Contact-tracing apps: there's no evidence they're helping stop COVID-19

Download rates have been disappointing and people aren't following self-isolation warnings.

Allison Gardner, Lecturer in Computer Science/Co-founder Women Leading in AI, Keele University • conversation
Oct. 21, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  apps  contact-tracing  track-and-trace  contact-tracing-tech

App eases eating disorder symptoms for college women

Stigma surrounding eating disorders may keep young adults on college campuses from seeking treatment. A new app may help change that.

Jim Dryden-WUSTL • futurity
Sept. 8, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: anxiety food apps eating-disorders health-and-medicine

Will a TikTok ban make using the app a crime?

With a potential TikTok ban looming in the US, what happens if you use the app after the ban? It could put you at legal risk, experts say.

Jessica Colarossi-Boston University • futurity
Aug. 28, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: china government apps mobile-devices featured society-and-culture laws us-presidents

TikTok is a unique blend of social media platforms – here's why kids love it

An app that young people use to share videos of themselves dancing might seem like a silly diversion, but it's become a powerhouse social media platform.

Kevin Munger, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Social Data Analytics, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
Aug. 26, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: social-media china twitter facebook video india young-people mobile-apps apps youtube instagram youth tiktok snapchat us-china-relations

Can the US government really ban TikTok?

President Trump wants to ban TikTok, the popular video app, due to security concerns. But can the government totally ban an app like that?

Roger Dunaway-Tulane • futurity
Aug. 24, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: business china government apps mobile-devices featured society-and-culture

England's new contact tracing app fixes privacy problems – whether it will work is another matter

Countries around the world have struggled to get people to download and use contact tracing apps.

Max Eiza, Lecturer in Networking & Cybersecurity, University of Central Lancashire • conversation
Aug. 18, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus apps contact-tracing coronavirus-insights

Uber or Lyft electric car swap saves 3X more carbon than yours

Swapping out a gas-powered Uber or Lyft vehicle with an electric car cuts emissions three times more than when an individual driver makes that switch, research finds.

Kat Kerlin-UC Davis • futurity
July 12, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: sustainability emissions transportation apps earth-and-environment vehicles

Digital contact tracing's mixed record abroad spells trouble for US efforts to rein in COVID-19

Effective national leadership and trust in government appear to be prerequisites for countries to achieve widespread digital contact tracing.

Bhaskar Chakravorti, Dean of Global Business, The Fletcher School, Tufts University • conversation
July 6, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus pandemic india south-korea covid-19-testing germany privacy contact-tracing smart-phones smart-phone-apps contact-tracing-app digital-contact-tracing data-security covid-19-app

Expeditions app puts Arnold Arboretum in the palm of your hand

The Arnold Arboretum’s new Expeditions Mobile App gives visitors an interactive experience with audio, text, and imagery — all in the palms of their hands.

Deborah Blackwell • harvard
June 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: science-technology app deborah-blackwell arnold-arboretum expeditions expeditions-mobile-app hunnewell-visitor-center

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