Mobile Phones &Software by Wes Novack on 30 Sep 2018

Project Fi: Google’s own mobile phone service

After years with Verizon Wireless as my mobile provider, I finally had to jump ship. The massive degradation of their service at my new home, combined with Verizon’s refusal to do anything about it, led me to seek out other options. I could no longer send and receive MMS (picture) messages at home. On top of that, calls would often disconnect and/or become unreliable.

Thankfully I had recently purchased a Moto G6, which supports all of the US mobile phone carriers. That’s right, my shiny new Motorola packs antennas that are capable of using voice and data service from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. That opens up a lot of choices for what network to use!

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But wait, isn’t this post about Project Fi? It sure is! Back in 2015, Google introduced Project Fi as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO). The mere launching of an MVNO wasn’t anything ground-breaking though. There are many MVNO’s in the US, including Boost Mobile (running on Sprint’s network), Cricket Wireless (running on AT&T’s network) and MetroPCS (running on T-Mobile’s network). Typically, MVNO’s offer cheaper rates and lower monthly fees, compared to their “host” network operators.

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Hardware &Software by Staff Writer on 18 Sep 2018

Best car technology

Cars and newzealandcasinos have been there since the late 19th century and they have been developing. The models of cars that you see now are not what was there back in the day. But we will not disregard the fact that they were always helpful then and as they are now. They have been one of the most reliable modes of transport.

Cars have been the pivot of everyone’s life whether being used as public transport or as private transport.

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Mobile Phones by Wes Novack on 01 Sep 2018

The futility of Verizon Wireless Customer Service

Can you hear me now? NO WE CAN’T

Back in July, I posted a tweet (embedded below) about switching away from Verizon Wireless, to Google’s Project Fi.

Verizon Wireless then reached out to me, and said:

“We certainly don’t want you to leave us. What’s happening that you are thinking of switching?”

I replied, explaining that my service had degraded tremendously recently, and that I could no longer reliably send/receive MMS (picture messages) or phone calls from my home.

They requested that I move the conversation to a private Direct Message, so that we could discuss how they might help me. What ensued was a bizarre and frustrating conversation with their support, where I repeated myself over and over again and where they tried to lay blame on my phone, even though I informed them that the same issue was occurring with 3 separate devices on their network. Incredulously, they even pointed a finger at my WiFi and home network during the conversation!

The conversation was such a waste of my time and so ridiculous that I had to publish it here. They asked *me* to discuss the issue with them, and their big revelation was that my area has “variable coverage”. Ya think? And of course, they wouldn’t promise to actually investigate the coverage in my area or, gasp, try to improve it. The ugly mess of a conversation is below, if you’d like to torture yourself.

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Mobile Phones by Staff Writer on 14 Jul 2018

Cell phones

Cell phones are portable telephones that transmit signals through a cellular network. This system enables people to make phone calls or send text messages.

Background of a cell phone.

Motorola was the first company to make a cell phone. This was between 1973 and 1983. It was called DynaTac. It was heavy and had to be charged after every 30minutes of use.  Back in those days, almost every household had a landline so the cell phone was not so essential.

Not many people had the cell phone when I was first introduced. We all know that if anything is introduced the demand is likely to be high and hence it is a bit costly. So not everyone could afford to have a cell phone until another version of a cell phone was introduced.

Benefits of a mobile phone

Often the name cell phone is used interchangeably with mobile phone and smartphone. This is because the makers argue that the difference between a mobile phone and a smartphone is that a smartphone has improved applications but the functions are the same. In other words, a smartphone is an advanced version of an ordinary mobile phone.

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Entertainment &Software by Staff Writer on 25 Jun 2018

World Cup VAR: technology is transforming the beautiful game

The 2018 World Cup isn’t just about the top footballing nations battling it out for the ultimate glory; it is also perhaps the test ground for FIFA to ensure fairer gameplay. To do that, FIFA has progressed far more than just employing yellow and red cards. The focus for them is to ensure that games get as an accurate a result as possible.

To do that, they have launched the Virtual Assistant Referee (VAR) system.

Yes, along with the greatest footballing nations in the World Cup battling it out, we have another trial test that is as important as controversial: the VAR system.

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Hardware &Software &the web by Staff Writer on 17 Jun 2018

Non-profit Technology can help you do good

Due to time and budgetary constraints, many non-profit organisations tend to put technology way down on their priority lists. However, there is now a major case for why they should be bringing technology back up to the No. 1 position!

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In order to assist in allowing the adoption of the latest technology to become an easier, and more affordable, activity for non-profit organisations of all sizes, Microsoft recently launched a brand-new programme for these called Technology for Social Impact, or TSI. It allows for predictable pricing along with standardised discounts, and further makes several Cloud and Hardware offers available for non-profits to take their pick from.

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Software by Staff Writer on 17 Jun 2018

Racial bias is a risk with facial matching system

The Australian government-proposed Facial Matching technology risks racial bias, and may well have a chilling effect on the Right to Freedom of Assembly should it not be administered with further safeguards, says the Human Rights Law Centre, or HRLC.

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This warning was contained within a submission to a parliamentary committee, which is examining the Coalition’s proposal that Home Affairs be able to collect, make use of, and disclose information about facial identification.

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