High-tech healthcare: Behind-the-scenes inside Kaiser Permanente’s automated lab and pharmacy

Kaiser Permanente’s pharmacy fulfillment center in Renton, Wash. can process around 20,000 prescriptions in an 8-hour period. (GeekWire Photos / Taylor Soper) Automation technology is helping fill prescription orders and diagnose patient specimens much faster and safer than ever before. As part of our GeekWire on the Road project last week in Renton, Wash., we had a chance to go behind-the-scenes inside Kaiser Permanente’s high-tech laboratory and pharmacy at its new facilities that opened in the Seattle suburb just over a year ago. Kaiser Permanente Washington has approximately 3,000 people here, making it one of Renton’s largest employers in this city’s growing healthcare cluster that also includes Providence St. Joseph… Read More

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Facebook Messenger to introduce new ‘delete sent messages’ feature

WhatsApp lets you do it – if you’ve sent a message by mistake, you’ve got a window of time within which you can delete it. Even Gmail gives users a few seconds to ‘undo send’. Facebook is finally following suit and adding the feature to its Messenger app. The announcement was discovered by Twitter user @MattNavarra as “coming soon” in the release notes of Messenger’s 191.0 version on iOS. While Facebook-owned WhatsApp gives you an hour to delete sent messages, Messenger isn’t going to be so magnanimous. You’ll only have 10 minutes to redact that silly photo or drunken confession you just sent to the wrong person. Facebook began floating… Read More

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A cryptocurrency millionaire is buying up land in Nevada’s desert to build a utopian village run on Ethereum — here are the design plans

A cryptocurrency millionaire has revealed his designs for an utopian community in the Nevada desert run completely on blockchain. The New York Times reports that the man behind the project, Jeffrey Berns, is planning a city that would run entirely on blockchain, a decentralized infrastructure which could theoretically provide the foundation for a community that’s independent from the capitalistic world we live in. Instead of government and big corporations in control, the blockchain-based city would put power in the hands of the people and use cryptocurrency as the coin of the realm. “The city aims to showcase how business development, residential living and commerce can flourish alongside world changing technologies,”… Read More

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Boeing issues safety bulletin on 737 Max aircraft following Lion Air crash

Following the October 29th Lion Air plane crash in Indonesia which killed all aboard, Boeing has issued a safety warning for erroneous readings on the sensors of its 737 Max aircraft. The Operations Manual Bulletin directs all airlines operating the Boeing 737 Max to follow “existing flight crew procedures to address circumstances where there is erroneous input from an AOA sensor.” AOA, or Angle of Attack, refers to the angle at which the oncoming flow of wind hits the airplane or its wings. Though the exact cause of the crash is unclear at the moment, investigators suspect that a software glitch or misinterpretation by pilots may have contributed to the… Read More

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Samsung reveals key specs for its upcoming foldable smartphone

Samsung took the wraps off its new Infinity Flex Display device this morning, the first foldable hybrid gadget from the company that transforms from a phone into a tablet. Samsung says it plans to go into mass production for just the display in the “matter of months,” but we don’t really know much of anything about it beyond the brief glimpse we got onstage today. It’s a total mystery what it will cost, and we know very little about how the software will really function and just how many different display orientations it supports. At a session this afternoon at its developer conference, Samsung did reveal some new information about… Read More

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