Cathartic contest: Mobile phone throwing championship takes place in Finland

mobile phone throwing championshipThe 13th annual mobile phone throwing world championship took place in the Finnish town of Savonlinna over the weekend, an occasion where a year’s worth of phone-related pent-up frustration is unleashed with an almighty skyward launch of the offending device.

Three categories of competition make up the event: over the shoulder, where contestants aim to throw the device as far as possible; freestyle, where entrants are judged on aesthetics and creativity; and one for those under 12 where younger phone users can hurl their handset in the hope of winning a prize.

Finnish lad Ere Karjalainen came top in the distance category, throwing his device a staggering 101.46 meters (332 feet), creating a new world record in the process. Boy, he must have had some real issues with his mobile to have been able to throw it that far (unfortunately the phone maker is not specified by the organizers).

Among the female flingers, Jonna Mattero managed to sling her phone the furthest, reaching a distance of 42.47 meters (139 feet). Aleksi Muukkonen won the junior category with a more modest but no less impressive throw of 39.19 meters (128 feet).

On the competition’s official website, mobile phone throwing is described as “a phenomenon [that] speaks to people and interests people all over the world,” and indeed, contestants for the 2012 event did come from far and wide.

One guy from India was smiling broadly when he pitched his handset, his disappointing effort proving that to reach a decent distance it helps if your phone has been ticking you off in the weeks or months leading up to the event, whether due to battery issues, signal dropout or simply an annoyingly small choice of apps.

It may not currently be an Olympic event, but if the cathartic act of slinging your smartphone continues to grow in popularity, might we see it introduced at the 2016 Rio Olympics? No, probably not.

[Telegraph via engadget]

Product Review

Google’s Pixel 3 is a hair away from pocket-sized perfection

Google’s Pixel 3 smartphone is the best Android phone you can buy. It doesn’t have the best looks or the best hardware, but you’ll be hard pressed to find better software and unique A.I. functionalities.
Emerging Tech

Hikers missing on Mount Fuji could soon find a drone buzzing above their heads

Hikers who go missing while climbing Japan's highest mountain could soon find a drone buzzing above their head. A new system using the flying machines has been set up on Mount Fuji for future search-and-rescue missions.
Movies & TV

How to watch NFL games online, with or without cable

The NFL's 2018 season is here, and we know you don't want to miss a moment of the action. Our comprehensive streaming guide will show you all the best options to watch the games online so you can make the right choice.
Movies & TV

Out of movies to binge? Our staff picks the best flicks on Hulu right now

From classics to blockbusters, Hulu offers some great films to its subscribers. Check out the best movies on Hulu, whether you're into charming adventure tales or gruesome horror stories.

Best iPhone 7 Plus screen protectors to shield your big, beautiful display

Cracked screens are expensive to replace. Fortunately for you, we've rounded up what's available in terms of protection for Apple's large iPhone 7 Plus. Here are the best screen protectors you can buy.

Four fake cryptocurrency apps were listed on the Google Play Store

It is a dangerous time to be going after crytocurrency on Android. Four bogus cryptocurrency apps were spotted on the Google Play Store this week, according to a report from cybersecurity researcher Lukas Stefanko. 

New sensor from L’Oréal tracks UV exposure to keep your skin safe from the sun

L'Oréal has announced a new wearable sensor that attaches to your clothing and can track ultraviolet light. The sensor uses NFC instead of Bluetooth -- meaning it doesn't need a battery to work properly.

Uber rolls out rewards program that lets its most loyal riders lock in prices

Uber launched a new loyalty program today called Uber Rewards. It offers frequent riders credits to Uber Eats, car upgrades, and the ability to lock in prices on their most traveled routes.

15 tips for keeping your vault-dwellers alive in ‘Fallout Shelter’

The wasteland can be an unfriendly place, if you don't know what you're doing. Here are 15 tips that will help your vault thrive in Fallout Shelter, including information on questing.

Motorola Moto G7: Here’s everything we know

The Moto G6 range is still relatively new to the market, but rumors have already started about the Moto G7, which is expected some time in 2019. Apparently, a G7 Power version will be joining the G7, G7 Play, and G7 Plus.

T-Mobile's new Revvl 2, Revvl 2 Plus are now available for purchase

Last year, T-Mobile launched its own line of branded smartphones. As a follow-up to their predecessors, the carrier has unveiled the Revvl 2 and Revvl 2 Plus -- complete with a sleeker design. Here's everything you need to know.

How to take great photos with the Pixel 3, the best camera phone around

You’ve scored yourself a new Google Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL, and you want to take advantage of that incredible camera. We’ve got everything you need to know right here about how to snap the best photos with your Pixel 3.

Google's Wear OS update 'H' promises battery life improvements

Google has rebranded its Android Wear operating system to Wear OS. Removing the Android name may help people better understand Google-powered smartwatches, which also play nice with iOS devices. 
Smart Home

Huawei could soon take on Google and Amazon with a new digital assistant

According to a report from CNBC, Huawei is working on a new digital assistant that could try to take on the likes of Google and Amazon's Alexa. Huawei already has a digital assistant in China, but the new one will be aimed at markets…