVID-19 test

A COVID-19 test that takes 15 minutes and can be run without lab equipment was just granted emergency use authorization by the Food and Drug Administration. It will cost $5, and runs on a simple card that uses the same technology as a pregnancy test. The test, called BinaxNOW, is produced by the health care company Abbott. The company is also launching an app that syncs up with the tests, and gives people who test negative for the virus a “digital health pass” that they can display on their phone. CEO Robert Ford said in a statement that the combination of the test and the app offer a “comprehensive testing solution.” The company said in a press release that it plans to produce 50 million tests per month by October. “Due to its simpler design and the large number of tests the company anticipates making in the coming months, this new antigen test is an important advancement in our fight against the pandemic,” said Jeff Shuren, director of the FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health, in a statement. Abbott gets EUA for their lateral flow Covid test. This significant entry could help democratize testing, making more tests more available to people in more austere settings that don’t have all the trappings found in a medical office; including schools. https://t.co/QGOrBmY1pV — Scott Gottlieb, MD (@ScottGottliebMD) August 26, 2020 The test can be used in doctors’ offices, emergency rooms, and even schools, according to the FDA statement. It runs off a…Continue readingFDA authorizes Abbott’s fast $5 COVID-19 test

Categories
VentureBeat

Bosch and Ford will test autonomous parking in Detroit

Bosch, Ford, and Dan Gilbert’s real estate firm Bedrock today detailed an autonomous parking pilot scheduled to launch in September at The Assembly, a mixed-used building in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood. Leveraging Bosch sensors that monitor driving corridors and their surroundings to guide vehicles to and from assigned spaces, Ford plans to demo how cars like the 2020 Escape can self-drive to parking spaces without human drivers onboard. The companies have no intention of extending the demo beyond the end of September, but they say they hope to gain “valuable insights” that will help expand the technology in the future. For instance, they claim the system could allow existing garages to accommodate up to 20% more vehicles because developers don’t have to leave space for drivers and passengers to open car doors in parking spots. The autonomous parking valet — which the companies claim is the first of its kind in the U.S. — leans on a range of intelligent infrastructure supplied by Bosch, including lidar sensors and a dedicated server. Complementary in-car Ford technology converts commands from the server into maneuvers, enabling cars to drive themselves up and down ramps and spot potential hazards (including pedestrians). Upon arriving at the garage, drivers will leave the test vehicle in a designated area and use an app to send it into an automated parking routine. They will use that same app to request the return of the vehicle to a designated retrieval zone. Above: A Ford test vehicle autonomously backs into a…Continue readingBosch and Ford will test autonomous parking in Detroit