Same app, same app store, different risks if you download it in, say, Tunisia rather than in Germany.
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Mobile apps are sometimes ‘regionalized’ to better serve the needs of users, functioning differently in, for example, China than in Canada. But some of those differences pose security and privacy risks.
The internet has become a new player in plant care advice.
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Plant care advice abounds on TikTok, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube – but not all of it is good. A plant expert debunks four common recommendations.
A driver checking the Uber App.
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Drivers claim that algorithms are skewed against them on ride-hailing platforms.
The company has managed to change some of its practices, but it is still butting heads with regulators and governments.
Social media is flush with advice urging non-menstruating people to use period tracking apps in order to trip up the apps’ algorithms.
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It would take huge numbers of people submitting bad data to affect the algorithms behind period tracking apps, but even then it would be more harmful than helpful.
Users don’t expect that a more convenient way to get coffee will lead to privacy violations.
The Tim Hortons consumer app was found to have collected detailed user information, including location data. As a privacy violation, this challenges perception of Tim Hortons as a trusted brand.
More and more people are experimenting with mental health apps and discovering their benefits and limits.
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How do mental health apps compare to in-person therapy? A social worker and expert on technology and human services explains.
In an age of distraction, the desire to read faster and more efficiently is understandable.
The claims made by the creators of the app – which highlights parts of words to supposedly enhance users’ reading abilities – are dubious.
TikTok can be used as a tool to educate and has been a space for sharing information during major events.
In today’s episode we take a look at how TikTok can be used as a tool to educate and has been a space for sharing information during major events in the last two years.
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.