The Future of Messaging

Are modern social messaging services killing off the more traditional methods of electronic communications. Is this the end of email and SMS? How can RCS fit in to the picture?

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Megan Dickie
Messing with Reality

Google is rolling out a tool for Android users that enables them to superimpose realistic-looking and sounding computer generated images of bears, sharks, penguins, cheetahs, snakes – you name it – on to the real world as viewed through the phone’s camera.

You may think this is just another augmented reality (AR) gimmick along the lines of the Pokemon Go game, because, let’s face it, AR for quite some time, has felt like a technology in search of a problem to solve.

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Megan Dickie
Designing a Mobile App to Support Parents/Carers of Children Undergoing Assessment for Autism


Autism Spectrum Disorder (hereafter, autism) is thought to affect around 1 in 100 people. Autism is typically diagnosed in childhood. In Lothian, data suggest that around 800 children are assessed for autism every year, and around 80% of those will receive a diagnosis of autism. Diagnosis can be a lengthy process: the average diagnosis waiting time for children in Scotland in 2011 was 331 days – for some families this is quicker or longer. Research suggests that the length of the diagnostic process is, in part, due to clinicians not having all the relevant information about the child at each appointment. The process can be challenging for parents/carers, not least because they are navigating a complex system.

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Megan Dickie