Should we enable cell service on flights? Americans say NO!

A study done by market research institute Nielsen has revealed that an overwhelming amount of Americans who travel by air – 89 percent in fact – would prefer to keep their flights disconnected from cell service. “A total of 8,150 individuals, aged 18 years and older who have flown with an airline company in the last two years were surveyed in an online poll. Respondents from China, France, Germany, India, Japan, South Africa, Sweden, the UAE, the UK and the US participated in the survey from February 16-26, 2018.” The American participants of the survey mainly cited “nuisance, disturbance” as

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Soon you’ll be able to pick up a BMW for your wrist

Previously, when someone said they own a BMW, your first thought might be of a luxury sports car. Now when someone mentions their BMW, they might just be talking about the one on their wrist. BMW has partnered with Fossil Group to “collaborate on development of a new range of watches and smartwatches sporting the former’s brand,” according to TechRadar. The end products will be distributed by both BMW and Fossil. So far there is no release date and both BMW and Fossil are being secretive about the design. But, what we do know is that Fossil designs smartwatches for

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How has electronic payment processing changed tipping?

Every country, and many professions, have different standards regarding tipping. Of course, your waitress may be more than happy to break your bill to make some change for you, but what about the increasing amount of people who don’t carry cash? How has that trend in North America, and elsewhere, changed tipping? For one thing, payment processing machines often suggest a tip amount that can be anywhere between fifteen and 30 percent. This seems normal at certain business establishments, but some are wondering if the option to include the suggested tip amount is prompting some businesses to ask for tips

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More cities will be revealing 5G service from AT&T

Wondering when 5G service will be coming to your city? On July 19th, AT&T announced three more cities where the company plans to launch a 5G network by the end of 2018. According to CNBC, these are Oklahoma City, Charlotte, NC, and Raleigh, NC. Previously, AT&T had promised the same to Atlanta, Dallas, and Waco, Texas. AT&T Chief Technology Officer Andre Feutsch said Oklahoma City, Charlotte, and Raleigh were chosen “based on where the company already held spectrum, or airwaves that carry data, and were open to AT&T installing the necessary infrastructure.” “We worked with the cities that embraced the

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Hey Canadians – the government wants your telecom complaints!

Earlier this year, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission declined an advocacy group’s request that it investigate what some were calling “unfair sales tactics” in the telecom sector. Despite the CRTC’s resistance, the Governor in Council demanded it “conduct an inquiry in the name of consumer protection and affordability,” explains The Calgary Herald. Consumer protection and affordability became hard to ignore after media reports arose concerning sales associates who said they “felt pressured to sell services that consumers didn’t want or need.” As part of its investigation, the CRTC is asking consumers to “share their personal experiences online or by

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Stylish extension banned by major browsers

Have you used or heard of ‘Stylish?’ According to Ars Technica, its an extension with over two million downloads worldwide, which “allowed users to customize the look and feel of websites in a variety of ways” such as “remov[ing] clutter [on] Facebook or Twitter news feeds, chang[ing] normal pictures to black-and-white manga images,” and so on. As the numbers would suggest, Stylish was very popular – but now it has been removed from Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera platforms. These browsers removed Stylish as an extension because it was “caught tracking every website its users visited—and sending the data to

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Students from select countries can get discounts on OnePlus devices

Students know better than anyone how valuable discounts can be. Post-secondary students are accustomed to discounts on some of the internet’s most popular services, such as Amazon Prime and Spotify Premium. If you’re looking for a new phone, students from certain countries are eligible to receive a discount from OnePlus products as well. If you’re a post-secondary student living in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Czech, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the U.K., or the United States, you’re eligible to receive a discount of “five percent off any OnePlus device, including all variations of

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New Sprint unlimited plan axes high resolution video streaming

As reported by Engadget, Sprint is extending the amount of variety in its unlimited plans, to appeal to users who might be a bit more selective. Right now, Sprint’s most lucrative plan is Unlimited Plus, which “comes with unlimited data, talk and text, as well as a Hulu and Tidal Premium subscription.” This is great for someone who uses their smartphone for everything.  It streams videos up to 1080p and music up to 1.5Mbps. It only throttles hotspot connection speed back to 3G after 15GB of use. This costs about $42 USD per month per line. Not everyone needs all

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Congress unrelenting on internet privacy questions

Who doesn’t remember Mark Zuckerberg testifying before U.S Congress and Senate, answering the government’s need-to-know questions about privacy following the Cambridge Analytica scandal? Well, Mark Zuckerberg might be out of the spotlight for now, but Congress isn’t done asking questions. On Monday, July 9th, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce revealed letters it had sent to Apple CEO Tim Cook and Alphabet CEO Larry Page. The subject of these letters, according to CNET, was an inquiry into “how the companies protect users’ privacy.” A lot of the questions in the letters were surrounding mobile privacy. Apple makes iPhones, and

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Rogers breaks up with Spotify and the NHL

If you’ve signed with Rogers Communications in the past, you might have benefited from six free months of Spotify premium and a subscription to NHL Live. This sales incentive has been helping to promote Rogers’ Share Everything Plan since 2015. But, if you are looking to gain these perks in 2018, you’re running out of time. Starting July 30th, Rogers is dumping its Spotify perk and its NHL Live offer. So, if you’re looking to get in on them, you have until July 29th. If you’re in one of the early months of your Spotify plan, which doesn’t expire before

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