This is the 50th 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.
At the end of July, I shared a story about a Chinese woman who was electrocuted by a knockoff iPhone charger. Since that story broke, Apple has decided to offer anyone with a third-party iPhone, iPad, or iPod charger the opportunity to turn it into an Apple Store and purchase an Apple-branded charger for $10.
If you purchased a third-party knockoff charger, I would advise you take Apple up on this deal!
There have been numerous stories about the National Security Agency and the various ways they are tracking people through technology. I haven't commented on these stories too much since I don't want to fill this blog with my political views.
I do think it is important that you realize that almost anything you do on the internet can be tracked though. If you end up searching for the right combination of terms on Google, you may end up with federal agents on your doorstep.
I recently was hired by a client who was still paying $6.99 per month to AOL. This person hasn't used dial-up in years, but was convinced that they still needed to pay the monthly fee to AOL to keep their email address. This is not the case. If you know someone who is stil paying a monthly fee to AOL and is not using dial-up (most people aren't), I would recommend that you encourage them to cancel. It took us less than three minutes to cancel the subscription. You can even have them call me to walk them through the process!
Have I ever mentioned that I hate ads? I understand that businesses need to have a way to create awareness about their products and services, but we live in a world inundated with advertisements.
Any chance I get I will choose to pay for an ad free experience. That is why I pay for Netflix and will often choose to purchase a television show from iTunes instead of watching it on television or on Hulu. If a free app gives me the opportunity to pay a small amount to get rid of ads, I take them up on the offer. I have been approached by a few advertising companies that want to put ads on my website and I have chosen to turn them away.
I hope that Apple chooses to take the high road and keep the Apple Maps app on the iPhone and iPad ad free.
This doesn't surprise me. Many college age students have grown up with a cell phone practically attached to their body and are now finding themselves unable to disconnect even during sleep. One young woman wears mittens at night to prevent herself from sleep texting.
I have my iPhone in Do Not Disturb mode from 10pm until 7am so it will not buzz or otherwise bother me in the middle of the night. No sleep texting for me!
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