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Sep 23, 2016

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Google Glass Flopped. But Kids With Autism Are Using It to Recognize Emotions

Gabby Warner craved a Google Glass headset when it first became available so she could search the web. But now, she’s using it for a more profound purpose. “It’s helped me to understand some people’s emotions,” says Warner, who has autism. “I can tell when a friend is upset better now than I could...

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This artist is trying to transform digital health, one painting at a time

Just six days after Regina Holliday's husband died, she started painting a mural on the side of a gas station, off a busy street in Washington, D.C.  "Fred's in the center of the painting," Holliday says. "I started with Fred because I wanted to have him back so desperately."

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Feb 24, 2016

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Christina

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Facebook Reactions, the Totally Redesigned Like Button, Is Here

YOUR NEWS FEED is about to get a lot more expressive. After months of user testing in a handful of countries, Facebook today is releasing “Reactions” to the rest of the world. The feature isn’t so much a new tool as it is an extension of an existing one; by long-pressing—or, on a computer, hovering...

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Psychotherapy by emoji: Mental health community wrestles with texting

Dr. Carlene MacMillan was at a garden party in Brooklyn when the text message appeared on her phone. The sender was alone, in a hotel room, unable to stop thinking about killing herself with an overdose, and she was sending an electronic plea for help.

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Jan 22, 2016

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Emily S

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I tried the $99 robot cat, Hasbro's solution for lonely grandparents, and it was strangely comforting

Earlier this month, a robotic cat began to go viral on Twitter.  The robot cat was Hasbro's latest toy. With the slogan "Why should kids have all the fun?" Hasbro is positioning the stuffed animal as a "companion pet" for the lonely and the elderly. Its website features the $99.99 feline purring...

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Why Social Media Turns to Images to Help Us Cope With Tragedy

After the San Bernardino shooting, an image started picking up steam onFacebook and other social networks: a picture of abear hugging the state of California. Though it has the twee aesthetic of a heartfelt millennial meme, it’s actually a drawing from 1913, off a set of sheet music for the state...

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New Aussie Regime Could Force Social Networks to Remove Bullying Content

Opening up a new front in the fight against cyberbullying, Australian kids and their parents can now ask the government to remove humiliating posts on social media. Calling itself a "one-stop-shop" for online safety, the Office of the Children’s e-Safety Commissioner will work with social media...

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May 21, 2015

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Emily S

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Researchers Use Fake iPhone Ads to Examine Stigmas of Race, Class Online

Let's say you're in the market for an iPhone, used, online. Consider this ad: "I'm selling my black iPhone 5. It's in great condition and includes all of the original items -- head phones, box, charger. It's never been dropped or scratched."  At $340, it's a good deal, about 10 percent cheaper than...

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Computers That Know How You Feel Will Soon Be Everywhere

Sometime next summer, you’ll be able to watch a horror series that is exactly as scary as you want it to be—no more, no less. You’ll pull up the show, which relies on software from the artificial intelligence startup Affectiva, and tap a button to opt in. Then, while you stare at your iPad, its...

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