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The Hazards of Public Wi-Fi and 13 Ways to Avoid Them

Posted by Helen Akers on Oct 2, 2018 11:37:30 AM

Public Wi-Fi networks are everywhere, making it convenient to go online when you’re away from home or traveling. From coffee shops and fast food restaurants to hotels and schools, public Wi-Fi networks are prevalent and easily accessible. Even though they offer quick convenience, they can present multiple security and privacy concerns.

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Topics: security, internet, wifi

Four Reasons Why Fixed Wireless Internet Can Fill the Rural Broadband Gap

Posted by Helen Akers on Sep 24, 2018 1:51:14 PM

A lack of access to broadband internet service is perceived as a major problem among twenty-four percent of rural adults, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. An additional thirty-four percent of surveyed rural adults perceive the lack of high-speed internet to be a minor problem. Federal and state funding is in place to help close the gap, but only fifty-eight percent of rural residents currently have active subscriptions to broadband internet, according to the Pew Research Center. Nearly twenty-two percent of those living in rural communities do not go online for any reason.

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Topics: internet, wireless, rural

3 Reasons Why Smartphone Apps are Becoming Subscription-Based

Posted by Helen Akers on Sep 10, 2018 10:44:01 AM

If you’ve ever purchased a smartphone app from the Apple Store or the Google Play Store, you’re probably familiar with the idea of paying for some apps and installing others for free. There’s a good chance most of the paid apps have involved paying a one-time fee to download, install, and use them. But what if you had to pay a monthly or yearly fee to keep using the app?

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Topics: smartphone, Technology, apps

Four Reasons Why In-Building Wireless Coverage is Becoming More Important

Posted by Helen Akers on Aug 30, 2018 11:27:57 AM

The days when wireless phones were mostly used outside have been gone for decades. As landline service has phased out in favor of cellular, subscribers have come to expect good to superior indoor coverage.

Today, up to eighty percent of all wireless traffic starts and ends indoors, according to a CommScope report. In-building wireless coverage can be impacted by multiple factors, including the building’s materials, its layout, the surrounding environment, and the person’s location within the building.

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Topics: Technology, data, wireless

Six Emerging Trends in Online Content Viewing

Posted by Helen Akers on Aug 27, 2018 1:27:04 PM

The devices people use to stream movies, television shows, and videos is shifting away from larger television screens to smaller smartphone displays. Consumer research groups estimate that consumers will watch up to half of all television and on-demand content on mobile devices by 2020.

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Topics: smartphone, Technology, internet, data

Rural Seniors Don't Have to Avoid Wireless Technology

Posted by Helen Akers on Aug 20, 2018 12:40:43 PM

Senior citizen population percentages are beginning to increase in rural communities, according to studies by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. By comparison, the percentage of seniors living in rural areas surpasses the percentages in urban and suburban communities.

Rural seniors can face unique challenges that come from living independently in areas without the same resources as suburbs and major cities.

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Topics: smartphone, internet, Technology, senior citizens

6 Symptoms of Smartphone Malware and Solutions

Posted by Helen Akers on Aug 7, 2018 5:29:03 PM

Protecting your smartphone against malware is as important as guarding your home computer against unwanted threats. Anti-malware apps are becoming increasingly popular as a way to prevent unwanted applications from installing. While malware infections are not as common on Apple iPhones as Android-based devices, an anti-malware application is recommended for both.

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Topics: Technology, smartphone, security

10 Ways Artificial Intelligence is Transforming Smartphone Use

Posted by Helen Akers on Jul 19, 2018 3:49:38 PM

In the AMC television series Humans, machines powered by artificial intelligence (AI) technology look and sound like real humans, fulfilling tasks real humans are too busy to do on their own. The show’s storyline depicts some of the more troublesome potentials of AI, but its recent growth and integration into our lives is expected to continue.

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Topics: cell phones, Technology

Save More Memories this Summer with Samsung

Posted by Helen Akers on Jul 3, 2018 1:41:45 PM

This summer is flying by with holidays, family vacations, summer camp, and more! Samsung can help you save every memory with July’s Double Your Memory Promotion.

The summer season brings opportunities for travel and the need to access entertainment content on the go. While you’re with the family in the car, driving to the water park, or sitting on a crowded plane preparing for a four-hour ride to your vacation spot, you want to be able to watch your favorite videos and listen to your favorite songs.

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Topics: cell phones, Technology

Drones Can Save the Agricultural Community Time and Money

Posted by Helen Akers on Jun 19, 2018 1:17:29 PM

According to a 2017 poll, thirty-one percent of farmers are considering the use of drone technology. The use of drones in agricultural communities is gaining ground due to several key benefits, including higher crop yields, time management efficiencies, and long-term planning abilities. Combined, these benefits allow farmers to increase productivity, while controlling costs and environmental risks.

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Topics: Technology, agriculture, cell phones