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Tracking smarter health apps: Use your phone as tool to help with medical, fitness needs

While it’s not so smart to rely on Dr. Google, a growing number of tools via your smarthphone is helping to track, manage and detect health issues.

Knowing when to turn it off: Spokane teens struggle with addictiveness of smartphones, sleep

With almost every American teenager now reporting they have access to a smartphone, concerns have risen from researchers, parents and schools that the physical effects of compulsive device use could …

For retailers, the smartphone is future of store experience

Just a few years ago, retailers considered smartphones the enemy of the in-store experience they were trying to create. Customers often whipped out their device to compare prices online and …

Smartphone makers bet on foldable screens as next big thing

For the past few years, the smartphone industry has been searching for a breakthrough to revive a market mired in an innovation lull and a sales slump. A potential catalyst …

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 29, 2018, 4:59 p.m.

People are keeping their smartphones longer, report says

People are holding on to their aging smartphones longer, squeezing out a few more months of use before trading them in, a report indicates.

Xiaomi seeks to raise up to $6.1 billion in Hong Kong IPO

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi plans to raise up to $6.1 billion in one of the biggest global stock market debuts in recent years as it tries to become a worldwide …

Faith & Values: Distracted by phones and social media, our spiritual health is in free fall

“Be still!” All these years later, I still can hear my grandmother’s urgent plea: “Stevie, be still!”

Digital Detox: With the school year underway, parents can help set gradual boundaries about screen time

In general, children adapt to change best if it’s gradual and clear. That could mean slowly winding down the amount of time kids are playing video games, and setting clear …

UPDATED: Fri., July 28, 2017, 9:52 p.m.

Data shows which Spokane intersections are worst for texting and driving

Smartphone data helps track the places in Spokane where distracted driving is most prevalent.

UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017, 2:52 p.m.

Front Porch: Technology might drive me crazy, or to the beach

I’m just about on board with getting a smart phone and have been researching what to buy … And then came the car.

Letters to Voice editor

Ditched flip phone, and I feel dumber Oh boy, do I relate to your column (“Front Porch: Late adapter considers the smartphone” by Stefanie Pettit, June 29) about cellphones. I …

Ballot language approved for age limits on smartphone sales

Colorado officials have cleared the language of a proposed ballot measure that would establish the nation’s first legal limits on buying smartphones for children.

Parents’ technology addictions lead to behavioral problems in kids, study says

Research by a professor at Illinois State University has found that parents who say they struggle to limit their time looking at phones, tablets and other technological devices have children …

UPDATED: Fri., April 21, 2017, 8:21 a.m.

Black teens most active on social media apps, poll finds

Teenagers and their technology are inseparable, but a new poll shows black teens are the most likely to have access to smartphones – which could explain why they’re the biggest …

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 gives it a shot at reputation rehabilitation

The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are Samsung’s newest phones, poised to hit the market Friday, starting at $720. It is a critical launch for Samsung – not only because …

UPDATED: Sun., April 16, 2017, 9:50 p.m.

Police urge man who posted homicide online to turn himself in

An Ohio man claimed to be angry at a woman when he shot and killed an elderly passerby Sunday afternoon and posted the murder on Facebook. Police urged the suspect …

UPDATED: Sat., March 11, 2017, 4:01 p.m.

A World without Wi-Fi looks possible as unlimited plans rise

With every major U.S. wireless carrier now offering unlimited data plans, consumers don’t need to log on to a Wi-Fi network to avoid costly overage charges anymore. That’s a critical …

Here’s Apple’s challenge in India

In India, for the price of the latest iPhone, you could eat breakfast, lunch and dinner for an entire year, and still have a bit of cash to spare.

Distracted-driving law needs major update

Now drivers grab their smartphones and jump onto Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat and other apps that weren’t around in 2007. None of these acts is illegal. Only talking and texting are …

2016, through the rear-view mirror

March 25. Headline on primary endorsement editorial was “Kasich and Clinton only moderates left standing.”

Gov’t wants phone makers to lock out most apps for drivers

The government wants smartphone makers to lock out most apps when the phone is being used by someone driving a car.

Robots organize your photos, so you can procrastinate

Most of us have many forgotten photos on our phones. They don’t have to stay that way. Apple and Google are both applying a form of artificial intelligence called “machine …

Snapchat expands investor base as it grabs $1.3 billion in funding

Snapchat Inc. has broadly expanded its shareholder base over the last year, going far beyond the few venture capitalists who bankrolled the Los Angeles firm when it was merely an …

Facebook updates Messenger app to handle several accounts

Facebook has redesigned its popular Messenger app so several people can use it on the same smartphone or tablet without relinquishing their privacy.

Medical Lake parents alerted to bullying on Burnbook app

A phone app that high school students have been using to post nude pictures and bully classmates prompted Medical Lake School District officials to alert parents and call police. The …

Bill would expand rules on driving, cellphone use

OLYMPIA – Drivers can’t text or make phone calls on Washington roads, but state law doesn’t say anything about checking email, browsing Facebook or taking selfies. Lawmakers didn’t include those …

‘Ebola Attack’ creators make a mobile game for good

Lance Hughes and Anna Czoski hope their viral video game goes viral. The pair created “Ebola Attack,” a game for smartphones and tablets that tasks players with saving organs from …

Beyond tracking

The future is here, and it’s sweaty and integrative. The treadmills at Eastern Washington University’s fitness center are outfitted with touch-screen modules that lets gym users track their workouts – …

Trade-in options abound for smartphones

Feeling stuck with your old smartphone? Do you covet new releases like the iPhone 5S that boast niftier features like fingerprint sensors? There’s good news. A growing number of options …

Get dialed in on how to safeguard your phone

Remember the sneaky trick played by software makers? Download a free program and it would automatically install an unwanted “search toolbar” on your computer’s Internet browser. That annoying ploy hasn’t …