Friday Five: People spending five hours a day on apps

1. People spending five hours a day on apps

People are spending an average of 4.8 hours a day on their phones, according to app monitoring firm App Annie. In 2020 Ofcom found similar amounts of time spent, although its research included watching TV. App Annie’s report indicates that apps were downloaded 230 billion times in 2021, while $170bn (£125bn) was spent.

2. Influencers may be forced to display warning

Social media influencers should be required to display a logo on digitally altered photos of people, according to an MP who is calling for new legislation. Advertisers, broadcasters and publishers, including anybody being paid to post on social media, would have to be “honest and upfront” about having edited a body part in a picture.

3. Celebrities sued in crypto ‘pump and dump’

Kim Kardashian and Floyd Mayweather Jr. were among the celebrities who promoted a crypto token called EthereumMax last May. A group that invested in the token has now filed a class-action lawsuit against the celebrities and the creators of the coin, saying they were victims of a ‘pump and dump’ scheme.

4. Pokemon-playing policemen ignore robbery

Two officers with the LAPD were fired for ignoring a robbery in progress at a Macy’s store to play Pokemon Go, according to recently released court documents. The men, Louis Lozano and Eric Mitchell, lost their appeal against “multiple counts of misconduct” which had in part been based on a recording of them in the car.

5. Heroic life-saving rat Magawa dies at eight

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Magawa, an African giant pouched rat trained to detect land mines, was famous for his skill. During his career, he located over 100 land mines and explosives in Cambodia, where the scars of past conflicts remain dangerously hidden in the ground. Sadly, he died this week at the age of eight.

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