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VIDEO: Ayub Khosa has the right cure for cellphone addiction

Renowned actor and director Ayub Khosa has got the right solution for turning e-social gathering into a real life assembly, ARY News reported. In a video doing rounds on social media, the Operation 021 actor, who is known for lightheartedness and jolly personality, can be seen sitting with his friends and peers at a restaurant.  All are still busy with their mobile phones while sitting in a gathering at a public place, which prompts Khosa to do this. "Bro give me your mobile, you too please and brother give me your…

Thousands of android apps tracking children’s data: study

Children are becoming tech-savvy and some may argue it’s the need of the hour, but an alarming research has surfaced claiming that more than 3,300 smartphone apps have been improperly collecting data on children. A study of 5,855 Android apps on Google Play found that more than half of them were potentially violating US privacy laws that protect children under 13 from invasive data collection. The researchers from the International Computer Science Institute used a new automated system to determine whether the apps…

Apple urged to study iPhone addiction in children

NEW YORK: Two large shareholders have urged Apple to study whether iPhones are proving addictive for children and that intensive use of the smartphones may be bad for their mental health, Bloomberg News reported Monday. "There is a growing body of evidence that, for at least some of the most frequent young users, this may be having unintentional negative consequences" on their health, said Jana Partners LLC and California State Teachers' Retirement System (Calstrs) in a letter sent to Apple dated January 6. The…

Selena Gomez reveals Instagram addiction, low self-esteem

Pop star Selena Gomez said she canceled her world tour last year and went to therapy because she was depressed, anxious and "my self-esteem was shot." Gomez, 24, who has more than 113 million Instagram followers, also said in an interview published on Thursday that she was freaked out by her social media obsession and no longer has the Instagram app on her phone. “As soon as I became the most followed person on Instagram, I sort of freaked out. It had become so consuming to me. It’s what I woke up to and went to sleep…

Addiction is a crisis, not a character flaw: US surgeon general

MIAMI: Alcoholism and drug abuse are a pressing public health crisis in the United States, and addiction should no longer be dismissed as a "character flaw," top US health officials said. For the first time, the US surgeon general, Vivek Murthy, released a major report on substance abuse, called "Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health." The report "aims to shift the way our society thinks about substance misuse and substance-use disorders," Murthy said. "Substance-use…