We all know the term “smartphone.” But what is the counterpart – a dumbphone? The site, whatis.techtarget.com, answers the question: “A dumbphone is a mobile telephone that, unlike a smartphone, has little-to-no computing or internet capacity.” Read more →
That is text speak for the Bob Hope song from the 1938 movie, “Thanks for the memories.” And a strong mixture of old and new. Memories, I suppose.
You may be marveling that I was able to render that old song phrase into modern text speak. No? Well, full disclosure is that I found a site that actually translates. Both ways.
On December 3, 1992, a British engineer named Neil Papworth sent the first text message: “Merry Christmas.” Txtspk came along later. RTN highlighted this achievement 5 years ago with one of our first newsletters.
The idea for text messaging was put forward at a telecom conference in 1984 by a Finn named Matti Makkonen, who has since done his best to shrug off the title of “father of SMS,” or Short Message Service. 8 years later, SMS was actualized.
What are the results? How many texts are sent each minute and at what cost? Read more →
Are we obsessed with smartphones? Consider this: New Year’s Eve, 2017, 75 billion messages were sent on Facebook’s WhatsApp. That’s up 20% from 2016. It’s also about 1 message every 6 seconds. By all of the 300 million active users. All day long! When did they sing Auld Lang Syne?
As an authoritative voice concerned about the potential damage to our lives from our smartphones, MIT pyschologist Sherry Turkle speaks passionately about the American obsession with smartphones. Of the 77% of Americans who own a smartphone, each typically touches the phone about 2,600 times a day. What a set up for Ms. Turkle’s analysis that as Americans we are “Alone Together!” Read more →
Has anyone else noticed that WiFi coverage at LAX is quite poor? As number 12, they are ranked below the top half of the 20 busiest airports in the country. WiFi at the top three – Denver, Philadelphia, Seattle – is 4-6 times faster!
But it’s not just airports. Restaurants are culprits as well. After enjoying a lunch-time conversation with a friend, we each looked at our calendars to decide when next to meet. My smart phone was ready. His was not. “Somehow,” he told me, “I don’t seem to have a signal.” WiFi present, but not accessible due to some unseen WiFi obstacle.
This common problem is most frustrating – and time consuming – when it happens at your business. Given the rise in personal devices brought to a business either by employees or outside sources, there is a need to consider potential WiFi obstacles in your office building. When it works, WiFi is very useful. When it meets with multiple WiFi obstacles, it is not. Read more →
Good can come out of what seems a very light-hearted practice – taking of selfies.
1. Prove your identity to access your computer accounts. This necessitates a computer with a camera – more and more the rule rather than the exception. Either a built-in – as you’ll find on most current laptops, notebooks, and tablets – or as an add-on for your desktop computer. Logitech has a great HD camera for $40.
2. Overcoming Security Problems. What if a thief has a picture of you? Part of the security transaction might be a gesture captured with video. Or after the selfie, a fingerprint as a secondary authentication as MasterCard does. MasterCard plans to add heartbeat recognition. Yes. You still have to enter the credit card info! Read more →
Most have become aware that “VR” stands for virtual reality. Many think of VR in relationship to gaming only. But a growing list of practical benefits is beginning to surface. The list grows as VR becomes mainstreamed into general consideration by researchers and developers. Take, for example, software that ages the participant in VR.
Stanford, Microsoft and UCLA have developed a VR program which allows the viewer to “see the future self.” This experience is evidently so unsettling, that after seeing their future self, participants allocated twice as much toward their retirement savings. Virtually. Those participating in the study felt that their future self provided greater motivation than simply knowing currently “who I am.” Read more →
After all, there were some technologies available to those early pilgrims. They were not totally “tech free.” I came up with a list of five. Nothing earth shattering, to be sure. Still, technology depended on to make that first Thanksgiving a happy, and we should add thankful, event.
The pilgrims depended upon their weaponry. It provided protection from those who might attack and the ability to bring game to the table. We can only wonder what the friendly American Natives might have thought of muskets and cannons. At that first dinner 90 Native Americans sat in gentle repose with 53 Pilgrims.
Second technological dependency? Read more →
Google sets the pace in Search Engine Optimization (SEO). More than 80% of searches occur on Google. If your website is not presented in Google searches, likely it is not seen at all.
Recently, Google announced that they are changing one of the major factors in search engine success. They are going to give preference to those who search with their mobile device. Mobilgeddon created!
Why would they do that? Read more →
India appears to be at the economic epicenter of the race for global connectivity. Datawind is launching 3 4G LTE capable phones priced between 3,000 and 5,000 rupees ($45-$75). There is also a plan underway to provide unlimited data for 99 rupees ($1.50) a month.
What will happen to the global economy when previously unconnected parts of the world come online and begin to create, share, buy and sell? Their contribution may well enliven not just global connectivity, but global economy. Read more →