Microsoft announces new keyboard, mouse and other accessories

As people around the world are settling into new work- or study-from-home routines, Microsoft is rolling out new products it says will upgrade your home office space. The tech giant has announced accessories to accompany its new Surface products, including a compact keyboard and mouse.

Microsoft describes the new Designer Compact Keyboard as “slim, narrow and elegant.” The keyboard has a two-year battery life, and thanks to Bluetooth capability can switch between three devices. It starts at $69.99. For those who don’t need a full keyboard (or want to add more features to the Compact Keyboard), Microsoft is offering a similarly small and wireless number pad for $24.99.

If you’re looking to make your home office experience comfortable and conducive to long hours in front of the computer, Microsoft has designed a “light and durable” Bluetooth Ergonomic Mouse with a soft thumb rest. The wireless mouse is priced at $49.99.

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Machine learning scientists teach computers to read X-ray images

Machine learning scientists teach computers to read X-ray images
PNNL researchers used machine learning to develop a tool to identify orthopedic implants in X-ray images. These implants are used to treat fractures of patients in developing countries without the need for real-time X-ray machines in the operating room. Credit: Donald Jorgensen | PNNL

If a person in the developing world severely fractures a limb, they face an impossible choice. An improperly healed fracture could mean a lifetime of pain, but lengthy healing time in traction or a bulky cast results in immediate financial hardship.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) machine learning scientists leaped into action when they learned they could help a local charity whose treatments allow patients in the developing world to walk within one week of surgery—even when fractures are severe.

For more than 20 years, the Richland, Washington-based charity SIGN Fracture Care has pioneered orthopedic care, including training and innovatively designed implants that speed healing without

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I wish my iPhone had this amazing and useful feature

My daily driver smartphone is an iPhone, and while the iPhone has a great camera, and has an app and hardware ecosystem that is second to none, it’s missing a truly useful feature. A feature that I have to turn to Android to satisfy.

A FLIR thermal camera.

Now sure, I could turn to a dedicated FLIR unit such as the FLIR TG165-X (spoilers, I own one) or a FLIR camera that hooks up to the Lightning port of my iPhone, such as the FLIR ONE PRO (spoilers, I owned one but it was a pain to use when the iPhone was in a case), but none are as portable and convenient as having a thermal camera built into a smartphone.

While FLIR Lepton thermal cameras are built into a number of smartphones, the new Ulefone Armor 9 is the cheapest by far.

It’s also the world’s first Android 10

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Elliptic Labs Onboards New Smartphone Customer and Signs Software License Agreement

OSLO, Norway–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Elliptic Labs announced today that it has signed a software licensing agreement for its INNER BEAUTY® AI Virtual Proximity Sensor™. The smartphone manufacturer chose INNER BEAUTY for two smartphone models as the enabling factor behind the device’s full-screen and clean design.

“Elliptic Labs is seeing strong momentum as our technology continues to be included in many new phones with new customers,” said Laila Danielsen, CEO of Elliptic Labs.

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Elliptic Labs is headquartered in Norway with presence in the USA, China, South-Korea, and Japan. Founded in 2006 as a research spin-off from Norway’s Oslo University, it is now a global enterprise targeting the smartphone, laptop, IoT, and automotive markets. The Company’s patented AI software combines ultrasound and sensor-fusion algorithms to deliver intuitive 3D gesture, proximity and presence sensing experiences. Its scalable AI Virtual Smart Sensor Platform creates software-only sensors that are sustainable, eco-friendly, and

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New Generic Methylphenidate Hydrochloride Tablets Available on the Market

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories has launched methylphenidate hydrochloride extended-release tablets USP 18 mg, 27 mg, 36 mg, and 54 mg. The generic product is a therapeutic equivalent of Janssen’s Concerta® extended-release tablets, 18 mg, 27 mg, 36 mg, and 54 mg, according to Dr. Reddy’s.1

Methylphenidate hydrochloride extended-release tablets are indicated for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children aged 6 years and older, adolescents, and adults up to age 65 years.2

Adverse reactions of methylphenidate hydrochloride extended-release tablets include decreased appetite, headache, dry mouth, nausea, insomnia, anxiety, dizziness, weight decreased, irritability, and hyperhidrosis.2


  1. Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories announces the launch of methylphenidate hydrochloride extended-release tablets USP in the US market [news release]. Hyderabad, India & Princeton, NJ; September 3, 2020: BusinessWire. Accessed September 8, 2020.
  2. Vermes K. Mylan Launches Generic Concerta and Zovia in the US Market. Pharmacy Times. Published December
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Global Hearing Aid Batteries Market 2020 Objectives of the Study, Research Methodology and Assumptions, Value Chain Analysis and Forecast by 2025

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Sep 29, 2020 (CDN Newswire via Comtex) — has titled a new research report named Global Hearing Aid Batteries Market 2020 by Manufacturers, Regions, Type and Application, Forecast to 2025 to its consistently extending database that incorporates insightful data from industry specialists. The report throws light on competencies, growth trends, import-export details, and complete regional analysis of the industry. The report concentrates on the industry data that involves market share 2020 concerning volume and value with top countries data, manufacturers, suppliers, in-depth research on global Hearing Aid Batteries market dynamics, and forecast to 2025. Additionally, rudimentary data related to opportunities, market drivers, restraints product utilization, forecast estimations, and investment feasibility has been provided in this report.

Competitive Intelligence:

The leading players are covered in the global Hearing Aid Batteries market report with product description, business outline,

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Home appliances in high demand due to COVID-19 pandemic

While many businesses are struggling, home appliance stores are seeing numbers skyrocket. But high demand is creating a problem for manufacturers.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — COVID-19 threw a wrench in many businesses, causing doors to shut and several layoffs. Restaurants, gyms, theaters, clothing stores, these are just a few industries that have taken a hard hit since March. 

Meanwhile, stores that sell home appliances are thriving. With refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, and washers and dryers flying out doors, business is booming in this industry.

The only problem is, manufacturers are having a tough time keeping up, especially with minimal staff and minimal supplies. 

Kevin Telaak has been selling home appliances for over 30 years in Buffalo. His company, Artisan Kitchens & Baths, has been steadily running. But since the pandemic, business has been soaring.

Telaak says, he’s never seen such an unexpected surge in demand.

“The industry sold about three years worth

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The coming cash crunch – can technology help?

Make no mistake, there’s a cash crunch a-coming. While governments around the world have done their best to provide relief to both businesses and people the extent to which they can continue providing unfettered assistance is limited.

In the UK for example, we have seen the government go from pretty much funding its citizens and businesses through a variety of schemes to a situation where business has to at least partially fund furloughed workers. In addition selective extended restrictions are playing havoc in some regions where some cities are operating on a stop-start basis. That adds cost at a time when it’s nigh on impossible to think of raising prices. 

To get a sense of what this looks like, data published by Xero provides a picture of how the pandemic has impacted business activity – see below:

(Screenshot from Xero presentation )

For another view, consider this graph from the

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Robust computing power to cope with data explosion

Data is extremely valuable and is becoming more so as digital transformation dominates the technology industry. While some enterprises are catching up with the trend, many forerunners have already taken proactive measures in stepping up their settings with evolving solutions, hoping to stay ahead of the trend via clever applications of the ever-changing technology.

A wide range of companies are actively leveraging the technologies of artificial intelligence, big data and more to modify how they sell their products and services, reach out to their customers, manage their resources, etc.

However, digital transformation is more than just doing business in a digital way. Much more is required to facilitate the changes, which ultimately generates a vast volume of data, usually with tremendous value, to ensure such transformation can be smooth and successful.

Digital transformation needs a full load of computing power

Major concerns over such data volume include storage methods and

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Woodside Homes’ Homebuyers Experience True Personalization With Momentum Design(TM)

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ATLANTA, Ga., Sep 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) —
ATLANTA, Ga., Sept. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Select Interior Concepts, Inc. (“SIC” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: SIC), a premier installer and nationwide distributor of interior building products, today announced that its Residential Design Services (RDS) subsidiary continues to further launch its Momentum Design(TM) virtual design studio platform with home builders. For the most recent launch, RDS has partnered with Woodside Homes for their new Villas at Cypress Ridge community development in Phoenix, AZ.

“Many builders are getting away from personalization capabilities, but Woodside Homes understands how important choice is for our homebuyers. We chose RDS and their Momentum Design(TM) platform because it allowed our buyers to virtually see what their selections will look like in their new home and not just rely on small samples.


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