Video game helps to detect Alzheimer’s disease; Samsung releases a vertical TV; Indiegogo bans anti-vaxxers.

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It’s all the tech news that’s popular right now. Welcome to Hashtag Trending. It’s Wednesday, May 1st, and I’m your host, Tom Li.

Trending on Google, a video game has been proven to be effective at detecting early signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Developed by several European universities and Deutsche Telekom, the VR game Sea Hero Quest challenges the players by having them memorize and then navigate their ships through pre-planned routes. Their performance is then compared to people experiencing Alzheimer’s disease. If you want to try it out, the game is free to play on Oculus Rift and Gear VR.

With so many people glued to their phone screens, Samsung has decided that the time is right to release a vertical TV. Designed for millennials, the Samsung Sero is a 42” Quantum Dot TV that can be turned 90 degrees for a better viewing experience when scrolling through Twitter and Instagram. To easily pair with phones, the TV features NFC so users can tap their device to the TV for instant mirroring. It also comes with its own stand and supports Bixby voice commands. Selling for US$1,650, do you think Samsung is trying too hard to catch a trend? Let us know on social media by tagging hashtag trending.

The US saw the worst outbreak of measles in the past 20 years due to small communities resisting vaccinations. Trending on Reddit, The crowdfunding site Indiegogo has instated new guidelines to ban antivaccination campaigns. The decision was made a campaign raised nearly $87,000 for an antivaccination documentary that falsely linked vaccines with autism. Indiegogo marks the latest tech company to demote the antivaccination movement. Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Amazon have all announced new strategies against propagating misinformation.

That’s all the tech news that’s trending right now. Hashtag Trending is a part of the ITWC Podcast network. Add us to your Alexa Flash Briefing or your Google Home daily briefing. I’m Tom Li, thanks for listening.

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