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August, 2010:

Digital Devices Depriving Brain of Needed Downtime

For many people, every minute of time away from work and daily routine such as being stuck  in line at the checkout stand, waiting for the bus, or just simply working out in the gym is a time to pull out the iPod, cell phone, or other digital device and start checking on e-mail, text messages, or just simply play a quick game of tetris.

Recent advances in technology for such devices have turned smartphones in to full-fledged computers with high-speed internet connections which have made “the tiniest windows of time entertaining, and potentially productive”.

However, scientists point out that an unintended side-effect of all this digital input is that people are now unable to process information that could help them to remember information or formulate new ideas.

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New Kindle Leaves Rivals Farther Back

When Apple launched the iPad, many people said that it would be the demise of the e-reader. After all, the iPad has a color touch screen capable of multimedia compared to the monochrome e-ink Kindle which had no support for multimedia.

This week however, Amazon revealed more details on its new Kindle. (more…)