Apps that know what you want - Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com

Apps that know what you want

Posted: Updated:
MYFOXNY.COM -

In the Terminator trilogy, entrusting our nation's defense to a machine led to the rise of cyborg assassin and, very nearly, the demise of mankind. In real life, handing over our cellphones -- and everything on them -- to a series of newish apps will either terminate the need for us to remember anything on our own or what little privacy we have left, depending on whom you ask.

"It's too personal," one man said. "I got too much personal stuff on my phone. I don't want nobody in my business."

"I'd be into it," another woman said. "I don't mind. The more technology the better."

"It's just a question of what you're willing to let the machine do," tech expert and author Shelly Palmer said. "And a lot of people have moral, ethical, psychological issues with that."

Predictive search services -- such as Google Now, ReQall, Evernote and others -- sift through everything your phone access: e-mails, calendars, alarms, social media, etc. Those apps then use that information to provide tips and reminders without one's prompting.

If that idea makes you a little nervous just to be around your phone, imagine this scenario: Your device wakes you up before you told it to and tells you a faster way to get to a destination you've never plugged in before so you're on time for an event you thought your phone didn't know about.

"Depending on how old you are, you're either going to think this is super cool or super creepy," Palmer said.

  • Your MoneyMore>>

  • Doctors making 'house calls' via app

    Doctors making 'house calls' via app

    Thursday, July 31 2014 10:15 PM EDT2014-08-01 02:15:42 GMT
    Even when it's a simple stomach ache, many of us look to the web for answers. Now, a licensed doctor can diagnose patients through the online service called HealthTap. Patients have been able to type in questions and get answers for free from 62,000 doctors. But now, patients can have live video conferences with doctors for $99 a month, plus $10 for every additional family member.
    Even when it's a simple stomach ache, many of us look to the web for answers. Now, a licensed doctor can diagnose patients through the online service called HealthTap. Patients have been able to type in questions and get answers for free from 62,000 doctors. But now, patients can have live video conferences with doctors for $99 a month, plus $10 for every additional family member.
  • Road-trip vacations that don't break the bank

    Road-trip vacations that don't break the bank

    Thursday, July 31 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-07-31 21:37:29 GMT
    Last-minute vacations don't need to be a headache or ridiculously expensive, especially if you make it a road trip. Even if you don't have a car, renting one can be an affordable option.Lauren Lyons Cole, a personal finance contributor to TheStreet.com, has some suggestions.
    Last-minute vacations don't need to be a headache or ridiculously expensive, especially if you make it a road trip. Even if you don't have a car, renting one can be an affordable option.Lauren Lyons Cole, a personal finance contributor to TheStreet.com, has some suggestions.
  • OKCupid, Facebook not alone in studying consumers

    OKCupid, Facebook not alone in studying consumers

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:51 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:51:44 GMT
    Think you're in control? Think again. This week, OKCupid became the latest company to admit that it has manipulated customer data to see how users of its dating service would react to one another. The New York-based Internet company's revelation follows news earlier this month that Facebook let researchers change news feeds to see how it would affect users' moods.
    Think you're in control? Think again. This week, OKCupid became the latest company to admit that it has manipulated customer data to see how users of its dating service would react to one another. The New York-based Internet company's revelation follows news earlier this month that Facebook let researchers change news feeds to see how it would affect users' moods.
Powered by WorldNow

KDFW FOX 4
400 N. Griffin Street
Dallas, Texas 75202

Main Station Directory:
(214) 720-4444
News Fax:
(214) 720-3263 or (214) 720-3333

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices