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Tue June 18, 2013
Shots - Health News

Patients Lead The Way As Medicine Grapples With Apps

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 8:39 pm

How many calories in that bite? My Fitness Pal and other fitness and nutrition apps can help find the answer.
Heather Rousseau NPR

Christine Porter is hooked on the MyFitnessPal app. In October, after deciding to lose 50 pounds, Porter started typing in everything she eats, drinks and any exercise she gets.

"This is my main page here," says Porter. "It's telling me I have about 1,200 calories remaining for the day. When I want to record something I just click the 'add to diary' button. I'm on it all day either through my phone or through the computer."

She says she's lost 42 pounds in nine months.

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Wed June 12, 2013
Planet Money

In A 17th Century Poet, A Model For Modern Day Hacks

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 12:35 pm

Against the ground we stand and knock our heels, whilst all our profit runs away on smartphone apps.
Richard Drew AP

In cities around the world, technology is threatening the taxi and Towncar business, and the people who own taxi and Towncar companies are going to courts and lawmakers for protection.

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Wed June 5, 2013
Shots - Health News

Will A Pedometer Get You Off Your Duff?

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 6:27 am

Pedometer, an app, keeps track of your steps, distance traveled and calories burned.
Benjamin Morris NPR

Are you more likely to sit less and exercise more if you've got a little device tracking you every step of the way?

Quite a few people think so. But public health do-gooders bent on getting Americans out of their chairs and off their couches want to know for sure.

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Fri May 31, 2013
Planet Money

How Recalculating GDP Can Help App Designers In Nigeria

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 12:34 pm

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If you're trying to grow a business in Nigeria and you want investors, you want Nigeria's economy to look as big as possible.

Bayo Puddicombe and Zubair Abubakar own a company called Pledge 51, which creates applications for Nigeria's low-tech cellphones. One of their most popular games lets players pretend to drive the notoriously wild buses crisscrossing the Nigerian city Lagos. It's called Danfo, after the buses.

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