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Why are we sleeping with our phones?


When you woke up this morning, did you reach for your cell phone? Was it right next to the bed? Or under your pillow? Did you use it as an alarm clock? And if you did what was the first thing you did after you disabled the alarm? Read email? Check Facebook? Tweet? If the [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

Just the Essentials: A Look at the Things We Carry

Question: What do you need to get you through the day? Take a second and look through your bag or pockets and take an inventory of the things you carry with you every day. A quick survey of my handbag revealed the following (in no particular order): House keys Cell phone Wallet Notebook Kindle Magazine [...]

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Cell Phones Monitor Water, Soil on African Farms [Q&A]

Pulsepod, a cellular-enabled system for low-cost environmental sensing. (Photo: Adam Wolf)

When he was in elementary school, Kelly Caylor built a weather station in his parents’ Tallahassee, Florida backyard. Decades later, he’s distributing high-tech environmental sensors, or “pods,” throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Unlike the DIY contraption he built as a student, these pods are smart, high-tech, and talkative. Now an ecohydrologist at Princeton University, Caylor wants to [...]

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Talking back

Motorola/Google’s Tech Development Strategy Starts to Emerge

When Google acquired Motorola Mobility in 2011,  big changes were in store for the ailing cell phone maker. Thousands lost their jobs as part of the restructuring. Meanwhile, Google brought in top officials from DARPA to reenergize Motorola’s moribund mobile technology. Regina Dugan who headed the agency and her lieutenant Kaigham Gabriel set about injecting [...]

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