Young children’s use of tablets and mobile apps

The University of Sheffield has released the early findings from an ongoing study looking at the use of tablets and apps by children aged up to 5 years old. You can learn more about the project, and download the report, here. Some aspects of the study are debatable (e.g., the classification of the apps mixes … Continue reading Young children’s use of tablets and mobile apps

The other side of free apps

Human is an iPhone app (no affiliate link) that monitors movement. It tracks physical activity throughout the day with the objective of encouraging an active (and, thus, healthy) lifestyle. And it is free.   While we are eagerly tracking how many minutes we have walked or cycled, grateful for this boost to our health from … Continue reading The other side of free apps

Is a branded mobile app a step too far for book publishers?

I wrote a short piece for The Conversation (a website that disseminates academic research and provides analysis of news by academic researcher on) on the rationale behind Mills & Boon’s move into mobile apps. Mills & Boon, like other book publishers, has been dramatically impacted by digital technology and the associated changes in consumer behaviour, … Continue reading Is a branded mobile app a step too far for book publishers?

Data collection? There is an app for that

I guess it was only a matter of time. There are apps for virtually any aspect of our personal and professional lines. So, I suppose that it was only a matter of time for a researcher to come up with an app to help with data collection. The researcher is Dan Ariely, a behavioural economist … Continue reading Data collection? There is an app for that