Good Question: What Is The Real Cost Of A Smartphone?Verizon Wireless says it’s now joining the path other cellphone companies have already taken – no contracts. The company announced Wednesday it will do away with two-year contracts that offer subsidies of hundreds of dollars on new phones.
Mall Of America Confirms Free Wi-Fi System Coming By Holiday SeasonA Mall of America representative confirmed Monday that the mall plans to have a free Wi-Fi system in time for the holiday season.
Research: Kids Feel Neglected If Parents Hooked On SmartphonesParents are well aware of the downside of kids spending too much time on their electronic devices texting or playing games. But what about the negative effects of parents doing the same thing? New research shows that kids are very aware of how much time their parents are spending on their smartphones when they are with them.
Target Debuts Image-Recognition Shopping AppTarget is introducing an app that lets users purchase items after scanning magazine ads with their smartphones. It's the latest offering from retailers looking to boost sales with the use of improving image-recognition technology.
Survey: Americans Can Hardly Function Without SmartphonesThe number of Americans who use smartphones is at an all-time high. Also, the number of people who say they can't live without them is up. In a new Bank of America survey, nearly half of Americans say they wouldn't last one day without their phone.
Minnesota Enacts 1st Law On Cellphone DisablingMinnesota has the nation's first law requiring smartphones and tablets sold in the state to have remote shut-off devices as a way to deter theft. The "kill switch" bill was signed Wednesday by Gov. Mark Dayton after lawmakers passed it last week.
Tinder Users Hope To Swipe Their Way To New LoveSince the beginning of time, men and women have been searching for the same thing: true love. That's why we love romantic movies like "The Notebook" and sign up for dating sites like, eHarmony, and OkCupid. And now there's Tinder.
'Upskirting' Laws Lag Behind Advances In TechnologyA court ruled that a man who snapped secret pictures up a woman's skirt on a Boston subway train did not violate the state's Peeping Tom law. The practice known as "upskirting" has exposed loopholes in current laws. Minnesota statutes that tackle the issue were written years ago. But that was before everyone had cell phones.
BBB Warns Of '1-Ring' Phone Call SchemeIf you receive a call from area codes belonging to places like Grenada or Antigua and the phone only rings once, the Better Business Bureau warns not to call back. According to the BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota, the calls are part of a scheme being perpetrated by scammers who anticipate victims' curiosity getting the better of them.
DNR: Fishing & Hunting Licenses Go MobileThe Minnesota Department of Natural Resources now offers a mobile licensing website for purchasing select fishing and hunting licenses via smartphone.
Tips To Limit Tech Distractions While On VacationMany of us will find ourselves with time off this week from work to celebrate the 4th of July with family and friends. However, instead of relaxing and reconnecting with loved ones, we may end up texting, typing, posting and playing games on electronic devices.
BCA Warns Parents About New Video Sharing Apps It's never been easier to upload a video to the Internet. There's YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo just to name a few options. Now, Instagram has joined the community as did Twitter with Vine.