Apps

1:09pm

Tue February 12, 2013
All Tech Considered

This App Uses The Power Of You To Report The Weather

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 11:19 am

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This map shows data reported by users of the mPING app during Friday's blizzard in the Northeast.
The PING Project

10:07am

Thu January 17, 2013
The Two-Way

'Make Me Asian' App Removed From Google Play Store

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 8:10 am

A screenshot from the "Make me Asian" app page in the Google Play store. The app is no longer available.
Google Play

"Make Me Asian," a smartphone app that drew the ire of Asian-American activists for what they say are stereotypical depictions, is no longer available on the Google Play Store.

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3:01pm

Wed January 16, 2013
Shots - Health News

Skin Doctors Question Accuracy Of Apps For Cancer Risk

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 6:51 am

Lt. Cmdr. Stephen Mannino checks a sailor for skin cancer the old-fashioned way during a screening exam at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado in San Diego.
MC2 Dominique M. Lasco U.S. Navy

Skin cancer? There's an app for that.

But the same smartphone that brings you Fruit Ninja might not be the best tool for diagnosing deadly melanoma.

Smartphone apps that evaluate moles for skin cancer risk missed threatening moles one-third of the time, according to a study by dermatologists at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

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1:33pm

Tue January 15, 2013
The Two-Way

'NRA Practice Range' App Sparks Outrage, Questions

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 3:45 pm

A screen image from "NRA: Practice Range."
MEDL Mobile

The appearance Monday of a new iPhone/iPad app called "NRA: Practice Range" is causing controversy. Critics say release of the game one month after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., was callous. And they're also incensed that it's tied to the NRA, which has pinned part of the blame for mass shootings on violent video games.

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10:11am

Wed January 9, 2013
The Salt

Kids Who Play Food Product Games May Eat More Junk Food

Originally published on Wed January 9, 2013 11:02 am

Many popular food games for computers and devices like tablets are actually "advergames", created by food manufacturers to market their products to kids.
iStockphoto.com

Some kids can't get enough of online games where they can pretend to run a candy factory or decorate cakes. But children who play with these games may eat more, and eat more junk food, even if the game features fruit or other healthful choices, according to new research.

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