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Banning of mobile phones in school improves students’ academic performance

Most schools and universities and even offices ban the use of mobile phones or tablets within the premises for obvious reasons. If adults can't keep their hands and eyes off their devices at night and actually anywhere, young kids and teenagers surely can't part with their phones as well. Parents are now challenged on how to get their kids study and focus on academics. But really, there is only one solution and that is to ban phone use whether at home or in school.

Average attention span of humans dropped from 12 to 8 seconds

The image above of a man missing out the giant whale because he's glued to his smartphone is a perfect example that some humans prefer tapping and watching on their screens than just enjoying the real thing. Of course, there could be plenty of explanation for this. Maybe he got an emergency call or an important email he really needs to reply to. But still, this image is very ironic and I think it will only get worse as technology progresses.

Bodyprint technology turns touchscreen into a biometric scanner

Majority of the companies around the globe still do not fully adopt biometrics. Only a small percentage take advantage of the technology but more researchers now are working on to enhance the system, hoping to improve on it or create a totally new related technology. Some Yahoo Labs researchers were able to develop 'Bodyprint', a new technology that can turn any smartphone touchscreen display into a biometric scanner for many purposes.

Old Android phones can become surveillance sensor machines

Before you throw that old, clunky, obsolete Android phone away, you might want to consider keeping it as it may someday be valuable. No, we're not talking about auctioning them off someday as relics, but more like a functional purpose. A team from Carnegie Mellon University have created a program that can take those old phones or any connected surveillance cameras and turn them into Zensors, giving you information and triggering a consequential action.

Earthquake could possibly be detected by smartphones

Smartphones will only get smarter and smarter. The smartphone era may never come to an end and every new smartphone that is revealed each day will only outsmart the previous models. There’s actually no limit to what people can do with every phone model. In the near future, it could even replace computers as a full workhorse in schools, businesses, or the offices because of its portability, usability, and convenience.

Stanford researchers invent battery that charges in 60 seconds

We all want the battery power in our smartphones and tablets to last longer. That said there is a limit to how large a battery can be and how much power can be crammed into that battery. On the other side of the coin to get our device to last longer are batteries that charge faster. If your battery is only good for most of a day's use, but it can recharge in minutes it's a bit more bearable.

Research says mobile use may affect kids’ problem-solving skills

It is already an accepted fact that the best way to distract kids or to keep them from getting bored is to plop a mobile device in front of them. In fact, you probably will not be able to separate them from the smartphone or tablet when you actually need them to pay attention. Much has been said about the effect of heavy mobile device use on the young ones, but there are still no hard facts to support our theories and speculations.

Scientific study says smartphone users have more brain activity

Whenever someone tells you that constantly using your smartphone is bad for your health, you better have a copy of this scientific study from Current Biology on your person to show them that at least, your brain is not atrophying. It says that the more you use your thumbs and other fingertips, the greater your brain activity is. So take that grandma who always wants me to put my cellphone down.

Microsoft Research’s FingerShadow to reduce battery consumption

As smartphones and tablets continue to be more and more "sophisticated", one problem remains constant among all of them (yes, even you Samsung): battery life isn't all it's cracked up to be. The more you use your device, the more you need either a battery extender or to hug the wall socket. Microsoft has recently conducted a research that might lessen gadgets' battery consumption, at least for those that use OLED screens, and they're calling the project Fingershadow.
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