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Reader chicksdaddy reports that a data breach involving four million patients and more than 230 different data holders (from private practices to large hospitals) hit Indiana especially hard. It's the home state of Medical Informatics Engineering, maker of electronic records system NoMoreClipBoard. While data exposed in the breach affected 3.9 million people, 1.5 millon of them are in Indiana. According to the Security Ledger, though: [The] breach affects healthcare organizations from across the country, with healthcare providers ranging from prominent hospitals to individual physicians' offices and clinics are among 195 customers of the NoMoreClipboard product that had patient information exposed in the breach. And, more than a month after the breach was discovered, some healthcare organizations whose patients were affected are still waiting for data from EMI on how many and which patients had information exposed.

'We have received no information from MIE regarding that,' said a spokeswoman for Fort Wayne Radiology Association (http://www.fwradiology.com/), one of hundreds of healthcare organizations whose information was compromised in the attack on MIE..

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Actress and entrepreneur Jessica Alba has built a $1 billion consumer brand on a simple premise — to make products that are good for the people who use them, and good for the environment.

A similar create-a-better-world philosophy informed The Honest Company’s decision to support Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in technology.

“My dreams, in creating this brand and in it coming to life, would not have been possible without technology. It really evened the playing field for me to give everyone access to these safe and healthy products, no matter where you lived,” said startup co-founder Alba in an interview from the company’s Santa Monica headquarters. “So I just feel like, if we could in any way shape or form inspire girls to be entrepreneurs, to participate in the creation of the future, the world’s problems can be solved.”

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Owners of an Apple Watch just got another tool to make life easier: a digital door key on their wrists.

The functionality comes via the August Smart Lock thanks to an update of the company's iPhone app that allows you to swipe and tap your Apple Watch to open an August Smart Lock-equipped door.

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This Week's Top Downloads

Every week, we share a number of downloads for all platforms to help you get things done. Here were the top downloads from this week.

This Week's Top Downloads

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Samsung is set to announce its Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus on August 13th, but we're getting a pretty good look at the device two weeks ahead of time. Prolific phone leaker Evan Blass has released what's said to be official press renders of both new devices. For good measure, he's released a set of specifications for the Note 5 as well.

This isn't the first time we've seen these two heavily-rumored devices, but it's certainly our best look yet. The Galaxy S6 Edge Plus looks exactly like what its name suggests — it's a bigger S6 Edge. The Note 5, meanwhile, looks like it shares a similar the Galaxy S6's handsome metal-and-glass design, though it has slightly sharper corners from the looks of it.

According to Evan Blass, the Note 5 will have a 5.66-inch, 2560 x 1440 display, like its predecessor. Its innards are an upgrade from the Galaxy S6, however, with a beefy octa-core Exynos 7420 chip, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. It will also have a 16-megapixel rear camera paired with a 5-megapixel front shooter, according to the leak. That new metal-and-glass design does come with a loss, however: the removable back and the microSD card slot on the Note 4 are said to be missing this time around.

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Russia Ponders Banning Same-Sex Emoji

Not content with simply beating the shit out of LGBT people, Russia is now reportedly thinking of banning “gay emoji”, a move that I’m sure will prove instrumental in removing all gay propaganda from technology and the internet.

According to a report in Izvestia newspaper, Russia’s media regulator could ban emoji which depict same-sex couples from social media. The investigation into the emoji (sadly serious) was triggered by a complaint from Russian senator Mikhail Marchenko, who is concerned that the emoji featuring happy, non-assaulted same-sex couples is in violation of Russia’s 2013 law banning promotion of ‘non-traditional’ relationships.

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While you look at this 2016 Audi TT, the driver is looking at the 'virtual cockpit, an all-digital instrument cluster powered by an embedded Visual Computing Module (VCM). Nvidia's quad-core Tegra 30 processor brings fast, 60fps response time to the 12.3-inch, 1,440x540-pixel display. That's fast enough to play PC games—but here, that power helps the digital readouts react in real time to how the car is driving.

 It may sound gimmicky to some driving purists, but check out the views on the slides to follow. Everything from the classic tachometer and speedometer to Google Earth 3D maps looks pretty sweet on this display.

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Making travel plans can be a chore. I know this since a flight attendant girl friend of mine use to laboriously make these plans so we could travel without any hiccups and this was before any apps were available to use. There are lots of things to consider when traveling, from hotel bookings to car rentals, and everything in between.

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There aren’t many smartphone users who are fans of bloatware: The manufacturer-made, own-brand apps that take up storage space and memory without necessarily offering any useful features or functions. Now Samsung has been ordered to give users the option of stripping bloatware off its phones — but only in China.

The move is a result of a lawsuit filed by a consumer rights committee in China, a suit that covered some 20 apps pre-installed on the Galaxy Note 3 (released in September 2013). Samsung lost the legal argument and so next month will release a patch for the Note 3 that lets users dismiss all these apps with a few taps — the company is also likely to tread more carefully when it comes to installing its own apps in the future.

Related: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 review

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Apple and BMW may eventually have more in common than just some features in your car's infotainment system. Sources for both Reuters and Manager Magazin understand that the two companies have had "exploratory talks," including a trip by Apple executives to Leipzig to see how BMW builds the i3. Apple reportedly likes that BMW rethought the conventional car manufacturing process for its electric vehicle, and might use what it learned to help make its own EV. While BMW claims that there aren't any active talks about jointly developing a car, a Reuters tipster hears that the firms may revive talks (not necessarily to co-produce a vehicle) later on.

Not surprisingly, BMW is cautious about any deals. Research lead Klaus Froehlich says the doesn't want to "open [its] ecosystems" to a potential rival. However, it's hard to see the two avoiding each other when they could both use each other's help. Apple knows a lot about user interfaces and integrating mobile technology into cars, but it's a newcomer in creating the cars themselves -- that's part of why it's hiring so many auto industry veterans. Meanwhile, BMW knows that it can only do so much to accommodate connected devices without collaborations. You probably won't see an Apple-designed Beemer or an Apple car with loads of BMW-sourced parts, but there's still lots of potential for the corporations to influence each other.

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Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.

Can any schoolkid live without one? CNET

America needs a new neurosis like Donald Trump needs a new TV interview.

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The last few weeks have been full of copyright ridiculousness, but this week in 2010 features a lot of exploration into copyright's nuances. First, the Copyright Office and Librarian of Congress finally outlined DMCA exemptions for jailbreaking smartphones and some other situations, while rejecting some other proposed exceptions — and sparking Canada to take a fresh look at its own anti-circumvention proposals, essentially admitting it lets the US heavily influence Canadian copyright law. One US court started to put some limitations on the anti-circumvention clause itself by suggesting that simply using circumvention software is not itself a violation; the British High Court ruled that emulating a piece of software is not infringement; and another ruling let venues deduct from their BMI license deals when they directly license music. This was also hot on the heels of ASCAP's boss refusing Larry Lessig's invitation to debate, and bizarrely claiming that said invitation was an attempt to "silence" ASCAP.

A bunch of other interesting questions arose in the form of copyright concerns over Flipbook, the sale of prints made from long-lost (but recently found) Ansel Adams negatives, attempts to assert new copyrights on work by an artist who had been dead for 71 years, and the highly problematic proposal of a new digital transmission right. Meanwhile, the British Library was concerned about copyright hindering research, and gamers everywhere were worrying about copyright stymying the preservation of video game history.

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Ars Technica rides a SoloWheel. Video shot by Will Lemke of Propadata Films, edited by Jennifer Hahn.

SEATTLE—"You know you're in a sandal factory, right?" Luna Sandals founder "Barefoot" Ted McDonald said in a small retail room on a recent sunny day. The room is covered in photos of himself jogging, hiking, and exploring various exotic locales, and from there, he led me around the corner to a modest assembly and boxing room. At that time, the shop had no other customers, which I noticed because McDonald was moving around indoors by gliding on an electric, one-wheeled apparatus known as the SoloWheel.

McDonald has become a bug-eyed advocate—and official salesperson—for the device, and he made a point to ride it around as we talked, presumably to prove just how nimble and precise his motion can be on such hardware. It was effective—he could whip around and stop on a dime in impressive fashion—but in cities like Seattle, however, such advocacy isn't even so necessary. The single-wheeled devices, with no handles and two tiny flaps to stand on, have already started to become fixtures in hilly tech cities where people are buying into their efficient, glide-next-to-pedestrians style of movement.

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Kim Dotcom’s life has taken a strange turn in recent years. After police raided his lavish New Zealand home in 2012, the MegaUpload founder has been at the center of an international legal battle. The US wants him extradited to face charges for criminal copyright infringement and racketeering charges, but Dotcom has been going about his business in New Zealand founding a new online storage service called Mega. However, Dotcom recently explained why you should stop using the service he founded. He doesn’t think it’s safe anymore.

The statements were made in a Slashdot Q&A session with the Mega founder. According to Dotcom, matters have conspired to wrest control of Mega from him. Because of his ongoing legal difficulties, he has opted to transfer all his shares in Mega to his wife. However, they’re now separated and reportedly heading for divorce.

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UPDATE

The browser wars may be heating up again.

Mozilla, maker of the Firefox browser, has taken aim at longtime rival Microsoft over the way the latter’s new Windows 10 operating system handles users’ choices of browsers and other software. Mozilla is accusing Microsoft of overriding users’ preferences and making it difficult to change Windows 10’s default applications.

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There’s no doubt that Apple Music arrived in the world not quite ready for prime time — the UI is far more confusing than I’d have hoped for, there’s a host of weird bugs, and it’s reliant on iTunes for desktop listening. That said, it does a lot of things far better than the competition, as well, most notably the curated playlists. There’s a ton of variety to be found there, with numerous selections under a host of genres and different activities. Spotify has been doing this for a while, and Spotify’s playlists are often fine, but they’re also usually 100 songs long. I’m more a fan of the Apple Music approach — the 15-30 song range feels a lot more digestible to me and makes it easier to find songs that really stick with me.

Between the shorter lengths and Apple’s smart recommendations, I found myself following a couple dozen playlists shortly after I started using Apple Music. By and large found them a really enjoyable way to find new tracks or dig in on a particular style, era, or artist. However, perusing these playlists has led me to one of the most ridiculous and unfathomable Apple Music bugs yet: a whole bunch of these playlists include songs that aren’t playable on Apple Music.

Yup, that’s right — I’ll be in the middle of enjoying Pitchfork’s Modern Americana Gold playlist and come across a song that has somehow been added to a playlist that Apple itself created, and that song will be greyed out, teasing me. It’s incredibly bizarre and frustrating and I have no idea how such a thing slipped past the humans curating these playlists.

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If you pay any sort of ongoing attention to Congress, you're probably familiar with GovTrack, the extremely useful online resource created by Joshua Tauberer in 2004, containing robust info on the status of all the bills that hit the floors of the House and the Senate. It's a fantastic tool, and today we're looking at a crowdfunding push to make it even better by hiring a full-time researcher to add additional context and analysis to the bills and votes being tracked.

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Until very recently, GovTrack was fully automated and had no staff — which is why one man's pet project has been going strong for over a decade without much if anything in the way of revenue. But Joshua knows there's lots more the site could be doing, and recently hired an intern to start testing out a big new addition to GovTrack: researchers who can closely follow the most important bills and dig into them deeper than the algorithms can, providing commentary and analysis plus readable summaries of legislation, and reporting on the underlying political context. To that end, they've also launched GovTrack Insider as a Medium page, which already features a bunch of posts on various important bills and votes from the last few months.

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There’s a new fad sweeping Reddit, and unlike most of the things that sweep Reddit, this one has nothing to do with an ill-conceived user revolt. No, this one is just for fun. Someone made a neat commenting bot that impersonates you, and it’s pretty good at it. All you have to do is tag it in a comment and the bot will reply with a comment that embodies your Reddit account.

The bot is known simply as User_Simulator, created by user Trambelus. To tag it on Reddit, you need to add the /u/ preface so the bot will get an alert. Your comment also has to have a specific format for the bot to understand, so just include +/u/User_Simulator /u/YourUserName to get its attention. It takes a few minutes for the bot to reply because it’s going through your public comment history to see what sort of things you say before crafting the perfect comment.

User_Simulator’s comments are always grammatically readable, but they’re completely nonsensical. The cool thing is that they’re incoherent in a way that feels like you. For instance, I’m a giant phone nerd and many of my comments on Reddit are related to Android. For me, User_Simulator came up with, “I’ve never had any issue with my N4 and N7 quite often. When there was such huge interest, of course they jumped on the Moto X is okay, but nothing like Samsung devices.”

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