How to turn your smartphone into a digital microscope

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The world is a fascinating place up close.  Through the lens of a microscope you can find details that you would otherwise never notice.  But now you can. There is a simple method for building a digital microscope that uses your smartphone camera, focused by a laser-pointer lens.

 

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Massive growth in mobile media consumption in 2013

Even as smartphone sales slow down, mobile-centric social networks, mobile video companies, and location based services are well positioned to feel the biggest benefits from the massive shift in consumer media consumption and usage patterns. But how can companies truly capitalize on this consumer revolution and adapt to their mobile-centric customers?

 

 

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Mobile coupons are going mainstream

Mobile commerceis exploding. As recently as late 2010, commerce transacted from phones and tablets was only 3% of e-commerce. By the end of last year’s holiday shopping season, that number had risen to 11%. That’s approximately $18.6 billion in consumer spending — and that doesn’t even include travel-related purchases.

 

 

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Brewbot: a smartphone controlled brewing system for homebrewers

Brewbot

A delicious and rewarding hobby is brewing beer at home.  It is also a complex and time-consuming hobby. If your beer is going to come out right you will need the right amount of hops, barley, yeast, and water.  They must be combined and heated at very specific times and temperatures. Homebrewers taking on a new batch of golden brew must dedicate an entire day to its creation — not including bottling. But a handy new robot, developed in Northern Ireland, is putting an end to all that lost time.

 

 

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Scientists create first smartphone attachment that can detect a single virus, nanoparticles

UCLA smartphone virus scanner

Scientists have finally developed a technology that makes it possible to avoid a trip to the doctor.  The UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science scientists have created a lightweight, virus-detecting device that attaches to a common smartphone and is able to scan the human body for human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) particles. The troublesome virus is the root of various illnesses, including birth defects like deafness and brain damage. HCMV can also expedite the death of adults who have HIV, a weak immune system and those who have undergone organ transplants, making early detection of the virus useful.

 

 

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How 18 to 29 year olds use their phones totally differently from older people

How young people behave now is what’s going to be normal in a few years.

Just about everyone is carrying a smartphone these days and we wanted to look at how etiquette is going to evolve.  Checking the phone at dinner time was total no-no for some of us.  But since almost all of us carry phones around, is that still true?

 

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Smartwatches are the future of mobile payments

Pebble Smartwatch

The adoption of smartphone in the U.S. continues to grow.  It now accounts for 57 percent of the mobile market according to comScore. Rollout of in-store mobile payments has been slow and fragmented. Some experts attribute it to infrastructure challenges or hesitancy on behalf of consumers due to security risks. Others suspect the market just isn’t ready.

 

 

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A third of smartphone owners go BYOD without IT department’s knowledge

The majority of staff who own a smartphone or tablet used them at work.

Employees continue to use their own smartphones and tablets at work without the approval of the company’s IT department.  Just over half (56.8%) of 4,371 employees worldwide were using personal devices at work, according to a survey by analyst house Ovum.

 

 

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