I'm a bit of a modern-day alchemist, recovering gold from old mobile phones

There's 33 times more gold in the average handset than in the equivalent amount of ore. Yet the vast majority is never recovered.

Sandra Wilson, Professor of Ecological Metal Design, University of Dundee • conversation
May 21, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  india  smartphones  olympics  tokyo-2020  gold-mining  jewellery  gold-series

Contact tracing apps: why they should learn a trick from fitness trackers

There's definitely such a thing as society – which is a huge challenge for developing an app that will ward off COVID-19. 

Greig Paul, Lead Mobile Networks and Security Engineer, University of Strathclyde • conversation
April 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus smartphones nudge-theory fitness-apps

Contact tracing apps: to succeed, they should learn a trick from fitness trackers

There's definitely such a thing as society – which is a huge challenge for developing an app that will ward off COVID-19. 

Greig Paul, Lead Mobile Networks and Security Engineer, University of Strathclyde • conversation
April 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus smartphones nudge-theory fitness-apps

If contact tracing is to succeed on smartphones, it should learn a trick from fitness apps

There's definitely such a thing as society – which is a huge challenge for developing an app that will ward off COVID-19. 

Greig Paul, Lead Mobile Networks and Security Engineer, University of Strathclyde • conversation
April 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus smartphones nudge-theory fitness-apps

Screens are keeping us connected now – but they're still disruptive to in-person communication

Research shows smartphone use disrupts an essential facet of human connection – eye contact.

Tracy Dennis-Tiwary, Professor of Psychology, Hunter College • conversation
April 15, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: human-evolution parents homo-sapiens parenting teamwork smartphones mobile-technology young-children cell-phones

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