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How much is too much screen time for kids? Dragon Images/Shutterstock

‘Screen time’ is about more than setting limits

For decades, parents have fretted over 'screen time,' limiting the hours their children spend looking at a screen. But as times change, so does media... and how parents should (or shouldn't) regulate it.
WeChat has transformed from a social media to a payment platform (among other things) and had success in China. Could Australia be next? Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Apple Pay may have won the battle but it may not win the war

While Apple Pay may have won the battle against some of Australia’s banks, it may lose the war against the providers of digital wallets, such as Tencent and Alibaba.
Donald Trump is famously attached to his phone. AP Photo/Matt Rourke

How to secure a smartphone for the tweeter-in-chief

The best way to protect a presidential device is to keep it off the internet altogether. If that's not going to happen, how else can such a sensitive gadget be kept safe?
Matatu or minibuses in a downtown Nairobi park. Good information about transport is critical for citizens in any place. Reuters

Using data from cellphones to help Nairobi crack commuter stress

Involving the public in data collection - through crowd sourcing - to produce critical public services such as maps and transit apps helps build new conversations on how the system can be improved.
Pokemon Go puts virtual characters in the real world – which is just part of its appeal. Dalton White/YouTube

Why Pokemon Go became an instant phenomenon

What research into game play and human interaction can tell us about why the newest mobile game craze is attracting so many different people to play.
We now have the technology to do track our sleep through the night, but that may be doing more harm than good. Marisa/Flickr

Health Check: is your sleep app keeping you up at night?

Tracking sleep is now routine in monitoring overall well-being. But are the devices used to do this actually useful, or have we simply found a more sophisticated way to clock watch?
All the news that’s fit to click. EPA/Peter DaSilva

Is Facebook’s Instant Articles the end of the paywall?

Ubiquitous social media giant Facebook has launched a mobile service called Instant Articles. It allows news stories provided by a number of partners to be read in their entirety from the Facebook iOS…

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