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Does Apple Need to Curb Your Child’s Smartphone Use?

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No, Apple Is Not Responsible For Your Kids’ Smartphone Addiction

Apple is now coming under fire from two big investors for not doing enough to curb childhood addiction to smartphones. What’s next? Government warnings and a class-action lawsuit against Big Smartphone.

In an “open letter” to Apple, Janus Partners and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System — which combined own roughly $2 billion in Apple stock — scolded Apple for failing to “take steps” to curb overuse of smartphones by children.

The letter goes on at great length citing research into the harmful effects of too much smartphone use — from increased risk of depression and suicide risk to sleep and learning problems. read more

Next Gen Flip Phone

ZTE's dual-screen Axon M smartphone
ZTE’s dual-screen Axon M smartphone

Is this the future of smartphones? So far the biggest innovations we’ve seen in mobile this year have been bigger screens and smaller bezels, but Chinese manufacturer ZTE has raised the bar with its Axon M, the first foldable handset with a dual display, suggesting a host of potential uses.

You could browse the web on one screen and compose an email on the other perhaps, or watch Netflix on one display while Twitter scrolls across the second one. Both screens are 5.2 inches diagonally, combining to make a 6.75-inch, 1,920 x 2,160 panel with the two displays both facing forward (admittedly with a large join in the middle).

Maybe the Axon M will be most useful for productivity apps, allowing you to type away on a document in landscape mode without obscuring three-quarters of the screen with a keyboard. ZTE says a three-finger swipe sends apps between screens, or you can have them configured to act like one whole display.

In tent mode, the ZTE Axon M offers gamers the opportunity to play against each other
 Games could also benefit from the dual-screen approach, as with the Nintendo DS family of devices, and if you set the phone up in a tent shape you can play against a friend sat opposite, one screen each. That kind of experience will need some effort on the part of developers, though.

Lamborghini Smartphone

It’s known for creating the ultimate in luxury sports cars.

Now, Tonino Lamborghini has released a luxury Android smartphone to match its vehicles – the £1,900 ($2,450) Alpha – One.

The phone boasts Italian handmade black leather and a frame made from the same ‘stronger than titanium liquid metal’ used to build its supercars.

The Alpha – One smartphone also comes with an accompanying custom black leather case, but critics claim the device’s specs do not match its price tag.

Despite Lamborghini claiming its latest phone features ‘the most luxurious technology’, the device has similar specifications to high-end smartphones that cost less than a third of the price.

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Tonino Lamborghini has released a £1,900 ($2,450) luxury Android phone (pictured) made with Italian handmade black leather and frame made of the 'liquid metal' used in its supercars

Kick the Smartphone Habit – Go Grayscale

The average American clicks, taps or swipes on their smartphone screen more than 2,600 times a day – and the heaviest users touch their device more than 5,400 times.

The birth of the smartphone has sparked an addiction among many people, however, an ex-Google employee has revealed that going gray could help curb habit.

By setting the screen of your handset to grayscale, users might not be so compelled to check their device – this is because certain colors used by apps, like red and bright blue, subconsciously make us excited to reach for our phones.

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The birth of the smartphone has sparked an addiction among many people, however, an ex-Google employee has revealed that going gray could help curb habit

By setting the screen of your handset to grayscale, users might feel checking the device is less appealing - this is because some of the colors, like red and bright blue, subconsciously make us excited to reach for our phones

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MiniRig Stabilizes Smartphone Pics

The MiniRig is a magnetic gimbal smartphone stabilizer which allows users to mount video-enhancing accessories
The MiniRig is a magnetic gimbal smartphone stabilizer which allows users to mount video-enhancing accessories

Last year, the Smoovie stabilizer launched on Kickstarter promising smartphone and GoPro users the ability to shoot super-smooth video thanks to its magnetic gimbal. Now, after shipping that product to backers, the team behind it is back with the MiniRig, which adds lighting and audio features, along with improved stabilization. read more

Think Fingerprint Scanners are Safe – Think Again

Many of us rely on using our fingerprints to unlock our phones and pay for shopping.

But smartphone fingerprint scanners may not be secure as we think.

Researchers have developed a series of ‘MasterPrints’ made from the common features of human finger markings which they say can unlock any smartphone.

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Sample fingerprints that researchers compared against an artificial MasterPrint. Solid black squares around a print show when the MasterPrint 'matched' with a real fingerprint
Sample fingerprints that researchers compared against an artificial MasterPrint. Solid black squares around a print show when the MasterPrint ‘matched’ with a real fingerprint

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Don’t Just Jump Into an Expensive Smartphone

It's getting harder to justify purchasing a high-end phone, partly due to impressive budget-minded phones like...
It’s getting harder to justify purchasing a high-end phone, partly due to impressive budget-minded phones like the OnePlus 3T(Credit: Will Shanklin/New Atlas)

Premium smartphone flagships cost as much as 2-3 times more than their mid-ranged counterparts. In today’s market, the advantages of a more expensive phone are less distinct than ever. Here’s why even buyers that appreciate high-end builds and a buttery smooth software experience should think twice before paying top dollar for the latest and greatest. read more

Smartphones Could Learn From The Old Nokia

We think today's smartphone manufacturers could take a cue from phones like the Nokia 3310 shown...
We think today’s smartphone manufacturers could take a cue from phones like the Nokia 3310 shown here

The Nokia 3310 – one of the most popular cell phones in the world just after the turn of the millennium (along with its variations) – is having a surprising resurgence in popularity, amidst reliable rumors that Nokia will re-introduce a modernized version of the phone at the Mobile World Congress later this month. read more

Smartphone Amp Installs on Your Guitar

The JamStack puts a digital tone arsenal at a player's fingertips
The JamStack puts a digital tone arsenal at a player’s fingertips(Credit: JamStack)

Travel guitars with built-in speakers and effects have been on the market for an absolute age, but we’ve seen a number of dedicated instruments recently that have embraced our modern digital world to include smartphone integration. read more

New Sony Products

Sony has launched a new waterproof android smartphone.

The Xperia Z Ultra can be used underwater up to a depth of 1.5m, even allowing people to take pictures and film video in full HD below the surface, the company said.

Launching it today, Sony claimed the handset, which has a 6.4-inch screen, has the biggest display and is the thinnest large-screen smartphone on the market.

 
The Xperia Z Ultra can be used underwater, even allowing people to take pictures and film video in full HD below the surface
The Xperia Z Ultra can be used underwater, even allowing people to take pictures and film video in full HD below the surface
 
Sony claimed the handset, which has a 6.4-inch screen, has the biggest display and is the thinnest large-screen smartphone on the market
Sony claimed the handset, which has a 6.4-inch screen, has the biggest display and is the thinnest large-screen smartphone on the market

 

 

Calum MacDougall, Sony’s director of Xperia marketing, said: ‘The Xperia Z Ultra is the most exciting revolution in large-screen smartphone entertainment devices with both the slimmest and largest full HD smartphone display in the world that is second to none.’

The phone will include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor which Sony says is the world’s fastest processor.

The screen also features handwriting recognition software that allows it to be used with pencil or stylus.

 
The Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2, a 'second screen' for any Android phone worn on the wrist
The Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2, a ‘second screen’ for any Android phone worn on the wrist

 

 
Sony say it will allow people to remotely handle calls, read emails, alter the volume on their music and even take pictures
Sony says it will allow people to remotely handle calls, read emails, alter the volume on their music and even take pictures

The phone was launched today at the Mobile Asia Expo in Shanghai, alongside the Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2, a ‘second screen’ for any Android phone worn on the wrist.

Sony say it will allow people to remotely handle calls, read emails, alter the volume on their music and even take pictures remotely using a built-in camera app.

Attribution: Jaymi Mccann, Daily Mail