5 apps you won’t want to miss this week

As usual, we’ve got five apps for you to check out this week. These fresh recommendations include a new way to keep in touch with friends and family, a tool for creating cool graphics, a modern take on the old analog grocery list, a fun way to relax and a speed test app that has a built-in mobile coverage map. Check them out!

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The inconvenient truth about cancer and mobile phones

We dismiss claims about mobiles being bad for our health – but is that because studies showing a link to cancer have been cast into doubt by the industry?

On 28 March this year, the scientific peer review of a landmark United States government study concluded that there is “clear evidence” that radiation from mobile phones causes cancer, specifically, a heart tissue cancer in rats that is too rare to be explained as random occurrence.

Eleven independent scientists spent three days at Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, discussing the study, which was done by the National Toxicology Program of the US Department of Health and Human Services and ranks among the largest conducted of the health effects of mobile phone radiation. NTP scientists had exposed thousands of rats and mice (whose biological similarities to humans make them useful indicators of human health risks) to doses of radiation equivalent to an average mobile user’s lifetime exposure.

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Airbnb lets may be unsafe, MPs warn

Boom in unregulated short-term rentals is fuelled in part by unscrupulous businesses posing as private owners

Growing numbers of professional holiday letting firms are hiding from regulation by using Airbnb and other sites, putting holidaymakers at risk, MPs will warn this week.

While hotels and b&bs are subject to fire safety regulations and other checks, homeowners do not have to prove their properties are safe before letting them out via holiday rental sites such as Airbnb.

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Microsoft calls for facial recognition technology rules given ‘potential for abuse’

President Brad Smith warns authorities might track, investigate or arrest people based on flawed evidence

Microsoft has called for facial recognition technology to be regulated by government, with for laws governing its acceptable uses.

In a blog post on the company’s website on Friday, Microsoft president Brad Smith called for a congressional bipartisan “expert commission” to look into regulating the technology in the US.

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