We already use our phones for much more than making calls - playing games, listening to music and taking pictures and video too.
Now, in an increasing number of towns across our region, motorists are being encouraged to use their mobiles to pay for parking like in Brighton and Hove, half the old parking meters are being removed. Malcolm Shaw reports.
A row has broken out about the future of two tourist attractions on Brighton seafront.
The i360 observation tower is due to open next summer. But the owners of the Brighton Wheel have applied for permission to stay another five years too. They say there's room for both.
But the team behind the i360 say it's unfair competition
Councillors in Brighton and Hove have failed to set a budget, despite a six hour meeting last night. The ruling Greens wanted to increase council tax by almost 6% - the biggest rise in the country.
But Labour and the Tories voted against them. There'll be another meeting on Tuesday 3rd March.
ITV Meridian spoke to the Green Party's Cllr Jason Kitcat, Brighton & Hove City Council.
Members of Brighton and Hove City Council have failed to set a budget after six hours of negotiations, and will now reconvene on Tuesday 3 March.
At just after 10.30pm the council chief executive Penny Thompson said it was unlikely they were going to be unable to reach an agreement this evening.
They were trying to decide whether tax payers in the city will face the biggest increase in their bills in the country.
The Greens want a rise of almost 6%, which would equate to more than £70 a year for an average household.
They say without a big rise they will have to make drastic cuts in public services. Both Labour and the Conservatives feel this is too high.
The opposition Labour group leader Warren Morgan tonight argued for a 2% rise in council tax.
A record number of runners gathered in Sussex this morning for the 25th Brighton Half Marathon. Places sold out in record time for this year's event through the city of Brighton and Hove.
The race grows in popularity every year, from 200 in the very first event in 1990 to 12,500 runners today. Sarah Saunders reports.
The twenty-fifth annual Brighton Half Marathon takes place today. The organisers say that 12,500 amateur and elite athletes are expected to take to the streets with their running shoes firmly fastened.
The runners will start at Madeira Drive in Brighton at 9am and follow a 13.1 mile route around the city of Brighton and Hove.
Two thousand more runners are taking part in the 2015 event, compared to the Brighton Half Marathon of 2014.
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The roads along the route will be closed to traffic. For more details about race day visit the Brighton Half Marathon website.