AT&T and T-Mobile Marriage: Speak now of forever hold your peace…

Do you take AT&T to be your law­fully wed­ded hus­band? Photo credit:

AT&T’s announce­ment that it will buy T-Mobile was per­haps one of the biggest shock­ers of this year. The $39 bil­lion deal, if approved by the FCC would leapfrog the com­pany ahead of the nation’s top com­peti­tor, Ver­i­zon. The recent news set social net­works and news media a buzz. Com­monly retweeted responses reveal that many con­sumers are more con­cerned about cov­er­age and less about the out­come of this merge.


Smartphones: Great for Technology but Harmful to Your Health

NEW INFORMATION released by the World Health Orga­ni­za­tion reveals that radi­a­tion from cell phones can pos­si­bly cause can­cer| WHO Press Release.

Black­ber­ries, Androids, and iPhones: What do these smart­phones have in com­mon? They’re the fron­trun­ners of inno­v­a­tive mobile tech­nol­ogy in the United States, and the top sell­ers of their mar­ket. They pro­vide on demand news, email, and social media, and vir­tu­ally the total inter­net expe­ri­ence on a phone. Which is why so many Amer­i­cans are mov­ing from ana­log phones, also known as, “Dumb phones” to smarter ones. Niel­son esti­mates that one in two Amer­i­cans will have a smart­phone by Christ­mas 2011.

Nix­ing an older “dumb phone” for a smart one, can be com­pared to trash­ing an old tele­vi­sion for a flat screen, seems like the pro­gres­sive move to make…right? Sure, if your look­ing for bet­ter fea­tures and more effi­ciency in a phone. How­ever smart­phones aren’t com­pletely god sent, they pose a huge and per­haps one of the most scari­est unknown tech­nol­ogy risk.

All phones emit a small amount of radi­a­tion, how­ever smart­phones emit sig­nif­i­cantly larger amounts. The Envi­ron­men­tal Work­ing Group con­ducted an exten­sive new study that sur­veys the sci­en­tific research on cell­phone heath risks and pro­vides radi­a­tion data of the cur­rent cell­phones in use.

10 smart­phones with the high­est radiation

1. Motorola Bravo (AT&T): 1.59 W/kg)
2. Motorola Droid 2 (Ver­i­zon Wire­less): 1.58 W/kg
3. Palm Pixi (Sprint): 1.56 W/kg
4. Motorola Boost (Boost Mobile): 1.55 W/kg
5. Black­berry Bold (AT&T, T-Mobile): 1.55 W/kg
6. Motorola i335 (Sprint): 1.55 W/kg
7. HTC Magic (T-Mobile): 1.55 W/kg
8. Motorola W385 (Boost Mobile, U.S. Cel­lu­lar, Ver­i­zon Wire­less): 1.54 W/kg
9. Motorola Boost i290 (Boost Mobile): 1.54 W/kg
10. (tie) Motorola DEFY (T-Mobile); Motorola Quan­tico (U.S. Cel­lu­lar, MetroPCS); Motorola Charm (T-Mobile): 1.53 W/kg
Source: Envi­ron­men­tal Work­ing Group

It’s too early in the research process to directly cor­re­late cell phone radi­a­tion to harm­ful health risk. How­ever, the EWG report does point to research that links cell phone radi­a­tion to an increase risk of, sali­vary gland tumors, brain can­cer, migraines, ver­tigo, and decreased male sperm count (it kept in pocket). Sounds scary huh? Well, until fur­ther research is con­ducted and its affects are final­ized, it’s hard to con­cretely say smart­phones are bad for your health. How­ever con­sumer aware­ness is golden. It’s impor­tant for peo­ple to know and under­stand how any tech­nol­ogy, food, or envi­ron­ment prod­uct effects them.


Overloaded: Online Addiction

Monique Wright checks an incom­ing tweet on her phone, while on Facebook.

Monique Wright, 23 is a cyber social but­ter­fly. “I usu­ally spend about five hours a day online, she said. Wright is an active mem­ber of Foursquare, Face­book and Twitter.

Yes! I’m the mayor of Avanti Mar­ket, she’s going to be mad I stole it from her,” laughs Monique as she checks into Foursquare.

Wright keeps her Android smart phone by her side and through­out the day she’s con­stantly chat­ting and updat­ing her tweets, sta­tus and loca­tion. How­ever, Wright admits, lately she has been feel­ing a bit, overloaded.

It’s get­ting to be too much, so I’m giv­ing up Face­book and Twit­ter for two months, I need a break,” said Wright.

Most peo­ple are like Wright, accord­ing to a Nielsen study Amer­i­cans spend nearly a quar­ter of their time every­day online on social net­work­ing sites and blogs. Mash­able, a “top source for news in social and dig­i­tal media, tech­nol­ogy and web cul­ture,” con­ducted a poll to find out how much time peo­ple spend online. Sev­eral peo­ple com­mented on their story and weighed in on their per­sonal inter­net usage. Here is what some peo­ple self reported.

Mash­able Poll Com­ments: Online Usage Habits


Living Online: What does your brand say about you?

The inter­net has become an intrin­sic part of daily lives. It’s no longer just a tool, but a cat­a­lyst for social change, cul­ture, busi­ness and the way we com­mu­ni­cate. Most peo­ple social­ize, work, shop, research, net­work, and do almost every­thing right from their browsers.

The “Inter­net Age” as some would call it, has taken the world by storm and lit­er­ally has change the game in many ways. Any­one has a chance to stand­out: The young and intel­li­gent have made bil­lions from it and the every­day “Joe,” turned inter­net sen­sa­tions has cashed in thou­sands. We are embark­ing on some­thing new and the world is a buzz.

Every­one is talk­ing Face­book, Google, Youtube and Twit­ter, but impor­tantly every­one is talking…online. This blog will explore some of the high­lights, pit­falls, and suc­cesses of ‘Liv­ing Online.’