Texting and driving doesn’t work

Well over a million people  world wide are victims of mobile phone misuse in traffic. Snapchat can be one of the biggest traps these days for people to text and drive. The “snaps” are quick and people are compelled to react to them. The message still has not got through about mobile phones and driving. Why? Plenty of people have been hurt. Too many people have been killed or seriously injured. The police and emergency services are over removing mobile phones from the hands of a deceased person behind a wheel. Nothing sadder when the phone is active and the person is not. YouTube is now full of videos of people using mobile phones and driving. There are personal videos, police videos and advertising designed to stop people indulging this destructive habit. It’s like people cannot understand it’s dangerous. It’s their mobile phone. It rises above all. It conquers all. It is invincible. There are people , like the instructors in this Belgian driving school, who are trying hard to help people break these stuck thoughts about mobile phones. It really is important to clearly demonstrate why this is dangerous and how it is because people just are not getting it. Technology has given us mobile phones but it has also given us the avenues for constantly re educating people about good uses of mobile technology as opposed to dangerous ones. 

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Right age for a mobile phone

This is hard. I was at a meeting the other day and one of the people was saying a six year old in his family wanted a mobile phone for Christmas. Wanting and having are two different things. The family decision was no. We were talking about it , though, and it is a hard decision for parents to make these days. The everyone else has one argument has been there forever no matter what the item. It’s not a reason to give someone something. Mobile phones can be costly, they can open a child up to the internet, they can open a child up to cyber bullying, media images and content. it seems to me safety is one of the strongest reasons for a child to have a mobile phone , that and the convenience of communication when parents have to run around meeting work commitments and then family commitments. As we talked we more or less came to the consensus that upper primary was probably okay – 12/13 years of age. It really does depend on the child and family. Commonsensemedia has a series of questions you can ask which might help you decide. Parenting has a rational discussion about it with some helpful things which can be considered. Canstarblue also has some important points for consideration. Ownfone puts the risks in a nutshell for you because that is the thing which is the deciding factor…do the benefits outweigh the risks?

Troubleshooting tablet technology

aussieoutagesWhen things go wrong on a tablet or phone you have to keep calm and troubleshoot:

1. Check you have battery resources
2. Check you are connected to wifi/mobile provider if you should be
3. Check national and international outages
4. Close all the open apps
5. Turn off phone/ tablet and turn on again
6. Turn off modem, count to 10 and on again
7. If it is one app then delete it and reinstall it
8. Google like mad to see what the workarounds are.

The aussieoutages site is a good place to go in Australia because it lets you know if there is an issue. For the first time ever I had a problem on my iPad air. Instagram would start opening and then pop shut. Nothing. On my android phone there was no issue so I knew it wasn’t really an Instagram problem per se. I went to aussieoutages and sure enough there were a lot of people having a problem. There can be network conflicts which can create problems and with our current weather there could be things which affect wifi delivery. It was odd it was one device. This afternoon it started working again just fine and that was when I had gone to my iPad ready to delete the app and try reinstalling it. I had just used my phone in the meantime.

Phone charging

The information in this video is authenticated by the links in the information under the video. Mashable is a reliable site and so the information is likely to be sound. Phones and small tablets might overheat if they are not plugged into their dedicated chargers. If you plug them into a powerboard usb then common sense needs to prevail and you check your phone or small tablet. Same thing if you are charging off a computer. The dedicated chargers generally do not seem to allow the phone to overheat . If you are having trouble charging your battery, before you go out and buy a new one, try trickle charging it. That means you need to use an older charger or the usb connection in your car. They charge more slowly and so will often get the charge started and it might take forever but hen you will be able to charge the battery normally. For more information about phone batteries go to lifehacker. Batteries are just not in the same league as the technology we are using. Eventually they will resolve this battery dependence but , until then, stay informed, keep calm and charge away! Experience is a great teacher and by now we should have a lot of information about smartphone maintenance. I find they warm up if you use them while they are plugged in. Same with smaller tablets. They just want to charge and multitasking is out of the question.

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5I always run behind with my mobile phone. I let everything sort itself out and then move slowly to another model, in my own time, when I feel like it. I have upgraded my Samsung Galaxy Express ,which I came to really appreciate, to a Samsung Galaxy S5. The Express was getting too slow and clunky for what I wanted to do. Having moved on, it’s nice being upgraded. However, there is no offline FM radio for the Samsung Galaxy S5 and that comes as a disappointment to me because I could use one now. I have a little one I can use independently but it would be good to have one I could use on the phone or which runs from the earplugs as they used to. I do not always have a wifi connection and I am not using mobile data to stream radio. Bit of FM flexibility would not go astray because we are supposed to be living in a personalised world. An offline FM tuner capability would be good for rural areas which don’t always have access to reliable wifi or mobile signal. They say offline FM tuners have been abandoned because no one used them. I use them and lots of people on the internet seem to want to use them because they are googling what I am googling. Please let us have the option. Other than that I find the S5 to be very reliable, smooth and helpful as a phone. It was chewing through the battery as it downloaded and updated apps and my phone but it set it up really well so all my apps were there from the play store and it only took about 10 minutes to be up and running. Now it has set itself up , the battery usage is good. The camera is superior to the Express and that is a feature I really want. It runs very quickly and smoothly on the Net and that is another feature I want. It’s tactile sounding keyboard is good for me because I have trouble with touch keyboards. This one is pretty good as touch keyboards go. I really like it and have adapted to it quickly because it is efficient and effective. I did embarrass myself when I rang someone accidentally instead of texting them because of how things are set out and I don’t find there is a good contrast onscreen between the orange and green colours they have used. I then couldn’t find out how to stop the call because it was different from the Express. The fun of learning a new phone. The power saving options are good, the information I am provided with is good and I really like the active apps deck you can bring up that I have shown in the picture. As you can see, I was trying everything to get offline FM Radio. Not to be. Now I know why the young man on the train had his phone AND a little MP3 player. Makes you look very retro.  Next week I shall be doing the same . Wake up Samsung! At least provide us with the option of a headset/earplugs with FM tuner. AndroidPit has a list of Android phones which do have an offline FM Tuner.

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