New apps aim to help users lose weight

By Daniel Pendick
Posted on February 06, 2015

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
Posted on February 01, 2015

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
Posted on January 23, 2015

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
Posted on January 18, 2015

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
Posted on December 06, 2014

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
Posted on November 13, 2014

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

Ways to create better, stronger passwords

By By Anick Jesdanun
Posted on November 08, 2014

With more frequent news that hacker rings are amassing millions of username and password combinations from major retail outlets, it’s a good time to review ways to protect yourself online.If there’s reason to believe your information might have been compromised, change your passwords immediately.One of the best things you can do is to make sure your new passwords are strong.... READ MORE

Tech tools that make travel easier, simpler

By Anick Jesdanun
Posted on November 02, 2014

Your swimsuit and your sunscreen are in the luggage, and your boarding passes are all printed out.But did you remember your gadgets and chargers? Did you download enough entertainment? Do you know where you’re going?In my travels, I’ve come across a number of products and services worth bringing along:Keeping your gadgets charged You’ll need not only the charging... READ MORE

Generations together

By Alexis Bentz
Posted on October 16, 2014

Technology takes toll on young and old  When you hear the word technology, what do you think of?  Probably not the same thing as someone my age (12) thinks. The fact is that the generations may look at technology in very different ways. Many kids think that technology is “cool” because not only does it make them more popular, it allows them to play video games,... READ MORE

Tech-savvy actor still explores new worlds

By Rebekah Sewell
Posted on October 15, 2014

In the second season of “Takei’s Take” — a web series hosted by George Takei, the 77-year-old actor who played Mr. Sulu on “Star Trek” — Takei punches a virtual reality shark in the face, learns about a “brain-activated” skateboard, drives an electric car, and explores how Boston could become the next Silicon Valley.The rapid-fire... READ MORE