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Potential smartphone addiction mixed with emotional problems can make gambling and other addictions even harder to treat, according to researchers. Smartphones are blamed as part of underlying problems, and have been linked to driving addictions "faster and with more intensity," according to Morningside Recovery executive director Joel Edwards.
The use of smartphones provide accessibility, affordability and anonymity - known as the three A's - and is an easy way to arrange the sale or purchase of illicit narcotics. In addition to drug problems, smartphones are linked to gaming, social networking, and pornography problems, with instant access to any type of vice.
"They may be addicted to sexual content on their phone or gaming on their phone in the same way that people are addicted to gambling rather than casinos," said Larry Rosen, California State at Dominguez Hills psychology professor. "There is no treatment for cellphone addiction or Internet addiction."
If you are the sort who loves to take selfies, you might want to check out the latest smartphone from Sony. The device is the Xperia C3 and its claim to fame is a high-resolution front camera with flash. The 5MP wide-angle front lens has a soft LED flash and the smartphone is known as the PROselfie Smartphone.
The camera has software features with AR effects, Smile Shutter, and the ability to activate the camera shutter with a double tap on the back cover of the phone. The smartphone does have some features that aren't focused on selfies.
The OS is Android 4.4 and the phone has a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor. The rear camera of the phone is an 8MP unit and the phone has a 5.5-inch screen with 1280 x 720 resolution. Power for the phone comes from a 2500 mAh battery
Apple has quietly opened a store on eBay to sell certified refurbished iPhone 5 smartphones that are unlocked. All of the smartphones on this particular store are GSM version of the iPhone 5. The smartphones include a one-year Apple warranty and are being sold at aggressive prices.
The Apple store is called the Factory Outlet eBay Store and has six devices listed in factory restored and unlocked guise. iPhone 5 model on the store sell for between $449 and $499 per device.
The phone models on the eBay store are exclusive to the store. Devices are noted to be burn-in tested and professionally repacked with a final inspection performed by Apple. It's worth noting that ahead of the official launch of the latest iPad in 2013, a similar store popped up for refurbished older iPad models and disappeared before the launch of the new tablet.
LG is set to throw its latest Android tablet onto the market this week with the launch of the G Pad coming on July 11. On that day, the G Pad 10.1 will launch in South Korea and then go on sale in other countries on July 14. On July 14, the tablet will launch in "most of the rest of the world" and the only places we aren't expecting to see the tablet this month are China and India.
The LG G Pad 10.1 has a 10.1-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 800 and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor. The rear camera on the tablet is a 5MP unit with a 1.3MP front camera.
LG has also announced smaller 7-inch and 8-inch tablets as well. Those smaller tablets will have lower resolution cameras and smaller batteries, but will have the same screen resolution and CPU.
It looks like we can expect the elusive OnePlus One smartphone to receive Android L quickly after Google releases, something that OnePlus might be able to bake onto its phone before most of the other leading Android smartphones on the market.
OnePlus announced the news on Friday, after it was hit with questions as to when it would be pushing Android L to One smartphone. The company said that the One's new CyanogenMod build is based on Android L, and will be available after a couple of months after Google makes its final Android L code available.
The company said in its full statement: "So a lot - I mean, a lot - of people are asking about whether we'll be getting on the Android L train. It was announced while I was asleep and when I got back to work the morning after, there were already a bunch of forum posts and (strangely) customer support requests about it. Well, we're keen to announce today that the OnePlus One will indeed be getting the L treatment. When, you ask? That depends on Google. We promise to have it done within three months of their releasing a final build".
Popcorn Time made headlines in March, offering to stream torrents from the Internet, directly to your PC. Well, things are about to get much easier, with a new piece of software called Time4Popcorn.
Time4Popcorn has been in development for a while now, and now supports Google's Chromecast. Time4Popcorn will allow users to stream torrents of movies and TV shows from an easy-to-use and good looking user interface, very similar to how services like Netflix work. Popcorn Time was limited to desktops and tethering a cable between a PC and TV, but with Chromecast support, you can blast the image from your PC to your TV very easily.
The team has made Chromecast support available in alpha form, with the Mac and Android versions coming with Chromecast support in the near future.
A teenager racked up a massive 9,000 pound bill - $15,000 USD - by going online from her phone every day while on holiday.
After the girl and her mother returned from their Antigua vacation, her stepfather was billed a massive 5,400 pounds - just under 10,000 US dollars, followed by another bill for 3,500 pounds, or 6,000 US dollars. Stepfather David Mason coughed up on the first bill but outright refused the second, and complained to UK telco regulator Ofcom that cell operator Orange had failed in a duty of customer care, according to the Express.
Orange said it had sent him a text message warning an international roaming charges cap had been reached - but the phone stayed connected to the Jamaican roaming network. The operator has now cut the bill to 500 pounds as a goodwill gesture. Mason maintained he had no idea that bill was climbing every day.
A Chinese firm called Xiaomi has been selling smartphones for a long time in China and the company recently rolled out its very first Android tablet. The tablet runs Android and is called the Mi Pad. The tablet reportedly sold 50,000 units in less than four minutes when it launched last week.
The Mi Pad is a tablet that runs the NVIDIA Tegra K1 quad-core processor at 2.2 GHz. the screen of the tablet is 7.9-inches and the device comes in five different case colors. Native resolution for the 7.9-inch screen is 2048 x 1536 and the NVIDIA processor is paired with 2GB of RAM.
The rear camera is an 8MP unit and the front camera is a 5MP unit with power coming from an internal rechargeable battery of 6700 mAh in capacity. The 16GB storage version of the tablet costs the US equivalent of $240 in China with a 64GB version selling for $270.
Where is Microsoft going with its venture into Nokia? According to the latest leaked renders on a mystery Lumia smartphone, we could see new Lumia smartphones with the "Nokia by Microsoft" branding.
The new smartphone is said to be the Lumia 830, which sports the "Nokia by Microsoft" branding on its rear. We don't know what to expect from the new Lumia 830, apart from its 13-megapixel PureView camera, and a similar design to what we've seen on the Lumia 1020.
For something that Microsoft teased back in March, Kinect 2.0 is finally headed to the PC. The 3D camera will be made available for PC on July 15, without the Xbox logo being printed on it.
The PC-compatible 3D camera is priced at $100 more than its Xbox One counterpart, at $200. Considering Microsoft knocked $100 from the price of the Kinect-less Xbox One, one has to wonder what the 100% increase in price represents. It should be the same hardware inside, but I'm sure we'll find out what the PC-compatible Kinect 2.0 sensor is capable of in a just a few days time.