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Mobile phones carry owners' bacterial 'fingerprint'

Mobile phones carry owners' bacterial 'fingerprint'

Smartphones reflect the personal microbial world of their owners, say US scientists. More than 80 percent of the common bacteria that make up our personal bacterial "fingerprints" end up on their screens, a study suggests. Personal possessions, such as phones, might be useful for tracking the spread of bacteria, they report in PeerJ. They reflect our...

Smartphone app helps alcoholics stay sober: Study

Smartphone app helps alcoholics stay sober: Study

A smartphone app for recovering alcoholics that includes a panic button and sounds an alert when they get too close to taverns helped keep some on the wagon, researchers who developed the tool found. The sober app studied joins a host of others that serve as electronic shoulder angels, featuring a variety of options for trying to prevent alcoholics and drug addicts from relapsing. Adults released from in-patient alcoholism treatment centers who got free sober smartphones reported fewer drinking days and more overall abstinence than those who got the usual follow-up support. The results were based on patients' self-reporting on whether they resumed drinking, a potential limitation. Still, addiction experts say the...

Hacker crashes Google Play twice

Hacker crashes Google Play twice

New Android apps and updates were blocked from appearing in Google's Play Store on Monday, after a hacker attacked Google's app publishing system, CNN reports. It's an outage you may not notice -- until it holds up the next update to Candy Crush, Plants v. Zombies or Clash of Clans. But developers are furious. The...

Samsung unveils S5 with heart-rate monitor

Samsung unveils S5 with heart-rate monitor

Samsung sought Monday to frame its new Galaxy S5 smartphone as a lifestyle product, as it emphasised a built-in heart-rate sensor and improved camera features over its slightly larger size. One of the main appeals of Samsung phones has been their size. The screen has steadily increased since the 4 inches (10.2 centimetres) on...

Google unveils smartphone with 3D sensors

Google unveils smartphone with 3D sensors

Google has unveiled a prototype smartphone with "customised hardware and software" that enables it to create 3D maps of a user's surroundings. The device's sensors allow it make over 250,000 3D measurements every second and update its position in real-time. Google said potential applications may include indoor mapping, helping the visually-impaired navigate unfamiliar indoor places...

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