Research published today in Scientific Reports shows that light from RayVio’s 293nm ultraviolet (UV) LED is more efficient than sunlight at producing vitamin D3 in skin samples. Tyler Kalajian and his research team, led by Dr. Michael F. Holick, Ph.D., M.D., and supported by Boston University School of Medicine and a Boston University Ignition Award, found that skin samples exposed to RayVio’s UV LED for just 0.52 minutes produced more than twice as much vitamin D3 as samples exposed to 32.5 minutes of sunlight.
“We tested ultraviolet LEDs from different sources and at different wavelengths. RayVio’s 293nm LED showed the most significant potential for vitamin D3 production in the shortest amount of time,” said Dr. Holick, a Professor of Medicine, Physiology and Biophysics at Boston University School of Medicine, and endocrinologist at Boston Medical Center. “This study will lead to a new generation of technology that can be labeled as photopharmacology in which the use of LEDs with targeted wavelengths can cause specific biologic effects in human skin to help treat and prevent chronic illnesses.”
Vitamin D deficiency is associated with osteoporosis, rickets and other metabolic bone diseases and is more prevalent in northern and southern latitudes where sunlight is limited for a significant part of the year. This device for making vitamin D is ideally suited for patients with fat malabsorption syndromes including inflammatory bowel disease and gastric bypass surgery. The research shows that RayVio’s UV LEDs could be used for treating patients that are vitamin D deficient.
A vitamin D3 producing UV LED device could be used on skin areas that experience less exposure to sunlight such as upper legs and arms and abdomen and back thus minimizing risk for developing non-melanoma skin cancer. The UV LED device also emits a much narrower band of UVB light and thereby decreasing likelihood of skin damage that can occur when the skin is exposed to higher wavelengths of UV radiation.
“The potential of digital UV technology for phototherapy is enormous,” said Dr. Robert C. Walker, RayVio’s CEO. “Dr. Holick’s research with our UVB LEDs demonstrates the potential for new applications that can potentially improve and save hundreds of thousands of lives. In the U.S. alone, seventy-five percent of teens and adults are vitamin D deficient. Thanks to the work of the research team and the pioneering work of the Boston University Photonics Center on UV LEDs, we may soon see innovative treatment options like simple integration with a wearable device could aid millions of people.”
South Star Drug Now Accepts GCash in Metro Manila Outlets
South Star Drug, one of the biggest drugstore chains in the Philippines, becomes the first drugstore in Metro Manila that allows customers to purchase medicines and other items using GCash scan to pay mode of payment.
The medicine retailer has over 450 stores nationwide and still growing. The use of GCash in South Star Drug’s Metro Manila outlets is being piloted in six branches – two in Pasig (C. Raymundo cor. F. Legaspi, Dr. Sixto Ave.), two in Makati (Herrera, Guadalupe Unimec), one in Pasay (Balabag Merville), and one in Las Pinas (Philamlife). By end of the year, all South Star Drug outlets are expected to accept GCash scan to pay.
GCash is being operated by Mynt which is owned by Globe Telecom, Ant Financial and Ayala Corp. “Mynt’s partnership with South Star Drug is part of our company’s efforts to make payments more convenient, safer and easier. This brings us another step closer to our goal of making the Philippines a cashless country,” says Anthony Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of Mynt.
Christine Tueres, General Manager of South Star Drug said: “South Star is always working to improve customer experience and find ways of doing things better – that includes giving our customers more payment options. With GCash QR code feature, even without cash or credit card, our customers can make a purchase in any of our stores with just a few taps on their smart phones”.
Using GCash is easy. A customer with an iPhone or an Android smartphone only needs to download or update to the latest version of the GCash App, register for an account, and fund their GCash wallet at any of over 12,000 GCash Partner Outlets nationwide. This includes Robinsons Business Centers. Once done, the customer just has to tap on Scan QR, point a phone’s camera at the partner’s QR code, and key in the amount to be paid.
Happy Lunar New Year! Wag Hello to the Year of the Dog
Today marks Lunar New Year. Across the world, people are celebrating the end of the year of the Rooster and the start of the Year of the Dog.
Whether you’re enjoying tteokguk with family or handing out red envelopes for good luck, there are many ways to celebrate the holiday. According to Google Trends, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam are among the countries searching the most for “red envelopes.” Meanwhile, top searched foods are nian gao, dumplings, pineapple tart, rice cake and peanut cookies.
Since we’re dog people here at Google, we sniffed out a few non-traditional ways to celebrate. Howl you be spending the Lunar New Year?
Try your paw at drawing
In the last year, people have drawn more than 3 million doodles of dogs in Quick, Draw!—a fun game that uses neural networks to try to recognize your drawings. In honor of Lunar New Year, our team snuck in a special version of Quick, Draw! with Dog Face on Google -related items. Put your doodling skills to the test.
If you’re more of a data breed, you can check out the pawsome dog doodles from around the world in a special Lunar New Year version of Facets Dive, a tool that visualizes large sets of data (in this case ruff-ly 140,000 dogs that people have drawn in Quick, Draw!).
The dogs of Street View
Lunar Year of the Dog means dogs are everywhere–including on Google Street View! We’ve had a lot of fun finding furry friends all around, from this one strolling through New York’s Central Park to this Dog Face on Google hanging out in a small alley in San Sebastian, to our friend here enjoying the Coastal Walk in Sydney. Scroll through our favorites below, or find dogs on Street View in your own neighborhood.
Photos of your pup
In Google Photos, you can create a movie of the dog in your life—select “Doggie Movie” among the movie themes and Google Photos will stitch together photos of the dog. Photos also lets you search for your dog using a dog emoji.
All dogs go to the Games
We couldn’t let the moment pass without a Doodle (or two!). This cheerful pup on our homepage in many countries around the world isn’t just welcoming the New Year—it’s also celebrating the Doodle Snow Games!
In places not tuning into the Doodle Snow Games, you might see a different Doodle—also featured at the top of this post.
No matter how you celebrate or what language you say it in, happy Lunar New Year!
Google Announces Intent to Acquire Xively
Today, Google has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Xively, a division of LogMeIn, Inc.
By 2020, it’s estimated that about 20 billion connected things will come online, and analytics and data storage in the cloud are now the cornerstone of any successful IoT solution. This acquisition, subject to closing conditions, will complement Google Cloud’s effort to provide a fully managed IoT service that easily and securely connects, manages, and ingests data from globally dispersed devices. With the addition of Xively’s robust, enterprise-ready IoT platform, we can accelerate our customers’ timeline from IoT vision to product, as they look to build their connected business.
Through this acquisition, Cloud IoT Core will gain deep IoT technology and engineering expertise, including Xively’s advanced device management, messaging, and dashboard capabilities. Our customers will benefit from Xively’s extensive feature set and flexible device management platform, paired with the security and scale of Google Cloud. With Google Cloud’s deep leadership in data analytics and machine learning, our customers will also be uniquely positioned to build turnkey IoT solutions and focus on business value creation.
We look forward to sharing more details after close—stay tuned!
Globe Brings Back Unlimited Internet at Home with No Strings Attached
Globe Telecom heard the clamor of its customers and has brought back an upgraded version of its unlimited internet plans through Go Unli. Go Unli is the ultimate unlimited data offering that allows customers to stream video, play music and games without having to worry about lock-up period, data capping, and speed throttling. Go Unli works for all legal sites to make sure that Globe and its customers participate in making the internet safe for everyone.
“We want all customers to enjoy a superior internet experience. This is the reason why we spend billions of pesos every year to improve our network and expand internet connectivity in the country,” said Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu.
Cu said that the Globe #PlayItRight advocacy plays an important role in eliminating illegal sites out of its network. In 2017, nearly 2,500 illegal sites that hosted child pornography were blocked by the company through the #PlayItRight program. “Our efforts to protect our network against illegal sites will continue so we can give our customers the best internet service they deserve. You can expect us to put up an even stronger fight against illegal content this year,”said Cu.
Go Unli wired plans start at P1,699 a month, which come with unlimited surfing and streaming up to 5Mbps. Faster speeds are also available with the following plans: Plan 1899 for speeds up to 10, 15 or 20Mbps, Plan 2499 for speeds up to 50Mbps, and Plan 2899 for speeds up to 100 Mbps.
To avail of the no-lock up offer, interested parties need only pay for a one-time modem fee of P2,500 or P4,500 depending on the chosen plan. Those who choose to discontinue their subscription within the first 15 days will get a 100% refund of their modem fee upon the return of the modem and telephone set provided during installation. For those looking for an option without modem fees, 24-month contract plans are also available. All plans come with free landline with unlimited calls to Globe and TM for 24 months, six months access to Netflix and Disney Channel Apps, and two months access to HOOQ.
Globe is bringing in more content partners, with VIU and FOX+ now joining its extensive roster of content providers giving Globe customers access to a wide library of premium shows. VIU delivers the latest Korean entertainment, and FOX+ provides an unrivalled combination of TV, blockbuster movies, sports and documentaries. Starting April 15, 2018, Globe At Home Postpaid Plans will come with 6-month access to FOX+. Meanwhile, Globe At Home Prepaid WiFi devices will come with free 3-month access to VIU starting April 30, 2018.
Globe has also introduced innovations such as the Globe At Home App and Globe Tech Squad to improve overall customer experience. The Globe At Home App allows customers to easily manage their account, track their data usage, and add more data for applicable plans and promos. Meanwhile, the Globe Tech Squad is a special tech service team that provides end-to-end support for WiFi connectivity and home related needs.
New customers can apply for the new Globe at Home plans online, in Globe Stores, at booth activations and through accredited Globe sales personnel. Existing subscribers can download the Globe At Home app to check if they are eligible to upgrade. Promo period is from January 8 to June 30, 2018.
For more information on the new unlimited plans, visit the website at http://www.globe.com.ph/help/g
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