#TechTalk: Memes Are Making Teens Fat and Holographic Smartphones


Struggling to lose those extra few pounds?

Do your friends call you fat?

Do you regularly look at memes?

If you answered yes to all three of those questions then I have news for you. 

Memes are being named a contributing factor of the obesity crisis, particularly in the UK.

Researchers from Loughborough University wrote a letter to a British parliamentary committee saying memes carry dangerous health-related messages and make light of unhealthy eating habits.  

"A substantial number of individuals on Twitter share health-related Internet memes, with both positive and negative messages," they wrote, noting that many "contain inappropriate material."

The letter included a picture of an overweight child with the caption "Free food? Count me in!" as an example of the dangerous message the researchers believe memes are sending. 

Academics believe the vast majority of meme sharers display little, if any, emotion when sharing the memes on social media.

In the letter, the researchers also suggest teenagers should scrutinize the underlying themes in the memes they see, rather than simply enjoying them.

Maybe it's not that serious but maybe now i'm hungry. 

Read more at CNN.

(Photo: CNN Screenshot)

In a world full of Samsung and Apple phones, other brands get left behind. 

However, there is some new competition getting thrown into the mix with the introduction of Google's Pixel phone last week and now we introduce to you the Hydrogen One from RED.

It is the latest and greatest "holographic" smartphone that launches Nov. 2 in both AT&T and Verizon stores. 

The Hydrogen One's features don't come cheap though, it'll set you back about $1,300 for an aluminum model and around $1,600 for the titanium model which has a later release date.  

The device has a 5.7-inch high-resolution display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, dual 8-megapixel front cameras and 12-megapixel rear cameras. It even has a normal headphone jack.

“It is not Princess Leia dancing off the table. It’s also not the hologram on your credit card. It is in between,” RED founder Jim Jannard told USA TODAY. 

RED says 20 or so 4-View-capable games will be available at launch, some of which are free and you can view all conventional 2D content normally. 

Read more about the phone's amazing qualities at USAToday.

And check out what else Marc Saltzman is talking about on today's show here


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