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Cell Phone Addiction: Parents Glued To Smartphones Have 'More Negative' Interactions With Their Kids

One in five young adults admit to using smartphone during sex

Elephants Can Distinguish Between Human Languages -- "A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences of the United States of America shows evidence that elephants presented with recordings of humans speaking different local languages react differently based on the language spoken, as well as the gender and age of the speaker."

World's Oldest Masks Go On Display
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The phone book came today, & I marveled at how tiny it is compared to last year's. The latter is 8.5" x 10.5" x 1.5"; the former, 7" x 8.5" x 1".

Flipping through it, I realized that it had businesses only. But it wasn't just the white pages. I looked at the cover & saw that the publisher directs the consumer to "find residential listings at yellowbook.com".

Wow. What hubris. Not everyone has access to a computer (or to the Internet; lest one forget, they are not one in the same). Especially when all one wants to do is look up a phone number.

Poor people still exist. They still need to use the telephone, too.
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MagicJack's next act: disappearing cell phone fees

The company behind the magicJack, the cheap Internet phone gadget that's been heavily promoted on TV, has made a new version of the device that allows free calls from cell phones in the home[.]

The new magicJack uses, without permission, radio frequencies for which cellular carriers have paid billions of dollars for exclusive licenses. [...]

YMax Corp. [...] plans to start selling the device in about four months for $40[.] As before, it will provide free calls to the U.S. and Canada for one year.

The device is, in essence, a very small cellular tower for the home.

The size of a deck of cards, it plugs into a PC, which needs a broadband Internet connection. The device then detects when a compatible cell phone comes within 8 feet, and places a call to it. The user enters a short code on the phone. The phone is then linked to the magicJack, and as long as it's within range (YMax said it will cover a 3,000-square-foot home) magicJack routes the call itself, over the Internet, rather than going through the carrier's cellular tower. No minutes are subtracted from the user's account with the carrier. Any extra fees for international calls are subtracted from the user's account with magicJack, not the carrier.

This may shake things up.

Edit: Of course, buyer beware. Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] fadedpaladin.

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