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A New Company Is Developing A Platform To Book Doctor Appointments Online

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Many of us would appreciate being able to book a table at a restaurant we plan on dining out for the night or the weekend through a smartphone application. What if we could book an appointment to the doctor for a checkup or the dentist for a dental procedure? A new startup company from France is looking to make that a reality and so far it has achieved some limited success in its home country.

 

Doctolib, a French startup company is looking to make doctor bookings via smartphone a new way of scheduling appointments for the medical industry. It seems that the idea has some validity as the new technology startup has recently gotten an investment of over $28 million dollars. Investors include a major French bank, BPI France and private investor, Ludwig Klitzsch. Previous investors such as tech investment firm, ACCEL and private investors Pierre Kosciusko-Morizet and Nicolas Brusson were also part of the latest round of investments as well.

 

In addition to the recent $28 million dollar investment, Doctolib got funding in the amount of $20 million dollars towards the end of 2015. The firm says that it plans on expanding its operations outside of France and into new markets very shortly. It also plants on hiring some 150 new employees this year. A lot of these new employees are expected to be in the sales department as well as in IT management of the company’s booking app.

 

What is the customer experience of Doctolib for a customer? As a customer you can browse around various doctors and see what times they have available for an appointment. When you see a time you like, you just select it and confirm your appointment. There are no calls to make. A text message reminder will be sent out to your phone the day before your appointment as well. It is simple, easy, convenient and hassle free.

 

For doctors, using the service will cost €99 euros or $106.5 dollars per month. There is no need to install any software or update the software ever. You just log onto the program via the internet and manage your appointments and contacts directly through the program. Doctolib lets doctors focus more on seeing patients and less on managing appointments and making followups.

 

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Plans And Design

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Samsung is working on the new Samsung Galaxy S8. There has been a steady amount of information coming out about the upcoming products from Samsung. Among the pieces of information are whether or not it is going to have a headphone jack and computer port or not. As of right now, it is really unknown the type of features that the Samsung Galaxy phone is going to come with. However, among the things that have been reported is that is going to have an all screen design. Therefore, it is going to be something that people will enjoy more than any other phone.

 

One thing that could be said for smartphones is that they are some of the most innovative devices of recent times. While they are still phones, they can be used for a ton of other activities. Among these activities are watching videos and listening to music. This is something that is very helpful to the user in that he could keep up with what is going on even on the go. The smartphone could also be used for business related purposes such as running a website. This is one of the reasons that it is important for people to make sure that they have a very reliable device that they can use.

 

With Samsung Galaxy S8, there are plans to make the most out of computer technology on phones. Among the features that people are going to have is a faster processor. This is very important for people that are going to use their phone for online communications and business purposes. Of course the consumer can expect to have high quality and high definition images. After all, video is going to need a lot of detail.

 

There are other possibilities of features which include a DeX dock feature which will make the phone more like an android based computer. Samsung has done everything it can to bring forth something that is both safe and reliable.

 

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3DTV To Come To An End

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The home 3D industry has been officially dropped since it has been announced that Samsung and LG are not going to be focusing their efforts on 3D technology when it comes to television. 3D television has been made available for a little bit in order to take advantage of the resurgence of the craze that has recently taken over movie theaters. It was expected that this 3D craze was going to stick. However, there weren’t enough people that were interested in 3DTV. Therefore, quite a few technology companies have decided to drop the technology as of right now. As of whether or not it will come back will remain to be seen.

 

One issue with 3DTV is perhaps the misunderstanding of the technology. For one thing, movies have been released at home in 3D long before the release of 3DTVs. Therefore, people may have found themselves wondering why there is a 3D television when all that is needed is a 3D encoded image and glasses meant to present the image to the viewer in 3D. Another thing is that 3D is best for movie theaters because that is the best chance one has in order to take advantage of the capabilities of 3D.

 

Also, there are people who do not like 3D at all. There are actually some movies that handle 3D very well. For one thing, movies that are to be filmed in 3D need to be shot a little differently than a regular 2D movie. One of the reasons for this is that 3D films that are shot right are going to cause headaches because of some scenes that have focusing issues. In order to make a good 3D movie, every aspect of the scene has to be in equal amount of focus so that the viewer can choose what to focus on. Among the good examples of movies with good 3D is Mad Max: Fury Road. The film seemed like one could disappear into the world.

 

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Tesla Completes Construction of World’s Largest Battery Station

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Tesla has just completed an 80 MWh battery station for Southern California Edison. This battery station is located at the Mira Loma substation in Ontario, California.

 

Along with manufacturing vehicles and solar cells, Tesla Motors is well known for producing tremendous numbers of batteries. With Tesla about to release its long-awaited mass market fully electric vehicle, the Model 3, Tesla needs to produce more batteries than any company has ever produced before. To do this Tesla is building a battery “Gigafactory” in Nevada. When completed, it will produce more battery storage capacity per year than the entire world produced in 2014. Primarily as a consequence of the massive economies of scale of such a building, Tesla will be able to produce batteries for far less money.

 

However, falling battery prices do not only benefit electric cars. As batteries become cheap enough they also become an important method of balancing load for the electric grid. Since the demand for electricity various greatly throughout a day electric grids typically make use of natural gas powered “peaker plants” to balance their loads. Yet while these power plants are quick at adapting, batteries are even faster. Batteries are also safer and emit zero greenhouse gasses. Therefore with the falling cost of batteries, they will replace traditional peaker plants more and more.

 

Balancing load for the utility Southern California Edison is the purpose of this massive battery station. The 80 MWh energy capacity comes from 400 of Tesla’s new second generation Powerpacks. With all of this energy, the battery station could power over 2500 households for more than a day. Yet as previously mentioned this is not its purpose. Southern California Edison has over 15 million customers, and so this battery station will help stabilize the load for all of them.

 

This huge battery station was built after Southern California Edison started looking into different storage options following the shut down of the Aliso Canyon natural gas reservoir. This reservoir was the source for gas power plants in the region until a catastrophic failure in 2015 forced California Governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency.

 

Tesla has stated that it is in discussions with others for large battery projects. With falling battery prices these should become increasingly common.

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The Ever Changing Facebook

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It can be difficult to keep the creative genius going when your company has been around for such a long time. That is the dilemma that Bill Gates faced with Microsoft. That is the same thing that Mark Zuckerberg is facing now with Facebook. He has been making changes for years for years to lure new members and keep the old members happy.

 

Currently the addition of headlines for context is most recent change the people are seeing with Facebook right now. It is these type of small incremental tweaks that people can continue to expect with Facebook. This is the type of social media giant that has continued to spark change for people that are interested in seeing something new. There are so many social media sites out there. Zuckerberg and his team have a lot to consider. That is the main reason why there are so many people that are going to embrace the changes like Facebook live. That was a future that would sort of duplicate some of the creativity that started Snapchat. It has become rather obvious that the tech world is fickle with constant change. That is why Facebook is trying to stay abreast of the technology that is out there. Zuckerberg doesn’t want to mess up what has already gained the attention of a billion users, but he doesn’t want to stay stagnant either.

 

It is going to be interesting to see how Facebook lines up against the other websites that are currently on the market. There are no limitations to what Mark and his team can do because he has the money to afford all of the innovation that he desires. This is the great thing about become so successful in the social media world. People are going to give their feedback right away, and that allows Zuckerberg to go back to the drawing board. The Facebook website and app are going to be around. There are too many people with too much interest invested in their pages. That is why the website will be around for a while. Zuckerberg has worked hard to stay relevant. People are going to look at what this website has to offer, and they are going to appreciate the innovation.

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Detroit Meseum Uses Augmented Reality to Improve User Experience

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Augmented reality is a new type of technology that tech companies are working to leverage for new innovations. Unlike virtual reality, augmented reality, as the name implies, seeks to enhance or add to the world around users. The new Pokémon Go game is the most recent popular example of augmented reality: the game is integrated with the world around users, so they interact with game characters while walking around in the real world.

 

Gaming is only one small use for augmented reality, though, and no major companies have managed to leverage the full potential of this technology as yet. Now the Detroit Institute of Arts in Michigan will use the technology to enhance visitor experience.

 

Using the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, museum-goers can view extra graphics and information about exhibits. For example, viewing a plain-looking, beige sculpture through the device shows the user how the sculpture appeared when it was created, with the full colors of the Assyrian palace it was housed in. A user viewing the device while walking through a doorway will see ancient gates from the city of Babylon. Mummy remains viewed through the device show the user an image of the skeleton inside.

 

The new technology program will take advantage of Google’s new Tango technology, and this will be the first museum to use this innovative combination of 3-D mapping and augmented reality. The Lumin program will premier at the end of January, and the museum intends to seek user feedback for further development of the program.

 

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Curve Serves Up Easier Money Management

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Curve wants to make all its fans happy. The addition of an “instant cashback” to mobile wallets is one way. Putting all cards into one app is another. The obvious theme here is convenience. Curve knows customers love things that are streamlined and make performing tasks easier.

 

Curve serves a segment of the market home to people who do need streamlined help with: money management. Curve works on connecting financial services together into a basic platform. That is convenience at its most awesome level.

 

Managing money and finances becomes much more difficult when the steps required to do so are cumbersome and complex. Money management programs have long since sought to solve problems associated with “pen and paper” bookkeeping. Ironically, many who embraced basic accounting and financial management software may be a bit unwilling to try out a new app.

 

Apps may not be their thing. Anyone with this attitude really, as the saying goes, should get with the program. In this case, stragglers literally have to get up to speed on a particular program. Doing so would deliver financial benefits.

 

Even managing something as simple as a cashback program is important because every little bit of money saved counts. No financial expert would say $5 wasted on an unnecessary expense is something to dismiss. Money should be spent and saved judiciously.

 

The new apps are designed to work without much complexity. Taking advantage of the available apps — especially solid ones produced by Curve — would be hugely beneficial to anyone wishing to simplify financial management. Nothing is more confusing than trying to juggle several different programs on several different platforms. Curve has done its part to at least partially eliminate the problem. Adding the app to a smartphone definitely would make good fiscal sense.

 

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Windows 10 Will Soon Lock Your Computer Automatically When You Step Away From It

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Microsoft wants to help you keep your personal and work computers safe from prying eyes. To do this, it has announced a brand new update for the Windows 10 operating system that will automatically lock your computer as soon as you move away from the screen. This new feature is being called Dynamic Lock.

 

The way this feature works is simple. Windows 10 will use the built-in camera on your computer to use facial recognition to search for your face. Once your face is no longer present, the computer automatically locks itself to keep all of your information secure. This is a great feature for businesses that want to keep the information on their employees’ computers private.

 

Most experts saw this update coming. After all, Windows 10 already uses a feature called Windows Hello that allows users to log into their PCs through facial recognition. Now, Microsoft is taking this idea a step further with its Dynamic Lock update.

 

A number of big corporations already teach their workers to use winkey + L to lock their machines before they step away from them. However, Dynamic Lock could save a bit of time by preventing these employees from having to do that. Also, it would avoid mishaps when employees forget to do this.

 

The new update isn’t expected for release until April 2017. The Dynamic Lock feature will be included in the Windows 10 Creators Update. To take full advantage of it, you need a PC that has a webcam or built-in camera. The feature can also be turned on or off at any time.

 

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Android 2.0 is the Second Swing at Bat for a Wearable OS

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Android Wear 2.0 is coming soon. Early February 2017 is the slated release for the wearable smartwatch. And a lot of people will be watching. The Apple Watch was a complete and total fiasco. Riddled with bugs, the Apple Watch proved to be one of the company’s biggest failures in history. Android Wear 2.0 is intended to wipe away all memories of any disastrous smartwatch memories. In the place of those awful memories will be a newer, better wearable operating system.

 

There is one thing Apple has going for it with the release of this new product. People love to purchase gadgets. Even when the gadget gets weak reviews, there are still going to be millions of people interested in buying up the product. Anything with the Apple or Android brand is going to draw attention. Granted, the Apple Watch eventually died because sales could not be sustained. The smartwatch also could not expand beyond the base of gadget loyalists.

 

Android 2.0 hopes to sustain sales by improving on the poor marks the Apple Watch received. Improvements on an intriguing technological device could do a lot to bring back all those old customers the company lost with the Apple Watch. Hopefully, a large block of customers weren’t turned off so much they won’t give a wearable OS product the cold shoulder once it hits stores.

 

As long as the new Android 2.0 product delivers something consumers really want, then the product is going to be a success. This is, of course, provided the quality is there. Many wanted the unique benefits of owning a smartwatch, but a smartwatch that fails to work is not exactly something that delivers many benefits.

 

Apple has surely learned from previous folly. The new release is sure to be something interesting. Apple is hoping customers are willing to give it a try.

 

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Verizon Continues To Squeeze Unlimited Data Users

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Verizon has now confirmed rumors circulating that its unlimited data users consuming over 200GB of data each month will be asked to change plans or have their service disconnected, says a Droid-Life article. This confirmation comes after members of Reddit, claiming to be Verizon employees, leaked the change over the past week based on internal company memos.

 

Notices to customers averaging over 200GB of data are already being sent out, stating that these users must change plans by February 16th 2017 or have their service disconnected. There are unconfirmed reports that customers using less than the stated 200GB average are also being sent these notices.

 

This move comes less than a year after Verizon raised prices on unlimited data plans and vowed to limit or remove customers who use excessive data. At the time, Verizon had not specified an exact figure for what constituted “an excessive use of data.” Verizon later reported that users going above a 500GB average were told to change plans or be dropped.

 

Verizon doesn’t offer unlimited data plans any longer. Any plan with an unlimited data cap was grandfathered in when they changed their plan offerings. Their largest available plan is now 100GB per month for $450, not including line fees and other extras.

 

Verizon customers report significant bandwidth throttling even when using a small amount of data. This would seem to be a tactic to discourage data usage for customers on an unlimited plan.

 

Verizon’s CFO, Fran Shammo, told investors at a conference last September that “At the end of the day, people don’t need unlimited plans … You cannot make money in an unlimited data world.”

 

There are other competitors in the cell service market who do offer unlimited plans. AT&T recently brought back an unlimited data plan option, while Sprint nixed plans to remove theirs. T-Mobile also offers unlimited data usage.