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Smartphone illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Maisel High-Contrast Phone Cases

By: Kim Bui, CEO/Founder of Maisel

Last year, I birthed two pandemic babies – one in June and another in November. Astute readers are surely furrowing their brows – it defies the laws of nature! Well, let me assure you that both are indeed my progeny, have caused sleepless nights, and have done quite a bit of growing up in the last year.

One is a little girl with endearing dimples named Maisel, and the other is a fast-growing company with engaging phone-case designs (also named Maisel).

Moms are notoriously gluttons for punishment, wearing their lack of sleep and milk-stained clothing like badges of honor. Not so different from entrepreneurs, who proudly boasting their lack of sleep and coffee-stained clothing. So it’s fitting that during my maternity leave with baby Maisel, I decided to double down.

My husband and I received countless high-contrast books and flash cards as gifts for baby Maisel,  with the expectation that we would be sharing them with our newborn to increase her cognitive development. Sounds easy, right? Sure is. It’s so easy that it’s downright boring. (ICYMI, pediatric neurologists found that newborns, who can’t see color, are not only attracted to black-and-white images but that the images also stimulate growth in their brain cells.)

While showing baby Maisel patterned flashcards was not high on my list of pastimes, I did notice that as a modern mom, I was constantly using my phone around her to take photos, videos, and FaceTimes from family and friends. She was spending significant time staring at the back of my phone. The eureka moment was realizing that baby Maisel was constantly staring at a meaningless iPhone logo when she could be staring at something more meaningful, like high-contrast artwork to strengthen her brain power.

With what felt like superhuman strength that only a mother could muster, I went from eureka moment to launching a company in under eight weeks. In our first month, just based on word-of-mouth, I sold over $3,000 worth of the high-contrast artwork phone cases and have been growing steadily ever since. Modern moms (and dads) could relate to always being on their phones, and also wanted to multi-task their phone cases as a tool for their child’s development.

I studied in college, and worked as a lawyer for half a decade. And yet, raising baby Maisel turned out to provide some of the most helpful lessons for raising my company, Maisel. Here are my top three lessons:

1)    Let go of the small things

As a first-time mother, I tried to read all the books on child-rearing that I could get my hands on. I wanted to know everything. But that isn’t reasonable, or possible. I quickly learned that you’re setting yourself up for failure as a mother if you try to do everything perfectly. Likewise–as the founder of a start-up–the goal should not be perfection. At least not initially. Conventional wisdom is to build a minimum viable product and get it out to customers, and then iterate on it based on their feedback.

2)    Try everything

Opinions about the best way to raise a child are like belly buttons. Everyone has one. There are a million theories and experts. But, the best approach as a new mother is to try different approaches and see which one works for you. The same applies to start-ups. Always be ready to pivot. You never know what’s going to work, or the best way to connect with customers. Pay attention to patterns and be thoughtful about how to respond to the ever-evolving experience – whether that’s sleep training or customer acquisition. And don’t be afraid to change directions quickly and often.

3)    Celebrate the wins

Last but not least, celebrate milestones and wins. Even small ones. When a baby stretches the amount it sleeps, celebrate. When a company has its tenth sale, celebrate. There are lots of frustrating and challenging moments when raising an infant baby or a baby business that it’s important to cherish the successes. It will help you stay motivated and drive you to your next milestone or win.

Babies and companies are exhausting, but they’re also exhilarating. It’s been a thrilling year of babies in our household, and I can’t wait to continue watching our Maisels blossom – even if it means permanently sporting milk-stained, coffee-stained clothing.

MAISEL HIGH-CONTRAST PHONE CASES via Annie Appleton at Pitch Public Relations for use by 360 Magazine
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Laptop, Tablet or Phone: Which One to Choose for Study?

Modern gadgets have become an excellent source of knowledge. Now everyone can enter a search query to find important data. There are many interesting gadgets that you can use to improve your educational experience. It is worth noting that most students tend to choose laptops, smartphones, and tablets. But which gadget is the highest priority? What should you choose, and is there a clear distinction between the types of tasks performed? Let’s find this out.

The Main Difference Between Gadgets

First, let’s look at the main differences to understand which gadget will be relevant to you. Let’s start with the form factor. Laptops are analogous to a personal computer with a screen, touchpad, and keyboard. This is a versatile device that will be a great companion for any student. The fact is that it is easy to take a laptop with you to a lecture, to a park or another city. You also don’t need to look for a power source. Average notebooks can operate on a single battery charge for 5-10 hours.

Tablets and smartphones are completely different categories of devices. The main difference is the form factor and the lack of touchpads or physical keyboards. Instead, such devices have a touch screen. As a rule, the diagonal of such gadgets rarely exceeds 10-12 inches (5-7 inches for smartphones). These are mobile devices that are designed to access applications and the Internet. For example, you can easily find myassignmenthelp overview or visit trusted sources when looking for information.

Reasons to Choose a Laptop

The main argument for any laptop fan is versatility. Such gadgets can be quite useful. First, it will make it easier for you to search for information on websites. Also, typing is much more comfortable if you are using a keyboard rather than a touchpad. Secondly, laptops are powerful enough to use video editors, charts, and other software. And don’t forget that Windows, Mac, or Linux are much more comfortable when it comes to working with files and archives.

Reasons to Choose a Smartphone

Smartphones are very compact. You can take such a gadget with you and not worry about not finding any information like speedypaper review. Plus, you can perform basic text editing, video cutting, or data searches on your mobile gadget. Such a device is multifunctional. Download any educational app or read PDF books to learn something new. Such gadgets can be inexpensive, especially if you don’t need a high-performance and quality photo unit.

Reasons to Choose a Tablet

A tablet is an analog of a smartphone but with a large screen. As a rule, this feature means that it will be more comfortable for you to browse sites, type text, and combine several windows on one screen. Plus, tablets have a more extensive battery than smartphones. This means you can take longer to write your essay or copy files for your project. Most tablets have the main camera and a front camera, which is convenient for students. You can take pictures of papers, lecture schedules, or other important things.

Why Is It Worth Using All Gadgets?

The point is that each device has unique features, advantages, and disadvantages. For example, your laptop is the most comfortable gadget for typing, watching videos, or working with specialized applications. Don’t forget that multi-window interfaces and commands are much more productive than clicking on a touch screen. At the same time, you have to come to terms with the fact that some laptops are quite bulky and large. A tablet is a compromise that you have to live with.

Such gadgets do not have a keyboard and mouse. But, of course, you can connect such devices. But why do you need such limitations if you can buy a laptop? If we go back to smartphones, the situation can become comical. Of course, you can easily search for anything on the Internet and even use text editors. But imagine how difficult it is to type and edit large text on a small screen. Are you ready to connect a keyboard and mouse to your 5-inch gadget? It will look very comical and ridiculous.

If your budget allows you to buy all the gadgets, then this would be a wise choice. Buy a smartphone and laptop as essential tools for finding data and working with files. There are many situations when a specific gadget will help you complete some tasks better. Do not dwell only on a laptop or tablet. When you have all the gadgets, you can reduce the risks. Let’s say your laptop won’t turn on.

What are you going to do? Most likely, you will take your tablet and send it to a service center. Consider your smartphone as a last resort of hope if all other devices are unavailable at the moment. Then you can reduce your risks and enjoy all the benefits of your gadgets. And don’t store data on one device. The best option is to use cloud technologies and each of the gadgets, depending on the situation.

 

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Tonino Lamborghini: A Lifestyle Brand

When high quality meets bold design, a unique accessory is born!

Founded in 1981 by Tonino Lamborghini, 2nd generation of the LAMBORGHINI industrial dynasty, the company has evolved into a luxury lifestyle and design powerhouse, creating superlative watches, sunglasses, leather, smartphones, restaurants, jet-setters hotels, food, and beverage, from coffee to vodka and energy drinks, distributed in 40 countries around the world.

” In 1981, I started up my new Tonino Lamborghini Style and Accessories company. At the time, I assisted my father in the family group, but I felt the need to do something exclusively of my own, different from the world of engines. I have always been interested in design and accessories, and I took inspiration from my engineering background. I’ve always loved products linked to mechanics; thus, it was obvious that the first accessory I designed was a watch. And even today, in every product I create, there must not be missing a detail somehow related to my family’s automotive and engineering heritage. Uncompromising spirit, Italian ingenuity, and design – together with the timeless legend of a brand recognized worldwide: are the values that characterize my brand. My company’s mission is clear: to spread the passion and spirit of Italy with unique and distinctive products, inspired by Italian industrial design and the Lamborghini family’s story”

“Tonino Lamborghini in 2021 will celebrate its 40th anniversary. My father founded the Italian spirit to the world through a series of products that range from watches, eyewear, leather goods  three corporate core businesses furniture, hospitality projects, and branded beverages. A real lifestyle experience brand!”

With the support of the designers of its Centro Stile, constantly under the supervision of Tonino Lamborghini, the company has designed and manufactured timepiece models that have become real style icons over the years.

Following the Lamborghini family’s vision and constant inspiration, the company’s designers have created unique watches like the Spyder, a watch totally inspired by the shield of the brand’s emblem that encloses the “Miura raging bull,” or timeless pieces like the Cuscinetto, whose first edition goes back to 1983.

The new Tonino Lamborghini Swiss Watches collection has been completely conceived and designed by Ferruccio Lamborghini, Tonino’s first son, representing the third generation of the Lamborghini family. From his famous grandfather, Ferruccio has inherited the name and the passion for motorcycles and high speed: he is a motorcycling champion in the Italian Championship.

With a team of designers and a historic Swiss watch manufacturer, Ferruccio has created eight new lines of timepieces that elegantly combine his father’s past and his experience in the 2-wheels world. A brand-new range of performing Swiss watches dedicated to daring, bold, audacious, intrepid, fearless, and pioneering people, with remarkable resourcefulness.

Child with phone illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Children and Screens Announces Grant

­CHILDREN AND SCREENS ANNOUNCES $100,000 GRANT SUPPORTING NEW RESEARCH INTO DIGITAL MEDIA USE AND BRAIN DEVELOPMENT

Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development is pleased to announce that it has awarded a grant of $100,000 to Marc Potenza, Ph.D., MD, Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University, Yihong Zhao, Ph.D., member of the Center of Alcohol and Substance Use Studies at Rutgers University, and their interdisciplinary, interinstitutional team, in support of their research exploring the associations between screen media activity and brain development in school-aged children. 
 
“It is vital to investigate what ever-increasing digital media engagement means for developing brains, especially in middle childhood when children’s devices and brains are working on overdrive. Technology is advancing rapidly, and we hope to do our part to help science keep up; we are delighted to create opportunities to advance scientific research on this topic through the Institute, which I founded 13 years ago.” Dr. Pam Hurst-Della Pietra, President and Founder, Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development 
 
Drawing on longitudinal data from the NIH’s landmark Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study, Dr. Potenza, Dr. Zhao, and their associates intend to utilize state-of-the-art statistical methodology and predictive modeling to investigate the relationships between digital media use and changes in brain structure and function, as well as the associated clinically relevant behaviors. The study, which was proposed following the Institute’s March 2020 Digital Media and Developing Brain Research Retreat, will examine the effects of a variety of specific media-based activities and will focus on children from ages 9-12. The results of this research will yield benefits and insight not only for the research community, but also for families, clinicians, and policymakers.
 
“The advances in ‘big data’ approaches have led to an unprecedented increase in our understanding of how brain structure and function relate to specific behaviors. With the support of Children and Screens, we aim to apply novel and innovative big data approaches to ABCD data to understand how brain structure and function relate to, and importantly may be impacted by, types and patterns of screen media activity. Dr. Martin Paulus and colleagues used a portion of the first wave of ABCD data to identify patterns of cortical thinning associated with screen media activity. We hope to build off and extend this work by examining the full initial sample and subsequent waves of ABCD data to determine brain-behavior relationships with respect to youth screen media activity. We hope to communicate these findings in order to advance prevention and policy efforts that promote healthy childhood development in environments increasingly involving digital technologies.” – Dr. Marc Potenza, Grant Recipient
 
Bridging the medical, neuroscientific, social scientific, education, and academic communities, the Children and Screens’ interdisciplinary scientific research grants program was conceived as part of a larger research program to advance and support study, knowledge, and scientific collaboration. Developed in 2017, the grants program provides researchers with access to the early-stage financial support necessary to pilot worthy new projects studying the impact of children’s engagement with current and evolving technologies.
 
In addition to the research funds awarded as part of the retreat program and those granted to explore the impacts of digital media during the current health crisis, Children and Screens’ regular Tips for Parents newsletter provides evidence-based, practical advice for families coping with the unprecedented realities of the pandemic, including changed economic circumstances, health concerns, lockdowns, social distancing, remote learning, and working from home. Each newsletter features insights from world-renowned experts, who share tips and advice about managing screen time, social media use, gaming, technology addiction, privacy, parenting, and more.
 
In addition, our popular, bi-weekly Ask the Experts virtual workshop series features dynamic conversations among international, interdisciplinary experts in the field of digital media and child development. Each discussion explores a different digital media challenge associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and presents families with current scientific research, clinical advice, and practical, evidence-based advice. Panelists include leading parenting experts, former AAP Presidents, top child and adolescent psychiatrists, high-impact journal editors, leading researchers, well-known authors, and others. To date, the series has reached parents, researchers, educators, clinicians, government agencies, and public health professionals in over 30 countries and all 50 states.
 
About Children and Screens:
Since its inception in 2013, Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development, has become one of the nation’s leading non-profit organizations dedicated to advancing and supporting interdisciplinary scientific research, enhancing human capital in the field, informing and educating the public, and advocating for sound public policy for child health and wellness.

Smartphone illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Smartphone Subscriptions

Smartphone Subscriptions Have More Than Doubled In 5 Years – 11% CAGR from 2016-2020

Smartphones have become abundant in today’s society, giving us the ability to control many aspects of our lives with just our fingertips.  Today’s smartphones act as a portal to our everyday needs and desires; from banking to shopping, from work to leisure, from hobbies to passions, our smartphone allows us to connect with the world more than ever before. According to data presented by BuyShares, smartphone subscriptions in 2020 has more doubled since 2015 to 6.1B units globally, growing at a CAGR of 10.54% in the 5-year period from 2016-2020.

Smartphone Subscriptions Have Doubled From 2015 to 2020 – 6.1B in 2020

The title of the very first smartphone belongs to the Simon Personal Communicator (SPC) which was produced and launched by IBM in 1994. A few of the SPC’s main features still remain as staples of modern-day smartphones, but the SPC would be unrecognizable as a smartphone among today’s generation of devices.

The iPhone’s launch in 2007 is what many consider the first version of the smartphone as we know it today. It was the first phone to offer access to the internet in its entirety and not a scaled-down version of it. For the first time ever, you could browse the internet just like you would on your desktop computer or laptop.

Smartphones became mainstream soon after the iPhone’s launch and are now ubiquitous in today’s society.  Swedish telecommunications company, Ericsson, estimates there to be 6.1B smartphone subscriptions in the world in 2020, over 101% more than 2015’s smartphone subscriptions. In the 5-year period from 2016-2020, smartphone subscriptions grew at a CAGR of 10.54%.

In the year that the first iPhone was released, it is estimated that 122M units of smartphones were sold to end-users. In 2018 that figure ballooned to a record 1.56B smartphones sold. 2019 posted similar numbers to 2018 but experienced a 10.5% YoY decrease in the pandemic ravaged year of 2020. The number of smartphones sold to end-users is projected to bounce back and increase by 11.4% YoY in 2021.

China Has the Most Smartphone Users with Almost 1 Billion

China has an estimated 912M smartphone user in 2020, the most in the world. China’s smartphone penetration rate in 2020 stood at 63.4% which is the 8th highest in the world. Of the top 20 countries with the most smartphone users, the USA had the highest penetration rate of 81.6%. 15 other countries from the top 20 list, posted smartphone penetration rates of above 50%.

As of 2020, Newszoo estimates that there are 3.6B smartphone users worldwide. The same estimates project smartphone users to rise by almost 20% by 2023 to 4.3B. The smartphone penetration rate globally in 2020, stood at 46.45% compared to just 33.5% in 2016.

You can read more about the story with more statistics and information here.

How to Stay Awake During a Long Layover So You Don’t Miss Your Flight

The comfort on board planes has significantly improved compared to a couple of decades ago, especially during long-haul flights. Today, you can watch video content on streaming services on your phone or other device. Most airlines even offer access to wifi these days, That means you can play free no deposit bingo, read the latest news, or even respond to business emails to save some time.

While the actual flight might be more enjoyable than in the past, a problem occurs when you have a long layover. Nobody likes to wait for hours until their next plane arrives and they take off to their final destination. However, sometimes it is the only option for the intrepid traveler. Here is what you can do to pass the time quickly and ensure you don’t miss the next flight!

Do You Have Enough Time to Explore the City?

Here is the first thing to ask yourself – how many hours will the layover last? You might have ten hours between the flights, but you need to be at the airport for an hour or two before the next flight. That is something to consider when calculating if you have enough time to leave the airport.

If you have several hours to spare, there is no reason why you shouldn’t explore the city. It might be a unique opportunity because who knows when you will find yourself in that location again. 

The experts advise designing your city exploration plan in advance. You probably won’t have time for everything, so focus on sight or two that you want to see the most, with perhaps a meal away from the typical airport fare. Additionally, make sure that you return to the airport by the specified time. Make sure to leave some wiggle room in case something goes wrong, such as your taxi getting in a traffic jam while taking you back to the airport. It’s better to be at the lounge an hour or two earlier than to risk missing your flight. Remember – this is only a layover. It isn’t worth missing your ride to your final destination!

Your Gadgets Are Your Best Friend

It’s vital that your mobile phone is fully charged and capable of enduring active use while you are waiting for the next flight. Your cellphone will allow you to check-in with your friends and loved ones and talk to them. You will also need it for other activities we suggest later in the article. Anyone living in the modern age understands the essential nature of a cellphone while traveling. If you are traveling to a foreign country, you might want to consider being prepared with a SIM card for your destination(s). Otherwise, you might be swarmed with hidden fees.

Apart from a mobile phone, you might be carrying a laptop, tablet, or another device. All these can be useful to pass the time, so make sure you have sufficient battery. The alternative is to find a place to charge at the airport, which can be a restaurant or coffee shop. Additionally, you can be prepared by bringing your own portable charger. These are an essential gadget for any traveler – some suitcases even come with them built in these days!

Here is what you can do with these devices:

  • Respond to business emails and finish work-related tasks – you have time to spare, so why wouldn’t you use it intelligently and complete those work-related things you’d like to avoid while on vacation? Whether it’s responding to emails or writing a draft of a meeting, all it takes is finding a quiet place where you can focus.
  • Play games – mobile phones and tablets feature games that can keep you interested for hours. If there is a game you love playing at the moment, you will have several hours to enjoy it, which is a true blessing.
  • Watch TV shows and movies – the odds are the airport has high-speed internet, so how about watching a few episodes of your favourite show?
  • Listen to music – you will need headphones because you don’t want to disturb the passengers, but listening to your favourite tunes is another option. Furthermore, you can also listen to podcasts and other content. 

Make a Game Out of People Watching

Some people find it a bit strange, but others believe this is a creative way of passing the time. The idea is to position yourself in a place where people often pass by, and the airport is the perfect location for that. Your task is to watch a person and see what you can guess about them. Some find coming up with elaborate backstories for different travelers quite amusing.

Perhaps you can guess where they came from and then see what their luggage says. Make sure that you do the entire watching discreetly because it should never be one’s intent to make another traveler uncomfortable.

Freshen Up for Your Next Flight

Most airports have large toilets where you can invest some time to freshen yourself up to feel better. You probably have carry-on luggage that includes your skincare and other cosmetic products. Even a couple of wet wipes, a mouthwash and a swipe of deodorant might do the trick. 

If you want to take things to the next level, discover if the airport offers showers or spa services. Many airports where layovers are common include these facilities as they want the layover passengers to feel comfortable. You can get your batteries charged and energized by having a hot shower or getting yourself a massage to relax after a tiresome flight. Why approach the next step of your journey feeling overly foggy, when you can approach it pampered and prepared?

Are You Feeling Hungry?

The next thing to consider is whether you could use a nice meal. Most airports offer multiple restaurants and fast food facilities, but the time of day (or night) will effect which of them are open. If it’s the middle of the night, the odds are that only a late-night snack bar will be available, which is better than nothing. Treat yourself to a coffee, and healthy snacks such as a granola bar or fruit to keep you feeling energized.

However, if you find yourself at the airport in the afternoon, you can probably pick between multiple options. Since you are not in a rush, take some time to think and go with the restaurant that seems most tempting. It may even be an excellent opportunity try the local cuisine.

Read a Book

Did you start reading a book on your first flight and didn’t have time to finish it? If you can’t wait to see what happens next, how about reading it now? If it is an interesting read, it will help keep you wide awake and engaged in your surroundings. That’s the entire point – finding an activity you find attractive ensures you don’t fall asleep.

Books are a convenient way of passing the time but don’t forget to pick them carefully. If you need to start a new book and you find it boring, you might become sleepy. That’s why choosing the right title is imperative, so go with those books you know you will like. Many airports offer bookstores where you can browse numerous titles if you are in the market for something new.

Conclusion

It’s not pleasant when you have to wait for hours for the next flight. However, we staying awake can be easier if you engage in entertaining activities. Apart from ensuring that you don’t fall asleep, time will pass more quickly until you finally hear that boarding call to your final destination.

You want to plan your layover before heading on a trip. Make sure all devices like smartphones and laptops are charged and don’t hesitate to bring books and headphones to listen to music. It’s all about designing a layover plan that suits your preferences, as that one increases the odds of staying awake for as long as necessary.

iPhone illustration by Kaelen Felix

Apple’s Newest Products

By Hannah DiPilato

On Tuesday, Apple introduced the newest iPhone as well as the HomePod mini. The new generation of products put an emphasis on the new 5G speed and the mini version of the iPhone 12.

The new iPhone 12 comes in models including the original iPhone 12 as well as Pro, Pro Max and Mini models. The iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Mini run on the less expensive side, while the iPhone 12 Max and iPhone 12 Max Pro are a bit more costly. 

The new iPhone is 11% thinner, 15% smaller and 16% lighter compared to the iPhone 11. The iPhone 12 features a 6.1 inch super retina display and the iPhone 12 Mini’s super retina display is 5.4 inches. Both phones have 4x better drop resistance, which many iPhone users have complained about in the past, as well as having more splash and spill resistance. The two phones come in five different color finishes: blue, green, red, black, and white. 

The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max only come in four finishes but have more features for the money. The two phones feature a 12-megapixel telephoto lens which the iPhone 12 and mini do not have. The Pro and Pro Max also feature a stainless steel body while the other phones have an aluminum and glass design. The iPhone 12 Pro Max is also supposed to have the best battery life, with 12 hours of streaming. 

All of the phones feature a 5G speed which is useful for faster streaming and downloading. Apple designed the phone to have the most 5G bands of any phone, so that 5G is available in more places. The new phone design also allows many apps to use 5G without using too much battery life. However, when 5G isn’t needed, the phone automatically switches to LTE to save power. These speeds are meant to help provide better service in heavier populated areas, as well as allowing for better streaming and downloading of videos on cellular. 

The cameras of the phones feature better options for capturing memories at night. The Wide and Ultra Wide cameras have Night mode to bring in a higher level of detail and color. Apple also improved taking video in low light as well as Night mode Timelapse. This allows the camera of the iPhone 12 models to work at any time of day or night. 

Apple also released the HomePod mini, which starts at $99. It’s only 3.3 inches tall but features 360-degree audio that gives a booming sound for its size. If you buy multiple speakers they can connect around the house for an around the home sound system. Two speakers paired in the same room create left and right sound channels for an immersive sound. The speakers also use Siri to play any music or podcast you desire and it can recognize up to six voices. You can also intercom to other speakers around the house. 

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are available for pre-order on October 16 while the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro Max and HomePod mini are available for pre-order on November 6. For more information on the new product check out Apple’s website.

relationship illustration by Rita Azar

How Much Time do We Spend Using a Smartphone in the UK?

On average, the Britons are currently spending more than 30 hours a week online making it one of the most addictive activities around. People spend a good part of their time on the internet doing a variety of things including betting, playing online games, dating while others are there mainly for business purposes. 

In recent statistics, most of the youths aged between 16 years and 24 years have been noted to be having the highest population of internet users. Smartphones have made work extremely easy and manageable due to the high levels of technology prevailing in the country.

Some Statistics

In these times, the rate at which people are using the internet, especially the smartphones has greatly risen compared to the past 10 years. The statistics have also shown that women are spending more of their time on the internet as compared to men.

More time online

As previously stated, in the UK people are averagely spending 24 hours a week on the internet. This tells of the great influence the internet has to the people and their general well-being. The comprehensive report which was compiled by Ofcom has also revealed that 78% of the UK population use smartphones on online related activities. 

The addiction has moved to a higher level in that people here check-in using their smartphones after every 12 minutes and as well 35% of the population check their phones just before going to bed.

Less time on phone calls

Another good example that can really tell how much people treasure their smartphones than any other thing else is in the way they are making their phone calls. It has been noted that the total number of outgoing calls has greatly dropped by 1.7 percent. 

The main cause is that people have turned away from the normal phone calls and have opted to call using WhatsApp or messenger. To be more precise, 75% of the population prefer making phone calls in this way and at the same time 92 percent of the population say browsing the web is more important.

The Most Popular Mobile Activities

Mobile related activities have been on the increase especially after the introduction of modern technology and the wide use of the internet by most people in the UK. This brought a lot of advancement and development in the mobile sector and the entire IT fraternity.

Social Media

The social media platforms are among the most popular among many of the UK residents. People have turned away from messaging and currently WhatsApp, Facebook and twitter among the widely used social media platforms. This has become one of the simplest ways of reaching out to a wider audience and is equally an effective tool for communication.

Slots

This is another common activity among many residents of the UK, especially the adults. Most of the residents are glued on their screens spending a few of their minutes and hours playing at casinos not on Gamstop via mobile. This has gained popularity among the residents and it has greatly contributed to uncontrolled rates of addiction among many. Slots can either be played for fun or for real money. Although it is liked by many, it has as well caused high rates of addiction leading to problem gambling rising.

Dating services

This is yet another more popular activity among many. Most people have linked up through these dating sites and it eventually ended up in marriage to a number of them. It has been a common thing on the internet among many youths and adult and several relationships have thrived to a greater extend.

Conclusion

Since the introduction of mobile technology especially smartphones, a lot of developers have been realized in the technological sector. This has glued many people on their screens spending time with mobile gaming. Great thanks to the recent advancements in mobile technology who are taking the lion’s share in terms of offering reliable, fast and standard solutions to many of the problems.

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The Growing Influence of Video Games in the Entertainment Industry

Ever since video games became more popular in the 1980s, they have spread into other entertainment areas like songs, movies, and TV shows. Today, video games are more sophisticated and popular than ever, and many have become steeped in popular culture. So, it is no wonder that games are now influencing the entertainment industry even more.

Video Games in Songs

From ABBA and Aerosmith to Green Day and 50 Cent, a wide variety of bands and artists have been immortalized in video games. But did you know various groups have written songs about video games? Here are three of the best:

·       British rock band Bring Me the Horizon’s song Shadow Moses reached number 2 in the UK Rock and Metal Singles Chart in 2013. The song is named after the main setting of the 1998 game Metal Gear Solid. The closing theme of the video game is referenced in Shadow Moses’ opening vocal line.

·       The song Symphony of the Night appears on the power metal band DragonForce’s 2014 album Maximum Overdrive. Guitarist Herman Li said Japanese video games inspired the song.

·       American death metal band The Black Dahlia Murder’s 2007 song What A Horrible Night to Have a Curse describes the plot and gameplay of the classic platform-adventure video game Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest.

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Video Games in Television

From live-action shows to animations, there are a huge amount of TV shows based on video games. However, some have been more successful than others. For instance, the immensely popular puzzle game Candy Crush was turned into an American TV game show in 2017, but it was canceled after just one season. On the other hand, the 2012 military sci-fi web series Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn was a huge success. Based on the famous Halo video game franchise, the 15-minute episodes follow a cadet at a military training academy that is attacked by aliens. Other notable live-action shows based on games include 2016’s Street Fighter: Resurrection, 2013’s The Far Cry Experience, and 2016’s Higurashi When They Cry.

Animated shows based on video games tend to be more successful than live-action shows. Popular shows include:

·       Subway Surfers: The Animated Series (2018)

·       Angry Birds Toons (2013 – 2016)

·       Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures (2013–2015)

Video Games in Movies

The Sonic the Hedgehog movie is currently the second-highest-grossing movie of 2020. Furthermore, the film set the record for the biggest opening weekend success at the box office for a video game-based movie in the US and Canada. Video game movie adaptations have not always been successful. For instance, many consider the 1993 Super Mario Bros. movie to be one of the worst films ever made. But there has been a considerable number of game-inspired movies that have been big successes. Here are some of the best.

Tomb Raider

The two original Tomb Raider movies starring Angelina Jolie helped to put video-game-adapted movies on the map, even if the 2001 and 2003 films were rather cheesy. But when Alicia Vikander took over the role of Lara Croft in the 2018 movie Tomb Raider, the film had a more down-to-earth edge to it and reflected the Tomb Raider games much better. It is undoubtedly one of the best video game-based movies to have been released in recent years.

Rampage

The 2018 movie Rampage may not be worthy of an Oscar. But if you are after unadulterated good fun, Rampage is entertaining from beginning to end. Forget the weak narrative, and instead focus on Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson taking on an enormous gorilla, a sea creature, and a strange wolf-like monster who are climbing skyscrapers and destroying the city!

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

The 2010 action fantasy adventure movie Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is based on the game of the same name. At the time of its release, it was the highest-grossing video game film of all time. With a stellar cast, high-flying stunts, and gorgeous visuals, Prince of Persia is one of the most notable blockbuster video game movies ever produced.