Gadget Life

By Indri Hapsari | All about gadget. The idea, the technology, and the application.

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How Text Messaging Curbs Infant Mortality in Africa’s Biggest Urban Slum

Almost half of Kenyan mothers do not give birth in a hospital and, thus, receive little professional care or education on basics such as how long to breast feed, what to do in the case of diarrhea and vomiting, or where to go for an emergency. In this issue of Digital Diversity, Cayte Bosler looks …

Future phones could zap motion sickness away with electricity

Motion sickness can make road trips and carnival rides less fun or even, in really bad cases, turn them into an absolute nightmare. The solution to that, according to a group of researchers at Imperial College London? A zap of electricity to the brain. The team strapped subjects during their …

'Nova' rumors point to Google launching its own phone service

Could your next cell service plan be with Google? According to a report by <i>The Information</i>, the answer is yes, as it's plotting out an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) service that could run on the networks of Sprint or T-Mobile. That's a similar approach to other companies like Straight Talk, …

Multitasking, not Facebook, hurts freshman GPA

College freshmen who spend a lot of their time on social media risk having a lower GPA, but the problem isn't Facebook.

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Quickie Makes Conversations Disappear, Like Real Life

A new app called Quickie, from the developers behind email app Hop, aims to make mobile conversations just like real life by sending messages as soon as they’re created and deleting them as soon as they’re read.<p>The app is touted as a “live messaging app for the next generation” and it keeps it dead …

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Today's your last chance to spend $1,500 on Google Glass

We've got to imagine that anyone who wanted the current incarnation of Google Glass has already purchased it by now. But if you've been saving up your change to reach the Explorer Edition's astronomical $1,500 asking price, today's your last chance to place an order on Google Play.<p>As we learned …

Google Glass

Attach Your Important Things To Tile And You Won't Lose Your Stuff Again

If you are one of those who seem to forget where they left off stuff, such as car keys or your wallet, then you are in luck. Why? Because there’s a …

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

In an era of email, text messages, Facebook and Twitter, we’re all required to do several things at once. But this constant multitasking is taking its toll. Here neuroscientist Daniel J Levitin explains how our addiction to technology is making us less efficient<p>Daniel J Levitin Q&A<p>Our brains are …

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Facebook looks to the workplace for growth

Facebook doesn’t just want to be the world’s leading social network for people to communicate about their personal lives. It wants to host workplace chatter, too.<p>But can a consumer company that thrives on people sharing early and often make friends with businesses more interested in keeping …

Facebook

Will autocomplete make you too predictable?

Computers can now identify what you will say before you know yourself, and as philosopher Evan Selinger argues, this could subtly shape your conversations without you realising.<p>Do you know what you really want? Right now, there are computers all over the world busily trying to tell you the answer – …

Google searches for a way to avoid Microsoft’s fate

A dip in the search behemoth’s market share has encouraged some commentators to compare it to Bill Gates’s company<p>The news that Google’s share of the web-search market in the US has suddenly dropped is interesting. According to an independent analytics firm, StatCounter, last month Google’s market …

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Artist reveals a hidden message in Apple's iCloud agreement

Terms of service for the internet are often good for two things: inspiring wild outrage, or simply acting as a textual speed bump between us and the web. Now, it appears they're also good for hiding secret messages.<p>Artist Florence Meunier scoured Apple's terms and conditions for iCloud and found a …

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