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It has been 30 years since a certain iconic childhood villain first simultaneously taught geography, math, civics, and language arts while going on adventures and creating chaos. On Thursday Boston’s Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Co. brings Carmen Sandiego to the small screen, launching an iOS app version of the character who has starred in a long-running computer game and public television series.More →

The Snapchat and Runkeeper apps for the iPhone share your location data with Apple. Boston telemedicine company American Well’s phone app transmits information about the medical terms you search from your phone to its servers. Until recently, when customers logged into their language training app Duolingo, the app would transmit their password in an unsecured way, allowing eavesdroppers on open networks to pick it out.More →

If you’re a safe driver, you could soon be saving money just by downloading an app.

After 18 months of testing and development, Progressive is preparing to roll out a smartphone app that can monitor drivers’ behavior behind the wheel and give them discounts for safety. The auto insurance company has been one of the biggest proponents of so-called usage-based insurance, and it’s hired the Boston company Censio to make the process even easier.More →