*Though there hasn’t been much information from Apple about the so-called iPhone 6 yet, here’s something that you can pretty much rely on: If you buy the next iPhone, you’re probably going to require a whole lot more data. And since unlimited data plans have become increasingly scarce, that may mean bigger bills.
According to independent telecommunications analyst, Chetan Sharma, “The average data consumption roughly doubles with every generation of iPhone.” Sharma consults for wireless companies and sent an email to the Huffington Post explaining this, adding, “So I expect it to be true for 6 as well.” Continue reading →
*What’s a good way to steal customers from your strongest competitors? Do what Uber is doing…give your independent contractors burner phones and credit cards! The Verge has managed to acquire “sensitive information” that shows Uber’s ever-evolving strategy to undermine competitors like Lyft. In addition, the company continually relies on interviews with current and former contractors (“brand ambassadors”) to solicit customers from Lyft and others and recruit their drivers – all the while doing double-duty to avoid detection.
And their efforts appear to be working!
The ride-share company has apparently rolled out a national campaign that has already resulted in the lifting of thousands of Lyft rider cancellations and apparently, Lyft never saw it coming! Uber calls the secret under-handed strategy “SLOG,” (I guess Verge wan’t able to uncover what the letters stand for!) Continue reading →
*Let’s face it, most of us may own a smartphone, but when it comes to which apps to download, our homepage is filled with useless apps that are doing little more than taking up a lot of storage space.
The Los Angeles Times, quotes a report by Internet analytics firm ComScore, that says 65.5% of U.S. smartphone owners refrain from downloading any new apps each month. That number is surprisingly low, but there are a few reasons that explain why it is.
“People only have so much storage space on their phones, so they really have to be selective about which apps they download,” said Adam Lella, a marketing insights analyst for ComScore, explaining that users only add apps that will truly benefit them.
And while Apple and Google stores try to assist with lists of the most “popular” apps, that doesn’t necessarily let you know the quality of those apps. With this in mind L. A. Times writer Salvador Rodriguez has recommended 5 apps you might not know about…Continue reading →
*Hey, it happens to the best of us at one time or another. We just need to disappear for a while. Not because we are bad guys or gals, just because we need to be alone. Incognito. Invisible. But with the ability of social media managing to track our every move, it seems impossible. I mean, have you ever paid attention to the “People You May Know” section on your Facebook page? Why the heck is your landlord there? How did he get there?
Hell no, I don’t want him as my friend!
Whatever your reason is for needing to disappear,Yahoo Small Business Advisor starts you off with “How to Permanently Delete Your Facebook Account.”
*Researchers release a new report that revisits an age-old concern about how black women are being portrayed in music videos. Clearly, these so-called works of art are engulfed in overtones of racism and sexism, researchers say, according to the International Business Times.
The report, Pornographic Performances, was released in Britain by End Violence Against Women Coalition, Imkaan and Object, and condemns the portrayal of women in pop videos as hypersexualized and “endlessly sexually available” objects. Continue reading →
*You’ve got to love scientists. They never stop thinking outside of the box. Now a group of scientists in Spain are working on the HARKEN device, a seat belt that will alert you and wake you up if it feels you are in danger of falling asleep at the wheel.
HARKEN measures the driver’s heart rate and breathing via a sensor system embedded in both the seat belt and seat cover, and if the rates drop too much, a warning alarm goes off.
Jose Solaz of the Biomechanics Institute in Valencia, Spain, where the HARKEN device is being developed, said: ‘The variation in heart and respiratory rate are good indicators of the state of the driver as they are related to fatigue. HARKEN can monitor those variables and therefore warn the driver before the symptoms appear.’