Using Technology To Support Employee Mental Health

Guest post by Martha Neary, Project Manager of One Mind PsyberGuide.

With at least 45 million American adults living with a mental health illness, and many experiencing increasing levels of stress, employers are seeking ways to provide much needed resources and support to their employees. In the world of COVID-19, where additional and unique barriers to care exist such as physical distancing measures that limit contact with providers and the balancing of new work at school schedules from home, many employers are looking to digital resources to support their workplaces and employee wellbeing. Headspace, for example, noted a 500% increase in requests from companies seeking support for their employees’ mental health since March.

Yet there is an overwhelming number of mental health technologies available, and choosing one requires an understanding of the complex landscape. Over 15,000 mental health apps are available on the app stores. Even within the category of

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Tesla Challenger? Battery Startup QuantumScape Claims Mastering Superior Technology

KEY POINTS

  • QuantumSpace is making batteries with “purest lithium” for EVs
  • The company claims that these EVs would charge faster and cost less
  • The startup is soon to go public at the New York Stock Exchange
  • QuantumSpace has raised over $500 million

A California-based startup is hoping to give Elon Musk’s Tesla a tough competition in the electric vehicles market, with claims to developing a breakthrough battery technology.

QuantumSpace, backed by Bill Gates and the Volkswagen Group, announced its intention to list on the New York Stock Exchange after merging with shell company Kensington Capital Acquisition earlier this month, at an enterprise value of $3.3 billion.

QuantumSpace, if its claims of superior battery technology to Tesla’s is true, could shake up the dominant position that Tesla has enjoyed in the EV space for the past decade. It could even play out as an extension of the rather public feuding between 

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US technology stocks recover after early stumble

US stocks climbed on Thursday even as European shares hit a three-month low, with investors weighing the latest data on how coronavirus is affecting different regions of the global economy.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite index fell as much as 1 per cent after the opening bell on Wall Street before recovering to end the day 0.4 per cent higher. The large-cap S&P 500 also reversed early losses to trade 0.3 per cent higher. Shares in Microsoft gained 1.4 per cent while Apple stock closed the day 1 per cent higher.

US stocks received a boost after Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic speaker of the House of Representatives, said she was “ready for negotiation” on a new coronavirus relief plan. Congressional leaders and the White House have so far failed to agree more fiscal stimulus for the US economy, and talks stalled several weeks ago.

US home sales reached an annualised rate

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Everseen Forms New Technology Partnership with Kroger to Redefine the Customer Experience

The Visual AI Company is Rolling Out its Technology at Kroger Stores Across the Country

Everseen, the Visual AI™ company driving customer engagement and profitability for the world’s largest retailers, today announces its selection by The Kroger Co., America’s largest grocery retailer, to contribute to the grocer’s plan to redefine the customer experience. Everseen’s technology began rolling out at Kroger stores in March and will continue to be installed in the coming months, with plans to deploy the technology at 2,500 stores across the country.

Everseen, which specializes in optimizing in-store processes, works to minimize moments of friction that customers encounter during the checkout experience. Everseen’s technology is aimed at reducing errors that customers occasionally experience at self-checkout, enabling customers to self-correct those errors. The result is a better customer experience and an increase in employee efficiency.

“We are laser-focused on continuous improvements to customers’ experience across our stores,”

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NASA technology enables precision landing without a pilot

NASA technology enables precision landing without a pilot
The Apollo 11 landing ellipse, shown here, was 11 miles by 3 miles. Precision landing technology will reduce landing area drastically, allowing for multiple missions to land in the same region. Credit: NASA

Some of the most interesting places to study in our solar system are found in the most inhospitable environments—but landing on any planetary body is already a risky proposition. With NASA planning robotic and crewed missions to new locations on the Moon and Mars, avoiding landing on the steep slope of a crater or in a boulder field is critical to helping ensure a safe touch down for surface exploration of other worlds. In order to improve landing safety, NASA is developing and testing a suite of precise landing and hazard-avoidance technologies.


A combination of laser sensors, a camera, a high-speed computer, and sophisticated algorithms will give spacecraft the artificial eyes and analytical capability to find a

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TikTok applies for Chinese license to export technology

Sept. 24 (UPI) — TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, requested permission from Beijing to export its technology, as the company’s executives work furiously to push through a deal with Oracle and Walmart before a November deadline.

The Chinese social media platform is making the move as SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son is expected to join the TikTok Global board, according to Fox Business.

Time is running out for TikTok if it wants to avert a shutdown in the United States. ByteDance’s application for an export license was submitted Thursday, the company said, according to CNBC and The Wall Street Journal.

ByteDance is complying with new Chinese regulations that restrict the export of technologies for “recommendation of personalized information services based on data analysis,” according to reports.

The regulations went into effect in August, as tensions grew with the United States over the status of Chinese tech firms. U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the

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GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Movano Inc. Partner to Advance Needle-Free Continuous Glucose Monitoring Technology

Manufactured on GF’s 22FDX platform, Movano’s radio frequency-enabled solution will help individuals to manage their glucose levels anywhere, anytime

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GlobalFoundries Global Technology Conference
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Pleasanton and Santa Clara, Calif., Sept. 24, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Movano Inc., a health-focused technology company developing non-invasive solutions to enhance the quality of life for people affected by chronic health conditions, today announced a strategic collaboration with GLOBALFOUNDRIES® (GF®) to advance the commercialization of Movano’s wearable, non-invasive continuous glucose monitor (CGM), which is currently in development. The announcement was made at GF’s annual Global Technology Conference (GTC).

Movano’s novel approach to glucose monitoring is based on its patent-pending radio frequency (RF) sensor platform, which is built on GF’s 22FDX® (22nm FD-SOI) solution, to enable the creation of high performance and small form-factor sensors that are low-power and cost-effectively manufactured at scale.

“The last few months have spurred a growing need for

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ByteDance Files for China Approval to Export TikTok Tech

(Bloomberg) — ByteDance Ltd., the Chinese parent of video app TikTok, submitted an application in Beijing for permission to export technology, as it tries to work out an agreement with the Trump administration that will avoid a U.S. ban on the service.



a hand holding a cell phone: The logo for ByteDance Ltd.'s TikTok app is arranged for a photograph on a smartphone in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. Oracle Corp. is the winning bidder for a deal with TikTok’s U.S. operations, people familiar with the talks said, after main rival Microsoft Corp. announced its offer for the video app was rejected.


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The logo for ByteDance Ltd.’s TikTok app is arranged for a photograph on a smartphone in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. Oracle Corp. is the winning bidder for a deal with TikTok’s U.S. operations, people familiar with the talks said, after main rival Microsoft Corp. announced its offer for the video app was rejected.

The company said it filed the request with the city’s commerce bureau after China tightened restrictions on the export of certain technologies, including those used in TikTok. A spokesman for the commerce ministry acknowledged the filing Thursday, saying it’ll be assessed “in accordance with the relevant rules

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ByteDance asks China for approval to export TikTok technology: report

TikTok’s parent company ByteDance has sought permission from the Chinese government to export technology, Bloomberg reported Wednesday.

ByteDance filed a request with the Beijing Municipal Commerce Bureau asking for approval to export its technology under restrictions recently implemented by the Chinese government, according to Bloomberg.

ByteDance, TikTok, and the Commerce Bureau did not respond to requests for comment.

In August, China expanded its list of “forbidden and restricted technology exports” to include “personalized information recommendation services based on data analysis” — such as the algorithm that powers TikTok. That move threw a wrench in the TikTok deal by requiring the company to obtain a license from the government, effectively giving Beijing veto power over a deal.

Following the announcement of the new rules, ByteDance reportedly considered bypassing that hurdle by selling TikTok without handing over its source code, but Bloomberg’s report Wednesday suggests the company wants the algorithm to be

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ByteDance just asked China for permission to export TikTok’s technology as it tries to finalize a deal with the US government



Xi Jinping wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump attends a bilateral meeting with China's President Xi Jinping during the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, June 29, 2019. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters


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President Donald Trump attends a bilateral meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping during the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, June 29, 2019. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

TikTok’s parent company ByteDance has sought permission from the Chinese government to export technology, Bloomberg reported Wednesday.

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ByteDance filed a request with the Beijing Municipal Commerce Bureau asking for approval to export its technology under restrictions recently implemented by the Chinese government, according to Bloomberg.

ByteDance, TikTok, and the Commerce Bureau did not respond to requests for comment.

In August, China expanded its list of “forbidden and restricted technology exports” to include “personalized information recommendation services based on data analysis” — such as the algorithm that powers TikTok. That move threw a wrench in the TikTok deal by requiring the company to obtain a license from the government, effectively giving Beijing veto power over a deal.

Following the announcement of

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