8 ways you’re hurting your smartphone

There are numerous ways that we might be unintentionally damaging our smartphones through bad habits and negligent use. Asharaf Rogers, Technical Manager at weFix suggests these steps to help ensure you don’t cause undue damage to your mobile device:


• Too hot to trot: Never leave your device in direct sunlight, in your car or exposed to heat. This is literally a possible explosion waiting to happen. 

• Fire alert: If your device has come into contact with liquid and you suspect liquid damage, the battery must be disconnected if possible or the device must be switched off. Failure to do this and any excessive movement during logistics could cause overheating and result in an exploding battery or a battery catching alight.

• Crack me up: A cracked screen usually ends up with shattered glass fragments and this can be dangerous not just for your hands, but also for your eyes as these pieces of glass can break into tinier pieces invisible to the eye. So if you’re unlucky enough to crack your screen, don’t wait until it’s a health hazard before taking it in for repair. A very short-term tip is to cover cracked screens with sellotape!

• Malware: While you might be up-to-date with your PC security software, don’t forget about your phone. Be extra careful when installing apps on your smartphone and ensure you do your system updates regularly.

• Give it a rest: Our smartphones are literally on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week but the reality is that they also need a rest. At least once a week, reboot your device or shut it down for 30 minutes or so. Doing this will ensure that caches are cleared and subsystems are properly restarted. You’ll also be helping ensure the longevity of the RAM on the device and enabling certain diagnostics to be run.

• Unplugged: Don’t leave your smartphone plugged in and charging all night as this can generate excess heat and damage your phone.

• Drop it: Even if you don’t immediately see a shattered screen or a dented corner on your device once you’ve dropped it, don’t assume there is no damage done. It’s still possible that a fall has weakened your phone’s casing or damaged something inside the device. Repeated impacts that may be doing more damage than you think.

• Cover up: Screen protectors and phone covers go a long way in protecting the device from drop damage. Don’t wait until it’s too late.

While these are extremely isolated incidences, devices have been known to shatter in people’s hands due to heat or pressure and batteries have been known to explode in pockets and handbags, seriously injuring the device owner or close passers by.

So whether you’re going all out on the latest smartphone or you’re opting for a budget-friendly device instead, be sure to take care of your smartphone and it will no doubt take care of you!


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Google, like Facebook, unfurls subscription tool for publishers

Alphabet’s Google is developing new tools designed to boost subscriptions for news publishers. It follows a similar olive branch from Facebook to an industry that has seen the digital behemoths take over the online advertising market.

Google’s latest foray arrives on three fronts. The first is a revamp of its feature, called “first click free,” that allows readers to access articles from subscription publications through search. 

Google is also exploring publishers’ tools around online payments and targeting potential subscribers. It’s all part of Google’s broader effort to keep consumers and content-makers returning to the web, the lifeblood of its ads business.

Initially, Google is testing the tools with New York Times and the Financial Times. But Richard Gingras, Google’s vice president for news, said the search giant is talking to dozens of other outlets as media companies move toward online subscription models.

“It’s clear from news publishers that they can’t live on advertising alone,” he said. “But it’s also clear that we’re seeing a shift in a market.”

Media companies are focused intently on online subscriptions as print ads shrivel and digital ad spending consolidates with Facebook and Google, which together this year will garner more than 60% of the $83bn market, according to EMarketer.

In response, both digital platforms, which have rocky relationships with publishers, are introducing products catered to them. Facebook said last month it was working to add subscription tools inside its Instant Articles program, which hosts news articles in its mobile app.

Google’s version, called Accelerated Mobile Pages or AMP, enables news


AI revolution will be all about humans

Hong Kong – It’s 2050 and the world revolves around you.

From the contents of your fridge to room temperature – digital assistants ensure your home runs smoothly. Your screens know your taste and show channels you want to see as you enter the room. Your car is driverless and your favourite barman may just be an android.

Predictions for a future dominated by Artificial Intelligence are increasingly common, but Antoine Blondeau has experience in reading, and arguably manipulating, the runes – he helped develop technology that evolved into predictive texting and Apple’s Siri.

"In 30 years the world will be very different," he says. "Things will be designed to meet your individual needs."

Work, as we know it, will be redundant, he says – visual and sensory advances in robotics will see smart factories make real time decisions requiring only human oversight rather than workers, while professions such as law, journalism, accounting and retail will be streamlined with AI doing the grunt work.

Healthcare is set for a revolution, with individuals holding all the data about their general health and AI able to diagnose ailments, he explains.

Blondeau says: "If you have a doctor’s appointment, it will be perhaps for the comfort of talking things through with a human, or perhaps because regulation will dictate a human needs to dispense medicine. But you won’t necessarily need the doctor to tell you what is wrong."

The groundwork has been done: Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home are essentially digital butlers that can respond to commands as varied as ordering pizza to managing appliances, while Samsung is working on a range of "smart" fridges, capable of giving daily news briefings, ordering groceries, or messaging your family at your request.

Leading media companies are already using "AI journalists’ to produce simple economics and sports stories from data and templates created by their human counterparts.

Blondeau’s firm Sentient Technologies has already successfully used AI traders in the financial markets.

In partnership with US retailer Shoes.com, it created an interactive "smart shopper", which uses an algorithm that picks up information from gauging not just what you like, but what you don’t, offering suggestions in the way a real retail assistant would.

In healthcare, the firm worked with America’s MIT to invent an AI nurse able to assess patterns in blood pressure data from thousands of patients to correctly identify those developing sepsis – a catastrophic immune reaction – 30 minutes before the outward onset of the condition more than 90 percent of the time in trials.

"It’s a critical window that doctors say gives them the extra time to save lives," Blondeau says, but concedes that bringing such concepts to the masses is difficult.

"The challenge is to pass to market because of regulations but also because people have an intrinsic belief you can trust a doctor, but will they trust a machine?" he adds.

Law, he says, is the next industry ripe for change. In June, he became chairman of Hong Kong’s Dragon Law. The dynamic start-up is credited with helping overhaul the legal industry by making it more accessible and affordable.