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The Internet of Me

Right now, there are thousands of articles talking about privacy and information related to mobile users, and nowhere is this more applicable than with electronic health records. Simply using simple location information (latitude and longitude, plus the date and time when it was recorded), we can start to make inferences about a user’s behavior. When…

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Indoor Location Positioning Using iBeacons

Maps are a huge business for both Google and Apple. Although Appleā€™s initial effort on mapping fell short, they quickly fixed their most glaring problems and now have a nearly equivalent offering to that of Google. That being said, relying on GPS for location positioning works well on a macro scale, but is at best…

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Wireframes: mySTOX

mySTOX is a stock portfolio app that I designed while sitting in the keynote of an Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). I was talking with a friend about the possibility of Apple allowing widgets within the springboard (aka Home screen) of iOS 6, and I started sketching what I would like to have as a…

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Fictional Friday: Walter White’s Second Phone

For someone with so many problems, it’s surprising that Walter White (from Breaking Bad) doesn’t take advantage of current technology. He’s more of a do-it-yourself, solve-it-with-SCIENCE kind of guy. But sometimes, there’s no amount of sitting at a pool and contemplating an imminent fate that can get him out of a sticky situation. Plus, it’s…

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How to Assess Technical Skills of an Employee

When hiring for multiple technical positions, it is very complicated to remember each person’s particular skills, and how well they compare against the other people competing for the same position. Recently, I’ve come up with a system to assess those skills in a somewhat objective manner. We ask each person to rank where they fit…