On March 4, an embryologist at Pacific Fertility Center was doing a routine walk-through of the clinic’s collection of waist-high steel tanks, each one filled with thousands of liquid nitrogen-bathed vials of frozen sperm, eggs, and embryos. The San Francisco-based clinic offers cryogenic cold storage and in vitro fertilization services for patients throughout the Bay Area, many of whom work for tech companies with hefty fertility benefits packages—Apple, Google, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn. PFC charges its patients $600 a year for storage alone, which covers the personnel required to maintain the tanks, according to its website. Every day someone has to do a physical inspection of the equipment, and staff are on-call 24/7. But that Sunday, the embryologist discovered that in one tank, Tank No. 4., the liquid nitrogen levels had slipped to dangerously low levels. PFC staff immediately began transferring the threatened tissues to a spare storage tank filled with liquid … [Read more...] about What Keeps Egg-Freezing Operations From Failing?
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Put a child in the same room as an iPad or an iPhone and they will instinctively reach for it. Perhaps it's the bright colours and the feel of using a touchscreen; the simplicity of the iOS interface also plays a part. But kids love messing with smartphones and tablets. (Although that does raise another question: Are iPads safe for young children?) Here, we bring you our pick of the best kids apps. Mobile devices can do a great job entertaining and educating your offspring (but remember to protect it with a kid-friendly case and protect them using parental controls). But not all apps are created equal. Some are expensive to buy or contain in-app purchases designed to tempt unwary kids. Others aren't appropriate for youngsters. For this article we've trawled the App Store to pick out some of the favourites of our editors and their children for learning, creativity and fun. But we'd also love to know of any great apps you know for kids. We've also compiled lists of the best iOS … [Read more...] about All of the best iPad and iPhone apps for kids
With HomePod, Apple is entering a big race after its competitors have already completed several laps. Amazon and Google have been iterating on their smart speaker hardware and software solutions for a couple years and have already sold tens of millions of Echo and Home devices. After missing its initial “late 2017” release date, the HomePod has landed with glaring omissions and limited functionality. Apple’s smart speaker avails itself well with superior audio, but it’s a little startling to see a new product ship late, into a highly competitive market, in such an obviously unfinished and uncompetitive state. HomePod is tough to recommend, even to Apple enthusiasts, in its current state. Fortunately, HomePod’s woes are related to software and services, so there’s nothing wrong with it that can’t be addressed in future software updates. Apple design on display The HomePod is surprisingly small. It’s about the same size as the Sonos One, … [Read more...] about Apple HomePod review: Not yet ready to take the stage
Octogeddon is a stellar new arcade action strategy game from Plants vs. Zombies creator George Fan and his new indie studio, All Yes Good. Just like PvZ, it’s zany. A giant cartoon octopus watches a video of a sushi chef slicing up an octopus, and he gets angry. He sets out to destroy the world, and the adventure begins. It is the briefest and silliest of video game plots. Fan’s Octogeddon lives up to the mantra about good games: easy to play, hard to master. The game debuts on February 8 (today) on Steam on the PC. While graphics are goofy, the thing that hooks you is the gameplay, which starts out ridiculously simple. You purchase a limb for your octopus, then add a weapon to it. On a PC keyboard, you press the A or D keys to move left or right. And that’s all you do for the whole game. Or you could use the left or right mouse buttons. In rotating the octopus, you position the tentacles and the weapons attached to them so that they fire at the enemies and take … [Read more...] about Octogeddon review — who knew that fighting as a giant octopus could be this fun?
Welcome to the weekly roundup of the best new Android applications and games that went live in the Market or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. WTF apps were definitely in abundance this week. Note : I've removed the Texty application from this list after some valid concerns about its legitimacy - thanks Nexuz-Uno. Update: Texty's alleged authors have contacted us, thanks again to Nexuz-Uno, and promised the app was just being tested and is in no way malicious. I suppose we'll just have to wait and see. Note : I've also removed Anti Mosquito because it doesn't work, requires 7MB of download, and has questionable permissions. Thanks to everyone who pointed it out. Best New Android Apps Townsmen 6 Launched exclusively on GetJar, Townsmen 6 is a real-time strategy taking place during the French revolution. The look of this game reminds me of Age of Empires and reviews have been decent. Grab the game from GetJar here. JS Console for Android JS Console for … [Read more...] about 44 Best (And 7 WTF) New Android Apps And Games From Last Week (1/25/11
Instant Pot (noun): The insanely fast, intelligent pressure cooker that can replace numerous kitchen appliances, and possibly the most important technological advancement in recent history. SpaceX is a close second. (Sorry pal, maybe if you cooked rice at the speed of light.) Everyone completely flipped over the Instant Pot on Black Friday, but if you missed out on those deals, don't worry — they are constantly on sale, especially on Amazon. But what's all the hype about, anyway? According to their website, Instant Pots use 70% less energy than the average pressure cooker, but somehow cook food, as their title states, instantly — well, 2-10 times faster, but that's the closest to instant you're gonna get. This means that dishes that traditionally need all day to cook are ready in, like, minutes, which makes the torture of impatiently waiting to eat far less painful, and saves you from eating a quick frozen meal after a long day. And have you seen the reviews on these … [Read more...] about Wondering which Instant Pot to buy? Discover why this is one of the best kitchen tech items you’ll ever own.
My test kitchen tends to be a pretty happy place to work. Case in point? I got to make fried chicken the other day. For it, I put the bird parts in a salty buttermilk bath for the afternoon, then cooked them using the brand new One Top from Tasty. I'd tell you more about that first batch of chicken, but in the frenzy, my notes were obliterated by hot sauce and the grease on my fingers. The One Top is an induction burner—one of a class of kitchen devices that heats a pan not with a flame or other heating element, but by generating a magnetic field. As smart induction burners like the Hestan Cue and the Breville/PolyScience Control Freak demonstrated, this is a category with exciting potential. Instead being plagued by the vagaries of burner settings like medium-low and high, which are different from stove to stove, an induction burner can be dialed to the exact temperature of your choosing. Tasty's induction burner connects with the Tasty app and, using a sensor on the burner or a … [Read more...] about Review: Tasty One Top
The best of mobile gaming It would take approximately 34,506,455 years to play through every single iPhone game on the App Store.Well.. that number might be fairly inexact, but such is the wealth of titles on the app portal, combined with the depth of some of those on offer, you could easily play happily on your phone for years without getting bored.The App Store is crammed with gaming goodies to keep thumbs busy, but not all iPhone games are born equal - which is why we've done the difficult job of playing through as many games as humanly possible in order to tell you which are best.A bit of advice: make sure you think about what kind of game you want, and appreciate that some of them are more 'session' titles and some are those that you'd like to pull out and play in an odd five minutes.That's important as we're big advocates of people paying for games on the app portal - they help offset some of the free titles that are funded by in-app purchases.So if you're going to pay £5 / … [Read more...] about The best iPhone games 2018
Best iPhone apps 2018 Apps are the cornerstone of Apple's iOS platform. The ecosystem is what sets Apple's mobile platform apart from its rivals, and the highest-quality iPhone apps are typically best in class.But, like any app store, it is sometimes difficult to find out what are truly the best apps, the ones that stand out from the rest and offer a tool or service that's far beyond anything else available. There's a bigger problem to think about here: with over a billion downloads from the App Store it can be a nightmare trying to work out which title is for you.Research from analytics firm AppAnnie suggests that the average person uses nine apps per day, including the inbuilt options - and on the iPhone, there's more of an onus on creativity.The issue there is working out what's good for you, and what's superfluous. For instance, there are loads of brilliant weather apps out there, many with cutting-edge features and beautiful interfaces. Or alarm clocks that can connect to the … [Read more...] about The best iPhone apps to download in 2018
If you have a password manager, you won't need to remember a unique, long, complex password for each of your online accounts. The password manager will remember each password for you, strengthening your security and minimizing your risk the next time there's a massive data breach. The only password you'll need to remember is the single "master" password to the password manager itself.Based on our extensive testing of seven services — in which we focused on user experience, platform support, security and overall performance — the best overall password managers are Dashlane and LastPass, which offer the ideal combinations of ease of use, convenience and security.Dashlane has a well-designed desktop application, a tool that changes your passwords on hundreds of websites simultaneously, and has recently added a fully interactive website interface and support for Linux and Chrome OS. LastPass has the price advantage; its free version is unlimited and versatile, and its paid … [Read more...] about Best Password Managers 2018