Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Nintendo Switch set to Debut in March 2017

Whenever there is a new gaming system or gaming console getting close to market, you know geeks can't help themselves.  This is just another example of that...

In March of 2017, Nintendo will bring to market their next game system.  It's called the "Switch" and after taking a look at it, it's pretty easy to tell where it gets its name.  The device is portable and can have some pieces removed or relocated depending on what you are trying to accomplish.

Take a look at the video below:

Here is the some of the info from Nintendo's press release regarding the Switch:

In an introductory video released today (http://www.nintendo.com/switch), Nintendo provided the first glimpse of its new home gaming system and revealed that it is called Nintendo Switch. In addition to providing single and multiplayer thrills at home, the Nintendo Switch system also enables gamers to play the same title wherever, whenever and with whomever they choose. The mobility of a handheld is now added to the power of a home gaming system to enable unprecedented new video game play styles.
At home, Nintendo Switch rests in the Nintendo Switch Dock that connects the system to the TV and lets you play with family and friends in the comfort of your living room. By simply lifting Nintendo Switch from the dock, the system will instantly transition to portable mode, and the same great gaming experience that was being enjoyed at home now travels with you. The portability of Nintendo Switch is enhanced by its bright high-definition display. It brings the full home gaming system experience with you to the park, on an airplane, in a car, or to a friend’s apartment.
Gaming springs into action by removing detachable Joy-Con controllers from either side of Nintendo Switch. One player can use a Joy-Con controller in each hand; two players can each take one; or multiple Joy-Con can be employed by numerous people for a variety of gameplay options. They can easily click back into place or be slipped into a Joy-Con Grip accessory, mirroring a more traditional controller. Or, if preferred, the gamer can select an optional Nintendo Switch Pro Controller to use instead of the Joy-Con controllers. Furthermore, it is possible for numerous people to bring their Nintendo Switch systems together to enjoy local multiplayer face-to-face competition.
“Nintendo Switch allows gamers the freedom to play however they like,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO, Nintendo of America. “It gives game developers new abilities to bring their creative visions to life by opening up the concept of gaming without boundaries.”

Monday, October 24, 2016

Keystone Dental Inc. Partners with Core3dcentres® NA for Advanced Digital Dentistry Solutions

Las Vegas, NV – October 20, 2016 –Core3dcentres NA and Keystone Dental Inc. are pleased to announce that the two companies have entered into a unique partnership. Under the agreement, Core3dcentres NA will manufacture and distribute custom milled components for Keystone Dental’s TiLobe Connection of Prima, Genesis, and MAX-TL Implant Systems. This will create a streamlined operation, linked together by an Internet portal, which integrates the digitized patient data and facilitates the flow of information from clinician—to lab—to the Core3dcentres milling center. The end goal: enhanced efficiency between the clinician and lab, and satisfied patients with individualized esthetic custom abutments on their implants. 

Core3dcentres NA is ISO 13485:2012 and continues to undergo a rigorous certification process (including machined samples, material handling and product training) to ensure their Milling Centers are meeting the high standards and quality levels that Keystone Dental demands. 

“The partnership with Core3dcentres will expand our presence in the digital dentistry market and allow Keystone Dental to notably enter the CAD/CAM arena to produce titanium and Titanium base Zirconia abutments. We are pleased to partner with Core3dcentres, combining our global presence and renowned quality with their technological expertise and know-how, to provide our clinicians and labs with a state-of-the-art digital solution,” says John De Angelo, Director, Clinical Development, Keystone Dental Inc. 

Both Core3dcentres and Keystone Dental are very excited by this partnership as it opens up new opportunities for the dental industry and reinforces both companies’ commitment to using the best technologies, materials and processes available in the market today. 

For more information on Keystone Dental custom milled components from Core3dcentres, or any other products, services and educational offerings, please visit www.core3dcentres.com; or contact us toll-free at 1-888-750-9204 or by email at InfoUSA@core3dcentres-na.com. 

About Core3dcentres® 

With production centers in Sydney, Australia; Calgary, Canada; Las Vegas, USA; Glasgow, Scotland; Maartensdijk, Netherlands; Barcelona, Spain; Osaka, Japan; Engelsbrand and Munich, Germany and growing every day, Core3dcentres offers the one of the most comprehensive suites of digital implant solutions today, allowing dental laboratories of any size to fully service every indication in 
dentistry’s most rapidly growing market segment with greater precision, faster turnaround and greater dentist and patient satisfaction. Using the latest in CAD/CAM technologies for a complete one-stop implant-crown solution, Core3dcentres supplies a full range of digital solutions, all supported by one of the largest ranges of dual-use lab/intraoral scan bodies (radiopaque and autoclavable) on the market today; lab analogs; digital model analogs; screws; titanium bases; hybrid abutments; titanium abutments and bars; and frameworks in PMMA, Zirconia, Titanium and Co-Cr for screw-retained bridges. 

About Keystone Dental Inc. 

Keystone Dental is an oral healthcare company that delivers advanced, easy-to-use implants, biomaterials and planning software for dental professionals focused on providing the most functional and most esthetically pleasing outcomes possible. At Keystone Dental we know you want more than just the best outcome for your patients. You want it to be the most functional, most esthetically pleasing outcome possible. You want the latesta technology. But you don’t want it over- engineered. Most of all, you want to work with an oral healthcare company with smarter solutions. A company that’s responsive to your needs. And those needs start with making things simpler. Simpler ways to switch. Simpler ways to order systems and parts. Simpler ways to get help when you need it. At Keystone Dental, we think simpler is smarter. It’s what you deserve. It’s what we promise to deliver every day. 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

DEXIS Delivers Enhanced CariVu Software

  • Hatfield, PA (October 19, 2016) DEXISTM, a brand of the KaVo Kerr Group, is pleased to announce its most recent software update for CariVuTM, the compact, portable caries detection device that uses unique, patented trans- illumination technology to easily detect a range of carious lesions (occlusal, interproximal, secondary/recurrent) and cracks. DEXIS’ reputation for listening and responding to the needs of its owner base has once again resulted in product improvement. CariVu owners have requested new features, and the DEXIS team has delivered with this latest software module.
    This latest update incorporates noteworthy enhancements that build even more value into this ground-breaking device.
    Fresh User Experience — The software interface has been fully redesigned with a sleek modern look and further intuitive, streamlined functionality.
    Quick Capture — It takes only a one-second squeeze of the ring to freeze and save CariVu images into the patient record.
    Same-Tooth Comparison Aid — For easier diagnostic comparison and monitoring changes over time, the software auto-draws an outline of a prior image of the same tooth which aids in acquiring new images that are the same size and orientation.
    On-screen Acquisition Guidance — On-screen indicator provides guidance on whether the lens should be closer to the tooth or farther away to achieve the clearest image results in the shortest time.
    5-Second Video Capture — When exploring a lesion by navigating the tip of the device around the tooth, a short video clip can be captured, providing more complete visual diagnostic data on the tooth.
    Incorporated easily into current workflow, CariVu serves as a valuable adjunct tool for the identification of tooth decay when used with clinical and radiographic examinations. The information obtained from CariVu can be stored in DEXIS software with other types of patient images, and CariVu images are captured without any ionizing radiation.
    In addition to its impressive 99 percent accuracy rate*, CariVu already offered many features to maximize efficiency. Now, clinicians can use a foot pedal to freeze and save CariVu images to promote steadier hands and reduce handpiece movement. An orientation feature, “mesial” and “buccal” tagging, can be added to both captured and saved images. With intra-oral radiograph mode, the user can associate the direction of the live video with the flow of the patient’s arch as well as the corresponding X-ray.
    “As a result of this latest software update, CariVu continues to evolve,” says Marshall Martin, Senior Product Manager for DEXIS. “Our latest software update reflects the types of technology that clinicians are asking for — highly diagnostic imaging for caries detection, an easily integrated workflow, an impressive degree of accuracy, and no ionizing radiation. We will continue hearing and acting upon our owners’ voices to make this already excellent caries detection device even better.”
    More information on CariVu 2.0 software can be found in our CariVu Software 2.0 What’s New document and at www.dexis.com/carivu

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Yahoo Secretly Scanning Email for United State Government...

A story has broken today that in 2015 Yahoo engineers were ordered to create a software application that could scan users of the company's free web based email service for an "unspecified string of characters".

When the company's security team discovered it, they thought the company had been hacked.  The directive to perform this scanning came from either the NSA or the FBI.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Ultradent to receive the 2016 Golden Hands Award of Xcellence on October 21, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – October 17, 2016 – The 2016 Golden Hands Award of Xcellence will be presented to Ultradent on Friday, October 21, 2016, in Denver, Colorado, at the American Dental Association Annual Conference.  The award will be presented at Ultradent Exhibit Booth #1837 at 12:00pm.

The Golden Hands Award of Xcellence for Ethics and Truth in Advertising has been hailed as the “prestigious top national honor for ethics and truth in advertising” by the most-circulated dental magazines.

The award is presented annually on behalf of the dental community, to a company that in the opinion of the profession, exhibits Dentistry’s most noble ideals: Ethical Conduct Truth in Advertising, Placement of Public Health before Profits, Dependable Products and Services Knowledgeable Professionals and Excellent Customer Service.

The recipient of the Golden Hands Award was chosen utilizing the aforementioned criteria through a multi-step process:   Over 3,000 companies were evaluated.  Nominees were presented by a number of prominent dental professionals involved in dental education and/or product research.  Dentists across the United States subsequently registered and voted for the winner.

Costing thousands of dollars to design and manufacture, the Golden Hands Award of Xcellence has the distinction of being the most elaborate award in Dentistry. Conceptualized by Amir H. Motamed, D.D.S., the sculpture has been designed and made by commissioned artist and master craftsman, Donjo.  Using the lost-wax process, the sculpture is made of casted Bronze over Italian Marble base.  The hands are patina.  The logo is casted bronze, then polished and enamelized with automobile paint.  The sculpture stands 16 inches tall and weighs 19 pounds.  The sculpture highlights the caring “Golden Hands of Dentistry” caressing the colored triangles of the profession:  Dental Education, Dental Professionals, Dental Organizations and the Dental Industry - all pointing to a common core.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Farm Animal Deaths Due to Hurricaine Matthew

A short post today because the info is all in the story.

The flooding from Hurricane Matthew has caused massive deaths of farm animals in the Carolinas.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Vera Bradley Announces the Company has been Hacked

Women's handbag & accessory manufacturer Vera Bradley announced that between July 25th and September 23rd 2016 hackers accessed data from the company's customers.  Data accessed includes credit card numbers, cardholder names, card expiration dates, and card security codes.

The data came from the company's stores where it is believed it was stolen through their payment processing system.  In the not too distant past, Target suffered a similar type of hack.

Although it is not clear how they came to know before the company, the FBI notified Vera Bradley of the problem on September 15th.

The company announced the hack and that they have "stopped this incident".  It is not currently known how many customers are affected, but the company also announced they are working with security firm FireEye's to increase and improve their security.