This week, the WHO releases a mobile health warning, Android Apps go un-downloaded, and mobile app privacy policies go unwritten.
Put Down Your Phone
This week, a new World Health Organization (WHO) report has suggested that there may possibly be a link between mobile phone usage and lethal forms of brain cancer. This is alarming news, assuming of course you use your smartphone to talk to other people. I don’t know about you, but though my iPhone can make calls, I rather prefer to use it for other things [insert AT&T connection joke here].
Yet, if you’re one of the few actually speaking into your phone, the WHO does have a few recommendations for how you can alleviate the risk.
It’s believed that keeping the phone away from your head should reduce the exposure to the potentially harmful frequencies. Invest in a Bluetooth headset or headphones with a mic so you can be hands-free.
I suspect that this WHO report is actually a marketing plot by Apple to get users to actually use FaceTime. Come to think of it, Microsoft just bought Skype, which is another type of tool that can be used to replace traditional phone use. Regardless, any VoIP service will help keep your head and phone sufficiently apart.
Text, IM or Email
Most phone calls are unnecessary and could be replaced with a text or email sent from your mobile device. Those of us who screen our calls, thank you. However, you know what’s worse than brain cancer? Dying in a car accident. So let’s be safe -- don’t text and drive.
Apple’s App Store Dominates, Android Apps Less Popular
In other mobile news, most Android apps go un-downloaded. Say what you will about the iTunes interface, but iOS apps continue to dominate, according to Distimo research. 80% of paid Android apps have fewer than 100 downloads, while free apps are more popular, as only 25% had fewer than 100 downloads.
The report suggests that it’s more challenging for developers in the Google Android Market than in the Apple App Store to monetize using a one-off fee monetization model. As well, the Apple App store has been around longer and is promoted more frequently.
More Apps with Less Privacy
Thanks to a California law, nearly all companies that collect any consumer data online have privacy policies on their website. Yet, there’s no law clearly mandating that apps need to have published privacy policies. Though there isn’t a law (yet), it’s considered to be a good practice.