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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.

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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.

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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