Monday, March 30, 2015

Announcement: another nexUX meetup on smart clothing today! Come for extra credit.


Another nexUX meetup today at 3, with matching extra credit. Please come out if you can!

Jesse is a really interesting speaker at the forefront of a coming wave of smart clothing.

Professor Watson

Come to today's nexUX Meetup! @ Hunt Library @ 300p
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Come to the nexUX Meetup!

With Jesse Jur of NCSU Textiles

Truly wearable technology

In the near future, technology won't only be found on our wrists, but in our clothes. It will measure, draw its power from, and put user interface on our bodies. How will this technology change our lives? How might we use it to improve them? In this meetup we'll introduce this technology, and consider its implications. 
Jesse Jur is an Assistant Professor in NC State's college of textiles. His research targets the development of materials processing methods for nanoscale inorganic integration with polymer-based materials, including nonwoven textiles. Applications for his research include new electronic textiles that respond to chemical, photo and mechanical environmental changes, as well as the enhancement of the mechanical and thermal stability of modified fiber systems.
As always with our meetups, this is not a "sit back and listen" meeting, but a chance for us to bring together a cross disciplinary group of people to think about the relationship between UX and technology. Mostly though, we'll get to know one another, and have some fun.

RSVP and send your questions in advance using the buttons below. 
Also, please forward this email to whomever you think might be interested!
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Fwd: Looking for a grad student programmer in XCODE or other iOS app language

In case you're interested — ping Shaun.

Best, Ben
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From: Abraham Kurian <>
Date: Mon, Mar 23, 2015 at 6:58 PM
Subject: Looking for a grad student programmer in XCODE or other iOS app language
To: Benjamin Watson <>

H Professor Watson,

I met you in Patrick's animation class when we were working on the Recognize app project. 

I am working on a smartphone app project (see details below) as the UX/UI designer, and looking for a programmer to come alongside with me for the project.  Know any grad students that might be interested?  There is a small stipend available - need to check what the budget 

is, but any idea what would be a good rate? 

Basically, the project is a prototype smartphone app for easy, user-friendly input of auto-ethnographic data on mobility, place, and social interactions.   The app will record location data to track research participants' patterns of mobility while 

allowing them to add commentary and audiovisual auto-ethnographic material about their motivations for mobility, their affective ties to places, their interactions with others, and their media practices. We are thinking the app will be designed for iOS for this first phase, so we 

thought XCODE might be a good choice, but certainly open to what works best. 

Please let me know if you have any recommendations.  I am happy to provide more details.



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Announcement: critique today — visit by professor Fitzgerald and class

Book, map and recognition teams, please present your current project state today. 

Designers will join us in providing feedback. 

We will continue alternating critique with lecture until semester end. 

Professor Watson 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Announcement: another experimental extra credit opportunity


We have a new and limited opportunity for extra credit. We are evaluating a new experimental platform that will help us measure mobile use in everyday life.

Any of you that have Android devices may email Qian Liu and/or Nischal Shrestha to enroll (, We will install our experimental app on your phone; it will ask you questions periodically in a fashion similar to our diary study assignment.

You will receive 1% extra credit.

We can accept roughly ten participants.

Professor Watson

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Fwd: FW: Geriatric Caregiver Solutions "Hackathon" April 11&12 at Quintiles by NCHICA and Northwest AHEC

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From: Tom Miller <>
Date: Wed, Mar 18, 2015 at 11:19 AM
Subject: Fwd: FW: Geriatric Caregiver Solutions "Hackathon" April 11&12 at Quintiles by NCHICA and Northwest AHEC
To: Andrew DiMeo, Sr. <>, Christian Holljes <>, Benjamin Watson <>

Thought this might of interest to your students.  Best,


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From: Billy Willis <>
Date: Wed, Mar 18, 2015 at 9:30 AM
Subject: FW: Geriatric Caregiver Solutions "Hackathon" April 11&12 at Quintiles by NCHICA and Northwest AHEC
To: Tom Miller <>, John Board <>

Fun and games in Healthcare… Can you guys help me get the word out to folks who may be interested in playing participating…


Billy Willis. Ph.D
CTO, Duke Medicine

From: Christopher Jones
Date: Monday, March 9, 2015 at 5:24 PM
To: Billy Willis
Subject: Geriatric Caregiver Solutions "Hackathon" April 11&12 at Quintiles by NCHICA and Northwest AHEC



I wanted to extend an invitation to you to join Northwest AHEC, NCHICA and Quintiles for a healthcare Hackathon!  We will be teaming up and designing tech solutions aimed at helping caregivers of elderly with dementia in their home.  We are inviting students and professionals with expertise in healthcare technology and caregiving to team up and problem solve using six future methods of coordination.  The winning team will walk away with $3,000. 


Please send this invitation to all students, hackers, caregivers and health technology specialists.  We’re looking to fill the room with problem solvers from all angles to promote the best solutions!  It will be a great weekend with food trucks, photo booths, interviews and fun.  Please register below and plan to join us if you can!




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Geriatric Caregiver Solutions Hackathon

$3000 top prize for best solution

that enhances the care of elderly at home and improves the quality of life for caregivers.
Students, Developers and Healthcare Pros
team up to design and pitch viable solutions.


Please Register by March 28!

APRIL 11&12

$4500 in prizes!


4820 Emperor Blvd, Durham NC 27703

$10 registration fee for students with valid student ID, all others $90 (before March 28)

NCHICA eHealth Transformation Challenge
Powered by NCHICA, hosted by Quintiles, Produced by Wake Forest School of Medicine and Northwest Area Health Education Center

For more information contact Chris jones 336.713.7039 or










Christopher Jones, MHA

Assistant Director – Informatics and Quality



Northwest Area Health Education Center

Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1021

336.713.7039 | Fax 336.713.7671 | Email



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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Find: HTTPS-crippling FREAK exploit affects thousands of Android and iOS apps

Interesting: by attempting to keep stronger encryption to itself, the Clinton administration introduced a weakness being used to exploit https on web traffic.


HTTPS-crippling FREAK exploit affects thousands of Android and iOS apps
// Ars Technica

While almost all the attention paid to the HTTPS-crippling FREAK vulnerability has focused on browsers, consider this: thousands of Android and iOS apps, many with finance, shopping, and medical uses, are also vulnerable to the same exploit that decrypts passwords, credit card details, and other sensitive data sent between handsets and Internet servers.

Security researchers from FireEye recently examined the most popular apps on Google Play and the Apple App Store and found 1,999 titles that left users wide open to the encryption downgrade attack. Specifically, 1,228 Android apps with one million or more downloads were vulnerable, while 771 out of the top 14,079 iOS apps were susceptible. Vulnerable apps were those that used—or in the case of iOS, could use—an affected crypto library and connected to servers that offered weak, 512-bit encryption keys. The number of vulnerable apps would no doubt mushroom when analyzing slightly less popular titles.

"As an example, an attacker can use a FREAK attack against a popular shopping app to steal a user's login credentials and credit card information," FireEye researchers Yulong Zhang, Zhaofeng Chen, Hui Xue, and Tao Wei wrote in a blog post published Tuesday afternoon. "Other sensitive apps include medical apps, productivity apps and finance apps." The researchers provided the screenshots above and below, which reveal the plaintext data extracted from one of the vulnerable apps after it connected to its paired server.

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Find: Google Play apps and updates are now subject to a review process

Google Play apps and updates are now subject to a review process
// Ars Technica

Google announced today that it is officially switching to a human-driven app review process for the Google Play store, a move intended to "better protect the community" and "improve the app catalog." Google's "team of experts" will be checking apps and updates submitted to Google Play for violations of Google's developer policies and giving developers specific feedback on what they need to fix before their apps will be listed.

Google says it began this review process "several months ago" and that "there has been no noticeable change for developers during the rollout." Today's post simply serves as an official announcement of the new policy. An improved review status page will give developers "more insight into why apps were rejected or suspended" and will allow them to "easily fix and resubmit their apps for minor policy violations."

Apple has had a team of real humans evaluating third-party app submissions since the dawn of the App Store, but the Android Market (now Google Play) was more permissive—aside from some automated malware scanning, Google didn't do much to make sure apps worked like they were supposed to and did what they said they did. The Google Play store had apps that did more things, but the quality and security of those apps could be all over the place. Google's app review process will ostensibly fix that problem.

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