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What is a Mobile Hotspot?

Posted by Helen Akers on Apr 23, 2018 10:52:12 AM

Did you know you can turn your smartphone into a mobile hotspot? A hotspot allows you to connect a laptop or tablet to the internet when you’re away from home or not close to a location with Wi-Fi service. Once you enable a mobile hotspot on a smartphone, it uses the cellular network to send out a Wi-Fi signal so other devices can connect.

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Topics: cell phones, Technology, tablets, data, internet

The Trick with Unlimited Data Plans

Posted by Erika Allen on Jan 24, 2018 3:23:13 PM

 

 

If you're in the market for an unlimited data plan these days, you really have to check the fine print. That's because most carriers now offer throttling along with their unlimited data plans.

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Topics: cell phones, data

4 Ways to Make Old Smartphones Work for You

Posted by John Adams on Sep 20, 2017 11:13:38 AM

 

 

 

However much you love your smartphone, you’ll eventually be looking for an upgrade. You may want the latest version of your current model or to try a new model, or your phone may just be getting old and “beat up.”

But what are you supposed to do with your old smartphone when it’s time to upgrade? Here are four ways to make your old smartphone work for you, rather than letting it sit around collecting dust.

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Topics: cell phones, Technology

Who Upgrades Their Phones More Often?

Posted by John Adams on Jun 23, 2017 10:55:49 AM

 

 

Wireless consumers are loyal to their favorite mobile devices. They’re accustomed to either Android or Apple operating systems (OS) and they’re also particular about using certain models of smartphones. Everyone loves getting all the latest smartphone features, but which users are more likely to upgrade from their current device?

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Topics: cell phones, Technology

4 Tips to Secure Your Parents’ Smartphone Use

Posted by John Adams on May 15, 2017 10:25:06 AM

 

 

If you’re under 40, you’re probably familiar with the wireless world we live in. Teens are even more so, since they’ve barely known life without smartphones. But many parents, including Baby Boomers, are still learning the ropes.

When your parents got their first smartphone, you probably sat down and tutored them on using new features. But did you remember to teach them basic smartphone security before you showed them how to work the camera or sign in to Facebook? If not, here are four smartphone privacy and security tips to pass along to your less technologically savvy family members.

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Topics: cell phones, Technology

What Works Best for You? Unlimited or Shared Data

Posted by John Adams on Apr 3, 2017 3:59:22 PM

 

 

When you’re choosing a wireless plan, you’re often faced with a huge decision: unlimited or shared data?

Everything you do on your cell phone uses mobile data, including calling and texting. Mobile data usage is calculated using gigabytes (GB). Voice calls and texts use such a small amount of data that most carriers don’t count their usage against monthly data plans. But for sending pictures, posting status updates, checking email, or just accessing the internet, wireless carriers do keep track of data usage.

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Topics: cell phones, Technology

4 Ways to Free Up Smartphone Space for Better Performance

Posted by John Adams on Feb 23, 2017 3:50:27 PM

 

 

Having enough space on your phone to download pictures, music, or the latest app is a priority for many smartphone users. We could all use a few extra gigabytes (GB) of storage on our phones. While some smartphones let you add small memory chips, if you’re a heavy user, that extra space might not be enough.

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Topics: cell phones, Technology

3 Ways Smartphones are Changing Agriculture

Posted by Erika Allen on Feb 8, 2017 11:04:48 AM

 

 

Earlier this year, we explored how people use their smartphones. People who work in agriculture, especially the next generation of farmers, are increasingly turning to digital and mobile technology to manage their business. You’d be amazed at how much you can actually accomplish from your phone while standing in the middle of a field!

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Topics: cell phones, Technology, community

4 Apps to Help You Accomplish Your New Year’s Resolutions

Posted by Erika Allen on Jan 11, 2017 9:43:12 AM

 

 

We get into this pattern every year: It’s a New Year and it’s time for change. But then, inevitably, we fail. In recent years, the news is riddled with why we’re so bad at New Year’s resolutions.

Social science researchers from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania looked into why we even bother with making New Year’s resolutions. They found that the start of a year is a “temporal landmark,” basically an easy way to separate the “new” you from the “old” you. And this feeling isn’t restricted to January 1. The researchers found these temporal landmarks can occur on birthdays, the start of the month, and even the start of the week.

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Topics: cell phones, Technology

What Are the Top Uses for Smartphones?

Posted by John Adams on Jan 9, 2017 2:27:21 PM

 

 

The days of cell phones being used as talk-only devices are long gone. A survey from Deloitte found that average users check their phone 47 times a day, and an Apple security briefing reported that their average users unlock their phones around 80 times a day. What are people actually doing on their smartphones with so many phone checks, and how do you stack up against them?

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Topics: cell phones, Technology

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