Piper Is The Prettiest Way To Monitor Your Home From Afar

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Ottawa-based BlackSumac may not be the first startup to try and revamp the home security system, nor is it the first to use a crowdfunding platform like Indiegogo to make it happen. What this batch of Canadians did do however is create one of the sleekest-looking bits of security hardware I’ve seen. The Piper is to security hubs what the Nest is to thermostats.

But what does it do?

The Piper unit itself is about the size of your average desktop computer speaker, and it’s hard not to look at it without being drawn to the user-controllable camera pod (complete with fish-eye lens) right smack in the middle of the thing. More importantly though, the Piper itself is loaded up with temperature, humidity, and motion sensors, and can also act as a base station that communicates with different external sensors thanks to its included Z-Wave support.

It’s also got a…

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Pop quiz: do you know what personalized medicine means?

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Plenty of genetic testing and analysis startups want to use personalized medicine to revolutionize healthcare — but there’s one thing they may have to do first: help consumers understand what that actually means.

According to a report released this week from research firm GfK, just 27 percent of U.S. consumers said they’d heard of the term “personalized medicine,” and just 4 percent could accurately describe it as medical care that matched a person’s genetic makeup.

Once respondents were told what it meant, the study, which included more than 600 people in the general population over the age of 30, found that 55 percent of people with work-sponsored health plans said they were interested in having a genetic test. Not surprisingly, that figure rose to 80 percent among those who have or have had cancer and, in general, interest increased among those who have more medical conditions.

With the approach…

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Painlessly erase your internet life with Justdelete.me

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Extricating yourself from the sticky, tangled web of social media can be a real pain. First, it’s difficult to even find out how to quit in the first place. Then, there’s all the messy guilt-tripping and emotional appeals involved before actually clicking delete.

Are you sure you want to leave? All of your friends will miss you.

Why are you leaving? Do you not enjoy your time here?

By the time a user finds the way to the page where the actual deletion happens, there’s a decreased chance of follow-through — either through guilt or frustration. Many of the tactics websites wield to keep users aboard are called “Dark Patterns,” deliberate design techniques to keep users from deleting their pages. Justdelete.me, a website developed by UK developer Robb Lewis, cuts through all of those sneaky tactics to post direct links to the pages that actually delete web accounts.

While Justdelete.me effectively…

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Tesla Model S Earns Highest Safety Rating Ever From US Agency

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The Tesla Model Searned a 5-star safety rating, both overall and in each individual category, from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The company claims that the Model S achieved a new combined record of 5.4 stars.

Around 1 percent of cars tested by the NHTSA earn five stars in every category. Tesla claims that the Model S was able to earn a 5.4 star rating because the NHTSA, which does not publish star ratings above 5, captures safety levels above 5 stars in the Vehicle Safety Score, which it sends to manufacturers. Tesla says this rating is tops among every major make and model in the United States.

The best part of the company’s release was this badass factoid:

“Of note, during validation of Model S roof crush protection at an independent commercial facility, the testing machine failed at just above 4 g’s. While the exact number is…

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Salmon and Shrimp Diablo

zOld - Ang Sarap (A Tagalog word for "It's Delicious")

Salmon and Shrimp Diablo Wide

Diablo is a cooking term which means “to make it really hot”, similar to devilled where a dish is infused with hot ingredients such as chillies, pepper and mustard. This is most probably of Mexican origin but not 100% sure, I just assumed as I saw this dish on Mexican restaurants, also the ingredients on this dish like shrimps and chillies are popular in Mexico.

The most common recipe for this type of dish is Shrimp Diablo where it can be skewered, placed on pasta or paired with rice. For this recipe I will add Salmon as its mild and creamy flavours would be a great contrast to this great dish. Also I had added some capsicums to have a different texture to the dish. This is for people who loves hot and spicy dishes and not for the fainthearted, but if you want to serve it to those who…

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