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Beth Skwarecki Beth Skwarecki Jul 15, 2019 at 02:21.

Smartphones Aren't Ruining Your Eyes

Smartphones Aren't Ruining Your Eyes

Blue light from smartphones might be interfering with your sleep, but there’s no evidence that it’s blinding you, despite ad claims and, occasionally, headlines implying it is.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology spelled it out recently: No, Blue Light From Your Smartphone Is Not Blinding You. That was in response to a study published this summer that found blue light, plus a chemical...

Mike Epstein Mike Epstein Jul 14, 2019.

How to Join the Beta for Google’s ‘Live Transcribe’ Android App

How to Join the Beta for Google’s ‘Live
Transcribe’ Android App

Google announced Monday that it’s launching a beta for a new Android feature called Live Transcribe, which can accurately create written captions from speech on the fly. It’s an accessibility-focused project made to help people with hearing loss communicate without making special arrangements or purchasing expensive equipment.

Live Transcribe seems easy to use: Once activated in...

Dave Greenbaum Dave Greenbaum Jul 08, 2019.

Schedule Your Phone Calls Instead of Reacting to Them

Schedule Your Phone Calls Instead of Reacting to Them

Some jobs make you spend a lot of time on the phone. Typically, the phone rings and you respond. Instead of reacting to phone calls, try planning your call schedule in the morning to stay on task throughout the day.

Over at Inc, they remind us that scheduling phone time reduces the randomness in your day and puts you in control. They suggest thirty minute increments, but you can pick any...

Eric Ravenscraft Eric Ravenscraft Jun 21, 2019.

Let Your Whole Family Watch This Internet Security Basics Course

Let Your Whole Family Watch This Internet Security Basics Course

As the holidays get closer, you’re probably going to spend a lot of time with your family, many of whom will get shiny new devices. If they want your help setting up their new toys, consider making this internet security course required viewing.

The above video series (playlist link below) from security company Varonis contains five in-depth lessons on topics like choosing a good...

Mike Epstein Mike Epstein Mar 26, 2019.

The Most Important Announcements from Apple’s 'Show Time' Event

The Most Important Announcements from Apple’s 'Show Time' Event

At its latest keynote today, Apple announced four new services to help it push deeper into the wide worlds of news, entertainment, and... banking? As predicted by analysts and reporters, Apple announced a paid magazine subscription platform and a Netflix-like streaming service. It also announced an Xbox Game Pass-style subscription for games and—this one’s a real doozy—its own credit...

Beth Skwarecki Beth Skwarecki Mar 15, 2019. 13 comments

Why Digital Detoxes Don't Work

Why Digital Detoxes Don't Work

Being without your phone is a luxury these days. If you can manage it, you are either on vacation, or you have a staff to handle all your digital grunt work. For the rest of us, tech is both a distraction and a necessity. And a digital detox doesn’t do much to change that.

What is the point of a detox?

The original point of a detox was that if you literally have a toxic substance in your body,...

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Mike Epstein Mike Epstein Mar 15, 2019. 2 comments

Samsung's Galaxy S10+ Has the Fastest 4G Speeds (for Now)

Samsung's Galaxy S10+ Has the Fastest 4G Speeds (for Now)

Nobody likes waiting for stuff to load on their phone. Whether it’s blank webpages or streaming sites buffering, we look to our handheld computers for an instant connection and instant gratification, and it’s just so annoying when they fail us—or take forever to load a silly video.

We often attribute a device’s speeds to internet service providers, mobile carriers, and that little “bars” icon...

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Josh Ocampo Josh Ocampo Feb 08, 2019. 19 comments

Clean Your Phone Right Now

Clean Your Phone Right Now

We touch our phones some 2,617 times a day (yep, that includes every swipe and tap). We take them with us everywhere: bathrooms, gyms, subways, and buses. They’re like an extra limb or appendage. And while most of us think to clean doorknobs, faucets, or anything else in contact with our hands, we rarely think of our iPhones and Androids.

My phone is disgusting. If you were to flash a...

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Mike Epstein Mike Epstein Feb 05, 2019.

How to Lock WhatsApp on iOS with Touch ID or Face ID

How to Lock WhatsApp on iOS with Touch ID or Face ID

WhatsApp just got a neat new security feature on iOS. With version 2.19.20, iPhone and iPad users can now lock the app using their devices’ biometric locks—Touch ID or Face ID, depending on your device’s capabilities. Adding the lock requires you to re-authenticate yourself every time you open the app, even if your iPhone never locked. It’s a really nice feature if you’re the kind of person...

Beth Skwarecki Beth Skwarecki Dec 06, 2018. 18 comments

Sleep Texting Is Real, So Keep Your Phone Away From Your Bed

Sleep Texting Is Real, So Keep Your Phone Away From Your Bed

You already know you shouldn’t sleep near your phone because doing so screws with your sleep schedule . Here’s another reason: You could text nonsense to your friends and have no memory of the conversation in the morning.

“Sleep texting occurs when an individual responds to or sends a text message electronically while in a sleep state,” write researchers from Villanova University in a recent...

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Mike Epstein Mike Epstein Nov 30, 2018. 18 comments

Should You Switch to Google Fi on the iPhone?

Should You Switch to Google Fi on the iPhone?

Earlier this week, Google announced that its cellular service provider division “Project Fi” has graduated from beta “project” to full-fledged product Google Fi. The name change is fine, but what’s really interesting and exciting about the whole thing is that, as part of the shift, Google Fi now officially supports the iPhone.

Back when it was “Project Fi”—two days ago—users could take their...

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Eric Ravenscraft Eric Ravenscraft Aug 17, 2018. 14 comments

This Tool from Google Helps You Choose Your Next Android Phone

This Tool from Google Helps You Choose Your Next Android Phone

Picking an Android phone is tough. If you keep up with tech blogs, you probably already have some criteria. However, for those who just want to pick a phone and go, Google’s made a handy tool that helps you decide which phone to get quickly.

How to Pick Your Next Android Phone: 2015 Edition

Fun fact: there are roughly seven different model Android phones per human on the planet. While…

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Michelle Woo Michelle Woo Jun 18, 2018. 11 comments

This Anti-Smartphone for Kids Works Like a Walkie-Talkie 

This Anti-Smartphone for Kids Works Like a Walkie-Talkie 

For parents, the decision is coming up earlier and earlier: Should you give your kid a smartphone? On one hand, you may fear it’ll turn your child into a hunched-over zombie, or that she’ll be constantly distracted, or that it’ll mess with her brain in ways we don’t yet know about, or some other bullet point on the list of no good, very bad potential consequences.

On the other hand, well,...

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Patrick Allan Patrick Allan Jun 10, 2018. 22 comments

Give Out These Fake Prank Numbers to Creeps

Give Out These Fake Prank Numbers to Creeps

You’re out on the town with your friends when some stranger takes a conversation from casual to creepy, then asks for your phone number. Give them one of these and get away.

When She’s Just Not That Into You, Bro

This week we have a college boy who’s desperately clinging onto a long-distance relationship with a …

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Recently, Twitter user @tricookingqueen went viral with a tweet...

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Andy Orin Andy Orin Jun 01, 2018. 3 comments

You Can Now Buy a Refurbished iPhone Directly From Apple

You Can Now Buy a Refurbished iPhone Directly From Apple

Apple’s lineup of refurbished products has a sterling reputation for quality control if you don’t care if your hardware is completely new, and now you can buy a refurbished iPhone at a reasonable discount.

The refurbished iPhones are 15% off the price of a new phone. That means you can get an iPhone 6s with 16GB for $449, or an iPhone 6s Plus for $529 with 16GB or $589 for 64GB. The phones are...

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Emily Price Emily Price Mar 25, 2018. 16 comments

Waste Phone Scammer's Time Instead of Yours With RoboKiller

Waste Phone Scammer's Time Instead of Yours With RoboKiller

I work in a profession where I tend to get a lot of phone calls from numbers I don’t have saved as contacts. That means that I’ll answer the phone during the work day when I don’t recognize the number. Most of the time the person on the other end of the line is calling me with a work-related request, but lately at least two calls each day are from someone trying to refinance the home I don’t...

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Beth Skwarecki Beth Skwarecki Mar 14, 2018. 6 comments

How Did It Feel to Unplug This Weekend? 

How Did It Feel to Unplug This Weekend? 

We want to hear how your unplugged weekend went—whether you participated in the National Day of Unplugging or just managed to resist the siren call of your phone once or twice.

The National Day of Unplugging Starts Tonight

If you feel like you spend too much time on your phone, take a break this weekend and participate…

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I didn’t really commit to unplugging, so my own results...

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Beth Skwarecki Beth Skwarecki Mar 13, 2018. 14 comments

The National Day of Unplugging Starts Tonight

The National Day of Unplugging Starts Tonight

If you feel like you spend too much time on your phone, take a break this weekend and participate in the National Day of Unplugging. It’s organized by the creators of the Sabbath Manifesto, so it starts at sundown tonight and continues for 24 hours.

Using devices in the evening can mess with your sleep, after all. And you probably realize, deep down, that it’s not really fun to be a slave to...

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Michelle Woo Michelle Woo Jan 28, 2018. 15 comments

Your Teen Might Find Happiness in a Flip Phone

Your Teen Might Find Happiness in a Flip Phone

A study published this week leaves none of us surprised: Screen-addicted teens are unhappy. The lead author is Jean M. Twenge, the professor of psychology who wrote The Atlantic piece “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?” (In a nutshell, maybe, but it’s a hopeful sign that teens themselves are beginning to link their mental health troubles to their always-buzzing devices.) What Twenge...

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Patrick Allan Patrick Allan Jan 04, 2018. 15 comments

Make Your Smartphone Less Distracting by Switching Your Screen to Grayscale

Make Your Smartphone Less Distracting by Switching Your Screen to Grayscale

If you find yourself overly-dependent on your smartphone, and can’t help but check it every few minutes for no reason, this simple tweak might make it easier to cut back.

In this video, Dr. James Hamblin of The Atlantic’s If Our Bodies Could Talk series shares a tip for making your phone a little less attention-grabbing: set the screen to grayscale. As Hamblin explains, bright colors grab our...

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