Personal Tech

Give yourself a tech break

Give yourself a tech break

Statistically speaking, people aren’t great at disconnecting. Whether that means taking a break from smartphones, social media and general internet use, or taking paid time...
Find elusive particles from your phone with Oxford’s new neutrino viewer app

Find elusive particles from your phone with Oxford’s new neutrino viewer app

Not so long ago, observing fundamental particles was reserved for scientists with complex equipment. Now technological progress means that anyone can explore the world of...
3-D virtual reality colonoscopy: Pursuing a better path to colorectal cancer prevention

3-D virtual reality colonoscopy: Pursuing a better path to colorectal cancer prevention

At UCSF’s 3-D Imaging Lab, radiologist Judy Yee, MD, pulls up an image that looks more like a birthday party balloon animal than a...
Wristband detects and alerts for seizures, monitors stress

Wristband detects and alerts for seizures, monitors stress

People with epilepsy suffer from recurrent, unprovoked seizures that can cause injury and even death from “sudden unexpected death in epilepsy” (SUDEP), a condition...
Finding credibility clues on Twitter

Finding credibility clues on Twitter

By scanning 66 million tweets linked to nearly 1,400 real-world events, Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have built a language model that identifies words...
New techniques allow greater control of smartwatches

New techniques allow greater control of smartwatches

Smartwatches aren't the easiest things to control, with their small screens and owner's bulky fingers. Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have invented new ways...
Video game ratings work, if you use them

Video game ratings work, if you use them

Nearly every video game sold or downloaded comes with a rating that provides age-appropriate guidelines based on the game's content. Critics have questioned the effectiveness...
Your (social media) votes matter

Your (social media) votes matter

When Tim Weninger conducted two large-scale experiments on Reddit - otherwise known as "the front page of the internet" - back in 2014, the...
Android device's Pattern Lock can be cracked within 5 attempts

Android device’s Pattern Lock can be cracked within 5 attempts

The popular Pattern Lock system used to secure millions of Android phones can be cracked within just five attempts - and more complicated patterns...
Nine tech terms to know in 2017

Nine tech terms to know in 2017

For those new to tech culture, or even just interested in how the industry and its many inventions work, the associated terminology can sometimes...