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Facebook teste les statuts et les commentaires éphémères
Facebook teste une nouvelle fonctionnalité qui permet aux utilisateurs de choisir la durée de partage d'un statut ou d'un commentaire, en définissant un délai d'expiration.

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How the Humble Text Message Can Help Democratize Healthcare
Screen Shot 2014-09-10 at 20.42.38.png For many Americans living below the poverty line, getting adequate healthcare is nearly impossible, resulting in low-income communities being underserved by the health care system. Understanding how to better serve these neighborhoods is a point of concern for medical researchers and community organizers alike. motherboard reports.

quotemarksright.jpgTake Parkside, a public housing complex on the eastside of Detroit that houses about 750 people, 90 percent of whom are black. Nearly half of Parkside's residents live below the poverty line. Many of the people who live there can’t afford proper health care, and community organizations like Friends of Parkside (FOP), which aims to improve the Parkside community through a variety of services, are looking for effective ways to conduct surveys to find out how they can help.

Researchers from the University of Michigan teamed up with FOP to address the issue using an often overlooked technology: texting.

Even if people can't afford to pay for their medication or buy things that we perceive as them needing, they will definitely pay for their cell phones and text messaging plans," Tammy Chang, lead author of the study, told me. "Why are we not using this resource? It's a low-tech, basically ubiquitous technology that we can use to tap into their thoughts and opinions about issues going on in their community."

... Chang explained: "What text messaging allows people to do is give their feedback in their time, in their own language—in a language they use to communicate in every other aspect of their lives."

Text messaging, in this context, has a democratizing effect in more arenas than just language. For one, it’s extremely cheap for both surveyors and survey takers. The University of Michigan researchers estimate that it would cost just $50 for a community organization like FOP to launch a text message-based survey campaign.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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A New Multi-Material 3D Printer Can Print (Almost) Anything
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A company in Mexico says it's working on the world's first modular 3D printer, which will be able to print just about anything out of, well, anything. [via motherboard]

quotemarksright.jpgThe printer, called the Modular MM1, is still just a prototype, but its creators, MakerMex, say that it can print ceramic, chocolate, batter, rubber, plastics, clay, and even wood fiber and Play Doh (OK, maybe that one isn't so impressive).

Unlike other 3D printers, the MM1 has interchangeable heads, and most of its other parts are modular as well, meaning it can be changed as the technology does. It's sort of the same idea behind the Google modular phone—you use the parts and features you need, and can upgrade them as necessary, rather than having to buy a new one whenever the tech becomes obsolete.

Of course, there's still a ways to go before the product hits the market—the company is planning to do a Kickstarter sometime later this year. But this isn't a pie-in-the-sky idea: The company has a good track record in Mexico and already has several commercial 3D printers available for sale.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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