This chatbot was inspired by Spock and he wants to talk about your mental health

June 9, 2017

Image: vicky leta / mashable When you launch Woebot in Facebook Messenger, the chatbot’s cerulean blue eyes peer out from the screen. He looks concerned, a little quizzical. He invites you to chat. Within a few messages he explains his purpose: “So here’s how I work, I’m going to ask you about your mood and as I get to know you, I’ll teach you some good stuff.” SEE ALSO: How…


Apple continues to push into healthcare, this time with developers

June 6, 2017

Developers working on healthcare will be involved at WWDC this year.Image: christian BRUNA/EPA/REX/Shutterstock Working with Apple every day, as Apple sees it, could help keep the doctor awayor at least well informed. Apple’s push into healthcare is readying its second gear, and this week’s Worldwide Developers Conference is just the start. Apple started its push into healthcare when it introduced the Apple Watch in 2015. The wearable device made fitness,…


The teenage developer who quit school to focus on coding

June 5, 2017

Image: getty images/ Like many developers about to attend their first major developer conference, Amanda Southworth is looking forward to the week-long event. Besides Monday’s keynote, when Apple will unveil the next version of iOS, MacOS and maybe even some new hardware, there will be deep dives into new developer tools and countless networking opportunities. That’s enough for any developer to get excited about, but Southworth is not like most…


Instagram ranked worst for young people’s mental health

May 21, 2017

Image: Getty Images Instagram is the most damaging social network to young people’s mental wellbeing, and causes feelings of inadequacy and anxiety, according to a survey of around 1,500 14- to 24-year-olds. SEE ALSO: The Instagram ‘pods’ using likes to fight the new algorithm Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) and the Young Health Movement (YHM) published the report,#StatusOfMind, which gave the five most popular social networks net average scores…


Facebook and The Trevor Project hope to help prevent LGBTQ youth suicides

May 18, 2017

Facebook has been working to make users feel safer on the platform for years, and in its latest effort to enhance the online community, the social media platform partnered with The Trevor Project, an organization dedicated to suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth. On Tuesday in the middle of Mental Health Awareness month Facebook announced that users will be able to connect with mental health resourcesfromThe Trevor Project right from their…