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Aug 18, 2016

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Christina

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The Best New Way to Read? Novels Told Through Text Messages

BRIANNA HOWARTH IS a 22-year-old who writes stories that vibrate with eerie tension. In one, a babysitter suddenly discovers that the children she’s sitting have vanished; in another, several teenagers break into their school to pull a late-night prank, only to find something seems to be hunting...

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Driving While Distracted: Why can't we ignore the pings?

Most people will admit that texting, checking social media or playing a video game while driving isn't safe, and yet, some still do it. Why?

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Google’s New Allo Messaging App Gets Its Edge From AI

APPLE HAS ONE. It’s called Messages. Microsoft has one, too. It’s called Skype. Facebook has two of them: WhatsApp and Messenger. They’re all messaging apps—smartphone apps that let you chat with friends and family. But they’re rapidly morphing into something else, a new kind of super communication...

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May 5, 2016

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Christy

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U.S. Safety Agency Calls Out Distracted Drivers on Twitter

If laws and fines won't convince drivers not to text and drive, will online shaming work?  As part of a new campaign, one U.S. federal agency is using social media to "name and shame" drivers who tweet, text and snap behind the wheel. CBC Radio technology columnist Dan Misener has looked into the...

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Sexting for your health: patients send genitalia photos, raising legal concerns

Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and iMessage have revolutionized the world of sharing penis photos – and not just between friends. As doctors try to connect with young, digitally native patients, those same patients are sending pictures of their genitalia to their doctors’ mobile phones.

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Mar 7, 2016

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Maggie

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Picture This: Marketers Let Emojis Do the Talking

The condom brand Durex has used World AIDS Day as a marketing hook for years, but for the most recent edition it tried something different: a condom emoji.

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Psychotherapy by emoji: Mental health community wrestles with texting

Dr. Carlene MacMillan was at a garden party in Brooklyn when the text message appeared on her phone. The sender was alone, in a hotel room, unable to stop thinking about killing herself with an overdose, and she was sending an electronic plea for help.

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Jan 18, 2016

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Maggie

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Using Phones to Connect Children to Health Care

I remember the first time one of my children texted me a photo of a skin lesion. It was not a photo of my own child’s skin, but that of a college roommate’s, and the message was something like: “Hi, Mom, is this anything to worry about?”

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Texting from the Operating Room

Cellphone use is not generally restricted in the operating room, but some experts say the time for rules has come. In interviews, many described co-workers' texting friends and relatives from the surgical suite. Some spoke of colleagues who hide a phone in a drawer and check it when they think no...

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Jul 15, 2015

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Deirdre

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Why Aren’t More Crisis Hotlines Offering Chat-Based Help?

We are now living in a chat-based society and traditional crisis hotlines are struggling to adapt.  The volume of text messages has surpassed voice calls in the United States since 2008.

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