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Remote robotic brain surgery?

Engineers at MIT have created a robot that looks like a thread and is so small it can glide through blood vessels of the brain. The robot could help remove clots to prevent or treat stroke and aneurysms.

“This robotic thread is controlled by magnets, and surgeons could guide it from outside of the operating room. Yes, remote robotic brain surgery using a joystick.”

Related article: MIT’s thread-like robot can slip through blood vessels in your brain

Gaming is the biggest entertainment industry and the growth continues

The recently published report “2019 Global Games Market Report” shows that there are 2.5 billion gamers around the world today, every third person. Gamers are expected to spend $152 billion on gaming by the end of the year. That means gaming is now the biggest entertainment industry (bigger than TV, Streaming, Film, Music) and it continues to grow fast. By 2022, the industry is expected to account for $192 billion in sales. The largest segment is mobile gaming which makes up 45% of the market.

Related article: The Global Games Market Will Generate $152.1 Billion in 2019 as the U.S. Overtakes China as the Biggest Market

Hundreds of dentists got hit by ransomware

Last week hundreds of dentists in the US were hit by a ransomware called REvil. Hackers were able to deliver the malware due to a software vulnerability in systems provided by The Digital Dental Record and PerCSoft. The companies provide medical records retention and backup services for dental clinics all over the US. Both companies have shared a decrypter with their customers and rumor has it they paid the ransom. Expect these types of issues to escalate! Protect your data!

Related article: Dentist offices across the US hit with ransomware

Uber and Lyft are challenged from several ways

The gig economy has been on the rise for a while now and players like Uber and Lyft is certainly contributing to it. However, they are meeting challenge from competitors and from their own drivers. Next week, Uber and Lyft drivers will arrange a demonstration about the low pay rates.

At the same time, new competitors are arriving that plans to use the drivers dissatisfaction to compete with Uber and Lyft. Nomad Rides is a startup that instead of taking 25% of each ride from the driver will charge a monthly fee of €25 and nothing else. It will be interesting to see if it will affect the ride hailing giants.

Related article: To Beat Uber And Lyft, This Startup Vows To Give Its Drivers The Full Fare
Related article: Hundreds of Uber and Lyft drivers to launch a protest caravan across California


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