Most phones have built-in digital detox features that actually work

Digital detox - Smartphone screen time

Even simply using a phone in grayscale mode helps to make the experience less appealing overall. Taking a digital detox is becoming an increasingly popular activity as smartphones are proving to be too attractive for us to put down for more than short spans at a time. From social media to videos and falling down research rabbit holes, hours can easily be lost daily. A 2021 survey conducted by the Pew Research Center determined that more than 30 percent of adults in the United States reported that they were online…

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FTC moves to stop Meta from acquiring virtual reality company

Virtual reality company - Meta - Stop Sign

The US regulator is also acting to stop Facebook’s parent company from buying a fitness app. The Federal Tarde Commission has filed a complaint in a San Francisco federal court against Meta and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg, seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the acquisition of a fitness app and a virtual reality company. The acquisitions in question are for the Supernatural app and the Within Unlimited VR firm. According to the FTC’s filing, allowing Meta and Zuckerberg to complete the acquisition of the fitness app and…

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New QR code tag technology can detect counterfeit whiskey

QR Code - Fake or authentic - whiskey glass

This could be a move toward a future edible anti-counterfeiting technology for a range of products. Scientists have developed a new edible anti-counterfeiting QR code tag technology that can detect an authentic whiskey from the fake stuff. The research team have developed a tiny barcode that could one day also work with pharmaceuticals. A broad number of industries in food, alcohol and medication are struggling with counterfeiters around the world. Researchers have now developed a type of QR code that would allow consumers to determine whether they are holding a…

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TikTok launches video content filters and maturity ratings

Content filters - TikTok App on phone

A maturity score will be assigned to videos to ensure an appropriate experience for users under 18. TikTok has announced that it will be rolling out new content filters and maturity ratings to help make certain that viewers under the age of 18 years won’t end up viewing anything that isn’t appropriate for their age. The social media platform is working to boost the viewing experience safeguarding. TikTok has found itself under fire quite a bit over the last while, including a US controversy having to do with allegedly sharing…

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T-Mobile is selling consumer app data to advertising companies

App data - T-Mobile Store

The company uses network-level tools for tracking applications people are using on their phones. T-Mobile has a reputation for being rather loose with the online and app data collected from consumers and now it has placed its intentions to keep it up right out in the open. The company has launched a new ad platform that is called T-Mobile Advertising Solutions. T-Mobile Advertising Solutions comes with a business model that aggregates customer app data such as usage patterns, and then sells that information to advertisers. The program’s specifics aren’t entirely…

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