An FDA-approved clinical trial is allowing people to control their iPhone or iPad devices using just brain waves.
New Touchscreen Technology Could Pave the Way for Virtual Keyboards that Feel Like Real Ones
New research on touchscreen technology shows that varying the temperature during finger-device interaction can mimic the experience of typing on an actual physical keyboard, making the human brain believe that the interaction is real.
By 2025 Apple Pay Could Make up 10% of Global Transactions
By 2025 Apple Pay could account for 10% of global card transactions. Currently the service accounts for 5%.
iPhones 11 Accounted for 69% of Quarter 4 Sales, Report Shows
A report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) shows that the iPhone 11/Pro/Pro Max dominated sales for Q4 2019.
App Usage Can Predict Cognitive Decline in Older Adults
An Apple research paper called “App Usage Predicts Cognitive Ability in Older Adults” says that iPhone usage can help predict cognitive decline in older adults [PDF].
To characterize smartphone usage among older adults, we collected iPhone usage data from 84 healthy older adults over three months. We find that older adults use fewer apps, take longer to complete tasks, and send fewer messages. We use cognitive test results from these same older adults to then show that up to 79% of these differences can be explained by cognitive decline, and that we can predict cognitive test performance from smartphone usage with 83% ROCAUC. While older adults differ from younger adults in app usage behavior, the “cognitively young” older adults use smartphones much like their younger counterparts. Our study suggests that to better support all older adults, researchers and developers should consider the full spectrum of cognitive function.
These Academic Shortcuts Help You Maximize Your Research
Last night I came across a website called Appademic, which shares academic shortcuts that can help students and researchers. One example is a shortcut that gives you better BibTeX citation keys for Pandoc.
This is the long awaited iOS Shortcut for Zotero to extract Better BibTeX citation keys for Pandoc. I know a fair few people have been waiting on this, apologies it has taken so long to post. If you need more detail, read on, otherwise the shortcut can be downloaded below.
Some Guidelines on how to Spot Bad Science
Recently I wrote a PSA on Wi-Fi and cancer, and a lot of people disagree with me by sending me links to studies and other news that also disagree. That’s fine, but at the same time a lot more effort goes into scientific research than cherry picking Google results. I don’t claim to know better than these studies, but a scientific study needs to be taken into context of the field as a whole. John Oliver had a good segment on studies and how they can be misunderstood. Compound Interest has a rough guide to spotting bad science and red flags to watch out for. I’ve made use of this guide for some time, and I think it’s helpful.
This graphic looks at the different factors that can contribute towards ‘bad’ science – it was inspired by the research I carried out for the recent aluminium chlorohydrate graphic, where many articles linked the compound to causing breast cancer, referencing scientific research which drew questionable conclusions from their results.
Apple Donates Apple Watches to Binge Eating Study
Apple is donating a thousand Apple Watches to a binge eating study. The University of North Carolina’s medical school will start this study.
Apple Brand Recognition Beats Other Tech Companies, Shows Study
Apple brand recognition is at the top in the technology industry among millennials, beating Microsoft, Intel, IBM, HP, and Dell.
Study Shows iPhones More Private Than Android Phones
In a new research paper published by Vanderbilt University’s Professor Douglas Schmidt, it found that Android phones suck up your data.