Does our dependence on smartphones harm our social fabric?
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The more often Americans used their phones to obtain information, the less they trusted strangers. How can this be, and what does it mean?
When calling these people, you want to be able to get through.
Fairfax County, Virginia
'Denial of service' cyberattacks are increasingly used to shut down websites. New research reveals that 911 call centers are vulnerable to the threat as well.
An M-Pesa agent and mobile phone shop in Nairobi. A decade after it was introduced economic benefits are being felt.
M-PESA was launched nearly a decade ago in Kenya. New evidence suggests that the mobile money banking system has helped reduced poverty levels, particularly in households headed by women.
Pocket your phone without worry.
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Did your holiday gift list include radiation-shielding undies to protect your privates from cellphone radio waves? A radiation expert explains they're unnecessary – your phone won't affect your fertility.
John Magufuli after he was declared president in 2015. His distaste for social media has heralded a national clampdown in the digital space.
The biggest cyber security concern for many Tanzanians is the risk of inadvertently becoming a perpetrator of politically-defined cybercrime, rather than becoming a victim
Pokémon Go’s developers may have moved the goalposts too many times.
Since spawning a global craze, Pokémon Go has shed a third of its players, while downloads have dried up. What did the developers do wrong, and what can others learn about keeping gamers happy?
The research found the more confident a participant was, the worse they understood the phone contracts they were given.
Consumers don't understand the contracts they are signing when they buy smartphones, new research shows.
Age-adjusted brain cancer rates have flatlined over nearly 30 years.
In May this year, I led a paper published in Cancer Epidemiology, which looked at the incidence of brain cancer in Australia between 1982 and 2012. The first mobile phone call was made in Australia in…
The 1972 Panasonic Toot-a-Loop portable radio was inspired by rotary phones and designed to be worn around the wrist.
Here's to the Kodak camera, the transistor TV, the portable typewriter and other casualties of a throwaway age. They may be old hat but they are objects of beauty, as a new exhibition shows.
Time to hang up?
The evidence appears contradictory – but there may be a good reason for this.
In just four swipes on the interface of your phone, another person can access a wealth of your personal information.
In what circumstances can police search your phone? Must they obtain a search warrant? And what will happen if you refuse to provide your passcode or fingerprint required to access your phone?
The ABC breached its impartiality standards in a Catalyst program on the safety of wireless devices such as mobile phones.
The ABC failed its own accuracy test when it broadcast claims of health risks associated with wireless devices such as mobile phones.
Opening up mobile apps’ data to scholarly researchers.
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Companies are excellent at offering apps and services in exchange for users' data. This approach can also be a big boost to scholarly research.
Most South Africans are dependent on unaffordable mobile data to access the Internet.
Indra de Lanerolle
It is time to demand the 'positive right' of affordable access if we want internet freedom for all.
There is still no firm evidence that mobile phones cause cancer.
Don't throw away your phone quite yet. There are a lot of unanswered questions surrounding the latest study that found a connection between mobile phones and cancer.
Don’t neglect to unplug and be actually alone.
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If a person is alone in the forest when a tree falls, but she doesn't notice it because she is texting, does it still count as solitude?
How can we get more doctors using better data?
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Analyzing electronic data from many doctors' experiences with many patients, we can move ever closer to answering the age-old question: what is truly best for each patient?
Your mobile number is all a hacker needs to read your texts, listen to your calls and even track your whereabouts.
Mobile phones have many benefits. But they can also interrupt classes and distract pupils.
More pupils in Ghana, Malawi and South Africa are taking smartphones to school. These can be useful learning tools – or terrible distractions.
Whatsapp has become the most popular way to share maps and information, because it's encrypted.