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New App Turns Smartphones Into Worldwide Seismic Network

MyShake Android app crowdsources ground shaking from smartphone accelerometers.

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Student's App Allows Users to Create Pottery Projects in the Virtual World, Bring Them Into Reality

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A University of Arkansas at Little Rock doctoral student from Colombia designed a virtual reality pottery-making app that allows users to design their projects in the virtual world and then bring them into the real world through 3-D printing. His app, PotelRVR, won an award at Leap Motion 3D Jam 2015, an international 3-D competition, and is one of eight projects chosen to be displayed at the Laval Virtual show in France.

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Smartphone App Linked to Increase in Contraceptive Use in India

A smartphone app containing motivational videos developed to help married rural women in India better understand contraceptive choices led to a dramatic increase in the number of women using modern family planning methods in just a few months, new Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) research suggests.

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New App “Hides” User Location From Third Parties

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Researchers who developed an app that blocks third parties from identifying an individual’s location based on what they search for online received a “best paper” award at a recent conference. A research team led by Linke Guo, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Binghamton University, received a Best Paper Award at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) GLOBECOM Conference, Symposium on Communication & Information System Security, in San Diego on Dec. 7 for their paper titled “Privacy-preserving Verifiable Proximity Test for Location-based Services.” Globecom is one of two flagship conferences of IEEE communication society. Organizers received more than 3,000 submissions this year with only 949 paper accepted into competition. Just a single paper was honored in 12 different categories.

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Wolters Kluwer Partners with American Nurses Foundation and Penn Nursing on Mobile PTSD Toolkit App

Wolters Kluwer, a leading global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, today announced the release of a mobile version of the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) toolkit from the American Nurses Foundation (ANF) and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing). Developed by Lippincott Solutions, the free mobile app is designed to help nurses and other healthcare professionals gain rapid access to trusted PTSD information to support and inform care decisions.

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An App to Digitally Detox From Smartphone Addiction: Lock n' LOL

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KAIST researchers have developed an application that helps people restrain themselves from using smartphones during meetings or social gatherings.

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The Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting Is Now Accepting Submissions

The deadline for this round of proposals is January 15, 2016. Candidates will be notified of decisions by the end of February 2016. The Institute pays a competitive rate--and covers expenses--for investigative reporting that advances social and economic justice. All stories are published in In These Times magazine and on InTheseTimes.com.

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Online and Mobile Apps Can Target Health Behaviors

Scouring the Web to learn new ways to instill better health habits? Trying to find the best health app to lose weight or reduce stress? Or maybe you’re posting on Twitter and Facebook to try to build a supportive community for your healthy goals. Online and mobile health interventions are getting easier to come by but psychologists say that while social media and Internet-based treatment programs can be beneficial, there is a need for rigorous methods to help guide the development and evaluation of these programs and apps.

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New App Helps Interstitial Cystitis & Chronic Prostatitis Patients Select Bladder Friendly Foods

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A new android application, the ICN Food List, was released this month for patients who struggle with foods that trigger urinary symptoms and discomfort. More than 250 foods are categorized into three categories: bladder friendly, try it and foods to avoid. Ideal for patients with urinary tract acid or caffeine sensitivity, including: interstitial cystitis, chronic prostatitis, overactive bladder, bladder pain syndrome, chemo cystitis, ketamine cystitis and urethral syndrome.

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Top Stories 11 Dec 2015; New Forensic Science Breakthroughs, Breast Cancer Treatment Difference by Age, Racial Disparities in Dialysis, and More...

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American Academy of Dermatology’s New App Aims to Aid Patients with Chronic Hives

This month, the American Academy of Dermatology released its Chronic Hives Patient App, which offers tools and resources for chronic hives management.

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CO2 Modeller Brings Climate Change and Emissions Targets Within Touching Distance

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Scientists and computer engineers at the University of Southampton have developed an interactive climate app - CO2 Modeller – which can fit in your pocket and help you to gauge the future effects of carbon emissions around key sensitivities of the Earth’s climate. The new app, CO2 Modeller (www.co2modeller.info), provides an interactive tool to allow anyone - from members of the public to policy makers - to explore for themselves the implications of delaying emission reductions on their tablet or smartphone. Using an easy-to-follow touchscreen, users of the app can review how carbon emission targets and outcomes will impact four key areas of climate change - future global warming, sea level rise, ocean acidification and CO2 concentration - over the next 85 years.

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Technology Meets Society: New App Helps Seniors Live Better

A new technological solution developed by researchers from the University of Notre Dame is aimed at enhancing the physical health, vitality and brain fitness of seniors residing in independent living communities.

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Mobile App, Interactive Web-Based Tool Launched to Educate Service Members on Unsafe Dietary Supplements

A new mobile application and interactive web-based tool have been launched to help military troops identify unsafe dietary supplements that may jeopardize their health or career.

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Software Architect’s Book a Comprehensive Guide to Developing Android Apps

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An accomplished software architect, Adam Gerber focuses primarily on software engineering for enterprise Java and Android development. Recently, he co-authored a programming how-to book, Learn Android Studio: Build Android Apps Quickly and Effectively

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U-M Launches New App for Breast Cancer Patients

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Patients being treated for breast cancer at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center now have a new way to help manage the overload of information and reminders that comes with cancer diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy or radiation treatment.

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Used Alone, Weight Loss Apps Might Not Help Overweight Young Adults

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Used alone, a cell phone app that tracks exercise, calories and weight loss goals is, on average, not enough to create meaningful weight loss in young adults, according to new research from Duke Medicine.

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National Survey of Americans' Health App Use Shows Technology's Promise and Weakness

Like the treadmills and stationary bikes that become rec room coatracks, fitness and other health-related smartphone apps are acquired in large numbers by Americans, but over time, many are left unused by those who download them.

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For Young Patients with Spina Bifida, Smartphone App Improves Self-Management

A system incorporating a smartphone app may help adolescents and young adults with spina bifida to improve their daily self-management skills, suggests a paper in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, the official journal of the Association of Academic Physiatrists. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.

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New iPhone App Helps Find Skin Cancer

A new application for the Apple iPhone enables users to measure and track their moles by comparing their potential trouble spots over time. The ‘Mole Mapper’ app analyzes digital photos of moles and other skin conditions that users take with their cell phones. Scientists who study melanoma use the de-identified data from users to complement other research efforts.