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You Probably Won’t Read This Article In Full, Because Smartphones [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 15-05-2015

Smartphones are bad OK, Candy Crush comes to Windows 10, Reddit finally tackles harassment, Rdio Select lowers prices, and the trippiest 3D music video you’re ever likely to see.


You’re Now No Better Than a Goldfish

You’re now on the same level as a goldfish. Actually, in terms of your attention span you’re now inferior to a goldfish. Why? Because of your smartphone How Smartphones Are Ruining Your Life Your smartphone could be ruining your life, or at least have the capacity to do so in the future. Read More . Which means you’re highly unlikely to read this article all the way to the end.

While using your iPhone, Android, or Windows Phone Why You Should Consider Switching To Windows Phone [Opinion] I want Windows Phone to succeed. The problem is persuading you Apple fanboys and Google droids to give Windows Phone a chance. Read More isn’t giving you the desire to swim around in a bowl of water for hours on end, it is lowering your attention span to the point that goldfish can now focus on one thing for slightly longer than you. At least according to the results of a new study conducted by Microsoft.

Goldfish have an estimated attention span of around nine seconds, but humans manage just eight seconds. There may only be one second in it, but still, goldfish are winning. And as this has dropped from an average of 12 seconds in the year 2000, we can legitimately blame the Internet, smartphones, and social networking for this phenomenon. Probably.

The study notes, “Canadians [who were tested] with more digital lifestyles (those who consume more media, are multi-screeners, social media enthusiasts, or earlier adopters of technology) struggle to focus in environments where prolonged attention is needed.”

There is an upside to the information age though: our ability to multitask has actually improved. So while your mind is likely wandering away from this paragraph the longer it carries on, at least you’re able to watch TV, listen to a podcast Let's Talk Productivity: 7 Podcasts You Should Listen To For Working Awesomely Let us talk about productivity -- or let these seven life hackers talk about the little things we can do to work awesomely. Plug in...sit back...and listen. Read More , and do some household chores all at the same time. And goldfish can’t do any of those things. Stupid goldfish.


Candy Crush Is the New Minesweeper

Candy Crush Saga will come preinstalled on Windows 10 Windows 10: The Dream Of A Cross-Device Operating System Is Becoming Reality & It's Free Microsoft is boldly stepping into the future with innovative software and hardware. Windows as a service and mobility of experience were the major keywords from the recent Windows 10 briefing. Most importantly, Windows 10 will... Read More , making this rather addictive freemium game the new Minesweeper. As revealed by Xbox Wire, “Candy Crush Saga will automatically be installed for customers that upgrade to or download Windows 10 for periods of time following the game launch. It will even include cross-play options for your iOS and Android devices.”

Microsoft has always included free games inside its operating systems, but Candy Crush is a very different proposition than Solitaire. The details surrounding its inclusion are being kept rather vague, but this looks to be a win-win for Microsoft and King, and a win too for users, as long as they don’t get so hooked they end up wasting time and money on this pointless game Need A New Game? Candy Crush Is Boring Compared To This One [Android] At first glance, I Need A Hero did not seem like the right kind of game at all. The name sounds cheesy, the graphics and music did not impress me, and the background story was... Read More .

Reddit Finally Tackles Harassment

Reddit is finally tackling harassment, rolling out new practices designed to protect people from feeling threatened. In an effort to evolve the site, Reddit is attempting to “balance free expression of ideas with privacy and safety.” Which is a tough ask when dealing with a community of people as diverse as those populating Reddit.

Reddit defines harassment Cyber Bullying Unmasked - The Tragic Case Of Cassidy Kids can be cruel. Almost as cruel as so-called grown-ups. That cruelty has found its way on to the web and into the lives of countless young people who thought they might be able to... Read More as, “Systematic and/or continued actions to torment or demean someone in a way that would make a reasonable person (1) conclude that Reddit is not a safe platform to express their ideas or participate in the conversation, or (2) fear for their safety or the safety of those around them.”


If you experience this while using Reddit How To Use Reddit Like an Old Pro There are plenty of online communities which can be found on the Internet - Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube are easily the most popular and recognizable ones. However, there are plenty of other gems online... Read More , you’re requested to “report the private message, post or comment and user,” and the incident will then be investigated.

Rdio Select Offers 25 Songs Every Day

Rdio has launched a new paid tier aimed at people who want to listen to music without ads, but who don’t feel the need to pay $10-per-month for Rdio Unlimited. According to BuzzFeed, Rdio Select offers up to 25 songs a day for streaming or downloading, which the service claims is more than enough for most users.

In comparison to other options, $4 is a rather attractive price point. Especially when compared to Jay Z’s Tidal Why Jay Z's Tidal Music Streaming Service is Doomed to Fail Jay Z recently relaunched Tidal, the music streaming service he acquired for $56 million. Tidal has 99 problems, and the pitch is one. Read More , which is still well on its way to failing. Rdio Select is now available on both iOS and Android, with a free trial being offered in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, and South Africa.

Explore This Trippy 3D Music Video

And finally, this is the music video for “Stor Eiglass” by Squarepusher, and it’s certainly not your average, run-of-the-mill music video. Not only is it insanely trippy, with mind-altering visuals presented in a variety of lurid colors, but there is also the 3D 7 Incredible 3D Movies Actually Worth Seeing In 3D There are too many movies where the 3D adds nothing to the overall experience. However, when done properly, 3D has the potential to blow you away. The following movies are prime examples. Read More .


Pressing any of the arrows on the directional control pad in the top left-hand corner of the video lets you change your viewpoint as the video plays. All thanks to YouTube 360. What’s more, there’s also a version available for Google Cardboard New Google Cardboard Apps, BitTorrent Browser Maelstrom [Tech News Digest] Also, Minecraft lands on Windows Phone, 4K lands on Amazon Instant Video, custom genders land on Google+, and a look back at 2014 in gaming. Read More . [H/T The Verge]

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Have you noticed your smartphone killing your attention span? Will you play Candy Crush if it comes preinstalled on Windows 10? Do you feel Reddit needs to fundamentally change in order to appeal to a wider audience?

Let us know your thoughts on the Tech News of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

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  1. John
    May 15, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    I came close to not even reading any of this after I saw "Because smartphones". I agree with Doc, that has to be one of the dumbest fads around today and I can not wait to see it finally die off.

  2. Scutterman
    May 15, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    A video that purposefully attempts to waste 180 seconds is preaching to me the value of my time? I find that very odd.

    Given the reputation of King for using money to bully small developers, and their other reputatuion for shamlessly ripping off other people's IP, I think I'm going to uninstall Candy Crush from whatever device that Microsoft forces it onto. Did they not learn anything from when Apple force-installed an album onto people's devices?

  3. kt
    May 15, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Wow! That fat guy video is brutal. I seriously know heroine addicts in much better shape (both physically and financially) than that. It's a great argument for child abuse!

  4. Keif
    May 15, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    Let's not forget RSS readers such as Digg Reader it only delivers a picture (if available) and a snippet. I personally skim until something of interest scrolls by (click) then read the article in its entirety. By way of full disclosure I didn't read the complete article I'm currently commenting on... My smartphone went off and I had to... oh look Clan of Candy... You'll not get the best of me Peppermint King!

  5. dragonmouth
    May 15, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    "you’re able to watch TV, listen to a podcast, and do some household chores all at the same time"
    In addition, I read a magazine and have my favorite radio station on. However, how well I retain all the information and how well I perform my chores, is another story.

    "Candy Crush Is the New Minesweeper"
    My favorite Windows time waster was FreeCell.

    "Reddit Finally Tackles Harassment"
    What a great way to get the people that disagree with you, banned. This has the potential to turn into a BlockAll-type fiasco.

    "Explore This Trippy 3D Music Video"
    Reminds me of a Peter Max posters and videos.

    • Doc
      May 15, 2015 at 5:32 pm

      As far as Reddit is concerned, it's perfectly fine to disagree with long as you're not foul-mouthed and abusive or threatening.

    • Doc
      May 15, 2015 at 5:33 pm

      " You Probably Won’t Read This Article In Full, Because Smartphones"
      I, for one, can't wait to see the "...because [one word]" fad die. Because stupid.

  6. The Truth
    May 15, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    I read the whole article, it was boring, im betting the quality of writing has gone down since everyone thinks they are an author now.... and who wants to read a boring article....

    probably more of a reason people don't read more than 8 seconds and the author's original hypothesis is just wrong.