Do you know your Hipsters from your Punks? – Well, your computer does

Dividing people into popular subcultures may be the quickest way to determine whether you have anything in common with someone but  it wasn’t the kind of thing you would expect scientists to take a particular interest in until now. Scientists from the University of California, San Diego have developed algorithms to determine an individual’s ‘urban …

Obsessive Comparison Disorder – the latest social media-induced mental health issue

OCD just got new meaning in the latest social anxiety disorder to be blamed on the importance of being self-important in the virtual world. ‘Obsessive Comparison Disorder’ may have always existed but the hyper-reality of social media networks like Facebook and Instagram have heightened the wired generation’s need to excel and exceed. Or at least …

Tablet technology adapted for the blind

We’ve already seen countless examples of how technology, particularly cheaper hybrids like tablets, have helped healthcare and business for the under-resourced developing world.  Now there’s much promise for visually-impaired people to unlock the assistance of the world of technology that was previously unavailable to them. Bloomberg Business Week recently covered a story detailing intensive iPad training for teaching blind students, undertaken by a …

Taking technology to bed – Are you a tech cheater?

Comparing constant use of technology to cheating on your partner may be over-stating things slightly but when we consider how many of us sleep with our smartphones, it’s not that far-fetched. In a recent article titled ‘Is your technology keeping you up?’, beauty blogger ‘Miss Budget Beauty’ examined the impact her constant tweeting, vlogging, blogging …

New ‘UChek’ app tests urine for medical ailments by camera phone

Yes you read correctly.  ‘UChek’, unveiled at TED in Los Angeles yesterday is a smartphone application that tests your urine for possible illnesses by way of camera pictures.  Can this be true? Yes.  What seems like a very unlikely story is in fact a very useful tool, particularly in the developing world where the use of mobile phones is revolutionising remote healthcare. The invention by …