Using your phone while shopping makes you spend more – study reveals

Research shows that shoppers who chat, text, check emails or listening to music on their phones while browsing the shelves become easily distracted.

And the effect continues even if you put your phone away half-way through the shop, a study shows.

More than 230 volunteers were asked to complete a simulated shopping task – either not using their phone, using it only intermittently or using it constantly.

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They were handed a list and asked to compare the items which ended up in their basket in each of the three scenarios.

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A couple shopping

In most cases, heavy phone use led to a ‘considerable distraction’ and more unplanned purchases.

The only exception was when the phone was being used for a task related to the shopping, such as researching a product.

Dr Michael Sciandra, who led the research at Fairfield University in Connecticut, said: ‘Mobile phones are quickly becoming the principal distractor for many consumers, with 93 per cent admitting to using their phones while out shopping.

‘Almost half of all in-store mobile phone use is unrelated to the shopping task – and this is associated with more hedonistic unplanned purchases.’

Source: Daily Mail

New phone case to power phones using air

Don’t we all feel a bit irritated when our phones run out of charge especially when we are busy or waiting for an important call? Well a new phone case has been developed that will use air to charge phones, but don’t be excited just yet especially if you don’t own an iPhone because you will not be able to use it.

Nikona Labs, who are producing the new case, have said that it can harvest 90 percent of the energy wasted by iPhones when connecting to WiFi/ Bluetooth and acquiring a network signal.

It’s set to go on Kickstarter later this month, where iPhone users can pre-order the device for $99 equivalent to sh 9,300.

According to their website, Nikola Technology efficiently converts RF signals like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and LTE into DC power using its proprietary energy harvesting circuit.

The result is usable energy that can provide power to mobile devices wirelessly.


Microsoft set to make high-end Windows 10 phone

Microsoft is working on two new high-end Lumia phones for Windows 10.

A flagship device, codenamed Cityman, is currently being developed, alongside a high-end handset codenamed Talkman.  According to The Verge, Microsoft is taking a similar approach to Apple with two devices that have bigger displays, but similar specifications.

Cityman is designed to be the flagship phone for Windows 10, and will reportedly include a 5.7-inch QHD display, Qualcomm octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, and a 20-megapixel camera at the rear.

Microsoft is planning to use a removable rear cover for access to the battery and microSD slots, despite the presence of 32GB of internal storage. Cityman will support the new Continuum for phones feature to transform a phone into a PC, and Microsoft is planning to bundle some additional hardware with the phone to enable this.

Microsoft’s second Talkman Lumia will be slightly smaller and will reportedly feature a 5.2-inch QHD display, a Qualcomm hexa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, and a 20-megapixel camera. While most of the specifications are the same as Cityman, the processor appears to be the big change. Both handsets are also expected to include a triple-LED flash to support different tones for photos, alongside a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

Both of Microsoft’s new Lumia devices are expected to ship with Windows 10 later this year.

New battery set to charge in One minute

Scientists have created a new battery capable of fully charging in just ONE MINUTE.

The new aluminium battery, created by scientists at Stanford University, is cheaper to produce than the lithium batteries currently found in mobile phones and laptops, and offers ‘unprecedented charging times’.

Explaining the development in scientific journal Nature, the scientists also said that the new battery is less prone to catching fire than traditional lithium-ion batteries.

Professor Honjie Dai, who helped develop the battery, said the rechargeable aluminium battery does not catch fire even if you drill through it.

He added on to say that it may replace existing storage devices, such as alkaline batteries, which are bad for the environment and lithium-ion batteries, which occasionally burst into flames.

The new prototype reportedly lasts 7,500 charges before its performance is impaired while lithium batteries are known for withstanding 1,000 charges before they lose their capacity.



Punctuating your texts make you look “angry”

According to a linguistics expert Mark Liberman, Using a full stop or any other punctuation mark to end a message could be seen as the equivalent of slamming the door in someone’s face after a conversation.

It could also mean that you are annoyed with the person you are communicating with.

Or it might just be that you like to use correct grammar.

The University professor says that In the world of texting and instant messaging the default is to end just by stopping with no punctuation mark at all.

He suggests including a full stop might lead the recipient to infer something was wrong as it wasn’t normally done.

In that situation, choosing to add a period also adds meaning because the reader(s) need to figure out why you did it.

They could translate it to mean  “This is final, this is the end of the discussion or at least the end of what I have to contribute to it.”’

So, no matter how much you enjoy correct grammar, it might be a good idea to stay away from full stops while texting.

Emoji’s increase the amount of your phone bill

In Scotland, a woman ran up bills totalling over £1,000 (equivalent to sh 89,000 )after adding emoticons to text messages.

The issue revolves around how different handset interprets the icons, known as emoticons or emojis.

In some cases, especially on older handsets, the emoticons are converted into MMS (multi-media service) messages, which happens to be an added can cost depending on the network.

According to the website,  MoneySavingExpert it has also  been found that, in some cases, users creating their own icons from full-stops, commas and brackets found they were converted into emoticons, running up the same charges.

So the next time you want to send a text with an emoji think again before you hit send.

How often do you clean your phone, purse or jeans?

Cleaning is a big part of our lives. From Phones , clothes to beddings  and even pets need regular cleaning.

Some of these things breed germs that can make us sick, so to minimise this we need to clean them on a regular basis.

Phones – Research has found we touch our phones up to 150 times a day, and scientists in America discovered 7,000 types of bacteria on 51 phone samples. While most are harmless, some are not. According to a microbiologist at the University of East Anglia, some of the germs found on the phones include ‘Enterococcus [found in faeces] and pseudomonas bacteria [animals and soil], both of which cause nasty pathogenic infections, have been discovered on phones. Phones with keypads are worse, as they have crevices. Clean yours every day with antibacterial wipes, or as often as you can.

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Bedsheets – We shed millions of skin cells every day, many of them in bed, and lose a litre of sweat in a typical night. Both attract dust mites that feed on it. Mites, though harmless, produce droppings containing allergens that can trigger itching eyes, rhinitis (inflammation of the nose) and asthma. It has been recommended to wash them once a week to destroy bacteria and dry them in direct sunlight if you can, as UV light is effective in killing micro-organisms. Run a hot iron over pillow cases  to kill any leftover bacteria.’

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Pillows – The inside of your pillow is like a sponge, so it soaks up sweat, and becomes the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and mites.Doctors have found that the average unwashed pillow can contain a revolting 16 species of fungi. So, wash yours every three months. Most down and synthetic versions are machine washable.

Jeans – Jean designer Donna Ida says washing jeans after every five wears preserves their colour and fibre. More frequent washing will quickly age your denim. Use Fabric Fresh an antibacterial lightly scented spray to keep them smelling fresh in between washes. Jeans hate heat as it damages the denim fibre. Turn them inside out to protect buttons, zips and studs and let them air dry. If you have an extra special pair, put them in a plastic, airtight bag and freeze them overnight — this will kill bacteria just as effectively as washing.

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 Bras– It doesn’t sound like much, but Kelly Dunmore, lingerie expert for Rigby & Peller, is adamant. They crease in your bust and the area under your arms are hot, sweaty environments. Cleaning after every two wears, possibly three, is ideal,’ she says. Avoid machine washing, as activity in the drum will ruin elasticity and shorten its use-able life hand wash instead, then let the bra drip dry at room temperature, as heat from a radiator or tumble dryer destroys Lycra.

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Tea towels and dishcloths – are the highest sources of bacterial contamination in your kitchen. They are full of dangerous micro-organisms. Boil them after each use in a pan of water for five minutes or soak them in diluted bleach for half an hour.

Handbags – Watch out for the handles and the bottom of your bag. Many people put their bags on the bed, or on top of kitchen surfaces. You take them everywhere with you; you put it on bathroom floors, and pick it up after handling food or travelling.This helps in the accumulation of germs. You should wipe it down ideally every week with antibacterial wipes to remove skin bacteria such as staphylococcus, viruses and fomites, microbes that can cause infection. If you’re worried about ruining the leather, wipe a small patch of it first to test it before giving it the full treatment.

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HTC M9 release date rumors mount

Noteably one of the best smartphones in the world, it came as no surprise for HTC  One (M8) that it was widely regarded as the best Android smartphone of last year.

Its predecessor  HTC One M7 had been accorded similar praise before. Now many are eagerly awaiting the HTC  M9 to see what the Taiwanese company has come up with.

Unknown to many the “M” in each case stands for metal, and is a reference to the machined aluminium that each phone is made of.

As HTC is about to launch, there is bound to be alot of competition. Samsung will  be launching the Galaxy S6 in the next few months while Sony and LG will be lining up the Xperia Z4 and G4 respectively.

Many expect to see new phones at the  annual Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona but HTC ignores the show in favour of its own announcement.

Some of the specs rumored to be on the new M9 include, a screen size up to 5.2-inches, the same as the HTC Desire Eye but may stop short of the 5.96-inch monster that is the Google Nexus 6..

It will also likely increase the resolution to 2,560 x 1,440 pixels – a far cry from the 1,334 x 750 pixels in the current iPhone.

Other rumors have suggested the new phone will feature a 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM and a choice of 32GB or 64Gb of hard drive space.

Rumors point to a potential 20.7MP rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization (OIS) and a 13MP front-facing camera for selfies.

The price may be around $600 an equivalent of Sh.53,400.

The launch date is rumored to be around  March after the Mobile World Congress event held during the first week.

Is Blackberry about to become Samsung?

BlackBerry shares have jumped 29pc on reports that Samsung has approached the Canadian smartphone maker about a multi-billion-dollar takeover.

South Korea’s Samsung is willing to pay $7.5bn for BlackBerry in order to gain access to its patent portfolio, Reuters claimed.

Samsung executives proposed an initial price range of $13.35 to $15.49 per share, a premium of 38pc to 60pc on BlackBerry’s current price, at a meeting last week, Retuers added.

Canada’s BlackBerry, whose shares rose 29.7pc to $12.59 following the report, said after US markets had closed that it “has not engaged in discussions with Samsung with respect to any possible offer to purchase BlackBerry”.