If you own a 2013 Panasonic Smart TV, which includes the Home Screen interface, you will now be able to customize it with the new "Home Screen Collection." The Collection enables you to pick new wallpapers and layouts from a selection of 20 different options, including nature scenes and even sports stars.
When it comes to customization and even just the attractiveness of its user interface, Panasonic has arguably lagged behind its competitors. The new Home Screen is a good start; the default interface was, in my opinion, rather drab.
To access the new wallpapers, first make sure … Read more
Convertible laptops? Pricey. Haswell laptops? Super-pricey. Lenovo? Didn't get the memo.
For a limited time, and while supplies last, Lenovo is offering the Flex 14 convertible Haswell laptop for $575.28 shipped (plus sales tax where applicable) when you activate coupon code DAILYDEAL101 at checkout. (It's actually already there; all you have to do is click Activate.) Regular price: $799.
The Flex 14 is Lenovo's ideological successor to the Yoga, though ironically it's not quite as flexible as the latter. Although the screen can pivot past where a typical laptop's stops, it stops at 300 … Read more
Voice Lock Screen allows you to lock your Android device using voice password recognition. The downside of using this application is that you have to install AirPush, a search and monetization platform that adds an icon on your home screen as well as in your browser search homepage. There is no opt-out option.
Voice Lock Screen opens to the unlock settings screen where you can set voice passwords by touching the microphone and speaking the password when prompted. It has a streamlined interface that makes it easy for you to set screen passwords and change time and date settings. Saved … Read more
If Samsung's reveal of a forthcoming smartphone with a curved screen sends shivers down your spine and visions of bendable handsets dancing through your head, you may want to rein in your excitement.
While Samsung (and LG and Nokia and Apple) are all experimenting with kinetic displays that move when you bend them, you should prepare yourself for this phone to feature a contoured display instead.
The difference? A screen whose glass topper has been molded in a subtle stationary arc, rather than one you can wiggle.
There's very definitely a precedent for curved displays that give your … Read more
Apple fanboys and Samsung believers aren't going to like this: Google's Moto X has been crowned the king of durability.
The latest "breakability" score by protection plan company SquareTrade claims Moto X is the best surviving smartphone when it comes to drops, slides, and water dunks. Coming in second place is Apple's iPhone 5S, then Apple's iPhone 5C, and lastly Samsung's Galaxy S4. SquareTrade only tested these four smartphones, so its unclear how other brands and models would rate.
Every year SquareTrade tests the durability of new smartphones to see how they fair … Read more
In patients with cirrhosis, a cognitive dysfunction called hepatic encephalopathy can sometimes arise, causing altered levels of consciousness, confusion, and sometimes, in advanced stages, even coma and death.
Now a smartphone app developed to help diagnose the milder minimal hepatic encephalopathy -- which has until now been almost impossible to diagnose due to the extremely subtle symptoms -- has been found to be a fast and effective screening tool, according to a new Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) study published in the September issue of Hepatology.… Read more
When Notification Center was first introduced, users were only allowed to access it when the device was unlocked by swiping down from the top of the screen.
With iOS 7 it's now possible to view notifications stored in Notification Center from the lock screen, as well as when the device is unlocked. Of course there are still actionable notifications that appear on the lock screen, but as we've discussed before, having every single app push notifications to the lock screen is a huge battery drain.
Apple realized a way of getting around the battery drain is to give … Read more
Some 5 million veterans in the US are estimated to be suffering from depression, according to the National Science Foundation, and that doesn't take into account the full range of behavioral health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder, general anxiety, and drug abuse.
So a few years back the NSF teamed up with former Navy pilot Rich Gengler and former Army sergeant Justin Savage to launch a free online screening and counseling program called Vets Prevail in an attempt to help veterans transition to life back home. Now, the NSF said the approach is working, with the group reporting a 99.76 percent user satisfaction rate and 98.3 percent efficacy in lowering clinical measures among the 16,000-plus veterans who've gone through the program since its inception three years ago.… Read more