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A mobile phone is not a medical device – so don’t believe apps that say they are. Jason Howie/Flickr

How to pick the good from the bad smartphone health apps

With an estimated 100,000 health and fitness apps available, it seems there is an app for everything – from tracking your bowel movements to practising your pimple-popping technique.
Route mapping apps such as Strava are popular with cyclists, but you need to protect your privacy. Shutterstock/antb

Protecting your privacy if you use a route mapping app

If you use one of the many apps to map your walking, jogging or cycling route then you could be giving away information that could be abused by others.
Easy tips on how to disconnect from social media and connect with the real world. Shutterstock/Photographee.eu

Addicted to social media? Try an e-fasting plan

Many of us are becoming addicted to social media, and it's having a negative impact on our lives. Here are some tips to help you take back control.
Many people already use a second device when watching television, but can Netflix combine the two experiences? Shutterstock/ABB Photo

Double vision: why Netflix wants you to watch an extra screen

Many Australians already browse the web or send emails and messages to friends while watching television. Now Netflix wants to do what others have failed to do: combine both experiences in one app.
Health Minister Sussan Ley wants people to be able to access their medical data using an app. Lukas Coch/AAP Image

App technology can fix the e-health system if done right

Although there are significant challenges to making data within My Health Record useful in the management of a person’s health, the move to make it more open is positive.
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?

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