Smaller than a calculator, today’s smartphones are quickly replacing more and more consumer devices. Not only are they one of the most used picture taking devices around, but they are replacing MP3 players, GPS devices, and even bulky, old paperback books for travelers on the go these days. In fact, a recent survey published by Prosper Mobile Insights take a broad look at what consumers are actually using their smart phones these days, and the results probably won’t surprise you, though actually seeing them listed out probably will!
It wasn’t that long ago that only the wealthy had cell phones, and the rest of us were anchored to our homes with landlines. Only now, the table has turned and it’s the common folk who own mobile phones, and the wealthy who can afford traditional landlines. With the numbered masses of cell phone citizens growing each day, it only stands to reason that political polls are not quite as accurate as they once were. Political pollsters using landlines are having no trouble reaching lots and lots of older, white women, but not necessarily so many minorities or younger voters, who are more likely to go cell phone only.
When you think of telephone fraud, you automatically picture a phone conversation in which a mysterious voice asks you for social security and bank account numbers, but the sad truth is that you can be deceived right there in black and white, on your telephone bill. “Cramming” is the addition of charges for unauthorized products or services directly to your monthly phone bill, and most of us never even notice it. In fact, according to the FCC, as many as 20 million Americans have been victims of cramming, and it is likely that 95% of us don’t even know it! The losses attributed to cramming add up — cramming can add as little as $1.99 or as much as $19.99 each month to your bill.
They pile up on our driveways and in our homes. A relic of the past, over 660,000 tons of phone books were discarded in the 2007, and only 22% were recycled, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Moreover, the EPA equates the production and disposal of these phone books to the carbon dioxide equivalent of 770 cars on the road and a death sentence on more than 5 million trees each year.
At the same time, Internet searches and digital directories have not only replaced the bulky phone books, but now give us more functionality than any paper versions ever could provide, presenting the results of any query within milliseconds. So why, is the decision to discard the yellow-paged dinosaurs of the past so difficult? Advertising revenue, of course, as phone companies rely on these to provide a hefty sum of profits and jobs.
Once upon a time, a man named Chris got on an airplane to Japan to help out with his sick grandmother. Chris was not a rich man, but he did feel kindly toward his grandmother, so he happily plunked down the big bucks for his trip across the seas. Up, up, in the air, away Chris flew to grandma’s house with his new iPhone 4 tucked snugly in his pocket.
…is 1234 — no surprises here! Though this ultra high tech smart phone boasts a wealth of technological advancements, apparently, iPhone users are considerably less savvy, with nearly 5% of all iPhone users surveyed admitting to using the default and highly complex numerical code of 1234 to secure their phones and the confidential info that is often stored on these devices.
The biggest question floating around the Internet this weekend, is most certainly, is Hatmanncara for reals?? Well, it’s not far fetched that somebody could actually be this way — heck, I can name off at least three people I know right now, but the part that’s hard to believe and that makes this whole video unbelievable to begin with is that somebody would openly admit it!
An announcement last week from the World Health Organization (WHO) has sent consumers into a blind panic, as a team of 31 scientists from 14 different countries released findings that cell phone use is “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” WHO assures consumers that at this point, no adverse health effects have been established, but concern is definitely among top of mind (and next to ear) for all consumers, as mobile phone usage is on the rise. Of course, even though the findings are only “possibly” conclusive, it’s still enough to make you think twice about your handy, dandy connection to the rest of the world, but are you willing to give up your phone? Probably not, so we’ve put together a handy list of tips that will allow you to continue to use your cell phone and reduce radiation exposure at the same time.
Could seventh-season Bentley Williams really be the most heinous villain ever on ABC’s wildly popular The Bachelorette series, or is Ashley Hebert just the dumbest Bachelorette ever? Well, after only two episodes, it’s a tough competition so far, but the evidence is mounting that both Bentley and Ashley may be deserving of these titles. Here’s how the evidence plays out…
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Just two shows into the season and already bachelor Bentley has spun off a quotable list of crude comments about Bachelorette Ashley Hebert, who’s more sickeningly bubbly and sweet than a warm bottle of Martini & Rossi Asti Spumanti. Our favorite Bentley Williams quotes include:
So maybe Steve Ballmer didn’t make such a big mistake after all. After Microsoft’s purchase of online telecom company Skype for $8.5 billion, Pew Research finds that online phone calls are a growing trend among consumers. In fact, according to this research, nearly one-quarter of all Internet users in the United States have made a phone call via services like Skype and Vonage.