This chatbot took over Tinder to engage with young UK voters

June 11, 2017

… great way for them to make a difference.” She believes that the directness or Tinder and people’s excitement to receive messages from matches made this a very effective way to engage with the electorate. The bot sent out around 1,000 messages to Tinder users in Dudley North, one of the key swing constituencies identified by the team. Dudley North was held by Labour, and Rodrigues Fowler says the team is particularly excited to have played a part in campaigning there. …

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iOS 11 is here and it’s packed with tons of new features

June 7, 2017

… redesigning the store. It starts with the new Today, Games, and Apps tabs: Image: apple Apps are presented in “cards” and when tapped they expand to display a lengthier description. There are also “how to” cards to teach users about how to use an app (i.e. tips for using VSCO). There’s a new “App of the Day” that features a picked app. On iPad, there’s an expanded dock that’s reminiscent of the one on macOS, improved split-view …

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Apple continues to push into healthcare, this time with developers

June 7, 2017

… diagnosed in 11 to 36 of every 100,000 Americans each year. Through the app, researchers are studying both whether a digital study of a rare disease with patients spread throughout the country and the worldcan even work, as well as the disease itself. The app provides its users information about Sarcoidosis that their local doctors might not be able to give them and then asks them to take surveys about their condition and general health. SEE ALSO: Apple’s first store in Southeast Asia is …

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The teenage developer who quit school to focus on coding

June 5, 2017

… was once of the recipients of Apple’s WWDC Scholarships this year. Image: courtesy amanda southworth “Basically it’s just to make your life easier because dealing with mental illness as it is sucks,” she says. “This app is kind of reaching out and saying ‘hey, I’m sorry you’re in this predicament but I want to help make this better.’ “ It’s a message that’s resonated with her peers. The app has around a thousand users …

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How a Silicon Valley veteran created an app that 400 nonprofits use to help refugees

May 30, 2017

Image: Mashable Composite; RefAid / Trellyz Shelley Taylor calls herself a Silicon Valley veteran. Veteran, she tells me, “means old.” Raised in Palo Alto, Taylor has an extensive tech background. She isn’t an engineer, but she wrote the “bible of user interface” back in 1995 at the dawn of website creation, inventing a lot of the language still used to this day to describe websites and ecommerce. She’s launched a bevy of startups and advised companies like …

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10 new features coming to your phone in Android O

… the look and feel of notifications, Android O is letting users have much more fine-grained control over which notifications they see in the first place with something called notification channels. Notification channels let you decide which types of notifications you want to see from your apps. Not many developers have had a chance to take advantage of this yet but as you can see in this example from the Google app, it lets you individually mute certain categories of notifications. 8. New …

May 21, 2017
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Net neutrality is a pivotal moment in a broader movement for a healthy internet

… fodder for a kitchen table or dorm room discussion. SEE ALSO: What to expect when you’re expecting the net neutrality debate to begin But theres a simple definition: Net neutrality prevents internet providers from slowing down users speeds, blocking certain websites and charging extra for swifter speeds. Unfortunately, FCC chairman Ajit Pais recent proposal slated for a vote this Thursday aims to gut net neutrality. Weve seen in recent years what a world without net neutrality looks …

May 19, 2017
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Apple spotlights how accessible tech helps people with disabilities thrive

… global accessibility policy and initiatives at Apple. “We want more and more people out there to not only see the work we’re doing, but realize the importance of accessibility in general.” The videos showcase users with a wide range of disability identities and experiences from Carlos Vasquez, a blind metal drummer, to Shane Rakowski, a music teacher with hearing loss. “Theres really a depth and breadth to what ‘accessibility’ means.” “You are …

May 19, 2017
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Facebook and The Trevor Project hope to help prevent LGBTQ youth suicides

Facebook has been working to make users feel safer on the platform for years, and in its latest effort to enhance the online community, the social media platform partnered with The Trevor Project, an organization dedicated to suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth. On Tuesday in the middle of Mental Health Awareness month Facebook announced that users will be able to connect with mental health resourcesfromThe Trevor Project right from their direct messages. The project rolls out over the next …

May 18, 2017
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How to bring humanity and tech together: Innovators and advocates on hope for the future

… users loved it. However, we noticed that some were sharing identical posts without reading them. Essentially, we were contributing to spam, which was not great for content creators and also not great for Buffer as a product. We believe in creating authentic voices on social media, and this broke down that trust users had in us. Even though this feature had lots of traction we ultimately decided to shut it down. At the time, we had our values of Listen First and Do the right thing top of mind. …

May 18, 2017
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Road accidents biggest global killer of teenagers – BBC News

2. Lower respiratory infections 3. Self-harm (intentional and accidental suicide) 4. Diarrhoeal diseases 5. Drowning According to the worldwide report, more than 3,000 adolescents die every day. Over two-thirds of these deaths happen in low- and middle-income countries in Africa and South East Asia. And most are preventable. Road accidents Most young people killed by the top cause – road crashes – are “vulnerable” road users: pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. …

May 16, 2017
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