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Berkeley's Silly, and Harmful, Pandering to Fear of Cell Phone Radiation

David Ropeik | Posted 07.29.2015 | Green
David Ropeik

A recent decision by the Berkeley California city council offers some informative, and scary, lessons about how society struggles to intelligently reg...

Leave It to the New York Times

Paul Brodeur | Posted 07.27.2015 | Media
Paul Brodeur

On July 24, The New York Times ran a piece by Carol Pogash entitled "Berkeley Offers Safety Guidance On Carrying Phones." It left little to the imagination regarding where The Times stands (and has always stood) regarding the potential threat to health caused by the microwave radiation emitted by cell phones.

How To Keep Your Kids Safe During The Most Dangerous Part Of The Day

Glennon Doyle Melton | Posted 07.24.2015 | Parents
Glennon Doyle Melton

You guys, make your own agreement. Making sensible family rules around cell phones and driving is a way to love yourself, your marriage, your children and the world well. Do it tonight, guys.

Why Your Tech Addiction Makes You Extra Lonely

YourTango | Posted 07.22.2015 | Healthy Living
YourTango

It's not the phone (or the content) that we're addicted to -- it's the distraction. Since we accepted this non-stop pace in our society, we feel awkward when we slow down. We have no clue how to relax anymore.

Text Alert: The Connection Between Quality Sleep and Quitting Cigarettes

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Van Winkle's

The findings suggest that text message-based programs could help improve sleep habits among smokers, which may in turn help them become smoke-free.

8 Fascinating Facts About How Teens Use The Internet And Social Media

The Huffington Post | Carly Steyer | Posted 07.20.2015 | Teen

Surprise -- teens love the Internet! OK, so it's not exactly a surprise. What is a little shocking are the statistics revealed in a recent study ...

Is Your Child Ready For A Smartphone? How To Tell

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 07.16.2015 | Healthy Living

Wondering if it's time give your son or daughter a smartphone? We don't blame you. It only makes sense that you'd want that kind of 24/7 connectivity...

Why I'm Not Giving My Daughter a Smartphone

Michelle Cove | Posted 07.14.2015 | Parents
Michelle Cove

Believe me, I know how lousy it feels to be the parent who says no when so many of my daughter's friends have heard "yes." It stinks to stand there while your child explains in tears that she is going to be the social outcast without a smartphone. But being the "bad guy" is what we sometimes sign on for when we became a parent

A New Wave of Mom-Shaming: Posting Photos Online

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 07.16.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

Moms are used to opinions, often unsolicited, from relatives, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and sometimes more annoying and intrusive from strangers. But taking a photo of a mom and her children and using it to crucify her for her decisions is horrifying and a total invasion of privacy.

Simplified Cellphones for Seniors With Hearing Problems

Jim T. Miller | Posted 06.28.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

There are several simplified cellphones on the market today that are specifically designed for seniors -- including those with hearing loss. Here are some top options.

National Security and Privacy Secretly Wed in Las Vegas

Spencer Green | Posted 06.02.2015 | Comedy
Spencer Green

Following months of rumors, it's been revealed that Privacy and National Security were secretly married weeks ago in Las Vegas, Nevada. "We're tired of all the naysayers constantly describing us as incompatible. We'll show you. We'll show you all! Ha!" the couple wrote.

Folly Is Joy

Omer Rosen | Posted 05.21.2015 | Technology
Omer Rosen

Click here for the previous part of this series and here for part one. The near future A man and a woman stand in a kitchen prepping food and wat...

How Can I Get My Kids to Put Down Their Phones?

Common Sense Media | Posted 05.15.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media parenting expert Caroline Knorr answers questions about parenting, media, and everything in between. Q: How can I get my kids to...

Banning Books in the 21st Century

Steven Petite | Posted 05.07.2015 | Books
Steven Petite

Literature is a wonderful and integral part of the human experience. Books have the power to teach us about ourselves and the world around us. They can open up doors to new ideas, new outlooks, and fresh experiences.

10 Totally Rad Retro Looks For Today's Technology

Posted 04.27.2015 | Technology

Enormous mobile phones, Atari and VCRs were all considered on trend or even high tech when they were first introduced to consumers. Today they’re th...

In Parts Of Africa, Cell Phones Are Everywhere And Landlines Barely Exist

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | Posted 04.21.2015 | Technology

R.I.P. landlines.

Your Right to Record: Protected by Law, Disrespected by Law Enforcement

Timothy Karr | Posted 06.17.2015 | Crime
Timothy Karr

While the technology has changed, our constitutional rights haven't. But how do we translate long-standing free speech and privacy protections at a time when anyone with a mobile phone has the potential to engage in an act of journalism?

Your Right to Record: Protected by Law, Disrespected by Law Enforcement

Timothy Karr | Posted 06.17.2015 | Technology
Timothy Karr

While Feidin Santana and Ramsey Orta are hardly household names, these men played pivotal roles in one of the most important civil rights stories of o...

Life Without a Cellphone -- Part 4-D: Um, Okay? (Inconclusive Conclusion)

Omer Rosen | Posted 06.09.2015 | Technology
Omer Rosen

Yes, my first act in giving up a cellphone would be to buy a cellphone. And my second to hide it.

Feeling Trapped by Your Smart-Phone? Go Techno-Commando....

Paul LaRosa | Posted 06.07.2015 | Technology
Paul LaRosa

I never thought of that as freedom back then because there were no smartphones tracking our every move. We've all become techno-slaves and, being without one even temporarily, felt like I had all the freedom in the world.

What's With All This Communicating?

Neale Donald Walsch | Posted 06.02.2015 | Technology
Neale Donald Walsch

When I was a teenager all of my communication was in person or by table-top phone. And if the person wasn't there or available to the phone when I called, I took it in stride that I just "missed them" and would have to call back later. (Can you imagine that?)

'Sophisticated Evaluation of Serious Research' at the New York Times?

Paul Brodeur | Posted 05.28.2015 | Science
Paul Brodeur

Some editors at the New York Times seem to have either developed a severe case of institutional amnesia, or decided to confer the presumption of innocence upon cellphone radiation, as the newspaper did upon asbestos for an entire decade after the mineral had been shown to be the most important industrial carcinogen in the world.

Confirmation Emails, Or It Didn't Happen

Alex Lawrence | Posted 05.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Alex Lawrence

I often make plans with friends for a night in the future, and then as the day approaches, if there's been radio silence on the event, you start to wonder, is it still a date? Or you make what you thought were very "soft" plans with someone, only to be thrown off when they text "Where you are? We're here." You think, "But... I never got a confirmation! I didn't know it was actually happening."

Unplug Yourself and Cruise: You'll Learn a Little More About Your World

Aubrie Przybysz | Posted 05.24.2015 | Travel
Aubrie Przybysz

Today it is nearly impossible to go a whole hour without responding to a text, email, or checking social media on your cellphone. After starting this post I put my phone on silent and set it face down.

Dating Technology

Anthie Zoumboulias | Posted 05.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Anthie Zoumboulias

Often times I catch myself wondering: What has this world come to? Can anyone think for themselves anymore? Is following trends, especially social med...