5 Reasons to Save Money for a 5G Phone

Galaxy A90
The Samsung Galaxy A90 5G is just one of a whole new wave of 5G phones hitting the market.

Speed goes up, prices come down.

By Rick Richardson

The majority of phones sold today are enabled for 4G connectivity, but if you’re looking to get yourself a new phone with the New Year, you would be wise to bide your time and get yourself a 5G phone.

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Here are five of the best reasons why:

1. 5G networks are better than ever and keep improving. When launched, 5G was limited to a few of the busiest areas of the biggest cities. But now, 5G is present in many more locations than before and will soon spread further.
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The Top 5 Technologies for the Next Decade

Illustration of laptop with multiple screensAnd where to find each one.

By Rick Richardson

Heraclitus, the Greek philosopher of Ephesus, is credited with the quote, “The only constant in life is change.” It comes as no surprise that technology is gradually taking over all aspects of our day-to-day life.

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The rise of cutting-edge technology – including cloud-based computing, big data analysis, wearables, machine learnings, internet of things, AR/VR and drones – has been exhibiting nothing but change. Moreover, the rise of 5G technology is establishing even further growth prospects.
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Make Your Gadgets Much Harder to Find and Steal

Trailhead sign with hiker heading out"Out of sight" isn't enough.

By Rick Richardson

If you’re leaving a phone or tablet in your car for some reason, you probably put it in the glovebox or out of sight under something a fair bit less valuable. That’s just common sense.

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But in fact, your gadget’s Bluetooth may be making them way more visible than they ever could be with the naked eye.
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When Should Your Child Get a Smartphone?

Family of three using smartphones on couch5 points to consider.

By Rick Richardson

If it seems like all your friends have smartphones, you may be on to something.

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A new report by Common Sense Media, a nonprofit that reports on technology and media for children, found that by the age of 11, more than half of kids in the U.S. have their own smartphone. By age 12, more than two-thirds do, and by 14, teens are just as likely as adults to own a smartphone.
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Tim Berners-Lee Launches Plan to Fix the Web

Portrait of Tim Berners-Lee
Berners-Lee

The time is NOW, he said.

By Rick Richardson

Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, has officially launched the Contract for the Web, a set of principles designed to “fix” the internet and prevent us from sliding into a “digital dystopia.”

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At launch, the initiative has received the backing of over 180 organizations, including tech companies such as Microsoft, Google, DuckDuckGo and Facebook, and nonprofit groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
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China’s Congress Passes Cryptography Law

Computer monitors morph into chain linksIt takes effect Jan. 1.

By Rick Richardson

The Standing Committee of the 13th National People’s Congress in China has passed a cryptography law, and it will be effective on January 1, 2020, according to a Chinese media report.

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The announcement came one day after Chinese President Xi Jinping’s call on the country to seize opportunities in blockchain technology.
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Microsoft Packs 4 Tools into 1 Nifty App

Illustration for Office mobile appExcel, Word, PowerPoint, and PDFs? Yes, please.

By Rick Richardson

Want to put Microsoft’s Office software on an iOS or Android device? Soon you won't have to download individual versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to use them.

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In an announcement from its Ignite conference in Orlando, Microsoft revealed that it's beginning to publicly test a new version of the Office app that will combine the three popular apps into one primary, centralized Office app.
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Gain 42 Workdays by Banning PowerPoint

Woman in business attire with papers flying around behind her backLet the briefing document be your ally.

By Rick Richardson

According to Jeff Bezos and Jack Dorsey, replacing PowerPoint presentations with hard-copy briefing documents is an incredible timesaver and productivity boost, so much so that banning PowerPoint might be the smartest thing a leader can do.

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If you follow their advice, what should this “briefing document” look like? The most time-honored and reality-tested briefing document is what's sometimes called an executive summary, initially developed and refined by Tom Sant, who is without question the world's top expert in sales proposals.
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New Storage Tech on a Glass Coaster

Man holding film canisters, woman holding piece of glassA glass coaster can hold a 143-minute movie... but it's not for consumers.

By Rick Richardson

The world has been hard at work, trying to find solutions to store the 100 zettabytes of data that are expected to hit the cloud by 2023.

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Microsoft and Warner Bros., for their parts, have just demonstrated why they think they are ahead of the game – both in protecting past archives and in storing those to come.
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Google Shakes Up Business Fundamentals

Illustration of image search"Visual Search" and a slew of AI-powered tools shakes up supply chains, consumer habits.

By Rick Richardson

Visual search – the ability to initiate a search query using an image captured by the camera lens on a mobile device – has increasingly become a channel that can drive consumers from becoming aware of a product to making a purchase.

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Gartner classifies visual search as an emerging technology, which puts it right on par with findings from an eMarketer survey suggesting that few consumers "regularly" use it.
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Make That Old Whiteboard ‘Smart’

https://amzn.to/2Js5ZeDReusable, inexpensive and app-oriented.

By Rick Richardson

You can now bring your old whiteboards into the 21st century with Rocketbook Beacons. These four re-stickable, reusable Beacons convert your writing surface into a smartboard by integrating with popular cloud services in the free Rocketbook app.

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Brainstorm the next great mission with your crew, capture and share your ideas, and then take your Beacons with you to your next adventure. The Beacons Go-Pack is $15.
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Go Paperless with the Best Smart Notebooks

Illustration of reMarkable notebook
The reMarkable "smart" notebook

Need a smart pen? There's one of those, too.

By Rick Richardson

Whether you love paper and pen or prefer to live paper-free, you still probably need to take notes, read PDFs or maybe even illustrate an idea with a sketch.

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Smart notebooks help bring ideas typically captured on paper into a digital format. Some smart notebooks also involve real paper.
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Google Announces New Privacy Enhancements

sample screenHow does rolling auto-delete sound?

By Rick Richardson

Google is kicking off Cybersecurity Awareness Month by rolling out new tools that give customers greater control over their privacy when using Google Maps, YouTube and Google Assistant. The company has confirmed that it’s launching incognito mode for Maps, which will debut on Android this month before expanding to iOS “soon.”

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When you turn on incognito mode in Maps, your Maps activity on that device, like the places you search for, won’t be saved to your Google Account and won’t be used to personalize your Maps experience, Google’s Eric Miraglia wrote in a blog post.
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