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Cellphone users get their own lane on the sidewalk

July 23rd, 2014 at 9:03 am » Comments Off

Cellphone lane There are slow lanes, fast lanes, and bike lanes. And now, at least for a little while, there’s a lane for cellphone users.    

Growing trend among young singles who treat pets like girlfriends and boyfriends

July 22nd, 2014 at 9:41 am » Comments Off

Lucy, a 1 year old Burmese Mountain dog and her owner Alfred Pretrone. There’s “something special” about Lucy, says Alfred Pretrone about his female companion. She’s good-looking, “chill” and she makes the stress melt away at the end of a long day. But Lucy isn’t Mr. Petrone’s girlfriend. She’s his dog.    

Why technology is not making us smarter: Study

July 11th, 2014 at 10:33 am » Comments Off

People have become uncomfortable being alone with their own thoughts. Most Android users check their phones 150 times a day, according to Google. Wearable technologies like smart watches and Google Glass may eventually make us check our phones less often, but will almost certainly drive up the average user’s digital interruptions each day. Early users of Android Wear who were given Samsung Gear Live […]

Advances in emotional computing will give businesses an unfair advantage

July 9th, 2014 at 8:27 am » Comments Off

Pepper will understand human emotions. Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son announced last week they have developed an amazing new robot called Pepper. The most amazing feature isn’t that it will only cost $2,000, or that Pepper is intended to babysit your kids and work the registers at retail stores. What’s really remarkable is that Pepper is designed […]

Do men really think about sex every 7 seconds?

June 27th, 2014 at 12:16 pm » Comments Off

We’ve all been told that men think about you-know-what far too often. Men probably don’t think about sex every seven seconds. But rather than wonder about whether this is true, Tom Stafford asks how on earth you can actually prove it or not.    

Toddlers who play non-educational games on touch screens have lower verbal test scores: Study

June 23rd, 2014 at 11:48 am » Comments Off

“Technology can never replace a parent’s interaction with his or her child.” Children who played non-educational games using touch-screen devices had lower verbal scores upon testing, according to a recent study by pediatricians from the Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York. The study examined children from 0-3 years old that used touch-screen devices to […]

Why kids (and adults) should play outside

June 22nd, 2014 at 8:17 am » Comments Off

Kids who play outdoors have a stronger spiritual connection to the Earth. A new study, published in the Journal of the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture found that  children who play outdoors have a stronger sense of purpose and self-fulfilment than those who don’t.    

This is your brain on a smartphone

June 14th, 2014 at 8:52 am » Comments Off

A mobile junkie. When is the last time you powered your smartphone all the way down?  Try turning it all the way off now. Take your phone out and turn it off (note: this is not advised if you are reading this on your mobile. In this case you are probably too far gone). Fair […]

Uber has taught us that the best customers are lazy people

May 21st, 2014 at 12:05 pm » Comments Off

Lazy people are the best customers. The ultimate customers are lazy, anti-social people. To be assured of success today, create a service that appeals to people just active enough to push a button but too lazy to check their bank statements.  

The persuasive pressure of peer rankings

May 17th, 2014 at 8:31 am » Comments Off

Here’s what you might see on a typical week when users took part in a friendly competition to rank themselves against their friends and colleagues in weekly step counts. When introducing a new product it is essentially an exercise in persuading people to change their behavior. Many companies try to tackle this challenge by making […]

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