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    More than a third of young adults report symptoms of smartphone addition — regardless of how long a day they spend using their device, a study has found. Researchers from Kings College London surveyed 1,043 people aged 18–30 about their smartphone usage, sleep quality and smartphone use reduction strategies. Around a quarter of the volunteers reported using their phone for at least three hours each day, while 19 per cent used their device for more than five hours daily.  According to the researchers, 406 of the participants met the criteria for having 'smartphone addition'. They reported behaviours such as losing control of how much time they spent on their phone, anxiety when separated from their device and neglecting other things. Both 69 per cent of those in this group and 57 per cent of those without smartphone addiction reported getting poor nights' sleep. While smartphone addiction is not presently recognised as a clinical diagnosis,...
    Long gone are the days of upgrading your phone every year, at least for most of us. It’s expensive and just plain overkill when today’s smartphones last much longer than that. If you’re keeping yours for the long haul, that means you need to treat it better, too. Are you making any of these common mistakes that can kill your phone a lot faster? And what about malicious code that sneaks in and watches everything you do if you click the wrong place or download a bad attachment? It does happen, and you need to know the signs that stalkerware has been installed on your device. Now, let’s dive into performance. We could all use a nice boost. Here are five ways to speed even an old phone up again.1. The classic: Turn it on and off againI’m starting basic because it works. It’s the go-to line of IT pros...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Researchers are developing a new, rapid COVID-19 test that connects to your smartphone to reveal results at home. Ever since the pandemic began, researchers in France have been working on a way to test for COVID-19 quickly and accurately. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Nearly 70 Inmates And Staff At Allegheny County Jail Infected “Since March, we try to develop a portable device everybody can use at home,” said University of Lille Professor Sabine Szunerits. The research at the French university started, oddly enough, with camels, llamas and alpacas. READ MORE: Weve Been Trying To Reach You: Robocalls Soar During Pandemic, How To Avoid Them Scientists took tiny antibody particles from the animals called nanobodies. After some complicated science, they produced a device that plugs into a smartphone. A nasal or saliva swab is placed onto a strip and if nanobodies come into contact with the virus,...
    When it comes to a low-end, with 16GB or 32GB of storage, this is a headache. Storage: a problem that arises when the relationship between you and your cell phone is advanced. It happens when you have already downloaded a large number of applications. This problem does not appear when the device is new, because there is no kind of junk in the cache. Also, no data has been accumulated. The most difficult thing when this problem appears is to solve it, without the presence of an SD card. However, there is a way to insert a code, in Android cell phones, with which you will make a few GB disappear. Don’t worry, it will be without deleting images, videos, voice notes or important documents that you have saved. Before inserting the code, it is necessary to make it clear that it does not work on all Android. However,...
    How to properly disinfect your smartphone to remove viruses and bacteriaJanuary 11, 2021 18:40 hs In the same way that we wash clothes, the body and other personal belongings with the aim of eliminating viruses and bacteria from their surface, we must also make sure that our smart devices are too, especially the mobile that always accompanies us. How to disinfect your smartphone A study conducted by the University of Arizona in 2012 revealed that the mobile screen could contain up to 10 times more bacteria than a toilet bowl. Although for some it may be a surprise, if we analyze it in perspective there will be no doubt about this. Well, cleaning the screen of our mobile devices is not a common activity, or what is worse, most do not even know that this can be...
    Looking Glass Factory, a company that designs personal holographic displays, just launched a Kickstarter for its new Looking Glass Portrait, a smaller, more affordable take on its previous light field display. The new Looking Glass can operate as a standalone device, and in a clever move, supports portrait mode photos from smartphones like the iPhone for creating simple holograms. The Looking Glass Portrait displays holographic photos, videos and 3D models in a 58 degree viewing cone, which basically amounts to the experience of a 3D video or hologram, but viewable by multiple people without the need for special glasses. Holographic light field tech isn’t new, particularly in smaller sizes like a cellphone screen. Where Looking Glass Portrait differs from other displays, like Sony’s $3,000 Spatial Reality Display, is with a much lower price point of $349 (without promotional Kickstarter pricing). Looking Glass Factory says its specific display uses a proprietary...
    Chaos Audio has unveiled a digital multi-effects guitar pedal on Kickstarter that could be ideal for budget-minded users or beginners. The Chaos Stratus marries a customizable digital pedal board, guitar tuner, looper and metronome, all controlled by the Chaos smartphone app that runs on Android and iOS devices. Much like Hotone’s Xtomp, it allows for a simple setup with just a single pedal, guitar, amp and mobile device. Chaos offers a “continuously updated” selection of pedals through an online library, including classic effects like reverb, overdrive, flanger, auto-wah and fuzz. It also lets you chain together multiple effects in any order, while controlling what the knobs are set to. Once you get an effect just so, you can use the app to create pedal board presets and access tools like a guitar tuner and metronome (both of which use the LED strip), along with a looper for basic backing playback.
    Tech giant Google has reportedly rolled out an update to its Android mobile platform that will enable devices to listen to every sound in users’ homes and alert them to certain household sounds. The Independent reports that Google has rolled out a new update to its Android mobile operating system that enables devices to listen in on users’ homes and alert them to particular sounds. The new feature is an accessibility update added to google’s Live Transcribe function, which automatically records and writes down audio or other speech that the phone’s microphone picks up. Live Transcribe can now detect sound including smoke alarms, fire alarms, sirens, babies crying, doorbells, barking dogs, running water, people knocking on doors, and more. The user’s Android device will then alert them to the event via a notification, camera flash, or vibration. Live Transcribe also has a timeline feature that allows users to scroll through previous...
    SNAPPING selfies is a national pastime, and there’s nothing more fun than adding a filter to see how you’ll look as a different gender or an OAP.  But the latest trend to sweep social media is seeing people turn themselves into anime characters. 5The most popular Snapchat filter is called Anime Style Credit: Snapchat Transforming yourself into a cartoon online is nothing new, but the demand for the unique Japanese style has taken off online.  Tik Tok and Instagram have been awash with people posing up a storm in the signature look, after a new filter was added to Snapchat.  The hashtag #animefilter has hundreds of posts online, as people tried out the look on themselves, pets, famous photos and even tattoos. If you’re trying to find it on the app to give it a go, the official name of the filter is Anime Style. What is the new...
    Recording the telltale sound your key makes when you insert it into its lock could allow eavesdropping hackers to clone your key, researchers have demonstrated. Built by experts from Singapore, the SpiKey software uses the clicks made as a lock's pins pass over its key's teeth into narrow down the possible key shapes for a door. Criminals could use similar software after surreptitiously recording you with a smartphone as you unlock your home — and return later having cut a new key. Alternatively, the team said, hackers could hijack your own phone or smart doorbell, and use it to record the key sound — without being physically present themselves.  The attack — which could potentially be being used by criminals — only works on pin tumbler locks, with normally-less-secure warded locks immune to the approach.  Scroll down for video  Recording the telltale sound your key makes when you insert it...
    For years, my dad has regularly pocket dialed me and my siblings. I thought this annoyance would die after smartphones took over, but the man’s pocket is talented, and still manages to leave me wordless voicemails every few weeks. If your friends and family are hounding you about regular butt calls, a few tweaks to your settings may help solve the problem. Lock. Your. Phone.First things first—and I shouldn’t have to say this, but apparently I do—lock your phone before you put it back in your pocket. I’ve seen people just slide their phone into their pocket without turning the screen off, which is a perfect recipe for pocket dialing. Just press the button on the side of your phone—it only takes a second, and it’ll save your friends some headache. Furthermore, it’s important to use a passcode (and/or fingerprint, and/or face unlock) on your phone—not just to prevent pocket...
    (CNN)It isn't always easy to know when you've had one alcoholic drink too many, but your smartphone be able to help -- by measuring changes in the way you walk. Having access to real-time data about intoxication could help people reduce their alcohol intake, prevent drink driving, and even alert a sponsor for someone receiving treatment for alcohol abuse, researchers associated with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have said. Researcher and emergency physician Brian Suffoletto studied 22 adults between the ages of 21 and 43, and gave volunteers a vodka drink with enough alcohol to produce a breath concentration of 0.2%. In the United States the legal drink drive limit, based on blood alcohol concentration per grams of alcohol in 100 ml of blood, is 0.08%. Moderate drinking may improve cognitive health for older adults, study saysParticipants had an hour to finish the alcohol, and then had...
    Florida Superintendent Compares Reopening Schools to Navy SEAL Operation As Students Forced to Quarantine Fatburger owner FAT Brands announces $25 million acquisition of Johnny Rockets How To Sell Your Home For The Best Price Possible Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/9 SLIDES © JGI/Jamie Grill/Getty Images Save your battery Simply using your phone isn't the only thing that can drain your phone battery super fast. There are other environmental factors and settings that can make your battery go from 95% to 15% in a matter of a few hours as well. If you're always plugging your phone into the charger, read on to find out how you can save your smartphone battery. These are the 11 phone battery myths you need to stop believing.
    Quentyn Kennemer2 minutes ago•Filed to:Kinja DealsKinja DealsDealsGoogleGoogle DealsPixelPixel DealsAccessories1SaveGoogle Pixel Stand | $60 | AmazonGraphic: Quentyn KennemerBest Tech DealsBest Tech DealsThe best tech deals from around the web, updated daily.PrevNextView All Google Pixel Stand | $60 | Amazon I’ll just come right out and say it: The Google Pixel Stand is massively overpriced. It can charge up to 11W depending on which Pixel you have (Pixel 4), sure. And I can’t deny how sexy the thing is. And, well, it does add some neat features that make the phone easier to use and enjoy while docked, though there’s no real reason you shouldn’t be able to use those features while docked on any stand, and, well... I can’t keep a straight face. But if you’re going to buy one, you might as well do it today: Amazon has it down to $60, a 24% discount. G/O Media may get...
    Is it true that Apple or Google just added a COVID-19 tracking app on your smartphone?It's a question that continues to swirl around on social media and the short answer is...no.How to find the interface|If you have an iPhone and you downloaded the latest update, go to Settings, then Privacy, and tap Health you will see COVID-19 Exposure Logging.Apple and Google both added what's known as an application programming interface that will enable exposure notifications to work, with another app, if you choose to install one.So basically all Google and Apple did was provide the framework to support any COVID-19 tracking app but the tool will not work unless you enable it.Even if a COVID-19 tracking app does become available, you still have to choose to install it.A good thing to remember when you download any app, take a look at what information you're potentially giving up, as they can...
    Your iPhone is an incredibly functional device all on its own. But pair it with ring lighting, lens attachments, gimbals, and tripods, and your Instagram feed can be on par with that of professional content creators’. As the Gen Z’ers say, your posts will look pretty “fire”. And luckily for you, a slew of these smartphone accessories are currently on sale. Among them include an ingenious selfie stick and a 360-degree gimbal that can help you capture panoramic footage. Better yet, as part of a Fourth of July deal, you can save 15% off your order when you spend $50 or more and use code JULYFOURTH15 at checkout. Spend $75+ and you can save 20% instead with code JULYFOURTH20. Happy shopping! U-STREAM Home Streaming Studio with 10″ Ring Light & Tripod, now on sale for $49.99 The secret to snapping an amazing selfie? It’s all about the lighting. Give...
    Indiana's Supreme Court has ruled that the Fifth Amendment allows a woman accused of stalking to refuse to unlock her iPhone. The court held that the Fifth Amendment's rule against self-incrimination protected Katelin Seo from giving the police access to potentially incriminating data on her phone.ARS TECHNICAThis story originally appeared on Ars Technica, a trusted source for technology news, tech policy analysis, reviews, and more. Ars is owned by WIRED's parent company, Condé Nast. The courts are divided on how to apply the Fifth Amendment in this kind of case. Earlier this year, a Philadelphia man was released from jail after four years of being held in contempt in connection with a child-pornography case. A federal appeals court rejected his argument that the Fifth Amendment gave him the right to refuse to unlock hard drives found in his possession. A Vermont federal court reached the same conclusion in 2009—as did...
    Quentyn KennemerToday 8:38AM•Filed to:Kinja DealsKinja DealsDealsSamsungSamsung Deals295SaveSamsung 256GB EVO Select microSDXC Card | $34 | AmazonGraphic: Quentyn KennemerBest Tech DealsBest Tech DealsThe best tech deals from around the web, updated daily.PrevNextView All Samsung 256GB EVO Select microSDXC Card | $34 | Amazon Whether you’ve grown addicted to apps or you’re looking to store more games on your Nintendo Switch, everyone could find a reason to jump on this deal for Samsung’s 256GB EVO Select microSD card. It’s down to $34 today. This is a U3 card that has read/write speeds of 100/90 megabytes per second, and should work in almost any modern device that supports microSD. You’ll also get an adapter to use it with even more devices like digital cameras. G/O Media may get a commission$34Samsung EVO Select 256GB microSDXC UHS-I U3 100MB/s Full HD & 4K...From amazon5 purchased by readersBuy now Quentyn KennemerPostsTwitterAssociate Editor. I'm trying to...
    General Motors’ OnStar is branching out beyond the car. The automaker is launching a new smartphone app called Guardian for customers who want to access OnStar’s remote assistance service capabilities when they aren’t physically inside their car. Previously, OnStar’s operators were only accessible to subscribers of the service by pressing a button on the rearview mirror or infotainment screen of their GM vehicle. Now, with the new app, OnStar customers can connect to an operator where ever they have their phone, either in the car, at home, or out walking. And for a limited time, they have the option of extending those services to up to seven family and friends of their choosing. “We’ve got over 20 years of experience dealing with public safety, and we’ve been looking at ways that we can extend that promise beyond our existing member base,” says Jeffrey Haase, head of OnStar Guardian...
    (CNN)The coronavirus crisis has many people glued to their smartphone screens for more and more hours each day, even if they don't want to be. In fact, sheltering in place can lead to a nearly 60% increase in the amount of content people consume across all devices, according to a March report from Nielsen.Even before coronavirus lockdowns and increased time at home leading to more screen time, many people had reported feeling addicted to their smartphones. More than a quarter of parents and 36% of teens wake up to check their phones at least once at night, and more than half of teens and parents said they feel distracted by their mobile device at least once a day, according to a 2019 report from Common Sense Media. American teens spent an average of seven hours and 22 minutes on screens each day in 2019 — not including screens used for...
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