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These are the sneaky ways apps like Instagram, Facebook, Tinder lure you in and get you ‘addicted’

“This list is by no means exhaustive, but it highlights specific tactics used by specific apps across several categories” writes Avery Hartmans for businessinsider.com. And using apps on your smartphone is often just a form of wasting time.”I think what’s happening is that people are displacing a lot of time that they would spend on TV and spending it on their phones,” Kay told Business Insider.In fact, Jonathan Kay, chief operating officer of app analytics firm Apptopia, has a term for it: “displaced time.”.  Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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The FBI, CIA and NSA say American citizens shouldn’t use Huawei phones

“Top officials from the CIA, NSA, FBI and the Defense Intelligence Agency testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee that the Chinese smartphone makers posed a security threat to American customers” writes Selena Larson for cnn.com. Huawei is a global leader in networking equipment, and the government has previously blocked it from selling technology to some federal agencies. Source: cnn.com Share This:

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Andy Rubin’s Essential sold 88,000 smartphones in first six months: analyst

“For Android founder Andy Rubin and his new smartphone venture Essential, the first year has been a rough stretch” writes Seung Covers Apple for eastbaytimes.com. Apple and Samsung sold 77.3 million and 74.1 million smartphone units, respectively.According to data from market intelligence firm IDC, Essential barely made a dent in the smartphone market, selling only 88,000 units in its first six months. Source: eastbaytimes.com Share This:

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Nokia sold 4.4M smartphones in Q4 2017, surpasses OnePlus, Google, others

“A revised report from Counterpoint states that HMD Global has sold 4.4 million smartphones in Q4 2017” reports techradar.com. Some of the companies that sold lesser smartphones that Nokia are — Google, HTC, Sony, Alcatel, Lenovo, OnePlus, Gionee, Meizu, Coolpad and Asus.The 4.4 million figure puts Nokia at the 11th position in the list of companies with highest market share. Source: techradar.com Share This:

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Here’s when facial recognition will be standard on smartphones

“By 2020, 58% of smartphones are expected to boast 3D facial recognition technology, up from 32% in 2017” writes Rayna Hollander for businessinsider.com. As biometric identification — such as fingerprint sensors, retina scanning, and facial identification — becomes more ubiquitous in smartphones, more than 1 billion smartphones will feature facial recognition in the next two years, according to Counterpoint Research.Going forward, more smartphone vendors, including Samsung, Xiaomi, Huawei, OPPO, and Vivo will likely follow in Apple’s steps and increasingly adopt 3D facial technology, according Counterpoint Research analysts.Aside from its hands-free capabilities, 3D…

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Smartphones are becoming so dangerous there’s a new field of study called ‘technostress’ — and experts say it’s killing people

“Meanwhile, Business Insider’s Julie Bort reported on a study that found employees are exhausted by the mere prospect of receiving after-hours work email” reports businessinsider.com. There’s a whole field now called technostress, and the evidence is that unconstrained emails, where there is no guidance by employers, are damaging for people’s health.”.  Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Iran is angry its athletes weren’t offered smartphones at the Winter Olympics and now it’s a problem

“The South Korean company reportedly sells products in Iran and all nuclear-related sanctions were lifted on Iran in January 2016 but many businesses and companies remain cautious” writes Rosie Perper for businessinsider.my. The committee said in total, 22 North Koreans and four Iranian athletes would not be provided the newest $1,100 smartphones. Source: businessinsider.my Share This:

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LG’s G6 and Q6 smartphones are getting fan favorite color options from the LG V30

“Two of LG’s 2017 smartphones, the LG G6 and LG Q6, will soon be available in new color options” writes Fionna Agomuoh for businessinsider.com. LG will release the new color options for the G6 and Q6 in February starting in Korea.There is no word on if or when the color options will be available in the US, but the G6 and Q6 are already available in five colors: Astro Black, Ice Platinum, Mystic White, Terra Gold, and Marine Blue. Take a look at the new colors coming to the LG G6…

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The top-selling smartphone brand in India isn’t Samsung anymore, and it isn’t Apple either

“He added that the South Korean tech giant was struggling to win over cost-conscious customers in the low-end segment of the Indian smartphone market” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. The fourth-quarter shakeup in the Indian market came amid a 12 percent growth in smartphone shipments, according to Counterpoint.Xiaomi was once considered the darling of the smartphone world, showing triple-digit growth and challenging the likes of Samsung and Apple.At one point in time, it was the top player in China but eventually saw its market share eaten away by the likes…

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