Tuesday March 26, 2019

New App May Encourage Kids to eat Veggies

The free app is available for download from iTunes and Android

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Parents get a say in the game too, by selecting the vegetables (from a choice of 10) they want their children to play with. Pixabay

If your child does not like to eat vegetables, a new gaming app may be of help. Researchers have developed the app designed to entice kids to healthy eating options through exposure to various vegetables.

Named Vegetable Maths Masters, the app unveils the world of vegetables for children between the ages of 3 and 7 years via a maths gaming app where children can practise core maths skills.

Depending on the child’s age they can count with vegetables, draw numbers with vegetables, add/subtract with vegetables and practise multiplication and division.

“We have developed an app which draws on psychological research to integrate different methods known to increase interest in vegetables and eagerness to try them,” one of the researchers Claire Farrow from Aston University in Britain said in a statement.

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Depending on the child’s age they can count with vegetables, draw numbers with vegetables, add/subtract with vegetables and practise multiplication and division. Pixabay

“Social norms also influence food preferences, for example if child characters in the game like and enjoy eating vegetables, research suggests that children are more likely to try them,” Farrow added.

In order to play, the kids need to choose a character, then feed it 10 different vegetables after which, the character gives a positive feedback. They earn stars as they complete problems which can be traded for props to decorate an animated vegetable.

Parents get a say in the game too, by selecting the vegetables (from a choice of 10) they want their children to play with.

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“The game is based around psychological research which suggests that children become less weary of vegetables and more willing to taste them the more that they are repeatedly exposed to them,” Farrow added.

The free app is available for download from iTunes and Android, the Aston University statement added. (IANS)

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Micro-blogging Site Twitter to Audit Developers Using Data From App

Twitter says it suspended 1,62,000 apps in the second half of 2018, showing it is willing to play hardball with developers that endanger its ecosystem

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Twitter on a smartphone device. Pixabay

Micro-blogging site Twitter has decided to audit app developers who use data from its platform, as business and research boosting tools to make sure it gets paid for the information delivered.

Starting June 19, developers that use recent tweets from or mention a user more than 100,000 times per day, will have to submit their apps to Twitter for review.

“The goal is ensuring that our platform is safe and promoting the privacy and safety of our users, and providing a level playing field commercially,” TechCrunch quoted Yoel Roth, Head of site integrity, Twitter as saying on Tuesday.

Developers found to be violating Twitter’s policies would be booted from the platform, while those who fail to file for review will be capped at 100,000 requests per day for the user timeline and mentions application programming interfaces (APIs) of Twitter.

“We’re fundamentally different than other platforms that have APIs since almost everything that happens on our service is public,” Roth explained.

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FILE – A man reads tweets on his phone in front of a displayed Twitter logo. VOA

Developers who use Twitter data as business tools for customer services or social media monitoring, will have to pay and enter a commercial licencing agreement with the platform with an undisclosed custom price-range based on usage.

“Twitter refused to even specify the range those prices fall into, which won’t win it any extra trust,” the report said.

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If a developer in question presents legitimate consumer-use cases, like running a third-party Twitter client or doing research, it will be granted free access to the API at the same rate they have today.

Twitter says it suspended 1,62,000 apps in the second half of 2018, showing it is willing to play hardball with developers that endanger its ecosystem, the report added. (IANS)