February 15, 2014
Now your phone can help cure cancer
As it turns out, mobile phones probably arenít giving us cancer. But the computers inside them could help cure it. Quartz reports.
Smartphones have incredible processing power. Now your phone can serve as part of a sophisticated research computerĖeven if all you do with it is play Candy Crush. The Power Sleep app, now available for Android devices on the Google Play Store, lets your phone work for a noble cause while youíre not using it.
Created by Samsung Austria and the University of Vienna, the app also works as an alarm clock. When you set the alarm, it knows that youíre done with the phone for the night, and thatís the signal for the data processing to begin. The app uses your phone to process data from the Similarity Matrix of Proteins (SIMAP), a database that computes similarities between different protein sequences.
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