How much are we really using the internet?!

 In today’s society we use more internet in 1 second than we used during the entire year of 1993!

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That doesn’t really come as a surprise considering the moment we walk into a new place our first question is more than likely going to be, “What’s the password for your WiFi?”. With new technology coming out faster than we can keep up, we are finding ourselves constantly on the internet. Whether we’re just scrolling through Facebook to catch up with friends and family or we’re replying to a work email. Our internet usage has increased so much, in fact, that the world’s usage in a single second surpasses that which was used by the world in the entire year of 1993.

In 1993, only around 1-3% of classrooms and 23% percent of people had access to the internet, and it was not at all commercialized, though that would change completely by 1995. Now the internet is in nearly every household and every public building. You can almost get internet on any public street. It is reported that 1.2 billion people own and/or are using some kind of smartphone regularly, not to mention those who have them, but let them stay idle most of the time.

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Google’s smartphone lead over Apple is shrinking!

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Google’s Android operating system is still leading the pack when it come to smartphone sales in the United States; however, Apple iOS is right on their tail.

From March to April, 52 percent of all the United States were Google’s Android based phones, showing a little gain from their standing this time last year.

In the same breathe, iOS took home 41.9 percent of the U.S. smartphone sales.  Apple partnership with T-Mobile had to do with at least some of their sales increase.

Kantar Worldpanel ComTech global consumer insight director Dominic Sunnebo had this to say, “The highly anticipated release of the iPhone on T-Mobile has benefited iOS in the latest three-month period,  though it has not yet impacted T-Mobile’s share in the market.”

The iPhone 5 was the best selling smartphone for T-Mobile over the quarter ending in May, even through the carrier ;launched the phone in mid April.  T-Mobile also managed to bring in a lot of first time smartphone buyers.

“Among all T-Mobile subscribers who picked up an iPhone from March through May, 53 percent upgraded from a feature phone,” Said Kantar. “That compares with the average of 45 percent of iPhone buyers who jump from a feature phone.  The iPhone also stands to gain more T-Mobile customers down the road.  Among T-Mobile subscribers who plan to change their phones over the coming year, 28 percent are eyeing the iPhone.”

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Wanting a home security system? Why not use you old smartphones and devices?

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Have you ever worried about what is going on in your house while you are not home?  Do you have a couple of old smartphones laying around that you just can’t bare to throw them out?  Then we may have the solution for both of these issues.  There are now some new apps that can turn your old smartphones into remote security cameras for home monitoring.

Launched last month, Presence converts a spare Internet-connected iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch into a free live camera with real-time video and audio streaming, motion detection and notifications.

Gene Wang, chief executive of the Palo Alto had this to say, “Essentially we give you an inexpensive security system that you can use to monitor your house, or help you watch kids, cats, elderly relatives or act as a baby or nanny cam.”

According to Wang, Presence stand apart from traditional monitoring systems because of its free do it yourself system that can be set up simply by downloading and configuring the app.

Basically, the consumer will install and login to their account from two separate devices.  They all they have to do is start Presence on one of the devices and then they can view it on the other.

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World’s Fastest Smartphone, but it is not made by Samsung or Apple!

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We all know how Apple and Samsung are the dominate the smartphone market; however, you will never guess who is coming up on their trail.  Huawei, yes Chinese company Huawei, introduced the world’s fastest smartphone at the annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Most of us Americans have never even heard of Huawei.  I actually owned one for a short period of time and let me tell you, they can hold there own against Samsung and Apple.  Huawei is actually a very large company in China.  Most of the business that Huawei does is networking and telecommunications equipment.  They have overtaken Ericsson to become the largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer in the world.  Huawei is also aggressively competing with Cisco in networking equipment.

Huawei is newer to the smartphone market, but they are making giant strides.  According to IDC, research firm, in the last quarter of  2012, Huawei was in third place in smartphone sales just behind Apple and Samsung.

The Ascend P2 is the now the world’s fastest smartphone.  This new Huawei phone supports LTE Cat 4.  Cat 4 will allow data rates up to 150 Mbps.  That is five times faster then the service at my house.

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Keeping Google Glass different then your Smartphone!

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Scot Huffman, Google‘s vice president of engineering, has said, “One thing that we’re really excited about and working hard on is transforming the way that people interact with Google.”

Huffman is talking about Google’s latest creation, Google Glass.  What he is talking about in the above statement is the way we interact with a search engine, and all of its associated products.

“If you think about a great assistant…they don’t interrupt you every few minutes””It’s the opposite of the experience on your phone today,” Huffman stated, referring to how intrusive our smartphones have become.  Google is trying to change all of that with Google Glass. “We are trying to think of it as…your assistant is ubiquitously with you.”

Under the development at the Google X Lab, Glass is the most provocative way, or your main touch point with Google, might interact with you.

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After failing to buy T-Mobile last year, AT&T to buy Alltel!

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Atlantic Tele-Network Inc’s United States wireless brand, better known as Alltel, is being currently in the process of being bought by AT&T for $780 million.  The idea is to help boost signal in rural regions.

Georgia, Illinois, North and South Dakota, Idaho, and Ohio hold 585,000 Alltel customers.  AT&T said what they are buying is complementary to its current network.

After AT&T’s failed attempt to buy out T-Mobile USA for $39 back in late 2011, the company has tried to find other ways to meet data service growth from smartphone users by expanding their network to improve over all capacity.

After being reviewed by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department, AT&T expects the deal to close the second half of the year.

Atlantic Tele-Network will still have telecom operations in New England, the U.S. Southwest, New York State, Guyana, Bermuda and portions of the Caribbean islands.

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Keep your phone dry and save yourself the headache!

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How many old ways have you tried to dry out your smartphone?  Have you put it in the freezer?  Have you tried keeping it in rice?  How about wrapping them in six socks and putting it in the oven at a low heat? ( I personally do not suggest this one; however, I did know someone who did this and it worked.)  As time goes on, people come up with more and more creative ways to drying out their smartphones.  However, the best way to keep your phone dry is to keep it from getting wet in the first place.

P2i, a British based firm, has developed a “liquid repellent nano-coating” technology that can be sprayed onto a solid surfaces and repel nearly all forms of liquid.

This coating lowers the object’s surface energy with a patented chemical, causing liquids to bead up on contact and roll off the coating without ever being absorbed.

The chemical itself is completely naked to the human eye.  This means once any smartphone, or any electronic device for that matter, has been coated.  It will still be physically indistinguishable from before.

The chemical engineer who developed the technology, Stephen Coulson, had this to say, “You look at it and you can’t see any changes, but when you drop water on it, it will just bead up and drop off. Most importantly, the internals will also be protected to prevent corrosion damage.”

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