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Microsoft teams up with the VA to help wounded warriors

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Microsoft is teaming up with the Veteran’s Administration to help our wounded warriors – using video games.

As part of a new pilot program, 22 VA facilities around the country will be receiving a gift from Microsoft: X-Box Adaptive Controllers, which are specially designed for gamers with mental or physical disabilities. “We owe so much to the service and sacrifice of our Veterans, and as a company, we are committed to supporting them,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in a press statement. “Our X-Box Adaptive Controller was designed to make gaming more accessible to millions of people worldwide, and we’re partnering with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to bring the device to Veterans with limited mobility.”

The military hospitals will be using them to help rehabilitate wounded warriors, and X-Box chief Phil Spencer says if it’s successful – the program could expand. The collaboration aims to improve rehabilitation and recreation for veterans by challenging muscle activation and hand-eye coordination, and encouraging greater participation in social and recreational activities. That will include participation in e-sports as well as traditional solo gaming.

X-Box and the VA are ultimately hoping this new form of therapy will eventually help rebuild skills for veterans with both physical and psychological injuries, putting an emphasis on making a full and complete recovery, not just getting soldiers ‘back on their feet.’ One of those veterans, Mike Monthervil, sustained a spinal injury during a training exercise in Afghanistan. He says “I think gaming is helping soldiers like myself getting back into playing and doing what they love and bringing joy back to their life.”

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Is Samsung’s Galaxy Fold already a flop?

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It’s a small delay that could have billion-dollar repercussions for Samsung, the world’s biggest smartphone maker. Analysts say the company could be in trouble after another delay for the Galaxy Fold, the new device that was supposed to be their signature smartphone.

The Galaxy Fold was touted by Samsung as the next big thing – a small, slim, sleek cellphone that unfolds to a pad-sized screen – all with a price tag of $2,000. But now the phone has big problems, and it hasn’t even hit stores yet.  The trouble started when early reviews came back extremely negative, and many reported significant issues with the physical layout of the folding phone. And the problems were hard to avoid.  In one instance, a reviewer removed a protective layer over the screen that the company didn’t warn was necessary. The reviewer said it looked just like other plastic screen protectors that are supposed to be discarded when purchasing new electronics.

Another reviewer noted the screen became dented after coming into contact with everyday items in his pocket. And when folded, there is a 7 millimeter gap that can easily catch debris and become problematic for the display. Still another reviewer showed photos of the display, unfolded and powered up, but half-dead after less than an hour of use. That foldable display has been the subject of much of the controversy. It’s made of plastic, not the durable glass we’ve come to know on other smartphones over the past decade.

Samsung has now officially delayed the release of the Galaxy Fold, but didn’t set a new date, which means it’s still not clear when the phone will be available for purchase. They say they’re working on fixing the folding problems and will announce a new date as soon as possible. But in the meantime, other smartphone manufacturers are starting to develop their own foldable technology, and that’s not good news for Samsung.

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How ‘Assassin’s Creed’ could help rebuilding efforts at Notre Dame

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The devastating fire at Notre Dame caused significant damage to the famed structure, causing the spire to topple and gutting the inside of the Cathedral. There’s now an international competition aimed at finding the best way to repair and restore Notre Dame, but those architects and engineers could be getting some unlikely help – from a popular video game.

It’s a classic case of art imitating life- using gaming. Ubisoft Game studio makes the massively popular “Assassin’s Creed” series, and they’re well-known for using real-life historical sites during game play, which is often based on real-life historical movements or events. And now the game’s eighth installment, “Unity”, is a potential source for help in restoring the centuries-old Cathedral.

The 2014 game is set during the French Revolution, and centers around Notre Dame, which was painstakingly re-created for use in game play. The artist in charge says she took around two years to build a detailed model of the building, which she calls a brick-by-brick digital recreation – even including most of the artwork found inside. It’s significantly more detailed than a laser scan, and some experts are now saying the model could represent the best chance for architects to study the original construction.

Ubisoft is acknowledging the game’s debt to Notre Dame, offering “United” for free on its online store for a week after the fire. The studio is also donating 500,000 Euros to help with the restoration, writing in a statement, “As the smoke clears on the events that unfolded on Monday at the Notre-Dame de Paris, we stand in solidarité with our fellow Parisians and everyone around the world moved by the devastation the fire caused.”

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White House tries to standardize CBD rules and regulations

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Since he took office, President Trump has taken a largely hands-off approach to marijuana in states where it’s legal, earning praise from civil libertarians. But now pot politics are poised to take a big toll on businesses who are selling a marijuana extract that doesn’t get you high. It’s called CBD, often seen as marijuana’s less-controversial cousin. CBD is best described as a health supplement derived from cannabis, but containing no THC – the psychoactive ingredient in pot. In other words, it can give a relaxing effect without the “high” associated with regular marijuana. But the disparity has some lawmakers and regulators wondering how to classify it.

The Farm Bill passed by Congress last year (which took effect in December) specifically makes CBD legal nationwide, but that new law is now creating inconsistencies with local health regulations in a number of states. And some businesses say it’s impossible to follow one set of rules without violating another. “All my labels are regulated. All my labels say that is not FDA approved, which that’s the legality of CBD oil right now,” insists Igor Yakovlev, who runs the Beezy Beez Honey company in New York. But the proper labeling and licensing didn’t stop him and a number of other CBD retailers from being raided by city agencies, even after getting the green light from the federal government. “We were informed [of the new regulations] through the news overnight, no letter, no directions,” says Dorothy Stepnowska, owner of the Flower People Coffee Shop in New York. “It’s like they’re treating us like we’re nothing.”

The White House is now asking the Food and Drug Administration to explore ways to standardize CBD rules and regulations throughout the country, in an effort to avoid confusion, establish standards, and streamline the permitting process. But so far, the Agency hasn’t approved it for use in food or dietary supplements, which legal experts say is a direct contradiction of the new law created by the Farm Bill.

Another big concern has been protecting doctors and researchers who are studying medicinal uses for CBD. Psychiatrists are particularly keen on the compound, which they say can be used to safely treat a host of social issues. Dr. Raphael Bernier of the University of Washington says his team is hoping CBD “will ameliorate some of those challenges we see, reduce irritability, and increase social ability.” The uncertainty surrounding the legality of both the testing and treating with CBD, however, have had a chilling effect in the research community, and funding has largely dried up as a result.

But the uncertainty isn’t stopping the commercial market from exploding. According to the financial services company Cowen, Americans spent at least $600 million on CBD products last year, and that number is expected to climb over the $2 billion mark by the end of 2019, with projected sales reaching some $16 billion by 2025. And business owners say the potential for that kind of growth will keep them in the CBD business for years to come. “Every day is just like a new challenge between this and that,” says Yakovlev.  “But, when they come out with them, if you follow the proper guidelines, I think everything will be okay and sweet like honey.”

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Facebook wants to install a massive fiber optic cable around Africa

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Facebook has dominated the tech news for months with a variety of privacy issues, from hacked accounts to user data stolen to Russian bots spying on us. But now the social media giant is making headlines for a different reason. Facebook officials say they want to install a massive underwater fiber optic cable, just not for the U.S.

The multi-stage project is reportedly named “Simba” – yes, like “Simba” from The Lion King. Its goal is to connect the entire continent of Africa to the internet, increasing accessibility while also driving down bandwidth prices significantly, which could make it easier to sign up new users. And it could be a major disruption to the current service provider model. For the most part, internet service connects continents by way of underwater fiber optic cables capable of carrying massive amounts of data. There are a dozen such cables between the Northeastern United States and Europe alone, and many more connecting the hubs of Asia and the Mideast.

But getting into the fiber optic business would be a big jump for Facebook – one already made by some of their rivals. Google has a major investment in running fiber optic cables through its subsidiary, Google Fiber. But Google’s plan is to provide far more connectivity than is needed at the moment, hoping to avoid costly upgrades; it’s a way of future-proofing what is expected to be an expensive and labor-intensive process. In contrast, Amazon has announced they want to blanket the globe with high-speed internet service using thousands of small satellites, not fiber-optics.

As for when the ring of fiber will be placed around Africa, it’s hard to say. The details of the project are still being worked out and there’s an obvious lack of infrastructure in many areas at the moment. But Facebook’s ‘Whatsapp’ messenger program is already popular in the region, providing a potential blueprint for how to proceed with the “Simba” project.

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