T-Mobile has completed its merger with Sprint. As of today, the two carriers are one — they’ll do business simply as T-Mobile. They’re also clearly confident in the transition, as CEO John Legere is stepping down early rather than waiting until the end of April as his contract dictated. COO Mike Sievert is taking Legere’s place, effective immediately.
Smartphones can be quite expensive, as you well know. If you want to save a lot of money, considering taking a look at this deal at Amazon on the “unlocked” LG Stylo 5 Smartphone. I do not know how long this deal will last. This smartphone features a 6.2″ FHD+ FullVision Display (2160 × 1080) 389 ppi screen, 3 GB of RAM with the option to add up to 2 TB of microSD expandable memory, and Android 9.0. This is the only budget smartphone that I know of that features a “Stylus Pen”. The built-in camera features a 13 MP PDAF Rear Camera and a 5 MP wide-angle front-facing camera with Portrait Mode. The processor is the 1.8 GHz Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon SDM450. To keep the price of this phone down, Amazon has tied the phone into their world of apps, music, shopping, etc… with ALEXA built-in. You can see the customer reviews by click on the link above (and below).
November 29, 2019
Today’s Thoughts From Rick – “Used My Smartphone To Remotely Monitor A Generator During A Power Outage”:
There are so many things that you can use your Smartphone for that you probably are not even aware of. During a power outage yesterday (Thanksgiving) my past skills from yesteryear in emergency management (with the State of MD) kicked into gear. At a very rural location where the internet only exists with satellite, cell phone coverage is next to non-existent, and a generator is required during outages; I was able to remotely monitor, from my smartphone, the operation of the generator (kudos to Kohler) in real-time; monitor the precise location where the outage (power lines down) occurred and the status of the repairs (kudos to PE-First Energy); and, communicate by email with a family member at that location. In the end, after a 10-hour outage, we met with the family member, performed a post-assessment of the event, and then had our Thanksgiving dinner.
Folks, as we continue to dive into smart devices and AI (artificial intelligence); learn to use the technology that is available through these devices to improve your quality of life and make yourself and others safer. At the same time, always have a contingency plan in place if these devices fail.
Today’s Tech News Briefs:
Today’s Software Pick:
LastPass Password Manager – The last password you’ll ever have to remember. This easy to use password manager will make your browsing a lot easier and much more secure without having to remember multiple passwords.
Today’s Android Pick:
PBS NewsHour – An hour-long evening news broadcast, hosted by Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff which offers news updates, analysis, live studio interviews, discussions and foreign and domestic reports to put the day’s news in context.
Today’s “How To” Pick:
Create shortcuts for apps, files, folders, and web pages in Windows 10 – One of the most efficient ways to access your favorite apps, files, folders, and web pages is through shortcuts. That is why, in spite of the clutter, many of us choose to have lots of shortcuts on our desktops. This tutorial shows you how to create all kinds of shortcuts in Windows 10. There’s quite a bit of ground to cover, so let’s get started — Continue Reading @ Digital Citizen
Today’s Amazon Deal (don’t know how long this deal will last):
Folks, as you well know, today is Black Friday and at Amazon the deals are now live…
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‘What’s On My PC‘
I’m sorry for the catchy title, but it is a topic of importance… Today I had someone that wanted me to help them on their smartphone and as I was touching their phone (which was not very well-kempt), I started wondering; How many germs was I coming in contact with? Where has this phone been? Has the phone ever been cleaned? Do they use their smartphone when on the toilet?
Following this experience, I started looking for some information on this and came across a USAToday article from back in February that indicated “Your smartphone is 7 times dirtier than your toilet…” The article specifically pointed out that:
Fecal matter can be found on 1 out of every 6 smartphones, according to a 2011 study done by researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
“Mobile phones have become veritable reservoirs of pathogens as they touch faces, ears, lips and hands of different users of different health conditions,” researchers observed in a 2009 study of bacteria removed from personal calling devices.
All of the bacteria picked up during your day-to-day activities ends up on your daily dialing devices, and odds are, you don’t clean them often or well enough.
“All cellphones are going to have bacteria on them because we hold them up to our face…
The bottom line here is; you can head off germs by washing your hands frequently and you need to clean and disinfect your phone daily. What I use is Lysol Handi-Pack Disinfecting Wipes that is safe to use on electronics including Smartphones, Tablets and Remote Controls (see full description below).
So, take my advice, keep your hands clean and your smartphones clean… The outward appearance of your smartphone can tell a lot about you…
Lysol Disinfecting Wipes can be used as a convenient way to clean and disinfect your household surfaces. Each pre-moistened disposable wipe kills germs wherever you use it, even suitable to use on wood. No bottles, no sponges, no mess. Kills Salmonella Enterica (Salmonella), Influenza A Virus Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 and Respiratory Syncytial Virus on hard, non porous surfaces in 10 minutes. Kills 99.9% of Viruses and Bacteria. Removes more than 95% of allergens (Pet Dander, Dust Mite Debris and Pollen Particles). Lysol Disinfecting Wipes are also safe to use on electronics including Smartphones, Tablets and Remote Controls.
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“What’s On My PC“
This is a question I get asked a lot. What is 2G, 3G, 4G or 5G?
Simply put, The G here stands for generation. The higher the generation, the higher the upload/download speed.
For example, here are the generations of GSM network standard (see definition below of GSM). They are GSM (2G, 2.75G), WCDMA (3G), HSDPA (3.5G), HSUPA (3.75G), LTE (4G, including FDD-LTE, TD-LTE), The G here stands for generation. The higher the generation, the higher the upload/download speed.
GSM is the full name is Global System for Mobile Communication. It’s a digital mobile communication system widely used in Europe and other parts of the world. It is the most widely used of the three digital wireless telephone technologies (TDMA, GSM, and CDMA).