Mobile Minutes: Wheelchair accessible, YouTube, Sharp, phone theft
By Staff reports
October 21, 2013
Wheelchair (in)accessible: App maps obstacles for disabled
A filmmaker with multiple sclerosis hopes an app he developed will help fellow wheelchair users make cities like New York more accessible, per CNN.
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40pc of YouTube traffic now mobile, up from 25pc in 2012, 6pc in 2011
It’s hard to get people to concentrate long on anything on their phones and tablets, yet YouTube seems to be the exception. The video service is quickly going mobile, with small screens making up 40% of its traffic now compared to 25% last year, Google said on its earnings call today. In 2011, just 6% of YouTube traffic came from mobile, TechCrunch reports.
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Why did Sharp just put a tablet into this cutting board?
There are so many great recipe apps, but taking a tablet to the kitchen can be both inconvenient and potentially disastrous. Siobhán Andrews, a Falmouth University student, thought up an elegant solution. He submitted the sketch of an interactive chopping board with a giant touchscreen display to Sharp Labs' #GetItDownOnPaper competition. Over the course of two months, the idea became a prototype called Chop-Syc, which aims to simplify healthy eating by providing easy cooking instructions and calculating portion control, according to The Verge.
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New York lawmaker pushes bill to thwart phone theft
Smartphone theft has been a rising problem in many parts of the country, partly because of the devices’ high resale value. A top New York lawmaker thinks the solution is to go after the sellers who help make stealing phones so profitable, The New York Times reports.
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