Author: Jessica Oaks

How to Avoid Phone Bill Shock When Traveling Abroad

If you haven’t traveled abroad before, one thing that demands your attention is how you intend to communicate – and get around – while you’re away. Talking, texting, accessing social media, and using turn-by-turn GPS navigation may cost you little when you’re at home, but overseas, it could cost you a fortune. That is, if you don’t take proper precautions ahead of time. Thankfully, there are ways to avoid sticker shock when your phone bill finally arrives. From the simplest (if lease desirable) solution – not using your phone at all – to solutions that will meet your needs but cost you a bit of money, you have no shortage of options. It’s simply a matter of finding the solution that best suits your needs and wishes. Here are some helpful tips if you’re traveling abroad with a cell phone for the first time. Turn Off Data Roaming The most effective way to avoid unnecessary bill charges while abroad is simply not using your phone. Of course, that may be difficult to do. After all, we use our phones for everything now. As a nice compromise, consider turning data roaming off completely. This will prevent your phone from attempting to access data without your knowledge, as well as from third party networks. If you don’t have a proper international data plan for your device (more on this below), even...

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Mobile Gaming and a Look at the Next Five Years

Mobile gaming has come a long way since the early days of the industry. Today, mobile gaming tends to be associated with tablets and smartphones, but who can forget the Nintendo Gameboy and Sega Gamegear? Though mobile game consoles have been on the market for decades, nobody can deny that everything changed in 2007 with the release of the first iPhone. When discussing mobile gaming, it isn’t be a bad idea to speak in terms of “Before Smartphones” and “After Smartphones,” as their impact on the market was industry-changing. But this does raise the question: where does mobile gaming go next? If mobile console platforms like the Nintendo Gameboy, Sega Gamegear, and Sony PlayStation Portable owned the industry for nearly 20 years, then clearly smartphones and tablets have a ways to catch up. Not only in terms of longevity but the breath of the user experience, as well. How do mobile games continue to evolve to keep players interested, and what hardware changes will be required to bring renewed interest to the market now that smartphones are quickly reaching their 10th birthday? Let’s take a look. The Smartphone of the Future For years, the traditional mobile game console featured a small screen up top and a slew of buttons down below. Until that suddenly was no longer the case. The Gamegear placed the screen in the middle with the...

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New iPhone, New Deals

The announcement of the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus (cue the 6S “Success” headlines) means that once more people will be lining up outside of Apple stores across the nation looking to buy the latest and greatest from Cupertino. But it also means that just as many people are likely looking to get an outgoing iPhone 6 for rock bottom prices. And for good reason: the outgoing model isn’t exactly shabby. Why not take advantage of the lower purchase price if you’re still using an iPhone 5C or 5S? If you’re in the market for a new phone, the buyer’s guide below might help you make the ever important decision of which device to purchase. Do you buy the newest model, knowing that you’ll have the best in the marketplace? Or do you pick up the outgoing model – something that’s nearly as good – and put the savings towards a weekend trip, car bill, nice meal out with a loved one, or any number of other expenses that you may be avoiding? And once you decide which phone is right for you, do you buy the device upfront or pay installments? Here’s the info you need to make a decision! iPhone 6S v iPhone 6: Which to Buy? If you’re considering picking up the new model (and aren’t locked into a carrier), T-Mobile is worth a look....

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The Future of Mobile Security

The belief that “my phone can’t get hacked,” is outdated and dangerous. In fact, smartphones are getting hacked with greater frequency than ever, and mobile security measures are increasingly unable to offer viable protection. As we become more and more dependent on our smartphones and tablets for day-to-day computing and communication, they will become even more attractive targets for hackers. Clearly, steps must be taken, both by consumers and the industry at large, to better safeguard these devices against prying eyes. Thankfully, these steps are already starting to take place, and the end result of such measures is likely to be enhanced mobile security for everyone. Consumer Measures: What You Can Do to Protect Your Phone We all lock our car doors knowing that a determined thief will be able to bypass this security measure in little time. But we take this simple step anyway, because we know that though such actions may not stop the determined thief, it will stop the casual thief. Why draw attention to yourself and waste precious time trying to get into a locked car when you can simply go down the aisle until you find a car that’s unlocked? In many ways, it’s no different with today’s phone security measures. If a foreign government suddenly decides to hack your phone, you likely won’t be able to stop it. But being as that’s unlikely,...

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Mobile “Kill Switch” to Improve Security for People and Businesses

To thieves running a muck in the streets, a shiny, $600 iPhone is a pretty enticing item to snatch. So much so that statistics project one in three thefts in the United States involves a smartphone. Stolen mobile devices, on top of monetary loss experienced by the owner, pose major security problems due to how much of our lives lie within our phones. In order to counter the threat of becoming a victim of an “Apple picker” a mobile kill-switch implementation is about to sweep the nation, starting with California. The Golden State will enforce a new law mandating that all smartphones made after July 1, 2015, must include a “kill switch” by default. A kill switch essentially is technology that allows smart device owners to remotely lock their phones and wipe data if needed. This will essentially deter potential robbers from even trying to take a phone in the first place since it would render useless once in unauthorized possession. Thus, security for people as well as business is set to greatly improve. Identity theft has been increasingly prominent in the pass decade. With more credit card usage, more data sharing, and the digitalization of nearly aspect of daily life, personal information has a higher chance of being exposed and exploited. When a smartphone is stolen, so is the life that is stored within it. This could include...

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