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Liu Jin Yin, a 26-year-old farmer, has thousands of viewers a day watching his livestream diaries of life on the farm. He has nearly 200,000 subscribers and earns about $1,500 a month. Rob Schmitz/NPR hide caption

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Livestreaming Country Life Is Turning Some Chinese Farmers Into Celebrities

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Researchers found a sudden increase in teens' symptoms of depression, suicide risk factors and suicide rates in 2012 — around the time when smartphones became popular, researcher Jean Twenge says. Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images hide caption

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The Risk Of Teen Depression And Suicide Is Linked To Smartphone Use, Study Says

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A driver uses his smartphone to pay the highway toll with Alipay, an app of Alibaba's online payment service, in the Chinese city of Hangzhou. STR/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In China, A Cashless Trend Is Taking Hold With Mobile Payments

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This emergency alert jolted New Yorkers on Sept. 19 as police sought a suspect in connection with explosions in the New York City metropolitan area. Lacking a photo or a link to one, it raised concerns about racial profiling. AP hide caption

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Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 is demonstrated in New York on July 28. All owners of the new smartphone have been urged to exchange the device after reports of phones' exploding or catching fire. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

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The new Apple iPhone 7 lacks a separate headphone jack, which makes people wonder how they can charge the phone while listening to music through a wired headphone via the Lightning connector. Apple's answer: a separate dock that starts at $39. Stephen Lam/Getty Images hide caption

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Apple CEO Tim Cook discusses the company's new wireless AirPods headphones during an event in San Francisco on Wednesday in which Apple also presented the iPhone 7. Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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An exhibitor shows a smart rice cooker to a visitor at a display booth for MiJia, a new brand by Xiaomi at the 2016 Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing on April 28. Andy Wong/AP hide caption

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Losing Steam In Smartphones, Chinese Firm Turns To Smart Rice Cookers

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A customer tries the Siri voice recognition function on an Apple iPhone 6 Plus in Hong Kong. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Voice Recognition Software Finally Beats Humans At Typing, Study Finds

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At This English Bar, An Old-School Solution To Rude Cellphones

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Managing Your News Intake In The Age Of Endless Phone Notifications

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Phone, Everlasting: What If Your Smartphone Never Got Old?

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Smartphone assistants like Siri will give you a national help line to call when you bring up suicide. But they have trouble recognizing other things, like rape or physical abuse. Michael Nagle/Getty Images hide caption

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A visitor takes photos with her smartphone outside the Supreme Court in 2014, while the judges heard arguments related to warrantless cellphone searches by police. Jose Luis Magana/AP hide caption

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