A smartphone dongle for diagnosis of infectious diseases at the point of care

Written By: Guest Contributor - Feb• 10•15

This work demonstrates that a full laboratory-quality immunoassay can be run on a smartphone accessory. This low-cost dongle replicates all mechanical, optical, and electronic functions of a laboratory-based enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) without requiring any stored energy; all necessary power is drawn from a smartphone. Rwandan health care workers used the dongle to test whole blood obtained via fingerprick from 96 patients enrolling into care at prevention of mother-to-child transmission clinics or voluntary counseling and testing centers. The dongle performed a triplexed immunoassay not currently available in a single test format: HIV antibody, treponemal-specific antibody for syphilis, and nontreponemal antibody for active syphilis infection. In a blinded experiment, health care workers obtained diagnostic results in 15 min from our triplex test that rivaled the gold standard of laboratory-based HIV ELISA and rapid plasma reagin (a screening test for syphilis), with sensitivity of 92 to 100% and specificity of 79 to 100%, consistent with needs of current clinical algorithms. Patient preference for the dongle was 97% compared to laboratory-based tests, with most pointing to the convenience of obtaining quick results with a single fingerprick. This work suggests that coupling microfluidics with recent advances in consumer electronics can make certain laboratory-based diagnostics accessible to almost any population with access to smartphones.


Article source: sciencemag


Phone control

Written By: Guest Contributor - Jan• 22•15

Ten signs you may be addicted to your smartphone

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1. When you check your phone to see the current temperature instead of opening a window, and/or when you check your phone to see the current time instead of looking at the watch that’s right on your wrist. (I just did this!)

2. When you have to consciously say to your spouse “Let’s put our phones away” while watching TV because it’s more common that they’re out than away.

3. If you are answering emails in a dimly lit reception area while waiting for your massage therapist to destress you, you may have a problem. (OK, I’ve done this too!)

4. When your kids have to text you their carry-out orders because you’ve lost the ability to retain information that is not received on your phone.

5. When you hope you hit a bunch of red lights on the way home so you can comment on a Facebook post.

6. When one of your daughter’s first drawings of you has a BlackBerry in your hand.

7. When you wake up, you grab your phone and check it before you get up to pee.

8. When you drop a phone on your face because you’re dozing off.

9. When you choose your clothing based on the best pockets to hold your phone.

Source: CNN

Addiction of internet

Written By: Guest Contributor - Jan• 14•15

In this video there,  some people doing nothing in their life but surfing on the net, day and night.


This drone can steal what’s on your phone

Written By: Guest Contributor - Jan• 14•15

The next threat to your privacy could be hovering over head while you walk down the street.


This drone can hack your phone

Hackers have developed a drone that can steal the contents of your smartphone — from your location data to your Amazon (AMZN) password — and they’ve been testing it out in the skies of London. The research will be presented next week at the Black Hat Asia cybersecurity conference in Singapore.

The technology equipped on the drone, known as Snoopy, looks for mobile devices with Wi-Fi settings turned on.

Snoopy takes advantage of a feature built into all smartphones and tablets: When mobile devices try to connect to the Internet, they look for networks they’ve accessed in the past.

“Their phone will very noisily be shouting out the name of every network its ever connected to,” Sensepost security researcher Glenn Wilkinson said. “They’ll be shouting out, ‘Starbucks, are you there?…McDonald’s Free Wi-Fi, are you there?”

That’s when Snoopy can swoop into action (and be its most devious, even more than the cartoon dog): the drone can send back a signal pretending to be networks you’ve connected to in the past. Devices two feet apart could both make connections with the quadcopter, each thinking it is a different, trusted Wi-Fi network. When the phones connect to the drone, Snoopy will intercept everything they send and receive.

“Your phone connects to me and then I can see all of your traffic,” Wilkinson said.


Mini drones that fly in fleets

That includes the sites you visit, credit card information entered or saved on different sites, location data, usernames and passwords. Each phone has a unique identification number, or MAC address, which the drone uses to tie the traffic to the device.

The names of the networks the phones visit can also be telling.

“I’ve seen somebody looking for ‘Bank X’ corporate Wi-Fi,” Wilkinson said. “Now we know that that person works at that bank.”

CNNMoney took Snoopy out for a spin in London on a Saturday afternoon in March and Wilkinson was able to show us what he believed to be the homes of several people who had walked underneath the drone. In less than an hour of flying, he obtained network names and GPS coordinates for about 150 mobile devices.

He was also able to obtain usernames and passwords for Amazon, PayPal and Yahoo(YAHOF) accounts created for the purposes of our reporting so that we could verify the claims without stealing from passersby.

Related: Amazon drones? Time for a reality check

Collecting metadata, or the device IDs and network names, is probably not illegal, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Intercepting usernames, passwords and credit card information with the intent of using them would likely violate wiretapping and identity theft laws.

Wilkinson, who developed the technology with Daniel Cuthbert at Sensepost Research Labs, says he is an ethical hacker. The purpose of this research is to raise awareness of the vulnerabilities of smart devices.

Installing the technology on drones creates a powerful threat because drones are mobile and often out of sight for pedestrians, enabling them to follow people undetected.

While most of the applications of this hack are creepy, it could also be used for law enforcement and public safety. During a riot, a drone could fly overhead and identify looters, for example.

Users can protect themselves by shutting off Wi-Fi connections and forcing their devices to ask before they join networks.

Source: CNN 

Amazing application for android and iphones

Written By: Guest Contributor - Oct• 31•14

Instantly share photos across multiple smart devices (iPhone, Android, iPad, tablets, etc.) with the swipe of a finger. The exclusive FotoSwipe technology allows you to select up to 10 photos, swipe them toward an intended device and you’re done! Never text or email photos again. Download for FREE right now.



Find it on google play on the following link:


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Technology is Making Seniors’ Lives Easier

Written By: Guest Contributor - Jul• 17•14

Seniors Technology Mobile Most senior citizens in the U.S. are already cell-phone-and-computer-savvy; nearly 80 percent of seniors 65 and older own a cell phone, while more than 60 percent own a computer or laptop. However, the use of other tech gadgets (i.e. smartphones and tablets) have yet to catch on in the “gray market,” as no more than 25 percent of U.S. seniors use either device.

With 10,000 Americans turning 65 daily—a trend expected to last for the next 17 years—the number of seniors using more tech devices should increase, as well. This bodes well for seniors, their families and friends and the digital market. For seniors not yet plugged in, making the transition from analog to digital is becoming simpler and is more practical now that tech and digital development experts are catering more to the needs of the boomer generation. Below are just a few ways that technology is benefiting seniors.

Apps for Everyday Use

There are other helpful apps, as well. One app—EyeReader—actually allows a person to use his or her smartphone as a magnifying glass for reading. Park’n'Forget is an app even younger generations might find useful, as it helps users remember where they parked their cars. It also has a timer on it to keep track of how long you’ve been parked, which is helpful when you’re in metered parking.

Apps for Safety

Start-up company Lively is a remote monitoring system for seniors that learns daily routines like taking pills, sticking to meal times and exercise. The sensors connect to a smartphone app, so family members can keep track of their loved one without compromising his or her privacy. Certain sensors are attached to items in the house, like pill boxes, the pantry or refrigerator and can even keep track of a user through a key fob that uses a Bluetooth low energy transmitter, in case one wanders past a certain range from home. Through the app on family members’ smartphones, they are alerted and updated on progress and activities.

What keeps seniors more independent is the ability to be mobile without their loved ones worrying about them falling or getting into an accident without them knowing. Devices like the GreatCall Splash are new, mobile-esque gadgets that allow a senior the freedom of leaving their home to shop or visit friends without worrying there could be an emergency and no way to call for help. While other press-a-button alert devices are still useful for the home, this device provides seniors security beyond their houses, giving them the ability to travel with only a button-click away from getting assistance from a 5Star Agent with the GreatCall Splash plan.

Support is Always Available, Just In Case

For many seniors, new technology can be so overwhelming that some people avoid it all together. In order for seniors to become more tech-savvy, new age companies have not only made devices more user-friendly, but many are offering easy “how-to” sites for seniors to help them learn new tech with step-by-step processes.

For example, the FaceTime app is a wonderful way for seniors to see and talk to faraway relatives through smartphones and iPads. How to even get to that app can be somewhat frustrating for some seniors. Dummies.com is really just a site that makes things simple for users. For instance, it has step-by-step directions for helping new users FaceTime using an iPad 2.

One reason many seniors avoid using technology is that, unaware of the options for protecting personal information and financial data, many of them are susceptible to identity theft. Big wireless corporations like Google, Apple and Samsung, as well as the four national service carriers have started a campaign to push the importance of data security for devices—with seniors specifically in mind. Lawmakers are lobbying for local and state governments to make “kill switches” mandatory on phones. The campaign is seeking laws where all phones manufactured in the U.S. after July 2015 be equipped with anti-theft features that include data wipe and lock capabilities, which can be reversed with the user’s password.

Health Questions #6

Written By: Guest Contributor - Mar• 23•14

Are eggs good for you?

Eggs in moderation are definitely as they contain high amounts of both Vitamin D and zinc. However keep in mind that with age you need to maintain low cholesterol so your heart can be healthy a strong, so it is best to consult with your doctor or a licensed nutritionist to see if eggs can properly be incorporated into your diet.

How Can I Live with PMS?

PMS can be managed with a proper diet. Supplements containing Vitamin B6, magnesium and zinc can also help. Foods can also help to manage the symptoms of menstruation, like beans, meat, green vegetables, oranges and milk. Managing stress can be very beneficial for you. I personally use a Himalayan salt lamp for stress management.

Does Turmeric Cure Acne?

Turmeric is fantastic at fighting any kind of skin inflammation and it is particularly good at eliminating acne. Turmeric aids in reducing inflammation and swelling associated with acne, acting as an antifungal agent and it aids in gently cleansing and detoxifying the skin. Topical application of turmeric can be done every day. I find the easiest thing to do is to make a Turmeric face mask. Will it make your face yellow, mixing turmeric with milk or coconut milk should aid in preventing your skin from staining. I would recommend using a natural sponge to gently scrub your face afterwards.

Is Turmeric And Lemon Juice Drink Good For Health?

Turmeric and lemon juice are great for your health. Taken in the morning it aids in stimulating digestion, aids in reducing inflammation, cleanses the mouth and invigorates the body. There are so many benefits to turmeric consumption, the best one with this combination is its positive effect on digestive health and healing, preventing dyspepsia, peptic ulcers, aids in the healing of leaky gut and promotes detoxification. Lemon juice, especially when it is freshly squeezed (not the bottled pasteurized one, even if it is organic) is a great source of flavonoids, phenols, and antioxidants. Apart from stimulating digestion it also boosts the immune system, strengthens bones, teeth and gums (which turmeric does too). The combination is a winning one, especially given the fact that lemon juice is high in ascorbic acid.

Does Coconut Oil Help In Arthritis?

Most definitely. Coconut oil is an anti-inflammatory which would help with arthritis pain. Especially when you combine with cayenne pepper (topically) would aid in reducing inflammation and swelling of joints.

Is It Ok To Eat Cabbage Before Bed?

Eating anything before bed has it’s downsides, even if it is something healthy for you like cabbage. When your body goes to sleep your metabolism slows down and your body does not process the beneficial components as quickly. It can also negatively impact weight loss (or just maintaining a healthy weight) – granted cabbage does not have that much fat in it, but it can throw off your eating habits which can result in an unhealthy lifestyle.

What Are The Health Benefits Of Eating Raw Cabbage?

The process of cooking something takes away vitamins/minerals or other healthy components that exist in it. Cabbage is no exception. Cooking raw cabbage destroys some of the Isothiocyanates in it, which is a compound found in cruciferous vegetables that is also very cancer protective.

Health Questions #5

Written By: Guest Contributor - Jan• 23•14

What Is Basil Used In Cooking?

Basil is a delicious addition to any dish, and many other components are made from it (pesto to name one). In addition to the flavor benefits, there are many health benefits to basil. It has both significant amounts of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and trace amounts of Vitamin D and zinc. Personally I like to use it in combination with other herbs to both bring more flavor to whatever dish I make – a personal favorite is to mix it with tarragon.

Is Artichoke Good For The Liver?

Most definitely, artichokes help in detoxifying the liver and provide a number of nutrients that improve overall body function as well. When making food with the goal of improving liver function I like to use both artichokes as well as tarragon as both of them are a delicious combination.

Is Thyme Tea Good For Arthritis?

Thyme is a herbal disinfectant and also somewhat known as an anti-inflammatory (it’s commonly used for sore tonsils). When dealing with arthritis you want to take your overall diet into consideration as well; i.e. it should not be the only thing you take to help you. However, thyme is definitely an asset when dealing with rheumatic pain from arthritis.

Is Ashwagandha Good For Someone Suffering From Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Ashwaganda would definitely help in reducing arthritis pain, but you would want to take it in conjunction with other things (coconut oil, cayenne pepper) to reap full benefits. Overall diet is a significant contributor to relief of arthritic pain.

How To Deal With Acne?

Cleaning your face daily is important, especially before bed. I would recommend to add turmeric into your diet and use it to make a Turmeric face mask. Turmeric is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. Topically it aids in reducing swelling, cleans out the pores and gently detoxifies the skin. Making sure you have a healthy digestive system with beneficial bacteria will also help in reducing the damage that bad bacteria can do topically and internally. Reducing the consumption of allergens and foods you are intolerant to will create an environment that is inhabitable to bad bacteria.

How Enhance Brain Power?

Lion’s Mane is a great functional superfood to include in your diet to increase mental focus, brain plasticity and brain power. Lion’s mane can be consumed as a whole mushroom in food, or taken in capsule form or as a powder to add to smoothies or teas. There are two main components of the mushroom, hericenones and erinacines which both poses nerve growth factors. Erinacines aid in nerve repair, reduce endoplasmic reticulum stress as well as neurodegenerative cell death.

What Are The Side Effects Of Eating Cabbage?

I love cabbage as much as the next person but everything should be taken in moderation. Cabbage contains goitrogens which can cause goitres if consumed too much. People who have thyroid issues should make sure to cook cabbage before eating them. Also keep in mind that too much cabbage can also lead to diarrhea

Health Questions #4

Written By: Guest Contributor - Dec• 23•13

How To Improve Acne-Damaged Skin?

Turmeric has great benefits for the skin, it aids in reducing inflammation, is gently detoxifying and purifying. When turmeric is applied to the face as a mask it aids in reducing swelling, cleans out pores and pulls toxins from the skin. I would recommend a Turmeric face mask to use daily or at least a couple times a week. Combine that with dry skin brushing, Vitamin C supplementation (to boost collagen production) and switching over to natural face products as well as consuming a clean anti-inflammatory diet and eliminating any foods you are allergic or intolerant too. Supplementing with a potent multivitamin can help to fill out any nutrient imbalances you may have. It may take some time but before you know it your skin will begin to positively change. By changing my diet, supplementing with a multi and Vitamin C and extra collagen I have successfully transformed my nails on my fingers and toes. There are no more ridges or indent. It may take time but you can positively change your body.

What Is The Difference Between Broccoli And Cabbage?

Both cabbage and broccoli belong to the cruciferous and brassica family of plants. Broccoli is an inflorescent cabbage. It is rich in antioxidants, Vitamin E and C as well as folic acid and other B Vitamins, phosphorus and potassium.
Smooth Leaf and curled leaf cabbage include savoy, green, white and red cabbage as well as Brussel sprouts. The most nutritional benefits are found in red cabbage and brussel sprouts. Red cabbage is rich in folic acid, potassium, B6 and it contains 2x as much iron and at least 10x as much ascorbic acid or vitamin c than green or white cabbage.

How to increase mental functionality?

I would recommend supplementation of Lion’s Mane. Lion’s mane is a functional superfood mushroom that aids in stimulating cognitive function, increasing brain plasticity and increase nerve growth factor for the brain. It aids in increasing focus and mental capacity.

How Do You Treat An Anxiety Attack?

I love using anxiety essential oil blends. Especially ones that are nasal inhalers. Daily supplementation with Lion’s Mane is also a great preventative measure. Lion’s mane is a functional superfood that can be consumed whole as a mushroom, or in capsule and powder form. There are two main compounds in the mushroom, hericenones and erinacines. These compounds aid in enhancing neurogenesis and hippocampal neurogenesis which aids in preventing anxiety and depression.

Does The Probiotics Help Clear A White Tongue?

White tongue (thrush) is yeast overgrowth that gets so bad that it ends up growing on your tongue. Probiotics help reduce thrush by introducing good bacteria which in turn will reduce the bad bacteria overgrowth. It also creates an alkaline environment which will further reduce the yeast overgrowth.

What is a good oil for psoriasis?

Turmeric oil is generally good for psoriasis (scroll down to the treatment section). You generally want something that has anti-inflammatory properties, so turmeric, curcumin and it’s polyphenol compounds are an ideal choice. Also a probiotics help in reducing systemic inflammation; which is what psoriasis is. Kefir has also been show to suppress systemic inflammation by reducing cytokine production. Psoriasis can be manageable with proper treatment.

What herbal teas have proven health benefits?

Tarragon and mint can relieve tooth pain. The eugenol in tarragon is a potent analgesic. On the other hand, peppermint is an anti-bacterial herbal remedy, which is why it’s commonly included in tooth pastes.

16 Helpful Apps for Seniors

Written By: Guest Contributor - Dec• 10•13

Have you started your holiday shopping? Gifts should be practical and thoughtful because you want the person receiving the gift to know you spent time thinking about what to get them. If you are having a difficult time thinking of the perfect gift, then look no further. Here are 16 helpful apps (just for seniors), which will make their lives a whole lot easier.

17 Helpful Apps for Seniors

These apps are broken down into a few different categories, ranging from health to entertainment. Some of the apps are for iPhones and some are for iPads, so note which ones you’re buying beforehand.

5 Health Apps 

These apps might be the most important ones around to download, since they can possibly help save a life.

HeartWise Blood Pressure Tracker


iPhone — $0.99

iPad — $2.99

Easily record your blood pressure, your resting heart rate and your weight, and you’ll be able to track it on a daily basis and over time.

Helpful Senior Apps - Heartwise

Instant Heart Rate (iPhone) – FREE

This app uses your iPhone’s camera to detect your pulse from your fingertip, which is similar to what pulse oximeters already use.

Pillboxie (iPad and iPhone) – $0.99

Remembering you have to take your medication is important – but just as important is remembering, which medications you have to take at which times. You can even customize your meds with different combinations of med types and colors.

Helpful Senior Apps - Pillboxie


iPhone – Free

iPad — Free

Use WebMD’s Symptom Checker to help what your potential issues might be, and this app can also work as a handy guide for medical emergencies.

Helpful Senior Apps - WebMD

My Medical for iPad

iPhone – $3.99

iPad — $3.99

Keep all of your family’s medical information and medical history in one spot, for quick access. Track blood tests and X-rays, and have the ability to back the information up to your computer, too.

4 Helping Hands Apps

Here’s a handful of apps that should make life a little easier.

EyeReader (iPhone) – $1.99

Hold your iPhone over a book or some paperwork, and your phone turns into a magnifying glass, with a light to help brighten the text.

EyeReader - Helpful Senior Apps

BigNames (iPhone) – $1.99

Browse through the names and numbers in your contact list much easier, with large, high-contrast text that helps those with some issues with small text.

Silver Surf (iPad) – FREE

Blows up the navigation buttons and makes it easier for older users with less dexterity in their fingers than most people. It also has an Interactive Text Zoom slider that enlarges text up to 200 percent.

Park’n'Forget (iPhone)  - $0.99   

Never forget where you parked your car again! Input what floor you’re on and what aisle or spot, and you’ll never roam the parking garage again. It also has a convenient “Parking Meter” timer, that alerts you when you’re parking meter is about to expire.

Helpful Senior Apps - Park-n-Forget


4 Free Entertainment Apps

The iPhone and iPad are practical, no doubt, but there also should be some play time involved, too!

Clevermind (iPad) – Free

This is a great app to help people dealing with cognitive impairments that come with problems associated with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. From quizzes and games, to big buttons, voice command controls and a calendar interface.

Lumosity (iPhone) – Free

Keep your mind sharp with some of the best mind games around, designed by neuroscientists working to enhance memory, attention and other skills.

Helpful Senior Apps - Lumonisty

Yesterday USA (iPhone and iPad) – Free

Great Internet radio app that broadcasts “old-time radio shows” all day, every day. Harken back to yesteryear with the help of today’s technology.

Pandora (iPad and iPhone) – Free

By typing in any artist, band or song, users will be able to listen to thousands of songs in that same genre. Then they can upvote or downvote each song, which helps Pandora fine-tune which songs you prefer to hear for each channel.

3 Free News & Social Apps

These apps will help keep everyone updated on things they need to know, like what’s happening in the world out there, and what’s happening with your friends and family.


iPhone – Free

iPad — Free

This is the greatest invention since the invention of social media! Connect this app with all of your social media accounts, and connect it with some of the best news and content sites that interest you. Then watch it turn everything into a digital magazine, in which you “flip” the pages and see everything set up like a magazine, including Facebook posts and tweets.

Helpful Senior Apps - Flipboard

The Weather Channel (iPhone) — Free

Get the weather report for whichever city you need right now, or every hour, or see what it’s going to look like over the weekend, or over the next 10 days.


iPhone – Free

iPad — Free

What’s better than just talking with your friends and family over the phone? How about talking to them – and seeing them — on a video conference!?! You will never be surprised by how much your grandchildren have changed again!

Helpful Senior Apps - Skype


Hopefully, you found several apps that you found both interesting and entertaining. But most of all, we hope you found some helpful apps for seniors that make things easier in 2014. 

About the Author:

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