How to Break Your Smartphone Addiction

A couple of reports published during the course of last year suggested we unlock our phones anywhere between 110 and 150 times every single day. That’s a lot of checking, often done habitually without any deliberate thought or goal.

1.Turn off notifications
2.Uninstall apps
3.Activate Airplane Mode
4.Use a dedicated quitting tool
5.Hide your phone

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No one pays attention to social media ads

A spokesperson for Facebook said: “The only thing this poll shows is that self reported behavioral data is unreliable. For decades, studies that look at people’s actual, real-world behavior have shown that ads on all mediums, including social media, effect the things people buy.”
A spokesperson for Twitter did not respond to a request for comment.
Gallup’s results were based on a web and mail study of 18,525 adults, aged 18 and older, that was conducted between December 2012 and January 2013. The study does not break out influence by platform.

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Meet “Spire”, The Wearable Breath Tracker That Calms You Down

“You haven’t taken a deep breath in 30 minutes”. This is the smartest thing a wearable has ever told me. Most fitness trackers just pump out near-meaningless numbers. But Spire could actually make you healthier, happier, and more productive. Just clip the subtle little stone-looking device to your belt or bra, and it measures and visualizes your breathing in real-time on its companion app.

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Google Confirms Purchase Of Satellite Startup Skybox Imaging For $500M

Google is today confirming that it has purchased Skybox Imaging, the satellite startup that we reported it was close to acquiring last month. The price is somewhat lower than we had heard it would be: $500 million rather than close to the $1 billion our sources had told us…