April 11, 2014 |
Looking for a jet-lag cure? A new mathematical model may help you overcome jet lag faster than anyone thought possible. And scientists need your help to test it out. A research team from the University of Michigan and Yale University has released a free iPhone app that loads a complex, jet-lag conquering model right into your smartphone. You type in your current location and destination as well as what kind of light you will have access to, and the app gives you a schedule of light exposure that should reset your internal clock in the most efficient way. "These are the fastest schedules that have ever been proposed," said Olivia Walch, a PhD student at the University of Michigan who designed the app, called Entrain . "Our schedule takes what could be 12 days of adjusting down to four.
April 10, 2014 |
Facebook began notifying users of its mobile app Wednesday that it will soon disable the app's messaging feature. The Menlo Park, Calif., tech giant is instructing users to download the Facebook Messenger app -- a distinct entity from its main app -- if they wish to continue messaging friends from their smartphones. The Facebook Messenger app has been available for a number of years, and users who have both apps installed already can only message others through the separate app. But soon, all users will be forced to download the second app if they want to be able to message friends.
April 10, 2014 |
Those interested in examining the specifics of this weekend's Coachella Arts and Music Festival, which begins Friday in Indio, Calif., with DJ Jimbo Jenkins warming the Yuma tent at 11 a.m., would be wise to download the annual festival's smartphone app. Filled with features including set times, bios, a handy scheduler, a list of food venders and a site map, the app has become an essential tool. (That is, if you can get a consistent signal.) From a fan's perspective, the app also has another useful feature: As part of its scheduling tool, the app lists the number of attendees who have added the gig to their hour-by-hour calendars.
April 9, 2014 |
The New York Times ran a sob story last weekend about a woman who quit tech because she was shocked, shocked by the gross behavior of men in tech: “Elissa Shevinsky can pinpoint the moment when she felt that she no longer belonged. “She was at a friend's house last Sept. 8, watching the live stream of the TechCrunch Disrupt hackathon on her laptop and iPhone. Entrepreneurs were showing off their products, and two young Australian men, David Boulton and Jethro Batts, stood behind the podium to give their presentation . 'Titstare is an app where you take photos of yourself staring at tits,' Mr. Boulton began, as photographs of women's chests on a cellphone flashed on the screen behind him….
April 8, 2014 |
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival regularly draws a throng of 90,000 for each of its weekends - making it a Super Bowl of sorts for tweets, Instagrams and videos. As a result of all the cellular traffic, attendees often find it nearly impossible to get a steady, reliable smartphone connection. That's why Coachella - which kicks off its first weekend of festivities on Friday - may be the perfect testing ground for a new app called FireChat. Created by San Francisco startup Open Garden, FireChat allows Coachella attendees to talk to one another without having cellular service or Internet connection.
April 8, 2014 |
Nick Stepka knew what gift would make his daughter's third birthday a hit, and it wasn't a toy or doll. He gave her a tablet - not a sleek new iPad or a hand-me-down Samsung, but one specifically designed and marketed for little ones. It even came with a purple protective casing and loaded with kids' apps and games. "Her eyes lit up when she opened it," said Stepka, 34, a Shakopee, Minn., father of three. "Everything else got put to the side. " That's exactly what tablet makers and companies that create children's entertainment were hoping for. PHOTOS: Top 10 gadgets we want to see this year Stepka's household is part of a growing group of consumers for whom traditional children's toys and games are not enough.