Too Much Couch Time Severely Affects Your Kid’s Health

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Researchers found that children ages 9-10 who spend 75% of their time engaging in sedentary activities, such as watching TV or using a computer, are up to nine times more likely to exhibit poor motor coordination than more active children in the same age range. The study also concluded that sedentary activity levels are an […]

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Author Juan Gabriel Vasquez: ‘I Can Easily Kill a Character’

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Mashable’s social book club, MashableReads, met with author Juan Gabriel Vasquez for a Twitter chat on Sept. 24 to discuss his novel, The Sound of Things Falling. The novel deals with the aftermath of kingpin Pablo Escobar’s reign in Colombia. Mashable readers discussed their favorite characters and posed questions to the author. Vasquez shared his […]

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The Spooky Side of Cybersecurity

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Fear comes in many forms, and on Halloween things get creepier and crawlier than usual. But for some of us, the scariest thing of all has nothing to do with snakes and spiders — and everything to do with cybersecurity. Lax attitudes towards online accounts have led to major digital break-ins for years, which is […]

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Solvish Maps Out Local and Global Issues Waiting for Solutions

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Name: Solvish Quick Pitch: Anyone can contribute to Solvish — a digital community board for local and global concerns. Genius Idea: By creating follow pages on Solvish for various issues, users can acknowledge predicaments, build awareness and connect to problem solvers. Solvish is the 21st-century community bulletin board. Users can create a “problem page” for […]

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Parents Brave to Keep Up With Ever-Changing Rules of Tech

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Monica Vila is co-founder of TheOnlineMom, an organization that provides technology education to families and helps moms connect with brands they can trust. I have always been fairly strict about monitoring my daughter’s screen time. Whether she’s watching TV, playing video games or just texting with her friends on her iPhone, I try to make […]

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Reddit Founder Alexis Ohanian Joins MashableReads

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Our second non-fiction selection for the MashableReads social book club is Alexis Ohanian’s Without Their Permission. We’ll be hosting a Twitter chat with Ohanian on Nov. 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET. You can discuss the book with the author personally, along with other participants from all over the world. In Without Their […]

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The Top 5 Things Parents Should Never Do on Facebook

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Dan Tynan has been writing about technology since Steve Ballmer had hair. He is a contributing editor for Family Circle, where he writes about techno-parenting; he blogs about social media and privacy for IDG publications and is the co-founder of a disreputable humor blog. Tynan is the father of two smart-yet-sassy teenagers who consider him […]

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New Technology Gives Texture to Touchscreens

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Disney Research has unveiled a new technology that modifies a user’s tactile perception of the physical world. “Revel” can give almost any surface or object a new texture, providing dynamic sensations on touchscreens as well as furniture, walls and human skin. The technology is based on “Reverse Electrovibration,” and it injects a weak electrical signal […]

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Media Theorist Douglas Rushkoff Joins MashableReads

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Our next non-fiction selection for the MashableReads social book club is Douglas Rushkoff’s Present Shock. We’ll be hosting a Twitter chat with Rushkoff on Dec. 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET. You can discuss the book with the author personally, along with other participants from all over the world. In Present Shock, Douglas […]

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