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New electronic devices are being used by people of all ages to track activity, measure sleep and record nutrition. Shutterstock

‘Use this app twice daily’: how digital tools are revolutionising patient care

There were 325,000 mobile health apps available in 2017. But while the digital health revolution is exciting, its rate of development is posing challenges for patients and healthcare professionals.
Tech companies want to reduce conflict between texting and driving. Tero Vesalainen/Shutterstock.com

Why Silicon Valley wants you to text and drive

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.
The act of spending money to impress others is a signal of resources to potential mates. Having resources is a valued trait by females. (Shamim Nakhai/Unsplash)

What your profile pic says about you in the Tinder age

Dating apps have changed the way people present themselves. Visual cues and short 100 word bios are the new currency of dating.
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.

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