Today’s smartphone user can obtain a lot of data about his or her health, thanks to built-in or separate sensors. Researchers now take this health monitoring to a higher level. Using the system he developed, the smartphone also acts as an ‘activity coach’: it advices the user to walk or take a rest. In what way the user wants to be addressed, is typically something the system learns by itself.
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The results are part of a newly released study from Pearson, an educational publisher with headquarters in London and New York City. The study is based on a survey of 2,252 public, private, and home-schooled students in grades 5-12 during February and March of 2013.
A few things to explore ahead of today’s Apple announcements:
- Mobile tech indicators
- How the internet has woven itself into American life
- Expert predictions on the rise of wearables
As of January 2014:
- 90% of American adults have a cell phone
- 58% of American adults have a smartphone
- 32% of American adults own an e-reader
- 42% of American adults own a tablet computer
Here’s what the 3D and dynamic perspective look like on the Amazon Fire phone.
(gif made from Chrisdanielsking5 video on Instagram)
As educators look for ways to keep high school seniors on track for college and to avoid the “summer melt” that leads some astray in the months after they graduate, a new strategy is gaining ground: texting.
This year, West Virginia launched a pilot program that alerts students about deadlines for financial aid, registration, and student orientation, among other matters, with personalized messages on their mobile phones. The texting initiative targets students from low-income families—especially those set to become the first in their families to attend college.
While facilitating a conversation around the use of technology in schools, a student participant pulled out his phone and asked the adults in the conversation what they saw.
"Your phone," they all answered simultaneously.
The student’s response: ”That’s where you’re wrong. You see this as my phone. I see it as my learning device. And when you take it away from me when I walk in the door, you lose me as a learner.”
Starting on Thursday, people in select locations across the country can text 9-1-1 with emergencies if they are unable to call them in.
Anyone who texts 9-1-1 in an area where emergency call centers do not yet support texts willreceive a bounce-back message, informing them the text has not been sent and they should try to call instead.
GUATEMALA CITY—In the last three months, Guatemala has witnessed 356 homicides, 202 armed attacks, 44 illegal drug sales, 11 kidnappings, and six cases of “extortion by cell phone.”
These numbers come courtesy not of Guatemalan law-enforcement but of Alertos.org, a new platform that recruits citizens to report crimes. And they’ve enlisted in the effort, using email, Twitter, Facebook, mobile apps, and text messaging to chronicle thousands of criminal activities since last year—in a country where a hobbled police force is struggling to address the fifth-highest murder rate in the world.
In recent years, police have courted cell phone-toting citizens as crime “censors” everywhere from Washington, D.C. to the tiny Kenyan village of Lanet Umoja. But the practice has gained particular traction in Latin America, which, as the UN reported in April, has the highest rate of criminal violence on the planet (the region accounts for 8 percent of the world’s population and a third of its murders). The criminal syndicates and drug cartels behind this bloodshed have overwhelmed, crippled, and corrupted national police forces, resulting in the highest levels of impunity in the world as well. In these countries, criminals literally get away with murder, again and again. Amateur crime-mapping has emerged as a parallel law-enforcement mechanism—in part owing to the popularity of cell phones in the region.
Read more. [Image: Alertos.org]
College students are not embracing tablets as many experts had expected when the devices were introduced a few years ago, says a new report from Ball State University.
About 29 percent of students report owning a tablet in 2014, a slight decline since 2012, said Michael Hanley, an advertising professor and director of Ball State’s Institute for Mobile Media Research. He has conducted surveys on the use of mobile devices by students since 2004.
image via flickr:CC | Merrill College of Journalism Press Releases
If a website is designed haphazardly, it doesn’t only look out of control. The user experience can be just as messy for someone who can’t see.
"News apps are just completely frustrating," said Christopher Danielsen, spokesman for the National Federation of the Blind. ”Blind people, the way we deal with this, is we share information about what apps tend to work, so I don’t tend to download something unless I have a pretty good sense that I’m going to be able to deal with it.”
The problem with much of the web—and, in particular, its newsier corners—is that it’s designed without consideration for people who aren’t navigating by sight. In many cases, the busier a website looks, the harder it is for people who use tools like audio screen-readers to get where they want to go, or even figure out where to go in the first place.
But Danielsen says design for accessibility is getting much better, albeit largely by accident. “The mobile world is taking over where the web used to be dominant,” he told me. “For blind people as well as for sighted people in many cases, that’s a good thing.”
Read more. [Image: Reuters]
This month Curriki revamped their geometry site to accommodate viewing on mobile phones, iPads, and Android tablets.
Curriki’s geometry course features six PBL projects. Each of the projects is aligned to Common Core Standards. The course is not a self-directed course for students. The course is designed to be taught by mathematics teachers who want to incorporate PBL.
REVEAL: Some of the most popular cell phone activities in 2013. http://pewrsr.ch/1eUF9Id
Which ones do you do?
The role of location in digital life is changing.
- 74% of smartphone owners now use their phone to get directions or other info based on their current location.
- 30% of social media users have an account set up to include their location in posts.
- At the same time, there is a drop in the number of smartphone owners who use “check in” location services. 12% of adult smartphone owners say they use a geosocial service to “check in” to certain locations or share their location with friends, down from 18% in early 2012.
Yet even as most smartphone owners use their phones abilities to get location-specific information, data from earlier surveys also shows that mobile users of all ages say they have turned off location-tracking features at some point due to privacy concerns:
- As of September 2012, almost half (46%) of teen app users say they have turned off the location tracking feature on their cell phone or in an app on a phone or tablet because they were worried about other people or companies being able to access that information.
- As of April 2012, in response to a different question, over a third (35%) of adult cell app users said they have turned off the location-tracking feature on their cell phone because they were concerned that other individuals or companies could access that information.
Read more in our new report out today: http://pewrsr.ch/185iqQ9
A Pew Internet and American Life survey shows how teens 12 to 17 years old think about privacy when using mobile apps. While some are nonchalant about the kind of personal information some apps collect, more than half avoid some apps due to privacy concerns.
Girls who responded to the survey were more aware than boys of the risks associated with location tracking services in many mobile apps — 59 percent responded that they turn off location services, while only 37 percent of boys reported turning off the service.