• COUPONS
    Coping with patients who come bearing coupons

    Insurance companies are increasingly emphasizing value-based plans to align consumer spending with the value generated by a service or drug. However, pharmaceutical makers are seriously undermining these efforts by issuing “copayment coupons.” With coupons, the consumer’s cost for a higher-tier brand-name drug may actually be less than it would be for a lower-tier generic. In fact, experts […]

  • ELECTRONICS
    Harmless elements can replace toxic lead in electronics

    Henrik Soensteby holds a silicon wafer covered with a thin film consisting of sodium, potassium, niobium and oxygen. The colors are caused by unintentional thickness variations. Credit: Bjarne Roesjoe/UiO Most smartphones and other electrical or electronic products contain small amounts of lead, which doesn’t sound like a big problem on its own. But when there […]

  • HOME & GARDEN
    Garden in a bottle

    Anjana Nair is designing terrariums for your homes So you have no space for a garden. Yet your green fingers are itching to nurture a garden or you could be yearning for a patch of green on your table, bookshelf…. Then your solution is a terrarium, a garden in a container, the perfect match for […]

  • ELECTRONICS
    Why Most Battery Life Tests Are a Useless Indicator of Real World Usage

    HIGHLIGHTS Recently, Consumer Reports’ MacBook Pro tests were in the news Lab tests almost never can be correlated to real world usage Standardised tests are only useful for rough comparisons Apple’s new MacBook Pros received a fair amount of criticism for making life difficult for professionals by removing useful features like an SD card slot or prioritising thinness over […]

  • NEWS
    Poker-Winning Machine Is No Threat to Humans

    I didn’t worry too much when computers beat humans at checkers, chess, or Go. It was, after all, only a matter of time before someone built a powerful computer with a vast database of known game situations. But now that machines are beating professionals at poker – a game of imperfect information – a question must […]

  • ALL DEALS
    Indian Tech Was on the Brink Even Before Trump’s Shove

    India’s technology outsourcing industry was facing peak pessimism even before Donald Trump. But if the new president signs into law a draft executive order to tighten the US guest-worker regime, the moment of reckoning for the likes of Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. and Infosys Ltd. could arrive much sooner than shareholders anticipate. Since investors know very […]

  • ELECTRONICS
    Consumer electronics co Jawbone’s demise a case of ‘death by overfunding’ in Silicon Valley

    Consumer electronics company Jawbone had more than enough money to take on Fitbit and other health-tracking devices in the “wearables” market. (File Photo) Consumer electronics company Jawbone had more than enough money to take on Fitbit and other health-tracking devices in the “wearables” market. That may have ended up being its biggest problem. Top-tier venture […]

  • COMPUTERS
    Computers Are on the Verge of a Quantum Leap

    Conceptual artwork representing how data may be controlled and stored in a quantum computer. ALFRED PASIEKA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Moore’s Law is a computing term coined by co-founder of Intel Gordon Moore, who predicted the pace of the modern digital world would exponentially increase biannually. This predicted rapid growth of computers has remained constant over the past several decades, but […]

  • DANNIELLE OWENS-REID IS BRINGING GENDER-NEUTRAL CLOTHING TO ALL

    For a lot of people (male, female, non-binary), finding clothing that’s comfortable and isn’t confined to a gender-specific label is no easy feat. Dannielle Owens-Reid is one of those people. For her, some clothes were too masculine and some were too feminine, and she knew too many people who were encountering the same problem. Owens-Reid […]

  • COMPUTERS
    Computer that reads body language

    Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed methods to detect the body pose, including facial expressions and hand positions, of multiple individuals. This enables computers to not only identify parts of the body, but to understand how they are moving and positioned. Credit: Carnegie Mellon University Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute have enabled a […]

  • COUPONS
    Like using that drug coupon? Its days may be numbered

    Co-pay coupons offered by drug makers are controversial. Where patients see a way to reduce or eliminate the out-of-pocket cost of their medications, health plans see a menace that pushes patients to take more expensive drugs. The issue has prompted U.S. government scrutiny, led federal health programs to bar those they insure from using the […]

  • ELECTRONICS
    Samsung Electronics expects record-high Q2 profits

    SEOUL, JULY 7:   Samsung Electronics expects profits to soar 72 per cent in the second quarter to a record high, it said today, as it moves on from a recall debacle thanks to rising memory chip prices and increased demand for smartphones. The South Korean tech giant estimated its operating profit for April—June at 14 […]