The Mere Presence of One’s Own Smartphone Reduces Available Cognitive Capacity

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The proliferation of smartphones has ushered in an era of unprecedented connectivity. Consumers around the globe are now constantly connected to faraway friends, endless entertainment, and virtually unlimited in- formation. With smartphones in hand, they check the weather from bed, trade stocks—and gossip—while stuck in traffic, browse potential romantic partners between ap- pointments, make online purchases while standing in-store, and live-stream each others’ experiences, in real time, from opposite sides of the globe. Just a decade ago, this state of constant connection would have been inconceivable; today, it is seemingly indispensable.1 Smartphone owners interact with their phones an average of 85 times a day, including immediately upon waking up, just before going to sleep, and even in the middle of the night (Perlow 2012; Andrews et al. 2015; dscout 2016)… You can read the full report here.

Not a surprising conclusion I guess, but reading it all of the way through is recommended. That’s if you can take your eyes off your phone for long enough.

Samsung’s Smarter Smart Switch

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Transfer all the things that matter to you using Smart Switch. It’s everything you love from your old phone, on your new phone.

Whether your old phone is an Android, iOS, BlackBerry or Windows Mobile device, upgrading to a Galaxy smartphone is done in one seamless move with Smart Switch… More here.

The original wasn’t so good, but this looks much simpler and is hopefully more reliable.

How Wimbledon helped Britain beat the Germans to colour TV

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Among his duties in 1967 was bringing colour TV to Britain on a tight timescale, and he had some extra motivation – beating West Germany to it.

“I heard the West Germans were doing it and I discovered that they were planning to launch it very close to when we were,” reveals Attenborough in this week’s issue of Radio Times magazine. “But what I couldn’t do [in that amount of time] was to start a complete kind of service. The best that I could do would be to have what I called a piebald service, so there was some colour every night, but the whole service wasn’t in colour.” More at The Radio Times.

That man can do no wrong in my eyes.

How does lack of sleep affect the brain?

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Upon completing the study, you’ll receive a comprehensive report showing how your brain health and sleep patterns compare to thousands of other people. Plus, the detrimental effects of sleep deprivation on brain health is a global problem. If you’re sleep deprived, you’re at significant risk of making personal, professional and in severe cases, life-threatening errors on a daily basis. That’s why with your support, neuroscientists at Western University hope to gather enough data to answer pressing questions about sleep and brain health.

By participating in this study, you will help world-renowned neuroscientists uncover exactly how sleep affects brain health at an unimaginable scale.

You can enrol in the study here.