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Airtel Takes on Jio Phone With Karbonn A1 Indian, A41 Power Smartphones: Price, Offer Details

Jio Phone is effectively free, while the new Airtel phones’ effective price starts at Rs. 1,799 HIGHLIGHTS The new Karbonn phones will compete against Jio Phone Karbonn A1 Indian comes at an ‘effective price’ of Rs. 1,799 Karbonn A41 Power at an ‘effective price’ of Rs. 1,849 Jio Phone is a looming threat for both phone makers and telecom operators, despite its pre-booking sale opening only once since it was unveiled in July. It came as no surprise to anyone that to counter Jio Phone, Airtel partnered with Karbonn and then Celkon to subsidise the…

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Would-be moms, breathe easy! Mobile phone use in pregnancy may not affect kids’ brains

Babies born to women who use a mobile phone during pregnancy are unlikely to have any adverse effects on their neurodevelopment skills such as language, communication and motor skills, according to new research which has challenged previous theories. According to researchers, the concern for harm to the foetus caused by radio frequency electromagnetic fields such as those emitted by mobile phones is mainly driven by reports from experimental animal studies with inconsistent results. Researchers found that children born to mobile phone users had an 18% lower risk of low motor…

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Nomophobia: How phone separation anxiety is becoming a silent killer

“I can’t live without you”.Ten years ago, people used to say this to their loved ones. But now, the phrase doesn’t apply to their dear ones as much it applies to their phone. The moment they are separated from their devices, anxiety hits them like a hurricane. Recent research suggests that people suffering from nomophobia, feel lonely without their phones. They have an unhealthy attachment to it. Thus, they isolate themselves from real company. We spoke to experts Dr Gorav Gupta, psychiatrist and Samhitha Srishaila, psychologist, who explain the symptoms…

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Vine Users’ Phone Numbers, Email Addresses Were Briefly Exposed, Twitter Reveals

If you might remember, Twitter converted Vine into a dedicated camera app earlier this year. Shortly after, the company made Vine Archive live to help users see all Vines available on the site since 2013. While this was a noble idea in theory, it turns out that a bug that affected the Vine Archive potentially exposed the phone numbers and email addresses associated with Vine accounts to third-parties in certain conditions. Twitter has clarified that the bug in question affected the Vine Archive for less than 24 hours and has…

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Don’t Text or Talk While Exercising, Leave Your Phone at Home

Leave your phone at home, or at least turn it off, if you want to benefit from your workout. According to a new study, talking or texting on a smartphone while exercising and working up a sweat reduces the intensity of a workout and in fact affects your balance. Michael Rebold, Assistant Professor at Hiram College in the US found that texting and talking can have a negative effect on one’s balance during everyday activities. This is the first known study to examine the effects of cell phone use on…

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Screen Time, Phone use Linked to Less Sleep for Teens

Digital distractions, and a more classical one, talking on the phone, are linked to shorter sleeping time and greater daytime sleepiness for teens, Canadian researchers say. “Today’s adolescents sleep much less than previous generations, their sleep quality is poorer, and they report more daytime sleepiness, all of which have health and social consequences,” said Jennifer O’Loughlin, an author of the paper in the journal Sleep Health and researcher at the University of Montreal. At the same time, electronic media are becoming a larger part of teen’s lives and are often…

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