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Would you swap your smartphone with a brick phone?

A school in north-east London is selling “brick phones” to students to stop them from being distracted by the internet. Michaela Community School, in Wembley, sell the mobiles, which can send and receive texts and calls but cannot access social media, at a discounted rate. Students using the devices have reported better quality of sleep and communication with their families. Source link

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From selfie taker to lifesaver: The smartphone grows up

Image copyright Peek Vision Image caption In the Masai Mara, Kenya, the smartphone is becoming an essential piece of equipment As the smartphone falls in price while its capabilities improve, it is becoming a valuable tool in the diagnosis of a growing number of diseases and ailments around the world. When Yonatan Adiri’s mother fell down a bank and briefly lost consciousness when travelling in China, an initial diagnosis suggested she had a few broken ribs, but nothing more serious. Doctors were keen to fly her to Hong Kong for…

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Smartphone makers seek export incentives to grow India production

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Smartphone makers in India are calling for export credits on devices and tariff cuts on machinery imports as part of measures they say will make Asia’s third-biggest economy a global smartphone manufacturing hub. FILE PHOTO: A worker arranges battery charger circuit boards at a mobile phone battery manufacturing plant in Noida, India, October 12, 2018. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis/File Photo The India Cellular and Electronics Association (ICEA), whose members include some of the industry’s biggest names including Apple Inc, made the proposals in a 174-page document reviewed by Reuters…

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Xiaomi reveals fold-in-three smartphone – BBC News

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: Xiaomi’s double-folding smartphone A smartphone that transforms into a tablet by folding out two parts of its display bent behind its back has been unveiled by Xiaomi. The Chinese technology company revealed the prototype in a post to the social media site Weibo. It promised the “double-folding” device was coming and asked the public to help name it. Samsung and the start-up Royole have previously unveiled flexible-screened phones of their own. But they only folded at a single point. “It is…

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Smartphone users warned to be careful of the Antichrist

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Patriarch Kirill conducting a Christmas liturgy People’s dependence on smartphones and modern technology could bring about the coming of the Antichrist, the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church has warned. Russian social media users largely responded with humour and scepticism, while some accused the Church of “serving the regime”. Speaking to Russian state TV, Patriarch Kirill said smartphone users should be careful when using the “worldwide web of gadgets” because it represented “an opportunity to gain global control over mankind”. “The Antichrist is the…

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Xiaomi criticised for UK smartphone £1 flash sale

Image copyright Xiaomi Image caption Only three Mi 8 Lite phones could be bought in the first flash sale “Flash sales” publicising a Chinese smartphone company’s UK launch have sparked a backlash on social media. Xiaomi advertised two of its new handsets for £1 each last week as part of a “crazy deals” promotion. But it has emerged that each flash sale involved only two or three phones and Xiaomi had set its website to say: “Sold out,” as soon as the sale opened. The UK’s ads watchdog said it…

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Smartphone maker Xiaomi launches in Britain with flagship device

LONDON (Reuters) – Xiaomi, the world’s fourth ranked smartphone maker, entered Britain on Thursday with the international debut of its flagship Mi 8 Pro, which it hopes will win fans in a market dominated by Samsung and Apple. Senior vice president of Xiaomi, Xiang Wang, speaks at a UK launch event in London, Britain, November 8, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville Senior vice president Xiang Wang said Britain had a “cool” factor that aligned with the company’s appeal to its customers. “The UK is one of the important global centers for technology,”…

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Samsung folding smartphone revealed to developers

Image copyright Reuters Image caption When unfolded the phone resembles a tablet Samsung has unveiled a folding handset at an event in San Francisco. It described its Infinity Flex Display as “the foundation of the smartphone of tomorrow” and said it intended to start production within months. When unfolded, the device resembles a 7.3in (18.5cm) tablet. When closed, a separate smaller “cover display” on the handset’s other side comes into use. Samsung has teased the concept for more than five years and had been vying with Huawei to show off…

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China’s OnePlus, backed by Qualcomm and T-Mobile, launches smartphone in U.S.

HONG KONG (Reuters) – A five-year old Chinese smartphone company whose high-end products are little known outside a tech-savvy niche is entering the U.S. market on Monday with the backing of two key local allies: chipmaking giant Qualcomm (QCOM.O) and mobile operator T-Mobile. People look at a OnePlus 6T during a launch event for the new OnePlus 6T in the Manhattan borough of New York, New York, U.S., October 29, 2018. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri The foray by Shenzhen-based OnePlus comes after U.S. mobile carriers AT&T and Verizon this year backed away…

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