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Slimger: a slim portable battery that fits in a wallet

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Slimger is bid as being
a bit larger than a
credit card, and it
features an integrated
charging cable that
removes the need to
carry around a separate
cord. The Slimger-u
model is being offered
with micro USB for
related devices, and
there’s also a Slimger-i
model for the iPhone 5
and higher.

The unit itself measures
in at 92mm x 66mm x
4.8mm, and weighs 1.9
ounces. The case is
made from anodized
aluminum, and the
battery has a capacity
of 1,400mAh. It takes a
little over an hour to
fully charge the Slimger,
and half an hour to
charge the iPhone 6,
according to the
makers.

The device is being
offered in five colors:
black, white, blue, pink,
and yellow. The
Indiegogo campaign was
successfully funded,
and still allows for “pre-
orders” ahead of the
shipping plans. A
pledge of $54 USD will
get you two Slimgers in
whatever color you’d
like.

SOURCE: Indiegogo

Brittany Hillen

Gmail Now Protects Your Inbox From Malevolent Extensions

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A popular service like Gmail
inevitably becomes a target for
hackers. Over the years, Google has
made quite a few security
improvements, such as requiring
HTTPS connections to prevent
others from getting access to your
email. Today the company
announced that it has
implemented support for Content
Security Policy (CSP) to prevent
cross-site scripting attacks and
malevolent browser plug-ins from
messing with your inbox and
(potentially) stealing your data.
Content Security Policy in the way
Google has implemented it is a
blacklist/whitelist system for
stopping sites from loading unsafe
code from third-party sites and
preventing cross-site scripting
attacks. It uses the HTTP header to
instruct the browser to only execute
and render code from trusted
sites. So if an attacker tries to trick
the site into loading any other
code, the site will simply throw an
error.

Google notes that most popular
extensions for Gmail have already
been updated and should continue
to work as usual. In case one of
your favorite extensions in Chrome
or Firefox stops working, though,
Google recommends updating to
the latest version.

Chrome, Firefox and Safari currently
support CSP. Microsoft’s Internet
Explorer only has limited support
for an older version of it

Microsoft Lumia 535 now available in Kenya

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•Experience the Lumia 535
Make memorable Skype
video calls with the 5 MP
wide angle front facing
camera, and seamlessly
switch between voice and
video with built-in Skype
integration.

•Access, edit and share
Word, Excel and PowerPoint
documents and OneNote
notebooks wherever you
are, with the pre-installed
Office suite.

•Save and sync photos,
videos and Office
documents securely with
15GB of free OneDrive cloud
storage.

•Connect with work and
personal e-mail while on
the go, with Microsoft
Outlook built-in.

•Showcase photos and videos
or get even more productive
with the large, 5 inch qHD
display.

•Never miss a call or text,
and be reachable on both
SIM cards at any time with
Smart Dual SIM for
maximum flexibility.

•The Lumia 535 will sell at a
discounted launch price of ksh
8,450 at selected Orange
outlets including GPO -Mega,
Extelecomms – next Co-
operative house, T-Mall,
Galleria and Sarit centre in
Nairobi.

Following the launch special,
recommended retail price for
the Microsoft Lumia 535 Dual
SIM is Kshs 13,800, and the
device will be available in a
range of colours including
orange, white and black.

The specs look like this;

Operating
system:

Windows Phone
8.1 with Lumia
Denim
HERE
location
services
Free global HERE
Maps and HERE
Drive+
Free HERE Transit
available in the
Store

Display:

5” qHD 960×540
screen
Sunlight
Readability
Battery 1905 mAh battery

Processor:

1.2 GHz quad-core
Qualcomm
Snapdragon 200
processor

Main
camera:

5 MP AF, Lumia
Camera, LED flash
Front
facing
camera
5 MP wide-angle
Fix focus FWVGA
864*480  for video
recording & video
playing

Memory:

8GB + 15GB free
OneDrive, micro
SD up to 128GB

An App That Improves Your Health by Quizzing You

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The aim of many wearables is
noble. They’re designed to help you
get up, get moving, and get
healthier. But there’s often a
disconnect between users and their
goal: While they want to get
healthier, they actually don’t know
the basic facts about health and
fitness that will help them improve
their lifestyle.

That’s where iOS quiz app Hi.Q
(short for Health IQ) comes in. Hi.Q
is comprises over 10,000 questions
spanning 300 topics. When you start
using the app, you take a 30
question preliminary test covering
some broad nutrition, exercise, and
lifestyle basics. From there, you can
take quizzes on the topic of the
day, or dive into more niche
subjects like the Paleo diet, heart
disease, or running.
With the country’s astronomical
obesity epidemic, a growing number
of Americans really do want to
improve their habits, or are at least
aware that they should. (Some
evidence: The popularity of health
and fitness apps is up 87 percent
compared to other app categories.)
But it can be hard if they don’t
know, or have misconceptions
about, how to go about such
changes. Hi.Q attempts to give
users this in a package that’s less
dry than your typical Google
Search.

And more accurate. Both the
questions and their answers are
backed up by health and fitness
professionals like Harvard Med
School physician Dr. James Colbert
and U.S. Olympic Team orthopedic
surgeon Dr. Scott Hacker. The
answers often link back to specific
scientific studies or the articles they
are based on so you can easily learn
more.

But a quiz app isn’t much fun
unless you can show off what you
know. When you complete a quiz,
you’re given a score on each quiz
based on how many questions were
answered correctly. High scores
earn you status and titles. After
achieving “Elite status” on the
preliminary quiz, I decided to test
my cycling knowledge with a quiz
titled “Bicycling: Maximizing
Performance,” which earned me
another Elite ranking, and an
upgrade to “Level 4.” More prolific
beta users of the app, listed in the
high score tables for each quiz,
earn titles like “Health Guru” or
“Health Pioneer.” My Level 4
ranking looked pretty measly next
to their Level 41’s and 126’s, and I
scoped out other quizzes to test my
knowledge.

You can also start discussions with
other users around these various
quiz topics. Combined with the
scoring system, Hi.Q CEO and co-
founder Munjal Shah has created a
rudimentary way of validating user
credentials: Yeah, this guy claims
he’s an expert on this topic, but is
he really? Well, based on his quiz
scores, yeah, actually he is. Once
you know that, you can engage in
discussions with other users and
(hopefully) know that the advice
they’re sharing isn’t bogus.
While all this can be fun and
helpful, the real gain is what you
get out of your increased
knowledge. By running these
questions through a panel of
250,000 people, Shah found that
those with a high health IQ score
were hospitalized 50 percent less
than lose with a low score. So
potentially, the more you know
(particularly in areas relating to
healthy eating habits), the more
likely you are to implement those
ideas and lead a healthier lifestyle.

Hi.Q is free and currently available
from the iOS App Store.

This Art Project Turns The World’s Tweets Into A Clock

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Don’t look at the clock. Do you
know what time it is?
Twitter sure as heck does. Turns
out, people love to tweet about the
time. So why not turn the Twitter
firehose into a massive,
crowdsourced clock?

That’s the thinking behind alltheminutes.com/ built by Dutch tech-
meets-art studio Moniker for an
ongoing exhibit at the Van
Abbemuseum , the clock pulls a
different tweet directly related to
the current time (based on your
system clock, for international
compatibility) every few seconds.
I’ve been watching the tweets flash
by for a few hours, and here’s what
I’ve learned:

At around noon, people like to
tweet that they’re still in bed
At around three pm, people like
to start complaining about
being hungry or bored
24 hours a day, people like to
tweet about being high and/or
drunk.