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Yes, you read the headline right, more than half of people regularly use their mobile devices in bed, with 5% shockingly using their mobile while in the middle of having sex with their partner.*
Narly half check their social networks and emails on their
mobile devices instead of listening to their partner, while 40% use their phones
while sat on the toilet - please remember to wash your hands!
Narly half check their social networks and emails on their mobile devices instead of listening to their partner, while 40% use their phones while sat on the toilet - please remember to wash your hands!
So apparently 45% of people admit that technology
prevents them from ever truly switching off and relaxing in their spare time. Well we don't know about relaxing, but if there's a drop in birth rates next
year, we can all blame the iPhone 5.
So apparently 45% of people admit that technology prevents them from ever truly switching off and relaxing in their spare time. Well we don't know about relaxing, but if there's a drop in birth rates next year, we can all blame the iPhone 5.
*Study conducted by UK technology manufacturer, Storage Options
A free crowdsourcing app, Facewatch, has launched for the citizens of Surrey. Despite the name, it isn't Facebook's more evident stalking sister site, but an app that was originally launched by the MET in April to help convict suspects of the London riots.
The app, which encourages users to search through images and anonymously identify anyone they recognised, is now being used by Surrey Police to crack down on crime.
Citizens with a sense of civic duty can download the app to sift through the photographs if you have an iPhone, Android or BlackBerry smartphone - no neighbourhood watch patrols for the Windows community then.
Out of curiosity, Downtime downloaded the app and entered a random Surrey postcode. We were immediately faced with three faces to identify, one of which was so blurred that we doubt the person's own mother would be unable to identify them.
Is this the answer to burning questions at local neighbourhood watch meetings? Or perhaps it's more suited to aid the masked and caped vigilantes, sworn to protect Gotham City... err, I mean Guildford.
A survey by iPass finds more than 60% of enterprise employees "sleep with their smartphones".
"Significantly, 29% of mobile workers report that their mobile technology usage causes friction in their personal relationships," reads the report.
The National Sleep Foundation also finds 95% of people admit to using some sort of electronic device before bed.
Downtime is mystified about such new methods of mobile working and the blurring of work and bedroom activities.
Will the trend ever reverse, bringing bedroom antics to the office..?
I know what you're thinking, what could you do with an app that just flashes blue and red?
Well one plucky kid in the US of A had a bit of a brainstorm. If he sticks his phone to the top of his car then he'll be able to pretend that he's a policeman or, as the Americans call them a 'cop'.
Storming down the high street in his automobile, or as the Americans call them 'car', he happened upon another 'car' that was driving along innocently.
The 20-year old's plan worked like a charm! Sticking the phone to his roof turning his Porsche 911 (I'm just guessing here) into a Police automobile, or as the Americans call them 'cop car'.
He pulled over a car using the app and then sped away once they'd stopped!! Hilarious, well done young man.
He did enocounter one small, tiny, insignificant problem though. The other driver noted his number plate and informed the police who tracked him down, found the app on his snazzy phone and arrested him.
According to the Idaho Statesman, the "felony crime of unlawful exercise of the function of peace officers is punishable by up to five years in prison" or in this case the death penalty... Only kidding, just five years in prison.
Nowhere, it seems, is going to be immune to the tidal wave of tat that will be produced for the forthcoming Royal Wedding - not even technology.
Downtime would like to thank accessory maker Proporta for inspiring us to consider a short period of republicanism with its announcement of the tasteful Gold Union Jack smartphone case, which the firm describes as, "Truly a piece of Royal gadget bling."
Now come on, be honest, weren't you all coming into work today wondering where you can get some Royal gadget bling?
"What better way to start the week than a smartphone case to celebrate the impending Royal nuptials," asked the email Downtime received imparting this joyous news.
You'll be wondering now what it looks like, won't you. Well here it is, in all its resplendent Royal glory:
Downtime would love to hear from readers with their examples of Royal Wedding technology tat, and we might even stretch to a mediocre prize for the best we receive.
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