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    This App Will Reward You For Ignoring Your Phone In Social Situations

    The app that temporally freezes handsets has won £15,000 in funding.

    The Singapore Computer Society has awarded $30,000 to three students who created an app that encourages users to talk to each other and ignore their phones.

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    The app works by getting two or more users to put their phones together.

    The phones are then immobilised and a virtual apple tree starts growing on the screens. The longer the users leave the phones the more fruit starts to grow.

    Students win $30,000 to develop app that encourages people to not use their phones http://t.co/zzbTFgIqSc

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    Students win $30,000 to develop app that encourages people to not use their phones http://t.co/zzbTFgIqSc

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    The virtual fruit can then be exchanged for rewards, such as discounts.

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    Speaking to Channel News Asia one of the creators, Libern Lin, said that "We built the Apple Tree to bring the people closer."

    The app is similar to already available app Forest, which grows virtual trees if you ignore your phone, but Apple Tree has an added social element and also offers real life rewards.

    1. Do you wish your friends would put down their phones when you're with them?

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    1. Would you ignore your phone in exchange for discounts?

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      Only if they were good discounts for stores I actually use.

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