When Apple announced two major new healthcare features this week, it billed them both as terrific innovations that may well keep us alive. Later this year, its Watch will be able to automatically call emergency services if it detects you have suffered a fall and are no longer moving. And it will also let you know if you have heart problems and should perhaps visit your doctor as soon as possible. Other devices have offered similar functions in the past, albeit in less elegantly presented gadgets. But with an estimated 50 million Apple Watches out there already, there are concerns about the pressures it may bring to already-strained healthcare systems. The result may be even more calls to emergency services and, according to one of Britain’s leading surgeons, a new wave of technology-driven hypochondria. "Medical professionals will also need to be vigilant to the risk of misdiagnosis and overtreatment that this proliferation of personalised health information could bring,” … [Read more...] about Can health services handle the Apple Watch?
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Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI – Congratulation! You are this week’s winner. Send DKG to 9183 to receive a top-up card worth VNĐ200,000 (US$8.56). This is just one of the many text messages that pop up on the phone screen of Minh Hương in Hoàn Kiếm District every day. These advertisements encourage users to try multiple services, from data packages to top-up cards, and from English courses to new real estate projects in town. “It’s totally insane,” Hương told Việt Nam News. “They (the network providers) promised to start blocking all spam calls and messages from 2017, but nothing seems to have changed,” she added. Hương has two phone numbers with the biggest network providers in the country, Vinaphone and Viettel. While spam from Viettel invite her to join Keeng, a music social network, watch movies online or use a new mobile money application, Vinaphone advertises data packages, quiz … [Read more...] about Spam messages plague phone users
Power usage in northern Vietnam hits record as sweltering heat wave continues Line workers are repairing an electrical grid. A protracted heat wave that has been sweeping northern Vietnam since the start of the month sent power consumption in the region to a new height on July 2, the national power utility EVN has reported. The combined loads peaked at an all-time high of 16,665 megawatts, while the total consumption also hit a record 345 million kWh, up roughly 12% compared with the highest levels of 2017 and beating the previous records set on June 22. In the capital of Hanoi, the total loads also hit a record high of 3,987 megawatts and total usage reached 79.3 million kWh. Most of the electricity was supplied for air-conditioners and other cooling equipment, leading to overloads and power cuts in several locations. According to the national weather service, temperatures as high as 40C and above will continue for another two to three days. Therefore, EVN has advised its customers … [Read more...] about Social News 6/7
Three giant mobile operators (Viettel, MobiFone, and Vinaphone) halted payments via phone cards for domestic digital content and online games, creating inequality as foreign application stores, specifically Google Play Store, still allow people to use phone cards for in-game payments. Mobile operators have halted payments via phone cards in late April. Photo: baomoi.com Payment via message Many popular game cards, including Garena owned by Garena Company, whose parent company is Singapore-based SEA Group, and Gate owned by MeCorp JSC, allow people to make in-game purchases via sending a text message to the call centres. With this payment option, gamers use phone cards to put money into their mobile accounts by exchanging them to game cards via text messages. However, gamers have to pay an extra 15 per cent of the phone card value. According to experts, this is a pretty clever trick. At first glance, this is just a normal way to put money into mobile accounts. However, … [Read more...] about Halting payments via phone cards: an unequal game?
Facebook Inc is entering the dating game, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Tuesday, planning a dating service to matchmake millions of people on the world’s largest online social network and nudge them into spending more time there. The service, which Facebook had considered offering for over a decade and will launch soon, could help rebuild its popularity among younger consumers and make people visit the site more often, two key challenges for the business. “There are 200 million people on Facebook that list themselves as single, so clearly there’s something to do here,” Zuckerberg told software developers at Facebook’s annual F8 conference. Facebook shares rose 1.1 percent to close at $173.86 on the news, which sparked a sell-off of established online dating service providers. Facebook users have been able to reveal their relationship status on the network since it first went live in February 2004. Zuckerberg said Facebook was building the dating … [Read more...] about Facebook to play cupid in online dating debut
Google on Wednesday ramped up privacy controls in a Gmail overhaul, aiming first at businesses that use its suite of workplace tools hosted in the internet cloud. Google ramps up Gmail privacy controls in major update, photo AFP The "all new" Gmail is available to the more than four million businesses that pay for G Suite services. People who use the email service personally for free can opt in by making the choice in settings, vice president of product management David Thacker said in a blog post. Revamped Gmail has "a brand new look on the web, advanced security features, new applications of Google's artificial intelligence and even more integrations with other G Suite apps," according to Thacker. A confidential mode added to Gmail promises to let people sending messages set expiration dates and block them from being forwarded, copied, downloaded or printed. Messages can be revoked after being sent, Thacker said. Senders of mail can also require that a code delivered by … [Read more...] about Google ramps up Gmail privacy controls in major update
My Viettel application. Photo: viettel In order to check whether Viettel-subscribed numbers are provided with sufficient information or not, subscribers may opt for the following methods: 1. Send a text message to 1414 with the content “TTTB” 2. Go online at https://vietteltelecom.vn/check-info? and add the numbers that need checking to the required field. 3. Dial 198 for assistance from operators. If a Viettel sim card needs updating, the subscriber may follow the instruction below: - Updating information online via My Viettel application (applied to prepaid subscribers prior to April 24. After that deadline, subscribers need to go to a Viettel store) right on their smartphones. - Updating information at Viettel stores. In this case, subscribers are to bring their personal IDs and the SIM cards that need updating. The subscribers must do this in person and provide Viettel with five to 10 frequent contacts, most recent top-up value, and balance. The information … [Read more...] about Viettel helps subscribers update personal information
Leather, footwear sector targets 20 bln USD in export earningsVietnam sets a target of earning between 19.5 - 20 billion USD from leather and footwear exports in 2018, up 10 percent from 2017, heard a conference in January 12.According to the Vietnam Leather, Footwear and Handbag Association (LEFASO), the leather and footwear industry is expected to grow 5 percent from last year, with the localisation rate reaching 55 percent. Footwear and handbags will remain Vietnam’s top four and 10 exports, respectively.Addressing the event, LEFASO Vice President Phan Thi Thanh Xuan highlighted positive signs in the world’s economy and increasing consumption demand, saying that these create both favourable conditions and challenges to Vietnam in exports and investment.In order to help Vietnamese exporters realise the target, the association will actively participate in relevant policy making while luring foreign and domestic investment in support industry, thus increasing the … [Read more...] about BUSINESS IN BRIEF 15/1
Vingroup, T&T to develop urban railway projects in HanoiThe government of Hanoi City has proposed the Prime Minister allow Vingroup and T&T Group to develop three urban railway projects which the city plans to complete by 2025, Tuoi Tre newspaper reports.The two domestic investors will use their capital to make pre-feasibility studies for these projects.When the projects were announced, many investors expressed interest in Hanoi. However, only Vingroup and T&T Group have registered to take part.Both of them proposed implementing the projects in the build-transfer (BT) format. Particularly, Vingroup registered to build the 38.4-kilometer metro line No. 5 which connects Van Cao and Hoa Lac and metro line No. 2 from Tran Hung Dao to Thuong Dinh with a length of 5.9 kilometers. Meanwhile, T&T Group is keen on metro line No. 4 connecting Me Linh, Sai Dong and Lien Ha, and measuring 54 kilometers in length.The two investors said they would use their own finances to study the … [Read more...] about BUSINESS IN BRIEF 9/1
The Mai Vang (Golden Apricot Blossom) Awards 2010 nominations for three groups of music, stage and cinematography-television have recently been announced. The Music awards group features five categories, ‘Favourite Male and Female Pop Singers’, ‘Favourite Male and Female Country Singers’ and ‘Favourite Song’. In the Stage group, awards include ‘Favourite Male and Female Stage Artists’, ‘Best Comedian Actor’ and ‘Best Stage Play’ The categories of ‘Favourite TV Actor and Actress’, ‘Best Movie Actor and Actress’, ‘Favourite Master of Ceremony’ (MC) and ‘Film of the Year’ belong to the Cinematography-Television group. The award winners are chosen by readers of the printed and online versions of Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper, who can send a text message to 8577 or log on to the website: maivang.nld.com.vn from December 10 to January 10, 2011. An awards ceremony will … [Read more...] about Nominations for Golden Apricot Blossom Awards announced