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When digital device users connect to cloud storage or developers’ data archives, they lose control of their data. LZF/Shutterstock

Wearer be warned: your fitness data may be sold or used against you

People interested in tracking their health, physical activity levels and body functions can now choose from a plethora of sensor-embedded digital gadgets to monitor and measure their bodies. But the big…
This informs us that someone has odd taste in signs. Staci Myers

Yo! How much information can you pack into one bit?

Yo! And to say it again, yo! There’s a new app available which does precisely one thing: it sends the single word “yo” to another user. No context, no other message, not even “no”. Just “yo”. Yo. Yoyo…
The combination of social, mobile, cloud and data analytics is offering small firms new potential. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Flickr

Small business is missing the mobile, social, cloud revolution

Most companies that live and breathe the online revolution are not tech startups, but smart smaller firms that use online tools to run their core business better: to cut costs, reach customers and suppliers…
Developers will, according to Apple, be able to code faster and more efficiently than ever before, thanks to Swift. HackNY.org/Flickr

Swift: how Apple’s new coding language lives up to its name

As Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) winds up in San Francisco today, 1,000 Apple engineers and 5,000 developers will return to their parts of the world armed with Apple’s own programming…
What’s the best way to check the weather on the go? Shutterstock

How does the Bureau’s new mobile weather site stack up?

Here’s a new bookmark for the browser on your mobile device: m.bom.gov.au. The Bureau of Meteorology has finally released its new mobile website, formatted for smart phones and tablet computers. The site…
Learning braille is liberating so it’s time to modernise. Dave Halberstadt

Good vibrations bring braille into the 21st century

Even in a world of digital devices, braille continues to be a vital part of life for blind people. For nearly 200 years, this versatile writing system has allowed them to learn, work and live in a more…
Who knew? A simple flap facilitates a well-established psychological theory. shutterstock.com

Flappy Bird and the eight secrets to optimal gameplay

The deceptively simple mobile game app Flappy Bird enjoyed immense popularity when it was launched last year, before being taken down in February by its Vietnam-based creator Dong Nguyen, who said it was…

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