smartphones http://www.kplu.org en A Rising Tide of People `Pushes Back' Against Technology http://www.kplu.org/post/rising-tide-people-pushes-back-against-technology <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Do the little alerts from your phone make you twitch? Is Facebook leaving you more depressed than satisfied? If you’re feeling tired of being constantly connected to the Internet, you’re not alone.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">University of Washington researchers say there’s a new phenomenon on the rise. Called “pushback", it refers to people who are choosing to unplug.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 10645 at http://www.kplu.org A Rising Tide of People `Pushes Back' Against Technology Why I ditched my smartphone http://www.kplu.org/post/why-i-ditched-my-smartphone <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">By the end of this year, about one and a half billion people will have a smartphone. That’s one for every five people on the planet—and remember, that number includes babies.</span></p><p>But I'm one of the ones who longs for the good old days—you know, when phones were just used to call people. It's not that I'm a complete Luddite; I just have a hard time restraining myself with such a cool gadget and not letting it take over my life. That's why I decided to ditch my smartphone.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 16 May 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 8791 at http://www.kplu.org Why I ditched my smartphone 'Tis the season to lose your smartphone http://www.kplu.org/post/tis-season-lose-your-smartphone <p></p><p>The holidays are time of joy. But it’s also prime time for losing things.</p><p>According to a <a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/beware-of-600-pm-on-saturdays-in-december-182358791.html">study</a> commissioned by Seattle-based online backup company <a href="http://www.mozy.com/about/">Mozy</a>, smartphones top the list of lost items.</p><p><strong>You're most likely to lose something at 6 p.m. on a Saturday in December</strong>. Keep that in mind when you're reaching for the eggnog.</p><p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 21:51:41 +0000 Dave Meyer 7305 at http://www.kplu.org 'Tis the season to lose your smartphone Why Amazon might make a smartphone http://www.kplu.org/post/why-amazon-might-make-smartphone <p>There&rsquo;s been <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-07-06/amazon-said-to-plan-smartphone-to-vie-with-apple.html">growing speculation lately </a>that Amazon has a smartphone in the works. But why?</p><p>It&rsquo;s a crowded market out there in smartphone land. There&rsquo;s a whole bunch of phones based on Google&rsquo;s Android software, there&rsquo;s the Microsoft Windows phone, and of course, Apple&rsquo;s iPhone.</p><p>Also, a small sampling of people on a downtown Seattle street didn&#39;t show a whole lot of interest in an Amazon phone.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 5700 at http://www.kplu.org Why Amazon might make a smartphone Microsoft and Nokia: will this marriage work? http://www.kplu.org/post/microsoft-and-nokia-will-marriage-work <p>When Nokia decided its <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symbian">Symbian</a>&nbsp;operating system wasn&#39;t the path to success in the smartphone market and started looking for outside options, it found two major suitors: Microsoft&#39;s <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-us/default.aspx?WT.srch=1&amp;WT.mc_id=Search&amp;6A3C8556-8651-476E-BB34-9282C1DE5675">Windows Phone 7</a> and Google&#39;s <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-us/default.aspx?WT.srch=1&amp;WT.mc_id=Search&amp;6A3C8556-8651-476E-BB34-9282C1DE5675">Android</a>.</p><p>The Friday before Valentine&#39;s Day, Nokia announced it was hooking up with Microsoft. Will this marriage work? <a href="http://stratnews.com/">Strategic News Service</a> publisher Mark Anderson says this deal may not be the best thing that ever happened to Nokia, but it won&#39;t be the worst.</p><p> Tue, 22 Feb 2011 12:15:25 +0000 Dave Meyer & Mark Anderson 822 at http://www.kplu.org Microsoft and Nokia: will this marriage work? Microsoft teams up with Nokia http://www.kplu.org/post/microsoft-teams-nokia <p>In a widely expected move, <a href="http://www.nokia.com/press/press-releases/showpressrelease?newsid=1488007">Microsoft and Nokia have announced</a> they're joining forces on the smartphone front. Nokia has long been a leader in the cell phone industry, but has fallen behind Apple and Google in the smartphone arena. Microsoft has been playing catch-up with its Windows Phone 7. The new partnership melds Nokia hardware with Microsoft software in what the companies hope will be a winning combination.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 11 Feb 2011 21:24:33 +0000 Dave Meyer 781 at http://www.kplu.org Microsoft teams up with Nokia No cash, no card, no problem with Starbucks smartphone app http://www.kplu.org/post/no-cash-no-card-no-problem-starbucks-smartphone-app <p>Technology-savvy consumers could soon be able to leave their wallets behind when picking up a cup of Joe at Starbucks. &nbsp;</p><p>The Seattle retailer is expected to announce Wednesday that <a href="http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/18/now-at-starbucks-buy-a-latte-by-waving-your-phone/?src=twt&amp;twt=nytimes">customers will be able to use smartphones to pay for goodies</a> at 6,800 stores the company operates in the United States and 1,000 that are in Target stores, according to Claire Cain Miller of the New York Times.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Jan 2011 16:04:59 +0000 Charla Bear 559 at http://www.kplu.org No cash, no card, no problem with Starbucks smartphone app Smartphone insecurity http://www.kplu.org/post/smartphone-insecurity <p>NPR recently reported on how your company’s IT department can <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=131511381">wipe out your smartphone</a> if you use it to retrieve email from work.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.stratnews.com/">Strategic News Service</a> publisher Mark Anderson says it’s a two-way street:&nbsp; employee phones can also breach corporate security. &nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 30 Nov 2010 11:05:01 +0000 Dave Meyer & Mark Anderson 230 at http://www.kplu.org Smartphone insecurity