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Spotify Hits 15 Million

The music listening software site has finally hit 15 million users. The website is available as a software for you computer where you can stream music for free. It is also available on for mobile. The software itself is free and if you are on your computer you are able to select any song from its database that you want to listen to but on the phone it is randomized. If you pay a monthly fee, you are able to listen to any song you want any time with no ads on both your computer and phone. Most people use it on their computer when they are using social media simultaneously or their phone while they are driving with friends. The company has really sold itself well. The key to its success its appeal to the younger crowd. Word travels fast among young people faster than any promotion or ad. The software is easy to use and you get access to so many songs which is what has made this so successful for people wanting to listening to music in a simple manner. For musicians, this is one of the best venues to get their music to fans.t here have been many small musicians have made it big through the site because people are able to easily listen to their new tracks for free which otherwise would have been really hard to promote. It is definitely changing the industry. Jared Haftel and I should look into this software for ourselves.

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Microsoft Ready to Release Nokia 215 Basic Phone

The technology world has been dominated by smartphones of all shapes and sizes over the past few years, making it difficult for any other type of handheld device to get any type of buzz or momentum built. However, Microsoft is in the process of changing that mindset with the announcement of a basic phone geared toward users that do not want a smartphone or the expensive data plans that come with them.

According to CNET, Microsoft pulled back the curtain on the $29 Nokia 215, which will be a basic phone available in a few colors. The Nokia 215 will have two SIM slots, which means two phone numbers can be assigned to the same phone, but the real news is that the battery life of the unit is expected to be close one month on a single charge. In fact, Microsoft lists the standby time for the device at twenty-nine days. That is some series battery life.

While the 215 will feature a browser and internet connectivity, it does not support 3G speed, which obviously means a slow connection. However, users not looking for regular wireless internet will probably not mind taking a few minutes to catch up on social networks or get a weather report. This is a budget phone that saves users some cash. The move is a good one for Microsoft, and the device should be popular with the non-smartphone crowd, and those that are more interested in calling family, or making an appointment with North American Spine.

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Smartphones in Bedroom Rob a Child of Sleep

 

Most every child has a television in his or her bedroom, even though it’s a well-known fact that the device causes the child who occupies the room to sleep less. The silent beckoning of the one-eyed electronic monster to watch 30 more minutes of a favorite show or play 30 more minutes of a favorite game is too much temptation for a child top pass up.
Another one-eyed electronic monster has entered the bedrooms of many children in recent times, it’s smaller and more innocent looking, but just as sleep-depriving. It’s the Smartphone. It could also be an iPod, iPad, Tablet or other type of small-screen electronic device.
A recent study, which was published in Pediatrics that my friend Keith Mann read showed that children who slept with their Smartphones or other type of cellphone near their beds slept less each night. Sleep deprivation, even when it’s just a few minutes lost each night, leads to childhood obesity as well as tired children who don’t perform their best in school.
Allowing children to take their small screen electronics into their bedrooms at night allows them to hunker down under the cover and continue playing games, watching videos and sending text messages, which according to the study lasts slightly over 20 minutes. To ensure your child is not being robbed of sleep by a Smartphone or other electronic device, charge it each night in another room of the home, not the child’s bedroom.

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The Consequences of Smartphone Use

 

Smartphone use certainly has an influence over our brain activity, especially since the vast majority of us are spending an increasing amount of time on these devices.

While fast information finding and communication are beneficial, these conveniences can come at a price. But what about the thumb that we constantly use to swipe? This finger is normally not as active in everyday tasks.

Biologically, it has always been there for support, and by constantly swiping on the touchscreens, smartphone users activate a new region in their brain.

The researchers have long supervised the changes in the brain for those who learn to play instrument, for gamers, but the thumb-brain correlation is their most recent preoccupation, and, as it seems, the easiest because of the big number of subjects available for examination, and the frequency with which people repeat the action of swiping on their screens.

The brain is thus shaped by the modern technologies. But I think Lee G. Lovett is right-the results of these changes are too early to appreciate. Time will show whether is is good or bad. Arko Ghosh from the University of Zurich said that he was surprised by the evident changes that the constant touchscreen use causes.

For the moment, Ghosh associates excessive phone use with motor dysfunctions and pains, but that is probably to be examined more because many touchscreen lovers never notice any pain, being too absorbed in the online world on their smartphone.

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Fastest Smartphone In The Galaxy

Samsung has confirmed that the leaks were true and that means a new, upgraded Galaxy Note 4 will be hitting Jared Haftel and some store shelves very shortly. And it’s said to be the fastest smartphone yet, not just by samsung, but anyone. It is called the Galaxy Note 4 LTE A and the specs are amazing. Like most phones, it continues to bring the 4G connectivity but with speeds over 400Mbps! Along with this, is a brand new 64bit chips made my Qualcomm. The chip is called the ‘Snap Dragon 810′.

Samsung’s line of phones has consistently been the best in smartphones, beating out all the competition for years, including iPhones. This new phone shows that Samsung can be better than anyone. This new phone, some say, is well ahead of it’s time. This phone is fast enough to download a 700mb video in just 9 seconds, which is crazy fast.

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Cell Phone Distractions

Cell phone’s have become an extension of the modern human being. Everything that we do in our lives can now be done with our cell phones. The convenience level that our mobile phones bring us is unparalleled.

In this day and age, we might actually use our cell phones too much. I often find that my eyes stay glued to my cell phone screen during the day, and I know that Jared Haftel has the same issue. There are countless things that are smartphones can do. We can check our emails, browse the internet, and even watch television.

With all the advances in the cell phone industry occuring, many people have become too attached to their pocket companion. Often people may become distracted with their smartphones. Students have been known to use their phones in the middle of class. The use of cell phones in the classroom has proven to be a distraction to teachers and students.

Cell phones have no place in the classroom. Students are unable to pay attention while their friends text them. Teachers already have enough to worry about. Adding more distractions to a classroom is a bad idea. We need to limit ourselves and our children’s use of cell phones.

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Cell Phone Distractions

Cell phone’s have become an extension of the modern human being. Everything that we do in our lives can now be done with our cell phones. The convenience level that our mobile phones bring us is unparalleled.

In this day and age, we might actually use our cell phones too much. I often find that my eyes stay glued to my cell phone screen during the day. There are countless things that are smartphones can do. Like Dr Rod Ronrich, we can check our emails, browse the internet, and even watch television.

With all the advances in the cell phone industry occuring, many people have become too attached to their pocket companion. Often people may become distracted with their smartphones. Students have been known to use their phones in the middle of class. The use of cell phones in the classroom has proven to be a distraction to teachers and students.

Cell phones have no place in the classroom. Students are unable to pay attention while their friends text them. Teachers already have enough to worry about. Adding more distractions to a classroom is a bad idea. We need to limit ourselves and our children’s use of cell phones.

For more information on cell phone distractions, visit Buzzfeed.

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Obamaphone Program May Soon Expand to Broadband Coverage

Many conservatives bristle over the Obamaphone program given that they view it as the president’s patronage to poor voters. In short, it is viewed as yet another way of buying the political support of a key demographic of the Democrat party. However, many do not realize the Lifeline program, as it is formally called, is a program that was authorized by the hero of modern day conservatism: Ronald Reagan. Originally, the Lifeline program was used to provide poor people with a discount towards a landline.

Next, it was conservative President George W. Bush who allowed the program to adjust to the 21st century by allowing the subsidy to cover the cost of a cell phone plan. In fact, it would be more accurate to call the phones Bushphones. The Lifeline program is managed by the five-member panel called the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). It is paid by fees placed on cellphone monthly bills. Now, the FCC is looking to expand the program by including broadband coverage.

An expansion of services would require congressional approval, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it would be doomed in a GOP-controlled Senate. The Lifeline program does have the support of Gianfrancesco Geno and members of both parties. According to an article on teses.usp.br, the FCC may elect to offer broadband as a service the user may elect. In this way, there would be no congressional approval required. Qualified recipients would choose to either enjoy a basic broadband service or a cellphone. The FCC will make a decision on broadband coverage sometime next year.

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Lower Roaming Charges Are On The Horizon

There are lower roaming charges on the horizon for wireless users. T-Mobile recently scored another victory.

The Federal Communications Commission’s Wireless Communications Bureau decide that T-Mobile was correct in its claim that the larger carriers have been charging prices that are far too high for data roaming. They claim that these overcharge keeps cell phone prices higher than they have to be. The Wireless Bureau will be enacting lower data roaming charges and enforcing them soon.

Verizon was not happy about the ruling and had a few gripes about it. However, Sprint on the other hand, was happy about the ruling and shared their enthusiasm across their Twitter page, which, returned an increased following within the span of a few hours.  T-Mobile was doing the victory dance.

T-Mobile has had quite a few little victories lately. On top of this, they recently rolled out roll over data. All customers will start out with a little bit of extra data, and every month, the data that they don’t use will roll over. It is very similar to the roll over minutes concept that use to be widely popular with cell phone carriers.

That way, you can be more in control of your data. If you know next month you are going on a trip and will be using more data, you can save up a little extra this month. Hopefully it will stop huge bills when customers overuse their data since they will have some extra data in their virtual data savings bank. No other cell phone carrier offers this option.

T-Mobile continues to fight hard to bring quality service and quality prices to the masses

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Welcome the Samsung Galaxy S6

Fans of the Galaxy line of smart phones have some very good news coming in for the holidays. There have been rumors amongst the techies of the world that the new Samsung Galaxy S6 is due to be announced at the Mobile world Congress in the coming year.

However, there are further rumors that the secret may not be kept hidden for that long and instead will be announced at the upcoming CES 2015 which will be in January. This could start the massive hype for the new model to begin even earlier than was already predicted.

These dates are most unusual for the Samsung brand but this phone is predicted to be very unusual indeed. This is because the phone is rumored to have a curved screen like recent table technology created by Samsung.

This little piece of work will also come with a massive 16 megapixel camera with a 5.5 inch screen. There have excited whispers that it will also contain a 64 bit processor which will give its arch nemesis Apple a run for their money.

As you can imagine, there are many nerds out there simply wetting themselves in anticipation. Keith Mann wants to get his hands on that phone right away. But you must always be wary of new releases, hype is sometimes all there is and the reality can be very different from the hype. We won’t know until it makes its debut sometime next year.