Kids Lose Sleep With Touchscreen Use; an Argument for Editing Tweets

Posted April 13th, 2017 at 12:03 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

FILE - Children play with their iPads at the Steve Jobs school Sneek, the Netherlands. (Reuters)

FILE – Children play with their iPads at the Steve Jobs School Sneek, the Netherlands. (Reuters)

Study: Kids Who Use Touchscreen Devices Sleep Less at Night

Earlier research has linked television and video games to sleep problems, but for the first time, a new study appearing in the Scientific Advances journal, looked at the use of mobile touchscreen devices among children. The study found that infants and toddlers who spend more time with smartphones and tablets sleep less at night, although the reasons for that are unclear. University of London researchers found that children between the ages of six months and three years sleep 15 minutes less for every additional hour they spend with a tablet or smartphone.

The Case for Editing Tweets

When you make a mistake, as humans often do, Facebook lets you edit your post even after you publish it. Twitter, on the other hand, leaves you to suffer the consequences of a typo or an error. Once you send a tweet, you can’t fix it. You can delete it, but that is not recommended. Writer Casey Newton argues in favor of enabling the editing of tweets and proposes adding the option to the drop-down menu.

Amazon Gets Approval From India’s Federal Bank to Operate Digital Wallet

Competition is heating up in India’s mobile digital payments market, currently dominated by Paytm, which is backed by Amazon’s Southeast Asia main rival, Alibaba. The license allows Amazon to introduce an e-wallet for online and offline transactions in an already-crowded e-payments market.


Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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