EurekAlert: How you lock your smartphone can reveal your age: UBC study . “Older smartphone users tend to rely more on their phones’ auto lock feature compared to younger users, a new UBC study has found. They also prefer using PINs over fingerprints to unlock their phones.” Guilty, though I use PINs instead of fingerprints because I think fingerprint security is bullshit.
Phys .org: JFK Library launches app to celebrate Apollo 11 mission. “The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing with a new app that helps users relive the 1969 launch of the Apollo 11 mission.”
Pew (PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW!): Mobile Technology and Home Broadband 2019. “As the share of Americans who say they own a smartphone has increased dramatically over the past decade – from 35% in 2011 to 81% in 2019 – a new Pew Research Center survey finds that the way many people choose to go online is markedly different than in previous years.”
CNET: Facebook’s banned research app collected data on almost 200K users. “It looks like we now know the number of users affected by a banned Facebook market research app, which paid users up to $20 a month to give the social media site access to how they used their phones. The app, which gained attention earlier this year after Apple blocked Facebook from offering to iPhone users, collected sensitive device data on about 187,000 users, the social network told lawmakers.”
Gizmodo: How to Make Any Smartphone More Accessible and Easier to Use. “We’re not all blessed with 20/20 vision, super-sharp hearing and the dexterity to easily operate a touchscreen—and even for those of us who are, it’s unlikely to last. Whether you’re adapting a phone for yourself or a friend or family member, these are all the ways you can adapt Android and iOS to make them more accessible.”
Engadget: Facebook reportedly prohibits Huawei from pre-installing its apps. “Future Huawei phones will no longer come pre-installed with Facebook’s apps, according to Reuters. The social network has reportedly prohibited the Chinese manufacturer from loading its main app, Instagram and WhatsApp onto any phone that hasn’t left the factory yet.”
The Architect’s Newspaper: Architect creates app to change how exhibitions are designed. “For all the advances in technology over the past decade, the experience of curating and viewing museum shows has remained relatively unchanged. Even though digital archive systems exist and have certainly helped bring old institutions into the present, they have relatively little influence over the ways museum shows are designed and shared. The normal practice is more or less ‘old school’ and even borderline ‘dysfunctional,’ said Bika Rebek, principal of the New York and Vienna–based firm Some Place Studio.”