Covering everything from the latest social media news and digital trends to tech reviews, The Digital Bakery team works hard each week to bring our readers a range of fresh, exciting and engaging content. So, whether they’ve been getting the most love on social, caught our eye in the email, or are #trending online, we’ve rounded up the top stories from the past week, in case you missed any…
1) Google Confirms It’s Rolling Out New Reviews Format For Hotels
Google has confirmed with Search Engine Land that it is now rolling out a new user interface and feature set around local reviews for hotels. Earlier this month, we saw Google begin testing new hotel reviews features, and now Google has begun to roll them out.
The new hotel reviews interface added some core features.
Here are a few:
1) Third-party reviews show in a carousel for some of the listings.
2) The review overview section has a more robust interface showing stronger colours and reviews also by attribute.
3) The detailed review section will show a graphical user interface based on the type of travel.
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2) Survey Finds Students Addicted To Their Smartphones & Shunning Exercise
Ireland’s young students are hooked on smartphones — using them regularly behind teachers’ backs during lessons — and worried they are becoming addicted to the devices, according to a major annual survey of their habits and attitudes.
And underlining some of the alarming influences that technology is having on young people’s lives, the survey shows girls are turning their backs on exercise as they move up through the years at secondary school.
The 3rd Annual 2017 Studyclix.ie Student Attitudes Index focused on smartphone use, exercise, trust in the gardai, the issue of paying back student loans and social media. Questions were answered by 2,600 plus students between May 9 and May 15.
Among the key findings are:
– 60% of students are worried that they use their smartphones too much; 45pc say they are ‘addicted’ to them
– 54% of students admit to checking phones in class when the teacher is not looking even though most schools ban the devices from lessons
– More than half of all 6th-year girls (53%) do not participate in PE classes compared to just 15% of 2nd years
– 76% of students say they would be prepared to pay back some money for student loans after college with 39% saying repayments of between €150 and €170 would be ok
– 71% would not like President Trump to visit Ireland
– 76% would like to see a United Ireland (after Brexit raised issues about Northern Ireland staying in the UK or EU)
– 73% of students trust the Gardai despite recent scandals
It seems the older they get, the less willing they are to exercise. Against a backdrop of increasing obesity and ill health, it seems children are shunning PE classes. 53pc of girls in 6th year do not participate in PE class compared to 15pc in 2nd year. Participation in team sports is also lower than boys – 36pc compared to 52pc of boys.
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3) Communications & Social Media Takes Lion’s Share Of App Time
Communications and social media apps such as WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook account for the greatest share of time spent using apps, according to Verto Analytics. The company looked at cross-device behaviour of 5,000 adults and found that 44% of monthly time spent on apps went to communications and social media.
Apps related entertainment come in second, with 21% of total app minutes. Interestingly, the former king of the app market, games, saw its collective share fall in the research period. The percentage of total app time spent on games fell from 18% to 13%.
The research also highlights some particular features of the app market. The average person has around 90 apps, yet only use eight on a daily basis.
The average app also only retains 5-10% of its users 30 days after its release.The continuous growth of messaging and social apps mean that the total app time is becoming dominated by just a few sectors, with the top three categories accounting for 78% of all mobile app time spent,” Dr Hannu Verkasalo, Verto Analystics, said.
“This leaves the rest fighting over the scraps, which is going to get harder as app downloads are plateauing and there’s the impending rise of “hub apps,” where people do more tasks within one app – be it messaging, shopping or ordering a taxi. For example, while games have performed really well over recent years, it seems even they may be being substituted by new offerings across the entertainment category.”
Read The Full Story Here #Apps #Smartphones #AppTime #Analytics
4) According To Fitbit, The Irish Are The World’sFittest People
Using aggregated and anonymous data from more than 20 million Fitbit users across the globe, and Fitbit users in Ireland represented the fittest country in the world. Researchers ranked average rates for the duration of sleep, daily steps, daily active minutes, resting heart rate and ‘Reminders to Move’ goals met to determine the fittest countries in the world.
Irish Fitbit users performed well across all metrics but have some stepping up to do with a daily average step count of 8,517 steps. Fitbit users in Spain represented the country with the highest number of steps per day, with an average of 9,023 daily steps. On average, Irish Fitbit users are clocking up 24 active minutes daily, just 3.9 minutes behind leaders Spain and 4 minutes ahead of Singapore who average just 20 active minutes daily.
The top 10 fittest countries included: 1) Ireland, 2) United Kingdom, 3) Sweden, 4) Netherlands, 5) Switzerland, 6) Denmark, 7) Spain, 8) Finland, 9) Germany and 10) New Zealand.
Read The Full Story Here #Fitbit #Tech #Gadget #Fitness #Ireland
5) Viral of the week: The Terrifying Moment A Sea Lion Drags A Girl Into The Water
A family day out took a terrifying turn over the weekend when a girl was dragged from the docks into the water by a sea lion. The incident happened in Richmond, near Vancouver, Canada.
Crowds had gathered at the docks to look at the sea lion who was surfaced in the water below. As you can see in the video below the crowds were thrilled to get to see the sea creature up close but the excitement soon turned to terror when the sea lion made an unexpected move.
The strength it displayed in pulling the girl off the docks with seemingly minimal effort is truly frightening. Thankfully man in the video was able to free her and get her back to safety.
California Sea Lions can weigh as much as 860 pounds which are around 60 stone. A huge weight difference to a girl that probably weighs about 6 stone. The video uploaded to youtube has been viewed over 25 million times since last weekend.
#CaliforiniaSeaLion #Canada #ViralVideo
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