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Mom Refuses To Give Up Her Disabled Baby With “Low Intelligence,” Nurtures Him All The Way To Harvard

When Zou Hongyan welcomed her only son to the world in 1988, terrible birth complications left him disabled for life with cerebral palsy. Doctors in her native Hubei province encouraged her to give him up, a view that even her own husband shared, as they believed the boy would lead a miserable, worthless life. Zou, however, rejected their claims, divorced her child’s father, and made it her life mission to treat and support her baby boy when no one else would.

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The incredible ways people with disabilities customize their tech to thrive

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There’s something undeniably special in the way Meera Phillips looks at you when you speak. It’s as if your words are the only words that will ever matter, whether you’re talking about something silly or something serious. 

The 15-year-old knows the value of hearing what people say. That’s because she’s used to not being heard.

Meera is nonverbal, living with a rare condition called schizencephaly that impacts her ability to speak. But with the help of her iPad and text-to-speech technology, she can make her thoughts and opinions known — and she sure does. From her love of Katy Perry to her passion for soccer, Meera will let you know exactly what’s on her mind. All it takes is a few taps of her tablet, and with a specialized app stringing letters into words, and words into phrases, her thoughts are played out loud. Read more…

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‘Fierce cannibalism’ might have just killed this Apple gadget

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The iPad Mini is likely going out with a whimper after being gobbled up by its slightly smaller cousin, the iPhone 7 Plus.

Apple’s smallest tablet will be discontinued, according to a report from BGR, citing a source “close to Apple.”

The Mini is a casualty of the company’s move into the phablet market, as the source said “fierce cannibalism of our own products” led to the Mini being “sized out of its own category” by the iPhone 7 Plus and its 5.5-inch screen. The 7 Plus, which has been a strong seller for Apple, is just 2.2 inches smaller than the Mini with a much better camera, making it to difficult for casual users to justify buying the tablet.  Read more…

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The Apple Watch could be revolutionary in the fight against diabetes

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For people with diabetes, the Apple Watch could soon become indispensable. 

BGR claims to have “exclusive” information from a source “familiar with Apple’s plans” about the company’s efforts to develop groundbreaking new ways to harness the Watch’s health-tracking potential.  

Apple aims to introduce the first-ever method for non-invasive glucose monitoring as a feature in an upcoming version of the Watch, according to the source. The introduction of tech like that would be a major breakthrough for those living with diabetes, who are typically forced to track their glucose through a variety of more invasive means, like pricking their fingers for blood tests. Read more…

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Apple Watch adds Mother’s Day fitness achievement

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It’s Mother’s Day weekend, and in case you haven’t called your mom yet, Apple has a handy way you can pester her to get on the jogging track with you a little more often: digital flowers! 

An update to Apple’s Activity app now shows a Mother’s Day achievement badge in the design of a rose. 

Along with the new iconography, a message reads: “Earn this rose badge and a special Messages sticker on Mother’s Day. Just do a walk, run, or wheelchair workout of a mile or more in the Workout app or in any third party app that write these workouts to Health.” Read more…

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Damn, the next iPhone is expected to be expensive

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Sorry, everyone: We have some more bad news about the upcoming iPhone 8

Remember how we said it was going to be super expensive, then changed our tune?

Well … about that …

A new Goldman Sachs investors note obtained by Business Insider claims to have some new insight about how much the deluxe version of the flagship will cost — and if you were hoping to spend less than a grand for your fancy new OLED-screened iPhone, you’re going to be disappointed. 

The author of the note, analyst Simona Jankowski, expects the iPhone 8 will hit the market later this year at $999 and $1,099 for 128 GB 256 GB models, respectively.  Read more…

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Guy Sucks At Photoshop, Spends 10 Years Mastering Microsoft Paint To Illustrate His Book

Turns out, sometimes our resistance to learn something new and master a new skill can lead to something pretty amazing. Pat Hines, who couldn’t be bothered to learn Photoshop and illustrated his ebook using good old Microsoft Paint, is the proof. “I suck at Photoshop and other programs, and have worked exclusively in Microsoft Paint for over ten years… I honed my craft working long overnights at a hospital reception desk…,” the guy writes. That’s why when it came to choosing the program to create illustrations for his novel Camp Redblood And The Essential Revenge, he looked no further and just went for something he was already good at.

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Decorate Your Space With Home Items From Brad Pitt, Marian Rivera, and Ellen DeGeneres

Celebrity homes are a great source of inspiration. You get to see their personal tastes based on the decor and furniture they have. Meanwhile, some have decided to share with everyone their eye for interior design via their own home and decor brands. Whether you’re huge fans of these celebs or just want new stuff to spruce […]

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The Apple Watch could help doctors spot the leading cause of heart failure

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The Apple Watch could be used to detect a heart condition that causes over 100,000 strokes every year, according to a new study

Heart health app Cardiogram and researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Cardiology Health eHeart project teamed up to take a closer look at just how effective the Watch can be at tracking the most clinically common heart abnormality, atrial fibrillation (AF). 

The irregularity, which is treatable but tough to diagnose using current medical standard practices, is the leading cause of heart failure.

The mRhythm project that resulted from the pairing looked at the Apple Watch-sourced heart rate readings from 6,158 Cardiogram users. The data was then used to build an algorithm to detect the distinct heart rate variability pattern caused by AF.  Read more…

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WTF is Apple doing with a secret, car-focused office in Berlin?

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Hey Apple: WTF is going on in Germany?

The Cupertino company might be up to something on the down low in Deutschland, according to Business Insider‘s Sam Shead. The reporter investigated rumors of a secret Apple office focused on automotive development in Berlin, following an initial leak last year that Apple was snatching up German engineering talent in the wake of Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia.  

It took almost half a year, but Shead’s tenacity appears to have paid off. He claims to have found the office smack dab in the middle of Berlin, in a nondescript building overlooking the city’s famous Gendarmenmarkt square area. Read more…

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