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Report: Screens are killing our happiness

Report: Screens are killing our happiness

Smartphones were the leading cause of a major fall in psychological well-being in American Adolescents after the year 2012 according to a new study. This study was conducted by researchers at The University of Michigan, and was published in the scientific journal Emotion this week. The study showed that adolescent self-esteem, life satisfaction, and happiness rose between 1990 and 2011, then fell dramatically starting in the year 2012, just as smartphones began to take hold of the planet.

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Pokemon GO update: Flygon and this Gen 3 list just released!

Pokemon GO update: Flygon and this Gen 3 list just released!

This morning Niantic revealed a new set of Pokemon from Gen 3 in the Pokemon GO universe. This expansion comes from the Ruby and Sapphire Pokemon games and blasts well beyond the initial set of 150. Even though we've STILL got no Mew, we've got a whole lot of other Pokemon from the furthest reaches of HOENN!

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Foldable phones: a necessary first step that’s doomed to fail

Foldable phones: a necessary first step that’s doomed to fail

Much like the mythical Microsoft Surface Phone, the Samsung foldable phone is believed to finally appear, year after year. It might finally happen in 2018, with a commercial launch in 2019. But before then, we will most likely be treated to a parade of other foldable phones from other companies, both in concept and in the market. But are foldable phones really that necessary? For everyday consumers? Hardly. But for the future of computing? It’s that crucial step we can’t actually skip.

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LG Aristo 2 on MetroPCS brings Android Nougat to the masses

LG Aristo 2 on MetroPCS brings Android Nougat to the masses

How much would it cost you to have an Android phone with a more or less recent version of the mobile OS? If you’re willing to cut corners, apparently not that much. Of course, you will not be getting top of the line specs or features, but if you’re more concerned about the longevity of your phone in terms of software updates, then the LG Aristo 2 might be more to your taste. Arriving almost exactly a year before the first one, the Aristo 2 is probably the cheapest Android Nougat phone you’ll be able to buy from a big brand and a carrier.

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OnePlus Camera M mod improves OnePlus 5/5T photography

OnePlus Camera M mod improves OnePlus 5/5T photography

There seems to be a new pattern among some of the newer and smaller players in the smartphone market. Launch a phone with “decent”, sometimes even dismal camera performance and then promise a firmware update that fixes it later. That fix does come, eventually, but sometimes the results are less than satisfying. Fortunately there are some rather devoted app developers, like XDA Senior Member txx1219, who develop some mods, like this OnePlus Camera M, that takes the disappointing stock OEM camera app and magically transforms it into something good.

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Android 8.1 Wi-Fi Speed Labels rolling out now

Android 8.1 Wi-Fi Speed Labels rolling out now

Free public Wi-Fi is becoming ubiquitous (and sometimes dangerous) that there might be more than a handful to choose from at any given time. Not all Wi-Fi hotspots, however, are created equal. Some are good, some are bad, and some are just plain horrible. To help you decide which Wi-Fi access point to connect to, at least based on speed, Google is providing a new “Speed Label” in the Wi-Fi list for Android. At least, if you’re running Android 8.1.

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Vivo X20 Plus with in-display fingerprint sensor launch details

Vivo X20 Plus with in-display fingerprint sensor launch details

Vivo may not be one of the most well-known Chinese smartphone brands across the globe, but it is definitely one of the most adventurous. It was one of the first to make the world’s thinnest smartphone (back then only 0.7 cm thick) and was one of the first to jump on 6 GB of RAM and deca-core processors. And this week it will be making history again by becoming the first to use the in-display fingerprint sensor technology that should have been in the Galaxy S8 and iPhone X first.

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Essential Phone Review: The Impossible Challenge

Essential Phone Review: The Impossible Challenge

The first Essential Phone was a good device, and everything that the first wave of Android phone enthusiasts could have wanted. But by the time the Essential company and the PH-1 existed, the general public had moved beyond their initial any-new-Android frenzy. Now we're in an era where the most fad-friendly phone is king, and only king for a half-cycle. Essential's first phone release is an attempt to check all the boxes for innovation but remain bare-bones at the same time. Therein lies the Essential struggle.

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iPhone X deals? Don’t hold your breath

iPhone X deals? Don’t hold your breath

A report today suggests iPhone X won't be moved to a second-tier spot in Apple's iPhone collection: not now, not ever. Over the past several years, each time a new iPhone was released, the previous iPhone was knocked down one spot in the overall iPhone hierarchy, thereby reducing its price. Now, with the first generation of iPhone X done, that traditional movement isn't likely.

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Galaxy S9 camera tech may have just been outed by Samsung

Galaxy S9 camera tech may have just been outed by Samsung

There has been no lack of Galaxy S9 leaks, and by now we could very well know almost everything there is to know about the phone's specifications. These leaks have come from all corners of the internet, but sometimes, it's best to go straight to the source. In this case, that would be Samsung, and it's possible that it may have just revealed some of the technology behind the Galaxy S9's camera.

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Galaxy S9 details leak: it’s the inside that counts

Galaxy S9 details leak: it’s the inside that counts

In just a few weeks, we’ll finally hear Samsung’s excuse for not changing that much in the Galaxy S9. Or did it? Early leaks about the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ hinted at a rather mediocre next-gen flagship. And while that may be true on the outside, Samsung may actually be changing some of its parts inside. And while those changes won’t necessarily be seen by anyone other than those who dig into the innards of mobile devices, they can, at least in theory, significantly improve the user experience across the board.

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Kids should spend more time with screens, say new studies

Kids should spend more time with screens, say new studies

It has been common advice given to parents to limit the time their very young ones spend using a smartphone or a tablet. It is so common that no parental control service or app worth its salt doesn’t come without some way to limit screen time. But new studies are surfacing challenging those long-held prescriptions. Some are even encouraging parents to let kids spend even more time fiddling with devices. It’s not a blanket recommendation though and it’s based more on how kids spend their time rather than simply how long they spend it.

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