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Waiting for my lunch 2014. What happens when we start noticing the white noise of ‘non places’? Julie Shiels

Waiting: rediscovering boredom in the age of the smartphone

We constantly use electronic devices to distract ourselves from the tedium associated with waiting. Yet being bored can be a creative activity.
New research is putting the first generation of kids to grow up with the smartphone into sharp relief. Olga Tropinina

How the smartphone affected an entire generation of kids

Move over millennials, there's a new generation in town. Dubbed 'iGen,' they differ from their predecessors on a range of measures, from mental health to time spent with friends.
Is this an impostor trying to break into your phone with his voice? Georgejmclittle/Shutterstock.com

Protecting your smartphone from voice impersonators

You can log in to your smartphone by talking to it. Current security systems don't protect enough against imitators. The best way to ensure voice authentication is secure is to start with the sound.
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.
The first iPhone was more a hand-held computer than anything else. AP Photo/Jason E. Miczek

Understanding the real innovation behind the iPhone

The iPhone changed the game not because of the technical details of the device, but rather as a result of its creators' imagination and courage.
What if you could unlock your smartphone this way? Janne Lindqvist

Could a doodle replace your password?

A simple idea that's surprisingly secure: drawing your own unlock pattern on a touchscreen. Faster and easier to remember than a password, and much harder to guess or crack.
This is your brain on plugs. 'Brain' via www.shutterstock.com

What’s behind phantom cellphone buzzes?

Have you ever checked your phone thinking you had felt it vibrate or heard it ring, only to see that no one tried to reach you? One researcher decided to study this phenomenon.
Does technology shackle us, preventing us from interacting with real people? 'Chain' via www.shutterstock

Is your smartphone making you shy?

Some have said that technology could lead to 'a new ice age' of social isolation. Not so fast, says the author of a new book about shyness.

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