Apps are designed to encourage desired behaviours, sometimes with perverse consequences for users.
The use of “gamification” in stock trading and other apps raises new legal challenges. Existing legal tools should be adapted to meet these challenges.
The study found most use Tinder casually because they’re bored, playing with the app like a kind of smartphone game - even though many use it to find true love.
There is a pervasive message from fashion, tech and the media that women can change their lives if they could be more confident.
Instead of making the lives of contact tracers easier, analysis shows the expensive technology missed contacts and added to their workload.
An app can give you a few seconds of warning before an earthquake strikes.
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When researchers look at CCTV footage of how people really react during earthquakes – as opposed to what they report after the fact – it looks like alerts aren’t yet inspiring protective action.
Volunteers across the U.S. tag and count monarchs during the insects’ annual migrations.
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Informed data donations are different from the usual online data experience. They’re easier to manage because of technological advances.
Ultimately, screens are a part of modern life – children need to learn how to navigate them.
Social technologies perpetuate a single idea of what constitutes a pregnancy.
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New research shows technologies like pregnancy apps do not account for pregnancy loss 72% of the time, causing real harm to users.
Privacy, security, access and design will need to be monitored as the UK moves to ‘appify’ public services.
The federal government has awarded $75 million to Accenture to design a digital replacement for the cards filled in by international arrivals, complete with details of passengers’ COVID vaccination status.
Mobile health apps and gadgets could help doctors and patients treat chronic illnesses in real time.
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Connecting health apps to health care can enable better care for patients with chronic diseases, and it has the potential to lower skyrocketing US health spending.
Informal businesses face numerous challenges which hinder their growth.
It’s time African governments supported the development of online platforms designed to support local people in the informal sector.
Managing your social media activity can have positive outcomes on your health.
The pandemic has people spending more time online for school, socializing and work. To maintain a healthy relationship with social media, people should manage their online time and activities.
An app to record consent won’t address the real problems of sexual violence and how our society responds to it.
The majority of children’s apps advertised as educational are not based on relevant research.
If you’re struggling to cut back on the booze, your subconscious brain may be over-riding your conscious brain. A new form of brain training targets our subconscious tendencies towards alcohol.
Some people have taken to asking complete strangers on social media for money to cover small expenses.
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The internet ushered in new ways of raising money, particularly with the rise of crowdfunding. But making appeals for cash on social media represents an entirely different phenomenon.
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Download rates have been disappointing and people aren’t following self-isolation warnings.
Many lifestyle factors and chronic conditions affect our life expectancy.
The app’s predictions may only work if we’re willing to make life changes.
Young people creating a TikTok video in Lithuania.
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An app that young people use to share videos of themselves dancing might seem like a silly diversion, but it’s become a powerhouse social media platform.