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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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iPhone 6.1-inch sacrifices detailed to undercut iPhone X 2018

iPhone 6.1-inch sacrifices detailed to undercut iPhone X 2018

Apple's trio of new iPhone models for 2018 could see it sacrifice familiar features in order to offer a budget option, it's been predicted, with the 6.1-inch iPhone tipped to compromise in unexpected ways in order to stay affordable. Though Apple has, unsurprisingly, not made any comment on its roadmap for iPhone launches this year, the Cupertino firm is widely expected to offer three new models, all more akin to the iPhone X than the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus.

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PSA: Don’t bite iPhone batteries (this video shows why)

PSA: Don’t bite iPhone batteries (this video shows why)

A man bit a smartphone battery in an electronics store in China this past week, and the battery exploded. The man who bit the battery seemed surprised by the results of his bite. The woman standing near him seemed displeased. Have a peek at the video and see what you make of it. And please do NOT go get a battery to reenact the situation in the video as it's happening - that'd be bad.

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RED HYDROGEN One release and spec details crank excitement

RED HYDROGEN One release and spec details crank excitement

The Galaxy S9 may be leaving mainstream smartphone fans aflutter, but among photographers it's the RED HYDROGEN One that is really cranking up the anticipation. The first phone from the now-legendary camera company broke cover back in mid-2017, promising not only a breakthrough 3D display but interchangeable lenses. Now, RED chief exec Jim Jannard has spilled some more details.

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Galaxy S9 leaves LG and Huawei reportedly shelving MWC plans

Galaxy S9 leaves LG and Huawei reportedly shelving MWC plans

Bad news if you were hoping for some smartphone news from LG and Huawei at Mobile World Congress this year, with whispers that Samsung's big Galaxy S9 reveal is making them cautious. The expectation - set up, it's worth remembering, from previous examples of high-profile smartphone debuts at the cellular-centric Barcelona show - had been that both companies would debut new flagships within the next few weeks. Now, though, that looks unlikely.

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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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