Facebook Inc said it would start surveying some U.S. users about their health as part of a Carnegie Mellon University research project aimed at generating "heat maps" of self-reported coronavirus infections. The social media giant will display a link at the top of users' News Feeds directing them to the survey, which the researchers say will help them predict where medical resources are needed. Facebook said it may make surveys available to users in other countries too, if the approach is successful. Alphabet Inc's Google, Facebook's rival in mobile advertising, began querying users for the Carnegie Mellon project last month through its Opinion Rewards app, which exchanges responses to surveys from Google and its clients for app store credit. Facebook said in a blog post that the Carnegie Mellon researchers "won't share individual survey responses with Facebook, and Facebook won't share information about who you are with the researchers." The company also said it would begin … [Read more...] about Facebook asks users about coronavirus symptoms, releases friendship data to researchers
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Separately, Facebook has also teamed up with researchers at the Carnegie Mellon University Delphi Research Center to conduct a survey of US residents that aims to generate new insights on how to respond to the crisis, including heat maps of self-reported symptoms. Any user information accrued during the survey will be anonymised, Facebook said, with users to be named as a random ID number. … [Read more...] about Facebook releases data tools to help researchers track impact of social distancing
Apple AirPods have been ruling the truly wireless earphones market globally. And as per IDC Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker for the fourth quarter of 2019, the company tops the truly wireless category in the country as well with 43.1% market share. In India, Apple’s AirPods lineup consists of two models now. While the basic version is selling at a starting price of Rs 14,900, the latest AiPods, AirPods Pro are available at Rs 24,900. Global shipments of wearable devices totaled 84.5 million units in the third quarter of 2019 (Q3-19), a year-over-year increase of 94.6% and a new record for shipments in a single quarter, according to IDC Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker. Most of the growth in demand for wearables was driven by new products in the hearables market. Hearables alone accounted for almost half the market in the quarter, followed by wrist bands and smartwatches. Research firm Counterpoint’s latest Hearables Market Tracker too shows Apple … [Read more...] about Apple leads this product category in India as well, and it’s not smartphones
Today, Kaplan and his team are working on perhaps the most important project in their company's history. BIF has delivered 70 business transformational projects in the past 15 years, but none is as important to Kaplan than his current project: Delivering better maternal health outcomes. Kaplan and I have guided several large-scale Salesforce enterprise customer trailblazers in the higher education, healthcare, and government sectors. Kaplan is an expert innovator, big thinker and even a bigger doer, and a mentor. I have had the fortune to lean into Kaplan when faced with complex and system-wide tactical, operational and strategic guidance. I asked Kaplan to share his story about his company's journey to completely transform the maternal health experience, which some would argue was severely challenged before the COVID-19 pandemic, and leadership lessons for any leader having to transform their organization in the midst of this terrible crisis. … [Read more...] about Born in a pandemic: How do you re-imagine maternal health during COVID-19 outbreak?
A: When the Earth was young and life was starting to emerge, very large impacts could have had serious effects on its survival and evolution. At the same time, large impacts may have delivered elements and molecules that are important for the development of life. Today, the Earth's neighborhood is populated by smaller objects that could not destroy life on Earth. At the same time, life has allowed the development and buildup of all the important organic molecules, so life on Earth does not depend anymore on delivery of crucial building blocks for life to the Earth's surface. … [Read more...] about Q&A: Planetary Scientist Simulates Asteroid Impacts