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Here comes an app to keep track of your daily smartphone digital diet!

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Here comes an app to keep track of your daily smartphone digital diet!

Install and see how much time you are spending on the phone or which apps or games you are hooked to.

Scientists at University of Bonn, Germany, have developed Menthal that runs on Android 4.0 – or newer – version.

“If you would like to go on a digital diet, we would provide you with the scales,” said Alexander Markowetz, junior professor for computer science at University of Bonn.

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“Menthal would provide reliable data for the first time. This app can show us in detail what someone’s average cellphone consumption per day looks like,” added Markowetz.

The researchers used Menthal to examine the phone behaviour of 50 students over a period of six weeks.

A quarter of them used their phones for more than two hours a day.

On average, participants activated their phones more than 80 times a day – every 12 minutes on average.

“Some of the results were shocking,” commented Christian Montag.

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What’s App alone took up 15 percent of the time while facebook nine percent.

Games accounted for 13 percent, with some subjects gaming for several hours a day, said the study to be published in the journal Medical Hypotheses.

“We would like to know how much cellphone use is normal, and where ‘too much’ starts,” Montag added.

This potential new addiction is not an officially recognised disease but we know that using a cellphone can result in symptoms resembling an addiction, he pointed out.

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“Outright withdrawal symptoms can actually occur when cellphones cannot be used,” he warned.

Next on the agenda is to measure the severity and the progress of depression using cellphone data.

“We suspect that during a depressive phase, cellphone use will change in a measurable way,” said researchers.

Patients would then make fewer phone calls and venture outside less frequently – a change in behaviour that smartphones can also record through built-in GPS.

A psychiatrist might then be able to use patients’ cell phones as a diagnostic tool and, if necessary, intervene accordingly early on, the research said.

The new app is available as a free download from Google’s Playstore. (IANS)

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Apple Launches its Free Schoolwork App For Teachers

The app also helps students to stay organised and keep track of the work they need to complete and when they need to submit

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Apple has launched its free Schoolwork app for teachers, making it easier for them to create assignments, collaborate one-on-one with students, and understand students’ progress.

The app was first introduced at Apple’s education event in Chicago early in March.

The new cloud-based app makes it easy for teachers using iPads to create and send announcements and assignments with almost any type of content, from web links to PDFs and documents, and even specific activities within other educational apps, the tech giant said in a blogpost late on Tuesday.

Other educational apps already working with Schoolwork include Explain Everything, Tynker, GeoGebra, and Kahoot!.

With the app, teachers can have a snapshot of class performance and can check on an individual student’s progress across activities as well as the progress within apps or projects they have created and helps them tailor their teaching to the needs and potential of each student.

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The app also helps students to stay organised and keep track of the work they need to complete and when they need to submit.

Moreover, Apple emphasised the privacy elements to Schoolwork, that schools get to “create, own and control” the accounts used by students, and they get to determine when student progress information is shared, the blogpost said.

Apple cannot see the student activity, either, as it stays within the system.

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Schoolwork app is designed to work with the Classroom app, which now runs on both iPad and Mac.

Classroom on iPad helps teachers keep students focused on a specific app or website and lets them view student screens during class, share documents with students, assign shared iPads and even reset a student’s password. (IANS)