Pampers Is Introducing Smart Diapers That Monitor Pee Status

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For decades, assessing the status of a soiled diaper has consisted of performing the sniff test and/or weighing a baby in one’s arms to determine if there’s been some liquid redistribution. Now, Pampers has announced the inevitable: It has created a new smart diaper that can alert caregivers that their little person needs a change via smartphone notification.

The smart diaper, called Lumi, was developed in concert with Verily, a Google company. The system consists of a diaper with a moisture strip, two reusable activity sensors, and a linked camera that can be used to monitor a baby’s sleeping patterns. The egg-shaped sensor attaches to the outside of the diaper and monitors the strip for wetness. Once the baby has made a mess of things, the sensor sends a notification to the Lumi app. Parents can then choose to change the diaper or urge someone else to do it.

The sensors, camera, and app are part of the start-up package. Users will also need to purchase Lumi-optimized Swaddler diapers, which come with a more pronounced moisture strip so the sensor can properly assess soiling.

In addition to keeping tabs on immediate diaper concerns, the Lumi app uses the Logitech camera to chart sleep and wake times and room temperature. Coupled with information about bottles and bathroom breaks, parents can get a wider perspective on their child’s habits. (A bottle at 3 p.m., for example, might lead to perpetual diaper messes at 4 p.m.)

The Lumi diaper is expected to be released in the fall and will be compatible with children up to 1 year old.

[h/t designboom]

Thousands of Disney+ Accounts Are Being Cracked and Sold. Here's How to Protect Yourself


With an estimated 10 million sign-ups during its debut last week and positive reviews for its marquee original Star Wars series The Mandalorian, Disney’s new Disney+ streaming service has been a resounding success. But making such a high-profile splash is apparently coming at a price. According to CNBC, thousands of consumer accounts are being hijacked and their login information is being shared illicitly online. 

The report, published by ZDNet, alleges that hackers were able to breach usernames and passwords for the service within hours of launch and began distributing them for free or for a fee of $3 to $11—the economy of the black market making a one-time purchase cheaper than paying the standard $6.99 monthly for access to the Disney+ library.

The idea wasn’t to co-opt the accounts but to seize them entirely, using the login to change the email and password associated with the account and locking the consumer out.

A spokesperson for Disney told CNBC that they weren’t aware of any security breach. It’s possible that accounts from unrelated sites were compromised and hackers were able to cull from a database of existing passwords to see if consumers used them for their Disney+ account.

The best way to secure your account for Disney+ or any other service requiring a log-in is to use a unique password for each and avoid obvious parallels to the content. If you’re using “mickeymouse” as part of your login, don’t be shocked if you find yourself locked out of your account one day. Ideally, experts say, the service will eventually incorporate a multi-factor authentication process to make compromising logins—and watching Freaky Friday for free—more difficult.

[h/t CNBC]

Stuck in a Never-Ending Group Chat? Here's How to Stop It

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The more contacts on your phone, the more likely you will be periodically pulled into the dreaded group chat—a meandering, pestering chain of communication on apps like Facebook or WhatsApp that keeps your cell in a constant state of alert. While some group chats start out informative, they can quickly devolve in utter banality. (One warning sign: a funny nickname for the chat.) How can one free themselves from this chorus and get on with their lives?

David Nield at Gizmodo recently broke down the steps you can take to pull yourself free, though it depends on which chat app you’re using. If it’s WhatsApp, for example, you can go to Settings, Account, Privacy, Groups, and then set who can add you to a group chat. That way, only people in your inner circle can loop you in. If someone who isn't on your approved list adds you to a chat, you'll get a direct message inviting you to join, which you can accept or ignore. If you’re already in group chat hell, WhatsApp will allow you to mute notifications by tapping on the Menu button and selecting Mute Notifications.

Facebook Messenger doesn’t allow you to pre-emptively opt out, but you can exit existing group chats by tapping “i” inside the thread and selecting “Leave Group” in Android or tapping the chat thread and clicking “Leave Group” in iOS.

The same is true of Apple’s iMessenger—you can’t insulate yourself from chats. Once it starts, though, you can leave by tapping the top of the conversation, selecting “i,” and selecting either Hide Alerts (which mutes the chat) or Leave This Conversation. If people in the chat are using SMS, the messages will still come through, however. They have to be either muted or removed from your phone and life entirely.

For tips on how to deal with group chat pain on Twitter and other platforms, head over to Gizmodo.

[h/t Gizmodo]