App developer ad choices can leave users at risk

App developers say they need ad networks to make money, but the choices they make about those networks could be putting users at risk.

U. Michigan | Aug. 14, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology society-and-culture advertising apps consumers internet money privacy security

Mindfulness app cuts smoking. Brain scans suggest how

New research indicates that apps, in this case a mindfulness app, can deliver evidence-based treatment affordably and accessibly.

Mollie Rappe-Brown | May 21, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine addiction apps brains cigarettes mindfulness smoking

Ear infection app finds fluid behind eardrum

A new ear infection app uses chirps and a paper funnel to detect fluid behind the eardrum in children.

Sarah McQuate-Washington | May 17, 2019 | futurity
~8 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine apps childrens-health ears mobile-devices

Satellite data and an app could warn us of wildfire threats

Data from satallites could help scientists build an app to warn us of wildfires half an hour before they hit.

Robert Sanders-UC Berkeley | May 14, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology apps mobile-devices natural-disasters satellites wildfire

With tweaks, smartwatches know what you do with your hands

With some changes, a standard smartwatch can figure out when a wearer was typing on a keyboard, washing dishes, patting a dog, and more.

Byron Spice-Carnegie Mellon | May 12, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology apps hands mobile-devices movement sensors wearable-devices

A.I. ‘QuizBot’ beats flashcard apps for learning

An AI-powered chatbot called QuizBot seems to outdo flashcard apps at helping students retain information.

Andrew Myers-Stanford | May 9, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology apps artificial-intelligence learning mobile-devices

App and suitcase aid visually impaired people at the airport

A smart suitcase called BBeep and a wayfinding app can help visually impaired people get around the airport quickly.

Byron Spice-Carnegie Mellon | May 9, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine apps blindness disabilities navigation travel

Apps connect teachers, parents, and students with special needs

Apps can help teachers and parents of kids with special needs get on the same page and give students more agency in the classroom.

Laurel Thomas-Michigan | May 6, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture apps parents schools students teachers

4 things trigger the ‘compulsive itch’ for your phone

The situations that prompt compulsive smartphone use are surprisingly similar across demographics, interviews reveal.

Sarah McQuate-Washington | May 5, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture apps attention mobile-devices

Activity trackers motivate cancer survivors to move

As more people survive cancer, "the importance of incorporating exercise into patient care is immense..."

Ruth Harper-Rhode-Rochester | March 3, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine apps cancer exercise mobile-devices motivation

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