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11m adults 'check phone as soon as they wake up'

Some 11 million adults in the UK are so obsessed with their smartphone they check it as soon as they wake up, research has shown.

According to Deloitte:

  • The majority (67%) of 18 to 24-year-olds check their devices within 15 minutes of getting out of bed.
  • Most smartphone owners first check their text messages, but 25% of users go to their email first, while 14% get straight onto social networks.
  • The 18 to 24-year-old age group are the most intensive users, checking their device on average 53 times a day.
  • In comparison 65 to 75-year-olds only check their device a mere 13 times a day on average.

27% of drivers 'nearly hit pedestrian because of mobile'

Around one in every four motorists has almost hit a pedestrian because they were distracted by their mobile phone while behind the wheel, according to fresh research.

Pedestrians and drivers are becoming less aware because of their phones, researchers found. Credit: REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

Data collected by a financial services website exposed just how many people have put themselves in danger by checking their smartphone while walking or driving.

About one in every seven (14%) pedestrians said they had crossed the road without looking because they were busy with a mobile or smartphone, Confused.com found.

Nearly one third (31%) of pedestrians has not properly checked for oncoming traffic because they were looking at their phone, researchers said.

Last year, 24,033 pedestrians were injured crossing on UK roads - with the number killed increasing by 3% year on year.

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Amazon unveils its first 'Fire' smartphone

Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos unveils the Fire Phone at a news conference in Seattle Credit: REUTERS/Jason Redmond

Amazon has unveiled its first ever smartphone, which comes equipped with a 3D screen and the ability to recognise millions of songs, films and books.

The web retailer's Fire Phone uses four cameras to track the user's head movements and create the perception of 3D, a packed press conference in Seattle heard.

It will also come with a new app called Firefly, which the company said takes in details from the camera and microphone to recognise and identify objects including books, films, TV shows and music, and then search for them on Amazon.

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Candy Crush maker 'set for $7.6 billion valuation'

Candy Crush has 97 million active daily users worldwide. Credit: Reuters

The makers of the hit smartphone game Candy Crush Saga are set to offer shares on the stock market for the first time on Wednesday, with the company thought to be initially valued at as much as $7.6 billion (£4.6 billion).

Shares in London-based King Digital Entertainment will launch on the New York Stock Exchange, and analysts of the growing digital gaming industry will be looking closely at how they fare.

The company's revenues soared 1,000% between 2012 and 2013. That largely came off the back of the hugely addictive free-to-download game, which has 97 million active daily users worldwide.

Candy Crush is similar to another popular puzzle game, Bejeweled, with gamers having to match candies to reach a set objective.

Features to expect from Nokia's Android 'X' phone

According to reports, Nokia is expected to launch it's first ever Android smartphone, rumoured to be called the X.

Here are its reported features:

  • A handset at the lower end of the smartphone budget
  • An interface that looks more like Windows than Android
  • Microsoft and Nokia services rather than those made by Android-maker Google
  • Nokia's mapping service instead of Google Maps
  • A Nokia store with Android apps, instead of Google Play
  • A four-inch screen with a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor
  • 512MB of memory
  • 4GB of storage
  • a microSD card slot
  • 5-megapixel camera
  • Six colour options.

Nokia expected to launch the 'X' smartphone

Nokia is widely expected to launch its first Android smartphone at the Mobile World Congress tomorrow - and has hinted that it's new device will be called the X.

Nokia is widely expected to launch its first Android smartphone at the Mobile World Congress and has hinted that it will be called the X. Credit: Reuters

The manufacturer is expected to reveal the hotly-anticipated device at the world's largest mobile trade show, Barcelona's Mobile World Congress.

On the Finnish company's official blog, it has teased the new smartphone's name with four black arrow signs against a green background forming the letter X.

The handset - which is thought to be at the lower end of smartphone pricing - follows Microsoft buying Nokia's struggling mobile business in September in an effort to "accelerate" its challenge to Apple and Google.

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