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— Health & Wellbeing

Is social media keeping you awake?

New research apparently confirms a phenomenon that many of us may have already suspected: excessive exposure to social media can disrupt sleep patterns. The conclusion comes from a study by a team at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, which found that the longer young adults spend on social media, the more likely they are to have the quality of their sleep compromised.

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— Telecommunications

Wi-FM uses local radio stations to improve Internet speeds

Wi-Fi connections are great when they work quickly and efficiently, but when they suddenly slow down inexplicably it can be very frustrating. Surprisingly, this isn't usually caused by a slow connection from your ISP, rather it occurs when two physically close Wi-Fi connections interfere with each other. Now researchers from the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University have come up with a simple way to prevent this – and improve Wi-Fi speeds – by using Frequency Modulation (FM) and a smart time-sharing system that maximizes data throughput.

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Google Fiber poised for move into Silicon Valley

The center of the online universe may finally get the Internet speeds you’d expect it to have. According to reports from the San Jose Mercury News, Google is seeking permission from San Jose officials to build two "fiber huts," the first major step in bringing its 1 gigabit-per-second Google Fiber to the city. It would be the largest city, and the first in California, to so far offer the lightning-fast fiber optic Internet service.

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— Telecommunications

Strone Roam relays calls via the Internet to avoid roaming charges while traveling

If not falling victim ourselves, we've all heard stories about somebody returning from an international trip to find some whopping global roaming charges waiting on the countertop. Melbourne-based startup Strone is looking to make homecomings less of a shock to the hip pocket nerve with a smart device that stays behind to forward all your voice calls and texts to your mobile phone through an app, cutting out those hefty surprise phone bills in the process.

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