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Developing Countries Put Limited Tech to Smarter Use

Posted August 26th, 2016 at 11:06 am (UTC-5)
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Is technology “dumbing down” people? That’s probably a question for societies where it is ubiquitous and obsessive, not for places like Tanzania – an East African nation low on the human development index, where access to technology is limited. The question hardly matters. It only offers a glimpse into a different world. Ninety percent of […]

‘Mobile Security Broken’ Without Concerted Effort for Change

Posted August 19th, 2016 at 10:51 am (UTC-5)
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Does any of this sound familiar? A vulnerability or malware is discovered. A patch is released and the problem is fixed. But then a new threat pops up and the cat-and-mouse security cycle begins again with no winners in sight. And some security experts believe this approach will no longer be sustainable as more and […]

Going Outdoors? These Apps Might Help

Posted August 11th, 2016 at 12:03 pm (UTC-5)
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If being outdoors is your thing, there are a few apps that can simplify your life, come to your rescue if need be, and help you share some of the memories you collected along the way. When traveling, Waze, a community-based app for Android and iOS, offers information about traffic and navigation, gridlocks, alternative routes, maps […]

How Much Do You Know About Your Online Privacy?

Posted August 5th, 2016 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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Protecting online privacy in the age of “convenience” and indiscriminate data-sharing is a daunting task as marketers glean all kinds of data from unwary Internet surfers. Some online users assume their information is anonymous, but that’s one of many potentially costly privacy misconceptions. Blame it on convenience – that conscious choice you make to have […]

What You Need to Know About HIPAA

Posted July 29th, 2016 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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The 1996 U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was created to regulate the way health care providers handle health and medical data. But mobile technologies have since given rise to a new breed of health data trackers not covered by HIPAA – a trend that is raising concern as well as questions about […]

Get Kids Back to School With These Apps

Posted July 22nd, 2016 at 10:41 am (UTC-5)
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Summertime fun is winding down and, ready or not, kids will have to go back to school in August. To help ease their transition, we sifted through some mobile apps that promise to keep school kids organized and safe. If you’re having trouble getting out the door, let alone keeping up with school bus schedules, […]

Mobile Health Bridges Funding Gap for Nonprofit Apps

Posted July 15th, 2016 at 10:39 am (UTC-5)
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Funding a mobile game or a celebrity app is often easier than finding backers for special needs and not-for-profit applications. But the growing interest in mobile health is helping bridge the gap. Depending on their function and subject matter, apps are either funded by big companies, public donations, or paid for by interested organizations and […]

Social Media Communities Help Redefine Health Care

Posted July 8th, 2016 at 10:53 am (UTC-5)

Social media health communities have been quietly reshaping healthcare as part of a growing trend to raise awareness and empower patients. Some medical professionals caution, however, that these websites might contain inaccurate or unsubstantiated information. It is the next step in the evolution of social gatherings, but with wider reach. Instead of asking a friend […]

Tech Holds Promise for Autism, Lags Behind Surging Needs

Posted July 1st, 2016 at 10:43 am (UTC-5)

Technology is helping children with Autism Spectrum Disorder break through communication barriers and social isolation. But even as new tools come to the forefront, autism technology needs remain unfulfilled. Twenty-plus years ago, the idea that autistic children could use computers was viewed more as an impediment than a promise. But today’s machine learning technologies, wearable […]

Privacy Mindset Lags as Change, Millennials Shape Future

Posted June 24th, 2016 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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Transformed by new technologies, mega-hackings, and government snooping, online privacy is evolving at lightning speed while the traditional understanding of privacy is stuck in the past. And it is likely that the social media generation often accused of sharing the most could end up defining the future of privacy. What does privacy even mean? Our […]