Smart phones are rarely recycled and that’s just one reason tech devices are increasing our carbon footprints. Here Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, is seen in 2016 talking about new iPhones.
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New research shows the impact of technology, especially smartphones, on carbon emissions. Encouraging consumers to get new phones every couple of years leads to extraordinary and unnecessary waste.
Before taking that tempting upgrade, ask yourself if it’s really necessary.
The most sustainable phone is the one you already own. But if you're in the market for a new handset, consider choosing one with replaceable parts to avoid having to replace the whole thing again.
New research estimates that one in seven teens send sexts and one in four receive them.
Rather than telling young people not to sext, we should encourage them to think about sexting as part of a broader negotiation of intimate relationships.
Two thumb typing.
It's a big issue for users and the industry.
For some, the mobile phone revolution has produced new work opportunities.
The extent to which mobile phones can support and sustain real improvement in young lives is depressingly finite unless significant interventions occur.
At any given moment, roughly 1-2% of Australian drivers are estimated to be using their mobile phone while driving.
Road safety campaigns targeting mobile phone use among drivers should emphasise how perceived social pressure is not an acceptable excuse for engaging in the behaviour.
Tech companies want to reduce conflict between texting and driving.
Why do tech companies care so much about self-driving cars? If drivers no longer need to pay attention to the road, they can use their mobile devices even more.
How much can your cellphone reveal about where you go?
Should police be able to use cellphone records to track suspects – and law-abiding citizens?
The act of spending money to impress others is a signal of resources to potential mates. Having resources is a valued trait by females.
Dating apps have changed the way people present themselves. Visual cues and short 100 word bios are the new currency of dating.
Careful crossing that road!
Beware unicycling clowns ...
How does technology affect family relationships?
New research shows that families in Japan and the US struggle in very similar ways with how technology is affecting their lives, their relationships and each other.
Without proper care, mobile phone batteries can degrade and hold less charge.
Sick of your phone dying? There are simple ways to extend the life of your phone's battery.
How much is too much screen time for kids?
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.
A group of Maasai men look at the mobile phone belonging to one of them.
What do traditional Maasai people use mobile phones for?
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We don’t just hold our phones, we cradle them – and make films like this one with them.
WeChat has transformed from a social media to a payment platform (among other things) and had success in China. Could Australia be next?
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.
You're four times as likely to have an accident while talking on the phone while driving – even hands free.
Ethiopian farmers exchanging phone numbers with a research assistant.
Mobile phones are often touted as technology that can help bring economic benefits to the poor. But the benefits to those living in rural and remote areas without other infrastructure are limited.
Dr Paul Gardner-Stephen testing a prototype Mesh Extender device in Arkaroola, in Outback South Australia.
Dr Paul Gardner-Stephen
Technology designed to keep mobile phones connected during a natural disaster could have wider uses in regional australia.
Studies show wifi, mobile phones and other sources of electromagnetic radiation don’t make us sick. So, why are some people convinced they’re electrosensitive?
Studies suggest electrosensitivity is a "communicated" disease, spread by people hearing about the alleged dangers, and sometimes worrying themselves sick.