Smartphones

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Don’t use it as an alarm clock! Five ways to cut down on phone use

Many of us rely on our devices for everything from rousing us in the morning to staving off boredom. But there are ways to break the habit Keep your phone out of the bedroom Get yourself an alarm clock. Photograph: Image Source/Getty Images Many of us use our phones as alarm clocks, meaning they are […]

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‘Our minds can be hijacked’: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

The Google, Apple and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks who worry the race for human attention has created a world of perpetual distraction that could ultimately end in disaster Justin Rosenstein had tweaked his laptops operating system to […]

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Are smartphones really making our children sad?

US psychologist Jean Twenge, who has claimed that social media is having a malign affect on the young, answers critics who accuse her of crying wolf Last week, the childrens commissioner, Anne Longfield, responded to the campaign. The assumption that time online or in front of a screen is life wasted needs challenging. It is […]

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iPhone at 10: how it changed everything

Alex Hern bought the first iPhone a decade ago. As it celebrates its 10th anniversary, he looks back on how it changed the world and his life Ten years ago today, the first iPhone hit stores in the US. On paper, the device was nothing special: it lacked the 3G connectivity which was becoming standard […]

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Life and death in Apples forbidden city

In an extract from his new book, Brian Merchant reveals how he gained access to Longhua, the vast complex where iPhones are made and where, in 2010, unhappy workers started killing themselves The sprawling factory compound, all grey dormitories and weather-beaten warehouses, blends seamlessly into the outskirts of the Shenzhen megalopolis. Foxconns enormous Longhua plant […]

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Is our smartphone addiction damaging our children? | Rowan Davies

Research has found a link between technoference and poor child behaviour. The need for light relief is very human, but perhaps we can find a happier balance A technology-based interruptions in parentchild interactions a phenomenon known as technoference, which Im fairly sure was a club night in Stockwell in the 1990s could be associated with […]

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Apple to fix ‘touch disease’ flaw for iPhone 6 Plus

The significant flaw in touchscreens can be triggered when devices are dropped multiple times, Apple claimed Apple has acknowledged a significant flaw that causes touchscreens to fail in some iPhone 6 Plus smartphones, claiming the problem can be triggered when devices are dropped multiple times. Announcing the Multi-Touch Repair Program for iPhone 6 Plus on […]

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AirPods: Apple says it needs ‘more time’ before selling new wireless earbuds

Apple showed off what it calls AirPods last month during a launch event for the iPhone 7, but now the company isnt saying when theyll be released Apple says it needs a little more time before it starts selling the new wireless ear buds that are designed to work with its newest iPhones the ones […]

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Samsung suspends sales of Galaxy Note 7 phones, warns users: ‘turn it off’

The company has been forced to suspend production and global sales of both the faulty smartphones and their replacements after devices caught fire Samsung has withdrawn all of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones from sale globally after a spate of fires involving safe replacements. In a statement issued late on Monday, Samsung said consumers with […]

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Galaxy Note 7 owners told to turn off phones due to exploding battery risk

US product safety agency says owners of the smartphones should stop using their device, and that its working on an official recall just weeks after launch The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says owners of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones should turn them off and stop using them because of the risk that their […]

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