Tag Archives: Smartphones

Is there a happiness equation? Here’s how we’re trying to find out

What if your happy is different from my happy? Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock Robb Rutledge, UCL Most people would like to be happier. But it isn’t always easy to know how to achieve that goal. Is there an equation for happiness? Many formulas have been suggested. Get enough sleep. Exercise. Meditate. Help others. Spend time with friends and family. On average, …

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7 in 10 smartphone apps share your data with third-party services

Where are all the data going? nmedia via shutterstock.com Narseo Vallina-Rodriguez, University of California, Berkeley and Srikanth Sundaresan, Princeton University Our mobile phones can reveal a lot about ourselves: where we live and work; who our family, friends and acquaintances are; how (and even what) we communicate with them; and our personal habits. With all the information stored on them, …

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Your mobile phone can give away your location, even if you tell it not to

Fitness trackers report their location and map the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert. Screenshot of Strava Heat Map Guevara Noubir, Northeastern University U.S. military officials were recently caught off guard by revelations that servicemembers’ digital fitness trackers were storing the locations of their workouts – including at or near military bases and clandestine sites around the world. But …

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How mobile shopping habits differ around the world, from Brazil to Australia

Research show comfort levels, value perceptions and motivations when it comes to m-commerce differ depending on whether consumers live in developed or developing countries. (Pexels) Narongsak (Tek) Thongpapanl, Brock University; Abdul Rehman Ashraf, Brock University; Ali Anwar, Wilfrid Laurier University, and Luciano Lapa, Indiana University Mobile commerce (m-commerce) platforms often operate in several international markets. M-commerce managers often focus on …

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Our smartphone addiction is killing us – can apps that limit screen time offer a lifeline?

The solution to too much screen time may just be more apps. THE YOOTH/Shutterstock.com

The solution to too much screen time may just be more apps. THE YOOTH/Shutterstock.com Ashley Whillans, Harvard Business School We’re squandering increasing amounts of time distracted by our phones. And that’s taking a serious toll on our mental and physical well-being. Perhaps ironically, software developers themselves have been on the forefront of efforts to solve this problem by creating apps …

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Latest updates: Apple is trying to reclaim its major innovator status (by making you wash your hands)


Apple Margarietha de Villiers Scheepers, University of the Sunshine Coast and Martie-Louise Verreynne, RMIT University Market commentators view Apple’s announcements at this week’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2020 (WWDC) as one of the company’s most important strategic moves of the past decade. Among the key announcements were details of the watchOS 7 – with a pandemic-inspired handwashing detection feature – and …

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