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Obama to Daughter: ‘You’re Not Old Enough for an IPhone’. Here’s Why.

Obama to Daughter: ‘You’re Not Old Enough for an IPhone’. Here’s Why.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama decided their daughter Malia was old enough to get a cell phone when she turned 12, yet another set of parents wrestling with the thorny question of the best age for kids to get mobile phones.
Margaret Rock in Is This Thing On?



How Internet Censorship Keeps Traditions Alive

How Internet Censorship Keeps Traditions Alive

Thailand’s long-standing laws against criticizing its monarchy are colliding with the openness of the Internet, as the country balances the promises of progress with the pull of ancient traditions.
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How Fathers Connect with Technology: You’ve Come a Long Way, Daddy

How Fathers Connect with Technology: You’ve Come a Long Way, Daddy

Move over, tech-savvy moms — digital dads are hitting the scene, finding new ways to connect with kids and turning newfound “geek” abilities into cool cred with the kiddies.
Margaret Rock in Is This Thing On?



How the Internet Is Lowering Teen Pregnancy

How the Internet Is Lowering Teen Pregnancy

Despite claims that the ubiquity of Internet porn is over-sexualizing young people, the teen birth rate is lower than ever, suggesting the flow of information is making some impact on sexual behavior.
Kate Knibbs in Is This Thing On?



The Rise of the Brogrammer — Part Bro, Part Sexist Programmer

The Rise of the Brogrammer — Part Bro, Part Sexist Programmer

As gadgets shakes off its geeky mystique, and consumers snap up smartphones and tablets in record numbers, tech companies are transforming their image, but not always for the better.
Margaret Rock in Is This Thing On?



Is That Grandma on Facebook?

Is That Grandma on Facebook?

The oldest baby boomers will turn 65 this year, joining a growing senior citizen population learning to stay young at heart with the promise of social networks.
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Women Don’t Need Men, They Need Phones

Women Don’t Need Men, They Need Phones

Think smartphones push men to become multi-tasking masters of the universe? Well, a funny thing happened on the way to world domination: mobile devices collided with the female race, giving way to technology that will impact culture for years to come.
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He Texts Me, He Texts Me Not

He Texts Me, He Texts Me Not

The age-old question of “Will they call?” is transforming into “Will they text, Facebook, tweet, Gchat or Skype me?”
Margaret Rock in Is This Thing On?



Siren? What Siren? Emergency Alerts Coming to Smartphones

Siren? What Siren? Emergency Alerts Coming to Smartphones

The day when smartphones alert people to emergencies is not far off, as government agencies, social media and industry innovations combine to revamp national notification systems.
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Texting to Fight Human Trafficking

Texting to Fight Human Trafficking

A texting service — making a small but vital impact on human trafficking in West Africa — will expand to other areas, underscoring mobile devices’ ability to empower citizens to improve their communities.
Margaret Rock in Is This Thing On?