This smart home appliance will make it easier to grow weed at home

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As cannabis use becomes normalized, the tech industry is finally starting to innovate the seed to weed growing process.

A venture capital-backed company called LEAF just announced a new “Plug-N-Plant” grow system on Wednesday, making it easier for consumers to grow their own pesticide-free pot at home without having to maintain it like you would growing it the old fashioned way. 

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Recreational marijuana use is now legal in eight states and Washington, D.C., thanks to the recent election, and medical cannabis is allowed in some form in 29 states, returning cannabis as a major cash crop for the United States. In many of these areas and all states where cannabis has been legalized, you’re allowed to grow your own pot for your own personal use, but growing weed has its fair share of headaches.  Read more…

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Android app updates will get drastically smaller, again

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Updating apps on your mobile device isn’t just a matter of a few seconds anymore; with apps (games, especially) steadily rising in size, a larger set of updates can easily grow into gigabytes of data and many minutes of downloading. 

Google addressed the issue earlier this year by switching to a new compression algorithm, which the company says reduced the size of app updates by 47 percent on average. 

Now, the company has made even bigger progress by using an app updating technique called File-by-File patching which makes app updates 65 percent smaller on average compared with the full app.

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One Drop is revolutionizing diabetes care through an app

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The tech revolution in healthcare has so far focused on people who are already pretty healthy. FitBits, Apple Watches and the like are useful if you’re trying to stay fit, but not if you’re looking for tools to help manage a chronic condition. 

One company is bridging the gap between chronic illness and technology — and software and hardware — with a new service and app launching this weekOne Drop will provide a monthly subscription of all the tools a person with diabetes needs to manage their condition. The physical equipment is paired with an app that tracks activity, nutrition and the many other factors that go into managing diabetes.  Read more…

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This Android malware is hacking into your Google account to install apps

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Your Google accounts could have been compromised if you own a Android phone, thanks to a new malware variant known as “Gooligan.”

The malware has infected more than 1 million accounts, according to research released Wednesday from cyber security company Check Point, and that figure is growing by a massive 13,000 devices per day.

In August, Gooligan emerged as a complex malware that infects devices after users download apps from third party stores. It was originally related to a malicious app from 2015 named SnapPea. 

The malware steals authentication tokens that can be used to access data from Google Play, Gmail, Google Docs, Google Drive and more. The malware installs certain apps on a user’s phone and highly rates them. Its main mission is to install adware to generate revenue for those apps, reportedly raking in as much as $320,000 a month. Read more…

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Clue raises $20 million for its period tracking app

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The menstrual app space is crowded, but one company is setting itself apart with new funding. 

Clue, the period and ovulation tracker, raised $20 million in a Series B round announced on Wednesday. 

The round was led by Nokia Growth Partners with participation from Union Square Ventures, Mosaic Ventures and other investors. Union Square Ventures and Mosaic Ventures led Clue’s $7 million Series A round in 2015. 

The influx of money brings the Berlin-based company’s total funding up to $30 million since its launch in 2013. 

“I feel as strongly as ever that Clue’s mission is to keep female health and its advancement at the top of the global agenda and I am thrilled to partner with a prestigious circle of investors who share our vision,” Clue CEO Ida Tin said in a statement. “Healthcare is already going digital, just look at the 60 percent of smartphone users in the U.S. using their devices to manage health. Female health is also driving this. And when you consider that more than half of the world’s population is female, you realize how enormous the market potential and opportunity for Femtech companies is to truly make an impact.”  Read more…

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This Chrome extension helps you find ethical shopping alternatives — and saves you money

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This Cyber Monday, as you hide your screen from your boss while searching for the best deals imaginable, do your part to save the world at the same time.

DoneGood, a new browser extension and mobile app, helps you find ethical and sustainable alternatives when you shop for anything online. All you need to do is download the free extension, and when you search for an item (“men’s dress shirts,” for example), DoneGood will pepper your search results with better businesses that support workers’ rights and environmental protection.

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Domino’s Japan is training reindeer to deliver holiday pizza. Yes, really.

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Of all the U.S. traditions Japan has adopted, Christmas might be the biggest. And now one company is taking it to the next level by rolling out pizza delivering reindeer. 

No, it’s not the special eggnog messing with your eyes, you read that right, Domino’s Japan is currently training reindeer that will pull sleds packing fresh pizza around the country. 

Aside from the obvious attempt to connect Santa Claus with pizza, the idea for the reindeers came about as a way to continue to be able to deliver pizzas during snowy weather, when a bike is less practical.  Read more…

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