Your phone can help fight cancer while you sleep

Your phone can help fight cancer while you sleep
With all of the amazing apps available to install on your smartphone, there actually is an app that can help researchers find a cure for cancer. No, this is not some mystical app that uses the power of positive thinking. In fact, the app is the result of a collaboration between Samsung Austria and the University of Vienna, and doubles as an alarm clock.

Titled Samsung Power Sleep, the app, available only for Android phones, knows that you are done with your handset for the day once the alarm is set. From that moment until the alarm goes off, you are lending your phone to help process data from the Similarity Matrix of Proteins (SIMAP). The latter is "a database that computes similarities between different protein sequences." Knowing this information can help design a therapy for cancer that might actually work. The problem is that this requires a large amount of computing power, and while there currently are global networks working on solving this problem, adding the combined computing power of smartphones would be another step in the right direction.

The app will connect you to the grid only if your phone is fully charged and connected to a Wi-Fi network, so you won't be using up your precious data allowance. And who knows, it could be your phone that helps discover that elusive cure for cancer. The problem in finding people willing to lend their phones to this effort is that in light of the recent NSA spying "scandal," not too many people are willing to give up the computing power of their phone while they sleep, fearful of personal information that the researches might "accidentally" find.

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1. Cesar

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Seriously? -.-

9. neops

Posts: 297; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

Suppose that this is an action of goodwill. Before deciding to participate, as i already did with my pc/laptop, I would like to see an article that investigates potential problems that can cause this kind of overnight use of a phone's hardware and more information on the actual risk of personal information's data leakage . Even written by Samsung and the University of Vienna. Or Phonearena. If it realy is I 'll give it a good thought.

10. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Yeah, NSA vacuuming the Internets will probably put a damper on collaborative computing efforts. Shame on NSA. :-(

13. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

I checked the permission and there doesn't seem to be anything unreasonable. Although I have the same thought about security, I'm sure anything on your phone is available to the NSA and other since there are many apps that request all kinds of crazy permissions. I've seem simple crossword puzzle game want access to contacts and able to send text msgs. Ummm no. But I don't have a problem taking one of my old phones that I can do a factory reset on and let it run these apps if I feel the cause is worth it.

2. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Any excuse to invade our privacy. ANY

3. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

I don't know... Isn't that kinda good to give phone a rest after long day, instead of put it to work whole night? But overall, helping fight against cancer is always admirable, though I'm not sure how this really works, and is it safe.

5. ricco

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

Yes... and while battery power mainly is so brittle, I just can't imagine doing this.

4. hmd74

Posts: 541; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

My Download speed is 30 kbps... But my phone is octa core... Can i help you? :D

6. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

"Your phone can help fight cancer while you sleep" ...If you can sleep.

7. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Smart phones, with no active cooking solution? Can you say, Fire!

8. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Meant cooling, but cooking works too.

12. nexusdude

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

There's actually a non-Samsung app with the same idea, but with way more uses: AIDS research, space stuff etc. It's called BOINC.

14. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

I believe I looked into that app. That is the one run by Berkley? I didn't install it because it asked for a ton of permissions that I didn't think were needed.

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