Phys. org: Add-on clip turns smartphone into fully operational microscope . “Australian researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) have developed a 3D printable ‘clip-on’ that can turn any smartphone into a fully functional microscope. Reported in the research journal Scientific Reports, the smartphone microscope is powerful enough to visualise specimens as small as 1/200th of a millimetre, including microscopic organisms, animal and plant cells, blood cells, cell nuclei and more. ” The team has made the files for printing the clip-on freely available.
Campus Technology: McGill U Researcher: Smartphone Addiction Is Normal Need to Connect on Overdrive. “We stare at our phones all the time not because the devices themselves are addictive, but because we’re driven to socialize, according to a recent literature review by researchers at McGill University.”
Channel News: Google Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Defective Pixel Microphone. “Google has found itself if in a class action lawsuit with two separate plaintiffs suing the search engine giant claiming they knew the Pixel and Pixel XL had speaker and microphone issues when they shipped the devices out. Patricia Weeks and Waleed Anbar have been named in the lawsuit as the plaintiffs with Gerard Gibbs as the attorney.”
The Globe and Mail: Free app turns your phone into a 3D scanner. This is a video that’s a little under two minutes long, and it is video-only. I dislike linking to videos without transcripts, but the technology in the video and the fact that the app is free (unless you want to print a scanned item) made me break my own informal rule.
The Register: Boffins crack smartphone location tracking – even if you’ve turned off the GPS. “Religiously turning off location services might not save you from having your phone tracked: a paper from a group of IEEE researchers demonstrates tracking when GPS and Wi-Fi are turned off. And, as a kicker: at least some of the data used in the attack, published this week on arXiv, can be collected without permission, because smartphone makers don’t consider it sensitive.”
Digital Trends: Google makes it even easier for you to plan a trip on your smartphone. “Whether you’re a weekend traveler or a gallivanting globetrotter, Google is making it even easier to make travel plans on a smartphone. For starters, the web giant says it’s enhancing the way mobile search deals with hotel bookings by introducing improved price filtering and easier-to-find amenity information.”
PR Newswire: Take Control of Your Exposure to Common and Serious Illnesses (PRESS RELEASE). “Imagine a website and custom mobile health app that would allow you to see what common and potentially serious illnesses are going around where you are and where you’re going, using the latest reliable diagnostic data from almost one million doctors’ offices nationwide. Not only can you see the severity of 15 common illnesses right down to your GPS zip code or any zip code you choose, but you can break it down by 7 individual age groups, from infants and toddlers, to teenagers, college students and adult demographics.”