One in eight single men would rather have an iPhone 5 than a new partner - according to a recent survey.
The survey of 550 people by money saving website SaleLand.co.uk found that 12% of bachelors would rather get their hands on the recently released gadget than a new love interest.
And a heartless three per cent of those polled said they'd willingly leave their current partner if rewarded with the latest Apple iPhone.
Interestingly, five per cent of those surveyed said they would prefer a non-Apple smartphone to a new partner.
A spokesman for SaleLand.co.uk said regardless of the overwhelming demand for the new phone, the results had still come as a surprise.
He said: "There's been so much excitement building up around the release of the iPhone 5 with many believing it the ultimate smartphone. Nevertheless, you don't expect to see one in eight men prepared to forgo love or even ditch their current partner to get their hands on one."
Over a third of Brits (35 per cent) would rather turn to health gadgets, like Withings Smart Body Analyser pictured right, instead of visiting the doctor, according to new research published today.
The survey conducted by independent shopping price comparison engine, PriceSpy.co.uk, was designed to measure how gadgets such as pedometers, BMI calculators and heart rate monitors are improving the nation's health.
The NHS currently spends around £103bn a year on health services. However these gadgets could soon be saving it an estimated £36bn pounds each year as one in three health gadget users now make fewer visits to their doctor.
The top 10 UK cities most likely to use a gadget rather than visit the doctor are:
1. Belfast - 60%
2. London - 40%
3. Birmingham 40%
4. Norwich - 39%
5. Southampton - 37%
6. Glasgow - 37%
7. Newcastle - 37%
8. Edinburgh - 36%
9. Manchester - 33%
10. Liverpool - 32%
It's not all good news though; people are now more likely to wrongly diagnose themselves. 21% of people in Edinburgh are using gadgets to find out what illness they are suffering from compared to 20% in Belfast and 16% in Norwich.
The following league table shows which health problems people are using gadgets to help diagnose or provide peace of mind:
Erik Lorentz, Head of Communications, at PriceSpy.co.uk said: "It's surprising to see that so many people are using health gadgets to improve their fitness and wellbeing, but also to avoid a trip to the doctor. The findings could have major implications for NHS spend and waiting times, particularly if the technology behind health gadgets continues to evolve!"
Apparently nearly 50% of us own at least two or more health gadgets with 47% owning a pedometer, 44% a Wii Fit and 24% relying on a heart rate monitor (I wonder just how often they are actually used though rather than just left gathering dust).
Surprisingly the biggest spenders are people in Glasgow with over a third of respondents (35%) claiming to have spent over £100 on health gadgets. London, Manchester and Edinburgh come second with being the most flush with their cash, with a fifth of people spending over £100.
The online survey of 1,008 people was carried out on behalf of PriceSpy.co.uk
Remember when you printed out photos to bore your friends and family with at leisure? Well it seems those days are virtually over.
One in five of us now take photos purely to share via social media and many of us do so within 60 seconds of taking the original image.
Research from Samsung for the launch of its wi-fi enabled NX300 camera reveals that Brits take on average 1.86 billion photos a month, with more than half of those surveyed (52%) stating they share their shots online within a week.
And it's not just the volume of shots that they are taking that's staggering. It's the speed at which they share them. Every 60 seconds in Britain 749 photos are shot and shared immediately. That means 1.1 million photos a day (1,079,046) are 'gone in 60 seconds'.
Nor does the shooting and sharing photos in the UK show any signs of slowing down - 7% of under 35 year olds now share their shots online within 25 seconds according to the Samsung survey. However, Britain is surpassed by the likes of Spain and Italy when it comes to the speed of shooting and sharing. Research reveals that 1 in 4 Spaniards shoot and share their photos within a minute.
The Italians were a close second with 1 in 5 of those surveyed shooting and sharing online in less than 60 seconds (compared to 1 in 10 Brits). The leading online destination for our photos in the UK is not surprisingly Facebook, used by 53% of those surveyed to share their photos with their friends, followed by Twitter 11%, Instagram 7%, Flickr 6% and Pinterest 2% with only a quarter of people (23%) admitting to still using a traditional photo album. Among 18-24s Facebook's dominance is even stronger - used by 70% to share shots compared to Twitter 29%, Instagram 16%, Flickr 3% and Pinterest 2%.
Says Simon Stanford, Vice President of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung UK & Ireland:
"People are taking more photos than ever before and with more than 91% of adults regularly using social networks, they naturally want to be able to share their pictures instantly with their friends and family. The Samsung NX300 camera was designed with this in mind - thanks to its Wi-Fi connectivity, it's possible for people to capture fleeting moments in stunning quality and then share them instantaneously."
Interestingly though one in three of us (34%) do not download and share any photos online, meaning at least 631 million memories a month are kept as private records or lost forever. Across Europe, Germany has the highest attrition rate of digital memories with at least 949 million 'lost' photos.
The research ws conducted by OnePoll on a sample of 3,000 people (500 in the UK) on behalf of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
I've never heard of Hunched-Over-Laptop Syndrome (HOLS), but as I sit here in bed huddled over my laptop as I nurse an injured leg I can quite believe it exists.
Anyway according to a survey by Fellowes (the office equipment people - spot the vested interest here), 79 per cent of UK employees say that using say using work mobile devices, including laptops and tablets is making them ill.
The lack of specialist ergonomic equipment when on the move is the prime cause for the rise in work-related back and joint injuries, claims the survey, brought on by devices that promise to make our lives easier.
One in four report their posture worsens when working 'nomadically' (ie. not at their desk) and one in 10 now say this type of working has caused long-term posture problems when using handhelds, tablets and computers.
More than two thirds of those (65%) are forced to take medication to manage their condition and a staggering one in 20 has been forced to give up their job altogether.
And the health issues worsen with one in 10 complaining of being in constant pain and 17 per cent suffering some pain each day.
Worryingly, younger adults (those aged 18 - 24) are those most seriously affected as the research reveals that two thirds of young workers claim to have a problem caused by mobile working.
General practitioner and health broadcaster, Dr Sarah Jarvis explains: "Permanent desk spaces are the thing of the past with many of us working in a nomadic style. Mobile devices are meant to make consumers' lives easier, but what we aren't being warned about is the health dangers associated with working on the move.
"In many cases this so called 'HOL' syndrome is brought on by lack of ergonomic equipment. Job illnesses and ailments associated with poor posture are rising significantly and I am seeing more in my practice year on year."
(Research was conducted by Dynamic Markets in 2013 among 1000 UK adults 18+)
Indie rock legends the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have sparked debate over the place of smartphones at gigs by insisting that punters at their live shows don't pull out their tech while they play.
While attending the New York trio's show at Webster Hall, Spin spotted the following sign posted onto doors at the venue.
"PLEASE DO NOT WATCH THE SHOW THROUGH A SCREEN ON YOUR SMART DEVICE/CAMERA.
PUT THAT SHIT AWAY as a courtesy to the person behind you and to Nick, Karen and Brian.
MUCH LOVE AND MANY THANKS!
YEAH YEAH YEAHS"
Singer Karen O re-iterated the request from the stage, telling the crowd that they could snap away during the second song of their set, but then had to "put those motherfuckers away."
The request follows similar sentiments from other high-profile stars, including Prince. The diminutive pop star is very protective over what images of him are released to the public, and threatened those at his recent SXSW appearance with removal if they were spotted using smartphone devices.
It's an interesting argument. I for one hate smartphones at gigs, obscuring my view of blistering live performances while other punters lose the real-time experience by watching the whole thing through smartphone or digital camera screens. And don't get me started on iPads at gigs! They're just ridiculous, and massively obscure the view of those behind them, dulling the atmosphere as people stand statically trying to protect their expensive tech from the bustle of the crowd.
On the other hand, it's reasonable to want to capture a great gigging moment with a camera or video, and I have to admit being grateful of all the YouTube clips posted of gigs I wasn't lucky enough to attend.
My brother took it a step further at a recent gig I went to with him though; he played the Infinity Blade game on his iPhone the entire way through a support band slot, which I felt was rude. He countered with the fact that he felt he'd only paid to see the top-billing band at the show, and would reserve the right to turn over a song he didn't like on the radio. Why can't he enjoy a bit of downtime on his phone while waiting for the act he really cares about?
When it comes to recordings though, you wonder how much damage is causes the artists and fans caught on film. With record sales declining, gig ticket sales and subsequent tour DVDs are an important revenue stream for bands. Do bootleg YouTube videos diminish the potential returns on such products? Some artists however have embraced them; Supergrass's Supergrass is 10 DVD included bootleg footage sent in by fans.
So what do you think? Should smartphones, tablets, and even digital cameras be banned from live performances? Or should those who want to capture performances be allowed to enjoy gigs as they please? Leave your response in the poll below!
New research released today has found that our obsession with mobile devices could in fact be affecting our relationships, as Brits admit to being more interested in status updates and emails than conversation with their partner - not to mention using their mobile devices on the toilet, in bed or during sex.
The study, commissioned by UK technology manufacturer, Storage Options, explored the tech usage habits of the nation, and revealed a worrying majority unable to go even a few minutes without an electronic device to hand. More than half (57%) of people surveyed admitted they regularly use their mobile devices in using them while sat on the toilet and one-in-20 people even confessing to using their devices during sex!
Checking emails, surfing the net or updating social network sites also emerged as another area of obsession, with almost half (49%) admitting to checking their tablets instead of properly listening to their partner, and 35% of people finding the amount of time their partner spends on their tablet device even more annoying than them not doing the housework!
In addition, the study also highlighted that one-in-five of us actually set a time limit for our partners to use their devices, while just under half (45%) of respondents admitted that they can't go more than an hour without using or checking their technology.
Interestingly, the research found that stress levels at not having access to mobiles phones or tablets are at their highest in Northern Ireland (36%) and the South East of England (34%) with respondents feeling like they will be missing out on vital information if they had to go without their mobile devices for 24 hours.
Despite all of this, 40% truly believe that their tablet or mobile device has made them more efficient - whether that is in their personal lives or in a work capacity.
*Research carried out on a sample size of 1,000 by YourSayPays on 12/09/12 on behalf of Storage Options
Yesterday Foursquare launched a brand new version of its location-based application, with a focus on discovering new places and finding recommendations from friends instead of solely check-ins and deals. So will this change of direction be what the service needs to get people interested in location again?
We've been hearing rumours for some time now that Foursquare has been set to overhaul its app in favour of something a little different, and this week it's arrived.
Foursquare's landing page explains that there are four main elements to the new application, sharing what you get up to with your contacts, discovering interesting things to do around you and searching for anything that you may want to find nearby.
So instead of just loading up the app and checking-in when you're at a venue, you can use it to find places around you to visit an most importantly see what people you know think of them. Of course checking-in is still an important part of the process, but it all just feels a little more complete now and less like a pointless race to become Mayor of some rubbish coffee shop.
We're not sure whether other services like Yelp already have recommendations nailed, but the appeal of Foursquare is you can see what your friends think and still keep checking-in and playing the game if you really want to, especially with further Facebook Timeline integration.
If you don't already have it lurking in your phone somewhere, you can download Foursquare from iTunes or Google Play for free.
That certainly seems to be the case according to new figures released by the Dixons retail group. Currys and PC World recording a whopping 500% growth in 3D TV sales over the course of the last quarter, with one in five TV sales including 3D tech.
"Interest around 3D TV technology has massively increased over the last quarter and we have seen uplift in demand from customers online and in our stores. Prices have become really competitive, with 3D TVs available from as little as £499, opening the technology up to a mass audience," said John Mitchell, Category Manager of Dixons Retail.
"Great prices combined with increased 3D content, ranging from films, to documentaries and sport, is leading to increased adoption of 3D. This increase is reinforced in our TV range, around 40% of which is made of 3D televisions currently and which we expect to increase in the next 12 months, as premiership football is screened in 3D and films including Harry Potter Final Movie are released in 3D."
Sales are definitely on the rise then? Is this a sign of increased consumer interest? Has 3D content become compelling enough to warrant its premium price? Or is the sales spike merely due to the fact that the majority of new big-name-brand TVs bought have 3D functionality by default?
Help us find the answers! Leave your mark in the poll below, and chime in with any thoughts in the comments section.
For some, the summer months are the best time to slap on the sunscreen, pull on a swimming costume and go bask in the rare British sunshine. For me, it's an opportunity to catch up on the past 6 months' worth (or longer) of video games that I haven't had a chance to plough through before new AAA titles surge into shops in time for the Christmas rush.
It's lead me to go back to Batman: Arkham Asylum, a game I had great fun with upon release, before Batman: Arkham City is released later this year.
I'd finished Arkham Asylum's main campaign some time ago, but never managed to uncover all the of the Riddler's hidden trophies and riddle answer locations. I simply didn't have the time at back then, and as a some-time videogame reviewer it's often my job to burn through the main campaign and sidestep these "completionist" elements. With that said, I'm personally quite the completionist myself, and when I get some spare time I like to go back and get on with unfinished business, like getting 100% in Arkham Asylum.
The fact remains however that I don't have the time I did as a kid to go through and explore every part of Arkham Asylum with a fine tooth comb just to get these elusive rewards. It could potentially take me months that way, and I'd never experience other great games.
Where do you turn then? To strategy guides and websites like GameFaqs, who outline all the difficult details of how to get through every single aspect of a game. But isn't that cheating? What separates using a game guide from punching in a cheat code to jump past all of a game's difficult bits, or have all the rewards of spending time with a game handed to you on a plate?
Part of the answer comes from how we define what makes video games fun these days, and in some cases that's an individual, game-by-game definition. A game like Heavy Rain is more or less an interactive movie, where the fun of the game is derived mainly from reaching the climax of the plot, which could be zipped through with a guide. A game like Guitar Hero is purely skill based and the rhythmic mechanics of the game are the only area where you can find any fun; a strategy guide may help you figure out where the unlockables are, but you're still going to have to work hard to get them. Fallout 3 or Oblivion encourage exploration of their massive worlds, and uncovering every nook and cranny's secrets is where the pleasure lies; a strategy guide could direct you to cool places, but the effect wont be the same as uncovering the secrets found there on your own.
Other times secrets are so obscure that it's almost as if they're put there just to sell strategy guides. Does anyone remember how difficult it was to get the Knights of the Round summon in Final Fantasy VII? There's no way I'd have got that without a sneak peek at a guide.
In some respects it's the move away from high-score chasing that we used to do in arcade titles like Pac Man and the move towards the sense of progression that a story-led game like Mass Effect uses that has encouraged this focus on experiencing the "end game" moments of a title. I'd hate to have thought I'd never have made it all the way to Red Dead Redemption's superb ending, for instance. On the other hand, you'd have had to have burned through some serious pocket money to have seen the final "kill screen" in an arcade cabinet like Donkey Kong, and it wasn't exactly going to round up any life-affirming plot for you by doing so.
But even score based games like Donkey Kong and Pac Man have a clearly defined superior strategy that will see you go further than other players. Looking at a strategy guide for these games would still require an insane amount of skill to master them; does the knowledge of how best to beat a game have to come from trial and error in order for it not to be classified as cheating, which may be maddeningly frustrating, even if you have to apply it in conjunction with ridiculous amounts of skill and dexterity?
As you can see, it's a fairly complex question. So I pass the baton over to you, the Tech Digest readership. Leave your moral mark in the poll below, and fire away in the comments section and on our Facebook page with your thoughts.
Few phones attracted more buzz at MWC 2011 this week than LG's Optimus 3D phone. With its dual-camera lenses capable of recording 3D video, autosteroscopic parralax barrier screen and dual-core credentials, it was a mighty phone on show from the Korean tech titans.
However, it looks set to burn a mighty hole in your wallet too, as the first pre-order details are starting to trickle in. Expansys are the first to lay a price down for the phone, a whopping £514.99 should you want one by April 25th. That's five pound more than even the already-too-expensive Apple iPhone 4.
So, is it worth all that dough to be able to get a little more depth from your phone screen? let us know in the poll below.
Sky football commentator Andy Gray has seen his television presenting contract terminated after a series of sexually innapropriate comments were made to and about female staff.
The Sky Sports presenter had mocked female Premier League Assistant referee Sian Massey, believing his microphone to be off, only to have his sexist remarks recorded for all to hear. It later came to light that this was only the latest in a string of innapropriate behaviour from the long-standing sports show host.
Andy Gray is not just a TV personality however, but a gaming one too. He has sat in the commentating seat for the FIFA football game series since 1997, but his annual stint with EA's flagship sports title has now been put into question.
Should EA keep Gray as their title's pundit? His partnership with Martin Tyler on the series has certainly led to some of the most fluid and entertaining footie commentary in a sports game ever, but has Gray over-stepped the mark? Certainly EA will not want another sacndal on their hands following the colourful lives of Tiger Woods and Wayne Rooney, both of whom have been EA game cover stars.
So what do you think? Leave your answers in our poll below, and feel free to add some alternative pundits to potentially replace Gray too.
News has begun to trickle in today about a proposed WikiLeaks movie, documenting the rise of the whistleblowing website, the consequenting controversy surrounding its many leaked wires and co-founder Julian Assange's "colourful" personal life.
The public face of WikiLeaks, the sometimes-enigmatic-sometimes-charismatic Assange makes for one of the more memorable characters in web history.
Which got us thinking; if the movie were to get the green-light, who should play that part, presumably the leading role?
Neil Patrick Harris of "How I Met Your Mother" fame (pictured to the right of Assange in the image above) is certainly a strong likeness, but does he have the acting-chops to carry what would essentially pan out into a tense-courtroom drama?
We've put a few ideas into the poll below, so let us know what you think, and feel free to chime in with suggestions of your own!
Apple have filed a patent that will make iPhone jailbreakers and those scared of Orwellian surveillance systems quite uncomfortable.
The "Systems and Methods for Identifying Unauthorized Users of an Electronic Device" patent describes plans that would give Apple an unprecedented amount of control over a user's handset.
Some sections of the patent, particularly those that relate to protecting the phone owners sensitive information, would likely be welcomed. Should the iPhone fall into a thief's hand, "access to sensitive information such as credit card information, social security numbers, banking information, home addresses, or any other delicate information can be prohibited.
"In some embodiments, the sensitive information can be erased from the electronic device. For example, the sensitive information can be erased directly after an unauthorized user is detected."
However, despite the fact that jailbreaking iPhones has now been deemed legal according to the US Library of Congress, the patent also seems to suggest Apple will be able to activate a "kill-switch" remotely should they identify that a phone has been tampered with. Apple justify this by suggesting that jailbreaking an iPhone is a sign that the handset has fallen into "unauthorised hands":
"An activity that can detect an unauthorized user can be any action that may indicate the electronic device is being tampered with by being, for example, hacked, jailbroken, or unlocked. Jailbreaking' of an electronic device can generally refer to tampering with the device to allow a user to gain access to digital resources that are normally hidden and protected from users.
"'Unlocking' of a cellular phone can generally refer to removing a restriction that 'locks' a cellular phone so it may only be used in specific countries or with specific network providers. Thus, in some embodiments, an unauthorized user can be detected if it is determined that the electronic device is being jailbroken or unlocked."
Things get even more worrying though when the patent suggests remotely activating the phone's camera, taking a picture and geo-tagging the location before sending the information and image off to Apple's servers, deleting all evidence of the action in the process. Not great news if you're making a call whilst on the loo.
So does Apple really have our best interests at heart with these proposed "security" features, or is it yet another tech intrusion on our private lives? Let us know your feelings in the poll below.
High-fives all around at Nintendo HQ today, as the High Court has ruled that importing, advertising or selling R4 cartridges in the UK is now illegal.
R4 cards can be used to download and play illegally ripped versions of Nintendo DS games from ROM sites on the web. While some argue that the cards have a legitimate use in the homebrew community, allowing budding coders and developers a platform to test their work on, the court found the card's widespread application for piracy too damaging to ignore.
The news follows a similar court ruling in the Netherlands just a week ago.
While the homebrewing community will be up in arms, many agree with the High Court ruling. Not least of all do ELSPA (the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association ) who released this statement following the news:
"We are delighted with today's decision to make the advertisement, importation and sale of R4 copier cards illegal. The ELSPA Intellectual Property (IP) Crime Unit was central in bringing the defendants to the attention of law enforcement authorities. I am grateful to them and our partners at Nintendo and Trading Standards in securing this significant judgement," said Michael Rawlinson, Director General of ELSPA. "Intellectual property theft is an important issue for the videogames industry, and this judgement will assist the IP Crime Unit team in actively pursuing and stopping other individuals who deal in R4 cards."
So where do you stand? Is it wrong to deny the innocent tinkerers the right to develop and practise their coding skills on the DS with the cards, not to mention opening up the hardware beyond limitations imposed upon it by Nintendo. Or do you consider the whole homebrew scene too small a community to defend those who use the cards for fairly widespread piracy?
Tonight sees the WWDC 2010 conference open its doors and Apple's Steve Jobs take to the centre stage. Apple have had the wind knocked out of their sails this year following a series of high-profile leaks revealing the iPhone 4.0 way ahead of schedule. It's pretty much a dead cert that their latest smartphone model will get officially unveiled tonight, but there are a whole host of other things the Cupertino giants may have lined up.
From cloud-based iTunes to a new version of Safari, Jobs may have "just one more thing" up his sleeve yet. So what would you like to see revealed at this years World Wide Developers Conference? Let us know by leaving a response in our poll below.
Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg last night announced the details of his social network's new privacy controls, after many users felt that the previous settings were too complicated. Under the banner of "one simple control", Facebook hope the new controls will make privacy settings on the network more intuitive and transparent.
The controls will now allow you to control who can see Facebook updates; everyone, friends and their friends, or just your friends. There will also be controls for blocking specific users too. You will also now be able to change who can view your friends list and pages instead of them being mandatorily public. All settings changed will be applied retroactively to pages and Facebook applications.
However, as the changes are rolled out over the next few weeks, user's privacy settings are expected to revert to a recommended setting initially, sharing users' posts, status updates, photos with user's bio, quotes and friends lists with the whole web. Read Facebook's plans in detail here.
"Each time we make a change we try to learn from past lessons, and each time we make new mistakes too," said a frank Zuckerberg. But what do you think? Have Facebook done enough to win back your trust?
According to BBC Five Live, BlackBerry smartphones have been banned from the UK Cabinet. In a week in which the UK has seen it's first coalition government formed in over three decades, you'd think any device that could help communications between the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives would be welcomed with eager twiddling thumbs.
But that apparently is not the case. So what distractions could smartphones be causing to have them banned from government meetings?
We've plucked a few ridiculous ideas from the ether. Pick what you feel is the most plausible in our poll below. And then hang your head in shame for voting in four sure-to-be-hellish years of Tory governance.
2009 was a stellar year for games, and just a quick look at this year's nominees for the Best Game at the BAFTA Video Game Awards will show you why. Assassin's Creed II, Batman: Arkham Asylum, FIFA 10, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Left 4 Dead 2 and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves all deservedly get a nod.
Anyone old enough to have owned an Amiga 500 or Super Nintendo when they were first released will have fond memories of Channel 4's gaming show, GamesMaster.
The show was a mixture of gaming news and contestant-based challenges, set by the eponymous GamesMaster himself, a disembodied android-like head played by astronomer Sir Patrick Moore. Its popularity has not been replicated by any other gaming show since its initial run between 1991 to 1998, and was sorely missed when it was dropped.
As publishing house Future have now acquired the brand, including the renowned print publication of the same name, talks are said to be in motion to bring GamesMaster back to TV.
"We have ambitious plans for the future of this iconic gaming brand, kicking off with a major redesign of GamesMaster magazine in May," said GamesMaster associate publisher Emma Parkinson."We intend to develop GamesMaster across multiple platforms, updating the look and feel, while protecting its 19-year legacy and the immense respect it receives from gamers and the industry itself."
However, with the show's classic presenting duo of Dominick Diamond and GamesMaster Sir Patrick Moore all but ruled out of any comeback plans, who do you think should fill their shoes?
We've hand-picked some celebrity gamers we think could fill the role. Let us know what you think in the poll below.