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Amazon lets amateurs publish custom Alexa apps to reach broad audiences

Amazon is enlisting customers to create voice-controlled games, broadcast lectures and sermons, and turn blogs into audio presentations available to anyone, through its growing universe of Alexa-enabled speaker-and-microphone devices.

Amazon has expanded Blueprints to allow customers to publish skills they've built with the templates to its Alexa Skill Store in the US for use by anyone with an Alexa-enabled device. — Amazon/TNS

Man injects own semen into arm in bid to cure back pain

PETALING JAYA: A 33-year-old man in Ireland left doctors bewildered after they discovered that he had been injecting himself with his own semen in a failed attempt to cure his back pain.

Google knows you better than your doctor ever could: opinion

Thanks to a combination of Google, WebMD and the US$6,000 (RM24,583) deductible on my health insurance, I haven’t been to a doctor to talk about an illness in years.

“Dr Google” may not have an MD or a board certification, but it does have the clinical knowledge of a primary care provider who sees millions of patients a year. — TNS

Stop Googling your symptoms right now, health experts say

Although more and more people are turning to the Internet for medical advice, “Dr Google” is no substitute for an actual visit to a doctor, health experts say.

Looking up symptoms on the Internet can make people who suffer from hypochondria feel even more anxious, studies have shown. — dpa

Mercedes salute absent Lauda with red cap tribute

BRIXWORTH, England (Reuters) - Mercedes saluted recovering non-executive chairman Niki Lauda on Tuesday as Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton joined factory staff in celebrating their fifth straight constructors' and drivers' title double.

Health Ministry: Don't rely on 'Dr Google' for medical advice

PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): Malaysians are reminded not to rely too much on health-related content found online or "Dr Google" for medical advice, says Health Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Dr Chen Chaw Min.

Cavendish pulls out of European Championships road race

GLASGOW (Reuters) - Britain's former world champion Mark Cavendish has pulled out of the European Championships road race on medical advice, British Cycling announced on Thursday.

Dhabitah may step in if Jun Hoong fails to recover in time

PETALING JAYA: Diver Nur Dhabitah Sabri may have an extra role to play if former world champion Cheong Jun Hoong fails to recover in time for the Asian Games in Indonesia from Aug 18-Sept 2.

A good partnership: Nur Dhabitah Sabri combined well with Pandelela Rinong to take the bronze in the 10m platform synchro at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, in 2014.

Wolves keeper Ikeme announces retirement after battle with leukaemia

(Reuters) - Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has announced his retirement from football after a year-long battle with acute leukaemia, the Premier League club said on Friday.

Second cancer surgery for New Zealand great Hadlee

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand bowling great Richard Hadlee is to undergo another operation after tests showed a secondary cancer was found in his liver, his wife said on Monday.