New apps aim to help users lose weight

By: Daniel Pendick

Smartphones and tablets combine an extraordinary amount of portable computing power with Internet connections via cell phone signal and WiFi. Many health entrepreneurs are trying to harness that power to help people get healthier. According to one estimate, the number of health apps for phones may already top 40,000.Now the tough question: Do they actually work? A study published last fall... READ MORE

What happens to online files after you go?

By: Anne Flaherty

You’ve probably decided who gets the house or that family heirloom up in the attic when you die. But what about your email account and all those photos stored online?Grieving relatives might want access for sentimental reasons, or to settle financial issues. But do you want someone reading your exchanges on an online dating profile, or a spouse going through every email?The Uniform... READ MORE

Companies stealthily study customers

By: Mae Anderson

Think you’re in control? Think again.OKCupid, an online dating site, recently became the latest company to admit that it has manipulated customer data to see how users of its service would react to one another. The New York-based Internet company’s revelation followed news last July that Facebook let researchers change news feeds to see how it would affect users’ moods.The ... READ MORE

Google plans pill to search for illnesses

By: Brandon Bailey

Google is working on a cancer-detecting pill in its latest effort to push the boundaries of technology.Still in the experimental stage, the pill is packed with tiny magnetic particles, which can travel through a patient’s bloodstream, search for malignant cells, and report their findings to a sensor on a wearable device.As many as 2,000 of these microscopic “nanoparticles” ... READ MORE

What is ‘social media,’ and is it for you?

By: Morgan Lamphere and Carol Sorgen

There’s a notion common among many young people that older American’s don’t “get” social media. But actually, older adults are now the fastest-growing group of new users of social media in the United States.The growth has been spectacular: In 2013, 43 percent of Americans over 65 used at least one social networking site, compared with 26 percent in 2010 and... READ MORE

D.C. nonprofit offers free tech training

By: Rebekah Sewell

Growing up in an underserved neighborhood of Atlanta, Ga., Meico Whitlock, 30, was always “fascinated by technology.” By volunteering with Byte Back, a D.C. nonprofit that provides computer classes in disadvantaged local communities, he’s now able to help others succeed. He finds Byte Back’s classes “improve the lives of everyday people,” he... READ MORE