Technologists have always been drawn to bright and shiny objects. That's why mobile development has focused on geolocation, streaming video, biometrics and impressive app gymnastics. But the core of the mobile phone—at it's heart, it is a telephone, capable of making voice calls—has generally been ignored. As Zappos has discovered, that can be very bad for business. What the retailer figured out is that texts, emails and other customer communications are far less effective at closing sales than what Alexander Graham Bell thought up. This is one of those surprising conclusions that if you think about, shouldn't be surprising at all. Texting and email force the customer to type everything they are saying instead of just talking about it. In texting, customer service reps invariably are trying to handle several customers at once—which explains those long awkward silences after you've asked a simple question. In a phone call, you usually have the full attention of the … [Read more...] about Memo to IT: You do know that a mobile phone is still a phone, right?
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Tired of getting calls from automated spammers or creepy strangers? If so, you need to know how to block a number in Android. Figuring out how to block calls, however, can take some digging. Some manufacturers bury blacklist features deep in the settings pane, and some older devices may not provide native blocking features at all.Thankfully, there are several ways to block calls on your Android device. Here, we’ll take a look at how to do it with your phone’s native features, and we’ll suggest a couple of Android apps that are worth considering. Lastly, we’ll provide information on how to block callers via your phone carrier.The methods for doing this will vary slightly according to your specific device and the version of Android that you are using. Many tutorials exist for your specific device. Try searching on YouTube or the XDA developers forum.There is no universal path for blocking contacts on Android smartphones, and it’s a feature the vanilla … [Read more...] about Stop those unwanted phone calls and learn how to block a number in Android
President Obama may have cemented his position as the most technologically savvy leader to date, but some of the candidates looking to succeed him may not garner that same reputation. Despite giving the Apple Watch a relatively detailed review last year in an interview with Buzzfeed, we’ve now learned that Jeb Bush probably wasn’t qualified to be passing any judgment on the smartwatch. As it turns out, Bush only recently found out that the Apple Watch does, in fact, make calls. And how can you call yourself an Apple superfan if you don’t even have all your product specs straight?Bush’s blind spot on Apple Watch functionality is made all the more entertaining by the fact that he has long expressed his love for the iEmpire, and has touted his Apple Watch all across the campaign trail. But clearly, he’s been missing out on a core component of the wearable’s functionality. On Wednesday, Bush made an amazing discovery when he … [Read more...] about Jeb Bush just discovered the Apple Watch can make phone calls
“The first program executed under Section 215 of the Patriot Act authorizes the collection of telephone metadata only,” said National Security Agency Director General Keith Alexander before the House Intelligence Committed on June 18. Called for a rare public hearing on the NSA’s activities, Alexander uttered this statement just a week after the first of an ongoing set of top-secret leaks from former contractor Edward J. Snowden.“As you’ve heard before, the metadata is only the telephone numbers, and contact, the time and date of the call, and the duration of that call,” Alexander continued. “This authority does not, therefore, allow the government to listen in on anyone’s telephone calls, even that of a terrorist.”Predictive analytics is about revealing “unvolunteered truths” about people.This is one of the prevailing storylines of the NSA and its defenders: The phone data collected, via Verizon, on virtually every man, … [Read more...] about What’s the NSA picking out of your phone calls? Just ‘unvolunteered truths’
One of the great things about the Apple Watch is how it puts some of the power of the iPhone right on your wrist. And this includes the ability to make or receive phone calls. In this tip I'll show you how you can make or take calls via your Apple Watch. How to make a phone call on your Apple WatchThere are three ways you can make a phone call on your Apple Watch: the Phone app, your Favorites list or via Siri. I'll show you how to make a call each way below.How to make a call with Siri on your Apple Watch - Press the Digital crown and then say "call" and the name of your call recipient. Siri will automatically make the call for you without any further need for you to do anything.How to make a call via your Favorites list on the Apple Watch - Push the side button below the Digital Crown on your Apple watch to bring up your Favorites list. Then turn the Digital Crown to select your call recipient and tap on their icon. Then just tap the phone icon on the bottom left of the recipient's … [Read more...] about Apple Watch: Make and receive phone calls
Companies are on the lookout for the next big innovation that will change the game. For example, Samsung has been adopting flexible displays on its smartphones. Although the technology raises more questions than answers, Samsung has already confirmed in a meeting today that it will announce a phone with a curved display next week. Get the Free Tracker App to find a Luvabella in Stock Fellow South Korean rival, LG, is also said to be working on a phone with a flexible display. According to ZDNet, LG is currently testing a phone called LG Z that features a concave curved display. LG is reportedly planning to launch the phone this month. The LG Z, according to sources, will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and will support LTE.Take this with a grain of salt though as LG has yet to confirm the report. … [Read more...] about LG Working On A Flexible Phone Called LG Z?
In an increasingly mobile world, many business owners and employees can't afford to be either out of touch or tethered to a wired desk phone. At the same time, they don't want to be required to pack both personal and business smartphones. Business phone system smartphone apps offer business owners a solution that keeps mobile workers in touch anytime, anywhere, so workers don't have to carry more than one device or risk commingling business and personal communications.By downloading and installing a simple, low-cost app on an Android or iOS device, users can receive communications on their personal smart devices from any location. Callers, meanwhile, will have a way to reach you outside of the office that doesn't involve your personal number."Instead of having a landline in your office, you can have a phone [number] that works on any device or any network," said Doug Brackbill, CEO of Line2. "The idea is that the phone number is no longer attached to a specific device."While anyone can … [Read more...] about Could Your Business Benefit from a Phone System Mobile App?
If you hear the sound of running water the next time you call a co-worker on his or her mobile phone, don’t be surprised. Three-fourths of Americans with mobile phones say they use them in the bathroom, a new study shows. Approximately the same number of men and women have used the phone in the bathroom, according to a survey of 1,000 Americans by 11mark, an integrated marketing agency, although men seem more tethered to IT in the toilet: 30 percent of men versus 20 percent of women agreed with the statement, "I don't go to the bathroom without my mobile phone." More than half the surveyed users (63 percent) said they have answered a phone call in the bathroom, and almost half (41 percent) reported initiating a phone call. That's not all, however: What goes on behind the walls of the stalls is anything a mobile phone is capable of. Sixty-seven percent said they have read a text, and 39 percent have surfed the Web. Men work more from the bathroom—20 percent said they … [Read more...] about Most Workers Admit Using Phone in Bathroom
Looking for a home-based business idea? A new book aims to talk you through the process of becoming a phone-sex operator. Author D.L. Johnson offers tips for getting started in the just-released The Pillow Talk Guide, an e-book that gives the scoop on the nearly $5-billion-a-year adult phone line industry. While she admits the profession isn't for everyone, Johnson said she wrote the book to help women understand the pros and cons of becoming an at-home operator. The book's first few sections are geared toward having the reader take a good look at themselves, family and friends by answering a few questions about their personality and relationships. They're designed to help the reader decide whether or not to forge ahead. The remaining sections explain what type of callers to expect, how to handle the calls, what taxes to expect and how to set up a home office and acquire the necessary support resources for home-based businesses. The Pillow Talk Guide eBook is available for download at … [Read more...] about Sexy Advice: How to Become a Phone-Sex Operator
How do you make international calls from your mobile phone? Mobile carriers often charge exorbitant rates for international phone calls but you can Internet based services like Skype or Google Hangouts and call any landline or cell phone number in the world for a low per minute fee.All you need is a mobile phone connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot and some credit balance in your account for making the phone call. You can use these VoIP apps when travelling overseas as well and make significant savings for both domestic and international calls.Now consider a scenario where you have a mobile phone but there’s no Wi-Fi around and the 3G/4G services are either slow or unavailable. Would you still be able to place calls through any of these apps? The answer is obviously in the negative but there’s at least one app that has figured out a unique solution to this common problem.The app, known as Ringo, lets you make international calls from your mobile phone but “without” … [Read more...] about Make International Phone Calls from your Mobile even without the Internet