The iTube platform, left, uses colorimetric assays and a smartphone-based digital reader to detect potential food allergen. A screen capture of the iTube App appears on the right.
December 26, 2012 Plenty of apps promise to make life easier for people with life-threatening allergies to nuts and other foods. One scientist even invented a smartphone-based lab to detect potential allergens. But asking "Does that have nuts in it?" may actually be a better and safer option than pulling out your phone.
Mobile apps and devices track a user's health statistics. But those data are sometimes sold and can end up in the hands of employers and insurance companies.
December 26, 2012 Those of us trying to get in shape after overindulging this holiday season can get help from a slew of new devices that monitor steps climbed, calories burned and heart rate. But companies and venture capitalists in new startups hope to make money in a new way: by selling the data right back to the people tracking their activity — and to their employers.
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Who's collecting information about her?
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December 10, 2012 The agency says that among its most troubling findings is that many apps for kids share such information as geolocations with third parties. Developers need to do more to improve privacy protections and to tell parents what they're doing, the agency reports.
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Apps that can keep kids entertained during long road trips include (from left) Waze, Story Dice, Mobbles, Cobypic, and Postcard on the Run.
November 21, 2012 For many parents, Thanksgiving means it's time to entertain the kids during a road trip. With that in mind, NPR spoke with 9-year-old Jane Frauenfelder, who hosts the podcast Apps for Kids with her father, Mark.
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With thousands of medical apps available for download, patients and physicians can instantly keep visual records of wounds and look up symptoms.
August 10, 2012 What can count calories, perform triage and make appointments, all at once? Medical apps are transforming the way patients and doctors understand health and monitor it.
May 30, 2012 The Planet Money app for iPhone is now live in the app store.
Jealous? If you have trouble sleeping, several new apps and devices promise to help you figure out why. In this photo from January, Huan Huan, a female giant panda, sleeps in a zoo in Beauval, France.
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February 13, 2012 For some people, getting a good night's sleep seems like an impossibility. A new batch of gadgets and apps tries to help troubled sleepers learn how to get their best rest.
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December 2, 2011 Apps that track personal health information can be really convenient. But they may be a big privacy risk. App makers aren't controlled by federal health privacy laws, so what they do with sensitive information is up to them.
July 28, 2011 Suffering from PTSD? To borrow a phrase you've likely never heard, there's an app for that, too. Tablets and smartphones may be making their way onto the battlefield soon as well. Producer Priska Neely is, once again, blown away by technology.
May 22, 2011 What's with the craze for digital photographs filtered with faux-vintage effects? Nathan Jurgenson, in the midst of his dissertation on social media and self-documentation, digs into our modern obsession.
December 7, 2010 NPR for Chrome: Experience NPR in magazine style with a focus on News, Arts & Life, and Music content that's broad, deep, and timely. Popular features include playlist, hourly newscasts, station finder, and sharing.
April 27, 2009 It has been a couple of rewarding weeks here at NPR.org.
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