Tuesday, April 30, 2013

LivingSocial is Hacked - 50 Million Users Have Passwords Stolen

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Security is an incredible cat & mouse game.  Weaknesses are discovered and then blocked.  Then new weaknesses are discovered… and they are blocked, and then the cycle starts again.
 
It's a difficult mission, securing a website.  It's almost like trying to prove a negative.  Despite your best efforts, a vulnerability is often not known until it is exploited, and by then of course it's too late.
 
As we turn more & more to the Internet for our everyday lives, we're going to be putting more and more trust in the architecture of sites to keep us secure.  And that can be a very dicey thing indeed.
 
The problem, of course, is that the bad guys know this too and they are very interested in getting as much info as possible to pilfer as much as possible.  We've seen several large databases compromised lately and now comes word of the latest hack to website LivingSocial.
 
It seems that over 50 million users are now being asked to reset their passwords after a security breach that allowed hackers to get names, dates of birth, encrypted passwords, and email addresses.  The company has stated that the database that stored credit card info was not part of this and that also the information for stores merchants' financial and banking info was also not affected.
 
Users who were part of the hack should be receiving info from LivingSocial on what to do next.
 
The sad part is that this is not the last one of these we will see.  Smarter minds than mine need to figure out a way to eliminate the need for passwords altogether.  It's become increasingly obvious that anything stored in a database is fair game...

Monday, April 29, 2013

Competition is Good… Again!

In my last post I said "Competition is Good" and I meant it.

 

Now comes word that Vermont Telephone Company is offering gigabit Internet service (like Google Fiber) for… drumroll… $35 per month.

 

That's about *half* of what Google would charge you for their service if it was in your area.

 

Obviously other companies have the capability of delivering this kind of speed and are now researching bringing it out and getting customers… before Google rolls into the neighborhood.

 

If this is happening, I have one question.  Where are you Time Warner Overland Park?  Google Fiber is basically knocking on my door they are so close and I've heard nothing from my provider.  Now, I get great speeds from Time Warner, but I don't get gigabit… and I *want* gigabit.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Time Warner Adding Free Wi-Fi Hotspots in Austin to Deal with Google Fiber

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Competition is good… and if you live in Austin, it's even better.  
 
It seems that Google Fiber is coming to Austin next and in a direct response to that, Time Warner is rolling out Free We-Fi hotspots, according to a blog post from Time Warner.  It states "We've been rolling out our free WiFi network across our footprint for some time now, as part of our larger strategy to offer significantly more value to our Internet subscribers.  Austin was in the game plan for 2013.  But Google's recent announcement encouraged us to deploy our network more aggressively now."
 
So if you live in Austin, it looks like life is good.
 
However, if you are a Time Warner customer, don't feel left out.  http://timewarnercable.cellmaps.com/WiFi.html#/#c=38.8671878,-94.70188999999999&z=13&term=66221
will take you to a map of Austin.  Just put your city or zip in the search bar at the top to locate hotspots in your area.
 
There is also an app on Android & iOS.  Just search for TWC WiFi Finder.
 
 

We’ve been rolling out our free WiFi network across our footprint for some time now, as part of our larger strategy to offer significantly more value to our Internet subscribers. Austin was in the game plan for 2013. But Google’s recent announcement encouraged us to deploy our network more aggressively now. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, we’re ready to compete.

Friday, April 26, 2013

US Pathfinders Ozone Fundamentals Course— Upland, California May 31-June 1, 2013


To all who have expressed interest in learning about the powerful and wide-ranging uses of ozone in its many forms in dentistry—PLEASE PASS ALONG TO THOSE YOU FEEL WOULD BENEFIT.

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May 31-June 1 (Fri/Sat) 18 hr. CE credit.

This will be a primarily practical, not heavily theoretical, course. Teaching and terminology level appropriate to docs and staff.

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We will spend time actually practicing putting together and using the ozone systems. This will be a LIVE PATIENT PROGRAM. That means participants will observe and practice a variety of procedures such as desensitization, ozonation of caries, anesthetic reversal, treatment of perio, as well as bleaching and injections into soft tissue.

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Includes course and two full generator systems with regulators, tanks and other needed equipment.  Most choose to use one system for patient treatment and one for continuously making ozonated water. These systems are shipped to you prior to the course, and you can be up and running in an hour as soon as you return home.

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Partial program and components:

Protocols for restorative, caries, perio, endo, oral surgery, lesions/oral medicine, TMD.

Making and applying full- and sectional-arch ozonation trays.

Ozone-activated accelerated tooth whitening.

Remineralization. Minimally invasive dentistry.

Reversing anesthetics.

Safety, legal and hygiene issues. The role of the FDA.

Heat-free instrument sterilization.

Creating a simple roll-about cart system.

Economics and coding issues. How to speak about this resource to patients.

Two refillable oxygen tanks suitable for roll-about cart or under-counter storage.

Two pediatric regulators that can achieve the requisite 1/32 LPM low flow rate.

Catalytic converters to convert unused ozone back to oxygen.

Capabilities of generating ozonated water and ozonized oils.

Intertank transfer manifold to economically fill your smaller cylinders from a larger oxygen tank.

Safety trap with sound barrier to improve ear insufflation.

Glass water-maker.

Ozone delivery handpieces: luer lock and cup types with fast transfer hose.

Connectors, hosing, filters and diffusers.

Ear insufflation stethoscope system.

Sample syringes and cannulae.

Samples of ozonated oils. (olive, sunflower, jojoba/avocado)

Full Protocols manual. Simplified as well as research protocols.

DVD RAM disc with 3 GIG of study material, research and two books.

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Participants should be able to actively use their equipment immediately on return to their offices.

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Cost: $5967 includes course and two full generators. Costs are for all hardware and course for one docand one staff member.  Additional staff from the same office will be $653 each. Includes protocols manual, lunches, dinner on Friday night.

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Speak with Course Coordinator Lenora Smith 951-809-3099

Email Lenora: Lenorabiz@gmail.com

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Brasseler USA®’s Most Popular Procedure Kits Now Available in Bonus Packs

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Brasseler Redesigns Procedure Kits to Include Bonus Product and

 Informational Material at a Discounted Price 

 

Savannah, GA (April 26, 2013) – Brasseler USA®, a leading manufacturer of quality instrumentation, innovation and superior service to the dental industry, recently redesigned and repackaged its most popular procedure kits to include detailed usage and technique information and additional bonus product.  

 

Specifically, the company has taken twenty of its most popular procedure systems and has re-packaged them to include bonus product at a substantially discounted price. Depending on the type of procedure kit, Brasseler has added bonus product including refills of Brasseler’s most popular burs, or complimentary items appropriate for each particular procedure. 

 

For example, Brasseler’s Ultra Denture Kit and All Purpose Dentist Lab Kit now include a bonus pack of 12 medium ET® ProviPros, 12 fine ET® ProviPros, and 6 mandrels, allowing dental professionals to polish both composite and acrylic based appliances, and provisional and removable restorations to a high gloss shine at chairside without the need for messy pumice.  

 

Moreover, each procedure kit now includes a comprehensive laminated technique guide for easy reference. The easy-to-use technique guides include detailed information related to each specific procedure, kit contents and re-order information, as well as technical tips and easy how-to instructions. The guides are laminated for convenient posting and durability. 

 

For more information about Brasseler’s new Bonus Pack Procedure Kits and all Brasseler products and services, please visit www.BrasselerUSA.com or call 800-841-4522.

 

About Brasseler USA®

 

Brasseler USA® is a leading ISO Certified healthcare company, providing quality instrumentation to healthcare professionals for use in restorative dentistry, endodontics, oral surgery and oral hygiene. Over the past 35 years, Brasseler USA has developed a reputation as an innovative market-leader in diamonds, carbides, polishers, endodontics, hand instruments and handpieces. Today, Brasseler USA offers the most comprehensive assortment of instruments and power systems under one brand in the world. For more information, please visit www.BrasselerUSA.com.  

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Curve Dental Announces User's Meeting

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Curve has been promoting a "Fresh Web Based Alternative to Dental Software" for several years now.  So much so, in fact  that Curve  has become almost synonymous with the concept of dental software in The Cloud.
 
Now the company is hosting its first ever users meeting in Moab, Utah.  A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in Moab with the good folks at Curve and I can tell you that this meeting will not disappoint!  If you are a Curve client, do everything  you can to make t his event.  Here are all the details:
 
 

The Orange Summit October 10-13, 2013 Moab Utah Registration Information

The Orange Summit will be unlike any conference you've ever attended. We'll be staying away from hotel meeting rooms and distracting urban surroundings. Instead, we've picked an inspiring, motivating scene that lends itself to invigorating discussions and adventure. Moab is one of the country's biggest secrets and it's host to our first meeting of the minds.

"The management team gets together several times a year to put a finger to the wind and make sure the company is moving in the right direction," says Curve Dental CEO Ian Zipursky. "We'll be in Moab that weekend in October. If our customers wish to join us, meet with us, play with us, they are more than welcome. That's the essence of the conference: spending time with our customers and building meaningful relationships."

Doctors and the entire team are welcome. Curve Dental has blocked out a limited number of rooms at the Red Cliffs Lodge. If you even think you might attend we highly recommend you call and reserve a room very soon (866-812-2002); tell the resort you are with Curve Dental in order to reserve a room or two at reduced, non-published rates.

The cost to attend is $197 per person. The registration fee includes at least three hours of training, a grand BBQ, an official conference T-shirt, a special gift, and the opportunity to meet one-on-one with Curve Dental.

Click here to Learn More

Google Glass Terms of Sale

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As the "Technology Evangelist" I salivate every time I read about Google Glass… and it's even worse for me every time I *see* the device.
 
Well, as mentioned here recently, the first units are now shipping to developers.  Usually when things like this first ship, there are either rumors or at least speculation that some people will be selling theirs via online sites.
 
To keep Glass firmly in the hands of the developers who ordered them, Google has put forth a pretty rigid TOS (Terms of Sale) for the device.  Just for fun, I went to the Glass website to copy and paste the TOS here.  Even if we can't have one yet, we can dream...
 

Glass Terms of Sale

These are the Terms of Sale ("Terms") that apply between you and Google Inc., a Delaware corporation whose principal place of business is at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States (referred to as "Google" or "we"), when you purchase Glass devices or accessories from Google ("Device"). For some Devices, additional terms will be included in a Device specific addendum included at the bottom of these Terms ("Device Specific Addendum") and these will form part of the Terms for that Device. If there is a conflict between the Device Specific Addendum and the remainder of the Terms, the terms in the Device Specific Addendum will apply for that conflict.

Please read the Terms carefully. By ordering or purchasing a Device you are agreeing to these Terms. If you do not understand the Terms or do not accept any part of them, do not place an order or purchase a Device, or if you already have a Device, return the Device in accordance with its return policy.

Google Services

When you use a Glass device or any Google software or services through your Device, your use is subject to the applicable terms and conditions for those services, including theGoogle Terms of Service. (For example, your use of any Glass software or services that use Google Maps is also subject to the Google Maps/Earth Additional Terms of Service andLegal Notices, and your use of any navigation features is subject to the following navigation disclaimer: Please keep your eyes on the road and obey applicable laws. Do not manipulate this application while in motion. Directions may be inaccurate, incomplete, dangerous, not suitable, or prohibited. Data is not real-time, and location accuracy cannot be guaranteed).

Use of certain Device features may require that you open a Google account. Note some Google services and content may vary by region. In the event of any conflict between the Google Terms of Service and these Terms (or the applicable Device Specific Addendum), these Terms (and the applicable Device Specific Addendum) will apply for that conflict.

Google Wallet

To place an order, you must have a Google Wallet account. You may also need to maintain a Google Wallet account to receive after sales support. A Google Wallet account is free and if you do not have one you will be directed to Google Wallet before you can checkout. Your use of Google Wallet is subject to the Google Wallet Terms of Service. If you do not agree to the Google Wallet Terms of Service you should not submit an order.

Privacy

Please refer to our Google Privacy Policy and the Google Wallet Privacy Policy for more information on how Google collects, uses and shares the information we receive from you.

You agree that in order to process your order and to protect you and Google from fraudulent transactions, Google may provide your order information to reputable third parties to perform address verifications and make deliveries.

Support

While your Device may be manufactured by a third party, Google will provide initial support for questions relating to:

  • Existing orders
  • Returns
  • Defective Devices
  • General technical support for the Device

For assistance, please contact Glass Support.

Ordering and Payment

When you place an order, you permit Google to charge the credit card, debit card or other payment method in the total amount of your order (including any shipping and handling charges and taxes).

Google reserves the right to reject your order. For example, Google may reject your order if you do not live in a country where a delivery can be made or you order more than the permitted maximum number of Devices.

When your order is accepted by Google, we will send you an email which will include details of your order and an order number that you should refer to if you have any follow up queries.

Delivery

We may not be able to deliver to all locations. Please consult our Shipping and Delivery Page for locations to which your Device can be delivered. Google may, at its discretion, decline to ship Devices to certain addresses. If Google chooses not to ship a Device, we will send you notice and you will not be charged for your order. If a charge has already been made for items that are not shipped, that charge will be reversed through your Google Wallet account using your initial payment method.

If a Device cannot be successfully delivered because you have provided incorrect or incomplete delivery information, the Device will be returned to Google. In that case you will not be charged for the Device (or charges already incurred will be reversed using the initial payment method in your Google Wallet account), but you may be charged for shipping and handling (and such charges will not be reversed). If a Device is not successfully delivered for any other reason you will not be charged at all and all charges will be reversed.

If you do not receive your Device, please contact Glass Support.

Any delivery dates or times provided by Google (or a delivery agent) are estimates only and are not guaranteed.

Prices and Taxes

The Device price displayed on the site does not include any shipping and handling charges. Information about shipping and handling charges can be found here and will also be presented at checkout.

All applicable taxes will be presented at checkout, even if they are not displayed on the product page. All prices displayed on the Devices on the Glass website are subject to change at any time without notice.

Pricing Mistakes

We try very hard to make sure there are no mistakes in the prices that appear on the site. In the unlikely event that a mistake happens you agree that Google will not be bound by that incorrect price, unless your credit card, debit card or other payment method in your Google Wallet account has already been charged. If a mistake is discovered and you haven't been charged yet, we will let you know the correct price and you will be given the option to continue with your order at the correct price or cancel it.

Restrictions

You may not order more than the maximum number of Devices that we specify from time to time. For example, the Glass website or the Device Specific Addendum may contain a maximum order limit for a particular Device. The Device may be subject to import and export laws and regulations in the United States and elsewhere. You must comply with all domestic and international import and export laws and regulations that apply to your use of the Device. These laws may include restrictions on destinations, users, and end use. You may only use the Device in accordance with the instructions that come with it, including instructions that may be available on line.

Resale and Gifts

You may not commercially resell any Device, but you may give the Device as a gift, unless otherwise set forth in the Device Specific Addendum. Recipients of gifts may need to open and maintain a Google Wallet account in order to receive support from Google. These Terms will also apply to any gift recipient.

Return Policy

If for any reason you do not wish to keep your Device, you have up to 30 days from the date the Device is delivered to you to cancel your purchase of the Device and your contract with Google. If you exercise your right of cancellation and the Device has been delivered to you, you are responsible for returning the Device as soon as possible and at your own cost. To initiate a return please contact Glass Support and obtain a return authorization. For some returns Google may charge you a restocking fee. Please review the restocking policies posted here to determine whether such fees apply to you. Upon Google's receipt of the returned Device, Google will issue a refund in your Google Wallet account using your initial payment method minus any applicable shipping and handling and restocking fees.

You must take reasonable care of the items that you wish to return, and we request that you return the Device with its original packaging and any accessories. Upon Google's receipt of the returned Device, Google will issue a refund in your Google Wallet account for the amount paid for the Device, less any shipping and handling charges, within a reasonable time. If you decide to cancel the purchase of the relevant Device as set out in this paragraph and if you fail to return the Device in accordance with these Terms, you may be charged a sum for our direct cost of recovering that Device, and we may deduct that sum from your refund.

Defects

During the warranty period described in the Device Specific Addendum, if the Device is or becomes defective through no fault of your own, please contact Glass Support. Subject to the Device warranty, Google, in its sole discretion, may offer a replacement Device or may refer you to the applicable manufacturer of the Device for warranty support. If Google chooses to provide you with a replacement Device, you agree that Google may exchange the defective Device with either a new or refurbished Device. If you do not return the defective Device within 21 days from the date the replacement Device is delivered to you, you authorize Google to charge your Google Wallet account for the replacement Device, not to exceed the amount paid for the original Device.

Data and Deactivation

You are responsible for managing any data stored on your Device, including for example deleting, transferring and creating backups of such data.

If you tell Google that you have not received your Device, the Device is defective, or it has been lost or stolen, Google may deactivate that Device. Deactivation does not automatically delete personal data stored on your Device and we recommend that you backup your data periodically.

Non-Google Branded Accessories

Accessories sold through the Devices on the Glass website which do not bear the Google brand name may be serviced and supported by their manufacturers. If you discover what you believe is a defect with your accessory, please contact the manufacturer directly.

Warranties; Disclaimer of Warranties

OTHER THAN THE WARRANTIES REFERRED TO IN THE DEVICE SPECIFIC ADDENDUM, TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, GOOGLE AND THE DEVICE MANUFACTURERS EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, REGARDING ANY DEVICES, INCLUDING ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.

Limitation of Liability

YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT, TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, GOOGLE AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES AND AFFILIATES (COLLECTIVELY, "GOOGLE PARTIES") WILL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU UNDER ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY (WHETHER CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE) OR OTHERWISE) FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES THAT MAY BE INCURRED BY YOU IN CONNECTION WITH THE DEVICE OR THESE TERMS, INCLUDING ANY LOSS OF DATA, WHETHER OR NOT A GOOGLE PARTY OR ITS REPRESENTATIVES HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF OR SHOULD HAVE BEEN AWARE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF ANY SUCH LOSSES ARISING. YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT, TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, THE GOOGLE PARTIES' TOTAL LIABILITY IN CONNECTION WITH THE DEVICE OR THESE TERMS WILL NOT EXCEED THE AMOUNT ACTUALLY PAID BY YOU TO GOOGLE UNDER THESE TERMS.

Governing Law and Jurisdiction

The courts in some countries will not apply California law to consumers in those countries, or some types of terms and disputes. If you reside in one of those countries, then where California law is excluded from applying, your country's laws will apply to these terms and any disputes related to them terms. Otherwise, you agree that the laws of California, U.S.A., excluding California's choice of law rules, will apply to these Terms and any disputes arising out of or relating to them. Similarly, if the courts in your country will not permit you to consent to the jurisdiction and venue of the courts in Santa Clara County, California, U.S.A., then your local jurisdiction and venue will apply to such disputes related to these terms. Otherwise, all claims arising out of or relating to these terms or the services will be litigated exclusively in the federal or state courts of Santa Clara County, California, USA, and you and Google consent to personal jurisdiction in those courts. Notwithstanding this, Google reserves the right to apply for injunctive remedies (or an equivalent type of urgent legal relief) in any jurisdiction.

Changes to the Terms

The Terms in effect at the time you place an order for a Device will apply to such order and Device. Google reserves the right to make changes to these Terms or the applicable Device Specific Addendum from time to time, and any such changes will take effect immediately, except that changes with respect to your rights and obligations relating to payments, pick-up or delivery, returns, product warranty, and refunds will only apply to future orders. You may view the current version of the Terms on the Glass website.

Events Beyond Reasonable Control

Neither party will be responsible for any delay or failure to comply with these Terms if the delay or failure arises from any cause which is beyond its reasonable control.

No Waiver

If you do not comply with these terms, and we don't take action right away, this doesn't mean that we are giving up any rights that we may have (such as taking action in the future).

Severability

If it turns out that a particular term is not enforceable, this will not affect any other terms.

 



Device Specific Addendum

Glass Explorer Edition

This Device Specific Addendum only applies if you purchase a Glass Explorer Edition Device.

You must be 18 years or older, a resident of the United States, and authorized by Google as part of the Glass Explorer program in order to purchase or use Glass Explorer Edition. Unless otherwise authorized by Google, you may only purchase one Device, and you may not resell, loan, transfer, or give your Device to any other person. If you resell, loan, transfer, or give your device to any other person without Google’s authorization, Google reserves the right to deactivate the Device, and neither you nor the unauthorized person using the Device will be entitled to any refund, product support, or product warranty.

Payment and Delivery

Google may in its sole discretion allow you to order a Device using a payment method other than Google Wallet. If you use a Google-approved payment method other than Google Wallet to place your order, you permit Google to charge the credit card, debit card or other payment method in the total amount of your order (including applicable tax). If Google determines that you are not eligible to purchase a Device or chooses or is unable to make a Device available to you, and you have already been charged, you will receive a full refund. You may cancel your order for a full refund by contacting Glass Support at any time between Google’s acceptance of your order and delivery or pick-up of the Device. Any refunds, reversal of charges, or additional charges or fees (for example, if you cancel your order or return Glass Explorer Edition) will be processed using your initial payment method.

If Google accepts your order, you will be required to pick up the Device in person, on a date and at a U.S. location specified by Google, unless otherwise agreed by Google. If you do not appear in person to pick up your Device in person, or in the event of the failure of any agreed-upon delivery arrangements, Google may contact you to make alternate arrangements or issue a refund to your initial payment method.

For the Glass Explorer Edition Device, Google will not charge you for shipping and handling or restocking fees of your Device for initial delivery of your Device, if you cancel your order or return your Device during the 30 day return period, or in the case of unsuccessful pickup or delivery. Google reserves the right to charge for shipping and handling for warranty service.

Privacy and Additional Legal Terms

You acknowledge and agree that Google will determine and use your location, that photos and videos taken on your Device will be added to your Google+ Instant Upload album, and that your Device will display information sent to devices that are synced with it (such as text messages). Please refer to our Google Privacy Policy for more information on how Google collects, uses and shares the information we receive from you.

Beta Product

Glass is in beta, and your testing and feedback are an important part of the Explorer program. By participating, you acknowledge that implementation of some Glass features and services are still under development and that you should not rely on the Device, software, or Glass services having the full functionality of a consumer release.

Software and Services

You may only use your consumer Google account on Glass, unless otherwise authorized by Google. You may be able to enable Glass services on the Device through the MyGlass interface. These Glass services may be developed by Google or third parties, and may have the ability to read and modify your private data.

From time to time, Glass may check with remote servers (hosted by Google or by third parties) for available updates to both the Glass software and any Glass services you have enabled, including but not limited to bug fixes or enhanced functionality. You agree that such updates will be automatically requested, downloaded, and installed without further notice to you.

From time to time, Google may discover a Glass service that violates Google developer terms or other legal agreements, laws, regulations or policies. Glass will periodically download a list of such Glass services from Google’s servers. You agree that Google may remotely disable or remove any such Glass service from user systems in its sole discretion.

Your use of any Glass services provided by Google, unless otherwise indicated, is subject to the terms of service at http://www.google.com/accounts/TOS. Your use of any Glass services provided by a third party may be subject to terms provided to you by the third party.

If you install or enable any software or services on the Device through any means other than the MyGlass interface or otherwise authorized by Google, or make unauthorized alterations to the Glass software or Glass services: (i) you will no longer be eligible to receive any customer or technical support from Google for your Device, and (ii) the limited product warranty is void and no longer applies to your Device.

Limited Product Warranty

This limited warranty is provided by Google Inc. for the Glass Explorer Edition Device, and is only valid and enforceable in countries where the Device is sold through Google-approved sales channels.

This limited warranty applies only to hardware components and Google does not provide any warranty for damage caused by normal wear and tear, accidents, misuse (including failure to follow product documentation and plugging the device or other included parts into the wrong type of port), neglect, disassembly, alterations and external causes such as but not limited to extreme thermal or environmental conditions (including but not limited to moisture and heavy dust), installation or enabling of unauthorized software or services, unauthorized alterations to the Glass software or Glass services, unauthorized resale, transfer, loan, or gift, or commercial use. This limited warranty does not guarantee that used of the Device will be uninterrupted or error free.

EXCLUSIVE REMEDY: We warrant the Device against defects in materials and workmanship under ordinary consumer use for one year from the date of original retail purchase. During this warranty period, if a defect arises in the Device, and you follow the instructions for returning the Device, we will, at our option, either (i) repair the Device using new or refurbished parts, (ii) replace the Device with a new or refurbished Device, or (iii) refund the purchase price of the Device. This limited warranty applies to any repair, replacement part or replacement Device for the remainder of the original warranty period or for ninety days, whichever is longer. All replaced parts and Devices for which a refund is given will become our property.

Please contact Glass Support for specific instructions about how to obtain warranty service for your Device. In order to qualify for the remedy above, you must provide your name, contact information, and the serial number of your Device. In certain situations, you may also be required to provide a purchase receipt. Before you deliver your Device for warranty service, it is your responsibility to backup any data, software, or other materials you may have on your Device, and to factory reset your Device before delivering it. We will not be responsible for any data, software, or materials that are lost or reformatted.

THE LIMITED WARRANTY WRITTEN ABOVE IS THE ONLY EXPRESS WARRANTY GOOGLE PROVIDES FOR THE DEVICE, AND THE ABOVE REMEDY IS YOUR SOLE REMEDY. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, GOOGLE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL OTHER WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, WHETHER STATUTORY OR IMPLIED, REGARDING THE DEVICE, EXCEPT THAT ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT ARE LIMITED IN DURATION TO THE ONE-YEAR PERIOD OF THE EXPRESS WARRANTY ABOVE.

Some States do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitation may not apply to you.

YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT, TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, GOOGLE AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES AND AFFILIATES (COLLECTIVELY, “GOOGLE PARTIES”) SHALL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU UNDER ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY (WHETHER CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE) OR OTHERWISE) FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES THAT MAY BE INCURRED BY YOU IN CONNECTION WITH THE DEVICE OR THESE TERMS, INCLUDING ANY LOSS OF DATA, WHETHER OR NOT A GOOGLE PARTY OR ITS REPRESENTATIVES HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF OR SHOULD HAVE BEEN AWARE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF ANY SUCH LOSSES ARISING. YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT, TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, THE GOOGLE PARTIES’ TOTAL LIABILITY IN CONNECTION WITH THE DEVICE OR THIS LIMITED WARRANTY WILL NOT EXCEED THE AMOUNT YOU ACTUALLY PAID GOOGLE FOR THE DEVICE.

Some States do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you.

No employee or representative of Google or its affiliates or any third party is authorized to make any modification, extension or addition to this limited warranty. If any term of this limited warranty is held to be illegal or unenforceable, the remaining terms of this limited warranty will remain in full force and effect.

This limited warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you also may have other rights which vary from State to State.

Other Information

Glass Explorer Edition has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. You are solely responsible for obtaining internet connectivity through an internet service provider and an 802.11a/b/g/n access point Wi-Fi router, and for obtaining a mobile device and service plan that is Bluetooth compatible.

Battery life depends on device settings, usage, and many other factors. Battery tests are conducted using specific Glass Explorer Edition units; actual results may vary. Actual formatted capacity of your device will be less than the memory listed.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Ultradent Peak Universal Adhesive Wins Award

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I'm a big fan of Ultradent  products.  Over the years I've found myself reaching for them more and more.  Some things, like their Valo curing light have become "gold standard" devices in the industry as far as I'm concerned.
 
Now comes news that Ultradent's bonding agent Peak Universal Adhesive has received Dentistry Today's Top 25 restorative products award.  Here are some of the highlights of Peak Universal direct from the folks at Ultradent:
 

·        Peak offers SUPERIOR BOND STRENGTHS (independent review) and is continuing to receive industry recognition.

·         High bond strength means reduced sensitivity

·         Peak contains CHX to help ensure long term bond integrity

·         NOW Peak Universal Bond is available in bottles as well as classic syringe delivery


 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Twitter Music in Now Online

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The graphic above is a screen shot of the Twitter Music Service that I blogged about last week.  If you click here, you will get the login for the site and then you'll see something similar to the screen shot above.
 
It's a very cool idea.  The trending music is shown in order and clicking on one of the thumbnails will play you a sample of the music which then scrolls on to the next tune, plays a sample, next tune, etc.  If you have a Spotify Premium account, you can hear the full song.
 
You can also access iTunes or compose a Tweet about the song or artist.
 
This is a nice way to discover music that you might never hear of any other way.  It seems to be a fact of life that at some point all of us reach a spot in our lives where we just don't have the interaction with friends anymore where we learn about new music.  When you are young and hanging out, it's not uncommon for someone to ask you if you've heard a certain song or artist.  However, as you get older those moments seem to stop.  I think this is a great way for Twitter users to get a fresh influx of artists to explore.
 
I think it could also be handy for someone like me who is in healthcare.  It gives me an idea what some of my younger patients may be listening to and that gives me one more way to reach them and to be able to talk to them.  Good stuff!!!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Having Trouble Falling Asleep? Try Keeping Your Feet Warm with a Thick Pair of Socks

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Like most people, I sometimes have trouble falling asleep.  Sometimes I know the reason, but many timesI feel pretty stress free and yet I still  have trouble nodding off!  This can be both frustrating and stress inducing in its own right as you struggle to fall asleep & become worked up because you can't fall asleep.  You the vicious circle I'm talking about...
 
Anyway, I was reading Lifehacker recently (it's one of my very favorite blogs) and I came across this post on how to help yourself fall asleep.  
 
It seems that some research done in Switzerland has shown that when your feet and hands are warm, you tend to fall asleep more easily.  Who knew?
 
So, the idea goes that if you are having one of those  nights where you just can't get to sleep, try putting on some warm socks and that may be just enough to put you over the edge into the realm of Mr. Sandman.
 
Now, i must also add that this doesn't mean you should use some type of heater or anything like that.  Socks will suffice just fine.  Anything that *generates* heat could cause thermal damage if you go to sleep while the heat is being generated.  Get that?  You could burn yourself which is a bad thing.  Just use warm socks.
 
As someone who doesn't always find it easy to get to sleep, I'm going to actually start keeping one of my thick pairs of hiking socks in my nightstand.

Friday, April 19, 2013

The iCat 3D Congress in Las Vegas

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Greetings from Las Vegas & the stunningly beautiful JW Marriott, home of the spring 2013 iCat International Congress on 3D Imaging.
 
It's hard for me to believe that this is the 7th year of this event.  It seems like just a week or so ago, that the 3D Congress was a brand new thing.  This year, iCat is trying something a little bit different.  They are having an event here in Las Vegas which will provide access for the West Coast and they are folioing that up with an event in Boston in the fall to cover the East Coast.
 
The 3D Congress has continued to grow each year, and it's now to a point that dividing the event into 2 places makes good sense.
 
This year's event is a mix of both users who own & routinely use 3D imaging as well as doctors who are looking to learn more about this incredible diagnostic and treatment planning technology to help them make purchasing decisions.
 
No matter which side of the equation you happen to be on, you really should check out this event.  The speakers are from a wide variety of backgrounds and practices so no m after where you are on the learning or practicing curve, you'll be sure to have several people who can provide you with the information you need.
 
If you were unable to make this event, be sure to check out the one in Boston this fall.  If you are looking for info on 3D, this event does not disappoint...

Thursday, April 18, 2013

My Heart Goes Out to the Victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing

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I think the photo above is the cover of this week's edition of Sports Illustrated.  As it says in the title box of my blog above "the life and times of the technology editor of Dental Products Report…".  So this post is about life...
 
Our lives here in the U.S. changed again on Monday, which was Patriot's Day in Boston.  We hadn't seen much as far as danger since 9-11.  I mean, sure we've all seen things change, increased security in lots of places, etc, but we hadn't really *felt* that awful in the pit of your stomach dread and sympathy for a very long time dealing with our own country.  We've felt it about other places in the world, but not here for quite some time.
 
I have several friends in Boston.  Fortunately none of them were in the immediate vicinity of the explosions.  However, many people were… lives changed forever in an instant.  To those individuals and their loved ones, my heart and prayers go out to you.  There is such a feeling of emptiness and helplessness inside me.  I wish I could do something to help ease what you are going through.  I know that there isn't, but I do wish there was.
 
I know the people of the good town of Boston will come out of this strong and joined together against whatever nutty ideology can endorse the killing of innocent civilians and children.
 
Life is so fragile and we often fool ourselves into thinking it isn't.  We think there will always be another tomorrow, more time to do the things we should  instead of the things that get in the way.  If there can be a silver lining to this, let it be that we learn to hug, love, appreciate, enjoy.  
 
  • Hug the ones you love & let them know how truly important they are to you.
  • Love the ones close to you.  Let your co-workers, your neighbors, the staff at the coffee shop know you love them.  Not just because they do things for you, but because they are in your life and your life is better because they are in it.
  • Appreciate the things you have and the blessings God has given you.  Be grateful for your blessings and be thankful for the little things that really are important but that we all take for granted.
  • Enjoy every step, every hug, every giggle, every gentle touch…  At the end of every day, take a few minutes to reflect on those things you were blessed to be a part of.  

I'm so sorry for all those affected by this tragedy.  Now if we can take something awful like this and make ourselves better to each other and ourselves because of it, then perhaps the idiots that do these things will see their actions work in exactly the opposite way they hope and then maybe, just maybe, these kind of things will stop...