Category Archives: Technology

Buy an iPhone 6, Pay a Higher Phone Bill. Any Questions?

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*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

Uh-Uh! Deputy Drifts into Bike Lane While Texting, Kills Biker, Won’t Face Charges Because He Was ‘Working’

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Olin was riding his bike in the bike lane when the officers car drifted into the lane and struck him

*Here’s one we can attempt to wrap our collective brains around. But I’m here to tell ya, it won’t work.

According to the Daily Mail:

  • Milton Olin Jr, 65, was fatally struck by a Los Angeles county sheriff’s patrol car December 8, 2013, as he rode in the bike lane in Calabasas
  • Deputy Andrew Wood was returning from a fire call when he took his eyes off the road to type a work-related message on an electronic device

Now it has been determined that the officer will not be charged because he was answering a “work-related” text.

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Uber May Not Want You to Know This (But We’re Gonna Tell You Anyway!)

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*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

Is Your Smartphone on Useless App Overload? Here’s 5 Useful Replacements!

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*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.

According to the article most of us smartphone users spend almost half of our time on our favorite app, before even opening up our second favorite; so why bother – we seem to get just about everything we need from app #1.

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 has recommended 5 apps you might not know about… Continue reading

‘Pornographic Performances’ Report Condemns Portrayal of Black Women in Videos (Watch)

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*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 depiction of women in music videos “creates a ‘conducive context’ for violence against women and girls,” the IBT writes about the recurring theme, which is especially prominent in hip-hop lyrics.

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

Mark Zuckerberg May Become ‘World’s Richest Person’ Thanks to You!

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*Let’s hope you don’t have a problem with social media mogul Mark Zuckerberg, after all, according to an article in the Huffington Post, you’re helping make him the ‘World’s Richest Person.’

With a surge in Facebook’s stock on Thursday  to $76 a share from $71, the net worth of the chairman and CEO of Facebook jumped about $2 billion before he had even finished breakfast. This, only one day after the company announced it had made roughly one entire buttload of money in the previous three months. Continue reading

Feeling Sleepy Behind the Wheel? A New Seatbelt Device Warns You to Wake Up!

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*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.’

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