We’ll be assuming you’ve already installed the latest version of Skype for our guide or at least the last version of the classic desktop client. If you haven’t, head to the Skype website, and download it before we get started. Please note that recording audio and video conversations without asking the other party for permission is legally questionable and differs based on where you live. Check the laws in your local area, or ask for permission before recording.

SKYPE’S BUILT-IN RECORDING

Skype now features its own built-in recording function and though others may be more fully featured, it comes pre-bundled with the application, making it the easiest to get to grips with.

Note that Skype is available on smart displays and smart speakers like Amazon Echo/Alexa — and you can even get more free minutes for using Skype on these devices. However, these smart devices do not allow you to record your Skype conversations at this time. If you want to record the audio or video of a conversation, you will need to have it on a computer.

Here’s how to use it:

Step 1: Start a call with your friend or colleague. It can be voice or video. You can simply choose someone from your contact list with the right syncing options.

Step 2: Click the “+” icon in the bottom right-hand corner and select Start recording. A red dot and message will appear at the top of the window reminding you that the recording is taking place and that you need to inform the other party that you are recording them.

Step 3: When you’ve finished recording the call, either hang up, or press the “+” icon again and select Stop recording. The recording will then be finalized and processed.

Step 4: To listen back to the recording, go to your chat window using the icon in the bottom-right of the call window. The recording will be there. Press play on it to listen/watch it back.

Note that Skype’s in-app recording function records all participants’ video and audio in the same file. If you want separate recordings, you may be better off using the below methods.

How to record a Skype call [Digital Trends]

It appears that the new features are coming to Google Maps through server-side changes. The app itself does not need an update in order for users to start seeing the speed limits and speed trap locations.

Google Maps users have been requesting the features for a while, especially as crowdsourcing navigation app Waze provided such information. The features were already available on Waze when Google acquired it for about $1 billion in 2013.

It makes sense for Google to keep the two services different, as Google Maps caters more to users exploring areas on foot, while Waze is geared towards drivers. However, that does not mean that Google Maps will not add what are now considered essential features for drivers. It took a while — over five years — but the Waze feature is now being added to Google Maps.

There has been a wave of updates for Google Maps recently, including new features dedicated to making commutes easier. Google Maps also recently started informing users of any special offers and upcoming events on places that they follow in the app. Users can now also add hashtags to the reviews that they make on the app.

Google Maps will now help drivers stay within speed limits, avoid speed traps [Digital Trends]

On an event page, the share button now includes a “Share To Your Story” option for users who are part of the test. Shared events include a sticker that friends can tap on to find the event details. From the Story, friends can also respond Interested or Going, or click to view the event’s official page.

After sharing, users can then see the friends who responded. Facebook suggests users can then start a group message to make plans to attend the event together, using a shortcut circle by the names of those who responded.

“Facebook Events help people take their online connections offline,” said Facebook Events Product Manager Andrew Valko. “We’re testing new stories features to help people build excitement and rally friends before an event even starts.”

Some Facebook users already casually share posts to the news feed asking friends to attend a concert or event. The potential feature could serve as a shortcut for gauging interest in attending an event as a group, with a shortcut to start a chat with interested friends.

“I was going to a food pop-up in New York, and I posted about it on my Facebook Stories. A friend that I wasn’t too close to hit me up and wanted to come along. We had a great time and ended up being good friends after that. I don’t think we would have hung out if I didn’t post to Stories,” said Facebook user and marketing professional Oliver Luke.

Before the test launched, the share button on Event pages allowed users to share in the news feed or send in Messenger. Facebook has been focused on updating the Stories format since its launch. Recent updates to Facebook Stories include music stickers, archiving, and Group Stories inside the slideshow-like format that’s now widespread across multiple social media networks after being originated by Snapchat.

If you have more than one Instagram account and are logged into two or more of them, you’ll see the option to post to multiple accounts on the final page of the process when you go to publish a picture.

Just look down the screen and you’ll see Post to other accounts, with your accounts showing below it. Then it’s simply a case of tapping the buttons of the accounts to which you want to post the photo or video.

The feature will save a little bit of time for those who operate more than one account and sometimes post to two or more of them. Though the truth is, there’s usually a reason someone has more than one account — because the content posted to them is different. It could be someone with a personal account and a business account, or two personal accounts that each focus on very different types of content. In that case, we’re not sure how useful the feature will be for most people.

To be clear, this isn’t the “regram” function that some users would love to have, where you’d be able to reshare others’ posts, à la the Twitter retweet. Despite reports toward the end of last year suggesting that Instagram was working on such a feature, the company has since insisted it currently has no plans to add such reposting functionality to the app.

Before quitting the company in September 2018, Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom said in an interview that he and his team debated the idea of a regram button a lot. But he also said that “keeping your feed focused on the people you know rather than the people you know finding other stuff for you to see” was central to how Instagram worked, adding that this is “more of a testament of our focus on authenticity and on the connections you actually have than about anything else.”

If you’re really keen to regram some of the content that lands on your Instagram feed, there are a couple of workarounds that you might want to try.

Instagram now lets you post to multiple accounts in one tap  [Digital Trends]

Google Maps is making getting around without a car even easier. The latest update is an integration with Lime, a bike- and scooter-sharing platform found in many cities in the United States and around the world (and constantly growing).

In 13 cities around the world, you’ll now be able to get a route via a Lime scooter or bike, in addition to the traditional options — walking, driving, or public transportation. If you live in Auckland, Austin, Baltimore, Brisbane, Dallas, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, San Diego, Oakland, San Antonio, San Jose, Scottsdale, or Seattle, you may have already seen the option go live.

As part of the integration, you’ll not only be routed to the nearest Lime docking station, but also given scooter- and bike-friendly directions to your final destination. Like all Google Map routing options, it’ll give you an estimated time of your trip and, similar to Google Map integrations with Uber and Lyft, it’ll also calculated an estimated cost of your trip using Lime (in the States, Lime rides cost $1 to unlock, and 15 cents per minute of your rental).

The new mode covers what many are calling a “light individual transport” option — meaning that it is something in between walking and driving; with more options that fit this “light individual transport” profile, it’ll be possible to not only reduce traffic congestion in major cities, but also reduce vehicle carbon emissions.

Though the integration with Google is only in 13 cities (for now), Lime is found in 125 cities and campuses — and always growing, with the intention of providing people with a cleaner option for our planet. As the company states, “Lime is revolutionizing mobility in cities and campuses by empowering residents with a greener, more efficient, and affordable transportation option that also improves urban sustainability.”

And for their part, Google is joining their mission — and is hoping to have more Lime cities added soon.

Google Maps’ Newest Feature Could Lower Vehicle Emissions  [Green Matters]

Most people will agree that phone conversations are more awkward than face-to-face chats, since you can’t gauge the other person’s mood by seeing their facial expressions. This is a constant challenge for the blind, which is why Huawei has developed the “face-reading” Facing Emotions app.

Created in partnership with the Polish Blind Association, the Android app is designed specifically for use on Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro smartphone.

As the blind user speaks to another person, the phone’s rear cameras scan that person’s face. Utilizing artificial intelligence-based algorithms, the app pays particular attention to features such as the eyes, nose, eyebrows and mouth, and their positions relative to one another.

Based on this data, the program is reportedly able to discern seven basic emotions. It proceeds to let the user know which of these the other person is displaying, representing that emotion as one of seven corresponding musical cues. These short tunes were created by blind composer Tomasz Bilecki, with blind test subjects claiming that they are easy to remember and understand — they can be heard either through the phone’s speakers, or (more discretely) via an attached earbud.

The Facing Emotions app, which works entirely offline, can be downloaded via the Google Play store. A 3D-printed lanyard-style phone holder was also designed for use with the app, the files for which can be downloaded from Shapeways.

Samsung, along with Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute, have both previously developed emotion-reading apps of their own.

Huawei app lets blind users hear other people’s emotions [New Atlas]

The program, Amtrak says, isn’t looking for professional social media influencers and bloggers that travel for a living, but travelers with a story — and some photo and writing savvy to share that story. Those selected from the program will share their experience on long-distance train trips with their followers.

The #AmtrakTakeMeThere social media residency program is now accepting applications. The campaign aims to find social community leaders and typical Amtrak riders with the creativity and energy that allows them to connect with followers, Amtrak says. Judges are looking for writing skills, photography and videography skills, social engagement, and online personality. Those selected will have an initial evaluation period before becoming an Amtrak representative online through the program.

“Some of the best travel stories occur on our long-distance trains, and we are looking for travelers to share their real experiences,” said Tim Griffin, Amtrak chief marketing officer. “Adding the social media component allows our audience to connect and relate to each other.”

The applications are open from the #AmtrakTakeMeThere webpage now until January 31 at midnight ET. The application asks for contact and social media account information. Entrants will also answer a series of questions related to social media and Amtrak travel goals.

The program is designed to highlight the stories of real Amtrak travelers, the company says, instead of professional travel bloggers. Applicants are asked to share their social media accounts for Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. 

While brands commonly look for social media influencers to promote their brands, Amtrak opted to run a contest to find nonprofessional influencers. “We’re not looking for glitzy influencers with millions of followers who quit their day job to travel the world,” the residency program page says.

Amtrak says the winners will be announced in the spring of 2019. The contest is open to entries from legal residents of the 48 contiguous states. Applicants also must be at least 18 years old. Applications are available online only.

Ride the rails and share your stories with Amtrak’s new social media residency [Digital Trends]

This year’s Spotify Wrapped site is a bit hard to find (you can log in and check out your picks at this link), but it is well worth the hunt. With 11 different pages of information about your listening habits and two algorithmic playlists designed specifically for you, it’s chock-full of rad information and great songs new and old.

The 11-page slideshow opens by sharing the first song you listened to of the year, as well as the first artist you discovered, followed by pages that showcase how much time you spent listening throughout 2018, as well as lists of your favorite artists and genres of the year.

One cool thing that the company has also done is curated a playlist of your top 100 tracks of 2018 (some of which might surprise you), and a list of what it calls “Tastebreakers”. The Tastebreakers playlist offers you a group of artists and songs that you haven’t listened to this year, but that the company’s algorithms think you might like, based on what you spent the most time with in 2018. It’s a neat feature that is bound to aim your ears toward exciting new sounds — one of the things that makes Spotify our favorite on-demand music streaming service right now.

To find those two playlists in the desktop or mobile apps, simply go to the “For You” section, where both will be readily available.

The Digital Trends staff has been having a great time investigating our listening habits, with notable top artists including, Perfume Genius, Ryan Adams, Jeff Tweedy, and Saba, among others. Thanks to our ability to constantly listen to Spotify at work, many of us racked up a massive number of time listening to music this year. One staffer listened to more than  57,000 minutes of music — more than 39 days of listening time!

If you’re a Spotify subscriber, we absolutely recommend you check out the Spotify Wrapped feature, if just for a quick peek under the hood at your listening life. As always, if you’re in search of new tunes, we highly recommend you check out our weekly playlist of the best new music, as well as our list of the best albums of the year so far.

This startup uses shoplifters to get their message through

By connecting digital billboards to store alarm systems, shoplifters got unexpected real life push notifications, reminding them not to forget to pay. Klarna, the Swedish payment provider behind the initiative found an unorthodox way to help people who often miss their payments.

Since the launch of the new Klarna app the amount of late payments have dropped drastically. 68% less invoice reminders are sent to people using the app, than to non-users. To highlight this to everyday shoppers, Klarna equipped digital billboards around Stockholm with confetti, flashing sirens and audio. So when someone forgot (or “forgot”) to pay, they got a sensational surprise – with the message “never miss a payment with Klarna’s app”.

–  Our mission is to create a cultural impact and show the world that there is no other payment provider quite like Klarna. To highlight some of the benefits of our new app, we chose to make a humorous and fun payment reminder as a smoooth real time push notification – so no one would forget to pay again, says Christian Cabau, Marketing Director, Klarna Sweden.

A newly developed smartphone app has shown promise for determining if a person is suffering from a serious heart attack. A study into the app’s accuracy revealed it was almost as effective as a traditional electrocardiogram (ECG) at identifying a serious form of heart attack.

The system currently focuses on identifying a very specific, and deadly, form of heart attack called an ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI). This life-threatening heart attack occurs when a major artery is completely blocked, and death or disability can occur if not treated within a very brief period.

“If somebody gets chest pain and they haven’t ever had chest pain before, they might think it’s just a bug or it’s gas and they won’t go to the emergency room,” says J. Brent Muhlestein, lead investigator on the new study. “That’s dangerous, because the faster we open the blocked artery, the better the patient’s outcome will be.”

A traditional ECG, which can effectively identify the onset of a STEMI, involves attaching 12 leads to a patient. Each lead’s location is important, as they track the heart’s electrical activity in different places. The new smartphone system utilizes just two ECG leads, which are moved around the body with an accompanying app tracking the measurements, so ultimately it can record the same 12 places as a typical ECG.

Recent advances in fitness tracker technology has seen ECG data be incorporated into a number of consumer-orientated devices. The latest Apple smartwatch even utilizes a single ECG lead into its wristband for additional health tracking data.

The accuracy of the new smartphone system was recently tested on 204 patients suffering acute chest pain. All the subjects received both a traditional 12-lead ECG and the new two-lead smartphone ECG. The study found the small app-based system was almost as effective as a traditional ECG in distinguishing between STEMI and non-STEMI heart attacks.

“We found the app helped us diagnose heart attacks very effectively – and it didn’t indicate the presence of a heart attack when one wasn’t occurring,” says Muhlestein.

Alongside the dual ECG lead, the system utilizes the previously established smartphone app AliveCor. Available as an approved medical diagnostic system for several years now, the AliveCor app has been effective in using single ECG leads to monitor cardiovascular systems in patients.

It’s unclear how close to commercial availability this new smartphone system is, but the researchers are hopeful it will help make ECG diagnostic data not only quicker to access for those who think they may be suffering from a heart attack, but also more accessible to doctors in countries where ECG machines are difficult to access. The ideal scenario would be a system where an individual with this smartphone app can take ECG data, upload it to the cloud, and have their doctor instantly review the data.

The results of the study were presented at the American Heart Association’s 2018 Scientific Session in Chicago last week.

Heart attack-detecting smartphone app almost as accurate as an ECG [New Atlas]

2. Select the “Settings” tab on the main menu.

3. Select “Account Management”.

4. Select “Activate as your primary PS4”.

5. Select “Activate.”

You should now be able to access all of your games on your friend’s console. You or your friend will still have to download them, but there’s no need to sign back into your account on that PlayStation. If you are exchanging access to your digital game libraries, have your friend or family complete steps 1-4 on your PS4.

WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

Be warned that if you need to make significant changes to your account or user settings, like, for example, if you grab a PlayStation 4 Pro, then you’ll need to redo the process. If the person you’ve shared your account with is someone you trust (and we strongly recommend you only share accounts with close friends or family), then they will need to deactivate their device as your account’s primary system so you can set up your console. After your new console is set, you can redo this process to set up gamesharing again.

You can also deactivate a console remotely by using the PlayStation account management tool in your web browser. However, you can only do this once every six months. Keep in mind that if you don’t have access to your primary console, other users who log into your PlayStation 4 won’t be able to access your digital library of games. You’ll also be out of luck playing PlayStation Plus titles if your internet goes down.

You can share your account with an unlimited number of people but you can only do this process, which allows you to play the same game on two consoles at the same time, with one other person. If you try to hook up three friends, for example, and all four of you want to play a game together, your account will be flagged and blocked.

Are you getting tired of sifting through the same old suggestions on Netflix for the zillionth time? We all know that feeling: Scrolling through interminable rows of the same old shows and movies until fatigue begins to set in, and suddenly nothing that’s being offered looks good.

If you use Netflix regularly, you aren’t likely to see a lot of new recommendations, thanks to the algorithm that decides what you’ll like and what you won’t. Fortunately, for everyone who longs for the old days of TV, when flipping the switch called up an unceasing list of random possibilities, there’s Netflix Roulette.

A handy online tool available through a website called Reelgood, Netflix Roulette can help you escape the “Netflix recommended” doldrums and get back to streaming. Here’s how it works:

WHAT IS REELGOOD?

Before we get into Netflix Roulette, those interested in that tool may also want to know about its parent company, Reelgood (the impatient among us can simply skip to the next section). Reelgood launched in 2015 as a sort of movie-focused social media app, but eventually pivoted to the model you see today, which is essentially a massive search repository that allows users to find shows and movies filtered by whichever streaming services they use.

Some streaming devices — like Roku — offer cross-platform search, which is awesome, but Reelgood takes it to another level, letting you add filters based upon genre, IMDB score, Rotten Tomatoes rating, and even release date.

You don’t need to create an account to use the Netflix Roulette feature, but it’s not a bad idea to do so in case you ever want to use the Reelgood search tool — just link through Facebook or sign up the old-fashioned way, with a name, email, and password. Once you’ve got an account, click the little purple icon in the upper right corner to select your streaming platforms.

By default, you get access to the “Free Sources Bundle,” which includes content from services like Fox, CBS, and Crackle (beware — these might have autoplay ads, but at least these services are free). Click every service you subscribe to (or every platform you want included in search), then click Save. Next time you search, it will add in movies or shows from each of your selected platforms. When you choose a movie or show, Reelgood will offer you direct watch links for each selected platform to take you straight to your movie or show.

SO WHAT ABOUT NETFLIX ROULETTE?

Netflix Roulette was born in 2014 when 18-year-old Andrew Sampson (u/codeusasoft on Reddit) got tired of browsing Netflix in search of something new. So, he built a basic web app allowing users to choose a genre and a format (either movies or TV shows) before hitting the “Spin” button, which randomly selects something to watch that fits the search criteria.

Despite its extremely basic capabilities, Netflix Roulette became something of a phenomenon and remains a regular tool for many Netflixers to this day. In 2017, Reelgood reached out to Sampson regarding the Roulette API in hopes of working a similar tool into the website, then ended up acquiring the rights altogether when Sampson indicated he was uninterested in continuing to maintain the service.

REELGOOD ROULETTE

While Reelgood’s acquisition of the service meant Roulette would no longer have a cool, Netflixian aesthetic, it also meant Roulette became considerably more powerful, thanks to the massive Reelgood search engine. Now, you can search across all your selected platforms (if you’ve signed up and made selections) using the Reelgood Roulette tool, and you can filter by IMDB score as well (using integers between 1 and 10 as cutoff points).

That’s not all: You can also use the Roulette tool to comb through individual streaming services. Want to just search Amazon Prime Video? Click “Edit” in the upper right corner, deselect every platform except Amazon, and hit Save. Once you’ve found something that looks worthwhile, just click Watch and it will automatically send you to the web player for your chosen platform. If you don’t want to watch on your computer, of course, you’ll need to search for the film or program on your chosen device.

Something to keep in mind: Netflix has a lot of content from India that probably never shows up in your recommendations (unless you’ve dabbled in Bollywood before). You’re fairly likely to come across some of these titles while using Roulette, which may just be a pleasant surprise in its own right.

Samsung took the wraps off its new Infinity Flex Display device this morning, the first foldable hybrid gadget from the company that transforms from a phone into a tablet. Samsung says it plans to go into mass production for just the display in the “matter of months,” but we don’t really know much of anything about it beyond the brief glimpse we got onstage today. It’s a total mystery what it will cost, and we know very little about how the software will really function and just how many different display orientations it supports.

At a session this afternoon at its developer conference, Samsung did reveal some new information about the planned device, including pixel density, screen size, and aspect ratio in both the folded and unfolded modes, as reported by CNET’s Shara Tibken:

Pixel density is a standard 420 ppi, which is not the highest out there, but perfectly fine. Resolution when folded is 840 x 1960, but 1536 x 2152 when unfolded. The aspect ratios, however, are the more interesting specs here. The folded, phone version of the Infinity Flex has a 4.58-inch display with an aspect ratio of 21:9, which would make it pretty much the tallest device on the market and probably not the greatest screen for game-playing, video viewing, or anything like that. The unfolded, tablet version is clearly the primary mode for those types of activities, as it has a more standard 4.2:3 aspect ratio and a screen size of 7.3 inches.

There’s still a lot we don’t know about how this device is going to work, and how many iterations it might take for Samsung and other phone makers to really nail this form factor. (My guess is it will take a lot.) Thankfully, Google announced Android support for “foldables,” as we’re calling them, earlier this morning in conjunction with Samsung’s big reveal, so the initial software support is already there and it will only continue to get more robust over time.

In fact, news aggregation app Flipboard has already signed on to develop a special version of its app that modifies itself depending on which mode the Infinity Flex is running in:

Flipboard certainly won’t be the only developer to sign on. Considering Samsung is launching a new, three-app multitasking feature it’s calling Multi Active Window, it’s likely at least some other big-name developers will jump at the chance to create responsive and modular versions of their mobile apps to be among first to capitalize on the foldable trend.

Foldable phones are coming, there’s no doubt about that. Samsung, LG, and Huawei are among those who’ve set out their intentions to launch bendable handsets within the next year, but they’ve all apparently been beaten to the line by the Royole FlexPai.

Whereas last year’s ZTE Axon M stuck two displays together with a hinge, the FlexPai screen really does fold over – it’s a tablet one moment and a phone the next. The Chinese manufacturer behind the device says it can be folded open and shut more than 200,000 times before breaking.

When folded, you actually get three screens on the FlexPai: one on the front, one on the back, and one down the side of the device (across the fold) to show notifications, messages and more.

So how has this little-known firm beaten the big names to market? Based on demo videos, this looks very much like a prototype device, and not something Samsung or LG would officially push out into the world. Indeed the FlexPai is being sold as a “Developer Model” for now, indicating it’s not yet fit for the public at large.

Royole is also charging a hefty sum for the technology – prices start at US$1,318 for the cheapest model – and delivery isn’t scheduled until “late December.” This is very much for early adopters only.

Nevertheless, it gives us a glimpse of what’s coming down the line in 2019. The FlexPai features a 7.8-inch, 1,920 x 1,440 resolution OLED screen (308 pixels-per-inch) when fully opened out, 6GB or 8 GB of RAM, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8150 processor (likely to appear in next year’s Android flagships as the Snapdragon 855). It comes with 128 GB, 256 GB, or 512 GB of internal storage, and has dual 20 MP + 16 MP rear cameras.

The on-board software is Royole’s own Water OS, which is based on Android 9 Pie, so plenty of apps should be available. How they’ll react to the foldable screen isn’t clear, but presumably there’ll be a switch like there is for landscape to portrait modes.

“Say goodbye to rigid surfaces,” explains the device’s sales blurb. “FlexPai will completely change your perception of a traditional mobile phone and the need to own multiple mobile devices.”

It’s worth emphasizing that this is more of a prototype than a finished product, though it is an interesting early look at how smartphones might evolve over the coming years. Look out for some of the big Android manufacturers to follow Royole’s lead in 2019, though again the technology is likely to be a little rough around the edges, and expensive.

The Royole FlexPai is the first phone we’ve seen with a truly foldable screen [New Atlas]

Samsung may be just days away from taking the wraps off its very own foldable smartphone-tablet hybrid, but consumer electronics company Royole has stolen a bit of its thunder with its very own flexible display device. Called the FlexPai, the 7.8-inch hybrid device can fold 180 degrees and transform from a tablet into a phone, albeit a bulky one.

At an event in San Francisco this evening, Royole brought out a working version of the FlexPai that we actually got to hold, and the folding feature works as advertised. Granted, it feels miles away in quality from a high-end modern flagship, but it is still the first real foldable device I’ve seen in person, and not just in a concept video or prototype stage.

The FlexPai will be available as a consumer device in China with a base model price of 8,999 yuan, or around $1,300. You can also pay that amount of money in USD for a developer version if you live in North America. That gets you 128GB of storage, but you can double it for an additional $150 and add an additional 2GB of RAM for a total of 8GB.

 Image: Royole

As for the other specs, the device is going to come with a 2.8Ghz, eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, the display resolution is 1920 x 1440 when fully expanded, and it comes with a 3,800 mAh battery. Both the consumer model and the developer version are up for preorder on Royole’s website right now. Royole says the Chinese consumer model and the developer version are slated to ship in December.

 Image: Royole

It should be said that this device is very much a first-generation product. The software seemed extremely sluggish, apps continuously opened accidentally, and the orientation kept changing randomly when one of the Royole representatives was demonstrating the folding process. That, to me, indicates that the company’s custom Water OS (a fork of Android 9.0, Royole says) is probably not the most robust operating system just yet.

 Image: Royole

Still, this is much more about the hardware innovation of making a virtually unbreakable AMOLED display, with a reasonable enough battery that can sustain the folding process. Royole says the screen can withstand being folded 200,000 times. (What happens after that was not made immediately clear.) We don’t know how it will stack up against Samsung’s version, or whatever competing display makers like LG are working on. But it certainly bodes well for the imminent foldable / flexible display trend that we’re already seeing working devices like this hit the market.

In a bid to make your commute a little more bearable, Waze is adding support for Pandora, Deezer, iHeartRadio, NPR One, Scribd, Stitcher, and TuneIn, giving you easy access to more music tracks, podcasts, audiobooks, radio shows, and news.

Currently available for Waze’s global beta community, the audio player will be landing for the entire Waze community in the coming weeks.

“Built to make sure every Wazer can have the best time possible on the road, the Waze audio player seamlessly streams your favorite audio app with your Waze directions and alerts,” the company said in a blog post announcing the new feature.

It’s easy to access the new audio player — simply tap on the pink music-note symbol toward the top right of the display, and then select one of the offered services, which will then automatically start to play content. The extra convenience hopefully brings safer driving, too, as you’ll no longer have to fiddle around with your phone so much as you exit Waze, select another app, search for content, and hit play.

You can toggle between the Waze app and the various audio services, and when you do so, directions from Waze will continue to appear in a bar at the top of the display.

SETTING IT UP

To set up the streaming services with Waze’s audio player, first make sure that you have the latest version of the third-party audio app installed on your device.

Next, sync Waze with the audio app (just the once) by tapping the icon of the app in the Waze audio player and selecting connect.

Beta Wazers should know that not all services are available yet, though they’re on their way. For example, Waze for Android is currently missing Deezer, while iOS is waiting for integration with Pandora, NPR, and TuneIn. This handy chart makes it clear:

If you’re keen to try the new service now, you can apply to join the Waze beta community by clicking here.

Waze’s new audio-based feature comes just weeks after Google announced a similar offering for Maps.

Waze’s new audio player aims to make your commute more bearable [Digital Trends]

While most of us are perfectly happy with our smartphones, some prefer something a little more compact and pocketable. For those people, Japanese company Kyocera has come up with a device that it’s billing as the “thinnest smartphone in the world.” It’s called the KY-O1L, and it’s built specifically to fit inside a business card holder. For that, the phone has been given the nickname of the “card phone.”

The phone itself comes in at 5.3mm thick and weighs a measly 47g, making it also one of the lightest devices around. On top of that, it boasts LTE connectivity and a 2.8-inch monochrome epaper display. Powering it all is a 380mAh battery, which should be more than enough for a phone with an epaper display.

Of course, there is some debate about whether or not this is really the thinnest phone out there. As The Verge notes, the 2016 Moto Z came in at only 5.2mm — though that excludes the camera bump. Before that, there was the Oppo R5, which came in at a tiny 4.9mm thick. That said, none of those phones offer the same adorable basic-ness as the KY-O1L.

Whether it is truly the thinnest phone or just one of them, it’s still an interesting device. The user interface offers everything a basic phone needs, though there is no app marketplace and as such, this is perhaps only a good choice for those that need something to make calls and text people, with the occasional news reading online. There’s also no camera so don’t expect to get any shots with this device.

The Kyocera KY-O1L comes at 32,000 yen, which equates to around $300. It’s also only available in Japan so don’t expect to get your hands on the phone anytime soon if you don’t live there. Even in Japan, it’s only available on the country’s NTT Docomo carrier.

Smaller phones may be a growing trend. Just recently Palm took the wraps off of a new smartphone that’s specifically aimed at reducing people’s addiction to their phones. It syncs to your primary phone, so you’ll get all your notifications and calls.

The world’s thinnest smartphone fits alongside your business cards [New Atlas]

The Go2Sleep Home Sleep Test is a revolutionary device on monitoring and improving your sleep quality. It elevates comfort while maintaining almost the same detecting accuracy of a pulse oximeter, but with a lot more key information. The precise data gathered would then help generate a comprehensive sleep report, just for you.

Based on the data, the smart App would come up with personal tips and recommendations for you on how to improve your sleep quality. By synchronizing with our smart App, you can conveniently keep an eye of the sleep quality of yourself and your family.

The device is magnetically charged in its cradle, and it needs only two hours to fuel up to be able to work for three full consecutive nights. There is enough storage onboard the device to hold up to seven nights worth of sleep data.

Features:

  • More accurate data gathered from your finger, where more abundant capillaries are found.
  • The vibration alert increases the chance of you unconsciously switching your sleeping position, diminishing the probability of sleep apnea.
  • An accurate comprehensive report would be generated by the time you wake up, with tips and recommendations tailored for you.
  • You can synchronize the device with your smart phones using Bluetooth, and connect your account with your loved ones’ to track their sleep quality, regardless of where they are.
  • Ultra-compact size and weight make it barely noticeable to wear on your finger, comfort guaranteed.

Compact & Sleek

Food grade silicone construction for 100% safety, weighs only 6 grams (0.21 oz.), you will not notice it on your finger.

Unparalleled Precision and Comfort

The abundant capillaries on your fingers helps Go2Sleep to provide significantly more accurate detection data compared to conventional wrist band devices, plus the ultra-compact size makes it barely noticeable, ultimate sleeping comfort guaranteed.

A Comprehensive Sleep Report Just for You

Our App keeps track of your sleep quality every night, which covers all essential sleep and health data, including your sleep stages, heart rate, breath disorder index, body movements, sleep debt, and more importantly, health tips tailored for you.

You can find our App on App Store and Google Play

SNORING

What is it and why would I snore?

Snoring is a common condition which occurs when the flow of air through the mouth and nose is physically obstructed, when it gets serious, it is called sleep breath disorder.

Habitual snoring impairs sleep quality and is often associated with other diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity as well as cardiovascular diseases, and it increases the chance of having depression and even dementia.

Breath disorder index screening & sleep breath disorder alert

Go2Sleep offers professional sleep breath disorder monitoring and detection, real time analyses of your sleep quality and accurate detection of breath disorder index.

Whenever sleep breath disorder is detected during your sleep the vibration will alert you to increase the chance of you unconsciously changing your sleeping position, diminishing the probability of sleep breath disorder.

Fully Automatic for Ultimate User Experience

Super easy to use, just wear it on any finger, and you are good to go. Your comprehensive sleep report will be ready when you wake up the next morning.

You and Your Loved Ones All in the App

Synchronize your Go2Sleep device with the App via Bluetooth, search your family member by their ID and set them as family so you can track all the key data of yourself and your loved ones, wherever they are.

Sleepon Cloud Heath Services

Detailed weekly and monthly sleep report with predicted trends

Go2Sleep Home Sleep Test analyzes all the key data (including heart rate, sleep breath disorder, body movements, sleep debt etc.) and produce a detailed comprehensive sleep report on a monthly or weekly basis, with tips or recommendations for you to improve your sleep quality.

Discover What Impacts Your Sleep Quality

The sleeping habits observations & analyses feature help you better understand what compromises your sleep quality by observing and analyzing your sleeping habits with tips and recommendations tailored for you on how to improve your sleep quality.

GO2SLEEP: AI-Powered Device for Restful Sleep [Medgadget]

 

Given that our level of alertness varies throughout the day, it only makes sense that we should avoid performing attention-demanding tasks when we’re at our drowsiest. An experimental new Android app is designed to determine when those times are, by examining users’ eyes.

When we’re in an alert state, our sympathetic nervous system causes our pupils to dilate so that we can take in information more easily. On the other hand, when we’re tired, our parasympathetic nervous system causes our pupils to contract. With that in mind, a team at Cornell University developed the AlertnessScanner app, which utilizes a smartphone’s front-facing camera to gauge the size of users’ pupils.

In an initial study, test subjects were prompted to use the app to manually take photos of their pupils, once every three hours. Additionally, six times a day they completed a five-minute phone-based Psychomotor Vigilance Test (PVT), which is an established method of gauging reaction time. When the results of the two alertness-testing methods were compared, they were found to be very similar.

That said, it was determined that most people wouldn’t like having to make a point of using the app so many times every day. Additionally, in order to properly image the test subjects’ pupils, the infrared filters of the phones’ cameras had to be removed.

The first problem was addressed by adapting the app so that it automatically took a one-second-long burst of 30 pupil photos whenever users unlocked their phones – something that most people already do multiple times daily. Improvements in the resolution of smartphone cameras solved the second problem. In a second study conducted a year after the first, it was found that a phone’s 13-megapixel front-facing camera could adequately image the pupil, even with its infrared filter left in place.

“Since people use their phones very frequently during the day, we were thinking we could use phones as an instrument to understand and measure their alertness,” says doctoral student Vincent W.S. Tseng, lead author of a paper on the research.”If you want to get something very important done, then probably you should execute this task while you’re at the peak of your alertness; when you’re in a valley of your alertness, you can do something like rote work. You’ll also know the best time to take a break in order to allow your alertness or energy to go back up again.”

At some time, we’ve probably all seen a photo of some great-looking place and thought “If I knew where that was, I’d go there.” Well, the new Look&Book iOS/Android app can reportedly figure out where such photos were taken (within Europe, at least), and it proceeds to plan your flights.

Designed via a partnership between British airline easyJet and mobile tech company Travelport Digital, Look&Book gets users to upload photos of places that they’re curious about to a server via the app. Utilizing image recognition technology, it then searches through a database of existing photos, attempting to match the scene in the submitted photo to one from over 1,000 European locations.

Assuming a match is found, it then goes on to find easyJet flights going from the user’s location to that place, allowing them to select departure and return dates. Once everything has been set up, the booking is made.

The system is said to currently work best with screen caps from Instagram (which is what the database is presumably based on), although we’re told that photos from other sources will also work. And although it’s also presently limited to easyJet flights and European destinations, it will be interesting to see if other travel services start offering similar apps.

Honor briefly showed off its upcoming Magic 2 phone a few months back, revealing a bezel-less screen and a sliding mechanism that opens up to a camera. The company will unveil the device officially on October 31st, but until then, Honor is teasing the phone with a series of hands-on videos by Chinese celebrities giving their impressions. We can see from the video there are three rear cameras, similar to the P20 Pro by Huawei, its parent company.

Honor is also leaning hard into the clicking sound the slider makes, by releasing videos featuring “beats” made with the slider. Here’s a video featuring a Chinese singer unboxing the Honor 2, and then singing over the beat. It’s cringeworthy, but not as difficult to watch as this TikTok video featuring someone using two Honor Magic 2 phones as a pair of dang drumsticks. Watch as they click open and close the phone, and hit the poor, uncovered phones against a table to a beat.

Aside from the light phone abuse, another thing to take away from this video is that the sliding mechanism reveals a front-facing camera that’s rumored to be 16-megapixels, according to specs leaked on Chinese website MyDrivers, via TrustedReviews. The leaks also state that the phone has a 6.39-inch AMOLED display with a 2340 x 1080 resolution, and an in-display fingerprint sensor. We also know that the phone will have Huawei’s new Kirin 980 processor, and will come with Android 9 Pie installed.

Sliding camera mechanisms have been gaining popularity among Chinese phones like Oppo’s Find X and Vivo’s Nex. Instead of having the cameras pop up automatically though, Honor’s “Magic Slide” mechanism is manual, and the company’s clearly trying to market it as a “fun” feature. We’ll know more about the Magic 2 when Honor launches the phone in China on October 31st.

Apple will start shipping the iPhone XR this week, and ahead of its launch, the company has unveiled repair pricing. If you crack that notched LCD display, it’ll cost you $199 to fix (if you don’t have AppleCare+). That’s significantly cheaper than the OLEDs on the iPhone XS and XS Max: the XS costs $279, and the XS Max costs $329. Meanwhile, a battery replacement will cost $69 across the three new devices.

Repairs related to “other damage,” like a shattered glass back, cost $399 on the iPhone XR versus $549 on the XS and $599 on the XS Max. The iPhone XS and X from last year have the same repair costs overall. AppleCare+ covers two accidental damage incidents at $99, regardless of your iPhone model, while a screen repair through the program costs $29. AppleCare+ costs $149 for the iPhone XR, 8 Plus, and 7 Plus and $199 for the XS or XS Max. That covers users for two years, so basically one repair a year. It’s worth the price if you actually take advantage of the repairs.

This is also a good time to remind you that Apple’s discounted battery repairs for the iPhone 6 and later expire on December 31st. It currently costs $29, but will jump to $49 in the new year. The iPhone X’s battery repair cost will rise to $69. Also, if you repair your phone with “unauthorized modifications” you likely won’t be serviced by Apple and might have to buy a new device.