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Beat Jet Lag with This Scientist-Developed App

Fed up with jet lag when you fly long distances? University of Michigan mathematicians have your back. They’ve developed a free app, available today, based on mathematical models that can tell you when to go outdoors and when to stay in bed to avoid the sleepiness and other side effects of crossing multiple time zones [...]

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Samsung Readies Tizen, a New Mobile Competitor to Google Android and Apple iOS

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When Samsung hinted at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) a few months ago that there is more to the world of smartphones and tablets than Apple’s iOS, it was also referring to Google’s Android operating system, which runs on Samsung’s most popular devices. Now, just days after introducing its newest marquee Android smartphone—the Galaxy S4—Samsung [...]

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Strength in Numbers: Citizen Scientists Lending More Helping Hands (and Handhelds) to Help the Pros

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With a little instruction and education, hundreds if not thousands of volunteers armed with smart phones, computers and Internet access can act as the eyes, ears and hands of scientists worldwide. That idea is the hallmark of the growing citizen-science movement, which is already recruiting Facebook users to virtually “infect” their friends with a simulated [...]

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GE Develops Recyclable, Rechargeable Batteries for Cell Tower Backup

A person’s arsenal of wireless communications devices—smartphones, tablets, laptops, et cetera—places a heavy burden on surrounding cell towers. But when storms or power surges interrupt electrical service, these towers are forced to rely on a costly and environmentally unfriendly combination of lead-acid batteries and diesel generators to keep wireless users connected. GE on Tuesday unveiled [...]

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Walking as Search: Google Glasses May Not Be a Good Idea

It would be nice if state governments went one step further and banned texting while walking. The law might require that anyone entering an emoticon into a smartphone would be required to stand (very still) within a foot of the sidewalk’s edge or cough up a $50 fine. Going on foot from the Canal Street [...]

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FDA Starts to Tackle Regulation of Health and Medical Apps

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On-the-go doctors can already see your latest MRI or CT scan via a smart phone or tablet. But would you want them to be able to download an app that essentially turns an iPad into an EKG to determine if you are having a heart attack? Earlier this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration [...]

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“Microsleep” Software Doubles Battery Life of Connected Gadgets

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No matter how fancy mobile gadgets get, they’re useless when their batteries run out. With the push toward cloud computing and the always-on wireless culture gaining momentum every day, laptop, tablet and smart phone batteries are being asked to do more despite no real breakthroughs in battery technology hitting the market. Consider: Twitter users send [...]

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Microsoft’s Skype Deal Promises Video Chat for Windows Phones

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Microsoft added a key piece to its flagging mobile operating system business Tuesday when the company announced it is buying voice and video communications provider Skype Global for $8.5 billion. Despite heavily hyping its Windows Phone 7 operating system late last year, Microsoft has struggled to gain traction against Apple’s iPhone as well as against [...]

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Your MRI is calling: FDA approves first medical iPhone app

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A medical smart phone app that allows doctors to view and assess medical images has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the first time. The program, called Mobile MIM, pops CT, PET, MRI and other scans directly to portable screens with sufficient quality to enable clinical decisions, the agency concluded in [...]

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