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Excessive cell phone use may cause 'Cell phone elbow'

Thu, 10/01/2009 - 8:57PM by tcomm2011 0 Comments -

According to a brief by the Dallas Morning News, excessive cell phone use may lead to'cellphone elbow.' Less frequently, some could have agony related to exorbitant texting. Local doctors, while careful to identify that the illnesses are not always caused by cellphone use, say they are seeing a rising number of patients with such pains.

'Cellphone elbow' is related to folk who talk for long periods of time while holding their neck crooked and elbow bent.

there's no correct measurement of how dispersed the difficulty is, and not every cellphone user is affected the same way. But in intense cases, the agony can be related to a condition called cubital tunnel syndrome. Similar to the discomfort related to the better-known carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome is a compression of the ulnar nerve close to the elbow.

Dr. Dennis Stripling, an orthopedist at Texas Health Presbyterian hospice Dallas who focuses on hand surgery, announces he has seen an increased number of patients with the syndrome. 'A important number' of them moan of pain after holding a phone to their ear with their elbow flexed at more than ninety degrees, he says.

Stripling explained that holding a phone to the ear with the elbow flexed may aggravate cubital tunnel syndrome, but that it doesn't necessarily cause it. Still, anyone who feels numbness and tingling along the side of the hand where the pinkie and the ring finger are should stop crooking that elbow. And if that doesn't help, check with a doctor right away, or risk paralysis and permanent loss or impairment of fine-motor skills.

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Teens Prefer Mobile Texting to Calling

Wed, 04/21/2010 - 1:30PM by tcomm2011 0 Comments -

According to a study released Tuesday by researchers at Pew Research Center and the University of Michigan, teenagers have embraced text messaging as their main form of communication, but mobile phones are often a source of tension with parents and schools, a new survey finds.

The frequency with which teens text has overtaken every other form of interaction, including instant messaging and talking face-to-face.

Three-quarters of teens now own cell phones, up from 45 percent in 2004. Of those who own cell phones, 88 percent text, up from just over half in 2006.

At the same time, cell phones and teens' attachment to them are a source of conflict with parents and schools. Many parents limit cell phone use and 48 percent said they use it to monitor their kids' whereabouts — either by using GPS technology or calling the child to check in. Not surprisingly, the parents of girls aged 12 and 13 were more likely to say they monitor cell phone use.

And, maybe most of all, cell phones mean being reachable -- 24 hours a day.

"Many teens said they slept with their phones," said Amanda Lenhart, a co-author of the report. "They felt there was an expectation that they would always be available." About 75 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds own cell phones now, up from 45 percent in 2004, the Pew report says. About 72 percent of all teens are text-messagers, up from 51 percent in 2006.


App Store developers show high interest after iPad launch

Fri, 02/12/2010 - 12:55PM by tcomm2011 0 Comments -

The number of new projects started for the App Store nearly tripled in January, as the month was dominated by hype for and the announcement of Apple's iPad.

According to mobile app analytics firm Flurry, the number of developers starting new application projects for the iPhone OS that will power Apple's tablet device nearly tripled in January over the prior month to more than 1600.

The iPhone OS saw a surge after the iPad announcement. Developers are always happy to get a shiny new piece of hardware to play with. And, by most accounts, the additional real estate that the iPad provides is an enormous asset. There's also just naturally bound to be excitement surrounding any new Apple announcement for the foreseeable future.



Yahoo's search slides, while Bing gains momentum

Fri, 02/12/2010 - 12:33PM by tcomm2011 0 Comments -

U.S. users continue to shift their search engine use from Yahoo to Microsoft, a trend that started in mid-2009 after Microsoft introduced its new Bing engine and the companies signed a deal to partner in search.

Yahoo's share of U.S. search queries dropped to 17 percent in January, from 17.3 percent in December, while Microsoft's share jumped from 10.7 percent to 11.3 percent, comScore said Thursday.

Back in April, before the launch of Bing and the signing of the search deal, Yahoo had a 20.4 percent share of queries, while Microsoft's was 8.2 percent.

Google remains the dominant player with 65.4 percent of January queries, down 0.3 of a percentage point from December but up from a share of 64.2 percent in April.

Yahoo, the world's No.2 search engine behind Google, has been shedding assets and reorganizing the company under CEO Carol Bartz, who took the helm in January 2009.

Although Bing is gaining market share, but Microsoft's search business is not profiting from it because it is spending more money to get these traffic gains through promotions and deals than it gets back from Bing revenue.


Web-Based itunes on the radar

Fri, 12/11/2009 - 12:44PM by tcomm2011 0 Comments -

According to a reporty by the Wall Street Journal, Apple was engaged in a bidding war with Google when it acquired music service Lala. Apple bought Lala with a plan to integrate it into an upcoming Web-based version of iTunes, which stores your music purchases online rather than on your computer

A Web-based iTunes would mean that you could access your music from any computer that runs a browser like Apple's own Safari. At the moment, iTunes music purchases are confined to the computer they were purchased from, and other four devices you authorize.

Basically, all your media files from iTunes would be stored on Apple's servers rather than on your computer. Such a move would require massive computing power, and Apple has already prepared for a $1 billion U.S. based data center in North Carolina.

Building a data center, putting a video camera on the iPhone and approving iPhone apps with live video-streaming functionality seem to be all precursor steps necessary for Apple to build for an always-connected, share-everything future.


Intel unveils text reader for the blind

Mon, 11/16/2009 - 12:42PM by tcomm2011 0 Comments -

Intel launched the Intel Reader, a gadget designed to capture and then read electronic text aloud for the user.

The Intel Reader was designed for the 55 million or so Americans that are unable or have difficulty reading.  It can scan books and other printed material, turn the text into a digital form and read it aloud. The Reader can be used as a standalone device to snap pictures of text.

Designed for customers with either vision problems or who have problems reading, the Intel Reader is a portable device that will be priced at $1,499 from a network of partners. A Portable Capture Station, essentially a mounting stand for the Reader to facilitate the capture of text, will cost $399.


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