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Founder and Managing partner of ‘Draper Fisher Jurvetson’, The rapper G-Easy will join Spears on stage this year to perform "Make Me." the lead single from Spearss upcoming album Glory which drops August 26 The 33rd annual VMAs will air August 28 live from Madison Square Garden at 9 pm ET on MTV Write to Mahita Gajanan at mahitagajanan@timecomIDEAS Gregory is a TIME senior writer Jenn Jarmula an elementary- and middle-school teacher in Chicago recently hung a sign outside her classroom This Is A Fidget Spinner Free Zone it read Fidget spinners which dominate Amazon’s top-selling toys and games list are nothing more than gadgets with three weighted prongs that spin spin spin on the fingers of sixth-graders like tiny ceiling fans They’ve existed in some form since 1993 but lately they’ve grown so popular that retailers can barely keep them in stock In order to keep up with demand Toys “R” Us has chartered jets to ship spinners to its stores Jarmula says they’ve become disruptive in the classroom She recently confiscated four spinners from a single student in one class period stuffing them into the pockets of her pants which she now favors wearing over skirts for their ample fidget-spinner storage space She’s just one of many teachers who are opting to ban spinners from classrooms even as some manufacturers are touting their therapeutic benefits for students with autism anxiety and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) The alleged mental benefits of the toys have helped fuel their sales but even a cursory look at the nonexistent science and the history of the spinners makes it clear that these claims are specious at best Fidget spinners weren’t created by behavioral scientists with a deep knowledge of intellectual disability nor were they created by experts in a lab; they were first patented by an inventor from Florida named Catherine Hettinger who wanted to promote world peace She began imagining the spinner while visiting her sister in Israel What if the young boys throwing rocks at police officers played with something calming instead she thought Hettinger’s spinner never took off: Hasbro passed on it her patent expired in 2005 and the spinner toiled in obscurity until earlier this year when a series of YouTube videos featuring teenagers doing tricks with them went viral Soon anecdotal reports emerged of special-needs kids benefiting from them Cat Bowen a lifestyle writer at Rompercom a website for millennial mothers says that since her 9-year-old son who’s on the autism spectrum started using a spinner he’s been more focused Math homework that used to take him an hour to get through now takes just 40 minutes she says But anecdotal evidence from an individual child isn’t the same as the scientific evidence required to support marketing claims like “Perfect for ADD ADHD Anxiety and Autism” as one fidget-spinner ad does At least 10 other companies listed on Amazon market the product as a medical intervention Some scientific studies have found that fidgeting can indeed benefit young students with ADHD Researchers suspect that movement helps kids maintain alertness during cognitive tasks In her work Julie Schweitzer director of the attention impulsivity and regulation laboratory at the University of California Davis has found that children with ADHD scored higher on an attention test while squirming in their seats and moving their legs compared with when they sat still Another study published in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology found that the more kids with ADHD fidgeted the better their working memory Such movement probably stimulates underactive regions of the brain like the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex which plays a role in attention planning and impulse control Many children with autism also have elevated symptoms of ADHD so it stands to reason that fidgeting could aid them too in theory anyway But experts say that playing with a fidget spinner which does not require much physical activity might not garner the same results as actual fidgeting With fidget spinners kids essentially outsource the action “The spinner does the movement for them” says Mark Rapport head of the Children’s Learning Clinic at the University of Central Florida “I imagine it would distract the heck out of kids” Experts say that promising relief for a child through a $5 spinning ball bearing can have pernicious effects “Many parents are desperate” says Rapport “They’re looking for magic These claims raise their hopes only for them to get dashed” Write to Sean Gregory at seangregory@timecom This appears in the May 22 2017 issue of TIME IDEAS TIME Ideas hosts the world’s leading voices providing commentary on events in news society and culture We welcome outside contributions Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of TIME editorsThis story was originally published at the Daily Dot After Microsoft acquired email app Accompli for $200 million in December 2014 the endgame for the acquisition was pretty clear: use the established email client to bring Outlook to Android and iOS Outlook has been noticeably absent for mobile especially as the rest of the Office suite has made its transition to the non-Windows platforms While it doesnt have the fanfare that a Gmail has nor the new glow of all the messaging apps that threaten the concept of email entirely Outlook has plenty of dedicated users who have adopted the email client as a way of life It is as common in the workplace as any office supply Now it can finally be a part of Android and iOS users mobile desk Given how ubiquitous Outlook is for people working for companies and organizations that swear by the platform downloading the app will be inevitable Will it also be painful Heres what youll love (or hate) about the new Outlook app Cross platform finally Outlook has never really conquered mobile While millions may use the Microsoft-made email client phones from the company spend more time on the shelf at the store than in peoples pockets Even Windows diehards have an Android or Apple handset Ever since Microsoft has stopped trying to punish those people by withholding their products from them and instead embracing them theyve racked up over 80 million downloads Outlook will increase those totals and probably would have made more sense as the first app to make the jump instead of the last Then again itll also help push people away from the desktops and laptops running Windows And suspiciously the new Outlook isnt available for Windows Phone users yet Could Microsoft be abandoning the hardware business altogether to focus on making apps! 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