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Addicted to your smartphone? There's a new app for that

There's a new app that aims to break your smartphone addiction.

The app, called Siempo, wants to wean you off from your device and its numerous attention-stealing apps, explains Technobyte presenter Aki Anastasiou.

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Siempo replaces your phone's home-screen and removes all distractions such as pop-up alerts and notifications, according to your custom settings.

Statistics indicate that the app has the potential to reduce daily smartphone usage by 30%, Anastasiou advises.

Siempo is currently only available for Android users.

There's a dopamine-driven feedback loop that creates the cycle of smartphone addiction.

Aki Anastasiou, Technobyte presenter

They've designed this app that will help you spend less time on your phone.

Aki Anastasiou, Technobyte presenter

You can customise it and grey out some of the apps that you don't want interrupting you.

Aki Anastasiou, Technobyte presenter

It replaces your android smartphone screen so that you only use the phone for essential stuff.

Aki Anastasiou, Technobyte presenter

Also read: How traffic mapping apps are creating new dilemmas for transport engineers

In other tech news, a school in China has installed facial recognition technology to monitor how attentive students are in class, Anastasiou shares.

The Technobyte host will attend the Securex SA 2018 expo this week, Africa’s biggest security and fire trade show, to learn about industry developments.

Securex SA event director, Sven Smit, explains that South Africa's private security industry is evolving with technology and is now the fourth largest private security industry in the world.

Take a listen to the details during the Technobyte feature:


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