People Check Their Cell Phones Every Six Minutes, 150 Times A Day!!!

While it seems as if people are constantly on their smartphones, it may not be so far from the truth, as new research suggests that people, on average, check their phones every six-and-a-half minutes.

The study, commissioned by Nokia, found that the first thing that most people do is check their phones, as many people use their phones as alarms.

The research also showed that most people look at their phone right before bed, to set alarms, check messages and put it on silent.

It doesn’t take a genius to see how prevalent phone use is in between, as you’re more than likely to see someone on theirs while in public.

In the 16 hours awake per day, the average person checks his or her phone a whopping 150 times.

This isn’t just reserved for smartphone users, however, as people with less sophisticated phones are also just as likely to check their phones frequently.

It’s time to unplug, smile at the person across from you on the train and have a face to face conversation. You never know what could come from it…

Hugh Everett | Elite.

Bluetooth Smart Technology: Powering the Internet of Things!!!

Bluetooth® Smart is the intelligent, power-friendly version of Bluetooth wireless technology.
While the power-efficiency of Bluetooth Smart makes it perfect for devices needing to run off a tiny battery for long periods, the magic of Bluetooth Smart is its ability to work with an application on the smartphone or tablet you already own.
Bluetooth Smart makes it easy for developers and OEMs to create solutions that will work with the billions of Bluetooth enabled products already in the market today. Learn more about the technology behind Bluetooth Smart.

Connecting the Internet of Things
First talked about more than 15 years ago, the Internet of Things (IoT) theorized objects and people would connect wirelessly.
Classic Bluetooth provided the means for device communication and manufacturers built hub devices like PCs, smartphones, cars and tablets to take advantage of these connections.

Now, because of Bluetooth Smart, the world is exploding with an incredible array of devices connecting to these hubs.
A projected 30 billion devices will enter into the IoT ecosystem by 2020 according to ABI Research . Analyst firms all over the world recognize Bluetooth Smart as a key enabler in the Internet of Things.

What it Means to You
For consumers, it comes down to the Internet of Your Things. You wake up and go for a run with a heart rate monitor that speaks directly to your smart watch. You brush your teeth with a sensor toothbrush while listening to music through your showerhead. You keep your back straight and protect your computer with sensors at your desk. You watch your kids play basketball with a “smart” ball and shoes.
You unlock your doors, turn on the lights and run your TV with your smartphone. These wirelessly connected devices are making your life better and less hectic while allowing you to benefit from the convenience, empowerment and freedom of Bluetooth Smart technology.

Powering New Verticals
Bluetooth technology gained an early foothold in several industries like consumer electronics, PC peripherals and automotive.
With the advent of Bluetooth Smart, many sports and fitness companies rushed to integrate the new technology because of its power efficiency and ability to connect to smartphone apps—it was the perfect fit for a wide range of devices from heart-rate monitors to cycling computers. Now Bluetooth Smart technology is powering many verticals from wireless medical devices and home automation to retail and wearables.
ABI Research projects Bluetooth technology will experience the highest growth in these markets in the next five years.

Developing with Bluetooth Smart
Bluetooth Smart is an application-friendly technology supported by every major operating system.
The technology costs less and offers flexible development architecture for creating applications to bring everyday objects like heart-rate monitors, toothbrushes, and shoes into the connected world and have them communicate with applications that reside on the Bluetooth Smart compatible smartphones, tablets, or similar devices those consumers already own. This means Bluetooth Smart developers are limited only by their imagination.

Get started developing today .

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Which phones are the world leaders using?

As Barack Obama is rumoured to be ditching his beloved BlackBerry, we take a look at the favoured mobiles of world leaders

Angela Merkel: BlackBerry's biggest fan

Angela Merkel: BlackBerry’s biggest fan 
 Long-time advocate of the BlackBerry President Obama is rumoured to be considering switching to an Android-based smartphone, according to new reports.

The Wall Street Journal reported models from Samsung and LG are being tested by the White House as viable alternatives to the BlackBerry.

“We can confirm that the White House Communications Agency, consistent with the rest of the Department of Defence, is piloting and using a variety of mobile devices,” a Defence Department spokesman told the paper.

It may seem trivial, but the mobile phone choice of world leaders is more telling than just revealing their operating system preference.

Addicted: Mr Obama tapping away on his BlackBerry

Both Mr Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron insisted on keeping their BlackBerries when they joined office, despite security concerns surrounding hacking, espionage and data theft. BlackBerry’s network is considered to be the safest and most secure of the smartphones, resulting in the company being the White House’s primary choice for more than a decade.

Fan: Mr Cameron risks a nasty accident by only holding his BlackBerry with thumb and two fingers

Mr Obama’s love affair with the BlackBerry has been long documented. “They’re going to pry it out of my hands,” said Mr Obama in 2009, who fought long and hard to hang onto his handset. When asked if advisers were trying to ween the President off it, Mr Obama’s spokesmanRobert Gibbs said: “Nobody can do that.” He and Mr Cameron eventually agreed to use encrypted devices, lowering the risk of attacks.

Fan: Angela Merkel can barely contain her excitement over the BlackBerry Z10

Mr Obama and Mr Cameron are not the only high-profile, high-powered fans of the BlackBerry. Last October German Chancellor Angela Merkel was pictured endorsing the BlackBerry Z10, following the claim Mr Obama had personally authorised the monitoring of Mrs Merkel’s phone in 2010. The Z10 Mrs Merkel is holding in this picture had been equipped with Secusite encryption to prevent phone tapping. Previously, the German Chancellor had been using a Nokia 6210 Slide from October 2009, before switching to a Z10 in July 2013.

Hillary Clinton is another notable BlackBerry fan. A picture of her tapping away at it while wearing large sunglasses and a pursed expression became an internet sensation, inspiring the Tumblr Texts From Hillary.

French President Francois Hollande is an iPhone 5 fan, which he uses to conduct Presidential business.

Russian President Vladimir Putin long denied owning a mobile phone, saying in 2010 if he did own one, it would “keep ringing incessantly.” However, since 2012 Putin has been pictured using Android-based MTS-Glonass 945, which is claimed to be Russia’s answer to the iPhone.

Across the world North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un favours the HTC Butterfly over his country’s manufactured Android-based Arirang smartphone. The young leader voiced his excitement about the phone, which is produced entirely within North Korea, saying it was “instill national pride”, but has been pictured with an HTC Butterfly handset resting on his desk during a defence meeting last year.

Mysterious: the brand of phone was debated for some time, with Samsung adamant it was not theirs

Taiwanese company HTC was a politically safer bet for the leader than the South-Korean based Samsung and LG, or US Apple and Motorola. HTC declined to comment on the images at the time, but released a statement saying the company “appreciated the support of all users”.

Thailand’s prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra is believed to own five smartphones, including an iPhone 5, and was previously the CEO of Thailand’s largest mobile phones operator Advanced Info Service.

Much has been written about how Google’s Android system is catching up with BlackBerry’s levels of security, and how the company may be affected by the loss of government custom. But at least Mr Cameron will always have his trusty friend


UPS experimenting with delivery drones!!!

UPS experimenting with delivery drones, set to challenge Amazon’s Prime Air.

Someday when most human activities are taken over by drones and robots, I am just wondering the role of humans will be.

As it were there continues to be a lot of redundancies leading to layoffs / loss of jobs across all industries and nations.

So the situation will get worse. Yet organisations continue to invest massively in R&D that throw up new technologies and inventions that take human jobs! Is this a good or bad development?

Think about it and share your thoughts here.