Tag: making

11
Oct
2020
Posted in software

Microsoft and Facebook vet leads nonprofit making software to improve COVID-19 rapid tests

Most of the Audere team, gathered together in pre-COVID times. (Audere Photo)

A Seattle-based nonprofit launched to provide digital health solutions for poorer countries is applying its expertise to help with COVID-19 testing.

Audere is building software for administering rapid result COVID tests that can be integrated into products being developed by U.S. manufacturers that use saliva or nasal swab samples.

“There is a critical need for rapid testing,” said Philip Su, CEO and founder of Audere. People are increasingly realizing that the widespread distribution of a vaccine is still many months away. The availability of accurate, inexpensive tests that provide results in minutes can help control the spread of the virus in the meantime, Su said.

Philip Su, Audere CEO and founder. (Audere Photo)

The tests — known generally as rapid diagnostic tests or RDTs — can have high rates of failure, though the basic concept is simple. Imagine a home pregnancy test, as an example. A liquid sample is applied to a testing device, the fluid travels across the testing material and triggers a chemical reaction if a target disease or hormone is present. That reaction is visible as a colored bar or other shape.

In the past 20 years, the tests have grown in popularity, particularly as tools used in low- and middle-income countries for detecting HIV and malaria. They can be administered in clinics by providers with limited medical expertise or by people at home.

The tests “are simple, easy to use, affordable and they’re stable,” said Roger Peck, a senior program officer in diagnostics at PATH, a longstanding global health nonprofit not affiliated with the project. “They’re becoming more and more commonplace, and really accepted by healthcare workers.”

But they’re not fail-proof. Studies show that the tests can give inaccurate results when people take the

05
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Yoshinoya Japanese Kitchen Rewards Team Members and Guests for Making Their Voice Heard During the 2020 Election

Yoshinoya Japanese Kitchen Rewards Team Members and Guests for Making Their Voice Heard During the 2020 Election

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TORRANCE, Calif., Oct. 5, 2020

Company will Offer FREE Donut Dippers on Election Day for Voters

TORRANCE, Calif., Oct. 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Yoshinoya Japanese Kitchen, known for its artisanal Japanese-inspired rice bowls, today announced it is empowering team members, and rewarding guests, who make their voice heard this election year. Specifically, the company is encouraging all employees to vote, by providing voter registration resources and an extra hour of pay for team members, which they encourage be used to educate themselves on the voting process, candidates and issues.

Along with team member support and incentives, the brand is also offering guests:

  • A free order of Donut Dippers with purchase of any bowl on Election Day, November 3rd, for any guest who shows their “I Voted” sticker in restaurant, or uses code “IVOTED” on the Yoshinoya App or YoshinoyaAmerica.com*

  • Free Delivery on the Yoshinoya App and YoshinoyaAmerica.com all November long

“We believe in the importance of individual expression and providing freedom of choice, whether it be in customizing your favorite bowl, or selecting the future leaders of this country,” said Dar Vasseghi, CEO. “Now more than ever, it’s vital that everyone has the time and resources needed to make informed decisions and cast their vote.”

*One free order of Donut Dippers per person, while supplies last.

About Yoshinoya
Fresh, wholesome Japanese-style cuisine is the essence of the Yoshinoya Japanese Kitchen menu. Dating back to 1899 with the opening of its first restaurant in Tokyo, Japan, Yoshinoya is among the oldest quick-service restaurant chains in operation. Throughout its century of experience, Yoshinoya continues to grow aggressively while operating or franchising more than 2,000 restaurants in Japan,

05
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Slack’s performance issues are making remote work difficult Monday

Nearly four hours after reporting that some users were experiencing performance issues on Slack, the company said it’s seeing signs of improvement but “we’re not out of the woods yet.”



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Slack said Monday its service is having performance issues — which could mean trouble for the many companies that rely on the workplace communication tool to keep remote teams running.

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The company noted around 10 am ET that some users might be experiencing slowness with the Slack’s desktop, mobile and browser applications. It said the issue was causing delays in some messages and calls. About two hours later, Slack said some users may be unable to connect to the service, while others are still experiencing “general performance issues,” adding that the company is “continuing to dig in on our side” and will provide updates.

It later said some users may be unable to connect, and the search function was also affected. Just after 2 pm ET, the company added that it continues to “see improvement, but some users may still be experiencing delays,” and that it would continue providing updates.

With millions of people unable to work in their offices, Slack and rival Microsoft Teams have become crucial communications tools to keep many businesses up and running during the pandemic. Slack has more than 12 million daily active users, including many major tech companies and news organizations.

“Our teams are aware and are investigating the issue,” a Slack spokesperson said in a statement to CNN Business. “We know how important it is for people to stay connected and we are working hard to get everyone running as normal. For the latest updates please keep an eye on @slackstatus and status.slack.com.”

Slack declined to say how many users are affected. The website Down Detector listed as many

04
Oct
2020
Posted in seo

Bliss Drive Media Is Making Moves In The SEO Agency Business

Irvine, California – ( NewMediaWire ) – October 2, 2020 – Bliss Drive Media, an SEO, and digital marketing company offers top-notch SEO services. The company assists organizations and websites in increasing their SERP (Search Engine Result Page) rankings and overall traffic. 

Bliss Drive, led by Richard Fong, an industry-expert, promises comprehensive marketing services to all their customers. As a website’s digital marketing partner, Bliss Drive offers quantifiable results that aim at more than mere online exposure.  

Richard Fong, the Founder-CEO, believes that result-driven SEO strategies are capable of helping increase a website’s online presence. His company is centered around the primary goal of acquiring better customers to eventually boost sales and profits.

What Does Richard Fong’s Bliss Drive Offer? 

Richard Fong ’s brainchild, the Bliss Drive, focuses on offering customers an assortment of SEO-related services. From targeted keyword searches, website structuring, and link building to blog curation and in-depth market analysis, Bliss Drive provides more than ordinary SEO services. 

Bliss Drive has expressed concerns over several marketing agencies resorting to outdated SEO practices like SEO stuffing, content spamming, thin content, and content cloaking to impress customers.  

However, Richard Fong thought of it with prospects in mind. He believes that SEO is as dynamic as Google’s algorithms. Thus, it is beyond necessary to work upon the following essential elements: 

● Boosting Conversions 

● Driving Traffic 

● Gaining Authority 

● Increasing Revenue 

● Achieving Low Bounce Rates 

Fong says that if these factors are achieved, the website is bound to rank high on Google’s SERPs.

Richard Fong: All you Need to Know about the Founder and CEO  

Richard Fong, an SEO-expert who has studied, analyzed, has worked in the SEO domain for over a decade. Moreover, he has very dynamic and futuristic views on SEO. His views are purely experience

29
Sep
2020
Posted in computer

Computer model explains altered decision making in schizophrenia

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Scientists have built a computer ‘brain circuit’, or artificial neural network, that mirrors human decision-making processes and sheds light on how circuits might be altered in psychiatric diseases, a new study published today in eLife reports.

The model identifies a potential mechanism for the impaired decision making that is commonly seen in schizophrenia, involving the reduced activity of molecules in the brain called NDMA receptors. These results provide new insight that may inform the development of future treatments for neuropsychiatric conditions.

“A major challenge in psychiatry is to relate changes that occur at nerve synapses in the brain to the cognitive processes that cause symptoms of disorders such as schizophrenia,” explains lead author Dr. Sean Cavanagh, who is an MBPhD student at the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, London, UK. “Computational modeling of brain circuits can fill in these gaps. By altering the circuit model at the synapse level, you can make predictions of nerve activity and behaviors, and then test these experimentally.”

The team built a model that reproduces how the brain accumulates evidence and makes a decision. The types of decisions they were interested in were those that involve combining multiple pieces of information. For example, when deciding about where to go on holiday, we must combine information about many factors including the cost, weather and cultural experience. Initially, the team wanted to see whether their computer model showed the same decision-making bias that healthy humans show on these sorts of choices, called the ‘pro-variance bias’. This describes how humans tend to choose options with more variable evidence. For example, when planning a holiday and facing two options, people generally tend to prefer a holiday which is very appealing in one attribute but less so in another (expensive price, but excellent weather), when