Amber Davies warns of the damage that phones can have on a relationship

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Love Island 2018 has left our screens, seeing Dani and Jack emerge victorious, but they’re not out of the water just yet. According to last year’s Love Island winner Amber Davies, they have got one crazy year ahead of them.

Relationship tests, A-list events and a lot of exciting collaborations, to name just a few.

Junior Digital News Editor Jenny Proudfoot sat down with Amber to talk all things Love Island, from the reality shock of leaving the show to debating whether love can actually come from it.

With a current swimwear collaboration, Bluebella x Amber Davies, and dreams of going on I’m A Celeb, Amber is undoubtedly where the Love Island 2018 contestants want to be next year.

But what has her first year since leaving the villa entailed? Here’s what we know…

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Was it weird for you to watch Love Island this year?

Oh I loved it! I was obsessed. Everyone said to me last year that they were obsessed and I couldn’t work out why. I was like, “how can you be?” And then when I watched this year, I was like “Oh my gosh, I understand now how addictive it gets!” But it was so weird for me because I have done it and I know how it works – I know what is really going on behind the scenes and how it is edited and I just felt like I couldn’t give real opinions while it was on TV because I always had that in the back of my mind. One of the weirdest things for me was seeing people sleep in my bed. I was like “Get out of my bed!”

Talk us through the reality shock of leaving the Love Island villa and the sudden fame that comes with it…

I feel like the first few months coming out the villa were the craziest two months of my life. I can’t even remember it – it was that crazy. You’re flown everywhere and you very rarely get to sleep in your own home, but do you know what? You don’t actually have time to think about it – you’re just so busy! You just gradually just get used to it, and because you’re experiencing so much there’s nothing to complain about. The last year of my life honestly feels like it was a month long because it went so fast. Obviously it’s difficult because your private life and everything’s thrown in there, but you learn quickly.

Do you think love can last from Love Island?

100%. I think the bond that you create in there is very old fashioned. Falling in love in the villa is the best way I think – and you do fall in love. You spend eight weeks together with nothing else, it’s impossible not to.

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How do you think leaving the villa changes relationships?

You spend so much time with that person – no phone, no social media, no entertainment, no music even. So when you come out and get all of those things back as well as being the other side of the country, it feels like a huge change. I found it hard to retain a relationship, others might not, but I struggled. I actually saw in the paper today that Megan has pulled out of a few jobs to spend time with Wes and I think that’s such a good decision, because at the end of the day you go on Love Island to find love, and I think you just have to compromise. You don’t want to lose someone to keep up with the millions of followers that you’re getting swept up in having.

What is your advice for lasting on the outside as a couple? 

Take time away from your phone. When Kem and I used to get into bed we would put our phones down and that was really lovely because you need to talk. I think one of the most important things for a successful relationship is communication. And that’s not just when coming out of the villa – that’s for society in general. Everyone is on their phones and you need to stop and focus on spending time together, not just scrolling through Instagram in the same bed.

What’s it like to have a break up in the media?

It was very difficult. When you have any break up, you want that time for just yourself, but in the media, you can’t have it. There are millions and millions of opinions on your life. It’s really difficult being heartbroken and when you’re getting accused of saying and doing all sorts of things on top of that, it really can be awful – I struggled.

Has Love Island changed the way you date?

It has definitely made it harder to date. I don’t know whether I’m too conscious. I always wonder whether they are in it for the right reasons. Plus fame just makes it hard – you’ll go on a date to a restaurant, get papped coming out and it will be on the Daily Mail within a few hours. I just want a normal guy. I just love a normal guy I do – I come from a normal family and that’s what I would want. I just sometimes question if they’re in it for the right reasons. But you never know, do you?

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Tell us about Bluebella x Amber Davies…

I wanted to create something different and Bluebella seemed like the perfect brand to work with because their looks are classy AND sexy. I just wanted to do something a bit different and create a swimwear collection made up of different styles and colours but it was important that they were good quality and affordable. And so we just got started – four colours and A LOT of designs. And we worked so well together – we literally turned around the collection so quickly in time for summer.

What was the hardest part of the design process?

Choosing the colours, definitely! I had to choose colours that would look good on everyone. I was putting baby pink by my skin and I thought, ‘that will look amazing with a tan’. But I’m pale, so it didn’t suit me – it just looked like I was naked. Honestly, to find four colours that compliment everyone and each other is a huge challenge. And then you have to pick the styles too! We had to work really hard.

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What is your favourite piece in the collection?

I love the lilac bodysuit. I’m all for swimsuits at the minute rather than bikinis, and lilac suits everyone. I’m not a purple girl usually, but all of my best friends have been trying them out for me, and despite them all having such different looks, they all look amazing in the lilac. We’re going to Ibiza next week and I’ve got them all a piece from the range.

Other than Love Island, what’s another reality show you would go on?

‘Oh my God, I definitely have to tick I’m a Celeb off my bucket list at some point. I would probably be awful at it but it would be fun! I’m actually very good with heights and I wouldn’t struggle with the trial where you have to eat all the bugs, but anything like snakes – there’s absolutely no way I’m doing it! It’s definitely something I need to tick off one day.

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Even teens now admit we’re too addicted to our phones

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Android Pie-ready Pixel phones are on sale on Amazon starting at $219

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Google announced on Monday that Android 9.0 P will officially be called Android Pie. More importantly, the final version of Android Pie has been released! While Apple fans get an iOS update that is mostly just bug fixes and refinements this year, Android Pie is packed full of new features. The problem, of course, is that most Android phones won’t get Android Pie anytime soon even though it was just released. Each manufacturer has to rebuild its software for each phone that gets the Android Pie update, and that takes… well… forever. If you want Pie right now, you’ll need one of a handful of phones that are compatible with Google’s new release.

You have a few good options. First off, Amazon is selling refurbished Google Pixel phones in white for just $ 219.45 today, and the black version is just a few bucks more at $ 234.49. If you don’t want a refurb even though they’re guaranteed, you can get a new Pixel for $ 313. Refurbished Pixel XL phones start at $ 249, and new new Pixel XL phones are available for just under $ 400.

Want newer phones that’ll run Pie? Pixel 2 refurbs cost $ 579 right now on Amazon, and Pixel 2 XL refurbs will set you back $ 639. Finally, you can order the Essential Phone PH-1, which is the only non-Google phone to get the Android Pie update today, for just $ 329.99.

You’ll find links to all those phones listed below, and remember that refurbs are only available in limited quantities so many of the models we’ve listed here will probably sell out at those prices, or sell out all together. As for getting Android 9.0 Pie on your new Pixel or Essential phone once you get it, you can start right here on Google’s blog.

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Checking phones in lectures can cost students half a grade in exams

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Cell phones thrown in the trash are exploding in garbage trucks and dumps

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Replacing smartphones has become a yearly or bi-yearly activity for many of us. We upgrade from old and busted to the new hotness with regularity, but we don’t always know what to our old devices. I stash most of mine in a drawer in case of emergency, but whatever you do with your old phone, do not throw it away.

National recycling program Call2Recycle tells USA Today that the lithium-ion batteries in discarded cell phones were responsible for 65% of waste facility fires in California in 2017. Even worse, one exploded battery can set off a chain reaction, which can lead to massive, devastating fires that can do real damage and put people at risk.

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Face ID will only come to Android phones next year, but it won’t be the same as the iPhone X

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A report a few days ago said that Apple has a two-year lead on Android rivals when it comes to the adoption of advanced 3D face-scanning technologies. Many Android device makers may be in a hurry to copy the iPhone X look and feel, and we’ve seen dozens of notch clones already, but these notch bezels won’t house TrueDepth-like cameras.

New reports say that Android device makers will have to wait one more year to deploy devices with 3D-sensing capabilities. When these devices arrive, they might not be Galaxy or Pixel phones. And they might not even launch in international markets at first.

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Why Your Phone’s Airplane Mode Isn’t Just for Flying

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Smartphones are so advanced these days that we barely utilize all of the features they offer. And, in fact, some of the features can be really useful, occasionally just what we’re looking for. But, if you don’t know about it, how can use it, right? Well, that is exactly why you have to make sure you come up with ways of using all the features on your smartphone.

One of the niftiest features that people never use is actually known as the Airplane Mode. This is one of the coolest features on your phone and one you need to get into the habit of using as much as you can. It’s going to make you more productive, and do your phone a world of good as well. Check out all these awesome things Airplane Mode can be used for.

Removing distractions

Being productive is so hard these days when you consider the number of distractions that are around these days. And your smartphone can be one of the biggest distractions to modern life, especially because you can pretty much access anything from it. By toggling Airplane Mode on your phone, you will actually shut off the signal and prevent your phone from being able to receive calls and messages. This is a great way of keeping you in the zone and ensuring you are as productive as you can possibly be.

Charging quicker

Another of the stunning benefits of Airplane Mode is that it allows you to charge your phone up quicker. When you charge your phone normally, it can take a while to charge, especially if there are other apps and programs open. However, what you will find is that when you have the phone in Flight Mode, it will actually charge up considerably quicker. The phone uses less power in this mode, so your battery will charge quicker, and will run out much less.

Preservation

There is nothing more frustrating these days than your phone battery running dead. And this is happening more frequently these days, especially because of how much we use our phones. The great thing about Airplane Mode is that it can be used to preserve battery life, and this is crucial for long business trips. Setting your phone to Airplane Mode at the start of the trip, and leaving it that way will help the battery to last a lot longer, and you’ll have more use of the phone.

You can still use your phone

Don’t think that just because your phone is in Airplane Mode, it means you can’t use it. You’ll be able to use the phone for anything that doesn’t involve a wifi connection, and this is more than you might think. You can listen to music and read documents all while preserving the battery – and you never have to turn the phone off. Think how amazing that’s going to be for your future business trips.

Airplane Mode is one of the most versatile features of your phone, but it’s one that so many people neglect to use. Now you know it’s so much more than just for flying, you can really set about using the feature to benefit you. It’s really useful for saving battery life and improving productivity at the same time.

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Sony unveils three new phones at CES, including the Xperia XA2 Ultra with dual front-facing cameras

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Sony on Monday unveiled three new smartphones as this year’s Consumer Electronics Show gets underway. The new handsets aren’t flagship devices, but rather mid-range phones that Sony has dubbed “super mid-tier smartphones.” The handsets feature mid-range specs including the Snapdragon 630 processor, but high-end materials and impressive cameras. In fact, one new smartphone model, the Xperia XA2 Ultra, features a 23-megapixel rear camera along with dual front-facing cameras. The other two new smartphones, the Xperia XA2 and Xperia L2, feature similar styling and specs along with more compact form factors.

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Verizon and Qualcomm test a new LTE tech that will make next year’s phones crazy fast

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Verizon and Qualcomm have successfully completed a trial of a new LTE-Advanced technology, massive MIMO, that is going to give next year’s flagship Android phones a major speed boost. The test used equipment from Ericsson and a prototype phone running Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 845 chip and X20 modem to demonstrate massive MIMO on a consumer-ready device for the first time.

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Keep cell phones away from your body, warns the California Department of Public Health

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How far away is your cell phone from you right now as you read this? Is it sitting right next to you on your desk or your bedside table? Is it in your pocket? Either way, no matter how badly you think you need your smartphone within arm’s length at all times, you could be doing significant long-term damage to your body.

The scientific community has yet to reach a consensus on the severity of exposure to radio frequency energy emitted from cell phones, but a new set of guidelines from the California Department of Public Health suggests that high use could impact human health. If you use your cell phone constantly, you should decrease your exposure.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google on Wednesday unveiled new phones, smart speakers and other devices infused with artificial intelligence in its bid to claim the high ground against rivals Amazon and Apple.
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These 16 stores will reward you for recycling old phones, clothes and more

The next time you go to your favorite mall or shopping center, be on the lookout for stores that will offer you rewards in exchange for your old stuff!

Some stores will have recycling bins on display, but other retailers won’t make their trade-in programs so obvious.

Read more: 49 ways to sell your old stuff for the most cash

Here’s how to get rewarded for recycling

Fortunately, Kyle from Rather-Be-Shopping.com has compiled a list of popular stores that will give you either gift cards or coupons for hauling in your old electronics, clothing and more.

Here are some of those money-saving offers:

American Eagle: Drop old shoes or clothing into the recycling box at the store and get $ 5 off your next pair of jeans

Apple Store: If your donated Apple-branded item qualifies for “reuse,” receive a gift card for the item’s fair market value

AT&T: Turn in old phones and tablets for a gift card

AutoZone: Recycle your old car battery for a $ 10 merchandise card

Best Buy: Bring various types of used electronics to trade in for a Best Buy gift card

Eileen Fisher: Get a $ 5 reward card for each recycled item of Eileen Fisher garments

H&M: Donate a bag of clothing (any brand) and get a 15% off voucher for a future purchase

Kiehl’s:  Bring your full-size empty bottles back to receive a stamp toward a free travel-size product

Levi’s Store: Drop off any brand of clothing or footwear to receive a coupon for 20% off a regular-priced item

Lush: Bring back five empty and clean pots for a free face mask

MAC Cosmetics: Return six MAC primary packaging containers for a free lipstick

Madewell: Bring in your unwanted jeans for a $ 20 off coupon toward the purchase of a new pair

Microsoft Store: Bring in any brand of electronics equipment for appraisal and receive a store credit for the product’s value

The North Face: Drop off any clothing or footwear to receive a $ 10 reward toward a future purchase of $ 100 or more

Office Depot/Max: Get $ 2 back in rewards per recycled ink cartridge when you make a $ 10 qualifying purchase during the same month

Staples: Rewards members get $ 2 in rewards for bringing in empty ink or toner cartridges

If any of these offers caught your attention, follow the links provided above to each retailer’s website to read the terms and conditions before you take your old stuff to the store.

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Why Smart Phones Are Driving Everyone Insane

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There’s nothing worse than whipping out your smartphone during a meeting, and few things will turn someone off to you quite like a mid-conversation text message or even a quick glance at your phone.

Using your phone at inappropriate times annoys your boss and colleagues according to research from USC’s Marshall School of Business, and if you work with women and people over forty they’re even more perturbed by it than everyone else.

The researchers conducted a nationwide survey of 554 full-time working professionals earning above $ 30K and working in companies with at least 50 employees. They asked a variety of questions about smartphone use during meetings and found:

  • 86% think it’s inappropriate to answer phone calls during meetings
  • 84% think it’s inappropriate to write texts or emails during meetings
  • 66% think it’s inappropriate to write texts or emails even during lunches offsite
  • The more money people make the less they approve of smartphone use.

The study also found that Millennials are three times more likely than those over 40 to think that smartphone use during meetings is okay, which is ironic considering Millennials are highly dependent upon the opinions of their older colleagues for career advancement.

TalentSmart has tested the emotional intelligence (EQ) of more than a million people worldwide and found that Millennials have the lowest self-awareness in the workplace, making them unlikely to see that their smartphone use in meetings is harming their careers.

Why do so many people find smartphone use in meetings to be inappropriate? When you take out your phone it shows a:

  • Lack of respect: You consider the information on your phone to be more important than the conversation at hand, and you view people outside of the meeting to be more important than those sitting right in front of you.
  • Lack of attention: You are unable to stay focused on one thing at a time.
  • Lack of listening: You aren’t practicing active listening, so no one around you feels heard.
  • Lack of power: You are like a modern-day Pavlovian dog who responds to the whims of others through the buzz of your phone.
  • Lack of self-awareness: You don’t understand how ridiculous your behavior looks to other people.
  • Lack of social awareness: You don’t understand how your behavior affects those around you.

I can’t say I’m surprised by the USC study’s findings. My company coaches leaders using 360° assessments that compare their self-perception to how everyone else sees them. Smartphone use in meetings is one of the most common coworker complaints.

Bringing It All Together

It’s important to be clear with what you expect of others. If sharing this article with your team doesn’t end smartphone use in meetings, take a page out of the Old West and put a basket by the conference room door with an image of a smart phone and the message, “Leave your guns at the door.”

What do you think of smartphone use during meetings? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below, as I learn just as much from you as you do from me.

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Samsung Makes Butt Robot With Mom Jeans To Prove Its Phones Don’t Bend

It sounds too good to be true, but it’s not: Samsung has created a big, robotic, mom jean-wearing butt to prove its phone doesn’t bend when a person sits on it.

You know, unlike some of its more prominent competitors.

A video posted to Samsung’s official blog Thursday shows the company’s Galaxy Note 4 phone subjected to a number of tests. But the most important question of all is clear: Can a Samsung phone withstand a giant butt sitting on it a couple hundred times?

Samsung could have used a regular old human for the test, or a boring robot. Instead, it created this robotic-powered rump. To warm up, the phone was subjected to your standard “tap it back” style sit down.

As you can see, so far so good. But could the Samsung withstand a full-on Miley Cyrus powered twerking session?

OK, so maybe it’s not quite that fast in the video. Still, we’re pretty impressed.

Watch the full video, appropriately titled “Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Endures the Gluteus Maximus,” below to see more of Samsung’s test:

(H/T: The Verge)

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