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      ‘Their happiness is imprinted upon my mind’: Kyaw Zay Yar Lin’s best phone picture

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 10:00

    On the banks of Myanmar’s largest river, the photographer captured the joy and spontaneity of five young boys

    Ayeyarwady River is Myanmar’s largest, and it was on its sandbanks near Sagaing Bridge that Kyaw Zay Yar Lin found these children playing.

    “I often go there, because it’s such a beautiful place,” Kyaw says. “I go to relax, enjoy the weather and the views, but that day I approached these five boys playing in the mud and asked permission to take their photo.

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      OnePlus 12 review: smartphone left behind by top rivals

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 07:00

    A slick screen, top chip and long battery life are let down by lack of advanced AI and short support life

    OnePlus’s latest top phone can’t shake the feeling of being left behind by rivals.

    Even with a sleek appearance, speedy software and longer battery life the OnePlus 12 is devoid of the much-hyped AI tools packed into handsets from Samsung, Google and others. It feels more like a phone from 2020 than from the new era of artificial intelligence.

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      Apple says Spotify wants ‘limitless’ access to its tools without paying

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 2 days ago - 22:58

    Tech firm condemns streamer for seeking to overturn its App Store rules as EU judgement is expected

    Apple has condemned Spotify over the long-running competition complaint filed with the EU that could see the tech company face a huge fine if found guilty.

    After reports the bloc has concluded its investigation into the music streaming service’s claims of anti-competitive behaviour by Apple over its App Store rules, with the prospect of a €500m fine, the iPhone manufacturer has accused Spotify of trying to get “limitless” access to its tools without paying.

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      Stop putting your wet iPhone in rice, says Apple. Here’s what to do instead

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 3 days ago - 01:35

    Putting your device in a bag of rice ‘could allow small particles of rice to damage your iPhone’, the company warned

    No matter how your phone gets soaked – you’re caught in a downpour, you drop it in the bath, or you fall in a pool – perhaps the best-known folk remedy is to put the device in a bag of rice . The dry, absorbent rice should help suck out the moisture, rescuing your device, so the theory goes. Experts have pointed out that’s a bad idea for years – and now Apple is officially warning users not to do it.

    “Don’t put your iPhone in a bag of rice. Doing so could allow small particles of rice to damage your iPhone,” the company says in a recent support note spotted by Macworld . Along with the risk of damage, testing has suggested uncooked rice is not particularly effective at drying the device.

    “Don’t dry your iPhone using an external heat source or compressed air.”

    “Don’t insert a foreign object, such as a cotton swab or a paper towel, into the connector.”

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      As a teacher, I know the damage phones do to kids. But this new ban won’t make a shred of difference | Nadeine Asbali

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 4 days ago - 16:59 · 1 minute

    Most schools in England already ban mobiles. If it wants to make a change, the government should fund youth clubs and social activities

    Look around next time you are out and you will see that children’s addiction to smartphones nowadays often begins long before they’ve started school. By the age of 12, 97% of children will own their own phone. There is a growing body of evidence pointing to an alarming link between the time children spend on smartphones, and the access they provide to social media, with the likelihood of experiencing bullying, problems with self-esteem and even self-harm. So, in a bid to curb the damage to the next generation, the government has now issued statutory guidance on prohibiting their use in schools altogether.

    As a (reluctantly) online millennial, I grew up alongside the internet. Our relationship has developed from chatting on MSN and playing Club Penguin on the clunky PC in the corner of the dining room (so long as my mum didn’t need to use the landline), to the iPhone that now lives in my pocket, seems as attached to my body as my own limbs and contains much of what I need to survive. But I am also a secondary school teacher, and you only need a single break-time spent dealing with the drama caused by a social-media comment to conclude that phones in the classroom bring nothing but disruption to what should be a calm and safe place of learning.

    Nadeine Asbali is a secondary school teacher in London

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      Disconnect Me review – man attempts digital cold turkey in personal-challenge journey

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 5 days ago - 13:00

    With a subject as complex as monitoring the effects of smartphone use, Alex Lykos’s film could have paid more attention to sourcing and methodology

    It’s digital detox time for film-maker Alex Lykos, as he attempts to go cold turkey on his phone and other devices for 30 days for this documentary belonging to the lower-budget end of the sub-genre of personal challenge films; previous entries include the likes of Super Size Me (man eats lots of fast food) and America Unchained (man tries to travel across America without giving any money to multinationals).

    Lykos begins his offline odyssey with a fun potted history of the mobile phone, starting with a 1973 model which is heavier than a four-pint carton of milk. (This comparison is illustrated by Lykos walking along holding said carton of milk to his ear.) The film is strongest in these lighter sections which lean into Lykos’ naturally upbeat high-school science teacher vibe. These handy pop-quiz explainers are peppered with stats around smartphone use – there are eight billion smartphones in existence today, we apparently touch them 2,600 times a day, and Lykos himself spends an average of six hours a day using his.

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      Apple faces possible €500m fine from EU over music streaming access

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 5 days ago - 08:39

    European Commission investigates Spotify complaint that tech giant blocked users from cheaper subscriptions outside app store

    Apple is reportedly facing a fine from the EU of as much as €500m over restrictions on access to music streaming services, in what would be a landmark blow to the US tech company.

    The European Commission is investigating whether the US company blocked music streamers from telling users about cheaper ways to subscribe outside its app store where it takes a significant cut of revenues, according to the Financial Times.

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      The Crisis of Narration by Byung-Chul Han review – how big tech altered the narrative

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 6 days ago - 16:00

    From Instagram to health apps, the modern world no longer allows for rich and complex storytelling argues the philosopher in an entertaining polemic that’s short on humility

    In Charlie Kaufman’s puppet animation Anomalisa , everyone looks and speaks the same. It’s as though a scene in an earlier Kaufman-penned film, Being John Malkovich , in which Malkovich surveys a restaurant from his table and notices everyone – waiters, diners, perhaps even a passing dog – have his face and voice, has gone global.

    No one is immune: at one point, the mouth of the narrator, a motivational speaker called Michael Stone, falls from his face into his hands and chatters away all by itself. The guru’s improving homilies are so artificially intelligent, predictable and effectively transhuman, that they need no warming body or soul to sustain them.

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      ‘Not letting me on Snapchat was the best thing my mum ever did for me’: how to talk to your kids about social media

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 7 days ago - 15:00

    When her 14-year-old child asked for social media, Guardian advice columnist Annalisa Barbieri held firm. Thank goodness, says her daughter, now grown up

    As a parent, you prepare yourself for various milestones: their first tooth, first step, first word. But here we were, my eldest daughter, Raffaella, and I, and it was her first real push asking for social media. She was 14. She had talked about it before, but more in curiosity – this time she was serious. She wanted it; specifically Snapchat. And she was at the negotiating table with that focused, steely look in her eye that I have always admired.

    I started negotiations with a simple question: “Why?” Her reasons were all to do with not wanting to feel left out. Entirely understandable. But, I explained to her, if someone wanted to leave you out they still could, by jumping from one app to another until – what? You were no longer the driver in your own life but following someone else’s agenda. Where would it stop? And what if something were shared among the whole school or taken out of context?

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