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The Dangers of Texting While Driving

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 01.23.2015 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

"It is common sense," one may exclaim in exasperation, "that reading and texting while driving is dangerous. Isn't the warning superfluous?"

Silence in the Time of the Apple Watch

Nish Gera | Posted 01.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Nish Gera

But, have I also lost something? Have I lost my ability to create a space of solitude while sitting on that Central Park bench, making restaurant reservations and ordering movie tickets? And have I lost something in my inability to get lost in the back lanes of Seville looking for that flamenco bar?

Technology Gone Haywire: Why I Despise Cell Phones

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 01.16.2015 | Fifty
Dean Dauphinais

I don't own a cell phone. And when I say that, I don't mean that I don't own a smartphone. I don't even own a "dumb" phone. The only phones I have ar...

The Best Outdoor Apps for Kids

Ben Klasky | Posted 01.15.2015 | Green
Ben Klasky

The next time you and your child are playing on a smartphone or tablet, consider using one of these apps to drive the fun outside. Do you have a favorite kid-friendly nature app that deserves a mention? Please feel free to share it in the comments section below.

This New Chinese Phone Could Be An iPhone Killer

AP | JOE McDONALD | Posted 01.15.2015 | Technology

BEIJING (AP) — Rising smartphone star Xiaomi is moving upmarket and taking aim at Apple's iPhone. The Chinese manufacturer known for ultra-low-pric...

What's Really Causing Problems on Mom's Phone

Toni Hammer | Posted 01.12.2015 | Parents
Toni Hammer

I have roughly 712 pictures of the wall, the carpet, blurry images of feet and something resembling baby dolls being cooked on my kids' toy kitchen. I'm pretty sure I'm not raising the next Ansel Adams.

Have Smartphones Made Parents Dumb?

Tara Cousineau, PhD | Posted 01.12.2015 | Parents
Tara Cousineau, PhD

Sometimes it feels like technology is raising -- or rather -- regressing our kids. We can complain all we want about the tsunami of media flooding our children's lives, but are we seriously willing to give in to it?

iPhone Separation Anxiety Is Real

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | Posted 01.09.2015 | Technology

You might think you're doing yourself a favor if you leave your phone behind when you head to an important meeting or dinner with the in-laws, but a n...

My Unctuous Smartphone

Chuck Nyren | Posted 01.09.2015 | Fifty
Chuck Nyren

There was a movie I never saw about a guy falling in love with his talking phone. That won't be happening with me. I'm not even sure I like her.

Lose Five Pounds in Less Than a Minute With This Simple Trick

Debra Fine | Posted 01.07.2015 | Technology
Debra Fine

By ridding ourselves of the laptop, and smartphone, and e-reader, and tablet, and ear buds, and Go Pro camera, and selfie stick and charger (and backup charger and solar charger) and whatever else may qualify we can experience instant weight loss. Like magic. Try it: Toss all your devices and get on the scale.

8 Apps Boomers Need Right Now

Renee Fisher | Posted 01.05.2015 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

I have made an exhaustive, as well as exhausting, survey of some of the 10 billion apps that are now available on smartphones. This research was done between the end of one cup of coffee and the trip to the kitchen to refill my cup. For that reason, I am limiting the list.

Signs of Life at Blackberry

Ira Kalb | Posted 12.22.2014 | Business
Ira Kalb

Just when many had considered Blackberry dead, it is showing signs of life. The company took a wrong turn when it lost its focus and tried to chase the consumer market that rapidly became the domain of the iPhone and Android platforms.

When I Was a Kid, We Took Pictures With Cameras

Jeff Kelley | Posted 12.22.2014 | Arts
Jeff Kelley

We all know there's more than one downside to the omnipresent smartphone--the invention of the 'selfie', the calloused thumbs, the inability to bullshit our way through a discussion about, well, anything that can be Googled. But you know what my favorite upside is? The ability to take a picture at any given moment. No, I'm not talking about catching a nominee for the 'People of Wal-Mart' blog; I'm talking about taking pictures of my kids.

Holiday Gift Guide -- Technology Edition

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 12.18.2014 | Technology
Rabbi Jason Miller

As a techie with an addiction to the latest, greatest tech gadgets, I have put together a short list of the best tech gifts for holiday shoppers this season. These gifts range in price so there's something for everyone.

Togetherness Interruptus: Civil Society in the Age of the Smartphone

Amy Larkin | Posted 12.10.2014 | Technology
Amy Larkin

Smartphone abuse is not only rude, it's dangerous. This is decidedly addictive behavior. And like all addictions, the addict is not the only victim. Smartphones create a terribly discourteous, antisocial, particularly uncivil environment in public spaces. Look around. Someone might need your help and you might want to offer it.

In Pursuit of Light

James M. Chesbro | Posted 12.19.2014 | Healthy Living
James M. Chesbro

I do not think anyone should feel ashamed for not feeling the way all the screens tell us we should feel. If you are sad while we are farthest away from the sun, while everyone else seems to be having a holly jolly Christmas, you are not flawed.

Now Here's A Pretty Convincing Argument On How The Internet Is Ruining Our Lives

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 12.09.2014 | Healthy Living

The Internet has its perks, but it certainly has its pitfalls, too. The latest video from The School Of Life, a London-based organization that foc...

'World Press Trends 2014' Debunks Newspapers' Death

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 12.06.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

"Each day, more than half the world's adult population read a daily newspaper: 2.5 billion in print and more than 800 million in digital form," according to the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).

Connecting With Nature? There's an App for That

Ben Klasky | Posted 12.04.2014 | Green
Ben Klasky

How would you feel if you were asked to turn in your mobile phone while entering a national park? Would it help you connect more deeply with nature?

Electronic Etiquette in the Digital Age

Dr. David Greenfield | Posted 12.04.2014 | Technology
Dr. David Greenfield

My prediction is that many pubic places will begin to develop digital use policies--just as some restaurants are offering meal discounts if you agree to leave your phone in the car! In fact, that might not be a bad idea... to be in the social world without the intrusive digital distraction.

This Keychain Lets You Charge Your Phone With A 9-Volt Battery

The Huffington Post | Kerry Flynn | Posted 12.02.2014 | Technology

Flintu, an Australian creative duo, says it has an easier fix to your smartphone charging struggles: a keyring-sized device that charges your phone with a 9-volt battery.

Is Hollywood Going Back to Flip Phones?

Rebecca Abrahams | Posted 12.02.2014 | Technology
Rebecca Abrahams

Flip phones are certainly not "safer" than smartphones.

Doesn't Cortana Know That Disparaging Siri Reflects Negatively on Her Parents?

Ira Kalb | Posted 11.30.2014 | Business
Ira Kalb

Good marketers know that when a company "badmouths" a competitor, it is (more often than not) a big mistake -- especially when the company being disparaged has Apple's track record of success.

Personal Tech Products Designed Specifically for Seniors

Jim T. Miller | Posted 11.26.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend any tablets, smartphones or computers that are specifically designed for seniors? I would like to buy a device ...

Museum Selfie-ishness

Jeanne Martinet | Posted 01.24.2015 | Style
Jeanne Martinet

It's difficult to say which is worse: The fact that we seem to need to document every moment of our existence or the need to put ourselves at the center of everything.