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How U.S. Health Providers Are Expanding Their Ebola Precautions

Source: www.theblaze.com – Monday, October 06, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Public hospitals in New York City are concerned enough about Ebola that they’ve secretly been sending actors with mock symptoms into emergency rooms to test how good the triage staff is at identifying and isolating possible cases. A small hospital in the Ohio countryside has hung up signs, imploring patients to let nurses know if they have traveled recently to West Africa. FILE – This Oct. 3, 3014, file photo, shows an isolation room that could be used to quarantine an Ebola patient at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn. The hospital has put together an action plan and staff will be going through training to deal with the possibility of an Ebola virus infected patient. (AP Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press, Doug Strickland, File) And one of the nation’s largest ambulance companies has written step-by-step instructions on how to wrap the interior of a rig with plastic sheeting while transporting a patient. Ebola has yet to infect a single person on U.S. soil — the one confirmed case here involves a man who contracted the virus overseas. But health care providers are worried enough that they are taking a variety of precautions. — Read more stories from TheBlaze Woman Interrupts Restaurant Patrons With Tears and Screams, ‘This Isn’t Food, It’s Violence!’ — Wait Until You See Why Here’s the Picture Involving Two Children That Atheists Are Demanding Officials Remove From a School — and the District’s Bold Response

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Google rolls out local News & Weather app for iOS

Google just introduced a new app for iOS that displays local news and weather. It’s like the nightly local news except on your iPhone or iPad. The News & Weather app for iOS is “your comprehensive and personalized view of headline stories and local news and weather,” according to Google. The free app pulls from 65,000 publications with 60 country-specific editions. The app can also be customized to show news by topic, like Hollywood, Fashion and NASA. Until now, only Android had the News & Weather app. For hyper-local news, you can drill down and see local opinions and perspectives. The weather feature show the forecast…

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Google’s ‘In the news’ search results now pulls from random sources — including Reddit

Google’s new In the news box for search results is surfacing some non-traditional “news” sources, including Reddit. Search Engine Land noticed that Reddit links were showing up in Google’s new search results field. Google confirmed that it was populating the field with more than traditional news sources. It told Search Engine Land, “We will be pulling from all over the web which means that we will present as diverse a range of voices as possible to ensure we get users to the answer they are looking for.” Of course Reddit being Reddit, when you currently search for “TSA,” this is…

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BBC iPlayer moves beyond its 7-day catch-up window, now lets you watch and listen for up to 30 days

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There’s good news for UK TV viewers today – the BBC has boosted iPlayer’s hitherto seven-day catch-up window to 30 days. BBC Director-General Tony Hall first made the announcement almost a year ago to the day, though no concrete date had been given for the move. Though a handful of shows were already available via iPlayer for more than seven days, the vast majority were limited to a week-long window. From today, however, the British broadcaster will be shifting the viewing and listening window for both iPlayer and its radio-focused cousin iPlayer Radio to a full month. Launched way back…

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Looks like there’s a prototype iPhone 6 on eBay

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The story goes like this: A Verizon customer was sent a prototype iPhone 6 when renewing their contract and instead of returning it, the owner has decided to sell it on eBay. The alleged prototype device is pictured in diagnostic mode and isn’t running the consumer release of iOS, instead offering Apple’s internal applications the company uses to test devices before release. The photos of this factory test mode match up with previously leaked prototype devices running earlier versions of the test software. Selling (and purchasing) prototype devices is sketchy legal ground and the seller seems well aware of this, saying that “Apple does NOT let…

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Thom Tillis, flailing, grabs onto Ebola and the Secret Service

Source: www.dailykos.com – Friday, October 03, 2014
Thom Tillis Here's a good sign a candidate has lost faith in his message: when he starts talking about every new headline. Witness North Carolina Republican Thom Tillis, who in recent days has tried out Ebola and the Secret Service as … attacks on Sen. Kay Hagan. In both instances, the criticism made essentially the same point: The president can't keep America safe. "How on earth can you protect the nation if you can't protect the White House?" he asked, according to an account of his speech Wednesday. That might be a compelling argument against electing the Secret Service, but the president would seem to be more sinned against than sinning in this case, and what Hagan has to do with it is a total mystery. In a statement Thursday about Ebola, he said "it makes absolutely no sense to risk more cases" by allowing travel to the West African countries. "It's time for Washington to take action to protect the American people," he asserted. Too bad he didn't just ask "How on earth can you protect the nation if you can't personally defeat a virus?" That at least would have been obviously humorous. In any case, it's not as simple as banning flights from West Africa—the Texas Ebola patient flew first from Liberia to Brussels , and then to the United States. But again, what is Hagan supposed to do about Ebola? Especially given that it's been Republicans cutting the budget at the Centers for Disease Control. What Ebola and the Secret Servi

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Flipboard for Windows Phone 8 is finally here

At last, Flipboard has an app for Windows Phone 8. Nokia said a version of the magazine-inspired reading app would come to its platform over a year ago, and users have been waiting patiently ever since. Now, it’s finally here. (Well, for devices with at least 1GB of RAM anyway.) The app will likely be met with a tempered reception though. A version was released in the Windows Phone Store by mistake last week, and without its most iconic “flipping” feature. The company later clarified that it was an incomplete build designed as a placeholder before the official release. Nevertheless,…

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The Next Web is coming to Wall Street

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The Next Web’s Europe Conference is renowned for its venue as much as it is for its speakers, startups and unrivalled production values. Since our first conference in 2006, we’ve been running one of Europe’s leading technology events from the Westergasfabriek – a venue famed for its awe-inspiring industrial beauty on the outskirts of Amsterdam: The Gashouder – the central hub of our European conference. Out of the ashes of Amsterdam’s gasworks, an icon of technology’s past if there ever was one, The Next Web has been bringing people together to discuss technology’s future for almost a decade. The venue has…

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By the way: U.S. troops have landed in West Africa to fight Ebola

Source: hotair.com – Monday, September 29, 2014
Outbreak. What are they doing? Building tent hospitals in swamps, for one, after arriving at Liberia’s ghost town airport. The American military effort against history’s deadliest Ebola outbreak is taking shape in West Africa, but concerns are mounting that the pace isn’t fast enough to check a virus that is spreading at a terrifying clip. On […] Read this post »

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September in Africa – All the tech news you shouldn’t miss from the past month

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September in Africa was all about startups, with a host of top events and the launch of new accelerators as well as the usual funding rounds, acquisitions and new product offerings. Startup central Startup pitching event DEMO Africa took place outside of Kenya for the first time, with 40 startups pitching to entrepreneurs, investors and international media in Lagos, Nigeria. Speakers at the event included communication technology minister Omobola Johnson, Tony Elumelu, chairman of Heirs Holdings, and Jason Njoku, founder of iROKO. French operator Orange launched its startup accelerator – Orange Fab – in the Ivory Coast, which the company…

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