Is it possible your phone is too smart?

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Denise Wymore Denise started her credit union career over 30 years ago as a Teller for Pacific NW Federal Credit Union in Portland, Oregon. She moved up and around the org. chart … Web: www.nacuso.org Details I can say with pride that I owned the very first iPhone. The iPhone One! And I paid somewhere around $600.00 for the thing. Remember when they came out with the second generation at a much lower price and early adopters complained so Steve gave us back a hundred bucks, in the form of an Apple Store gift card? Clever, Mr. Jobs. I remain fiercely loyal to Apple, in spite of some glitches over the years. Last month my 4 year old MacBook started to act up, spinning colored wheel more often than I like to see, the keyboard was acting funny, the machine would sometimes get super hot. I made an appointment with a Genius at the ONLY Apple Store in all of New Mexico. The wait is on average four days. To their credit the Genius took one look at the keyboard and said, “Well that’s not right.” My precious laptop had to go in the hospital for an entirely rebuilt keyboard and new battery – he said the battery was “swelling” but Apple was going to pay for it.  This was very unexpected and really helped to solidify my loyalty. Are we “making things right” for our members when something goes terribly wrong? How should I show my gratitude for this unexpected gesture? This was only 2 days before I was supposed to fly to the University of Georgia to teach marketing at the Southeast Regional Credit Union School (SRCUS). What’s a girl to do? Buy the brand new state-of-the-art iPad Pro with keyboard and pencil ($2500.00). I asked them to please transfer the files I needed from my MacBook to the new iPadPro and they could be off with it – unfortunately, I had not upgraded my operating system on the old laptop so the two would not talk to each other. AND to top it all off, their internet connection (Verizon) was being super slow that day so it took over 2 hours to update. Ugh. As I was traveling to Georgia with my fancy new iPad I noticed my iPhone SE (remember the cute small one?) started rebooting frequently. If I launched an app, screen would go dark, apple logo appeared, it was rebooting. I Googled this condition – death to the iPhone I’m afraid. Is this part of the Apple business model I wondered – planned obsolescence? And in fact, in 2017 Apple was slapped with a class action lawsuit after the tech giant admitted it slowed down older iPhones. Wikipedia defines planned obsolescence as “in industrial design and economics is a policy of planning or designing a product with an artificially limited useful life, so it will become obsolete (that is unfashionable or no longer functional) after a certain period of time.” Apple wants you to buy the latest and greatest phone, iPad, laptop, which is why they relentlessly pursue innovations that others hope to merely follow. They have had an amazing run at being first to market with so many products we cannot live without. We are hostages. So now I have a new iPhone, the 8. It’s bigger than my cute little SE and it’s a real smart aleck. It’s “too helpful” if you ask me. I went to search for a photo the other day and it now groups my pictures in little albums that IT thinks I will like. It will suggest actions like “you should text John” or “you should share this photo.” And I know this is based on my activity – but I don’t appreciate the intrusion. I’ll text John when I feel like it and I’ll share a photo if I want to. Stop telling me what to do!!!!  I think it’s super important that we listen to our members to find out what is important to them rather than “pushing” products and services on them to make our sales goals. We are humans, not a smart phone, which means we ARE smarter……My favorite “smart” thing my phone has done lately was when the caller ID said “Robo Call”…I almost sent it to voicemail and flagged the number, I thought about answering it and yelling at it….instead, curious, I just answered. A person said “May I speak to Denise please.” I said “Are you a robot?” She said, “No, this is the Apple Store I wanted to let you know your MacBook is ready to be picked up.” “Well, I said, your new iPhone isn’t very smart because it thinks YOU are a robot.”I feel like I got the last laugh on that one. last_img read more

No Bhutia a boon for youth says Houghton

first_imgWhile India get set to take on Thailand in a grudge match at the Ambedkar Stadium on Wednesday, having lost to the visitors in Bangkok last week, skipper Bhaichung Bhutia will be absent from the starting line-up once again.The influential striker is yet to recover fully from the recurrence of the thyroid-related problems that laid him low in Portugal. National coach Bob Houghton believes Bhutia’s absence will provide the young strikers in the team another chance to showcase their mettle in front of Houghton’s favourite Ambedkar Stadium crowd.Thai coach Bryan Robson (left) with his counterpart Bob Houghton on Tuesday.It is no secret that Houghton considers the venue to be a lucky hunting-ground for his team and two back-to-back Nehru Cup triumphs in 2007 and 2009 and the victory in the AFC Challenge Cup in 2008 bears testimony to his belief.The upbeat Thailand side is placed 34 ranks above India at 104th spot in the latest FIFA rankings, and Houghton believes it is time the youngsters in the team took the responsibility of finding the net off Bhutia’s shoulders.”Although I would have loved to play Bhutia, he is not match-fit yet. He is training with us, but he has lost a lot of weight and it will take some time before he gets back to full fitness. He is definitely a big influence on the team and it is not easy, but we must learn to play without him because he will finish some day.”Whoever has managed the Indian team knows what his contribution to the team is, but looking at the positive side, we have young talents in our ranks and now is the time for them to grab the opportunity and deliver. This exposure might end up helping the youngsters when we travel to Doha in 2011 and they might have to face the Asian powerhouses on a big stage like the Asian Cup,” the Briton said.advertisement”As for tomorrow’s match, Mohammed Rafi will start upfront with Sunil Chhetri. We also have Sushil Kumar Singh, Baljit Sahni and Abhishek Yadav in our ranks, so there are plenty of options up front and, even if we don’t get to test everyone tomorrow, we will definitely give them all a fair share of match practice ahead of the Asian Cup in January.”Although the Indian players kept their composure and were up to the challenge against a highly-skilled Thailand side on Saturday, the failure of the strikers to go for the kill cost them the match.Houghton, though, squashed all rumours that he wasn’t happy with the performance of his central midfielders on Saturday and reiterated that both Climax Lawrence and Steven Dias were making a comeback after an injury lay-off, which is why they were a bit rusty to start off with.”I am not at all disappointed as both Climax and Dias were making a comeback after injury layoffs and the heavy outfield didn’t make it any easier for them. Rather than disappointment, I feel the fact that they played for most of the match will help when we play the upcoming matches. In fact, Climax will lead the team in Bhutia’s absence,” he said.Commenting on Thailand’s strengths, Houghton said: ” hey are skilful players who are exceptionally good in the midfield. Their problem starts inside the penalty area. Their lack of height creates a problem when it comes to scoring or defending. But their passing game is on par with that of any other top football playing nation.”Thailand coach Bryan Robson will field a mix of senior and junior players on Wednesday as he tries to scout young talent in the lead up to the Asian Games in November, where they will have to field an under-23 side.”We are basically building a side for the Asian Games. So I will field only five or six senior players and it will be a perfect blend of youth and experience.But I am sure that my boys will provide tough challenge to the Indians,” he said.”Just because I am fielding a youngish side doesn’t mean that we will be taking it easy. We will fight it out till the end and whichever side converts the chances will win.”last_img read more

Lonnie Ali Talks Caregiving With AARP

first_imgMuhammad Ali’s wife, Lonnie Ali, opens up about caregiving in the latest AARP Bulletin.Lonnie Ali Speaks Out About The Impact Taking On The Caregiver Role Has Had On Her RelationshipThe Ali caregiving story is about love, companionship and devotion.It is the story of a brave spiritual couple joining hands and going the distance in a difficult fight against an insidious disease, Parkinson’s. But perhaps most importantly, it is the story of a resilient woman serving as the voice, guiding light and conscience for an all-but-silenced superstar athlete and civil rights activist.In a rare and candid interview at the couple’s desert home in Phoenix, Arizona, wife Lonnie Ali opens up exclusively to AARP Bulletin about the challenges that come with caring for the man known as “The Greatest,” Muhammad Ali and the impact taking on the role of caregiver has had on their relationship. Discussing everything from how the couple has dealt with Parkinson’s disease over the years to building a new kind of relationship every day, Mrs. Ali offers insight into the round-the-clock life of caregivers.As the primary caregiver of the boxing legend, Lonnie is every bit the inspiration her husband is to the more than 42 million Americans in this same role. And given newly released reports from AARP and the Associated Press, which finds that nearly two-thirds of spousal caregivers admit it causes real stress on their family, her story is one of urgency, importance and relevance to families across the nation.The following are excerpts from the June issue of AARP Bulletin’s feature story, Caring for the Champ, in homes now and available online at www.aarp.org/bulletin: On the Impact Being a Caregiver Has Had on Their Relationship
“The hardest part for any caregiver, whether it is a child, parent or spouse, is the relationship change.“The relationship changes overtime with the illness. Physically, [patients] are not as mobile; they are not able to do things with you like they used to. The medications might affect their cognitive ability. They may not be able to speak as well…that is where you [transition] from a wife or a husband to a care partner or caregiver.” On Muhammad Ali’s Positive Outlook
”I am so fortunate. I have a husband who doesn’t complain about anything. He is not a moaner, a whiner or a poor-me kind of person. Muhammad has learned how to not sweat the small stuff. He is amazing that way.”“Parkinson’s has taken away a lot from this man — a lot that would put people in bed, make them cover their heads and never look up. He has a lot to be depressed about… But I think he is secure in who he is, and about his place in history. That’s not to say that Parkinson’s hasn’t changed him — it has. But he still has enough sense of self and dignity that he maintains.” On Dealing with Parkinson’s Disease
”Everything now is about protecting him and making sure he is healthy… When there is influenza, we don’t go to movies. We don’t want him exposed.“This is the beauty of Muhammad. He has made this illness, as horrible as it is, as much as it has taken away from him, serve him in some way.“If there was ever anyone who always lands on his feet and comes out smelling like a rose, it is Muhammad. It is his remarkable attitude toward life. He never has let anything stand in his way.“We are on this journey for a reason, I know that — whether it was to bring attention to this illness [or] whether it was to save his mortal soul.”last_img read more

Jamaican ShellyAnn FraserPryce Wins Gold Medal in Womens 100

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica won her second consecutive 100-meter Olympic gold medal by winning the final in 10.75 seconds. The last woman to win the dash twice in a row was Gail Devers of the U.S. in 1992 and 1996. Carmelita Jeter of the United States took the silver in 10.78. Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica earned the bronze.For Fraser-Pryce, the win was a comeback of sorts. She was fourth in the world championships in 2011 but, the Olympic title is never one that sprinters want to give up easily. Gail Devers, who repeated in 1992 and 1996, and Wyomia Tyus, who won in 1964 and 1968,  are the only other woman to repeat as Olympic 100-meter champion.Source: WSJ read more

Police Investigate shooting incident

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 16, 2016 – Detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force have launched an investigation into the report of a shooting which occurred early today (Friday 16th December 2016) in the Gracebay area of Providenciales.Police responded to the Cheshire Medical Centre around 12:34 am where an 18-year-old male was met and explained to officers that he was shot in the left knee while standing at the entrance to the Danny Buoy’s parking Lot. Police went to the area and established a crime scene.  A 29-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of that shooting incident.  Investigation is ongoing.If you were at the Danny Buoys area and may have seen who fired the shots or has information that can assist with the investigation, contact the Chalk Sound Police Station at 339-5901. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1- 800 8477 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: www.crimestoppers.tc. The information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. #MagneticMediaNews#TCIGeneralElections#TCIResults2016 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Related Items:last_img read more

New CBO Report Estimates House Space Corps Proposal at 36 Billion

first_img ADC AUTHOR The Congressional Budget Office issued a new cost estimate Monday for the House version of a new space command that would total more than $3.6 billion between 2020 and 2024, Breaking Defense reported.The new estimate, based on the House’s proposed “Space Corps” command in its fiscal 2020 NDAA, includes $2.3 billion in personnel costs and assesses that it would require “between 4,100 and 6,800 additional personnel for new management and support positions,” according to the report.The CBO’s new cost estimate also came in well above the Trump administration’s earlier low-end estimate of $2 billion in initial start-up costs to establish a new proposed “Space Force.”In May CBO issued a similar cost estimate calculating that the Trump administration’s original proposal would “increase DOD’s annual costs by $1.1 billion to $1.9 billion, and incur onetime costs of $1.8 billion to $4.7 billion,” according to the report.The House Armed Services Committee’s space command proposal and the Senate’s approved NDAA proposal both would create a new Air Force space command, similar to the Marine Corps under the Navy. The two proposals differ on the make-up of a separate space command and how DOD would establish a new space acquisition management structure. Both sides of Capitol Hill have expressed deep concerns about costs, according to the report.Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe Thackerlast_img read more