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The Habit of Constantly Checking Mobiles

Living in the age when we don’t spend one hour without toughing a smart device definitely contributes to shaping our habits and rewiring our brains. Have you counted how often you check your smartphone for example? Probably not, as most of the checking is done unconsciously. Twitter  users report the reasons behind this constant check are the fear of missing out and mere habit. It takes days to form a habit, and most of the mobile users already have it, either they are conscious of it or not. Francesca Booth who has been researching the ways modern tech and our dependence of it affects our everyday life said that our productivity suffers first of all.

She offered solutions to getting rid of the habit. There are mild ones as trying to leave the device away in another room in a drawer while taking care of one’s business. On the other extreme, one can have long passwords and set the devices to craving them every time. To encourage those who have decided to gain some independence from their mail-checking, a habit takes sever days to create, and focusing on your activity without double checking the phone will soon become one as well.

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Smartphones Slowing Down with New Models

The smartphone users, based both on IOS and Android have often complained about their devices getting slower as soon as a new model is release to the market. As soon as the new product is released, one can notice how the device in their pocket starts reacting slower at the commands, and the apps crash more often than ever before.

Gianfrancesco Genoso say that some call it “planned obsolescence’. Updating the system does not help, as many get the impression that the last version was faster anyway after installing the new ones. Some long-time device users said that they learned their lesson and do not fully update the system on a earlier device. The manufacturers claim that it is all in people’s heads. Google has shown a chart with people googling ‘iPhone slow’, and there are some spikes that become very obvious at the dates when new models are released. Many users complain that their keyboards freeze while typing a message and their images take ages to load.

iPhone users have become so annoyed with the upgrades that make their devices worse that they have launched a plea for the manufacturers to leave their outdated devices as they were, if not making them better.

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Smartphones Can Lead To Addiction

Many Americans are addicted to their smartphones, and it’s not hard to see why with all the cool features that modern phones have to offer. It is possible to search the web, post a Twitter comment, and watch a YouTube video all at the same time with most current phones. However, all of these features could be ruining our daily lives.

Have you ever spent an entire day posting pictures on Instagram? Susan McGalla is sure most Americans can answer yes to that question, but did you ever think about what you could have done with that wasted day? It is true that smartphones can be used to help build a business, but the phone can also lead to an addictive lifestyle.

Kristen Chase discovered that her iPhone was destroying her relationship with her young children, and the mother decided to take a break from her phone for at least a week. Kristen’s story has been featured on Buzzfeed for the last several days. I’m glad that she has decided to focus on what’s really important in her life. However, Kristen is an entrepreneur, and she does use her cell phone to make money for her family. I guess there are exceptions to every rule, but even she realized the damage that a cell phone can do.

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Sprint Plans Wireless Network Upgrade in Chicago

Today, city officials in Chicago announced that Sprint as part of its Sprint® for Chicago campaign plans to fund the construction of hundreds of cell sites in the city between 2015 and December, 2016. The program to upgrade Chicago’s wireless network is expected to result in the creation of some 540 jobs in the greater Chicago metropolitan area, including in outlying suburbs of Rosemont, Schaumberg, Aurora and Gurnee. The new positions will include expanded posts within the corporation, and also retail, customer service and network jobs. About 300 of the new positions will occur within the City of Chicago. As part of the new project, Sprint expects to increase its retail outlets in the area.

Susan McGalla feels the upgrades will begin in the area served by Rush University Medical Center and locations close to subway routes maintained by the Chicago Transit Authority. The construction of new cell locations should result in faster service. Chicago is reportedly the first urban area to obtain these enhancements by Sprint. The company also donated $250,000 to help support the Connect Chicago Challenge, a campaign to improve resident access to the Internet and also help develop a more technically skilled work force in the city.

The Office of the Mayor of Chicago issued a press release welcoming the project. The good news comes in the wake of criticism of Chicago’s use of high interest bonds to fund pension obligations.

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Windows 10 Coming to More Phones

Windows 10 is on its way to even more phones. The preview version of the mobile operating system is already available on a new handsets, and now Microsoft has released a list of ore device that will see the OS soon. As expected, most of the devices expected to get the next ‘flight” of the preview are made by Nokia.

The Lumia 1020, 1320, 1520, 920, Icon, and many of the company’s dual-SIM phones made the cut to get the next version of the operating system, at least according to About.me.

While Microsoft has announced the phones that are getting the next build of Windows 10, it hasn’t announced when that build will be officially released. Given the operating systems current release schedule, we’ll likely to see something drop this week, or next. In order to get Windows 10 on your phone you’ll need to opt into receiving the technical preview. Keep in mind that the preview is just that, a preview. Since it’s not quite a release build, it will likely be pretty buggy. That could mean trouble when it comes to using your phone as your main device. Download and use it with caution.

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New Samsung Galaxy Products Released in UK Soon

This week, the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge began arriving in some markets, including India. The phones reportedly will be released in the UK by April 10, 2015. Composed of glass and metal, and not the plastic which has become fairly standard for many mobile devices, the lightweight smartphone models are only seven millimeters thick. Bruce Karatz has found that the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge differs from the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge model primarily in screen design features and price.

Both smartphones will run on an Android 5.0 Lollipop OS platform. They will provide users with the option of selecting from among eight different screen display color options to indicate who is calling.

One significant new feature of these devices will involve preinstalled software sold in bundles; most of it can be removed easily, allowing new owners to decide which apps to keep and which to discard.

The phones went on sale amidst considerable media discussion. Samsung contends that these smart phone models will require only ten minutes of charging time per four hours of battery use.

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New Samsung Galaxy Products Released in UK Soon

This week, the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge began arriving in some markets, including India. The phones reportedly will be released in the UK by April 10, 2015. Composed of glass and metal, and not the plastic which has become fairly standard for many mobile devices, the lightweight smartphone models are only seven millimeters thick. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge differs from the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge model primarily in screen design features and price.

Both smartphones will run on an Android 5.0 Lollipop OS platform. Gianfrancesco Genoso suggests that they will provide users with the option of selecting from among eight different screen display color options to indicate who is calling.

One significant new feature of these devices will involve preinstalled software sold in bundles; most of it can be removed easily, allowing new owners to decide which apps to keep and which to discard.

The phones went on sale amidst considerable media discussion. Samsung contends that these smart phone models will require only ten minutes of charging time per four hours of battery use.

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Can Cell Phones Cause Tumors?

The use of cell phones may be related to the development of tumors in the acoustic nerve. Investigators suspect the magnetic field generated in the transmission of the telephone signal and cumulatively -for the number and time devoted to the particular call is causing the disorder, which is now more frequently.

In June 2008, twenty doctors and oncologists led by the popular David Servan-Schreiber, signed an appeal for vigilance on the use of cell phones, and attracted the interest of the Academy of Medicine.

Some months earlier, in early 2007,four employees of the City of Paris libraries complained of frequent headaches, after the city installed Wi-Fi in the library to allow visitors to connect to the Internet. Employees protested; as a result of this protest, the City of Paris had to disable Wi-Fi service until further notice.

Meanwhile, for several years the mobile phone use has regularly raised the concern of the people, for fear of damaging health.

So does long-term exposure to low-power field, like that of a cell phone , can have dire health consequences?

There are on-going current studies called “Interphone” and is led by the World Health Organization and coordinated by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which brings together the work of 13 countries. CNN reported that their goal: to determine whether the use of mobile phones increases the risk of cancer.

There is talk of four types of tumors of the head and neck.. The glioma or brain cancer, acoustic neurinoma affecting the auditory nerve, meningioma (benign tumor) and parotid tumor (one of three types of salivary glands).

However, publication of such studies has been postponed, and when questioned about cell phone use and cancer, scientist still stay “For now, do not worry too much,” and “further studies must be performed to know for sure.”

For many, that statement is worrisome.

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Google Now Plans To Show Details from Other Apps

Soon Google Now will be bringing in content from even more apps. Google Now’s project director, Aparna Chennapragada recently shred details about a developer kit the company is working on. the kit will allow any app that wants to the ability to bring content into Google Now.

Previously, apps had to get special access from Google before they would be able to have their content shown in Google Now. Now, Google will be offering that ability to any app that wants it. Brian Torchin said your phone will decide what cards it choose to show. For instance, if you have two travel apps that both want access what gate your flight is at, Google will pick just one to actually display that information in google Now. The hope is there won’t be any redundant information, despite the fact tat some of the apps involved might share redundant information.

Google Now will use your own personal habits to help make the decision of what to show as well. For instance, if you always use one app and haven’t checked another in months, then your favorite app will beat out the never used one when it comes to showing info.

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Jonathan Veitch Looks to Sustainability and Stability at Occidental College

Jonathan Veitch arrived at Occidental College in 2009 and took up his role as President of an educational institution that seemed to have lurched from one problem to another. Veitch has a reputation as a solid educator, but since his appointment as the President of Occidental he has also built a further solid reputation as a diplomat who is able to put the needs of the local community as high on his list of priorities as those of the college. Veitch has gone so far as to look at ways of returning Occidental to its focus on establishment as an institution developed for the liberal arts and left wing thinking, which he has done by encouraging the return of alumni to assist in protecting and improving the surrounding areas.

The 21st century should have been a perfect time for Occidental to take a step up from being a well known institution in California to taking on a more central role as a leading liberal arts college in the US and around the world. The inclusion of the college on the resume of President Barrack Obama had seen applications rise and the college look for ways to expand. Unfortunately, the four leaders of the college who had preceded Veitch had taken an approach that did not endear them to the local community of Eagle Rock where a planned expansion of the college would have been out of keeping with the local area. One of the first acts of Veitch was to cancel the expansion and lead a new investigation into how to expand with as little impact on the local community as possible.

Amongst the programs and initiatives developed by Veitch was the decision to focus the efforts to attract new students back onto the local area, particularly on the much ignored Los Angeles area. Expansion has taken place, with alumni specializing in traffic flow returning to make sure the impact on Eagle Rock was as minimal as possible. Further developments under Veitch have included the installation of a solar array, which highlights the aspects of conservation Occidental College hopes to continue to improve on in the coming years.