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Richard Pascoe - Technology and Toilets

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On This Week In Technology- 1876

Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Watson demonstrate the first two-way phone call over outdoor wires. Bell and Watson made their call between the cities of Boston and Cambridge.

Subject : Its Stay Safe Online Week

Yes its that time of year again-  It’s Stay Smart Online Week – 8th to 14th October

There are lots of tips on the Stay Smart Online website but let’s break it down into some simple steps.

  • Updates are your first line of defence
  • Treat emails with suspicion
  • Be careful when revealing personal information – less is best
  • Don’t take candy from strangers – files and free software can come with catches
  • Passwords – stop using the same one everywhere and have no visible word in a password – turn on 2 factor authentication
  • Use an antivirus but remember it is your actions that count

Subject: Tech & The Toilet

When nature calls, most of you won’t pick up if your phone isn’t nearby.

  • recent study  revealed that 90% of millennials will not go to the bathroom without their phones.
  • Gen Z phone owners said the same at 96%.
  • One of the study’s most jarring statistics relates to phone hygiene. Phones are 10 times dirtier than toilet seats, according to the study.
  • Across ages, 80% of men reportedly use their phones on the toilet while 69% of women do the same. For Android users, 12% more of them use their devices on the toilet than iPhone owners.
  • 54%, admitted that they use their social media apps the most frequently while on the porcelain throne, though not everyone’s behavior here is similar. For example, one in 10 men admitted to swiping on dating apps during bathroom time while one in three women admitting to sending a picture while in the restroom.
  • While most people clean their hands after using the bathroom (87%), most people (84.5%) don’t clean their phones. This is something we’ve known for a while; previous studies have revealed similar numbers about phones being much dirtier than the toilets their owners sit on.
  • When it comes to cleaning your phone, apparently, most people don’t give a crap.

Subject: Selfies Could Be The Death Of You

  • More than 250 people worldwide have died taking selfies
  • The next time you’re standing at the edge of a scenic cliff or on top of a waterfall, take care when you have the urge to snap a quick selfie. It could very well be the last thing you do.
  • Of the 259 deaths, researchers found the leading cause to be drowning, followed by incidents involving transportation — for example, taking a selfie in front of an oncoming train — and falling from heights. Other causes of selfie-related death include animals, firearms and electrocution.
  • The country that has the highest number of selfie deaths – India
  • There is also concern about how many of the selfie-related fatalities involved young people. More than 85 percent of the victims were between the ages of 10 and 30