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Waterproof Smartphone To Launch With HzO Nanotechnology Coating At CES 2013

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Waterproof Phone CES 2013 Launched by HzO

z6mag.com attended the CES Unveiled: Official Press Event of the 2013 International CES tonight and it was absolutely awesome. Besides the Lenovo 27 inch home tablet / PC that blew everyone away, one technology really caught my eye. This technology isn’t even new and cutting edge like it was invented yesterday. In fact, this specific smartphone technology was featured last year at CES 2012. However, last year no major smartphone manufacturer came to market utilizing technology from a company called HzO. If you got to this post you’ve already seen the title and you’re not stupid, HzO technology is a waterproofing technology that will make the age of worrying about your smartphone around water, no more.

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What would you do if your iPhone 5 rang and you were in the shower but it was sitting just a foot away from you? Would your anxiety level rise through the roof if you dropped your Samsung Galaxy III into the toilet, bathtub or your swimming pool? What if you spilled your beer all over your Google Nexus smartphone and it was drenched from each inch of it’s corners? Well, you won’t have to worry about that someday, that’s for sure. The waterproofing technology for smartphones comes from nanotechnology technology that is applied in a 100% vacuum process that is currently applied to electronics, phones & other devices after they are manufactured.

Here’s the catch though and why I’m so extremely excited about this technology… When I was talking to a representative named Jason at the HzO booth he told me that on Tuesday January 8th, 2013 or on Wednesday January 9th, 2013 there would be a smartphone manufacturer that would be announcing the launch of a completely waterproof smartphone. I have good video of Jason talking with big smiles of this launch but our audio stinks and I don’t think it’s worth posting here because of that. But I can tell you that he was extremely confident that this bleeding edge technology was ready to rattle the industry and set one smartphone apart from the rest by being indestructible by liquids.

As you can see in our picture above the demo showed multiple phones from iPhones, Samsung Galaxy S II’s and more being dumped in water, orange juice, Bud Light, Poweraid and Coke. In fact, I even saw Jason take a Samsung Galaxy S II that had no back without the case and pull it out of a container of water it had been sitting in and it worked. Not only did it work but it was spilling water out of the back, the sides and I could plainly see the internal electronics and battery from Samsung.

I have to be honest, I wish this stuff was just sold in a spray can so that I could just spray it on my phones and electronics. It really seems like this new tech will be included in the manufacturing process for all kinds of electronics, cameras & expensive watches in the near future. It is easier to add this cutting-edge technology in the beginning of the process without it’s external components.

The Waterblocked Life

HzOINSIDE.com says their technology makes you have to rethink how we use technology. They call it the WaterBlocked™ life. The slogan with a woman relaxing in a bathtub with a tablet PC in her hand with bubbles wrapped all around it and water below here states: “It’s time to rethink how we use technology. No limits. No boundaries. Your device goes where you go. No exceptions.” On their Press piece HzO also describes how their technology works saying: “HzO’s WaterBlock™ technology defends against water damage on the molecular scale so you don’t have to deal with bulky covers or cases. Completely invisible, it is a nanotechnology that protects against water damage without disrupting the original performance or appearance of your sleek devices. This proprietary coating thinly wraps itself around the circuits inside your devices, guarding internal components against water, humidity, sweat and other liquids.”

The excitement and real demonstrations were beyond incredible at this booth in the CES Unveiled event and I’m sure you’ll be just as excited when you get your hands on a waterproof smartphone this next year. It’s certainly going to be available to you and CES 2013 in Las Vegas was what ushered in this amazing accomplishment. Enjoy swimming with your new iPhone in your back pocket in a few years!

We have some videos that were included in the Press Pack and have uploaded them to YouTube so you can watch them:

Waterproof Smartphones by HzO Technology CES 2013 in Las Vegas

HZO Water Blocking Technology Demo

HzO introduces its new WaterBlock technologies. HzO coatings enhance and protect devices from smartphones to textiles to important documents. HzO prevents damage caused by water; electronic devices remain fully functional after exposure. This video demonstrates the power of one of its WaterBlocking technologies.

Smartphone Water Protection with HzO WaterBlock – CES 2012

How HzO Technology Works

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  1. BLUFFENBURG

    January 27, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Product failure displayed at 1:20 of the attached video link (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHTiJPKO1_M). The Samsung screen is white as he shows the phone, once placed in the liquid it begins to power down. As you can see, he proceeds to place the destroyed phone behind the water tank and grabs another device to finish his demonstration. IF IT FAILED ON THE VIDEO, IMAGINE HOW MANY TIMES ITS FAILED OFF CAMERA! This technology is a joke.

    • Joel Mackey

      January 31, 2013 at 8:23 pm

      I can assure you this product is NOT a joke. I watched the presentations over and over. I saw HzO do the presentations at CES Unveiling as well as on the CES 2013 exhibit floor and I never saw a single issue. I did see what you were referencing with the Samsung Galaxy SIII showing the Samsung logo and powering down to a black screen. What you are seeing is the phone running out of battery. The guys at HzO stand there for 8 hours or more all day long making these phones show the full screen while dipping them in and out of different liquid solutions. Would your phone’s battery last all day when you were using it? No. Not really sure why you’re so against the tech. To be honest, it was the most impressive applicable thing to everyone’s daily lives we saw at CES in Las Vegas.

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AMCA Breach: 20 Million Victims, 19 Class Actions

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AMCA previously reported that there were only 200,000 victims in the recent breach but the company, but their partner labs said there were more than 20 million. Photo: cbgrfx123 | Flickr | CC BY-SA 2.0

More than 20 million and not 200,000 have fallen victim to a massive data breach that has seen medical clients using the services of healthcare billing company, American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA), to pay for their laboratory tests in different blood testing labs across the U.S. were confirmed by the SEC filings of affected medical institutions amidst the earlier claims of AMCA that there were fewer victims.

The data breach was a result of a cyber attack that aims to phish for financial information from the website of the AMCA. The exposed data belongs to Americans who paid laboratory services at several clinical and blood testing labs and institutions and used the AMCA billing portal.

What happened in the AMCA breach?

Data that were stolen from the victims include their names, phone numbers, dates of birth, home addresses, social security numbers, credit card numbers, and other bank details. The said information was auctioned off by the hacker in several financial hacking forums.

According to DataBreaches.net, the organization who first reported about the incident, AMCA officials, following the notification of the breach confirmed that their system has been compromised and has remained undetected for more than eight months. AMCA corroborated that the breach took place between August 1, 2018, and March 30, 2019.

Notifications have been sent by several of AMCA’s corporate partners and clients to their customers following the disclosure of the security breach that has seen information from millions of Americans compromised.

Related: Hospitals Only Spend 5% Of Its Budget For Cybersecurity Amidst 82% Of Them Reporting To Have Been Attacked

The list of impacted testing laboratories includes Quest Diagnostics (11.9 million patients), LabCorp (7.7 million patients), BioReference Laboratories (Opko Health subsidiary, 422,600 patients), Carecentrix (500,000 patients), and Sunrise Laboratories (undisclosed number of patients).

However, neither the AMCA nor its five clients have yet to notify ALL impacted citizens by the breach making them vulnerable to a lot of cyber crimes and their financial data could be used by anyone who gets hold of the information against the persons of those who still don’t know that their financial information is floating around the internet.

The companies involved in the breach are facing several lawsuits

Appropriately, the lawsuit came into the direction of AMCA, Quest, and LabCorp regarding the incident. More than 11 class-suite actions have been filed against the three companies for their inability to protect consumer data. The 11 lawsuits were recorded at The United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) on June 3. Since then, eight more lawsuits were filed against the companies in federal courts from New Jersey, New York, and California.

According to litigation experts, “If many cases are filed in federal court, any of the lawyers on any of those cases can file a motion with the JPML [..] to centralize the various federal cases that have been filed by sending all of them to a single judge for coordinated pre-trial proceedings.”

“Healthcare companies are especially susceptible to data breaches not only because they aggregate a tremendous amount of important and sensitive data, but also because they tend to be less focused on cybersecurity protection than other industries,” said John Yanchunis of Morgan and Morgan, one of the firms who filed lawsuits against Quest Diagnostics.

“These companies, like Quest Diagnostics, know they are at an increased risk and yet have not taken the proper steps to protect their patients’ data. We will fight for justice on behalf of those impacted by this breach,” added Yanchunis.

Lawmakers are demanding an explanation

The U.S. government, led by attorneys general from Connecticut and Illinois has also opened an investigation on the matter. Furthermore, lawmakers and other politicians have sent letters to the responding companies to ask for an explanation of why an eight-month data breach remained undetected and to demand accountability from them.

In Washington, US Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) also sent a letter to Quest Laboratories demanding the company explain its vetting process for selecting AMCA as a billing vendor, and what requirements a third-party vendor has to pass. Democratic New Jersey Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Menendez also sent letters to AMCA, Quest, and LabCorp, seeking official answers on how a breach of this severity went undetected for eight months.

“The months-long leak leaves sensitive personal and financial information vulnerable in the hands of criminal enterprises. Moreover, such breaches force victims to contend with identity theft that may lead to irreparable harm to their credit reports and financial future,” said the letter sent by the NJ senators.

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‘The Hunger Games’ Is Launching A Prequel And A Possible Movie

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Almost fours years after the last The Hunger Games movie (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II) and almost nine years after the first book from the trilogy was released, Suzanne Collins is returning with the famed trilogy — but this time in a form of a prequel.

Scholastic, the publishing company that distributed Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy, announced today that it is publishing a prequel novel to the series, currently untitled, which will hit shelves on May 19, 2020.

“Suzanne Collins is a master at combining brilliant storytelling, superb world-building, breathtaking suspense, and social commentary,” Scholastic Trade Publishing President Ellie Berger said in a statement. “We are absolutely thrilled — as both readers and publishers — to introduce the devoted fans of the series and a new audience to an entirely new perspective on this modern classic.”

Collins’ original Hunger Games trilogy—The Hunger GamesCatching Fire, and Mockingjay—altogether, sold more than 100 million copies and has been translated into more than 50 languages. Moreover, The Hunger Games books appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 260 consecutive weeks (more than five straight years).

After writing the last installment in 2010, Collins teased in 2013 that she was working on a new series, but did not say whether it was related to The Hunger Games.

This time, the novel will be set in the world of Panem, 64 years before the events of the original Hunger Games trilogy—the morning where Katniss Everdeen volunteered as a tribute on the 74th Hunger Games. Presumably, Katniss Everdeen played by Jeniffer Lawrence will not be involved in the upcoming novel.

Based on the previous novels in the series, 74 years before the main novels, the 13 Districts of Panem already tried to initiate a rebellion against the Capital. In the aftermath of the failed attempt, 12 Districts remained to leave District 13 to rubbles. The Hunger Games was a result and served as a reminder that all the other Districts should obediently comply with the Capital’s rule.

The novel will take place 10 years after the first rebellion and will tell the story of Panem during the “Dark Days following a failed rebellion in Panem “With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival,” Collins told the Associated Press in the announcement. “The reconstruction period 10 years after the war, commonly referred to as the Dark Days — as the country of Panem struggles back to its feet — provides fertile ground for characters to grapple with these questions and thereby define their views of humanity.”

On other news, the Lionsgate film studio, who adapted The Hunger Games trilogy into movies, is already looking forward to the next addition to Collins’ franchise given that it received praise and public attention for producing them.

“As the proud home of the Hunger Games movies, we can hardly wait for Suzanne’s next book to be published,” said Joe Drake, chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, in a recent statement to the Associated Press. “We’ve been communicating with her during the writing process and we look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the movie.”S

Lionsgate turned Collins’ Hunger Games novels into a series of four films, dividing the last novel, Hunger Games: Mockingjay, into a two-part finale. Over the course of the four movies, it earned almost $3 billion dollars an the worldwide box office with the last movie earning $653.4 million.

Collins helped with the movies as an executive producer and a co-screenwriter on the first 2012 movie but distanced herself after she finalized Mockingjay in 2010.

Lionsgate is also known to have produced Twilight, which is one of their platinum franchises along with Collins’ trilogy. The studio earlier licensed The Hunger Games to theme parks and live concert tours being built around the movie franchise.

Additionally, it starred Jenniffer Lawrence who played the main character as Katniss Everdeen in all of the four movies, which helped catapult her acting career in 2012.

Scholastic acquired world English rights to the prequel novel and it will publish in print, digital and audio formats in the US, Canada, the UK and Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand next year. The deal was negotiated by Rosemary Stimola of the Stimola Literary Studio for Suzanne Collins and David Levithan, VP, Publisher, and Editorial Director, for Scholastic.

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Global Ice Melting At Rates Faster Than Expected

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The global ice, or the size and number of glaciers located across cold spots around the world, is a clear indicator of the effects of global warming. With human’s excessive and consistent use of o-zone depleting resources such as fossil fuels — the rate of global ice is melting will only keep accelerating.

The National Snow and Ice Data Center reported that based on data they have gathered since the1900s, glaciers around the globe are shrinking and melting at an alarming rate.

Arctic sea ice has been in constant general low over the years following the increasing trend of greenhouse gas. Additionally, as the frozen ground across the Arctic melts, it releases a massive amount of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Scientists say that this effect could make global ice melt accelerate even faster.

A separate study found that parts of the Canadian Arctic are experiencing a rate of permafrost thaw six times the long-term average.

Meanwhile, melted ice is especially notable both in and around Greenland — home to the second largest ice sheet on the planet.

“Communities in #Greenland rely on the sea ice for transport, hunting, and fishing. Extreme events, here flooding of the ice by abrupt onset of surface melt call for increased predictive capacity in the Arctic,” Steffen Olsen, a climate researcher at the Danish Meteorological Institute said in a tweet.

Olsen was referring to Greenland losing 2 billion metric tons of ice. “The high melt is unusual so early in the season but not unprecedented,” Greenland Ice said in a tweet.

Experts are calling the lost ice “not normal” considering that it equates to almost half of Greenland. Roughly 45 percent of the ice sheet surface has been melting. Usually, less than 10 percent of the ice sheet surface is melting at this time of year. According to data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center, Wednesday set a daily record for the widest melt area on that date, with 275,000 square miles.

“I’m losing the ability to communicate the magnitude [of change],” Jeremy Mathis, a longtime Arctic researcher and a current board director at the National Academies of Sciences told Mashable. “I’m running out of adjectives to describe the scope of change we’re seeing.”

On other parts of the globe, a city in western Alaska is experiencing drastic changes to its land formations as the state’s ice and permafrost are starting to thaw away.

“Springtime in Alaska isn’t what it used to be. This is the 3rd time past 21 years we can say” warmest spring of record.” 1998 was the warmest to date, exceeded in 2016 and now 2016 exceeded in 2019. Trend +4.0F (+2.2C) since the 1970s.” Rick Thoman said in a tweet.

The continued ice and permafrost melting in Iceland are causing significant damages in terms of requiring towns and villages like Newtok in western Alaska to relocate to avoid dangers.

“It’s a real challenge because in the US there isn’t the precedence to deal with this and there isn’t the political framework to deal with it either,” said Susan Natali, a scientist and Arctic expert at the Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts. “The numbers needing relocation will grow, the costs are going up and people’s lives and cultural practices will be impacted.

“Every year there’s a new temperature record, it’s getting worse and worse and you feel like a broken record saying it. This should be the number one urgent conversation happening right now because it’s not just going to be Alaska, it’s going to be other communities all over the US,” Natali added.

The problem does not only persist in Greenland, the Arctic or Alaska. Global ice is melting all across the globe. “The famed snows of Kilimanjaro have melted more than 80 percent since 1912. Glaciers in the Garhwal Himalaya in India are retreating so fast that researchers believe that most central and eastern Himalayan glaciers could virtually disappear by 2035 […] From the Arctic to Peru, from Switzerland to the equatorial glaciers of Man Jaya in Indonesia, massive ice fields, monstrous glaciers, and sea ice are disappearing, fast,” the National Geographic reported.

This week, the Pope has talked to oil executives in the Vatican to find solutions in the growing problem of global warming. He called for a “radical energy transition” from conventional fossil fuels and develop greener energy alternatives.

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