How to Get the Best Value Out Of Urgent Care Services

Not every medical problem can and should be handled by an urgent care clinic, but for those that can, it offers real value for your healthcare dollars. You will save time, money and hassle by getting treatment by medical professionals that are equally qualified to get you back on the road to good health.

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Some Emergencies Require the ER

There are some medical emergencies that require the use of a traditional emergency room, rather than an urgent care clinic. Problems that are causing intense pains, vomiting, heavy bleeding, chest pains, through-and-through broken bones and a few other ailments need to be seen at an emergency room. The cure or treatment may involve surgery, which cannot be performed at an urgent care clinic. You need to weigh this out and make the most sensible solution.

Cost Savings

An urgent care clinic costs about one-third of what the costs of a traditional emergency room run. This is a definite positive when it comes to needing medical treatment right away. It is the most sensible solution for those with inadequate, or a complete lack of healthcare insurance coverage. You can be seen right away by medical professionals at an affordable price.

Less Time Spent Waiting for Treatment

Emergency room visits always come with long waits. Unless you have a severe traumatic injury, you will be seen in the order you arrive. Most emergency rooms are constantly busy. This could mean hours before you have been seen, diagnosed and sent on your way. An urgent care clinic has a much better patient-to-staff ratio. You will seen, diagnosed, treated and released quicker. The whole process seems much more efficient. This is the right choice if you are wanting treatment that is accurate and speedy.

When a Health Problem Needs Handled Quickly

There may be a time that a health emergency crops up that is not serious enough to justify the expense of an emergency room, but needs to be treated faster than waiting for the doctor’s office to be open, or have an opening to see you. This is where an urgent care clinic shines. You can walk in any time day or night and get expedited service. You can be home in less than half the time it takes at an emergency room.

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How Technology is Moving Biomedical Research Forward

Given all of the news surrounding biomedical research lately, it should come as no surprise that there have been plenty of remarkable advancements in the field recently. If you’re someone who routinely deals with clinics or hospitals, or someone who works in one, then you might be curious as to how technology can improve your efficiency and take your organizational capabilities to the next level. This guide is specifically designed to take a look at some of the many ways in which technology has advanced recently, with a particular focus on biomedical research.

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Better Repairs

Medical equipment has a long history of becoming obsolete as the times evolve, but that’s simply not as true to today as it used to be. With companies like Benjamin Biomedical offering phaco repair services, it’s become much easier for hospitals and clinics to reliably conduct repairs on their old equipment, in order to ensure that it continues to stay relevant long after it might have otherwise been possible. With better repairs, biomedical research is able to continue without being halted, and people are able to get access to the treatments they need without any additional issues.


Although it sounds like something from science fiction, nanotherapy has quickly become one of the preferred tools for cancer researchers. With tiny nanorobots, biomedical researchers are able to develop cures that heal the body from the inside. Although the method of delivery is still being developed by a number of different research facilities, the promise of this technology is simply too great to ignore. Once nanorobots are able to develop and deliver cures from the inside of the human body, it will be interesting to see what impact this has on humanity as a whole.

Brain-Machine Interfaces

Brain-Machine Interfaces (BMI) are a newer technology that has only really come into relevance in the past several years. Through this technology artificial limbs and prosthetic devices are able to operate much more effectively. Although there is still plenty of room for improvement in these technologies, at least they provide a solid foundation for further research.

Biomedical research is a fascinating topic, and just one of the many fields of science which have benefited from the explosive growth of computer technology in recent years. As science continues to build on its past successes, it will be interesting to see where all of these technologies take us in the future.

Deep-linking startup Branch raised $60 million from Andy Rubin’s Playground Ventures

Branch, a startup making tools to enable developers to provide links between websites and apps, has raised a $60 million Series C round of funding from Andy Rubin’s Playground Ventures, according to sources.

Branch — formerly Branch Metrics — launched in 2014 to provide better analytics and improve app discovery and referral programs. It offers tools that app marketers can use to create deep links between web and app content, as well as email to app content.

It works with email campaign managers and also plugs into a number of analytics tools so marketers can test various campaigns to see which are most effective for driving downloads or even commerce in-app.

To fund the next phase of its platform evolution, Branch has raised a new round of financing from Andy Rubin’s venture fund. Rubin, who is best-known as the founder of Android, left Google in 2014 and spent some time wandering the wilderness before re-emerging with $300 million in capital to incubate and invest in startups.

While Rubin is clearly interested in hardware (and is apparently working on a new smartphone), the Playground fund isn’t solely focused on that vertical. He and his team are also interested in quantum computing, AI and machine learning, and have made a few investments in those areas.

 Branch’s tools generate a huge amount of data based on the relationships between apps and services that it has access to, which is why an investment in Branch might make sense. With this data, the company could create an index of the app ecosystem that is similar to the way that Google and other search engines indexed the Web.

When asked about the funding round by email, Branch CEO Alex Austin responded: “We’ve seen tremendous growth and adoption of deep linking over the last few years and have been fortunate enough to become the clear market leader. There’s so much more we can accomplish in deep linking and this money will be used to fund Branch’s continued platform growth.”

Prior to this financing, Branch had raised $53 million in funding, including a $35 million round led by Founders Fund just over a year ago. Other investors include New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Pear Ventures, Cowboy Ventures, Madrona Ventures, Zach Coelius and Ben Narasin.

Of course a venture capitalist was no match for CMU’s updated poker-playing AI

Libratus, Carnegie Mellon’s poker-playing AI, is damn good. It easily routed four of the world’s best poker players back in January over 120,000 hands of No-Limit Texas Hold-um. So it comes as no surprise that a team of venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and engineers playing against Lengpudashi, Libratus’ bigger, badder brother, would face a similar fate. Plot twist: they lost, badly.

Now that’s not meant to be unfair to Alan Du, the VC and poker pro leading “Team Dragon” against Lengpudashi in this week’s Chinese exhibition match. The group’s approach was actually quite valid. Rather than treat Lengpudashi as a human and try to beat it with traditional strategy, Team Dragon went into the match with the aim of playing it like a machine. Unfortunately, it seems like a dash of game theory and an understanding of machine intelligence was of no real help during the match-up.

In a Bloomberg piece, Du related poker to venture capital in an effort to express his team’s preparedness. Yet each successive day of the five-day match, Team Dragon sunk deeper into a hole. This is because merely being knowledgeable about uncertainty isn’t enough to take on finely tuned machines in an environment to which they’ve already become accustomed.

 Humans hold the advantage in startup investing because the ecosystem is too complex to model effectively. But if we found a way to do it, that system would be able to make macro bets that would seem nonsensical to humans making micro moves. Once machines are able to tilt the game in favor of their computational power, it’s pretty much game over for humans.

There’s a case to be made that the world’s foremost experts on machine learning and game theory might have stood a chance against the old Libratus, but Lengpudashi is even better. That said, I’d still pay good money to watch greats like Richard Sutton and Joseph Halpern take on Lengpudashi with a heck of a lot of intentionality and a strong grasp of reinforcement learning and managing uncertainty.

The Most Popular CCTV & IP Camera Monitoring Apps


CCTV cameras and IP security cameras are a very important aspect of securing both homes and businesses. Technological advancements have made it possible to monitor and control these cameras using mobile applications. There are apps that have been developed for iOS devices, android devices and others are compatible with both iOS and android devices. There are many applications available for this purpose and choosing one can therefore be a bit of a daunting task. You need to consider your requirements and the type of cameras you have to be able to get an app that suits your home or business needs. Below are some of the most popular apps in use today.
iCamViewer for iOS
This app is compatible with devices running on iOS 5.0 or later versions and can be used on an iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It enables the user to view up to 8CCTV cameras or IP security cameras remotely from his/her iOS device. It is not compatible with all camera brands, so be sure to check that it is compatible with the cameras you have before buying it.
XProtect Mobile
There is an app compatible with iOS devices and one for android devices. It is available in several languages including English, Chinese, German, Arabic, French and Czech among others. Most camera monitoring apps are only available in English and cannot be used by non-English speakers. This app allows for remote viewing of live and recorded footage. You can also control opening and closing of doors and switch lights on and off using this app. You can connect your device to multiple cameras at once. The app has some add-ons that you can use for more convenience. However, you have to pay for the add-ons.
VHDR Lite for Android
VHDR Lite is compatible with android 1.6 and up. Using this app, you can connect to multiple cameras remotely and view live footage and videos stored on the camera’s hard drive. You can also control camera angles and zoom in and out using this app.
VHDR for iOS
This app is compatible with iOS 5.0 or later versions and can be used on an iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It has pretty much the same features as the VHDR Lite for Android.
iDVR-PRO Viewer App for iOS and android
Through this app, you can connect your device to multiple cameras at once and remotely view either single, 4-camera, 9-camera or 16-camera grid views. The images and videos are HD as long as you have a good internet connection. It is compatible with most of the well-known camera brands but be sure to check whether the brand you use is among them before buying the app.
The above are just some of the best camera monitoring apps in the market. Other remarkable ones include MobileFocus for iOS and android, VMobile for iOS and android, Push Notifications for iOS, Geovision GV-Eye for iOS, Smartvue for iOS and Android and Security Cam for iOS among others. It is worth noting that not all apps are compatible with all cameras; some apps are meant for specific camera brands while others can be used with different manufacturers’ cameras. Choose an app with good features and one that will enable to get the highest value for your money.

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Adobe partners with Google to launch new open-source pan-CJK font

A few years back, Adobe and Google teamed up to launch a new open-source font for Chinese, Japanese and Korean (CJK) languages. Today, the two companies are expanding on this project with the launch of a serif CJK font. Adobe calls this new font Source Han Serif, while Google calls it Noto Serif CJK.

Just like with the first project, Adobe font designer Ryoko Nishizuka worked on the overall design of the font and the company then worked with a number of local foundries in China, Japan and Korea to finish all of the 65,535 glyphs that make up the full font (which also includes Latin, Cyrillic and Greek glyphs based on Source Serif). All of those glyphs are available in seven weights, so we’re talking about more than 450,000 glyphs here — a huge number compared to your average Latin font.

“For a region like Asia, where the typefaces are so complex, having something that can be used freely is a really big deal,” says Adobe senior manager Dan Rhatigan. “Source Han Sans was the first major collaboration between Adobe and Google to make a pan-Asian font available to the world. Source Han Serif brings the other note to the palate for designers.”

 Like the previous project, Source Han Serif is optimized for the screen — and Google’s motivation for supporting this project was surely at least partly driven by the need for better CJK fonts on Android.

From Adobe, the new font is now available through Typekit in North America and Japan (under its free tier) and the font files are available under an open-source license on GitHub.

Pros and cons of “Oath: A Verizon Company”

Corporate identities! We love ’em. But boy is it hard to come up with good ones. Sounds like we decided to go with “Oath: A Verizon Company.” We already have a post, but I just did a focus group with myself and this is what I discovered.


  • It’s an actual word, unlike some corporate identities.
  • Good brand if we decide to pivot to “Tinder for cults.”
  • The type is clean (can’t go wrong with geometric sans serif) and our blue is different from Facebook’s, Google’s, and Twitter’s
  • No gradients, for now


 Oath is another name for doing a swear. Ancient oaths are actually very interesting. Did you know “gadzooks” is short for “by god’s hooks,” indicating the nails used to crucify Christ? That’s just one of many colorful oaths.
  • “Take the Oath” is kind of a scary tagline fundamentally. But when a company makes its money through intrusive ads and tracking (sorry) and monopolistic practices, telling customers to take it could be misconstrued as aggressive. e.g. Take the Oath and like it.
  • No oath is specified, even though there’s a colon. Kind of sounds like we haven’t decided what we’ve promised to do yet. “This is our undying pledge to you: PLEDGE TK”
  • Internal communications regarding “taking the oath” sound like suicide pacts, or at least something involving blood. I’m submitting this for the official Oath of allegiance:

Weave a circle round Tim thrice,
And click your mouse with holy dread
For he on revenue hath fed,
And drunk the MAUs of Yahoo sites.

  • Looks like we forgot to register
  • Sounds like “oaf” and people with certain accents will pronounce it that way. Oafs unfortunately are generally not well thought of, which is too bad because it’s not our fault.
  • People take oaths during trials ostensibly to prevent them from lying. Also when taking office, but usually it’s stuff like, “remember, you are under oath.” Not a really good association for several reasons. Being “under Oath” may be the new “A-o-hell.”
  • OAuth joke

In conclusion, it could be a lot worse. Almost everything online has a bad name, when you think about it. If we can get used to “Yahoo!” we can get used to Oath. Or Oath:. Or Oath: A Verizon Company. Not really clear on how that’s going to work.