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Cell Phones Do Not Belong in the Bathroom

There is nothing worse then trying to use the restroom with someone else talking on a cell phone. Public bathrooms are bad enough with other people that can hear or see you through the cracks; but now other people can hear you through other people's cell phones. Many women try to not pass gas unless they are alone or in the bathroom, not the kind of sound you would want someone overhearing on a phone.

Being the person on the other end of the cell phone and hearing someone going to the bathroom is just plain gross. It would be nice to be put on hold or called back when the person is not so busy.

A bathroom is a place where you should be indisposed, left alone for private time. I don't know where we have changed to wanting to share our bathroom sounds. It bad enough to have to share the sounds with whoever is in the bathroom with you in a public restroom, but with someone talking on a cell phone you are sharing your bathroom sounds with their conversation.

One cell phone user even got mad when other people flushed their toilets, telling everyone they were on a business call. Do they want us to leave our mess for them to clean up?

It would be very helpful if public restrooms would ban cell phone usage in the bathroom. It is very sad that we would have to pass a law or make signs just to get people to use common sense, but the call phone world of user are full of a lot of rude behavior.

Bathrooms in general are a little loud if they are busy. Toilets are flushing, water running to wash hands (hopefully), doors opening and closing. Now we have people trying to talk over all the noise just to carry on a cell phone conversation. Overall it take a few minutes to normally use the bathroom, you would think life would just be a pause for those few minutes.

Please, if you are a cell phone user, leave them off when you are in the restroom. The person you are talking to does not want to hear you use the restroom and they want you to properly wash you hands to stop the spread of germs. Other people in the bathroom do not want to hear you conversation and do not want any unnecessary to over hear their sounds in the bathroom either.

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Why Cavalier Telephone Cost Me Over a Thousand Dollars

On August First I called Cavalier Telephone after seeing their T.V. ad promising $39.99 a month with savings of up to $40.00 a month vs. AT&T; or cable. I promptly signed up with their service and nearly one month later on August Twenty-Fourth I still haven't been hooked up or switched over to their service yet. Last year when I hooked up with Comcast cable at a previous residence I called them and they installed my cable internet and T.V. two days later.

I called them on a Wednesday and by Friday night I was surfing the web at lightning speed and watching shows whenever I wanted them OnDemand. Now I'm not saying their service was perfect and OnDemand certainly wasn't everything I'd hoped it would be or what I was led to believe but at least they had the foresight to know they wanted to make a good first impression with a customer. Meanwhile I'm still waiting for the "Cavalry" to arrive to rescue me from the Indian attack while my bones picked clean of flesh by scavengers months ago bleach white under the oblivious sun and the merciless passage of time. They call themselves "Cavalier" telephone and a "cavalier" as defined by the dictionary is a gentleman of an upstanding and notable reputation but "gentlemen" you are far from living up to your image. If I were to summarize how much money Cavalier has cost me in the past 3 and a half weeks it would go a little something like this:

Gas to travel back and forth to the library five days a week at 20 miles roundtrip – $15.00 bucks a week for a total of $60.00 bucks a month.

Wear and tear on a vehicle with over 200,000 miles on it for said trips – another $60.00 to $100.00 a month in needed savings to have available in an emergency should a major repair be necessary.

Wear and tear on my physical health and pocketbook due to stress and anxiety about car expenses – $300.00 to $400.00 a month for a man with no health insurance who needs Nexium due to acid reflux disease for chronic stress

Additional costs for anti-anxiety drugs and anti-psychotic drugs to prevent melt down due to chronic stress and depression because I can't access the internet – $300.00

Lost income due to lowered productivity from increased depression – $600.00 a month for article writing and an additional $60.00 – 75.00 for performance bonuses because I know my stuff is at least that good were it to be seen by anyone because I actually produced it, accessed the internet, and submitted the content for pay.

In addition the delay has cost me hundreds of dollars in steady increases as I can't get increases due to lack of access, lack of production, and increased stress and depression and has pushed back immeasurably the compounded effect I could have enjoyed with performance bonuses. The entire delay has cascaded exponentially until I figure Cavalier …

Nokia N8 is Part Mobile Phone and Part Digital Camera

The Nokia N8 is the latest mobile phone from the Finnish company Nokia that is best known for making high-quality high end smartphones. However, it has been not so successful in the past few years with its models. Hence, the Nokia N8 is attempt from the company in order to once again recapture the former glory. The N series of phones from Nokia has a legendary status for being highly feature rich and the Nokia N8 coming in this category, has not certainly disappoint. In fact, it is the best N series phone that has been launched by the company.

The Nokia N8 can boast of this probably because it is partly a mobile phone and partly a digital camera. The title of being the best mobile phone camera can be easily given to the Nokia N8 mainly because of the 12 megapixel camera that it comes with. It is not only the best camera that is available today in terms of megapixel count, but also in terms of quality as well. Nokia says that it has used the largest image sensor in a mobile phone history to bring the highest quality of images without spoiling the natural effect of it. Hence, colour reproduction is of the highest quality, while at the same time there are good brightness and contrast levels. The usage of the largest image sensor has also resulted in this phone taking good quality pictures even in extremely low light conditions.

One can also attribute this property to the presence of a Xenon flash, which makes its appearance in the Nokia phone for the first time. Xenon Flash is the kind of flash that is being used in compact digital cameras these days and the Nokia N8 is one of the very few mobile phones to be having it. The camera also has a 720 p HD video recording option. Along with this video recording option, Nokia has included certain technologies to reduce the wind noise and shaking that will inherently occur in unprofessional videos. Nokia is using video stabilisation feature to eliminate this taking part. There are two microphones at either side of the phone that aid in capturing the highest quality sound with 5.1 surround sound. It can be later enjoyed on a home theatre by connecting the phone with the suitable devices using the HDMI output port. It is also one of the very firsts in a mobile phone.

The HDMI output port is not the normal output port as seen in other high end devices, but it is a mini HDMI port. The conversion between the two is taken care of by a converter that Nokia has provided along with the sales box. One can also view the record videos and captured images on the brilliant 3.5 inch touch screen display that employs the AMOLED technology. The Nokia N8 is one of the marvellous camera phones from Nokia and it retails for £ 420 in the UK. The non-contract options are priced at …

Five Ways to Use the Camera in Your Cell Phone to Reduce Travel Stress

Travel can be stressful enough in the best of times. Here are a few ways to take the stress out of common travel situations by simply using the camera in your cell phone. (Don't worry about megapixels, they are not important!)

 

  • Parking. You park your car at the airport, but you are in a rush. When you return back, you just can't remember where your car is!

This is simple: just snap a quick photo of where your car is parked. When you get back, it will guide you to the right section. You might want to snap the bus stop, too!

PS: this also works well when you are out and about on your trip and park your rental in a parking lot where you have never been before!

 

  • Hotel Room. Today, you get a credit card like room key for your hotel room. Your room number is nowhere on the card for security reasons. Just snap a quick shot of your room door to always remember where you need to go at the end of the day.

 

  • Luggage. So many bags look alike that you need to be able to identify yours in the event of your bags being lost. Take a picture of your bags before checking them. In case of that awful event, at least you can show the airline what your bag looks like.

 

  • Rental Car. If you travel a lot (or a little), it is so easy to forget what your rental car looks like (or find it in a parking lot!). A picture on your phone could save lots of time. (Be sure to include the license plate, too!)

 

  • Identity. Today's travel requires proof of your identity. If your passport or drivers' license gets lost or stolen, you have a problem! A picture of each will help you prove who you are and help to replace the document quickly!

 

Five easy ways to reduce the stress of travel simply by using the camera in the cell phone already in your pocket! Safe travels.

 

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Do We Need Remote-Controlled Home Appliances?

There is always some kind of conflict between people whenever some new kind of technology steps in to play. People always question, whether it is necessary or not? The same is the case with remote-controlled devices. There are a lot of people around us who raise a question that whether the remote-controlled devices are necessary or not.

Well, to be frank, the remote-controlled devices can make us lazier but that’s a decision which solely rests upon our soldiers. Apart from that, the b remote-controlled devices are pretty much useful and increase the convenience of the people. Here, we will tell you about how remote-controlled devices make our lives easier.

  1. Safety

The biggest concern that people have while accepting some new form of technology is regarding its safety. Well, in this aspect the remote-controlled home appliances like microwaves, vacuums, etc. have set a whole new standard. If a particular appliance is operated through the remote-controlled device, then the need for coming directly in contact with the appliance fades away. This means that the user can operate a particular appliance from a safe distance and this will make sure that he or she remains safe, in case the appliance malfunctions. In addition to this, the user will also remain safe from vibration, noises as well as harmful dust and debris.

  1. Ease in using

 

This is one of the reasons which might make a person lazy, but as we have already said, it’s nothing but a personal choice. The remote-controlled devices reduce the amount of fatigue that might be created in the process of making the device to function. The remote system also enables the user to multi-tasks which means that the user can do multiple things at a time instead of giving specific time to a particular appliance. In addition to this, the user can also do multiple operations using the device and that too at the same time.

  1. Increase in productivity

Well, this is one of the strongest points that work in favor of remote-controlled technology. This is the basic thing because of which development and innovation are done. Humans innovate to increase productivity than they already have. If a person works manually on something, then surely it will take more time, whereas if the same person uses a remote-controlled, device, then he doesn’t need to supervise one particular appliance and can use multiple appliances at once.

Well, these are some of the major reasons which justify the use of remote-controlled technology. There are certain points which tell about the disadvantages of remote-controlled technology. The major and the most alarming amongst these is that the remote-controlled technology will make us lazier. Well, as we have already said, this is indeed true and the possibility of this can’t be ruled out, but the advantages of remote controlled technology far outweigh the disadvantages. So, if we see the bigger picture, then the remote-controlled technology is helpful for mankind. …

Five Smart Ways to Use Your Smartphone

Five Smart Ways to Use Your Smartphone


Every now and then we come across an unusual way to use our smartphone. Some of these are so SMART we wish we thought of that. All of these use apps that are standard with the iPhone so you don’t have to download or pay for anything out of the ordinary.

What’s Up Doc?

How often have we gone to the doctor whether for an annual physical or more importantly for a major operation? But once the nurses or physicians start spewing out instructions about prescriptions, frequency, activity, what to do, what not to do, we nod as if we know exactly what we’re supposed to do. But the minute we walk out the door we forget what they said. Now I alert my doctor that I am going to record the instructions so I don’t forget

Car 54 Where Are You?

Have you ever been in a parking lot only to forget exactly where you parked? To avoid this vehicular faux pas I now take a photo of my car spot especially if there is a floor and pillar number to know precisely where I parked. This has become so handy the only thing I have to worry about is whether I have enough battery power to ensure I can turn on my phone when it’s time to leave.

Room Service

I now take a photo of my hotel room number whenever I’m traveling. Remembering your room number at a hotel is easy to forget. You’re so excited to reach your destination and get to the pool, theme park or event that you grab your card key only to forget the room number. So take a pic – so easy! And be sure to password protect your phone in case it gets lost or stolen!

Scene of the Accident

Recently I was in a small fender bender and remembered to whip out my iPhone to take photos of the other driver’s insurance card, drivers license, scene of the accident from various angles and the dents in both cars. I sent them to both insurance companies. Those photos proved to be useful and the other driver was found to be reckless.

Magnify

The other day I had a label that had such tiny print I could not read it. So I took a clear photo of the label then stretched the image to zoom in on the text. This tip comes in handy at restaurants to read menus or to read the back of a device that is hard to move but big enough to fit a smartphone. I know folks who also use it like a mirror by having the camera turn to do a selfie.

What other unique and handy ways have you discovered to use your smartphone?

The Growing Threat of Mobile Device Spyware and Adware

The Growing Threat of Mobile Device Spyware and Adware


Many users of smartphones, tablets and netbooks are unaware of the growing threat of mobile device spyware and adware . Most of them seem to think it is something to worry about in the future. It is not. It is here now and it is spreading fast.

One example of the growing threat of mobile device spyware and adware is Commwarrior which infects Symbian Series 60 devices, including many Nokia smartphones. Commwarrior now accounts for more than ten per cent of all of MMS traffic and telephone companies have had to develop special filters to block it.

Although the growing threat of mobile device spyware and adware exists, it is as yet nowhere near the level experienced by users of the Microsoft Windows operating system. The factors that have limited the growing threat of mobile device spyware and adware include not only the variety of operating systems and hardware but also how they are applied to mobile devices. Some device platforms are closed or limited to digitally signed software and tech companies are also developing spyware applications for mobile devices.

As well as spyware, adware developers are also now homing in on mobile devices. Bus stop advertising has been designed with a device that sends out spam messages via Bluetooth. However, this is currently only effective once the device owner accepts the message. Therefore bus stop advertising companies are now working on technology that uses software installed on mobile devices that automatically receives and displays advertising transmitted via Bluetooth. This software, which runs in the background, will eliminate the need for the user to accept the message before it is displayed. In addition, the software will collect demographic information from the mobile device owner, allowing companies to tailor their advertising to individuals.

This function of the software is likely to bring it within the industry definition of adware. Mobile device spyware and adware also include worms and Trojans on mobile platforms and in mobile devices. The growing threat of mobile device spyware and adware is a result of companies producing applications that are less and less affected by the limiting factors mentioned above.…

Mobile Phones Can Carry 18 Times as Many Germs as the Toilet Handle in a Man’s Bathroom

Mobile Phones Can Carry 18 Times as Many Germs as the Toilet Handle in a Man’s Bathroom


Tests have shown that the average mobile phone carries 18 times more bacteria than a toilet handle, some of which are could be harmful.

The tests, carried out by Which? magazine, show that almost a quarter of the 63 million mobiles currently used in Britain are potentially hazardous to health. One of the mobiles tested had so many germs that it could have given the owner a serious stomach upset, with 39 times the safe level of enterobacteria found on it. It also showed traces of faecal matter, along with bugs responsible for food poisoning such as e.coli and staphylococcus aureus.

As phones are used so regularly in modern life, all the germs which our hands come into contact with on a daily basis will also come into contact with our mobile phones. Not only that, but with the advent of smartphones, phones are often passed back and forth between people to look at something online or to watch a video or view a picture. That means your phone won’t only be exposed to the germs from your hands, but also those of anyone else who touches it. And, because we don’t often clean our phones – you can’t exactly just run them under the tap – the bacteria simply build up, layer by layer.

Of course, the problem also goes for larger devices such as laptops and iPads, and even if you have a removable iPad skin the chances are you won’t be able to keep all of the germs out.

To keep your phone as safe and clean as possible, take simple steps such as making sure you wash your hands after handling food or using the toilet, and be aware about who you pass your mobile over to.

Phones can be easily sterilised with an alcoholic wipe, and it’s also wise to invest in a phone cleaning kit which will keep your phone germ-free as well as having the added benefit of ensuring your touch screen is clean and clear, making it easier to view and use.…

Why the Motorola Triumph Smartphone Offers Too Little Too Late

Why the Motorola Triumph Smartphone Offers Too Little Too Late


The Motorola Triumph smartphone is one of the latest Android phones to hit the market, but although it’s a modern phone, most of its features aren’t that modern. Following is why the Motorola Triumph is the last of a dying breed.

Outdated Camera

Having an HD camera is one of the biggest perks of owning a smartphone, and while it’s uncommon to see 8 megapixel and even 12 megapixel cameras on modern smartphones, the Motorola Triumph under-delivers in the camera department. While the Motorola Triumph’s inbuilt camera isn’t horrible, it’s more comparable to smartphone’s of “yester-year” with only 5 megapixels, a VGA front-facing camera, and 720p video capture with up to 24 frames per second, while 1080p and 30fps is the modern norm.

Inferior Hardware

If you thought that the outdated camera of the Motorola Triumph is the only feature that needs an upgrade, you’d be surprised to find that it isn’t. The modern smartphone features a fast dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, a quick GPU, and lots of storage space, but not the Motorola Triumph. The Motorola Triumph is seriously lacking under the hood with a 1 GHz single core, 512MB of RAM, and 2GB of storage space. Quite frankly, there are MP3 players on the market with better specs than the Motorola Triumph and most of its hardware is half of what’s expected in today’s market.

Android 2.2 Only

Android 2.3 Gingerbread is the latest Android operating system and will feature many upgrades from Android 2.2 including, a new keyboard, better word selection tools, more efficient power management, better application control, internet calling, better camera options, upgraded download management, an all-new user interface, and lots of other great features, but none of those features will be experienced on the Triumph. While most smartphones are getting rid of the old and getting with the new, the Motorola Triumph is clinging onto the past and will feature Android 2.2 instead of the new and efficient Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

No 4G Internet Options

Fourth generation wireless technology, or 4G for short, has been alive and well since 2009 and is the most modern method for connecting to model devices while they are out of Wi-Fi range. 4G internet is usually a surefire feature of most modern phones, but unlike other modern smartphones, the Motorola Triumph won’t feature 4G access and will only support 3G mobile internet capabilities.…

Samsung Galaxy 5 GT-I5503 Smartphone Review

Samsung Galaxy 5 GT-I5503 Smartphone Review


Smartphones are making it big these days and it seems that they’re a threat to conventional cellphones. There are a lot of cheap smartphones out there. In fact, I even have a friend who got his for around $120. It’s not branded but it works fine. I’ve been using conventional cellular phones for years. Then, I decided to jump right into smartphones and I got my hands on my very own Samsung’s Galaxy 5 GT-I5503/00.

It has a 2.8-inch touch screen capable of 16 million colors, a 2-megapixel camera, an audio jack, a 170 MB internal memory and an expansion slot for Micro SD cards up to 32 GB. One great thing about this phone is that it uses the Android 2.1 operating system. It is feature packed and it’s sort of like a small computer. There are thousands of applications and you can get a lot of them free at the Android market. Just be careful on what you download and install. There are quite a number of viruses or mal-ware roaming around.

One thing that users would really appreciate is the ease of navigation throughout the phone’s functions and features. The Samsung Galaxy 5 does seem to live up to that expectation especially with its full touch capabilities. Coming from a conventional cellular phone with a simple operating system and keypads, I find it really easy to use the phone and adjust its settings. There are a myriad of things you can do and you most likely won’t get lost. It may take only a few hours before you get the hang of it.

As a mobile device, it needs to be connected. That’s the reason why you have a mobile phone in the first place. You need to be always in contact with other people and the Samsung Galaxy 5 gives you lots of options. It has 2G/3G, EDGE, GPRS, Wi-fi LAN and Bluetooth. You can easily connect it to other devices using its USB connectivity. It can also act as a regular USB mass storage device especially if you’re used to transferring files using drag and drop.

It has basic texting and calling functions and they do not eat up too much of your battery’s power. I just had a 17-minute conversation with a friend a while ago and it only ate 3% of the phone’s battery life in 2G and that’s roughly up to 9.35 hours which is a fairly accurate claim on paper. It has a long battery life and short charging time through USB or an outlet.

When it comes to audio and video, it won’t disappoint. The audio output is good and quite loud. You can even use external speakers, headsets or earphones. It can play MP3 and WAV files. It also has an FM tuner if you want to listen to your favorite radio stations. Its video capability is not something you can just shun aside. Even though you can only play MP4 files, the …