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# Smartphones

This week
4th June 2023 - 9th June 2023
# Your Say
Poll: Should parents withhold smartphones from primary school-aged children?
Have your say.
Last year
# Tech
EU lawmakers impose single charger for all smartphones from 2024
The move will push Apple to replace its Lighting port on phones sold in the EU, with expectations that the change will ripple around the world.
# Test Yourself
Quiz: How much do you know about smartphones?
The European Union made an important decision this week that’ll affect them.
All time
Opinion: Sexually violent pornography is being promoted to first-time users of top sites
A comprehensive study by Dr Fiona Vera-Gray and Professor Clare McGlynn of Durham University uncovered worrying levels of access to violent pornography.
# cybersafe ireland
Two thirds of children contacted by a stranger while gaming online, according to new survey
The survey was conducted by charity Cybersafe Ireland.
# warning
About 130 phones are stolen per week and only 10% are recovered
The mobile phones stolen in Ireland since 2019 are worth about €5 million.
# Smartphones
Huawei announces plan to open three new stores just days after decision to strip it from UK's 5G network
Huawei’s consumer arm said that the £10 million expansion plan shows its ‘confidence’ in the UK.
# Smartphones
Covid-19 contact tracing app due to be launched by end of May
The app will be released on an opt-in basis and use bluetooth technology.
# Smartphones
Covid-19: HSE says contact tracing app could be rolled out 'in the next 10 days'
The HSE’s Paul Connors this morning described it as a “very important piece of technology.
Opinion: 'The children I meet are often shattered by their social media use'
Often, girls are worn out by body judgement and boys by overuse of video games, writes Stella O’Malley, a psychotherapist.
# Smartphones
'Young people learn about sex through porn, many have no idea what a healthy relationship looks like'
Parents and teachers need to be better equipped to talk to young people about sex and relationships, Noeline Blackwell has said.
# factcheck
Factcheck: Are horns growing on young people's skulls because of mobile phone use?
The scientific journal that published this recent study said it is now looking into issues regarding the paper.
# Galaxy Fold
Samsung delays launch of folding smartphone amid reports that its screen keeps breaking
The €1,760 smartphone was due to launch this week.
# screen time
Children who own mobile phones at younger age perform worse in reading and maths tests
New research has found that four in 10 children in Ireland own a mobile phone by the age of nine.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you plan to cut down on screen time in 2019?
Many people spend several hours a day on smartphones and other devices.
# Galaxy Note 9
Samsung releases new Galaxy smartphone with a promise of 24-hour battery life
Samsung suffered a 22% drop in sales in the second quarter of the year.
# phone use
Parents and students are being asked for their say on the use of smartphones in schools
Age restrictions, the use of phones in the classroom, and the taking of photos in school are just some of the issues being consulted on.
# Your Say
Poll: At what age should children be allowed to have smartphones?
The digital age of consent in Ireland in 13.
# hanging up
66% of parents don't want children under 14 to have smartphones
Just 22% think that this is OK, according to a poll carried out by Claire Byrne Live.
# Smartphones
Varadkar says children need to be protected from predators online
The digital age of consent in Ireland is 13.
# family poll
Poll: What's the right age for a child to own a smartphone?
A thorny issue for many families.
# Child Safety
'False sense of security': Warning for parents who use smart devices to keep tabs on their children
Some smartphones and smartwatches could be sharing your child’s location with strangers.
# lunch crunch
Poll: Is it acceptable to check your phone in the cinema?
Give it to us straight. Be honest.
# Student attitudes
Young people are worried they are addicted to their smartphones
54% of students said they checked their phones in the classroom in the last seven days
# screen time
Giving toddlers tablets and smartphones can 'harm their speech development'
Every half hour a toddler spends with a smartphone increases their risk of delayed speech by 49%, say researchers.
# Oops
Some of Three's customers wrongly told they've spent hundreds on internet services
The phone service provider said the messages were sent in error and the issue has been resolved.
# always on
French workers win 'right to disconnect' from emails out of work hours
The French measure is intended to tackle the so-called “always-on” work culture that has led to a surge in usually unpaid overtime.
# preview 2017
Struggling to get a good night's sleep? Ditch those alarm apps for a start
Sleep hygiene is a priority for our tech-obsessed society in 2017.
# stay safe
Need to keep the kids entertained? These apps will help
And you can do it without them accessing other parts of your phone or tablet.
# Your Say
Poll: When did you last change your mobile phone?
There are smartphones galore at this time of year.
# Tech
Want an easy way to improve your outdoor photos? HDR can help
In certain situations, it can solve the brightness problem that outdoor photos can suffer from.
# Disconnected
'It's not social to be on social media': The Irishman moving off-the-grid for a happier life
An RTÉ documentary airing tonight explores how much our digital fingerprint is telling the world about us.
# catching fire
Own a Galaxy Note 7? Samsung will replace it or refund you
The company has said it’s “truly sorry” about safety issues surrounding the smartphone.
# Stop Gap
Samsung's quick fix for the Note 7's exploding battery problem? Stop it from fully charging
An update will cap the Note 7′s charge at 60%, but it’s unclear if Samsung will roll it out worldwide.
# New Arrivals
Apple has announced the new iPhone 7
Say goodbye to the headphone jack, and say hello to dual-lens camera and water resistance.
# Ready for Battle
It's been a 'long, hard battle' but Samsung feels its efforts are really paying off
After shaking up its range, the South Korean company is taking the fight to its major rivals.
# youth festival
Pope urges 'drowsy and dull kids' to swap sofas and video games for walking boots
He said, “We didn’t come into the world to ‘vegetate’… We came for another reason: to leave a mark.”
# mixed messages
There's been a BIG drop in the number of people buying iPhones
Analysts were expecting worse though, so investors won’t be too unhappy.
# smashed up
A new smartphone screen will make smashed displays a rarer sight
The new Gorilla Glass 5 will be able to survive shoulder-height drops “up to 80% of the time”.
# Pick Me
5 apps worth downloading this week
Featuring professional iPhone camera apps, honeycomb keyboards, and warping puzzlers.