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The time we invest in our digital lives is time we don’t get back. But, it’s not impossible to knock your digital-dependance - and the holidays are the best time to start. SHUTTERSTOCK

A month at sea with no technology taught me how to steal my life back from my phone

As the head of a media and communications program, my life's digital-analogue balance was off. Four weeks at sea with no devices refocussed my views – even on things that had been there all along.
Fertility awareness apps assist women to track when they are at their most fertile each month. From shutterstock.com

An app to prevent pregnancy? Don’t count on it

A growing number of women may be looking to non-hormonal methods of contraception, in the form of fertility awareness apps. But apps are not likely to be as effective as other forms of contraception.
The Whim app seamlessly connects users to multiple transport modes in Helsinki – public transport, taxis, car rental and car/bicycle sharing. Aleksandra Suzi/Shutterstock

For Mobility as a Service (MaaS) to solve our transport woes, some things need to change

Apps that seamlessly combine all our travel options could be the most significant transport innovation since the automobile, but early trials show government policy support is vital to make MaaS work.
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.
Developers need to be aware of any legal or ethical issues when creating any healthcare apps for smartphones. Shutterstock/thodonal

Who’s listening? The ethical and legal issues of developing a health app

Developers working on apps to help monitor and improve our health could accidentally find themselves on the wrong side of the law.

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