This is the 49th post in a series called 5 Things. Each week I will share a combination of technology articles and apps that I have discovered and liked in the past week. Anything highlighted in blue is a link to an article, an app, or another section of my website.
This story highlights the importance of using authorized chargers with your cell phones, tablets, laptops, and other electronics. It simply is not worth the risk of electrocution to save a few bucks.
Stephanie Clifford and Quentin Hardy:
If you have a smartphone and a store has setup Wi-Fi in the building, they are able to track the your movement throughout the store. You don't even have to connect to the Wi-Fi for the store to track you. Since each phone has an unique identifier, stores can even tell if you are a frequent customers.
Part of me is a bit creeped out about this, but most retail stores have cameras set up and could watch your movements throughout the store.
I noticed that the Super Target in Apple Valley started offering free Wi-Fi recently. I am curious if they are tracking the movement of their customers via their smartphones...
I bet that one of the major reasons many of these customers come in and spend hours at a specific coffee shop has nothing to do with the coffee that the shop is selling. They are looking for a place to get work done that is not their office or home.
If coffee shops start taking steps to discourage customers from spending hours at their establishment, I think people will just go somewhere else. Free Wi-Fi is now prevalent and people will take their business where they are appreciated.
I thought this was the most interesting article that I read during the month of July. I discussed this article with Britta on a long walk one evening and we both came to the conclusion that technology is great, but human bodies weren't designed to use technology as often as we use it.
People are now spending hundreds of dollars to get a weekend away from technology. This blows my mind! If you need a weekend away from technology, don't sign up for a weekend retreat and drop hundreds of dollars. You can simply send me $50 for the following advice:
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