Tag: Mobile Applications

Is Your Heartbeat Off, or Blood Sugar High? On the Road, You Can Keep Track

A new batch of apps and pocket-size medical devices that work with a smartphone or smartwatch are changing travel for people with serious medical conditions. The devices allow people with heart conditions, diabetes and epilepsy to discreetly check up on themselves in airport terminals, in train or bus stations, in hotels or even as they […]

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Forgot to Sign Up for Minor League Hockey Alerts? You Missed Some Drama

When minor league hockey fans began receiving a flurry of push notifications from the American Hockey League app on Wednesday, they may have been expecting off-season news about the Cleveland Monsters, Lehigh Valley Phantoms or Rockford IceHogs. Instead, for roughly 20 minutes, users were bombarded with bizarre alerts that demanded a $6,000 payment from a […]

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You’re Hired. Now Wear This Headset to Learn the Job.

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — When Toby Bouska Jr. started assembling cabs for Kenworth semitrucks last year, he learned the ropes by observing longtime workers at the factory. But it wasn’t exactly engaging, and he didn’t get much practice doing the job himself. “It’s them doing the job, and you just have to watch,” said Mr. Bouska, […]

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‘Fingerprinting’ to Track Us Online Is on the Rise. Here’s What to Do.

If there’s one lesson to learn about digital privacy, it’s that we can never grow complacent. Even if we secure our data so we are not tracked online, the ad tech industry will find ways to monitor our digital activities. And so it is with the rise of so-called fingerprinting, which security researchers are calling […]

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China Snares Tourists’ Phones in Surveillance Dragnet by Adding Secret App

BEIJING — China has turned its western region of Xinjiang into a police state with few modern parallels, employing a combination of high-tech surveillance and enormous manpower to monitor and subdue the area’s predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities. Now, the digital dragnet is expanding beyond Xinjiang’s residents, ensnaring tourists, traders and other visitors — and digging […]

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The Apps You Need for Smarter Travel in Asia

While WhatsApp is the most popular messaging app in the world, three other mobile apps have come to dominate in Asia, thanks to the additional features they provide users. WeChat in China, Line in Thailand and KakaoTalk in South Korea combine messaging functionality like text and video with the features of Uber, Google Maps and […]

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Move Over, Nevada: New Jersey Is the Sports Betting Capital of the Country

When former Gov. Chris Christie took New Jersey’s effort to legalize sports betting to the Supreme Court, it was considered a long shot, like betting on the Mets to win the World Series. Though the state did not have a strong connection to sports betting, New Jersey quickly became a crusader for the industry. Now, […]

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A Comprehensive Guide to Taking Your Smartphone Abroad for Cheap

Don’t even think about leaving your smartphone at home this summer if you are traveling to a foreign country. As much as we despise our attachment to our phones, we can’t deny it is an indispensable travel companion that solves many problems, from showing us maps when we get lost to displaying restaurant recommendations when […]

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A Unicorn Lost in the Valley, Evernote Blows Up the ‘Fail Fast’ Gospel

Smiling cryptically, Ian Small, the chief executive of Evernote, handed me some socks. Nice ones: black in the calf, striped in the foot, with matching pops of sky blue at the toe, heel and welt. The knit was Japanese, dense and springy, and contained 1 percent polyurethane. Marketing language described them, insanely, as “smart covers […]

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Would You Pay $30 a Month to Check Your Email?

The year is 2019, and the brainy engineers of Silicon Valley are hunkered down, working on transformative, next-generation technologies like self-driving cars, digital currencies and quantum computing. Meanwhile, the buzziest start-up in San Francisco is … an expensive email app? A few months ago, I started hearing about something called Superhuman. It’s an invitation-only service […]

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Queer Dating Apps Are Unsafe by Design

Privacy is particularly important for L.G.B.T.Q. people. Pete Buttigieg met his husband on a dating app called Hinge. And although that’s unique among presidential candidates, it’s not unique for Mr. Buttigieg’s generation — he’s 37 — or other members of the L.G.B.T.Q. community. In 2016, the Pew Research Center found that use of online dating […]

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California Tests a Digital ‘Fire Alarm’ for Mental Distress

Last winter, several dozen people who were struggling with suicidal urges and bouts of intense emotion opened their lives to a company called Mindstrong, in what has become a closely watched experiment in Silicon Valley. Mindstrong, a venture co-founded by a former director of the National Institute of Mental Health, promised something that no drug […]

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That Sleep Tracker Could Make Your Insomnia Worse

Are you sabotaging your sleep in your quest to improve it? Many new tools are becoming available to monitor your sleep or help you achieve better sleep: wearable watches and bands; “nearable” devices that you can place on your bed or nightstand; and apps that work by monitoring biometric data, noise and movement. They can […]

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Outside the U.S., It’s All About WhatsApp

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Adam Satariano, a technology correspondent based in London, discussed the tech he’s using. You reported from the United States before moving to London. How has your tech setup changed?  I moved to London three years ago, and the biggest […]

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How Updates in iOS 13 and Android Q Will Change Your Smartphone

ImageCreditGlenn Harvey Year after year, Apple and Google announce big upgrades for their smartphone operating systems. That means the software that makes your phone tick is about to change — again. With change comes new things to learn. The annual upgrades, which are free, improve our devices by fixing bugs and strengthening security, but they […]

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Apple Backs Off Crackdown on Parental-Control Apps

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Over the past year, Apple purged iPhone apps that helped people limit the amount of time they and their children spent on Apple devices, drawing accusations of anticompetitive behavior. On Monday, as news broke that federal officials were stepping up antitrust scrutiny of Apple and its peers, the Silicon Valley giant […]

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Apple WWDC Live Updates: New Watch App Store and iOS 13

Here’s what to look for: ImageCraig Federighi. The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 3, 2019 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, Calif.CreditJim Wilson/The New York Times The iPhone’s latest operating system software will emphasize speed. Craig Federighi, another Apple executive overseeing software, said the new version of iOS 13 would highlight […]

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