What we read this week (6 June)

Welcome to Things we read this week, a weekly post featuring articles from around the internet recommended by BMJ Labs.

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Health Tech

Thoughtful article by Maxine Mackintosh about the 23andMe and AirBnB partnership

Tech

Loads of interesting data in the new Ofcom report about media use and attitudes in the UK. It contains the sobering stat:
“One in three adults never use a computer to go online and one in ten only use a smartphone, an increase since 2017.”

And finally…

A chart from from 1973 in Scientific American showing that a person on a bicycle the most efficient among man and machines.  Steve Jobs said “the computer … is the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds”

What we read this week (9 Feb 2018)

Welcome to Things we read this week, a weekly post featuring articles from around the internet recommended by BMJ’s Digital Group members. These are articles we’ve read and liked, things that made us think and things we couldn’t stop talking about. Check back every Friday for a new post.

Voice UI

Voice UI is definitely coming but the big question is what will researchers use it for? We have plenty of anecdotal evidence that users are listening to academic articles via a range of apps and browser functionality . BMJ is experimenting with voice driven interactions but even simple things like indexing the BMJ in TuneIn to allow users to ask Alexa to play them has proved tricky. “Alexa play Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery podcast” usually works but “Alexa play Heart podcast” isn’t going to bring up the Heart Journal podcast – especially near Valentine’s Day! Continue reading “What we read this week (9 Feb 2018)”

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