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>Mobile phones Can Increase Stress Levels

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Almost everyone is having a mobile phone these days with everyone having different types of ringtones, message alerts tones, alarms and reminders sounds noising every now and then that it sometimes really get disturbing.

Regardless of time and space people are least bothered to change their mobile phone’s ringtones or notification sounds. They do not even care to at least keep their mobile phone on silent or vibration when they go to mosques, hospitals or their workplaces. A person who is concentrating on an important work is bound to get disturbed on hearing a loud tones coming from a mobile phone of the person standing nearby.

Lack of Decency: The people seems to be devoid of any mobile phone etiquettes now a days. They tend to look cool rather then trying to act responsible and decent enough to change the ringtones according to the place they are in. It seems rather absurd to hear a popular song when one is attending funerals where mourning is being observed. Gone are the days when youngsters used to keep their mobile phones on vibration when they were in the company of elders – simply out of respect and reverence. Now a days we hardly see any one using a simple beep sound. All we hear is lound music accompanying most absurd lyrics that one can even imagine.

Irritating Ringback tones: Ring-back tones – which one hears when you dial the other persons’ mobile number are also getting popular. Cellular companies are introducing different types of ringback tones day in and day out to promote their brand and gain a lot of subscribers to fill in their revenues. It ok to listen to a nice song while waiting for someone to attend the call but it really gets confusing at times when we happen to hear a dialogue of a movie and take it as if someone has attended the call.

What About Mobile Games? Not just just ringtones, ring-back tones, alarms and SMS alerts sounds disturbing – mobile games too have added to the noise, as many people play mobile games at public places with full volume just to pass their time forgetting that they might be depriving someone from the blessing known as peace of mind.

Mobile tones Can Increase Stress Levels: Most of the loud noise especially ringtones can increase stress levels. Since almost everyone is carrying around at least one mobile phone with them, and since a lot of people have got ringtones nowadays. Sometimes, one really wishes to to a no mobile phone area to relax one’s mind by treating it with the tranquility of silent or powered-off mobile phones.

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>iPhone Apps for Professionals

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As the use of iPhone smartphone is rapidly growing, so is the development of the mobile applications for it. Apple’s App Store has mobile applications that are applications capable of helping business people to get the most out of their iPhone handsets.
Here, I am going to discuss those iPhone applications which will be useful for the small business. We are all aware that there many types of small businesses (i.e. medical and legal practices, accountants, pharmacies, booksellers, restaurants, decorators, retail stores, etc.), all the people related to any type of small business are having their own unique mobile requirements. Take a look at the following different iPhone applications available from iTunes.apple.com:
  • AccessMyLan: Permits registered users of the AccessMyLan VPN to remotely log into their office network. (Free)
  • Access RPN Calculator: A four-function animated calculator that provides you intermediate results on its way to the final answer. (Free)
  • Around Me: With the help of iPhone’s GPS function, this iPhone app lets you to locate the nearest bank, gas station, hospital, hotel, restaurant, supermarket, etc. in your vicinity. (Free)
  • Dragon Dictation: Speak e-mails, text messages, notes and more; latest update adds voice input to Facebook and Twitter’s mobile application. (Free)
  • Box.net: View, access, share and read up to 5GB of files and documents in the cloud for free; premium accounts deliver up to 500GB of storage and beyond. (Free)
  • Balance: Track and manage all your various account balances while on the move. (Free)
  • BalanceDo: Mobile companion to the Internet-based invoicing software that send and track receivables from your iPhone or iPod touch. (Free)
  • Currency: Currency converter supports the exchange rates of over a hundred currencies and countries. (Free)
  • Currency Converter: This app, converts over 180 currencies and four precious metals (that latter useful if you’re a jeweler); even includes the rates for some obsolete currencies. (Free)
  • Bump: Wirelessly share contact information and much more, such as photos or even stream music, with other Bump users; instantly connect on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. (Free)
  • MobileMe iDisk: Add-on to Apple’s MobileMe multi-computer/device synchronization service enables you to share and view your iDisk files and documents from your mobile device. (Free)
  • Evernote: Text, picture and audio note-taking mobile application and organizer; synchronizes with Mac or PC desktops. Evernote mobile app is also available for Android mobile devices. (Free)
  • Dropbox: Enables Dropbox account holders to access, sync and share documents and files from their iPhone. (Free)
  • Mobile Personal Assistant: Stay informed regarding flight reservations, ground transportation and more for your Rearden Commerce account; includes maps, weather and customer support features. (Free)
  • Fuze Meeting:  This iPhone application will help you in scheduling and hosting web conferences and meetings from your iPhone. (Free)
  • Facebook: Keep hold of your personal and business Facebook accounts. (Free)
  • LinkedIn app: Mobilizes access to the 80-million strong social network for professionals. (Free)
  • Google Voice: Provides personal phone number you can link to as many phones (landline and cellular) as you like; also transcribes voice mail, displays Google Voice number when making calls from within app; and allows you to send free SMS messages and make cheap international calls. (Free)
  • iFax: Send and receive documents and images with your iPhone. (Free)
  • Fring: VoIP and instant messaging client connects you with friends and colleagues through Google Talk, MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, Facebook, Twitter and SIP for free; supports live chat as well as video and voice calling across multiple platforms. (Free)
  • EasyTasks Todo: Task manager and note taker that makes it easy to add, view and delete tasks from a single screen. ($0.99)
  • Analytics App: This iPhone app analyses Google Analytics traffic data for your company’s Web site into 55 reports. ($6.99)
  • Air Sharing: This iPhone app will let you access and share your desktop files. ($2.99)
  • FileMagnet: With this iPhone app you can Copy and view files in various formats–including PDF, Microsoft Office, RTF, and iWork ’09-between your desktop and iPhone. ($4.99)
  • 1Password: This iPhone app us good for saving and encrypting data, such as credit card and account numbers, and automatically logs you into Web sites that require usernames and passwords when you visit from the mobile edition of Safari. ($9.99)
  • BizEpense: Easily track and report your business expenses. ($1.99)
  • Calengoo: Access, modify and perform all your Google Calendar functions (i.e. invitations) from a mobile app that looks very similar to Google’s web-based calendaring solution. ($6.99)
  • Credit Card Terminal: Turns iPhone into credit card terminal to accept payments for those with an Authorize.Net account; enter numbers manually or through a swiper. ($0.99)
  • FlightTrackPro: This iPhone app is very useful for the frequent travelers. It is somewhat of a toolkit that delivers real-time flights updates through push alerts and notifications covering more than 1400 airlines and 4000 airports worldwide. ($9.99)
  • Delivery Status Touch: This iPhone app is very popular and is used for tracking the status of shipments as well as online orders from websites including Amazon, Apple, Adobe, Nintendo and Google Checkout etc. ($4.99)
  • Documents To Go Premium – Office Suite: This useful iPhone app let you edit, view and create Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents; sync files with desktop and with cloud-based storage services such as Google Docs, ($16.99)
  • Dropbox, Box.net, iDisk and SugarSync: As compared to the above mentioned iPhone app, thse are offering a low-priced Documents To Go Office Suite, but does not support remote storage access. ($9.99)
  • eWallet – Secure Password Manager: This useful iPhone application protect and carry around personal information in a single file on your iPhone; password-protect PIN numbers, bank account information, credit card numbers etc. ($9.99)
  • GoodReader: Read and annotate very large PDF and TXT files, freehand drawings and more before sharing these manuals, schematics, meeting notes, etc. with friends and co-workers. ($2.99)
  • Invoice2go: Total a bill and then invoice for work done to a client right from your iPhone. ($9.99)
  • iTranslate: Translates words, phrases and sentences into 52 languages; capable of speaking translations for 16 of those languages. ($1.99)
  • JotNot Scanner: Converts iPhone into a mobile document scanner and fax machine; processes images on iPhone (converting them into PDF, PNG or JPG files), can handle multipage documents, and lets you upload them to a variety of cloud-based storage services.  ($0.99)
  • Minibooks for FreshBooks: ($14.99)  A mobile app that Syncs with web-based FreshBooks invoicing software; manage clients, send invoices, run timer and record payments from your iPhone. However, its Lite version (Free) limits iPhone access to viewing the data of only three clients.

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Get a Long Lasting Mobile Battery Experience

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In this present epoch we have become so much obsessed and dependent on our mobile phones that we detest anything that prevents us from being in tact with our mobile phone.
We are all aware that mobile phone’s battery have not improved as much as the mobile phone and these latest gadgets have improved. Juice draining is a common problem that many of us are suffering from. Now a days many people are buying more than one battery for their mobile phones and getting car chargers too, to keep their mobile phone powered on 24/7. Many even try to make sure that they carry their charger with them along wherever they go.
Keeping Battery Power Stay for Longer: Scientists are working on air-fueled battery that would have the capacity to store up to ten times the energy storage. Oxygen drawn from the air reacts within the porous carbon to release the electrical charge in this lithium-air battery. But we can not wait for this technology to reach our hands, so about trying to save the battery from draining so quickly!
Use Genuine Charger: Always use a genuine mobile charger, instead of going for the low=priced Chinese made non-genuine mobile phone chargers in order to get maximum out of your mobile battery.
Take Care of your Mobile’s Battery: Keep your mobile battery terminals clean – you can do this by cleaning it once in a month time with alcohol. keeping it away from moisture, water and high temperature.
Lower your Mobile’s Display Brightness: Set the brightness of your mobile phone on a low level – this will also be good for your eyes. Also, shorten the display duration too, this will help you in great deal!
Don’t Let them Run in Background: Smart-phones that have features like 3G, Wi-Fi, EDGE, GPRS, Camera, Flash, Bluetooth, FM radio, video player, mobile applications, JAVA, mobile games etc. drain battery very quickly. So only use these features when necessary instead of letting them run on background.
Get up when it sounds: Get up as soon as you hear the wake-up alarm instead of letting it consume your battery.
Do not Let it Ring for long: When you get a call answer it as soon as possible so that it rings for lesser time. When busy keep it on silent to prevent it from ringing that long. Try not to keep long duration ringtones and sms tunes. Keep them on a beep or similar.
Keep the Talk short: Try not to talk too long, leave some of the unnecessary gossips (aur sunao stuff). Keep the conversation brief and relevant and of course avoid taking unnecessary calls. You can always excuse that you are busy!
Turn Off Vibration: Vibration feature in the mobile phone consumes quite a lot of battery power, therefore, we should try keeping the vibration off unless the mobile phone is on ‘silent’. Vibrating mobile phones also create disturbance during an important meeting. So keep it off unless it is very necessary.
Switch it Off: Switch off your mobile phone if you have some signal problem or during times when you are not using it – while sleeping, taking a nap, studying, during meals etc.
Let it Discharge: If you want to get the maximum out of your mobile phone’s battery then always let the mobile battery get fully discharge and then turn off the mobile before you charge it. Full charging gives the battery long life time.
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>Is your Mobile Phone Revealing your Personality?

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 When buying a latest mobile phone keep it in mind that which ever mobile brand you choose it will portray your personality.

According to a recent research mobile phones can suggest about its user’s personality. David Chalke, a social analyst, says that a person’s mobile phone can give us an insight into mobile users’ attitudes towards their “work, rest and play.” Most personality attributes differed between owners of mobile phone brands.
  • iPhone Users: “The iPhone users thinks computers give them control over their lives. They love entertaining at home, but wouldn’t be caught dead in the garden. ‘iPhone is the Alfa Romeo”. They are mostly living in the world of their own. They love plaving virtual games instead of outoor sports. They try to have an app for everything. You name it and they have a mobile application for it in their iPhone. Be it a newspaper or a game or social networking site. These are mostly rich people but not as business minded or professionals as BlackBerry users are.
  • Sony Ericsson mobile users like a full social life and are fond of fast food. They like music and enjoy it to the fullest. They are mostly found 3 in 8 people. Its Walkman series are alot common here.
  • LG mobile users are predominantly women aged 14 to 24 are unlikely to be pay TV subscribers and admit they are not very mechanically minded.
  • BlackBerry Users: Blackberry mobile users are high-earners aged 35 to 49, they are email-loving and are more likely than other mobile phone users to have entertained friends and relatives in the past three months, are regular movie goers, video gamers and newspaper readers. These are mostly professionals and want to have things organized.
  • Nokia mobile users are unlikely to be aged 14 to 24 and less likely to have played arcade video games in the past three months, “Nokia is the security blanket,” says David Chalke. Majority of Pakistanis have Nokia mobile phones. Nokia mobile phones are owned by rich and low-income earners – the only differnce is the model of their mobile phone. The rich would be holding a Nokia N8, a teenager from a middle class would be having a Nokia Xpress Music while the poor would have Nokia 3010 or similar. People who do not afford costly mobile phones would buy Nokia C1 or C2.
  • Samsung mobile users mostly have interest in arts and creativity. Samsung mobile users tend to be conservative dressers over 50. “Samsung is the Daihatsu.” Samsung devotees tend to be conservative dressers, aged over 50, who avoid air travel and don’t like taking risks. They are not that rich to buy an iPhone but ant to be a part of ‘fun club’. Samsung mobilee offers its users almost every feature that they want in a llow price as compared to iPhone and BlackBerry. Samsung mobile has everything that a teenager is fond of and that too at an affordable price. Mostly girls and ladies of the middle income household are seen with Samsung mobile phone while boys prefer Sony Ericsson or Nokia mobile.

Mobile Phone: More of a Communicative Device – Samia Adnan

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Some thirty or forty years back we never even imagine that we will always be carrying handheld devices like mobile phones with us and that Internet will become indispensable.
With the advent of mobile phones there were only a few people who got hands on mobile phones and we used to consider that the mobile users are belonging to elite class of the society or that they are busy bourgeois class business people or doctors etc.
My Butcher Keeps a Mobile Phone! At that time, there was no concept that household ladies, children and a layman who owns a grocery shop or a butcher would be carrying a mobile phone, but now by the passage of time everything has changed. Mobile phone has now become a necessity instead of a status symbol (except for a few big mobile brands like BlackBerry and iPhone etc.)
The World has 5.28 Billion Mobile Phone Users: According to UN’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU): “At the beginning of the year 2000 there were only 500 million mobile subscriptions globally and 250 million Internet users.” The estimated number of Internet users had reached 2.08 billion by the end of 2010, compared to 1.86 billion a year earlier. The estimated number of mobile phone subscriptions worldwide had reached 5.28 billion at the end of the last year, compared to 4.66 billion at the end of 2009. There are 6.9 billion people in the world, and 5.28 billion mobile phone subscriptions. Whether its a person living in urban areas or rural areas, almost everyone is using a mobile phone which is easily available at different prices offering various features and types to choose from.
Developing Mobile Industry: Mobile phone industry has flourished and developed so rapidly that almost daily a new mobile phone is being announced or launched. Mobile applications have become so common now whereas there was no concept of mobile applications a few years back. Almost every mobile makers is trying to introduce an app store. New technologies are being introduced every now and then that it makes one wonder that what is next is going to be added in a mobile phone? Calculator, stop-watch, calender, etc have become an essential part of a mobile phone. From an audio player to radio and from video player to camera, WAP to Wi-Fi and now the 3G technology.
One Device – Numerous Uses: A Mobile phone has replaced our wallet and bank, it has even replaced our desktop computer. Not to forget mobile games – which has become a source of fun for many, who find it hard to play physical sports and games. Even a TV and a torch light has also made its place in mobile phones! People has stopped wearing wrist watches because their mobile phone can not only tell them the time but they can also set alarm on them. Thus, an alarm clock that was commonly found on the bedside has been replaced by a mobile phone set. Mobile phone is so essential that without it – its hard to locate any one at a crowded place. Thus, to make it short, one can perform plenty of tasks with a mobile phone that we had ever imagined before it was introduced to everyone. Lets wait and see what the future brings to the mobile phone or if any other device is going to take its place?
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Written by Samia Adnan

>Laptop Vs Mobile Phone for School Girls, which is better? Samia Adnan

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Many of the students are using mobile phones and some insist in having a laptop too, so should they have both or any one of these gadgets but which one of the two is better for them?

The school going girls are not mentally matured, thus they are more attracted and inclined towards the social evils and immoral activities. They do not like taking guidance from their elders and like to undergo different experiences themselves.

Mobile Phones Can Easily Get Un-noticed: They can easily take their mobile phones with them at school and tuition centres – unnoticed by their parents. They should only own a mobile phone when they get really mature enough to use them properly. I think girls should not be allowed to have a mobile phone until they reach to 14 grade (Graduation).

School have Strictly Prohibited Mobile Phones: Almost all the schools in Pakistan have implemented policies that prohibit using mobile phones in school. They even rusticate those girls who are found with the mobile phone. Many girls bring their SIM card instead of a mobile phone and they use their SIM on a mobile phone brought by one of their classmates. Therefore, school administration and parents should make sure that the girls do not have a SIM card with them – they should check them and their belongings (books, school bag, hair bands, water-bottle, lunch box etc.). Now many of you might be thinking that how their daughters and sisters can contact home if they are away – simple – they can make a call with the permission of their school administration via school’s landline number. Many girls use the mobile phones in washrooms.

SMS/MMS: Many school students are addicted to the SMS service . Some also send their pictures via SMS to the opposite gender – especially when they have made friends in co-ed schools and tuition academies. According to a survey the most text messages are sent by teenagers. Texting can also have adverse affects on one’s health.

Wastage of Time: The students waste their valuable time in sending and reading text messages, playing mobile games, use mobile applications – instead of wasting that time in their studies. Mobile Cellular companies are also introducing ‘Youth Packages’ and SMS-bundles offers to promote their business and indirectly spoiling the youngsters. The students are seen messaging and calling late nights as they have subscribed to these packages. Parents should make sure that their children have a mobile phone and if they have then make them use post-pay package so that parents can monitor on their daughters.

Use of Laptop for doing the School Homework: Laptop is a better for school girls as they can compose their assignments and search for the materials for their assignments from the internet. Not only this, they can have a record of their assignments in their laptop. The laptop will also help them in making PowerPoint slides to aid them in their classroom presentations.

Observe School-going Children when they Use their Laptop: Laptop is better for school going girls because – if they do not have a mobile phone they would not be able to give their mobile phone numbers to boys and strangers – is it that simpel? No! they can communicate via internet too. It is the duty of the parents that they observe their activities on the internet and disallow them to make accounts on the social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, MSN Live Spaces, Hi5, Friendster and Orkut etc. School going girls (boys too) should not be allowed use on the Instant Messengers and visit websites with Chat feature and web-messengers. As many school students trick their parents and even school staff by using web-messengers – as they can be used without being installed on the system. Parents should make sure that the girls do not upload their photographs on any website or given their contact details or information, as some girls join different discussion forums too. Parents and school Computer Lab Dept should install programs like NetNanny http://www.netnanny.com and Spector Pro etc. in the computers, to keep a check on the and restrict their activities by blocking some websites that are not fit for them – including Social Networking websites and YouTube etc.

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Outcomes of Predictive Text Messaging

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The latest mobile phones are featuring built-in dictionary enabling them to predict what word a mobile user wants to type from only a few key presses, which some times end up suggesting funny results, often creating misunderstandings.
Those mobile users who use predictive texting on their mobile phones, can end up typing funny messages and sometimes have to face embarrassment due to miscommunication caused by predictive text messaging and mistyping of words on T9 mobile phones. Take the example of a mother who was taking her children to meet Santa Claus one Christmas, but ended up typing to her friend: ‘Taking the kids to see Satan’. According to a research conducted in 2009, predictive text messaging changes the way children’s brain works and make them more likely to make mistakes. Scientists said the system trains young people to be fast but inaccurate, which makes them prone to impulsive and thoughtless behavior in everyday life. Predictive texting makes people sloppy when it comes to spelling, with many flummoxed by words such as questionnaire, accommodate and definitely. To some predictive texting can also create severe situations like broken relationships due to a mistyped word or wrong spelling in text messages.However, for most mobile phone users, predictive texting is a source of convenience, and considerable amusement.

 

Mobile Phones can Make you Seriously ill

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Your electronic devices, according to two latest researches, have the potential to make you really sick.
A recent study from the Journal of Applied Microbiology says viruses can easily be transferred from nonporous glass surfaces, such as the touch screen of an iPhone — up to 30 percent of a virus can be transferred from the screen of your device to your fingers. A separate British study Journal of Applied Microbiology says mobile phones are covered with up to 18 times more bacteria than a toilet handle.
 
Mobile Phones Are Covered with Viruses: Ashton explained, “Imagine these are germs, bacteria or viruses. You see how you touch your mobile phone all day long. Before long, it is covered with bacteria, viruses, germs.” She further added: “You know, we live in an environment that’s not clean, but when you talk about putting something like this near your face or touching it all day long and putting your fingers to your nose and mouth, you can see how easy it is. … If you hand someone your phone or put it down and don’t clean your hands, you see how this is a petri dish.” Dr. Ashton said people can catch any number of bugs, from cold and flu viruses to E. coli and norovirus. “I actually saw a patient who got MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) from their phone.”
How to Clean Mobile Phones: Dr. Jennifer Ashton showed some ways to clean your touchscreen mobile devices. To clean your product, you can wipe them down with special wipes you can buy at an electronics store. They also have cleaners you can buy if you’re concerned about damage. “I’d also recommend wipe down your regular phones and work areas with sanitizing wipes. ”
Basic Hand Washing: Wash your hands with soap and water. Wash them for at least 15 seconds or as long as it takes to sing “Happy Birthday.” You can also use a hand sanitizer as well.
Be Careful & Take Care of Your Health: Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth — and don’t forget to cover your cough and sneezes. With children in mind, Ashton added parents should clean their electronics as often as possible. She said, “Listen, you can’t live your life in a sterile environment and certainly day-care centers are ripe with germs, also, but you want to be aware that you do pick these things up from somewhere. If you hand one of these to your toddler to occupy while you are doing something, they can get sick from these so keep them clean. I wipe mine down with alcohol; I try to, once a day.”

iPhone Applications that Students Must Have

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There’s no doubt that the largest number of mobile phone applications are being developed for the iPhone – this brilliant gadget from Apple has revolutionized the way we use a mobile phone.
While the BlackBerry may have the highest worldwide sales, but when it comes to students, the iPhone rules! If a student can afford a smartphone, you can bet that he or she is going to buy iPhone, if not for its cool looks and utility value, then at least for the many mobile applications that are designed exclusively to make a student’s life more exciting and productive.
Lets take a look at a few iPhone mobile applications for students:
  1. Jott: This mobile application allows you to voice record your lectures and then transcribe them to your notepad. This is surely a great way to take note. You can email these files to yourself, in order to have a whole set of notes ready to study when the examination time is near.
  2. Stay Organized with ‘iStudiez Pro’: A college student’s life is haphazard with all that’s going on with them, they find it hard to stay organized. This smashing mobile application allows you to organize your classes, homework, exam schedules, assignment due dates and your social calendar in one place – now you don’t have to carry all this information in your head and kick yourself for forgetting that important date or having to rush to meet that assignment deadline.
  3. Wikipanion: Wikipedia on the web is brought to your mobile phone. This mobile application makes a quick reference that much easier when you’re on the go. This mobile application is free; however, if you want one with more features, you can buy it for $4.99.
  4. Dictionary.com: With this mobile application you don’t have to worry about finding the right spelling or meaning of a word anymore – it provides access to more than 275,000 definitions and 80,000 synonyms.
  5. eTextbooks for iPhone: Buying textbooks when you’re in college is not a joke – you seem to be shelling out all your money for the huge tomes that you must have. With your iPhone you have the chance to buy eTextbooks – which are not only easy to carry around on your mobile phone, but you can also read them wherever you are and raise your productivity.
  6. iTalk Recorder: This app will let you record notes or anything else you want to remember.
  7. Margins: This iphone application is an ideal tool for students or researchers. It allows users to jot down notes about books, indicating the page and quote as well as your note.
  8. Assignments: Assignments is an application that, as the name implies, allows you to keep track of your assignments and classes. This is perfect for both teachers and students that need to keep track of assignments in each class. Not only can you add an assignment with a due date/time and importance, but you can also add recordings. Being able to make a voice recording of your assignment is a quick way to make a reminder, etc. The “Overview” tab allows you to see anything upcoming or due. You can sort by “All” or “Due Soon.” You can also search through your assignments. In the “Assignments” tab, you can view all assignments sorted by class. The “Notes” section allows you to quickly jot a note, add a title, and add a date/time. Overall, this mobile application performs smoothly and works well when adding/deleting assignments and classes. Assignments sells for $5.99 (US) at the iTunes App Store.
  9. ezMemorize: Improve your memorization skills with this app that allows you to make and store class notes.
  10. iBlueSky: This mind-mapping tool can help you get your thoughts organize and decide what to do next.
  11. SnapTell: This is a very useful mobile application when it comes to finding cheap and affordable textbooks (or any other book or CD or DVD) – just take a photo of the cover and it provides a list of prices and sellers along with their location.
  12. Accela Study Vocab Builder: Students studying for the GRE or GMAT will appreciate this tool that allows them to study anywhere and anytime.
  13. Sugar Sync: With this application you’ll be able to sync up your files on your computer and your iPhone.
  14. Wi-Fi Finder: This free mobile application enables you to find Wi-Fi hotspots, thus saving you money on your data plan and allowing you to browse the internet for free.
  15. Instapaper: Many students run out of time when they have to browse the internet in search of some information for their assignment or examination. This mobile application allows you to save websites in a format that is easy to read on your mobile phone. This mobile application also facilitates offline browsing and bookmarking.
  16. WordPress: With this mobile app you’ll be able to blog from anywhere, share your ideas and make sure your site stays updated. Great for students and web workers alike.
  17. Urban-spoon: This mobile application helps you find cost-effective food outlets within a half-mile radius of your college/university campus. So now, with this mobile application you can eat to your heart’s content without the worry of your wallet getting lighter!
  18. Melodies Voice Dialer: Using this application you won’t need to dial your phone anymore, just say the name of the person you want to call and you’re good to go.
  19. VoiceNotes: VoiceNotes is a plain and simple way to quickly record a quick note, or even a lecture (just make sure you have enough space on your iPhone). Tapping on “Quick Voice Note” will start recording immediately, but is limited as to the length of the recording. If you tap on the + button at the top, you will be given more recording length. Voice-notes allows you to sync notes back to your computer using some additional software provided by the developer. Overall, this is a solid app and can definitely be used for the quick “remember to bring these books to class tomorrow” voice notes. You can download Voice-notes for free from the iTunes App Store.
  20. A2ZPro: A2ZPro is a super-converter of an application, perfect for anyone in the math or science fields- or just anyone who needs to figure out how many cups are in a quart after all. There are 154 things between which you can convert, and you can add any one that’s not already included. You can customize the list to your liking, and all the converting you could need is right in front of you.
  21. iClckr: PowerPoint Remote: Whether you’re presenting for school or work, this tool can help make the process seamless with slide changing capabilities right on your iPhone.
  22. LockBox: Don’t let your personal information get out to identity thieves. This mobile application helps make sure info like passwords and credit card numbers stays secure.
  23. Remember The Milk: This iPhone application lets you add, edit, and manage your tasks either on or offline. The best part, particularly for students, is the “Nearby” feature- you can view all the tasks, errands, etc. that take place near wherever you currently are. It’s perfect for anyone who’s mobile, but still needs to be able to get things done.
  24. Stanza: With Stanza, you’ll have an e-book reader available right on your iPhone. You can download books, either for a fraction of their print price or often nothing at all, and read them at your leisure, right from your iPhone. There is a huge, and growing, list of books to read- both school-like and otherwise. With Stanza, you might not need a Kindle, an eReader, or anything else!
Besides these mobile applications, there are many other mobile applications for the iPhone which are specially designed for students. So of you want more mobile applications for your iPhoneyou can browse the iTunes store or even Getjar to find what you need.

>ENRICH – Mobile App developed by 12-yr Old Boy

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BANDUNG – INDONESIA: Fahma Waluya Rosmansyah, a 12-years old spends his free time creating mobile games that help children learn the English language or even basic maths skills.
Fahma was born in Indonesia in 1998 and like most kids, loves playing with his games console, PC games and with mobile phones, and it was when Fahma reached fifth grade that he began to learn how to develop mobile games with Adobe Flash. That same year he created his first mobile application called BAHANA which allows young children to learn the alphabet, numbers and colours – all from a Nokia E71.
 
Mobile Applications for Children at Nokia Ovi Store: In his sixth grade, he developed over 5 more mobile applications, one of which is downloadable from the Nokia Ovi Store. ENRICH enables children to translate Indonesian words into English using colourful images and clearly pronounced words. MANTAP is a similar app but instead teaches Indonesian children Maths, and should be available from the Ovi Store in the coming weeks. Fahma tells us he can create a mobile application from scratch in less than 12 hours, with the help of his younger sister, Hania, who provides some of the sound content. She is also his main source of inspiration and beta tester. Having recently been awarded the Indonesia ICT Award 2010, Fahma plans to continue developing mobile applications for local Indonesian children and even hopes that one day his mobile applications can be made available to every child, globally. For a 12 year old student, currently going through school, we find this an incredible story and shows what the young mind can achieve, and what’s even more commendable is that these mobile applications are used to help young children learn some valuable life skills. Download ENRICH for free, from the Ovi Store.

>Is Your Mobile Phone Germ-free?

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You may like to throw your mobile phone after reading this, as a new study has found that the average mobile handset carries 18 times more potentially harmful germs than a toilet’s flush handle.
An analysis of mobile phones by British researchers found that almost a quarter of them were so dirty that they had up to 10 times an acceptable level of TVC bacteria.
Germs on Mobile Phone: TVC, or Total Viable Count, gives a quantitative idea about the presence of microorganisms such as bacteria, yeast and mold in a sample. Elevated levels of TVC indicate poor personal hygiene and act as a breeding ground for other bugs. One of the used phones in the test had such high levels of bacteria that it could have given its owner a serious stomach upset, said the researchers who carried out the study for the ‘Which?’ magazine.
The findings from a sample of 30 used mobile phones suggest that 14.7 million of the 63 million mobile handsets in use in the UK today could be potential health hazards, they said. “The levels of potentially harmful bacteria on one mobile were off the scale. That mobile phone needs sterilizing,” lead researcher Jim Francis was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.
Unhygienic Mobile Causes Various Diseases: According to the findings, the most unhygienic used mobile had more than ten times the acceptable level of TVC, while the worst mobile handset had 39 times the safe level of enterobacteria — a group of bacteria that live in the lower intestines of humans and animals and include bugs such as Salmonella. It boasted 170 times the acceptable level of faecal coliforms, which are associated with human waste. Other bacteria including food poisoning bugs e.coli and staphylococcus aureus were found on the used mobile phones but at safe levels.
Which? magazine’s Ceri Stanaway said: “Most used phones didn’t have any immediately harmful bacteria that would make you sick straight away but they were grubbier than they could be. “The bugs can end up on your hands which is a breeding ground and be passed back to your cell phone. They can be transferred back and forth and eventually you could catch something nasty. “What this shows is how easy it is to come into contact with bacteria. People see toilet flushes as being something dirty to touch but they have less bacteria than used mobile phones and accessories.
“People need to be mindful of that by observing good hygiene themselves and among others who they pass the mobile handset to when looking at photos, for example.”

>SMS Marketing – Fruitful for Some but Annoying to Many

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Advertising and attaining extensive consumer reach for any corporate, could never have been made easier than the way it is today. As several SMS services and solutions providing firms send text messages to mobile phones of end-users on behalf of corporate organizations. Enabling these organizations to convey their advertising or promotional messages with ease. The next-to-nothing cost of sending these SMSes and the kind of reach that it fetches, is really surprising.
Millions of marketing text messages are sent daily in Pakistan. Which is really frustrating many of the mobile phone users in the country. This new way of promoting business is really growing rapidly internationally. Such Organizations that are selling SMS marketing softwares and services should realize that while this is a fantastic and reasonable means of communication, mobile phone users deem these frequent spam SMSes as annoying, frustrating and bothersome. Consumers who are driven quite close to craziness by the recurring text messages would repeatedly curse themselves for having filled up a lucky-contest form with their mobile numbers due to which they’d be bombarded with spam texts.
Mobile Marketing: This irritation and annoyance is transferred to the organization whose name appears on the mobile phone screen and hence leads the consumer to bar any SMSes or calls from that particular firm. This automatically lowers the organization’s brand value and results in bad marketing and advertising. Marketers can, however, get this right if through SMS marketing they can provide consumers specific and comprehensible information that not only connects to the users’ emotional values but also appeals to their financial needs. All mobile marketing, if followed duly and if create value, will not be treated as spam after all.
The SMS Services and Solutions Providing Firms:In spite of the fact that mobile marketing industry is currently enjoying rapid growth, it is only a matter of time before the mobile service providers start incurring huge deficits. These firms enjoyed larger profit margin per SMS and hence underwent high-profit period, but with SMS rates dropping shockingly, firms are expected to endure lesser amount of profits with smaller profit margins. In addition to this, there also exists an unorganized section of SMS marketing companies who eat up 60% of the share of text messages that are sent. To face competition and to survive in a low-profit generating industry should be a tough challenge for these service providers. SMS marketing is thus, fruitful to some, but annoying to many!

Are You Abiding by Mobile Phone Etiquette?

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 Many of us consider mobile phones as life savers, but rude mobile phone users are the thorns in our sides. Private conversations, arguments, details about how a meeting went, or intimate knowledge of what’s in a stranger’s refrigerator at home are all things that all eavesdroppers can do.
What is needed to be done is that we should follow some etiquette when using a mobile phone, after all, most people who are annoying don’t realize that they’re annoying everyone around. Some people have got so fed up with rude mobile phone users that they turned to illegal mobile phone jammers. These devices knock mobile phone users off their lines and prevent a reconnection with the mobile tower until the user wanders out of range. The rate at which jammers are selling speaks to the lack of manners among the mobile phone users.
What are Mobile Phone Manners, After all? Mobile phone etiquette involves following some simple guidelines of common courtesy when using a mobile phone in public, designed to make public places more enjoyable for all. Its just a matter of being considerate of others, which pays off for everyone!
Do not forget to abide by when using a mobile phone:
1. Keep a 10-feet (3 meter) distance between you and anyone else whenever you talk to someone on your mobile phone. No exceptions.
2. Don’t Talk too loudly: Generally you don’t have to shout in the microphone to be heard on the other end.
3. Don’t Multi-task: Don’t make calls while driving, shopping, in banks, waiting in line, or doing pretty much anything that involves interacting with other human beings.
4. Don’t Talk in Any Enclosed Spaces: Even if you’re more than 10 feet away from anyone. Others can still hear you talking on your mobile phone (because it’s an enclosed space) and usually, they’re forced to just sit there and listen. Especially, do not make or attend calls when you are in bathrooms, elevators, waiting rooms, auditoriums and public transports.
5. Places Where to Turn-Off Mobile Ring-tone: Don’t even let your mobile phone ring in any of the following settings; Job interviews, Meetings, Libraries, Museums, Worship places, School, During Lectures, Courtrooms, During live performances, Funerals, Weddings, in Cinema halls, at Work Place etc.
6. Don’t Use Mobile During Meals: :Don’t use your mobile phone when having a meal with someone. Ideally, you should turn it off entirely. If you’re anticipating an important call, let the person you’re with, know beforehand that you’re expecting a call that you’ll need to take. No matter what, don’t hold a conversation at the table; step away, follow Step 1, and don’t stay away any longer than you would for a bathroom break. Never, ever text at the table, even if the conversation died down.
7. No Mobile Phone When at Movies: Turn off your mobile phone at the movie theater. Even if your mobile phone is on vibrate mode, people can hear it during quiet parts of the movie. And even if they can’t, the light from your mobile phone’s screen is very distracting. Don’t check the time, don’t check your text messages; just turn it off until the movie is over. Mobile Phones should be turned off in movie theaters, playhouses, observatories or any other public place that creates an atmosphere to transport the imagination of the audience. People pay good money to be entertained and a ringer breaks the illusion.
8. Practice Texting: When you’re in an enclosed space, or you can’t put yourself 10 feet out of everyone’s way, it’s inappropriate to talk but it’s acceptable to receive and send text messages. In such cases, keep the following rules of texting etiquette in mind; Use the vibrate feature instead of an audible text alert. Only text when you’re standing still or sitting out of anyone’s way. Don’t text while you walk or drive. Don’t text while doing anything that requires you to be attentive. A good example would be while waiting at an intersection for the pedestrian signal. Don’t text in a meeting or conference when you should be attentive to the guest speaker.