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Smartphone Apps that Made 2013 Proud

When it says “2013”, what are your thoughts? If you’ll ask me, I’d say it has been indeed a fun-filled year. In this digital age, all the known techs are actually the ones that help us get through with our everyday activities. Also, these techie gadgets we have always succeed to keep the boredom at bay. One of which could be found at hand, and that’s no other than our trusty handheld device we call smartphone.

Smartphones never go out of style as each year all the big boys of the mobile industry see to it that they have something better to offer on the table—talk about the staggering features of each kind. But as the year 2013 ended, what do you think amused you most with smartphones throughout the year? This has to be said: aside from the neatly designed hardware, software applications also get the limelight as they make these seemingly blank canvasses be as interesting and functional than what the hardware offers. Looking back, can you still recall the apps that got your eyes and fingers glued on your phone’s screen? Read on to remember all the best apps of 2013 that got most of us—if not all—addicted.

#1: Candy Crush Saga

Candy CrushOne of the sweetest gaming apps that 2013 offered is the Candy Crush Saga. If this was real candy, a lot of people might have been diabetic before we even hit 2014. I, for one, am guilty of being trapped by the sweetness of this game as it is one of the most addictive puzzlers there is. In this game, all you have to do is shift the brightly colored sweets to form lines of three—the more the better—and hear the game voice praising you on good moves with puns like ‘sweet’, ‘tasty’, ‘delicious’, and ‘divine’. You just got to love the bursting sweetness of the candies as you shift the sweets in order for you to reach a score and pass the level. [Found on Facebook, iOS, and Android]

#2: CSR Racing

CSR RacingI’m sure your 2013 has been one hell of a ride—all the more when CSR Racing app got your heartbeat racing. And if you are also a certified fanatic of the movie The Fast & Furious, then racing apps positively won’t ever tire out for you. You may not get to change gears and steer wheels like being on a real car feels like, but appropriate taps on the screen are enough to get you going. Earn money by winning the race, and then you can now upgrade car or collect them. This free-to-play drag-racing game would definitely get your eyes spoiled with its stunning, high-fidelity graphics with addictive gameplay to give you a new type of racing experience. [Found on OSX, iOS, and Android]

#3: Wordament

WordamentDo you remember the words 2013 had brought us? There goes the word Twerk coined by Miley Cyrus, and the other—not to mention word of the year for 2013—selfie! Selfie has been voted as the Oxford’s word of the year, giving the credit to all the narcissistic duck-faces who keep snagging out photos of nothing but themselves incessantly. Anyway, keep fumbling for those words because you’re going to need it with this utterly addictive gaming app called Wordament. Originally, this app was only exclusive on Windows platform. But then, the app rolled to various platforms on the year 2013. Basically, you just have to swipe the computer generated grid of letters into words within just a minute and a half—the longer the word is, the better. And when the time’s up, the players will then be ranked and all is revealed on a giant leaderboard. Would winning in the game render you speechless? [Found on Windows Phone, Windows 8, iOS, and Android]

If you haven’t tried these apps before the year 2013 ended, it’s never too late. After all, they are there for us to enjoy. Load them to your phones now and check out the fresh apps of 2014 that are absolutely worth a try.

There’s More to the Curved Display of the LG G Flex

LG G FlexOne of the latest and most promising innovations in the smartphone technology is the flexible OLED display that is said to be virtually unbreakable. Both of the South Korean tech giants Samsung and LG had taken the initiative in integrating this state-of-the-art technology to their smartphones resulting to the Galaxy Round and the G Flex respectively. But then, a lot of consumers and analysts alike were disappointed that the smartphone itself isn’t flexible; bluntly, it’s just a bendable display together with solid components in an inflexible casing. According to Sascha Segan, a mobile analyst at PC Mag, Samsung and LG are “really just using this to jump-start that curved screen production so we start seeing curved screens on other devices early next year.” If this innovation will be given much attention, it can result to a future where smartphones are completely bendable.

The G Flex is dubbed as the Wolverine from X-Men of smartphones due to its capability to auto-regenerate from damages. At first, many were skeptical about this self-healing feature. The promotional video released by LG itself wasn’t enough to obliterate the cynicism in the minds of mobile consumers, but everything changed when YouTube personality/ video producer Marques Brownlee put the device to the test. In the video, he scratches the dorsal portion of the phone using a set of keys. In a matter of a few seconds, the scratch marks were greatly reduced though not completely removed. Nonetheless, they became less apparent and slightly invisible to the naked eye. And if that’s not enough, he took out a knife to carve a deeper scratch into the back part of the phone. Brownlee notes that the “scar” half-healed. Even so, the scratch inflicted in the G Flex became less obvious as compared to when it was done to a regular phone.

Brownlee then came up with an analysis for why the theory didn’t work as perfect as how it appeared in LG’s promotional video. As it turns out, the official video clip from the manufacturer was filmed in a controlled temperature environment with the thermostat set to 81 degrees Fahrenheit. And Brownlee believes that the self-healing coating boasted by the G Flex isn’t that effective in cooler climates; the feature will work better in tropical countries. Be that as it may, although it MIGHT not work exactly very well as advertised, the new, regenerative coating that LG incorporates in its first-ever curved smartphone is a diamond in the rough. It became an eye-opener to the possibility of a truly indestructible electronic device. Currently, the G Flex is only available in its motherland; let’s hope that it be available outside of South Korea soon.

Installing an LCD Screen Protector for Your iPad

ipad and lcd protectorSo you finally have the iPad you have been dying as ever to have. You just can’t help but stare back at the reflection your iPad bounces back as it gives you all giddy ups inside. You even get to flaunt your oh so cool iPad with your friends every time you get the chance because you are so proud of it. Then one day, as you stare back at the screen again as you usually do, you notice a small scratch on the screen, and yikes! Of all iPad accessories how could you forget to buy an LCD screen protector? See, it’s not yet too late. You could still see clearly the big picture on the screen even if there’s a little scuff. And not to worry again since you can still protect the entire screen even if it has a tad scuff already. You just have to buy a few things so you could protect your screen from further scratches. Here are the things that you will need:

  • The iPad itself
  • Dust Destroyer (optional)—good for getting rid of dust.
  • Soft cloth (comes in package of LCD protector)
  • LCD screen Protector
  • Apple’s iPad Box Cover—will definitely be useful to have your screen be bubble-free.

Now that you have gathered all the things that you will need, here are the steps on installing it bubble-free:

Step 1: Clean and remove any dust or dirt on your screen. You can spray first the Dust Destroyer if available, and then you can wipe it all off with the soft cloth that comes with the package as you buy a screen protector.

Step 2: Now, peel back the label marked number 1 of the screen protector. Be careful not to touch the adhesive side of the protector’s surface so it stays clean and fingerprint-free.

Step 3: After peeling off a small portion of the film attached to Tab 1, flip it over and align the film to the corner of your screen. To hold it in place, use one hand to align the protector to the iPad and the other hand to hold the folded film on the bottom.

Step 4: If there are some air bubbles, just lift up the film a little and use your finger to smudge out the bubbles. Do it repeatedly if necessary, or you can just rub the bubbles off lightly with your fingers.

Step 5: Pull the film from underneath the protector until 2 inches of the protector is on the iPad and here is how the Apple’s iPad Box Cover gets useful. Hold the box with one hand as your other hand grabs the film under the protector. As you pull the film, gently slide the box across the iPad to prevent air bubbles from forming.

Step 6: Peel the label marked number 2. And there you have it, a bubble-free iPad screen. You won’t need to spend hours getting rid of air bubbles with a card now.

Have fun gazing again on your screen, worry-free!

iPad Air Tips and Tricks You Shouldn’t Miss

How much penny have you spent just to let the wind blow that pristine iPad Air into your hands? My point with asking that is this ingenious device is outright expensive to start with. And this almost paper thin gadget would definitely blow one’s mind not only with its lightness, but also with its features.

So, to make sure that your money is well spent, either by means of buying an iPad Air or buying iPad Air accessories, try out these tips and tricks for your tablet to make the most out of it:

#1: A swift way to delete a text

Have you ever been in a situation where you are fumbling for the right words to say, and suddenly it hits you that you shouldn’t say those things? So, what do you do now? Keep tapping the backspace in order to delete the evidence. Too much work, right? Good thing iPad Air has now an inclusion of a feature that lets you delete the whole text just by shaking your iPad and toggling the option Undo Typing. But what if you changed your mind and thought that you really intend to send it? Don’t shake your head yet, just shake the iPad and it will prompt a Redo Typing option.

#2:  Splitting the virtual keyboard

Aside from the new tricks of iOS 7 with its keyboard, did you know that you can actually split the keyboard in two with your iPad Air? Considering how wide tablets are, you’ll definitely have hard times in typing especially if you are used to typing words and phrases with your thumbs on your gadgets with touch interface technology. To do this trick, just tap and hold the keyboard icon on the left bottom, and once the options popped-up, hold it still and drag your finger to Split option. That will do the trick. But if you want to get the keyboard back again, tap and hold the keyboard icon once more and select Dock and Merge from the popped-up menu.

#3: Creating Keyboard Shortcuts

 Say like, you’ve been typing and typing a long word over and over and over. Perhaps you are sending a report or something. You know possibilities. And you know that typing and typing the word every time is taking up your time. Good thing, iPad Air offers a feature that creates a keyboard shortcut to a word or phrase even. To be able for you to do this trick, go to: Settings > General > Keyboard > Add New Shortcut … and from there, you can create a shortcut for any phrase to your liking. It’s a real time saver indeed, right?

#4: Instigate multitasking

With the specs iPad Air offers, it can do pretty much a lot of things. And it sure can pretty much do them all at once. So, if you are trying to do a multi-task, just press the Home button twice, then a Multitasking tray will pop up at the bottom of your screen. You’ll notice the recently used apps on the screen. You can tap them to launch them once more, or close them by swiping straight up. You can also close them altogether by placing your fingers on top of each app and swipe them straight up.

So, these are the few tips and tricks that are definitely worth a try. You’ll definitely be going to need them so might as well take note of them.

Why Should You Choose Android Over iPhone?

Apple’s CEO, Timothy Cook, was indeed successful on putting their iDevices and their iOS 7 on top of the headlines. The blogosphere couldn’t even breathe of all the news talking about all the bits and bites of Apple. Some are good news; some are not, but that’s just the way it goes, isn’t it?

Not to pile on the good news; not even on bad ones either, but I guess somehow Android deserves the limelight despite of what Apple offers. Here in this post entails a few reasons on why you should choose Android over iPhone—and to justify which smartphone really is smarter.

#1: Screenshot made easier

How do you take a screenshot on your phones? Well, when you are using an Android phone, which is not either the Galaxy S3, S4, Note 2, or Note 3, you’ll pretty much have to press and hold the menu and the power button simultaneously—and this is somewhat likely how you do it with iPhone. However, when you use the aforementioned high-end Android phones, you can just actually snag a photo of your screen by using its feature Palm Swipe. In this way, you just have to slide your hand in a “chopping” position from left to right across the screen, and then you will hear the shutter sound. See? It’s pretty much easy.

#2: Convertible Phone to USB drive

Wait, what? Indeed. Stating the obvious here, your Android device has an inclusion of micro-SD memory card slot—this is what Apple’s iDevices lack. And so, you’ll definitely have fun filling it up with files and whatnot. And you can even use it like a USB flash drive. Just connect it to your computer using a USB data cable and store or swap files on your device so long as it can accommodate the file size. Can your iPhone do that?

#3: A shortcut it is

What are smartphones for? What are gadgets for? I can’t stress this enough; they are made to help people carry out their everyday activities in a less complex way. Not to mention, they keep us socially connected in every way. And knowing that Android holds the throne of being the most customizable of all mobiles, tweaking has never been more of a surprise. This trick I’m about to say will save us time and a lot of swipe actions. Did you know that you can actually make a shortcut of phone numbers on your home screen? You just have to hold down your home screen until a menu pops up, choose Shortcuts, select Contact, and choose your favorite contact or the person you mostly interact with. So, the next time you have to call him or her, you don’t have to dig your phone book just to get in touch with him or her. All you need is a simple tap and… oh! Hello!

No matter how much you tap each Android phone and iPhone just to defend which phone gets the throne, each launch of the two will be always going to kill the other—leaving you hard-pressed to know which one really deserves it. But it’s all apparent that Android is the most flexible of the two. Sure enough, iPhone can do some of the tricks, too, but you still have a need to have your iPhone jailbroken so as to do so. Now, who do you think deserves the limelight?

This is What Peek Vision Can Do to Save Your Eyesight

peek visionThe eyesight is the most essential sensory input for human beings. Most of the stimuli that are processed in the human brain, eliciting a response come from what we see. Therefore, we have to take care of our eyes to ensure that we may continue to see the world until the day that they may be laid to rest.

Living healthy is not a guarantee that our eyes will be able to function the way they used to from the day we first opened our eyes to see the light. Our sense of sight develops, and it eventually diminishes. Hence, to control how our eyes are subjected to the wear and tear of human nature, we have to observe some precautionary measures and have them checked up by a specialist.

It is a fact that 80 percent of blindness is avoidable, and 90 percent of blind people live in low-income countries. It is also a fact that this era ushers more people with an access to mobile phones than clean drinking water worldwide. Imagine yourself blind for a day in your life. Even the picture in your head is already so debilitating; what more in the case of those people who can no longer see the light of day throughout their entire lives?

Peek Vision is a smartphone-based app that enables comprehensive eye exams to people of every race and creed. It is easy to use, affordable, and absolutely portable; all one has to do is bring his feature-packed smartphone with him, and he can be able to diagnose eye diseases and provide means for managing the case.

Peek Vision can be used to check patients’ abilities to see color, test for long or short-sightedness, and detect the presence of cataracts or any eye conditions. It takes advantage of a smartphone’s camera, flashlight, and display in checking how the eyes react to stimuli. In addition, it allows doctors and optometrists to track the progress of their separate patients and keep a record of their geolocations. This app is perfect for doctors in performing their sworn duty in rural or low-income areas in lieu of medical equipment. The app is developed by the members of the International Center for Eye Health, a research group based at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. As of this moment, the app isn’t yet available on app stores of any mobile platform. But soon, everyone will have access to a comprehensive eye health examination that will help them preserve their eyesight.

This is definitely a testament that technology is our friend. It has made the ubiquitous mobile phone a cheap portable alternative to determine eye health instead of using a professional equipment that requires a remarkable skill to operate. This can be used by generally anybody within the health community—or the lay alike—in making sure that the eye remains the window to one’s soul.

How to Make Your Tablets Childproof

a child with an ipadIn this technological world, one does not simply have only one gadget at hand. And even the oldsters are no longer left behind. For all you know, they could still pace up with the techie young ones. And so, you’ll probably see them tapping on their gadget’s screen with their eyeglasses on.

Well, those nifty gadgets look so enticing to you, how much more with the kids? When I say kids, I’m referring to the little ones. Anyone with a child knows how much their little kiddos love to grub these touch-enabled gadgets out their hands. But more often than not, parents couldn’t trust their gizmos—not to mention pricey gizmos—to their toddlers. Who could blame them? These little angels still haven’t fully developed their motor skills and their reflexes yet, so a parent would definitely be anxious to trust the children not to the drop the gadget—or damage it. *shudder* … Be ready for buying replacement parts for gadgets and just hope that they are available.

Good thing that there are tablets made for children. But do you have to buy the appropriate tablet for them? You could, if you don’t consider money as a factor. But, in the side of practicality, one does not simply buy another tablet just to cater the needs of your kids. Why would you buy another tablet if you can make the tablet safe to hand over to your child?

Let’s cut to the chase and make our self-luminous rectangular thing we call tablets into a childproof one! And here’s how:

#1: Utilize Parental Controls

Ipad2Thanks to Apple, the iOS 6—and definitely the later—now offers a suite of parental controls. This then limits the access of your kids to sorts of apps and settings. They may access every tablet accessory of your iPad, but they cannot access the features that are inappropriate to his or her young mind. Sounds sweet, right? To prevent your kids from tapping and toggling on accessing the inappropriate features at their very young age, follow these steps to enable parental controls on your iPad:

Go to: Settings app> General > Restrictions > Enable Restrictions … iOS then will prompt you to set a passcode… set it up and confirm.

Once you are in the iOS’ Restriction settings, you can now disable the access of your kids with such features like browser, camera, and the list goes on. You can restrict the access of explicit songs and videos even. Well, do you think only iOS can do that? Android offers a neat trick, too.

It started with the 4.2 version of Android in which it uses a feature called user-profiles. What’s that, you ask? Well, it’s pretty much like that of your desktops. Here, you can separate profiles and give them the appropriate privileges only. To create a restricted account, follow this guide:

Go to: owner account > Settings app > Users > Add user or profile > Restricted profile > … and now you can specify apps that you child can access.

#2: Load your tablet with the right apps

appsIf your tablet is loaded with amusing apps—perhaps apps that are amusing enough for your kids—then there’s a great chance your kids would not wander off—at least anywhere else in your tablet. Hah! There are a heap of apps for your kids meandering over the Apps Store—or in Android tablet’s case, Play Store. Now, there is no dedicated section of apps for kids on that of Play Store, but you can always rely on Entertainment and Education sections.

#3: Encase it with tablet folio

tablet folioA tablet handed to a toddler? Well, that should be armored not just internally, but also externally! Just in case your little one is prone to dropping your pristine tablet, might as well encase it with a sturdy case. The best tablet folio to buy is on your trusted store, be it through online mobile store or in-store.

So, have you taken these three simple steps already? Be geared up as you hand over your tablet to your kids!

Can Your Earphones Get Any Cooler Than These?

Century Old EarphonesEarphones, headphones, in-earphones, earbuds—or whatever you’d like to call them—have become one of the needs to enhance digital listening. If we dredge up a bit, earphones was not something revolutionary and they have existed for nearly a century!

Earphones were not really a cool accessory, not a fashion statement, not a symbol of prestige or just a feeling of awesome coolness. That all changed in the 80’s when Sony Japan came out with the Walkman and it spread like a wildfire throughout the world and made a new trend of portable cassette tape players.

As many competitors came out, Sony has maintained its market positioning for about 2 decades until the portable MP3 players came out, with Apple running in the forefront with its iPod in the early 2000’s. Like many other Apple products, they create a cult type of following. And since then, those headphones have been a staple of our backpacks.

Earphones have started as a simple earpiece that serves as a pair of small loudspeakers designed to be held in place to a user’s ears. But today, earphones became a part of fashion statement as well, which they no longer just use for listening to music, but also as a part of vogue to express ones personality. So you think you’ve got the best unique earphones yet? Or your quirky earphones can be quirkier?

I found six cooler and quirkier designs of mobile earphones from Quarkie—British design brand—that could make you drop your jaw more than that of beats. In other words, one that can beat the beats! The day I found these, I bought all 6 kinds so I have something to wear different every day I go to work! And just as expected, on the very first day I came in with this rad designs, my colleagues at work immediately asked where I scored these pieces of great technology. Here is what I think about these 6 earphones.

#1: The Cat Eyes Design

cat eyesDamn, this thing is fierce!  The stare of the cat is now staring back at you with this pair of cat-eye-inspired earphones! Not only does it look striking, it actually sounds great, in fact it sounds a bit clearer than my popular plain white earphones. These music lovers and electronic engineers that built this were really innovative and imaginative enough to produce this funky blue-eyed cat audio art.

#2: Purple Gemstones Design

purple gemstoneAnd when I want to feel quite elegant, Purple Gemstones Design is what I plug into my ears. Besides, some people find cat’s eyes somewhat creepy. As you fit it on, you’ll look more quite elegant and classy. Only, they look like earrings that are displaced. But with purple gemstone with a metal-like rim, it just spells out classiness. Elegant as it looks and is designed really well, but it still has an optimum listening experience than that of other headphones designs. Pretty neat, I say.

#3: Rusty Bolts Design

quarkie RUSTY BOLT 1-800x800For a change, I also tried Rusty Bolts! Rusty as they may seem, but these earphones can clearly produce a non-rusty quality sound. These are just outlandish designs, aren’t they? If you’ll think of it, you are more likely mimicking Frankenstein! Hah! Only, the bolts are “screwed” on your ears.

#4: Chameleon Eyes Design

chameleon eyesThis Chameleon Eyes Design is an eye-catcher indeed. It has caught my attention, that’s why I wore it first than the others. They also achieve the incredible sound by using specially developed 13.5 mm drive units that also has an aluminum voice coil and neodymium magnets. Need I mention that they are ear-catching?

#5: Snake Eyes Design

snake eyesNot only do they have Cat Eyes and Chameleon Eyes, but they also have the yellow sssnake eyesss! I nearly freaked people out with this one. Hah! These earphones have low distortion, wide-bandwidth and said to have an excellent transient response—like a snake eyeing on its prey. And with that being said, I couldn’t agree more.

#6: Snake Heads Design

snake headsWith Snake Eyes, I just nearly freaked out people. But with Snake Heads Design, they said nothing. They just stared with eyes wide open in shock! It comes in yellow and green, and I have both! Get those people’s tongue out with this pair of headphones!

These are the designs you’ve got to try if you want to be the best among your friends. I have chosen mine; all of them! How about you?

The Game Isn’t Over for BlackBerry

BlackBerry

BlackBerry became one of the leading brands in the smartphone industry for a brief period in history. It was once the brand of choice among corporate clients and lay people alike because of its laudable security features. But sadly, it wasn’t able to augment nor maintain its good standing; instead, its numbers gradually declined from 43% of the worldwide smartphone market share in 2010 to only more or less 3.8% today. Its downfall is so fast like transferring data using a USB data cable; it will make your head spin.

For quite some time, BlackBerry struggled to keep itself adrift. It even resorted to lay off a huge population of its staff just to cut costs. In the 3rd quarter of 2013, the company laid off almost 40% of its employees due to the $1 billion loss it has incurred. This proof, together with the mediocre stats of BlackBerry, are already convincing enough to foresee the likelihood of its collapse.

But the game isn’t yet over for BlackBerry. In fact, it resorted to a new, bolder approach by getting personal to its patrons. The Canadian smartphone manufacturer sent a letter to its loyal customers which goes like this:

To our valued customers, partners and fans,

 You’ve no doubt seen the headlines about BlackBerry. You’re probably wondering what they mean for you as one of the tens of millions of users who count on BlackBerry every single day.

 We have one important message for you:

 You can continue to count on BlackBerry.

This letter is what we may describe as a desperate measure by the once mighty tech giant, though this definitely makes a compelling case to its consumers. Parts of the letter highlighted the consistent security of the platform and its popularity among the corporate consumers. Furthermore, with the BBM now available to both iOS and Android devices, BlackBerry’s presence in the context of messaging is still alive and sought after.

There appears to be lesser and lesser people who still have an ample amount of confidence that BlackBerry will be able to get back its previously stellar reputation, especially now that Apple and Google are holding a duopoly in the mobile platform market. It will require more than a team of brilliant and innovative people to bolster the company back to the top.

But I have to say, this move by BlackBerry is an audacious one. Regardless of the fact that reports are showing its near-end situation, not to mention the plans of the company to be acquired by other companies, BlackBerry still reassures its valued customers that it will still carry on. For sure, the company has learned from its mistakes, and who knows, if it will take all those lessons into account and apply them, it might be able to salvage its struggling state.

Phone Calls Eavesdrop Irritation Explained

Eavesdropping

“Hello? … Yeah, it’s me! Hey you know what, I saw her and guess what happened… *laughs so hard* Yes! I know, right? He sure is! … Okay. Yeah … Ah-huh … no … OMG! Really? *laughs so hard and loud again*Okay.  Alright! … Sure! … Okay, bye! *beep*”

And just like that. With just a snap, all eyes on the girl who just had a call. Do you know what they were talking about? Maybe it was her estranged friend? I don’t know, it sounds negative to me. Or, maybe it was his ex boyfriend’s new girl? Probably! Yeah, keep guessing. You will be able to get it right one in a million chances anyway. And then it hits you, why would you even bother to guess what the conversation over the smartphone was about?

On a lighter note, you then realize that you experience that familiar feeling of … frustration! Have you ever felt being annoyed by just listening to a phone conversation? This conversation is somewhat referred to as a “halfalogue” nowadays since, evidently, you only hear a half of it. But the question is: why do we feel irritated when we are just overhearing a “halfalogue” conversation? Why would it bother us when in fact we are not even involved in the discussion? Why do we want to strangle the one talking with the wires of mobile earphones just for him or her to stop talking? Head on; read on! The phone call eavesdrop irritation is about to be explained.

Well, basically, the reason that we get irritated when we overhear a phone conversation is because it disturbs our cognitive functions—leaving you dropping every single thing you are doing just to hear the phone talk whether you like it or not. It is something we just can’t get away from.

An assistant professor of psychology at the University of San Diego, Veronica V. Galván said, “If you only hear one person speaking, you’re constantly trying to place that part of the conversation in context,” and, “that’s naturally going to draw your attention away from whatever else you’re trying to do.” It then basically distracts you from whatever you are doing; kind of gets more annoying if you are in haste or something. Dr. Galván also added, “When people are trapped next to a one-sided conversation – known nowadays as a “halfalogue” – their anger rises in the same way it does in other situations where they are not free to leave, like waiting for a train.” No matter how much you squeeze your hanky out of frustration, you just can’t make the train run faster than it is.

Now, do you see the picture? Well, here comes another reason to now get the picture. We find phone conversation annoying because of the strangeness of one-sided conversation. With that being said, it shows that we are being drawn to the conversation simply because we are trapped in a one-sided discussion—leaving us wanting to figure out what is it all about. Not to mention, their reactions and the words coming out of their mouth are totally surprising. Simply put, our brain is drawn to a conversation because it is something hard or can’t be tuned out.

And because there is no way for us to understand what was being talked about right off the bat, we then believe that the talker is being abnormally loud despite the fact that the talker was just in a normal voice and that it’s definitely, totally, more often times not loud at all.

Said Dr. Emberson, “When you stare at a light, it seems brighter.” And same is true with paying attention to noise.

Being caught in overhearing a phone conversation is something inevitable. It’s either you leave the room when you get a chance, or just get your hopes up that those people will stop having drawn out conversations on the bus.