No, a DNA swab can’t tell you if you’re gay, or likely to be obese, or depressed. And it can be damaging to believe so.
Genetic apps claim to reveal fundamental insights about your health, well-being, and even intellect. But it's not just spurious science - believing these traits are genetic can have harmful consequences.
Rue des Tournelles, Paris, November 5, 2019. Four Voi scooters wait hopefully for potential clients, with a Lime and Dott sprawling nearby. Behind them, a Velib’ rider has made his choice.
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In major cities around the world, dockless scooters and bikes are everywhere, yet the companies themselves are often breathtakingly short-lived. Basic economic concepts give us clues why.
Fertility apps are becoming increasingly popular.
There's an app for just about everything nowadays. But if you're trying to have a baby, relying on a fertility app to tell you the best time to conceive is probably not your best bet.
Obesity is a problem affecting many Australian children. We need solutions, but is a weight loss app a good idea?
Targeting kids with a weight loss app could perpetuate body image issues and lead to disordered eating. Yes, childhood obesity is a problem – but we must tread carefully when delivering solutions.
FaceApp fun (terms and conditions apply).
FaceApp is surging in popularity. But if things go sour, the fine print says you waive your right to take legal action unless you wrote to the app's Russian HQ, via snail mail, within 30 days of downloading.
Children’s engagement with digital devices is often driven by their desire for creative expression, entertainment and social interaction.
In order to reach younger audiences, social media apps must get past the gatekeepers of preteen online engagement: the parents.
Your location isn’t all it knows.
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Uber's IPO will value the company at more than $80 billion, yet the data it collects on its users may be worth even more – and creates the potential for dangerous manipulation.
The solution to too much screen time may just be more apps.
Software makers including Apple have been creating apps aimed at limiting how much time we spend using our smartphones. A behavioral scientist explains how – and whether – they work.
Uber drivers live by the app.
One of Uber's selling points is that a driver is always available to pick up a rider within minutes. But the drivers who make this possible aren't being compensated for the time they spend waiting.
Do you know what happens when you share your data?
Technology experts have long worried about a 'digital divide' between those who could use computers and those who could not. Artificial intelligence algorithms are widening the gulf.
The way it is now, we have almost no way to know how our data are being shared and used.
Algorithmic guardians could be programmed to manage our digital interactions with social platforms and apps according to our personal preferences.
What does your phone know about you?
Every device that you use, every company you do business with, every online account you create – they all collect data about you and analyze it to figure out minute details of your life.
Currently only half of people with depression access potentially adequate treatment, according to one research study. Digital devices could help.
Using smartphones and wearable devices to identify mental health symptoms and deliver psychotherapy will allow more people to access quality care, according to one psychiatrist.
Public bikes are meant to complement a city’s existing mass transit network, so the location of docking stations is critical.
Under 10 percent of new Citi Bike and Divvy bike docks are sited where residents suggested using interactive online maps, a new study shows. But that doesn't mean city officials weren't listening.
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There are a lot of similarities between the state of tech companies today and when the 2000 dot-com bubble burst.
Philip Pullman can help us understand what smartphones are doing to people – here's how.
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TikTok was one of 2018’s most downloaded mobile apps for Apple and Android devices in the US and Europe.
Eating right is good for families.
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Many of the low-income people who do use VeggieBook after downloading it at food pantries are eating more nutritious meals, often with more focused family time at the table.
British three- and four-year-olds spend around four hours a day on screen time.
There’s so much more to video games than first person shooters.