Technology giant Google has launched the Google Nest Hub, a smart display that puts the voice-activated Google Assistant software at your fingertips. Under a tie-up with Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), Nest Hub users can get news and video feeds from The Straits Times and The Business Times, which are published by the media company. They can issue the device voice commands to tune in to six news programmes from SPH. ST subscribers can also buy the smart display, which has a seven-inch screen and built-in speakers, at a 37 per cent discount. The Nest Hub acts as the command-and-control centre for all compatible smart home devices, including light bulbs, smart plugs and surveillance cameras. For instance, the Nest Hub listens to voice commands from users to display the latest news from The Straits Times, browse recipes from Food Network, stream videos from YouTube and listen to music from Spotify. Users can also tap and swipe on the Nest Hub's display to do so. Besides using voice … [Read more...] about Get the latest news, videos from ST and BT on Google Nest Hub
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By Amber Dowling Special to the Star Wed., May 1, 2019 Hollywood has a big, fat problem. The new six-part comedy Shrill, dropping on Crave on Friday, has all the makings of a modern hit. A 30-something millennial becomes woke to her sexuality and takes control of her life, solidifying her place in the world in the process. It doesn’t sound like a subversive series — it has been widely lauded in the States, where it’s already launched on Hulu and been renewed for a second season — but the description lacks one minuscule detail: series lead Aidy Bryant is fat. The Saturday Night Live star is the latest in a slew of women reclaiming the taboo word and proving that when it comes to fleshed out characters, their actual flesh isn’t what makes them interesting. For more than a century Hollywood has adhered to strict beauty standards for its leading ladies while relying on overweight supporting characters for laughs. Fat girls could break chairs or … [Read more...] about Shrill finally carves out a place for fat women on television
Sadly, we at the Embassy in Bangkok have seen many instances whereU.S. citizens discover, too late,that essential, high-qualityhealth care is out of financial reach and their options are limited. As you contemplate your own preparedness, we urge you to plan for a few key expenses: medical treatment, nursing care, and, if necessary, medical evacuation. Do You Have a Plan to Receive Treatment in Thailand? Access to healthcare in the United States and Thailand differs. When you live abroad, Medicare(https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/your-health-abroad/insurance-providers-overseas.html) cannot pay for your healthcare.U.S. healthcare programs that can sometimes be used overseas, such asprivate health insurance, TRICARE (http://www.tricare-overseas.com/), andVA-provided care (https://www.va.gov/COMMUNITYCARE/programs/veterans/fmp/index.asp), work differently and may require upfront payments.As a non-Thai, youdo not enjoy the same … [Read more...] about Have a Plan for Successful Aging ?
By Michael Tutton The Canadian Press Tues., April 30, 2019 HALIFAX—Unfiltered and emotional social media postings are emerging as a potent tool for critics of Canada’s health system, though some observers are dubious they’ll prompt lasting changes. In Nova Scotia, the latest example came recently when a team of three emergency physicians posted a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for long-term care beds — a campaign rapidly expanded through Twitter. Soon, online commentators suggested this would be the health system’s equivalent of food banks — charity supplementing what should be a basic public service. “This is an initiative to get the conversation going,” said Dr. Rob Miller, one of the three doctors involved, adding that fundraising is secondary to the advocacy. The doctors say the underlying problem is that elderly patients awaiting nursing home care are occupying beds at the Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville, … [Read more...] about Critics of Canadian health system discover a potent tool: social media
Not too long ago, I sat in a room full of ASEAN health writers visibly excited to hear some hearty news at the Bayer media conference. Over the years, Bayer has been giving us innovations that warm the cockles of the heart. For instance, have you heard about this wonderful drug called Xarelto (rivaroxaban) that can prevent and treat blood clots in those who have atrial fibrillation (AF)? In layman’s lingo, AF means an irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots, heart failure, stroke, and other heart-related complications. (Fact is, AF patients are five times more at risk of a stroke than those without AF.) More, this drug can improve clinical outcomes for a broad range of cardiovascular diseases, which are today’s leading cause of death worldwide. All the while, I thought it was cancer or the much-dreaded Big C. Taken once daily, Xarelto (20mg) resulted in a 60-percent risk reduction in stroke with a lower risk of the most feared intracranial bleeds, … [Read more...] about Rx: A longer, healthier life span