In a spin over fidget spinners

Till sometime back, you would have been reprimanded for being fidgety.Currently, a restless nature is trending and help is available at your fingertips. Or that’s how the marketers of fidget spinners would like us to believe.

It’s unlikely you haven’t heard of fidget spinners until now. It is has been reported as the biggest gadget trend of 2017 and we are just half way through the year.In fact, Amazon has listed it as one of the top-selling products under its ‘Toys & Games’ category.

For the uninitiated, a fidget spinner is essentially a toy/gadget that doesn’t require technology or batteries to run. It has three spokes along with an inline skate and ball bearings that make it a spin. Extremely popular across age groups –school children form a major chunk of users – it’s easy to use, cheap to buy and portable. Promoted as a fun way to beat stress and restlessness, fidget spinners have gained a steady fan following. There’s even a Fidget Spinner Association that is looking to host a championship in September.YouTube has enough videos gone viral that prove the gadget’s popularity.

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Now here’s the not so good part about what seems like a harmless toy. Parents across the world and health experts are raising concerns about the safety of fidget spinners and its repercussions on mental health. New videos about children taking the spinners to school and cases of addiction of the gadget have surfaced. Some schools have even banned the toy.

In some cases, new versions of the spinner have caused injury. The spinners with lithium button batteries also have small parts which pose a choking hazard. The toys are now being called ‘dodgy’. So can fidget spinners help with attention and anxiety, as claimed by those who make them?

“The jury is still out on whether a fidget spinner is simply a toy or a gadget that can eliminate anxiety in children and adults, and even help those with ADD or ADHD focus,” Claudia Swartzberg, chief executive of Top Dog Education was quoted in a news report. “While many are claiming they aid mental focus, there’s no science that supports the notion they have therapeutic properties. However, even though there is no data to show that fidget spinners are beneficial rather than being fun, teachers, many parents, and learners claim they’re helping their mental focus in and outside the classroom,” Swartzberg was stated as saying. In an interview that appeared on www.healthline.com, Dr. John L. Bender, a member of the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians says, “It would not be proper to claim that there was a level of evidence comparable to a full scientific study to base such a claim.”… Read the rest

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Ringing in a Power-Packed Comeback with Nokia 3

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Who doesn’t remember the boxy-looking but extremely durable early phone models from Nokia? In fact, didn’t we all flaunt it at one point in time?One of the best-remembered features of a Nokia phone was its power backup. You could go for days, well, at least more than a day, without having to plug in the charger. That’s unlikely today, where power banks and fast-chargers sell as much as smartphones.

The earlier models of Nokia, released in early 2000 and the next couple of years, were bestsellers. Nokia was a game changer and ruled the mobile industry for more than a decade. But in recent years, new brands and Android phones took over the market, phasing Nokia phones out.

The return with Android

Well, it seems the hiatus wasn’t for long. Earlier this year, Nokia announced that it’s set for a comeback.It isn’t going to be easy as the company has to now face rising competitors, price conscious buyers and live up to expectations. This is a huge risk on the part of the company but Nokia has accepted the challenge of reinventing themselves to join the new mobile league. But this is the age of the smartphone. Will new Nokia smartphones have what it takes to make once-upon-a-time users sit up and take notice? We decided to test out the newly launched Nokia 3 to get an idea.Nokia has re-launched with HMD Global, a Finnish company which has launched Nokia 3 at an affordable price of Rs. 9,499.

What’s so special about Nokia 3?

At first glance, Nokia 3 seems impressive with its high-quality polycarbonate back which comes with a matte finish look and detracting fingerprint facility.

Nokia seems to have spent a good time learning about smartphones in the last few years and has even launched a series of tablets. Nokia 3 is the first phone in the smartphone category and it hit the shelves earlier this month. It comes with a 5-inch HD screen for a good display, which gives crystal clear images and good visibility. It will be fun to watch movies, videos and click pictures with the Nokia 3. Its 8 MP front and rear camera and 16GB storage will make sure you never run out of space for your selfies. The phone offers inbuilt apps on beauty, Twitter, Facebook and low-intensity games, which should make it more lucrative for customers. It has an inbuilt memory and a 2,650mAh non-removable battery inside which is good enough to last for a day without charging.

The phone also offers the provision of a microSD slot to expand its internal space by another 128GB. Like most of the smartphones available these days, it supports 4G connectivity making it a good choice for consumers who are glued to the internet 24/7.

So what is our take?

Nokia 3 gives us numerous reasons to bring it home. It’s packed with good features, boasts of easy accessibility and high battery backup. Along with that, there is good storage and the best part is its smart pricing. The price will give it an edge over other leading brands in the market. We also really liked the way it looks. We tried the multimedia on the Nokia 3 and here’s what we found – the loudspeaker can handle high volumes but is not very loud.But overall, this phone has all the qualities and features required in a Gen Next smartphone. If the battery lasts as long as it promises to, this would be a winning comeback by the manufacturer.

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16-Year Old Girl’s App Meant to Fight High School Bullies

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Imagine you’re at your school cafeteria and looking for a place to have your lunch. You don’t want to sit alone but you are a little shy of sitting with your peer. A girl your age faced the same problem and decided to do something about it.

She set up SitWithUs app. This new app makes finding friends in the school easy. This credit goes to a 16-year old girl, Natalie Hampton from California.She’s an 11th grader from Sherman Oaks.Natalie says that bullying and loneliness can literally kill a person, especially a student and she herself has been through this all. She also reveals her nightmarish experience of bullying when she was in the 7th grade. Her experience of loneliness and eating alone is what inspired her to create this app. While she is now attending a different school and is flourishing socially, the memory of being bullied and sitting alone still haunts her.

What’s the App About? 

“SitWithUs” is an app that helps those students who find it difficult to get friendly with people. It is for students who have difficulty finding a place to sit at break time. This amazing app helps them locate a welcoming group in their cafeteria.

The app allows students to register themselves as “ambassadors,” thus inviting others to join them. Further, they can post “open lunch” events as an indication for anyone seeking company. It is an invitation for lonely students to join the ambassadors’ table.

According to Hampton, the app is necessary because it prevents students from being publicly discarded by their peers.

Speaking on its privacy standards, Hampton says, “This way it’s very private. It’s through the phone. No one else has to know. And you know that you’re not going to be rejected once you get to the table.”

The 16-year old school girl asks her fellow students to be brave and take a stand againstbullying. The app has already become popular and is getting positive feedback from her schoolmates. “People are already posting open lunches at my school,” she says. “So I’m very excited that things are already kicking off with a great start”.

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