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Expert tips on how to limit screen time for kids

Evidence is growing that too much time in front of a screen can be bad for our eyes and our health in general, especially for children and teens.

Encouraging kids to avoid using electronic devices in the dark is one way to limit the potential damage caused by too much screen time. — AFP Relaxnews

This Silicon Valley car tech firm is bringing secret weapon to the streets of Sacramento

A Silicon Valley tech company recently posted a video front and centre on its website that may startle some Sacramentans.

California startup Phantom Auto is introducing driverless vehicles to San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento and Mountain View, California. The drivers of these vehicles operate them remotely from Phantom's office in Mountain View, sometimes more than 100 miles away. — Phantom Auto/TNS

Can smart displays replace smart speakers?

Smart speakers have introduced homes to voice-activated virtual assistants but will their lifespan be shortened by smart displays?

A well-known example of smart speakers is Amazon Echo (Alexa). — AFP Relaxnews

Airbnb hosts scramble after Chicago rejects 2,400 registrations for short-term rentals

Airbnb hosts throughout Chicago are concerned and confused after receiving notices from the city last week informing them they could face potential fines if they don't remove their units from the home-sharing platform within seven days.

Airbnb hosts throughout Chicago are concerned and confused after receiving notices from the city last week informing them they could face potential fines if they don't remove their units from the home-sharing platform within seven days. — Dreamstime/TNS

Monster Hunter on hold as China hits pause on new video games

China appears to have halted approvals of new online game licences, with reports that a government shake-up was causing paralysis in the world's biggest gaming market.

The hit game Monster Hunter: World has been removed from sale, only days after its debut. – AFP Relaxnews

Alexa, Cortana finally get the conversation going

Amazon's Alexa and Microsoft's Cortana are coming soon to a smart device near you – together, with new integrated features that allow the digital assistants to talk to each other.

Alexa and Cortana, Amazon's and Microsoft's digital assistants, will now work on each other's devices by letting one assistant summon the other. — Microsoft

Stove left on? Don’t panic! Smart home solutions for peace of mind

Everyone's done it: You've left the house and then suddenly panic, convinced you've left the oven or stove on.

You've left the house and then suddenly panic, convinced you've left the oven or stove on. Yet there are several ways, some relatively cheap, to avoid that unnecessary trip back into the house to check. — dpa

Serbia turns to tech industry to fight economic stagnation

Serbia, a country that claims inventor Nikola Tesla as one of its most famous sons, is looking to technology to help lift itself out of decades of economic stagnation following the Balkan wars of the 1990s.

Programmers working on computers in Belgrade, Serbia. — Reuters

Google’s DeepMind to create product to spot eye disease

DeepMind, the London-based artificial intelligence company that is owned by Alphabet Inc, plans to develop a medical product that will help doctors to detect more than 50 sight-threatening conditions from a common type of eye scan.

DeepMind trained artificial intelligence software to detect signs of disease better than human doctors, according to a study published Monday in the scientific journal Nature Medicine. — Reuters

Threat from on high: race on to bolster drone defences

From hand-held copters that zoom around the living room to high-speed craft offering the sensation of flying over the countryside, drones have won over legions of fans – and are proving a growing challenge for security authorities.

Experts say drone models readily available on the market can easily be turned into a “poor man’s weapon”, a remote-controlled bomb or a means of filming a site in preparation of an attack. — AFP

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