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  • 15-minute HIV and Syphilis tests thanks to a dongle attached to your smartphone

    26 February 2015, 2:44 pm by: emily

    Columbia University biomedical engineering researchers have developed new 15-minute HIV and Syphilis tests that work by hooking a plastic dongle into your smartphone. The smartphone dongle enables a “plug-and-play” operation for the user. The Washington…
  • Why your smartphone records everything you say to it

    24 February 2015, 3:46 pm by: emily

    If you use voice recognition systems like Apple's Siri, Google's Now or Microsoft's Cortana there is a good chance that the company has been recording your commands - and you agreed to it via the terms and conditions The Telegraph reports.…
  • How Nigeria became the world’s dual SIM-card superpower

    18 February 2015, 2:25 pm by: emily

    It’s the juggle of every Nigerian professional: all those mobile handsets. And then comes the struggle:For consistent phone reception.Quartz reports.…
  • Is Your Smart Phone Spying on You? [Infographic]

    18 February 2015, 6:10 am by: emily

    Everyone carries a smart phone, whether it's an iPhone, Android or Windows Phone. But do you know what that little device is telling the world about you? It knows where you go, who you talk to, what you read, and so much more. This infographic may shock you!…
  • Banks to allow account access using fingerprint tech

    18 February 2015, 2:05 am by: emily

    Two banks are allowing their customers to access accounts on their smartphones using fingerprint recognition technology, in a UK industry first, reports the BBC.…
  • Attention introverts: 'Introjis' are a series of emojis designed just for you

    13 February 2015, 3:48 am by: emily

    According to designer Rebecca Evie Lynch, there aren't any emojis that can speak specifically for introverts. So Lynch set out to design a communication system for the introverted. FastCo reports.…
  • Open data: how mobile phones saved bananas from bacterial wilt in Uganda

    11 February 2015, 2:32 pm by: emily

    As disease threatened crops across Uganda, an initiative from the government and Unicef was able to communicate fast to stop it - demonstrating how open data can transform development. The Guardian reports.…
  • This App Rewards Students For Not Looking At Their Phone During Class

    11 February 2015, 2:52 am by: emily

    Every 20 minutes they're not on their phone while at school, they earn points to redeem at local stores and restaurants. And teachers are loving it. FastCompany reports.…
  • Emoticons in texts can rack up huge bills

    6 February 2015, 12:41 pm by: emily

    People using the little icons that denote happy, sad or other emotions in their text messages could be racking up big bills, the The BBC has learned.…
  • 'Micro-volunteer' your time to help the blind

    31 January 2015, 2:26 am by: emily

    A new app called Be My Eyes allows you to “micro-volunteer” tiny portions of your time, perhaps less than a minute, remotely via your smartphone. The Telegraph reports.…
  • The one chart that shows how Facebook has nailed mobile

    30 January 2015, 5:22 am by: emily

    Many online companies knew that mobile was the future, but few have transitioned as impressively as Facebook, both in product and business. Quartz reports.…
  • BulkSMS gets taken to new heights

    30 January 2015, 4:19 am by: emily

    Below is another good example of how text messaging is being used and a reminder that SMS remains the most reliable option to reach someone. According to a report from Deloite published in 2014, Short Messaging Services vs Instant Messaging: Value vs volume:…
  • Is smartphone penetration massively overestimated?

    29 January 2015, 6:53 am by: emily

    Over a quarter of Android devices worldwide are dual-SIM, according to a new report, suggesting that smartphone penetration has been massively overestimated. The Telegraph reports.…
  • You’re spending more time playing mobile games than ever before

    28 January 2015, 2:34 am by: emily

    The average time spent playing mobile games in 2014 increased by 57 percent compared to 2012, according to a report from industry intelligence group NPD Group. [via VentureBeat]…
  • Bill and Melinda Gates want to fix another messy global problem: banking

    22 January 2015, 11:59 am by: emily

    ... In Bill and Melinda's annual letter published today, they’re outlining ambitions to tackle another messy sector: banking. Quartz reports.…

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