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# smartphone

Last month
March 2023
Opinion: 'Phones have become a battleground for parenting in the age of social media'
Mum Margaret Lynch looks at the question of smartphone use for children and shares her own experiences.
Last year
# blue light
Research finds smartphone screen exposure may lead to earlier onset of puberty
Exposure to blue light from use of tablets and smartphones, may alter hormone levels in young children, scientists say.
All time
Opinion: Sexually violent pornography is being promoted to first-time users of top sites
A comprehensive study by Dr Fiona Vera-Gray and Professor Clare McGlynn of Durham University uncovered worrying levels of access to violent pornography.
# put it down
'Unless parents cure their own smartphone addiction, they won't be able to cure their kids'
An expert says parents need to lead by example.
# put it down
Irish users may actually be starting to use their smartphones a little bit less
A new survey suggests people are attempting to address ‘our addiction to smartphones’.
# Technology
Here's what you need to know about Apple's three new iPhones
The company has also launched an upgraded smartwatch that detects falls.
# reusing dublin
Number of ghost estates has 'decreased by 91% since 2010'
Meanwhile, a new app is set to let members of the public report vacant buildings.
# be in ctrl
With 'vulnerable' children contacting strangers, government launches 'internet safety resource' for schools
Most children aged between 8 and 13 own a smartphone.
# Your Say
Poll: Should children aged under 14 be banned from using smartphones?
The use of smartphones by children was brought into sharp focus this week.
# lunch crunch
Poll: Do you use your smartphone while walking?
Give it to us straight. Be honest.
# Weather Warning
Government looking to develop app for serious weather alerts
Many said they were caught completely off guard by the weather in Donegal last month.
# lunch crunch
Poll: How often do you make a phonecall on your smartphone?
Give it to us straight. Be honest.
# live a better life
Live A Better Life: 6 things you need to know about using your phone less
Want to use your phone less? We found out how.
# live a better life
Five big things to change about how you use your phone
Try these and see how you can make your phone work for you.
# live a better life
From coding to a new language, learn something new using your phone
With these apps, you can learn a new language, get fit, or become an astronomy expert.
# live a better life
Simple expert tips on how to make the most of your phone's camera
This week, we’re all about cultivating positivity with our phone. So why not get to know your camera?
# live a better life
Use your phone to journal - and improve your day
Let’s find out how to remember what on earth we did last week.
# live a better life
Here's how to stop lack of phone storage stressing you out
This will make your life a whole lot easier.
# live a better life
Here's how to take control over your phone bill
We have a consumer expert here to help answer questions on phone bills and contracts. Plus, we’ve a Facebook Live coming up today.
# live a better life
Is the data on your phone secure? Here's how to make sure it is
Security is always a major concern but you have the tools to help prevent the worst from happening.
# live a better life
Easy ways to stop your phone battery from ruining your day
Does your battery stress you out? Then read on for a solution.
# live a better life
Have questions about your phone bill or contract? Let us put them to an expert
We’ll be holding a Facebook Live event on Wednesday where your questions will be put to the consumer expert.
# live a better life
Challenge 5: Fix something that's bothering you about your phone
A small change can mean a peaceful mind.
# live a better life
Challenge 4: Make an app hard to get at
You need the app – but you don’t want to be instantly drawn to it. Here’s what to do.
# live a better life
Challenge 3: Drop the phone at dinner
Week two of Live A Better Life is all about challenging yourself.
# live a better life
Do you really need all those notifications?
Let’s see if a cull is needed. Plus, a chance to reflect on how the week has gone so far.
# live a better life
The sound sleep guide: Move your phone away from your bed tonight
Move it as far from your reach as possible.
# lunch crunch
Poll: Do you use your phone at mealtimes?
Your daily bite-sized ballot break.
# live a better life
Quiz: What is your relationship with your phone like?
Take our quiz and see whether you and your phone need a break – or get on just fine.
# live a better life
Want a better relationship with your phone? Let us help
Welcome to day one, week one of our Live A Better Life series on having a better relationship with your phone.
# smartphone
These are the easiest smartphone games to play with one hand
Or if you want to hold a cup of tea or coffee while you play. Your choice really.
# Careful Now
Location apps could save your life if you get into trouble on a Christmas walk
The Coast Guard is asking people to use apps on their phone to provide them with specific GPS coordinates.
# helping hand
Know anyone who isn't tech-savvy? This is how you can help them this Christmas
It’s a tough job but someone has to do it.
# smartphone
Are you looking? Half of Irish people check their phones in the middle of the night
The study found that the vast majority of us have access to a smart device.
# Your Say
Poll: Should penalty points be increased for using a phone while driving?
The RSA says increased penalty points have resulted in changes in the behaviour of drivers.
# Appy Dreams
Your smartphone could be making your sleep worse
Longer average screen-time was associated with poor sleep quality.
# put the phone down
Using your smartphone at night could make you temporarily blind
This week, a woman from Fermanagh described her experience of Transient Smartphone Blindness.
# fire concerns
Own a Samsung Galaxy Note 7? Turn it off
The smartphone company has called a halt to worldwide sales of the smartphone due to safety concerns.
# Hidden
Here are some handy iPhone and Android gestures you might not know about
What do you mean there’s more to my phone than tapping on apps?
If you're not using burst mode on your camera, you're missing a trick
Why try one photo when you can take loads of them in quick succession.