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.’


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