News Click: Kids and Smartphones
Kids & iPads: How Much Is Too Much?Any parent will tell you that sometimes, the best babysitter is a smartphone or tablet. But screen time adds up fast -- so how much is too much? And how do you get your child off their favorite show once they're locked in?
Birding Smartphone Apps Rising In PopularitySmartphone apps are making it easier for to identify a bird and mimic their calls.
St. Paul Releases Mobile Pay App For Parking MetersThe city of St. Paul has joined other cities with the release of a mobile pay app for parking meters.
Sen. Franken To Introduce Anti-Stalking App BillA crime that is sweeping the nation is targeting people in Minnesota. Stalking apps are being used on cellphones, which allow abusers to secretly stalk their victims. These apps are not available on the iTunes or the Android Apps store.
Good Question: Are We Addicted To Our Cellphones?According to the Pew Research Center, 44 percent of us sleep with our cellphone nearby, or even in our beds. Almost one-third of people say they, "can't imagine living without it." So, are we addicted to our cellphones?
Good Question: What Is The Real Cost Of A Smartphone?Verizon Wireless says it’s now joining the path other cellphone companies have already taken – no contracts. The company announced Wednesday it will do away with two-year contracts that offer subsidies of hundreds of dollars on new phones.
Mall Of America Confirms Free Wi-Fi System Coming By Holiday SeasonA Mall of America representative confirmed Monday that the mall plans to have a free Wi-Fi system in time for the holiday season.
Research: Kids Feel Neglected If Parents Hooked On SmartphonesParents are well aware of the downside of kids spending too much time on their electronic devices texting or playing games. But what about the negative effects of parents doing the same thing? New research shows that kids are very aware of how much time their parents are spending on their smartphones when they are with them.
Target Debuts Image-Recognition Shopping AppTarget is introducing an app that lets users purchase items after scanning magazine ads with their smartphones. It's the latest offering from retailers looking to boost sales with the use of improving image-recognition technology.
Survey: Americans Can Hardly Function Without SmartphonesThe number of Americans who use smartphones is at an all-time high. Also, the number of people who say they can't live without them is up. In a new Bank of America survey, nearly half of Americans say they wouldn't last one day without their phone.
Minnesota Enacts 1st Law On Cellphone DisablingMinnesota has the nation's first law requiring smartphones and tablets sold in the state to have remote shut-off devices as a way to deter theft. The "kill switch" bill was signed Wednesday by Gov. Mark Dayton after lawmakers passed it last week.