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Dubai Student Designs Mobile Prenatal Care Device

This 20-year-old Dubai student's new mobile device could make childbirth much safer in developing countries.

It’s not hard to guess from his technology competition name—The Hex Pistols—that 20-year-old Shawn Frank is a fan of music. He's also a strong advocate of ensuring that women in developing nations have access to quality prenatal care. Six months ago, while walking to an internship, Frank came up with the idea for momEcare, a mobile device that helps provide medical assistance to pregnant women who can't get to a hospital. Now Frank, who just graduated from the computer science program at the University of Wollongong in Dubai, is headed to Microsoft's Imagine Cup, a technology competition for socially conscious high school and college students happening next week in New York City (we've covered the other young finalists here, here and here). I caught up with him to find out what first sparked his interest in technology and learn more about how momEcare works.

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Video: Possibly the Best iPhone App Yet "Sees" Money for the Blind

Fantastic new technology gives a bit of sight to the sightless.

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A great bit of musical folklore says that, to keep from being cheated out of money at gigs, blind R&B legend Ray Charles preferred to be paid entirely in $1 bills. If only he'd had the amazing new LookTel Money Reader app, it's likely Charles's billfold would have been quite a bit thinner.

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A New iPhone App for Catholics to Take Into Confessional

"Confessional" is an app that seeks to aid Catholics in confessional. As the world modernizes, so do religions.


They say God works in mysterious ways. Could that mean through your iPhone? Yes, if the makers of "Confession: A Roman Catholic App" have their say.

For Catholics no longer content with an analog experience in the confession booth, Confession markets itself as "the perfect aid for every penitent." "With a personalized examination of conscience for each user, password protected profiles, and a step-by-step guide to the sacrament," its App Store description reads, "[Confession] invites Catholics to prayerfully prepare for and participate in the Rite of Penance."

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Working Better: How To Make Your Gadgets Work For You

More often than not, we are at the mercy of our machines simply because we let ourselves be. It's a habit-and a bad one.

Every three months, GOOD releases our quarterly magazine, which examines a given theme through our unique lens. Recent editions have covered topics like the impending global water crisis, the future of transportation, and the amazing rebuilding of New Orleans. This quarter's issue is about work, and we'll be rolling out a variety of stories all month.

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