There's An App For That? Barometric Pressure

Instead of relying on your aching knee to forecast the weather, why not use a Barometer app for your smartphone? Of course, you could follow the crowd and just rely on the weather forecast, but where's the fun in that?

I actually did not realize until today that several smartphones already have the ability to sense air pressure, and can therefore use a Barometer app (actually the Moto G model I have does not have that feature, but that's just me being cheap).

The Barometer, or air pressure meter, is still used to observe rising and falling air pressure and is one of the tools used by back yard weather watchers.
Most people like to get altitude readings for when they’re hiking, or simply out of curiosity, such as when going from place to place. The barometric pressure reading on the other hand, will typically appeal to anyone into DIY weather-forecasting.
HowToGeek shows how the feature can be used.

Sunday Pun Day

This will be the last Sunday Pun Day here, I started another page just for puns at

Still very much a work in progress, but we'll see what develops.

Thanks for stopping by!


Artificial Kidney Advances

Kidneys - like most internal organs - are something we don't think about at all until they stop working properly. If kidneys do stop doing their job the patient typically undergoes dialysis, which is a pretty miserable, time-consuming process of mechanically "cleaning the blood". 

Not to mention the other lifestyle changes one must make to live with kidney failure. So, other than a kidney transplant, what are the current or forthcoming alternatives to free patients from dependence on the dialysis regimen?

1 - Kidney-on-a-belt  - a wearable mechanical artificial kidney

2 - The Cyborg Kidney - an implantable "bioartificial kidney"

3 - The Dark Horse Kidney - an implantable artificial kidney

Read the whole story at IEEE Spectrum


Weekly Round-Up - June 24

Once a week, I try to bring you a small selection of links to items of interest that caught my eye since the last update; something for you to chew on over the weekend. Check it out.

Why people don't always need cheering up

America's first reality TV show

New devices causing "paradigm shift" in stroke care

Stop videos from autoplaying in your browser - SO annoying

Apple blocks outdated versions of Adobe Flash

Online backup firm Carbonite tells users to change their passwords now

Got milk? Keep it away from LED lights

Xiaomi unveils a $450 bicycle that's electric, smart, and foldable

The End Is Nigh (For The Free Windows 10 Upgrade Offer)

If you have been holding off on a decision to upgrade to Windows 10, you don't have too much longer to decide, assuming you want to take advantage of the free upgrade. Microsoft's offer ends July 29, the one-year anniversary of the Windows 10 launch.
In a recent Windows Experience blog post titled Windows 10 Now on 300 Million Active Devices - Free Upgrade Offer to End Soon, Yusuf Mehdi, the corporate vice president of Microsoft's Windows and Devices Group, said:
...we want to remind you that if you haven't taken advantage of the free upgrade offer, now is the time. The free upgrade offer to Windows 10 was a first for Microsoft, helping people upgrade faster than ever before. And time is running out. The free upgrade offer will end on July 29 and we want to make sure you don't miss out. After July 29th, you'll be able to continue to get Windows 10 on a new device, or purchase a full version of Windows 10 Home for $119.