WBEZ | Apps http://www.wbez.org/tags/apps Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Dating app helps Muslim millennials find love, parents not included http://www.wbez.org/news/dating-app-helps-muslim-millennials-find-love-parents-not-included-113781 <p><div id="res454005967" previewtitle="Tariq and Ummehaany Azam dance to &quot;Fly Me to the Moon&quot; at their wedding reception."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="Tariq and Ummehaany Azam dance to &quot;Fly Me to the Moon&quot; at their wedding reception." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/11/02/beautiful-dancers-15b631dbcb4c1443ff45387a00f62128ecad73d1-s700-c85.jpg" style="height: 465px; width: 620px;" title="Tariq and Ummehaany Azam dance to &quot;Fly Me to the Moon&quot; at their wedding reception. (Courtesy of Tariq Azam)" /></div><div><div><p>Finding someone to spend your life with can be hard under any circumstances, but young observant Muslims will tell you that here in the U.S., it&#39;s doubly so. They have to navigate strict Islamic dating rules while interacting with the opposite gender in a Westernized world.</p><p>Now, a handful of young Muslims think that a new app called Ishqr provides a partial solution.</p></div></div></div><p>Humaira Mubeen is one of the many Muslim millennials who self-identifies as a &quot;Mipster,&quot; or Muslim hipster. &quot;I became part of this community called Mipsters. It was a bunch of proud Muslim Americans coming together talking about a lot of issues,&quot; says Mubeen. &quot;One of the topics of discussion was always trying to get married.&quot;</p><p>Apparently, it&#39;s hard to find someone who is not only compatible, but also shares a mix of Muslim and American values. Mubeen says, &quot;A year into being part of [the Mipster] community, I jokingly said, &#39;Why don&#39;t I make a website to connect all of you, because you all seem really cool?&#39; &quot;</p><p>Then the emails started pouring in with people asking where to sign up. Mubeen tried to explain that she had been joking, but eventually she felt compelled to build Ishqr, a website to help Muslims find each other. &quot;If Instagram and dating apps had a baby, it would be Ishqr,&quot; says Mubeen.</p><div id="res454245229"><aside aria-label="pullquote" role="complementary"><div><p>Finding someone to spend your life with can be hard under any circumstances, but young observant Muslims will tell you that here in the U.S., it&#39;s doubly so.</p></div></aside></div><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Capture_5.JPG" style="height: 258px; width: 310px; float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" title="" /><em>Ishq&nbsp;</em>is an Arabic word for love, and the &quot;r&quot; was added at the end, Mubeen says, to make it sound more hip. More than 6,000 people have signed up on the Ishqr website since it went up just over a year ago. The app went live on iTunes in October.</p><p>Mubeen explains that when you sign up, Ishqr asks you for some basic information: a username, your religious preference (Shia, Sunni and &quot;Just Muslim, yo&quot; are all options) and why you&#39;ve decided to join. She says people sign up to make friends, test the waters and sometimes to get married.</p><p>Some users come in with the mentality that, &quot;If you don&#39;t want to get married in the next five months, let&#39;s not talk.&quot; Talking about marriage right up front might sound a little pushy, but it can work.</p><p>Tariq and Ummehaany Azam met on Ishqr. He&#39;s a medical resident, and she&#39;s a test development professional. Ummehaany described what led her to Ishqr: &quot;This is the first website for the Muslim community in which the person looking to meet someone is creating their own profile, and they are more involved in what goes into the profile and in talking about what they are looking for.&quot;</p><p>That&#39;s important, because on many Muslim online matchmaking sites, parents play matchmaker, and young people don&#39;t have much of a say. Tariq was on one of those more traditional sites for a couple of weeks. &quot;I actually received a phone call from some girl&#39;s mother,&quot; he says, &quot;being like, &#39;We saw your profile, we really like you.&#39; And I was completely shocked. ... That was way too much.&quot; He deleted his profile the next day.</p><p>Besides keeping parents out of the picture, Ishqr is different from other dating sites in another way: Photos aren&#39;t posted. As cliche as it sounds, it really is about discovering someone&#39;s personality. When he joined Ishqr, Tariq found Ummehaany&#39;s profile and asked her to read his. Evidently she liked what she saw: The two married this past May.</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2015/11/13/453988763/ishqr-helps-muslim-millenials-find-love-parents-not-included?ft=nprml&amp;f=453988763" target="_blank"><em> via NPR&#39;s Code Switch</em></a></p></p> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 13:03:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/dating-app-helps-muslim-millennials-find-love-parents-not-included-113781 Obamacare fans out new apps, allies to persuade the uninsured http://www.wbez.org/news/obamacare-fans-out-new-apps-allies-persuade-uninsured-113577 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/health-enrollment_custom-1ed8caffa24ce8eed18e5730750ba946602accae-s800-c85.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="res452910804" previewtitle="Aymara Marchante (from left) and Wiktor Garcia talked with Maria Elena Santa Coloma, an insurance adviser with UniVista Insurance, during February 2015 sign-ups for health plans in Miami, Fla."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="Aymara Marchante (from left) and Wiktor Garcia talked with Maria Elena Santa Coloma, an insurance adviser with UniVista Insurance, during February 2015 sign-ups for health plans in Miami, Fla." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/10/29/health-enrollment_custom-1ed8caffa24ce8eed18e5730750ba946602accae-s800-c85.jpg" style="height: 412px; width: 620px;" title="From left, Aymara Marchante and Wiktor Garcia talked with Maria Elena Santa Coloma, an insurance adviser with UniVista Insurance, during February 2015 sign-ups for health plans in Miami, Fla. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)" /></div><div><div><p>Ten million people still don&#39;t have health insurance two years after the Affordable Care Act went into effect.</p></div></div></div><p>Some never bought a policy. But 20 percent went to the trouble of signing up on<a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/">HealthCare.gov</a>, or one of the state insurance exchanges, and even made payments. Then, those 2 million people let their insurance lapse.</p><p>NPR asked visitors to our Facebook page to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/NPR/photos/pb.10643211755.-2207520000.1446142660./10153909585316756/?type=3&amp;theater">tell us why</a>.</p><p>Many, like Laura Patterson, dropped their coverage when they got good news on the job front.</p><p>&quot;I was a seminary student working part time at a church and I needed health insurance,&quot; she says. &quot;I enrolled for the first half of the year in a plan that I knew, even if I just had a fairly minor accident, I wouldn&#39;t be able to pay all the bills. When I graduated from seminary and got a full-time job as a pastor, I had really great coverage through my church, so I dropped my ACA plan.&quot;</p><p>Others say they dropped their Obamacare health coverage because they found the plans too confusing, too expensive or not worth it.</p><p>Brendan Skwire tells NPR his insurance was too pricey. &quot;Basically, my premiums doubled when my income imploded,&quot; he says. &quot;I simply couldn&#39;t afford to pay the bill.&quot;</p><p>Several people say they were dropped from their health plan&#39;s rolls without warning. Elaine Marie was one of many who tell us they never knew their insurers were seeking more information from them.</p><p>&quot;I was dropped from my plan last year for &#39;not providing additional income information,&#39; &quot; Marie says. &quot;I check my mail regularly, and did not receive notice in the mail, or via email, or through the secure exchange system email.&quot;</p><p>Meanwhile, Vic Higgs of New York says the premiums and copays required in her current Obamacare plan are too expensive, relative to the small amount of medical care she uses each month. She plans to drop the plan in January.</p><p>&quot;I only visit two doctors a year, and only receive one monthly prescription that &mdash; prior to having insurance &mdash; cost me 80 bucks a month,&quot; Higgs writes. &quot;I think paying directly for the doctor visits and prescriptions is cheaper right now than having insurance.&quot;</p><p>As open enrollment begins this Sunday, these are some of the people Uncle Sam is going to try to re-enlist in the health care exchanges.</p><p>In the two years since the Affordable Care Act went into effect, most people eligible who actually wanted health insurance and could afford it have been enrolled.</p><p>The remaining patients who lack insurance will be harder to lure &mdash; and harder to keep, says&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hhs.gov/about/leadership/secretary/sylvia-mathews-burwell/index.html">Sylvia Burwell</a>, secretary of the department of health and human services.</p><p>Burwell says people in this group tend to be young, and live barely above the poverty line. About a third are members of minority groups, and most are men.</p><p>&quot;The remaining uninsured just get harder and harder to reach,&quot; says&nbsp;<a href="http://kff.org/person/larry-levitt/">Larry Levitt</a>, a health reform and insurance markets analyst at the Kaiser Family Foundation.</p><p>There&#39;s little information showing where people go when they leave the exchanges. A<a href="http://news.coveredca.com/2015/10/covered-california-surpasses-two.html">study</a>&nbsp;of the California market found only 15 percent quit and remained uninsured. Levitt says the national figures are probably about the same.</p><p>So what&#39;s the government to do? HHS is trying a variety of strategies.</p><p>The agency plans to use email,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/subscribe/">text messages</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/Healthcare.gov/">Facebook</a>&nbsp;and online ads to convince the holdouts to get insurance. It&#39;s also launching some new Web tools that will allow people to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/lower-costs/">compare health plans</a>&nbsp;more easily and estimate their cost.</p><p>A new app lets consumers input details of their medical needs, including the names of doctors and medications, to find appropriate plans. The app also allows them to estimate how many visits they expect to have, and prescriptions they expect to use, as well as estimate how much they&#39;re going to spend out of pocket, beyond of their monthly premiums.</p><p>And for the first time, HHS will talk about penalties. People who don&#39;t buy a policy of some sort will face a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/fees-exemptions/fee-for-not-being-covered/">$695 charge</a>&nbsp;per adult at tax time next year.</p><p>The agency will get lots of help from private groups in enrolling patients this year. For example, the nonprofit group Enroll America has staff in 14 states and works with community organizations across the country.</p><p>&quot;We do a lot of work with faith leaders across the country,&quot; says&nbsp;<a href="https://www.enrollamerica.org/about-us/who-we-are/anne-filipic/">Anne Filipic</a>, the group&#39;s president. &quot;We work with community colleges and small business owners. We work with restaurant associations and taxi cab associations. Perhaps we&#39;ll go to church on Sunday, and we&#39;ll actually stand up in front of the congregation and share with them the information.&quot;</p><p>Enroll America will be offering its own&nbsp;<a href="https://www.enrollamerica.org/get-covered-america/get-covered-calculator/">Web app</a>&nbsp;to help with the comparison of health plans.</p><p>The hope is that extra clarity will reduce unexpected costs and help keep people like Dave Egbert and his partner Rich Davis motivated to get insured and stay that way.</p><p>Egbert, of Huron, S.D., also contacted NPR via Facebook. He says he and Davis each dropped their coverage because the fees for doctor visits and tests added up unexpectedly. They could pay the premiums, Egbert says, but the overall costs were too much.</p><p>&quot;I couldn&#39;t afford to actually&nbsp;use&nbsp;the health insurance,&quot; he says.\</p><p>&mdash; <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/10/30/452909204/obamacare-deploys-new-apps-allies-to-convince-the-uninsured?ft=nprml&amp;f=452909204" target="_blank"><em>via NPR</em></a></p></p> Fri, 30 Oct 2015 14:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/obamacare-fans-out-new-apps-allies-persuade-uninsured-113577 Where the wild fractions are: the power of a bedtime (math) story http://www.wbez.org/news/where-wild-fractions-are-power-bedtime-math-story-113256 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/wild-math-story1_slide-6460ca1e1853fb43e084d2485d001ffa007d0692-s800-c85.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="res446644331" previewtitle="Where the wild integers are"><div data-crop-type="" style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Where the wild integers are" src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/10/07/wild-math-story1_slide-6460ca1e1853fb43e084d2485d001ffa007d0692-s800-c85.jpg" style="height: 406px; width: 610px;" title="(LA Johnson/NPR)" /></div></div><p>Parents who are uneasy about their own math skills often worry about how best to teach the subject to their kids.</p><p>Well ... there&#39;s an app for that. Tons of them, in fact. And a study published today in the journal&nbsp;<em>Science&nbsp;</em>suggests that at least one of them works pretty well for elementary school children and math-anxious parents.</p><p>A team from the University of Chicago used a demographically diverse group of first-graders and their parents &mdash; nearly 600 in all &mdash; across a wide swath of Chicago. One group got to use an iPad app called Bedtime Math, built by a nonprofit with the same name. (The app is also available for Android, but we&#39;re told most used the iPad version) The no-frills app uses stories and sound effects to present kids with math problems that they can solve with their parents.</p><p><strong>The control group was given a reading app with similar </strong><strong>stories</strong><strong> but no math problems to solve. The results at the end of the school year?</strong></p><p>I reached out to University of Chicago psychology professor Sian L. Beilock, one of the paper&#39;s lead authors, to find out more.</p><p><strong>I read to my child all the time. But I don&#39;t read bedtime math stories.&nbsp;After reading your study, maybe I should?</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.sciencemag.org/content/350/6257/196">Our study&nbsp;</a>suggests that doing&nbsp;<a href="http://bedtimemath.org/">Bedtime Math</a>&nbsp;with your kids can help advance their math achievement over the school year, and this might be especially important for parents who are a little bit nervous about their own math ability.</p><p><strong>That&#39;s me! How big an increase and what kind of improvement did you see when kids used this iPad app?</strong></p><p>We compared kids who used the Bedtime Math app that involved reading stories and doing math problems with their parents to kids who did a very similar app that didn&#39;t have the math content. We showed that when kids frequently used the app with their parents, those who used the math app were three months ahead in terms of math achievement relative to kids who just did the reading app.</p><p><strong>Your team found that the app worked even better for children whose parents tend to be a bit anxious or uncomfortable with math?</strong></p><p>Many adults in the U.S. and around the world profess to be uncomfortable or anxious about math. Oftentimes dealing with your kid around math can be a nerve-wracking experience &mdash; whether it&#39;s homework or just talking about it. We found that doing this Bedtime Math app with kids was especially beneficial for those kids whose parents tended to be the most nervous about math. In essence, these kids grew significantly throughout the course of the year and looked like kids whose parents weren&#39;t anxious about math by school year&#39;s end.</p><p><strong>And you saw improvement even in children who used the app with parents as little as once a week?</strong></p><p>Yes, it was somewhat surprising to us that such little use would have such important benefits. One of the ideas is that we think that when parents get comfortable with talking with their kids about math &mdash; it doesn&#39;t have to be complex math problems, it could be anything from shapes to even counting &mdash; they likely engage in math talk even when they&#39;re not using the app. And we know that parents who talk more with their kids about math &mdash; whether you&#39;re counting out the number of cookies or counting the minutes to bedtime &mdash; those kids tend to achieve at higher rates in math.</p><p><strong>Bottom line for you: A little bit of math can go a long way, at least in terms of this one study&#39;s findings?</strong></p><p>That&#39;s exactly what we&#39;re showing.</p><p><strong>There are a lot of apps out there. Why&#39;d you choose this app in particular? What was special about it?</strong></p><p>There is certainly a billion dollar education app industry out there. What we&#39;ve realized in our initial work is that a lot of it isn&#39;t based on research. It&#39;s unclear what the benefits are. In fact, there has been some research that shows that apps with lots of bells and whistles can actually be detrimental to kids&#39; learning because it distracts them. We base our investigations on learning science.</p><p>We&#39;ve shown that, when parents interact with their kids and talk with them about math, that really impacts what kids learn. We were interested in this because it really is a no-frills app, an easy way for parents to interact with their kids, to talk with their kids about math. It&#39;s not an app that they use by themselves. And we thought that that potentially had promise in terms of what math knowledge kids gained.</p><p><strong>I admit I&#39;m kind of a math-anxious parent. But when doing stuff like woodworking, I try to incorporate a little geometry and basic measurement whenever I can. &quot;Hey, let&#39;s measure this again! Twenty-four inches &mdash; how many feet is that?&quot; It&#39;s a fun way to sneak a little bit of math in.</strong></p><p>And to realize that math is part of everything we do, and math is not something scary or that one should be anxious about. And it&#39;s really healthy to try to incorporate that into daily life. And often, as you said, parents think about reading bedtime stories, but there is a place for thinking also about bedtime math.</p><p><strong>Culturally and socially, it seems we don&#39;t think about math as integral a part of parenting as reading. And few adults would say, &quot;I&#39;m not so good at reading.&quot; But many people say, &quot;I&#39;m not so good at math.&quot; And somehow that&#39;s socially acceptable.</strong></p><p>Yes, in my book,&nbsp;Choke,&nbsp;where I talk about stress and performance, I mention how you don&#39;t hear people walking around bragging that they&#39;re not good at reading. But very intelligent people brag about not being good at math. And it turns out that that anxiety and social acceptability has implications for our nation&#39;s success in math and science fields. And it&#39;s really important that we as parents and teachers and adults try to convey to our kids that math is something that&#39;s (a) enjoyable and (b) learned. You&#39;re not born a math person or not; it&#39;s something that&#39;s acquired. And every time we talk about it and we integrate it into our daily lives, children may see the importance of it and that math is not something to be fearful of.</p><p><strong>Where do you think some of that math anxiety comes from?&nbsp;</strong></p><p>Math anxiety comes likely from lots of different places. Previous work that my group has done shows that teachers who tend to be anxious about math affect their kids&#39; perceptions of math and what they learn across the school year. We also know that when parents are anxious about math they can transfer that to their kids, especially when they&#39;re helping a lot with math homework. We tend to point to the schools to be the source for math knowledge. But kids spend lots of time outside of school and get lots of information from parents and from other adults. So being cognizant of how we talk about math and how we integrate it into our daily lives is important &mdash; both inside and outside the classroom.</p><p><strong>Did you see any improvements in the parents&#39; math ability by any chance [laughs]?</strong></p><p>Ha, well, that&#39;s a really interesting question. We are just looking into those questions now. You can imagine that for parents who have a fear of math or less than optimal math training, it might take more than one school year to move the needle for them. But we are seeing improvements with their kids. And that&#39;s a first step. And we will be looking (in future studies) at how parents think about math, how they do in math, and most specifically their attitudes when interacting with their kids.</p><p><strong>So there is hope for me?</strong></p><p>There is hope for all of us! And, as you said, integrating these sorts of counting and math activities into daily routines is a great way to socialize both kids and their parents to the benefits of math.</p><p>&mdash; <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2015/10/08/446490524/where-the-wild-fractions-are-the-power-of-a-bedtime-math-story?ft=nprml&amp;f=446490524" target="_blank"><em>via NPR</em></a></p></p> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 10:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/where-wild-fractions-are-power-bedtime-math-story-113256 Chicago competition seeks apps from government information http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-competition-seeks-apps-government-information-88317 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//iphone william hook.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The CTA bus tracker will let you know how much longer you have to wait in the rain. The train tracker will tell you how fast you need to run to the station. Imagine an application that can tell you which stations have coffee shops nearby, or where this weekend’s block party is, or where your towed car ended up.</p><p>In an effort to solve everyday problems, and encourage the use of data made freely available by municipalities, a competition is pitting geek against geek to digitize government.</p><p>The Apps 4 Metro Chicago competition follows New York and San Francisco in the trend of city-wide app competitions.&nbsp; The competition, #A4MC in Twitter parlance, is the first to offer data sets from multiple government agencies.</p><p>Data sets are lists and data made readily available by municipalities. A data set can be hard read or access for the average user such as skimming through a lengthy list to find out where a car was towed to.</p><p>Competitors have 125 data sets to work with from the city, 48 from the state, and 10 from Cook County. The available data ranges from the salaries of public employees to the location of police stations, forest preserves information to tourism data.</p><p>The competition is sponsored by the Metro Chicago Information Center, in partnership with MacArthur Foundation and Motorola Mobility. The first leg of the competition kicked off early Friday and submissions for the transportation challenge close just before midnight on August 15 –a tight deadline for developers.</p><p>“There has been a call for open, transparent government data for a number of years,” Virginia Carlson, president of the Metro Chicago Information Center said. MCIC is hosting the competition as the hub of information and data.</p><p>The MacArthur Foundation is offering over $50,000 in prizes and Motorola Mobility is chipping in another $10,000.&nbsp; Other partners are the Chicago Community Trust and the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition.</p><p>Built into the judging criteria is the long-term usability of the app and whether it will have legs and business sustainability, Carlson explained. Other judging criteria include functionality, creativity and usefulness. The competition has three main parts – the transportation, community and grand challenge.</p><p>Fabian Bustamante, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Northwestern University, foresees the biggest problem being the time constraint.</p><p>“Developing a basic barebones app is relatively easy to do in a few days,” he said. “Smoothing out the user interface, that’s where the time will go.”&nbsp;</p><p>A4MC&nbsp; isn’t limited to just the people behind the code. Community members with an idea for an app or a problem an app can solve, are able submit ideas on the competition’s <a href="http://appsformetrochicago.com/">website</a>.</p><p>“We’re having virtual and actual conversations between the code writers and community to bridge the divide in order to build apps,” Carlson said. She added that MCIC will be moderating conversations between community leaders and developers. That way the app design will be both human centered and community realistic for any problems.</p><p>Bustamante called these meetings a “silver plate” for developers. “One of the problems you run into is having an app that has social impact.” By bringing the community leaders into the conversation, the developers will have an immediate audience for the app.</p><p>Correction: A previous version of this story had misspelled the MacArthur Foundation, a partner in the competition.&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 24 Jun 2011 20:28:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-competition-seeks-apps-government-information-88317 Exploring kid-friendly apps that parents like too http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-05/exploring-kid-friendly-apps-parents-too-86102 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-05/Apps Getty David Paul Morris.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The type of smart phone or tablet a person sports doesn't matter: It’s the app that dictates the fun and functionality of a mobile device. For many parents, the array of kid-friendly apps might prove just the ticket for engaging a bored or teary child. It turns out apps for children are truly inventive to boot.</p><p>To provide tips on navigating this convergence of technology and parenting, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> spoke with Judy Sutton Taylor, editor of <a href="http://timeoutchicagokids.com/" target="_blank"><em>Time Out Chicago </em>Kids</a> magazine.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Music Button: Young Holt Trio, "Wack Wack", from the CD Instrumental Classics: Soul, (Rhino)</em></p></p> Thu, 05 May 2011 13:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-05/exploring-kid-friendly-apps-parents-too-86102 Connectivity Means When Your Phone Talks To Your TV http://www.wbez.org/story/all-tech-considered/connectivity-means-when-your-phone-talks-your-tv <p><p>According to my pedometer, I clocked five miles on Wednesday navigating my way from press conferences, product demos and luxury hotel convention centers looking for the big themes at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.  All that walking led me to more Internet connected devices than I've ever seen at CES and some of them are talking to one another.</p><p>Sony CEO Howard Stringer began a press preview by pointing out that by March of this year his company will have enabled 50 million Internet-connected televisions through Google TV, the Ps3 or its Wi-Fi connected Blu-ray player. But, the device that caught my eye was the <a href="http://blogs.sonyericsson.com/products/">Sony Erickson Xperia Arc </a>, a very pretty new smart phone that lets you watch movies on its 4.2 inch touch screen. If you happen to be watching a film on the train home from work and haven’t finished at the end of the commute, you’ll be able to connect your phone to your TV at home and finish watching on the big screen.</p><p>This coming year, we are going to see a lot more cars that are connected to the Internet. Toyota showed off its <a href="../entune/http:/www.toyota.com">EnTune system</a>, which the company plans to start putting into the dashboard of some its cars this year. The system includes a touch screen and voice recognition software. It will have Pandora Radio and Open Table in case you want to make a dinner reservation while driving. (They didn't explain to me how you will do that with both hands on the steering wheel.  Let's hope the voice recognition works well.)</p><p>A device made by <a href="http://mavizontech.com/">Mavizon Technologies</a> will connect most cars made in 1996 or later to the Internet according to the company's Business Development Manager Madison Hamman. It plugs in below the dashboard and it monitors all your cars systems. If your transmission is about to blow, it will send a message to your iPhone -- later this year it will work with Android phones. If you have an accident, it will send out a text message to your loved ones and alert the police with a GPS locator. And if you can't remember where you parked your car, no worries.  Your phone will help you locate your car.</p><p>Perhaps the connected device that amused me a little bit was i<a href="http://cobrairadar.com/">Radar</a>, a radar detection device that connects to your iPhone. It works like the detection devices of yore, only it's your iPhone that will bleep when you get near police radar. What's a bit different is that it's social radar detection! It alerts you and any nearby members of the iRadar network where the police trap is located by sending them a tweet. Somehow, I don't think law enforcement is going to like this one. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. 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