Weekly Cell Phone News in Review–July 6, 2015

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Digital Amnesia: Mobile Phones Deprive Users of Memory Skills
A lot of people prefer to store information in their mobile phones instead of keeping it in their heads; thus the loss or breakdown of a mobile phone can be a disaster for modern people. Kaspersky lab surveyed 6,000 users aged 16 and older in eight European countries. The results showed that 49 percent of UK respondents do not remember their parents’ telephone numbers, 57 percent haven’t memorized the number for their place of work, 71 percent of parents can’t dial their children off the top of their head, and 87 percent don’t know the number of their children’s schools by heart. On the other hand, 47 percent can recite the phone numbers they had when they were between age 10 and 15, likely before devices had such large memories. Researchers from Kaspresky Lab called that phenomenon “digital amnesia.” Story in RT.com.

Sprint, T-Mobile CEOs Clash on Twitter
T-Mobile Chief Executive John Legere is no stranger to pushing the buttons of his fellow telecom chiefs. It’s just not that often when one of them pushes back. Late last evening, Legere seemed to praise Sprint for keeping its chin up in the hyper-competitive industry-but then he quickly called out the company’s “All In” marketing efforts as a fail. It was a typical missile from Legere’s Twitter account that followed a typical theme: People are generally frustrated with their telecom service, either because of excessive fees or substandard service; T-Mobile is the “uncarrier.” In other words, we’re not like those other guys you hate. This time, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure returned fire. He responded directly to the tweet with a few of his own. In one, he said he was tired of T-Mobile’s “Uncarrier bull-,” and said the uppity rival is worse than Verizon Wireless and AT&T, the Nos. 1 and 2 carriers, together. Story by Brian R. Fitzgerald for The Wall Street Journal.

BlackBerry Considers Bacteria-Free Device for Hospitals
BlackBerry may design a bacteria-free smartphone as it bids to become the secure mobile choice for the health-care industry. The Canadian mobile manufacturer is partnering with ThoughtWire and Cisco Systems Inc. to provide nurses and doctors in a Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital unit with a portable messaging and alert system. BlackBerry will be providing the software and devices. It wouldn’t disclose how much it’s spending on the project. Story by Allison McNeely for Bloomberg.

White House Allows Use of Cameras, Cellphones
Want to take a picture inside the White House Blue Room? Well, it’s now OK to pull out your cellphone or camera. The White House on Wednesday ended a long-standing ban on tourists taking photos or using social media during public tours of the building. First lady Michelle Obama made the announcement on her Instagram account. Story by Darlene Superville for The Associated Press.

9 Out Of 10 People Use Their Cell Phone In The Bathroom
Cellular phones have become such a big personal accessory that most people admit to using their phone in the bathroom. Verizon Wireless released a report Tuesday, “True Wireless Confessions: How people REALLY use their devices,” and found that nearly 90 percent use their phone in the bathroom. The survey of more than 6,000 responses from Verizon Wireless social connections found the first thing cell phone users reach for their phone in the morning. In fact, 77 percent turn to their phone first thing in the morning, and 52 percent check it before they even get out of bed. Story by Edward Cardenas for CBS Detroit.

Turkey Considering Safeguard Tariffs on Electronics
Turkey is considering imposing additional tariffs on imported electronics, including cell phones and tablet PCs, among some other types of products, the government said on Wednesday, reviving an earlier debate between local and foreign providers. Consumer unions have warned that such tariffs would not benefit local manufacturers and would place an extra tax burden on Turkish consumers. Story in Today’s Zaman.

Using Your Smartphone May Reduce Your Hand Function
New research from Turkey shows that college student who frequently use their smartphones may be at risk of impaired hand function and reduced pinch strength. While the study does not conclusively link smartphone use with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, it does show that excessive use of smartphones may hurt your hands over time. The results of the study showed students were more likely to have an enlarged median nerve (the central nerve in your hand) if they had high smartphone use. More specifically, the enlarged nerve was more often located in the person’s dominant hand, or the one most often used for texting, browsing and playing games on the phone. Story by John Oldshue for SaveOnPhone.com.

Mobile Phones Lower Overhead Costs, Help Small Business Owners Stay Organized
When Kathy Heeter switched to exclusively using her cell phone for her business, the amount of business she had doubled. She used to miss calls on her landline. If the caller didn’t leave a message, she’d potentially lost a client. Now, if people call and don’t leave a message on her mobile phone, she can just call them back. Using her smart phone has made her more efficient. It can also help cut overhead costs, like those of a credit card reader, a cash register and more. Story by the Associated Press.

Why Cell Phones Won’t Ever Replace Professional Cameras
With the rise of smartphones, many have bemoaned or cheered the death knell of the DSLR, forever banished to antiquity by its less bulky, more Instagram-y cousin. And yet, I can’t remember the last time I saw a professional using an iPhone to shoot a Cavs game or a Galaxy S6 in the hands of a wedding photographer. That doesn’t mean I didn’t see thousands more smartphones than DSLRs in those venues, but we must remember that abundance does not signal superiority. No matter how amazing technology gets, there are some fundamental limitations that will more or less always be in the way of smartphones. In particular, the laws of physics are notoriously difficult to bypass. I’m talking about sensor size. Beyond physics, DSLRs and high-level mirrorless cameras feature interchangeable lenses. Phone manufacturers have to strike a sweet spot between wide-angle and telephoto and often, the telephoto side gets the short end of the stick. Story by Alex Cooke for FStoppers.

 

About John Oldshue

John Oldshue is the creator of SaveOnPhone.com. He worked for over 15 years in television and won an Emmy award for his reporting. He covers long distance and cell phone topics for SaveOnPhone.