Ever-nostalgic Gen Z-ers are resurrecting a bygone ghost of technology's past: flip phones, or "dumb phones" of a bygone era that long predates the smartphone age.
"I think you can see it with certain Gen Z populations — they're tired of the screens," Jose Briones, a dumb phone influencer who moderates the r/dumbphones subreddit, told CNBC. "They don't know what is going on with mental health and they're trying to make cutbacks."
Honestly? We get it. Kids today have grown up surrounded by more technology than older generations could only imagine, and while phones and social media have become integral to everyday life in a society-shifting way, a lot of recent research has suggested that constant exposure to screens and social media might actually be really, really bad for people — especially for young folks.
Low-cost device launched to solve mobile blackspots with SOS and two-way texting for Android and iPhone
The Motorola Defy Satellite link is a small Bluetooth puck that gives any Android or iPhone satellite texting.
The Defy Satellite link gives any Android or iPhone an instant upgrade with the ability to send and receive text messages via satellite, solving the problem of mobile dead zones for emergencies and wilderness adventures.
Announced ahead of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and produced by the British phone manufacturer Bullitt under the Motorola brand, the Satellite link connects to a normal smartphone via Bluetooth and uses an app to send not only SOS messages but general two-way chat via texts.
The lightweight, credit card-sized puck will ship from about April, costing £99 on its own or £149 when bundled with 30 messages a month and an SOS assistance service from FocusPoint for the first year. It connects to geostationary satellites via a new MediaTek chip to send SMS to regular phones with replies sent using the cross-platform Bullitt Satellite Messenger app. A button on the side can also send an SOS alert with location without needing to connect to a smartphone.
Alongside the puck, Bullitt also announced the Cat S75 rugged smartphone, which has the same satellite communications system built into it, costing £549. The Android is the continuation of Bullitt’s long-running rugged phone business aimed at first responders, rural workers and off-grid hobbyists.
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AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile will put down 3G for good this year. Even if you don’t have a 3G phone anymore (and chances are you don’t), the technology most certainly changed your life
The history of the world is divided into two eras:
B3G (Before 3G): During this time, cellphones were primarily used for talking and texting. Sure, you could load a website but you could also snowshoe from New York to Alaska in the same amount of time.
CBE (Cellular Broadband Era): Once the heavens opened and the cell towers ushered in 3G, we got it all: speedy mobile web browsing, apps that let you summon a car (or burrito) to your door and an endless stream of selfies. And it only got faster as time went on.
Starting next month, the third-generation wireless networks that served as a rocket booster for the smartphone will be turned off forever.
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We wanted to share this sweet story about pro golfer, Adam Scott, calling Ross Campbell, a man with brain injuries, who believed the two were longtime golf buddies.
In these trying times, pick up the phone and make an unexpected phone call.
Human connection: simplified.
In a phone-a-friend moment during the coronavirus pandemic, Adam Scott reached out to a fellow golfer who’d been waiting for his call.Under the headline “No cameras, no trophies, but Adam Scott just won the lockdown’s act of kindness award,” the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reported Tuesday about an interaction between one of the world’s leading players and a fan he’d never met, but who believed the pair were playing buddies.
Ross Campbell reportedly has seven brain tumors and experiences confusion, including a belief that he and Scott regularly played rounds together.
The 76-year-old Campbell's daughter reached out to Scott while he was briefly back in Australia and the golfer readily agreed to make a call.
The newspaper quoted Campbell's wife, Pam, saying she stood by in tears as the pair spoke.
“They talked golf and Ross mentioned that he gets very wobbly in the legs when he goes out to play. He’s in a wheelchair and can hardly stand up but Adam must have sensed this and said he gets wobbly in his legs, too,” Pam Campbell told the Herald. Continue reading.
Remember how technology was supposed to make our lives easier? Jet packs, flying cars and a sweet little robot to bring us our coffee--ahh, memories of a future that hasn't happened, yet!
Anyone working from home right now is realizing the power of technology, and its severe limitations.
We've compiled some tips to ease your day-to-day relationship with your cell phone, specifically the phone being used for business purposes.
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