How the smartphone affected an entire generation of kids

As someone who researches generational differences, I find one of the most frequent questions I’m asked is “What generation am I in?” If you were born before 1980, that’s a relatively easy question to answer: the Silent Generation was born between 1925 and 1945; baby boomers were born between 1946 and 1964; Gen X followed (born between 1965 and 1979). Next come millennials, born after 1980. But wh...[Read More]

Nokia 6 — New Nokia, familiar looks – but that ain’t no bad thing

You can’t keep a good dog down – and apparently the same applies to phone companies. Nokia announced its resurrection earlier this year with a modernised 3310, but budget burnerphones will only get you so far. Now it’s time to talk business. With HMD Global behind the helm, the Nokia 6 is the first ‘real’ new Nokia phone. It’s a mid-range handset at heart, then,...[Read More]

Nokia 3 — Stand-out styling, but sub-power power

A flagship phone is like a tailored suit – sure, you pay more, but that’s because it’s been nipped and tucked in all the right places. The Nokia 3? It’s something you’d pick up in Mr Price, not from Prada. But when you’re paying less, it’s easier to forgive a few bulges and sags. With looks that punch well above the price and an unmolested version of Android, there’s a lot here to like ̵...[Read More]

Explainer: how to extend your phone’s battery life

As mobile phone users, all we want is enough battery life to last the day. Frustratingly, the older the device, the less power it seems to have. In fact, the amount of battery life our mobiles have on any given day depends on two key factors: how we use them on that particular day, and how we used them in the past. Mobile phones use lithium-ion batteries for energy storage. In this type of battery...[Read More]

The next to enter the smartphone arena? Razer, apparently

Razer, a company best known for making gaming peripherals, using ALL the multicoloured lights, and being fond of a specific shade of green, could well be the next company to release its own smartphone. That’s the rumour, anyway. Razer, having recently acquired some new tech, is reportedly looking at launching an IPO some time in October this year. All the cool kids are doing it, and Razer is...[Read More]

Banning smartphones for kids is just another technology-fearing moral panic

If a few concerned parents have their way, Colorado will be among the first states to ban the sale of smartphones for use by children under the age of 13. After witnessing what he called a “dramatic, very violent outburst” from one of his sons when taking away his smartphone, a Colorado father (and medical professional) helped create a new lobbying group, called Parents Against Underage Smartphone...[Read More]

Smartphone apps can be memory aids for people with brain injuries, and everyone else

Smartphone apps allow us to outsource remembering appointments or upcoming tasks. It’s a common worry that using technology in this way makes our brain’s memory capacity worse, but the reality is not that simple. In fact, these platforms can be useful, not only for people with memory impairments, but also the general population. Over two studies, we set out to explore the potential of smartphones ...[Read More]

Huawei P10 Lite — Half the price of the P10, but loses a lot of features along the way

Mini-Bar Ones are great. Take a bite and you’ll get the same mouthful of chocolatey goodness as the real thing – but you won’t feel nearly as bad for polishing the whole thing off. That’s kind of the idea behind the Huawei P10 Lite. It’s a diluted version of the attention-grabbing P10, which ditches the Leica-branded dual cameras and just-gotta-see-it-in-the-flesh shades of green and blue fo...[Read More]

The LG G6+ is the flagship the company should have released first

If you haven’t made your mind up in the 2017 smartphone awards just yet then you may want to hold your horses. The newly-announced LG G6+ is on its way and it’s set to be the phone that LG should have released the first time around. The LG G6+ is (obviously) an upgrade on the G6. The specs aren’t in for a major bump in terms of processor and RAM — those aren’t going t...[Read More]

Sony Xperia XZ Premium – Eye-popping specs aren’t enough to lift Sony’s latest into the top tier

Ever wanted to go to a restaurant and ask for everything on the menu? The burger, the seafood, the chicken, and the ribs? Tell them it’s your birthday, when it’s actually just a Wednesday? This sort of excess is what the Sony Xperia XZ Premium is about. It has a 4K HDR screen, one of the fastest phone processors currently available, 64GB storage and a 19MP camera. The only downside, other than the...[Read More]

You Jelly? This tiny little Android on Kickstarter runs Nougat

The Stuff team has been around. Like, long enough to remember a time when you weren’t cool until you had the smallest feature phone possible. That was a weird time. Well it might be rolling back around, if the response to the Jelly smartphone Kickstarter is any indication. That’s because the Jelly is billing itself as the world’s smallest 4G smartphone and with dimensions of R...[Read More]

Is your smartphone making you shy?

During the three years I’ve spent researching and writing about shyness, one of the most common questions people ask is about the relationship between being shy and technology. Are the internet and the cellphone causing our social skills to atrophy? I often hear this from parents of shy teenagers, who are worried that their children are spending more time with their devices than with their peers. ...[Read More]

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