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As if there weren’t enough noise in the world, now cell phones may be legal on airplanes. Not a good idea.

Cellphones in flight, bane or

boon?

By TRANSPORTATION | JANET MOORE  DECEMBER 12, 2016 — 3:59PM There's a certain behavior that commuters resort to when someone engages in a loud cellphone conversation while on light rail or the bus. One looks at their phone, or out the window, with studied nonchalance. Or, you may turn up the music/podcast on your own phone to drown it out. Occasionally (but rarely in Minnesota), someone will tell the offender to be quiet. (Generally not recommended.) Can you image that scenario on an airplane? Oh, the indignity. The prospect of cellphone use on airplanes has been bandied about for years. Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) floated a proposal that would require airlines and ticket agents to disclose to passengers in advance whether the carrier allows cellphone calls on board. This would prevent passengers from being "unwillingly exposed to voice calls," Anthony Foxx, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, said in a news release. Consumers "would be unfairly surprised and harmed" if they learned after buying a ticket that the carrier permits phone calls, DOT said. So passengers would at least know in advance if their flight may prove even more miserable. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules now ban the use of cellphones on certain radio frequencies onboard aircraft. But these regulations do not cover Wi-Fi and other ways to make phone calls. As soon as DOT's notice went out last Thursday, opposition to cellphone use on aircraft surfaced, including a missive from the flight attendants union. Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, said cellphone use would threaten aviation security and increase the likelihood of "conflict in the skies. "The American public does not want voice communication in flight," Nelson said in a statement. "Anything short of banning voice calls is reckless." Airlines for America, a Washington, D.C.- based industry group, says carriers should make the decision — not the transportation department. When asked where it lands on the issue (sorry for the pun), Delta Air Lines referred to a 2013 memo written by former CEO Richard Anderson to employees. The dispatch indicated customer research showed phone calls "would be a disruption to the travel experience." "Delta employees, particularly our in-flight crews, have told us definitively that they are not in favor of voice calls onboard," Anderson wrote. Delta is the dominant carrier at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The department is seeking comment on whether this proposal is a good idea, or if it should ban voice calls. You can comment within the next 60 days at www.regulations.gov using the docket number DOT-OST-2014-002. Read more about the cell phone controversy below. Taken from startribune.com

The 5 Best Cell Phones on the Market Today

Christmas time is here and tis the season for tech upgrades! If you are in the market for a new phone, here is a comparison of the 5 best cellphone options on the market. There is something for every need and budget. Apple iPhone 7 Plus The feature that makes this phone stands out in the crowd is the Dual Lens camera. It offers a 12mgp camera on both front and back. It also offers wide angle and telephoto option, optical zoom, and optical image stabilization. No other phone on the market has a camera like this. This phone bigger than the iPhone 7. However, it is also significantly bigger than its other 5.5 in display counterparts, like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. This makes it a little clumsy to handle. Like many of the newest phones on the market, including Galaxy S7 and Moto G4, it is water resistant and dunkable. Compared to some of the other options on the market, it had a relatively low battery life of only 12 hours when tested on a continuous stream. Price: $770 If you are looking for an intuitive phone with all of the bells and whistles, this is the one you want.   Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge The Samsung Edge feature is what makes this phone stand out in the crowd. It offers a wraparound design to more elegantly fit its 5.5in display than the iPhone 7 Plus. The edge design offers a news ticker and the apps edge for swiping convenience. Like others on the market, it is dunkable, offers a sharp 12mgp back camera, and longer battery life. One other cool feature of this phone is that it is always on display, offering a time or calendar option for quick reference. If you are looking for a cool-looking phone that can perform, this is the best option. Price: $750 Google Pixel This great phone is a rival to the iPhone, with its sleek 1 piece aluminum design and Google Assistant, googles answer to Siri. The thing that makes this phone better for some is the user-friendly quality of Google Assistant. It offers a conversational tone and easy accessibility. Something else it has that iPhone doesn't is a headphone jack. One major drawback is that it is only water resistant rather than dunkable like the other high end phones on the market. If you are looking for a phone that makes working easier, this is the most capable phone. Price: $640   OnePlus 3T If you are looking for a more budget friendly phone, the OnePlus 3T is a great all around option. It boasts a 16 hr battery life, great quality photos, and easy android interface. This battery life is better than anything else reviewed on the market. If you need your phone on for a long time, this will come in handy. If you are looking for an affordable phone that can still keep up with everyday needs, this phone can get the job done. Price: $479,   Motorola Moto G4 This phone has some great, high-end options for an unbeatable price. Like many of its much higher priced counterparts, it is water-resistant and offers a great back camera with 13mgp. It also has a decent battery life, beating out the iPhone at 13 hr for a continuous stream test. If you want some of the features of the higher-end phones at a killer price tag, the phone can't be beat. Price: $223
© 2011 The Computer Guide, All Rights Reserved
A guide for all computer users
THE Computer Guide
As if there weren’t enough noise in the world, now cell phones may be legal on airplanes. Not a good idea.

Cellphones in flight, bane or boon?

By TRANSPORTATION | JANET MOORE  DECEMBER 12, 2016 — 3:59PM There's a certain behavior that commuters resort to when someone engages in a loud cellphone conversation while on light rail or the bus. One looks at their phone, or out the window, with studied nonchalance. Or, you may turn up the music/podcast on your own phone to drown it out. Occasionally (but rarely in Minnesota), someone will tell the offender to be quiet. (Generally not recommended.) Can you image that scenario on an airplane? Oh, the indignity. The prospect of cellphone use on airplanes has been bandied about for years. Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) floated a proposal that would require airlines and ticket agents to disclose to passengers in advance whether the carrier allows cellphone calls on board. This would prevent passengers from being "unwillingly exposed to voice calls," Anthony Foxx, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, said in a news release. Consumers "would be unfairly surprised and harmed" if they learned after buying a ticket that the carrier permits phone calls, DOT said. So passengers would at least know in advance if their flight may prove even more miserable. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules now ban the use of cellphones on certain radio frequencies onboard aircraft. But these regulations do not cover Wi-Fi and other ways to make phone calls. As soon as DOT's notice went out last Thursday, opposition to cellphone use on aircraft surfaced, including a missive from the flight attendants union. Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, said cellphone use would threaten aviation security and increase the likelihood of "conflict in the skies. "The American public does not want voice communication in flight," Nelson said in a statement. "Anything short of banning voice calls is reckless." Airlines for America, a Washington, D.C.-based industry group, says carriers should make the decision — not the transportation department. When asked where it lands on the issue (sorry for the pun), Delta Air Lines referred to a 2013 memo written by former CEO Richard Anderson to employees. The dispatch indicated customer research showed phone calls "would be a disruption to the travel experience." "Delta employees, particularly our in-flight crews, have told us definitively that they are not in favor of voice calls onboard," Anderson wrote. Delta is the dominant carrier at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The department is seeking comment on whether this proposal is a good idea, or if it should ban voice calls. You can comment within the next 60 days at www.regulations.gov using the docket number DOT-OST-2014-002. Read more about the cell phone controversy below. Taken from startribune.com

The 5 Best Cell Phones on the Market

Today

Christmas time is here and tis the season for tech upgrades! If you are in the market for a new phone, here is a comparison of the 5 best cellphone options on the market. There is something for every need and budget. Apple iPhone 7 Plus The feature that makes this phone stands out in the crowd is the Dual Lens camera. It offers a 12mgp camera on both front and back. It also offers wide angle and telephoto option, optical zoom, and optical image stabilization. No other phone on the market has a camera like this. This phone bigger than the iPhone 7. However, it is also significantly bigger than its other 5.5 in display counterparts, like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. This makes it a little clumsy to handle. Like many of the newest phones on the market, including Galaxy S7 and Moto G4, it is water resistant and dunkable. Compared to some of the other options on the market, it had a relatively low battery life of only 12 hours when tested on a continuous stream. Price: $770 If you are looking for an intuitive phone with all of the bells and whistles, this is the one you want.   Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge The Samsung Edge feature is what makes this phone stand out in the crowd. It offers a wraparound design to more elegantly fit its 5.5in display than the iPhone 7 Plus. The edge design offers a news ticker and the apps edge for swiping convenience. Like others on the market, it is dunkable, offers a sharp 12mgp back camera, and longer battery life. One other cool feature of this phone is that it is always on display, offering a time or calendar option for quick reference. If you are looking for a cool-looking phone that can perform, this is the best option. Price: $750 Google Pixel This great phone is a rival to the iPhone, with its sleek 1 piece aluminum design and Google Assistant, googles answer to Siri. The thing that makes this phone better for some is the user-friendly quality of Google Assistant. It offers a conversational tone and easy accessibility. Something else it has that iPhone doesn't is a headphone jack. One major drawback is that it is only water resistant rather than dunkable like the other high end phones on the market. If you are looking for a phone that makes working easier, this is the most capable phone. Price: $640   OnePlus 3T If you are looking for a more budget friendly phone, the OnePlus 3T is a great all around option. It boasts a 16 hr battery life, great quality photos, and easy android interface. This battery life is better than anything else reviewed on the market. If you need your phone on for a long time, this will come in handy. If you are looking for an affordable phone that can still keep up with everyday needs, this phone can get the job done. Price: $479,   Motorola Moto G4 This phone has some great, high-end options for an unbeatable price. Like many of its much higher priced counterparts, it is water-resistant and offers a great back camera with 13mgp. It also has a decent battery life, beating out the iPhone at 13 hr for a continuous stream test. If you want some of the features of the higher-end phones at a killer price tag, the phone can't be beat. Price: $223