Sentio Solutions Inc.
Sentio Solutions Inc.

This New Wristband Tracks Your Emotions

Sentio Solutions Inc.
Sentio Solutions Inc.

Wearable tech can help us improve everything from our professional life to our activity levels, and now there’s a wearable out there designed to boost your emotional well-being.

A prototype of the “Feel” wristband was presented in Las Vegas at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) by the startup Sentio Solutions Inc. The sleek and simple design is reminiscent of the popular fitness tracker Fitbit, and shares similarities in its concept, too. Instead of helping you keep track of your physical activity, however, Feel monitors your emotions throughout the day and sends feedback to a companion app on your phone.

Four integrated sensors in the band are constantly working to measure your body’s skin temperature, blood volume pressure, and galvanic skin response. Based on the data it gathers, the app graphs a visualization of your emotion levels throughout the day and offers personalized suggestions for stress reduction and self-improvement. Users can review how their moods were affected by where they were, who they were with, and what they were doing at any point in the day. 

Other special features available in the app include guided breathing and meditation exercises, an option to set and track emotional wellness goals, and an alert that causes the wristband to vibrate in stressful situations (in case you needed one more thing to stress about). Whether a high tech wristband can actually help to improve your mood is up for debate, but it looks a lot more stylish than a '70s-era mood ring. 

[h/t: Nerdist]

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Finally! Windows Notepad Is Getting an Update for the First Time in Years
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While some of Window's core programs have evolved dramatically over the years, or disappeared all together, Notepad has remained pretty basic. But as The Verge reports, the text-editing app is about to get a little fancier: Microsoft is updating it for the first time in years.

Since it debuted in 1985, Notepad has become a popular platform for writing out code. One common complaint from programmers working in non-Windows coding language is that Notepad doesn't format line breaks properly, resulting in jumbled, messy text. Now, both Unix/Linux line endings (LF) and Macintosh line endings (CR) are supported in Notepad, making it even more accessible to developers.

For the first time, users can zoom text by holding ctrl and scrolling the mouse wheel. They can also delete the last word in their document by pressing ctrl+backspace. On top of all that, the new update comes with a wrap-around find-and-replace feature, a default status bar with line and column numbers, and improved performance when handling large files.

The arrow keys will be easier to navigate as well. You can now use the arrow keys to deselect text before moving the cursor. And if you ever want to look up a word online, Microsoft will allow you to connect directly to Bing through the app.

The new Notepad update will be made available first to Windows Insiders through Windows 10 Insider Preview, then to everyone on the forthcoming update, codenamed Redstone 5, likely later this year.

[h/t The Verge]

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A Samsung Messaging Bug Might Be Texting Random Contacts Your Private Photos
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If you've been meaning to purge your phone of embarrassing or private photos, do it sooner rather than later. According to Gizmodo, some Samsung users have reported a bug that sends their images to random people in their contacts without their permission.

Complaints began popping up on web forums in the past week. The apparent bug isn't always texting out one or two photos from the user's stream: In some cases, it's exporting their entire gallery. Others have reported their phones sending scheduled text messages too early.

The glitch leaves no trace of shared data in the phone's messaging app. Unless the texts or photos end up with someone who's kind enough to reach out, there's no way of knowing it happened unless you check the log files for your device's account. This problem has been reported on Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Note 8 phones.

Many of the incidents seem to be affecting phones with T-Mobile, a carrier that recently rolled out updates with their RCS "advanced messaging" service. Multiple Samsung bugs have been reported since the change, mainly connected to the Samsung Messaging app.

Samsung tells Gizmodo they are aware of the reports and are looking into them, but has yet to come out with an official statement warning users of the bug.

Until the company comes up with a fix, there are some steps you can take to protect yourself, as TechCrunch points out. Head to the app settings in your Galaxy phone and make sure Samsung Messages can no longer access your storage. This means you won't be able to send any stored data, like photos or saved messages, through text. In the meantime, you can switch to a third-party messaging app like WhatsApp, Signal, or Facebook Messenger to send all the photos you want to the right people.

[h/t Gizmodo]

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