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Tips for achieving a smartphone detox this summer (or at least for a few days)

It is said that mobile technology has become ubiquitous -- maybe even too ubiquitous than we care to admit. Indeed, as we approach a new decade, it has become increasingly more difficult to grab a respite from all those text messages, social media updates, emails, and app alerts, even for just one day. No wonder some of us are already getting worried about falling into mobile addiction.

UK boarding school confiscating students’ smartphones during bedtime

In this day and age, just about every person in the world checks their mobile device before going to sleep at night. In some economies where the average mobile user can afford to enjoy data, surfing the Internet or one’s social media feed is likely a guaranteed activity before rocking off to Neverland.

Girls at higher risk of falling to smartphone addiction, per study

Ewha Womans University from South Korea has recently conducted a study on smartphone usage, and the results of its research seems to suggest that girls are twice as likely as boys to become addicted to handsets. The key findings of the study was featured in a report published by Yonhap just this week.

iOS 12 to help users curb iPhone addiction

One of the biggest developments this week is Apple’s official unveiling of iOS 12 (the upcoming newest version of its mobile operating system) during this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). According to the tech giant, the focus of iOS 12 is to improve performance and optimization, and fans of the mobile brand will no doubt be wanting to experience those cool new features when iOS 12 launches later this year.

Worldwide smartphone market will stay slow this year but bounce back in 2019, per report

According to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, the total volume of smartphone shipments across the globe will decrease 0.2 percent in 2018 to 1.462 billion units, failing to improve upon the 1.465 billion units registered the year before and the 1.469 billion units recorded in 2016. In other words, after going through a 0.3 percent decline in 2017, this year is projected to post yet another slide.

Report: FBI had overstated number of inaccessible encrypted devices

About five months ago, Christopher Wray, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had stated that the agency had close to 7,800 mobile devices from last year that feds could not gain access to.

Report: Distracted driving laws have a positive impact in states that have them

EverQuote, the insurance provider behind the social safe driving mobile app EverDrive, has recently released its yearly EverDrive Safe Driving Report.

Owners of Pixel phones and select Nexus devices can now connect to Android Auto using Wi-Fi

Before, users had to utilize a USB connector in order to use Android Auto, the platform developed by Google to give car owners an easy to use Android powered interface that offers directions, entertainment (including the user’s favorite tracks), and even incoming mobile alerts. 


Should we be worried about the so-called smartphone blindness?

Not many people may realize this, but lifestyle or profession can have an impact on one’s eyes. A number of welding workers are known to suffer from arc eye, while those who are exposed to snow and ice regularly are prone to getting snowblind. Even folks who are overstudious tend to have myopia. Now, there is increasing discussion about whether or not today’s mobile users, especially those who own touch screen devices, are starting to suffer from blurred vision, or worse, smartphone blindness.

iPhone users suing Apple over Batterygate might merge lawsuits into one class action case

According to a report recently published by the Wall Street Journal, there are currently 59 different lawsuits filed against Apple after it had decided to update its iOS mobile operating system last year in order slow down the performance speed of older iPhone models.