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Anthropology in Practice

Getting Serious With Siri

Our robotic overlords must be delighted by the way iPhone users have taken to Siri. I met her on Friday. But apparently, she was talking to me before we were formally introduced: When S arrived at the rail station to pick me up, Siri had been reading my text messages aloud and sending me his [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

How Do We Wait?

There was a wait for tables at the restaurant S and I went to on Saturday. Here’s a look at how people passed the time. You may notice a similarity (sorry the pictures are a little dark): Very few people were “just” talking—without their phone in their hand (and in one case, an iPad). Instead, [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

Can Smart Phones Help Create Smarter Science?

Can smart phones change the way we do research? Cognitive scientists believe that they may provide a vital means of widening the participant pool, as discussed in a recent September PLoS paper that explores the intersection of technology and behavioral experiments. The potential application of Internet-based research to extend laboratory exercises to wider audiences has [...]

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Observations

Squiggly Lines Secure Smartphones

Researchers studied the practicality of using free-form gestures for access authentication on smart phones and tablets. Image courtesy of Michael Sherman, Gradeigh Clark, Yulong Yang, Shridatt Sugrim, Arttu Modig, Janne Lindqvist, Antti Oulasvirta, and Teemu Roos; Rutgers University, Max-Planck Institute for Informatics and University of Helsinki.

To protect your financial and personal data, most mobiles come with PIN-based security, biometrics or number grids that require you to retrace a particular pattern to access your device. But is that good enough in crowded places full of spying eyes? Not necessarily, according to a team of researchers from Rutgers University in New Jersey, [...]

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Observations

“Bionic Pancreas” Manages Blood Sugar Levels in Type 1 Diabetics

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Smartphone apps are useful for more than dating or ordering a taxi—they’re increasingly helping people manage their health, including monitoring blood pressure or sending reminders to take medications. Now, a device has incorporated smartphone app technology to potentially help millions of Americans better control Type 1 Diabetes. The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, [...]

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Observations

How Your Smartphone Messes with Your Brain—and Your Sleep

Light from those screens triggers a chemical reaction that makes you think it is morning

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Health Apps Offer In-Car Tech That Benefits Rather Than Distracts Drivers

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For many people, the largest smart gadget they own is not their phone or tablet—it’s the automobile sitting in their driveway. Cars have been able to connect to Android, iPhone and mobile Microsoft devices for years now—primarily via voice commands—to access apps aimed at communication and entertainment. The future points to apps that run on [...]

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Observations

A Survey Asks: How Much Does Your Privacy Online Matter?

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Is online anonymity important to you? How far are you willing to go to protect your privacy? These two the key questions are examined in a report released Thursday by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. Entitled “Anonymity, Privacy, and Security Online,” the study found that most Internet users take some measures [...]

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Your Smartphone Just Diagnosed You with Postpartum Depression

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Depending on your perspective, Twitter can either be a valuable source of breaking news, or a fire hose of miscellaneous, often dubious information. Microsoft researchers are investigating whether the microblogging service could serve another, more scientific function—to spot signs of postpartum depression in new mothers based on changes in how and what they tweet. The [...]

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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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ATM Trades Old Gadgets for New Cash

New smartphones from Apple, Nokia, Samsung and others are poised to hit the market in time for the holiday buying season. Come January there will be a lot of obsolete gadgets looking for new homes. Some of these devices will make their way to retail buy-back and trade-in programs while others will be shipped to [...]

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Invisible Quick-Response Codes (the Square Ones) Could Thwart Counterfeiting

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Quick Response (QR) codes—those grainy, black-and-white squares increasingly found on advertisements and packaging—can quickly deliver encoded data to mobile gadgets, whether the info is a Web address for a promotional video or details about a package’s shipment. Could this same technology effectively barcode currency, to crack down on counterfeiters? A team of researchers from the [...]

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Gadgets: This Week’s Flurry before Apple’s Coming Storm

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With the specter of Apple’s iPhone 5 introduction looming on September 12, gadget makers pressed for their share of the consumer electronics spotlight this week. The most prominent devices on display: Nokia’s first Windows Phone 8 smartphones and several new Motorola Droids running Google Android. Even Amazon made a play on Thursday to preempt next [...]

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Plugged In

SciAm Readers Prioritize MP3s Over MPGs

According to Zipcar, 43% of Millenials have used social networking to replace a car drive. Image courtesy of: www.nonprofithub.org

Thank you for your input as no less than 100 readers were kind enough to participate in my not-so-scientific survey of what is least important to them, when given a choice to give up one item ranging between a TV, vehicle, laptop/tablet, and a smartphone. I know my Social Science Surveys professor from grad school [...]

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The Kludge: A Panegyric

When I was in the fourth grade, a friend took a long plane trip. Plane trips in those days being remarkable, he brought back as a souvenir for me the headset he used for watching the movie. The headset was a pair of rubber tubes, like those for a stethoscope, which ended in rubbery earpieces [...]

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