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The New iPhone Is On The Way, And It’s Going To Be AMAZING

Actually, THREE new iPhones are apparently in the works.

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Everything you need to know about the new cool kid on the block…

Trend To Watch: Marble Prints

What comes to mind when I say the word “marble”? Luxurious, elegant and classic would be a few words that I associate with it – three very positive descriptions, might I add. So, is that why marble print has become so popular lately?

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Real marble is, of course, very expensive and can usually be found in high-end kitchens and bathrooms, but faux marble and marble prints can be found on pretty much anything at the moment. From sneakers to phone cases and wallets, marble is one of the biggest trends of 2015. Here are a few of our favourites:

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Asos Marble Print Dress

If you love wearing black and white, then this asos marble print dress is a must-have for your wardrobe. It’s a perfect combination of modern and classic – you really can’t go wrong with it.

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Rebecca Minkoff Wallet

Wallets can be a fashionable accessory, too! Think about it, how often do you take out your wallet? Often enough to justify buying this marble print Rebecca Minkoff wallet.

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Marble Candle Holder

Bring a bit of luxury into your home without spending a fortune with this pretty marble and copper candle holder. Better yet, buy three and make them the centerpiece on your table at the next dinner party.

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Vans Marleaux Sneakers

While colorful sneakers have been ruling the streets, the trend is moving towards black and white. But, if monochrome is too boring for you, these marble Vans might be just what you’re looking for.

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Marble iPhone 6 Case

A marble iphone case – nothing special you might think? Well, what if I told you that this wasn’t a print, but real marble? That’s right, if your iphone wasn’t expensive enough, this marble case will do the trick and make your phone the ultimate luxury item in your handbag.

Images via Sant Magazine, Asos, The Iconic, Royal Design, Vans, Native Union

Smartphones Are Making You Dumb: How To Combat It

Bad news for phone addicts – a new study shows that the device in the palm of your hand is killing your IQ. If you’re ever guilty of watching TV while browsing Facebook and using Google to answer every life question, research suggests it could be making you, ah… Dumb.

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A study by the University of Copenhagen has found that digital multitasking – having one eye on the telly and the other on your Instagram feed – is having a serious impact on your brain. Researchers found that using multiple devices releases a hormone that is likened to being high on drugs. That’s not all: Every time you multitask, you’re rewiring your brain. Flicking between gadgets causes information to be stored in another part of the brain, establishing new cognitive habits.

“Our brains could, thanks to our reliance and overuse of technology, be heading for the scrap heap,” one of the researchers told the Daily Mail. And to top it off, scientists at the University of Waterloo believe resorting to Google to answer life’s questions is lowering our IQ. Nice.

It’s not all doom and gloom though. Here, we speak to tech queen Megan Iemma of Tech Coach HQ about the four best ways to take control.

  1. Don’t Google Everything

To Google or not to Google? Megan Iemma says it’s important to develop “digital resilience,” and be discerning about when, and how you use search engines. A recent study published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, found that most humans will opt to exert as little mental effort as possible. This can result in an over-reliance on search engines (we’ve all Googled questions we could solve ourselves).

“I think the bigger issue is critical thinking skills,” says Iemma. She believes that truly productive people know how to use search engines properly and aren’t ‘trigger happy.’ “Go beyond the first page of Google and try a combination of keywords, rather than just typing the question straight in,” she says.

  1. Have a Zen Inbox

Guilty of checking your emails every 10 minutes, and jumping when you hear the ping of a new message? It’s time for an inbox overhaul. Creating a zen inbox is simple: Write an ‘out of office’ message that lets friends and colleagues know exactly when you will check your inbox. Be specific and set two times – 8am and 2pm are ideal so you have time to action any tasks. Add to the message that any urgent notes can be directed to your mobile or receptionist.

It might seem stressful at first, but changing your email habits will cause you to be more task-focused, rather than reactive as new messages come through. “It’s a more productive way to check and respond to emails,” says Iemma. “Research has shown we are less stressed when we stick to about twice a day rather than constantly checking it.”

  1. Try the 7til7 Challenge

Headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation has launched the 7Til7 Challenge, which asks Australians to ‘disconnect to reconnect.’ Participants are encouraged to take time out from technology between 7am and 7pm, to reflect on our relationship with devices. Sure, that might not be realistic if you hold down a full time job, but start small by switching off social media notifications during the day. You’ll be surprised by the results.

  1. Use One Screen at a Time

For years we’ve been told how important it is to hone the art of multitasking, but new research suggests that when it comes to devices, screen-on-screen action should be avoided. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen found that more than 80 per cent of mobile users are guilty of using multiple screens at once.

The answer? When you arrive home, dock your mobile on the charger in a separate room. At work, try to turn off Facebook notifications so you don’t have too many devices vying for your attention. It’s a tough habit to break, but your future self will thank you.

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10 Of The Coolest Things You Can Do With Your Phone

It makes phone calls, sends text messages and of course you can browse the internet from it, but did you know your mobile phone can also do the following 10 things?

1. Take a screen shot

Have you ever wanted to quickly capture a web page or a piece of text that made you laugh? Whether on your iPhone or iPad, simply hold the home button and the on/off button at the same time to take a screen shot. It will immediately save to your camera roll so you can view again when you like.

2. Create a passcode with letters 

Rather than choosing a set of numbers for your passcode, opt for a memorable word instead. This can come in useful if you break your phone and have it fixed by Lovefone. To set it up, just go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock and turn off the ‘simple passcode.’ Go to set passcode and a full keyboard will appear instead of the number pad. When you next need to unlock your phone, this keyboard will reappear and prompt you to enter the code. 

3. See which planes are overhead

Ask Siri, “What flights are above me?” or say, “Planes overhead,” and it will pull up a chart featuring each plane’s flight number, altitude, and angle.

4. Get a quick charge

Tired of waiting for your iPhone to charge? If you’re in a rush and need to charge your phone, put it in Airplane mode and plug in for a faster charge time. 

5. Take rapid photos 

According to The Telegraph, a recent poll revealed that 5.4 million British tourists upload their pictures within just ten minutes of arriving at their holiday destination. Rapid shots come in handy whilst on holiday so you don’t miss a special moment. Simply hold down the camera capture button to take photos in burst mode – you’re guaranteed a good shot!

6. Have your emails read to you

Just say the magic words “Read my email” and Siri will read all your messages aloud to you!

7. Use the volume buttons for a perfect selfie 

According to the Metro, a new survey has revealed that on average, women delete five selfies before settling on the sixth, which they deem good enough to post online. It can be difficult to take the perfect selfie by touching the capture button so use the volume buttons instead!

8. Customise the vibration

Do you tend to have your phone on silent or vibrate more often than having it on loud? Never fear, now you can customise the vibration pattern so you can work out who’s calling you without even having to look! Just go to Settings > Sounds > Ringtone > Vibration > Create New Vibration.

9. Choose flash alerts

Set your phone to emit a bright LED flash instead of playing a sound. Just go to Settings > General > Accessibility, scroll down and turn on ‘LED Flash for Alerts.’

10. Shake to delete

Did you change your mind about that text message half way through? Simply shake your phone to activate an ‘Undo Typing’ box.