We’ve all been guilty of texting when drinking… right? Because this list from Mashable of the 21 drunk texters we all know rings a little too close to home. I’ll go first: I’m the Planner when I am not drunk and the Instigator when I am drunk. Of course, I just like the list because it’s also an accurate description of 21 drunk types we probably know, and since it’s Friday, let’s celebrate the weekend by dreaming up of different ways to use our phone when drinking.
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In a survey of 800 users, Frontrange discovered that 84% of us thinks that smartphone addiction exists while 45% of us suffers from a debilitating case of Smartphone overuse – at least once every hour! When asked if they could quit their phone for a week, 61% of respondents said they needed a phone at least once a week while 19% said they’d drop it if they were paid $500. Tough bargain!
If you’re more like the $500 group, you’re probably suffering a bit from Nomophobia, the fear of going without your phone – which is exactly what 7 people did in order to cull the data for the rest of this infographic. Scary? You bet. Read more
It’s been months since we’ve heard from the developers of Yotaphone – a dual screen smartphone concept with LCD and eInk display in the rear. Finally, the world’s first dual screen phone is hitting the mobile phone market in Russia for 500 Euros.
The worst thing that can happen to you after you’ve lost your precious smartphone is to have the thieves rack up your data plan. If you are lucky, you will be able to recover it. If not, you’re hoping the device is on its way overseas – far from where it can get access to your mobile connectivity.
One peculiar thing about UK contracts is the ability of carriers to change monthly rates in mid-contract. Luckily, this agreement between the UK’s government and cellular carriers prevents that from happening. Read more
Cellular carriers have finally complete the unified database that prevents stolen phones from being used on 3G and 4G networks if their owners report them as stolen. However, it’s not the most foolproof method. Regions like Russia and China are not participating, despite being a major destination for stolen phones.
Online shopping on Thanksgiving increased by almost 20 percent over last year with mobile driving about a quarter of those sales, according to an IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark report.
Mobile was up across all categories. It accounted for about 43% of all Thanksgiving online traffic, a 32 percent increase over last year; and mobile drove 26 percent of sales, up by nearly 50 percent. Read more
A recent study from the National Sleep Foundation found that 95% of those surveyed reported using electronic devices right before sleep – despite its unhealthy side affects.
According to Charles Czeisler, PhD, MD, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, “Artificial light exposure between dusk and the time we go to bed at night suppresses release of the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin, enhances alertness and shifts circadian rhythms to a later hour—making it more difficult to fall asleep.” Read more
Photo apps, you’re never going to stop hearing about new ones, but from time to time, there’s one that brings charm and appeal in the form of something personal. That’s why we love Lonenote, it’s a great way to mark your photos with your own handwriting, scribbles, or just a mark.
To make your own Lonenote, just take a photo, leave your note using your hand, and then share it anonymously. The makers think the app is the perfect way to memorialize quiet, peaceful moment when you’re alone, but we think it’s great for sending a special thought to someone on your mind. Read more
The weird part of the internet is full of Nicolas Cage, but it’s likely to be full of selfies, your’s included. It’s Called Feeling Cagey?, and it’s full of creep factors. First, the website is not an Instagram approved app. It’s just a robot that seeks out Instagram photos with faces, then replaces the faces with a Nicolas Cage Face. The stream is constantly filled with new material from unknowing users, which is why they disappear after 5 minutes.
The internet often portray hilarious stories, but there’s also a sad and mean side to the internet that abuses the public forum as a way to harm strangers as entertainment. That’s the impression I was given when I found Textastrophe.com, a website written by an internet persona who claims to be making examples of people who post their phone numbers in public places – professionally, or otherwise.
It’s bullying in the worst form, and unfortunately, it exists for entertainment. Here’s an example: Read more
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