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CES 2014: Smartphone apps multiply, but so do germs

Published on Jan 11, 2014 6:31 AM

LAS VEGAS (AFP) - It may be your best friend, but your smartphone is also probably teeming with germs.

As innovators descended on the Consumer Electronics Show, companies offering better sanitising were also promoting the cause of cleanliness.

The technology show has long had a focus on health, but makers of sanitising devices said people need to look in their pockets and purses to the microbes on their personal gadgets.

The smartphone "is always warm, stored in dark places, so bacterias are growing on your phone", said Mr Dan Barnes, co-founder of Phonesoap, which was displaying its device which sanitises a phone and recharges it.

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