Principal offers students $100 to stay off their screens

Diana Smith, principal of Washington Latin Public Charter School in Washington DC, offered rising 8th and 9th graders $100 each to stay entirely off their screens one day each week this summer.

“Kids have these phones under their pillows at night — they’re going to bed, they’re texting each other at 3, 4 in the morning,” Smith told WTOP. "I challenge them to stay off of any screens — so television, games, phones, tablets, everything — for the 11 Tuesdays that we have of summer break."

The students must provide two signed letters from adult witnesses to be eligible for the cash price.

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Smartphone microscope and app for testing your sperm

YO is an FDA-cleared sperm quality analyzer for your smartphone. It consists of a detachable mini microscope and light that clips to your mobile phone. You "acquire" a sperm sample, drop it into the YO Clip, and the app records a video of your sperm in action and analyzes the activity. Available in January, you can pre-order two tests for $50. I bet the app has social media integration so if you have strong swimmers, you can proudly share the proof with your friends.

"Extensive testing has been performed on the YO Home Sperm Test—over four years to be exact," Marcia Deutsch, CEO of Medical Electronic Systems, the parent company of YO Sperm Test and producer of commercial-grade semen analyzers for major labs, tells Fit Pregnancy. "The technology is able to read the sperm sample 99 percent of the time, as long as the instructions are followed. [If it can read the test] the results are more than 97 percent accurate based on FDA studies of 316 participants."

Because it's an over-the-counter product, Deutsch says the test can't reveal actual values, but rather gives a reading of "low" or "moderate/normal" based on World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for sperm motility (how well they move) and concentration (how many there are). The test reports a composite of these two parameters called "motile sperm concentration," or the number of moving sperm.

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Tempered glass screen protector for my iPhone 7 plus

This tempered glass screen protector went on easy and I hardly notice it is there.

The last year has been a hard one for my phones, and I'm tired of driving to the repair place and laying out another $108. As the new iPhone 7 plus is also "water resistant" I have trust issues with roadside repair places and would like to keep it factory water resistant for as long as I can. Seems a screen protector was a natural choice.

I was most worried a glue on screen protector would tactile-ly bother me. Thin plastic film style protectors always felt there. This OMOTON glass screen is thin and the edges are apparently beveled, so I really don't feel it while using the phone at all. There is a certainly a drop off from the protector to the screen below it, as it is not edge to edge on the phone, but I really don't notice it at all. I'm happy!

The adhesive on the screen is pretty great, super clear and following the instructions left me with hardly any bubbles to worry about. I did worry, however, and about 2-3 hours later even the tiny bubbles had worked their way out. Watching the adhesive suck down to the screen is also kinda neat.

I have yet to drop the phone in such a way as to test the protector, but rest assured that I soon will.

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Terrific takedown of fake DIY phone charger tutorial

The fakers at ADDYOLOGY posted a scam video purporting to create a homemade wireless smartphone charger that is both dangerous and useless. The always-entertaining ElectroBOOM did this epic takedown and electronics tutorial. Read the rest

Southwest plane evacuated after Samsung Note 7 catches fire. It was a recall replacement.

In Louisville, KY today, a Southwest Airlines plane that had not yet left the ground was evacuated on the runway, after one passenger’s Samsung smartphone caught fire. No injuries were reported.

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Designers of Glif smartphone tripod mount announce completely new version

It's hard to believe it's been nearly six years since Dan Provost and Tom Gerhardt introduced the Glif tripod mount for the iPhone 4. I bought one and liked it a lot. Now they have introduced a new Glif. This one works with all kinds of smartphones, has 3 tripod mount points, and comes with a couple of accessories. It looks great. Read the rest

Sturdy adjustable kickstand for phones and tablets

I wanted a stand for my iPhone 6 Plus, and after looking around, I took a chance on this $5 TaoTronics adjustable kickstand. I wasn't disappointed. The body is made of anodized aluminum, and the kickstand is made from some kind of black plastic. To adjust the angle, you press a button near the hinge. Once its set, it won't budge. The body has rubber feet to keep it from sliding around. I'm very happy with it. For $5, it's a great deal. Read the rest

Ultra thin BLU Vivo Air unlocked Android phone on sale for $100

The BLU Vivo Air, a GSM 4G phone, has just 16GB of internal storage (with no microSD expansion), but at $100, this unlocked 0.2-inch thick phone with a 4.8-inch display is a great deal. A newer LTE version is available for $144. Read the rest

India's $4 smartphone declared a Ponzi scam

The Freedom 251 is a 3G Android handset with a 4-inch display, a Qualcomm 1.3-GHz quad-core processor and 1 GB RAM. It was introduced a couple of weeks ago in India for the low, low price of 251 rupees (US$3.67). It sounds like a great deal for millions of people who couldn't otherwise afford a smart phone.

But India MP Kirit Somaiya says he's looked into the little-known company that makes the phone and says they're Ponzi schemers.

“This is a huge scam, that is why I went through all the papers of the company. The government has informed Uttar Pradesh government to check the bonafide of the promoter. This is a Ponzi bogus company scam,” Somaiya told ANI. [Indian Express]

On Twitter, @Joydas posted photos of the Freedom 251, calling it a "Chinese Smartphone. Whitener used to Hide Name. Sold in garb of Narendra Modi's "Make in India" campaign."

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Six months with a dumbphone

In yearning for simplicity, the question is its own answer. Or maybe just get something old from Nokia.

Kenu Airframe+ Leather Edition car mount for smart phones and phablets

I've been using my Montar smart phone mount when I drive, but it has been so blistering hot in Los Angeles lately that the sun's rays coming through the windshield are overheating the phone, causing it to shut itself down.

I was given a Kenu Airframe+ Leather Edition car mount ($40 on Amazon) to try out. It clips onto a car's heating/aircon vent. Because I have the air conditioner blasting at all times, it keeps the phone cool. The phone feels a bit more wobbly than the Montar, but it has not yet bounced out of the Kenu's spring-loaded grip, so it's not a big deal. If the temperature ever drops below 90 degrees F again, I will probably switch back to the Montair, but for now, the Kenu is what I need. Read the rest

Dual USB charger with 10000mAh for under $10

Kmashi's Dual USB portable charger packs a beefy 10000mAh and is just $9.29 when you use coupon code MHLSNM2R at checkout in the Amazon store. It also includes a micro USB charger cable. I have one of these and I'm pretty sure Jason does too. Read the rest

NYT to SCOTUS: Cops should get warrant before searching your cellphone after arrest

From an editorial by the New York Times editorial board:

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will consider whether law enforcement officers during an arrest may search the contents of a person’s mobile phone without a warrant. The court should recognize that new technologies do not alter basic Fourth Amendment principles, and should require a judicial warrant in such circumstances.

Read: "Smartphones and the 4th Amendment."

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