Taking photos on our smartphones is causing us to lose our most precious memories, scientists say. We're often so distracted by taking pictures that we can't remember what we saw, forgetting the very thing we wanted to capture. Using a smartphone takes us away from the moment, shifts our memory and ultimately changes the way we recall what has happened in our own lives, researchers say. Using smartphones more generally has become a'giant source of distraction' and sharing pictures on social media makes taking them less fun, researchers warn. In an in-depth feature on the psychology of smartphone photography in Vox, Brian Resnick looks at how attention is key to forming a lasting memory.
Parents and experts are increasingly concerned about the damage being done to children by spending too much time looking at screens. The latest warning comes from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, which suggested that excessive use of screens could bring a whole host of negative outcomes for young people. That includes everything from bad sleep to the potential for cyber bullying, though the organisation warned that the damage might be overestimated. Helpfully, the technology industry is increasingly aware of the same problems and is trying to solve them using products. As concern has grown about the damage their products do, developers have added features that stop other features being used – monitoring how long people spend on their phones, and kicking them off when it gets too much.
The CES trade show is powering up again in Vegas. Most of the biggest names in tech and stacks of start-ups you've never heard of will compete for attention over the next week. Some products may launch new categories - past events presented a first look at video cassette recorders (VCRs), organic light-emitting diode (OLED) TVs and Android tablets. But many more will flop or never even make it to market. We've scoured the internet for hints about what will be on show... One of the biggest developments at the last few CES expos has been Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant's rival efforts to extend their reach in the home and beyond.