Aug 27, 2015

French woman wins disability grant for 'gadget allergy'

A French court has awarded a disability grant to a woman claiming to suffer from a debilitating allergy to electromagnetic radiation from everyday gadgets such as cellphones. The applicant, Marine Richard, 39, hailed the ruling as a “breakthrough” for people afflicted by electromagnetic hypersensitivity ...

Aug 11, 2015

Couples who sext have better sex: study

Couples who send each other sexually suggestive or explicit images by phone, commonly known as “sexting,” have better sex, according to a study presented to a psychology convention in Toronto. The practice is often portrayed as risky, yet American researchers found it is widespread ...

For Asia dating apps, love by numbers or chaperone

Jul 29, 2015

For Asia dating apps, love by numbers or chaperone

Move over Tinder — a crop of dating apps in smartphone-addicted Asia is offering to recruit friends for group dates or send along a chaperone to steer the course of romance. While dating apps developed in the West often encourage one-on-one, no-strings-attached meetings, many ...

Apr 19, 2015

Mountain of electrical waste reaches new peak: report

A record amount of electrical and electronic waste was thrown away in 2014, and countries that pride themselves on environmental consciousness were the worst offenders per capita, a report said Sunday. Last year, 41.8 million tons of so-called e-waste — mostly fridges, washing machines ...

Mar 4, 2015

Washington museums ban selfie sticks

Washington’s top museums have banned selfie sticks, part of a growing trend among visitor centers in the United States to outlaw the devices. “For the safety of our visitors and collections, the Smithsonian prohibits the use of tripods or monopods in our museums and ...

Apple emoji get racial color, but yellow tone draws flak

Feb 25, 2015

Apple emoji get racial color, but yellow tone draws flak

There are smiley, sad and heart emoji — and now, for the first time, there will be racially diverse emoji. Apple is preparing to release nonwhite faces in its lineup of the cartoon faces that some people use to liven up text and email ...

Apple has hundreds working on secret project to create car

Feb 14, 2015

Apple has hundreds working on secret project to create car

Apple Inc. has a secret lab working on the creation of an Apple-branded electric car, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday, citing people familiar with the matter. The project has designed a vehicle that looks like a minivan, the newspaper quoted one person as ...

Feb 12, 2015

Smartphone kill switches credited with stifling theft

Kill switches that render stolen smartphones useless were credited on Wednesday with stifling robberies and thefts in London, New York City and San Francisco. In London, the number of reports of smartphones being stolen from people dropped 40 percent last year, after kill switches ...