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This new documentary will make you painfully aware of how often you check your phone

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How often do you check your phone? We’ve all heard the stats, but it never really sinks in. By the end of today, most of us will have checked our phones 150 times — on the toilet (you know), at the table, and especially in the car.

In a new documentary, It’s People Like Us, Academy Award-winning director Eva Orner (Taxi to the Dark Side, Chasing Asylum) follows five Australians who are somewhat attached to their devices. It’s an attempt to expose the increasing dependence humans have on their smartphones — and how dangerous this can be on the road.

A pretty common scene, shown in this still from the doco.

A pretty common scene, shown in this still from the doco.

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I want this credit card-sized dumbphone more than I want the Galaxy S8

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Somebody hold me because my obsession with credit card-sized gadgets is getting just a little out of control.

Days after discovering the Kado Wallet phone charger, I’ve now found a phone — a rather good-looking dumbphone if you ask me — at Mobile World Congress 2017 that’s equally as small and slim.

The credit card-sized phone is called the Talkase T3 and it’s the latest version of the mini GSM phone that was successfully funded on Kickstarter in 2014.

In the age of big, high resolution do-it-all smartphones, there’s absolutely no reason I should be excited about a dumbphone with a teeny, tiny 0.96-inch (diagonal) OLED display, but since dumbphones are apparently back in style, and Samsung’s Galaxy S8 won’t be announced for another month, I can’t help but be in love. Read more…

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