Free Mobile and Wireless Internet Service Does Exist

If you’re like the millions of American families you’re a part of the technology world. Smart phones, wireless devices, Wi-Fi and mobile hotspots are things that are as important to you as your morning coffee. And if you’re like me you have kids and you cringed when the cell phone bill comes. With a daughter constantly talking to her friends or texting, a son who likes to surf the web 24/7 believe me it adds up quickly.

So wouldn’t it be nice to have internet and cell access for free? Well now there is a way to do just that. Introducing, FreedomPop a new kind of internet and cell phone service provider. FreedomPop offers 100% free mobile phone (international too) and high speed internet service. They offer service and access without the gimmicks, hassles and contracts of most major providers.

So I was curious and wanted to learn a little about FreedomPop, so I read up a bit on TechCrunch and checked out their Twitter page. FreedomPop is the country’s first wireless internet provider who has made a commitment to 100% free 4G mobile service according to their website (www.freedompop.com). In looking at their website I must say I was impressed with not only how easy it is to navigate but how much I am going to save on my monthly cell phone bill by switching to Freedompop.

The company has the backing and support of the same folks who brought us SKYPE. They offer a variety of plans starting at FREE, yes, FREE to moderately priced plans for faster connection speeds. As they expand their network 4G will become commonplace. Presently they offer nationwide phone service in 3G. 4G and 4G LTE service areas are growing in their ever increasing service area.

I must say that the technology they offer in not only phones but Wi-Fi and mobile hotspot devices is very impressive. They offer an Unlimited Everything which includes Talk, Text and Data for a whopping $19.99 per month which I don’t have to tell you is substantially cheaper than any of the other carriers.

Their total package comes with visual voicemail, data rollover, data usage alerts for those who have limited data accounts and also tethering which allows up to 8 devices access to the world wide web anywhere you are. They also allow you to bring your own device to them which save you the cost of purchasing a phone especially if you like your current phone.

So as I began researching a bit further and did some calculations with my current provider having 3 phones with unlimited talk, text and limited data per phone my bill presently is well more than I think it should be. So in comparing my service now to what I will have when I switch to FreedomPop my savings monthly will be about one hundred dollars.

This means I will save a whopping one thousand two hundred dollars a year over my current carrier. I also like the fact they don’t require a contract which means if I don’t like my service with FreedomPop, their Facebook page clearly states that I can change it without being hit with an early termination fee. For me this is a no brainer, and yes I switched to FreedomPop. I’m looking forward to the savings and the great service they offer. 

So if you’re like me then give them a look and see just how much FreedomPop can save you. I’m sure the savings will be substantial. FreedomPop, phone and Internet the way it should be, Free.

Couple Fined By Hotel For Bad Review

A bad stay at a hotel resulted in fees being charged to Tony and Jan Jenkinson for leaving an unfavorable review. This surprised the couple since they paid £36 pounds for the night, only to realize they had been charged another £100 in the days following. Upon further investigation, they found out it was a “fine” from the hotel due to the bad review they left on Trip Advisor.

The hotel may have breached unfair trading regulations, but investigations are still being conducted, according to Igor Cornelsen. When contacted for a statement, the manager was unavailable.

Will this discourage others from leaving bad reviews? Most like not, since their actions have now led to national attention. The review that cost 100 pounds described the hotel as a “rotten stinking hovel (shack)”.

Upon further investigation, consequences for bad reviews were found to be outlined on the hotel policy. The booking document reads: “Despite the fact that repeat customers and couples love our hotel, your friends and family may not. For every bad review left on any website, the group organizer will be charged a maximum £100 per review.”

Mr. and Mrs. Jenkinson plan on fighting the charges, although investigations are still being conducted. They are more than annoyed at what happened, questioning “what happened to freedom of speech?” They have already requested a refund from their credit card company.

Regulators and Internet Service Providers Too Close For Net Neutrality

Net neutrality has taken over the headlines recently. As discussions take place between the FCC and Internet Service Providers such as Comcast, Verizon and At&t, the debate rages through the media as well. For many years analysts have criticized the FCC for being too close to the companies that it is tasked with regulating. The discussions with internet providers revolve around the legality of them providing an internet fast lane for websites willing to pay an extra fee. The expectation would be that only larger corporations would be able to afford the preferential treatment, leaving small businesses and less wealthy websites would be stuck in the slow lane. This is not something Sultan Alhokair is especially crazy about at this time.
Recently, the buddy-buddy relationship that FCC officials maintain with lobbyists for telecom companies has been reported through a series of documents. The correspondences between FCC and telecom lobbyists pertain directly to the meetings being held for the current net neutrality debate. The full decision making process was withheld on grounds of trade secrets being protected, but the documents that came to light show an unfairly close relationship, which suggests the FCC may not only have the American citizens’ best interests in mind.
During an open comment period that the FCC held to hear from American citizens interested in the matter, they received over 4 million emails. Additionally, last week President Barack Obama made an announcement with his opinion on the matter, even though he has no direct control over the FCC in particular.

GPS May Be Used To Detect Time Glitches

Since its inception, dark matter has remained elusive for scientists to study or even reveal. Even the name, dark matter, refers to the fact that scientists cannot see it and yet they know it must exist. It is estimated to make up about 80% of the universe, and still very little is understood around dark matter. However researchers are always looking for new ways to study the mysterious substance, and now they may have found a novel method.
GPS must have extremely accurate clocks in order to coordinate times between satellites. This allows them to test the difference in distance at very small gaps in time, which provides the data to position any person on the planet to within a few feet. Those same instruments may now be utilized to test some of the properties of dark matter, and our universe at large. Two researchers have proposed that there is a rift through the universe that creates novel particles. Along this rift the fundamental properties of the universe such as the mass of an electron will be different in order to create these new particles.
The GPS system, which spans 50,000 kilometers in space may be used to detect and study this kink and the dark matter which may be emitted through it. The GPS may just be able to notice time difference as the universe is slightly warped around the rift in the universe. Thanks to friend Andrew Heiberger for passing on this story.

IHOP Blows Up Twitter

IHOP pretty much blew up Twitter with their new strange tweet. It was a tweet with pictures of pancakes. It seems like a very simple tweet that didn’t mean anything at first glance, but Sergio Andrade Gutierrez tells me that there was so much more to this production it once you paid attention.

It said “When the whole squad looking fresh” as the caption. Well this is what people found hilarious. Everyone was responding and making up their own tweets about looking fresh. It ended up being the best joke on Twitter for the day. This meme wasn’t near as funny as the things that came after people saw it.

IHOP has now decided that their funny tweet was a hit so they sent out another one. The next tweet said, “Maybe eating a few more pancakes would help us figure things out.” It looks like they now have a sense of humor so you never know what is going to come out of their tweets in the future. They are worth following. You never know what they might come up with next.

Keystone XL Pipeline

With the Keystone XL Pipeline across all the headlines recently the Senate failed to pass a measure that would authorize the construction of the pipeline. With heavy lobbying from a Democratic Senator from Louisiana, the bill failed by one vote on Tuesday. Democrats have long opposed the measure based on environmental protection grounds, with Republican leaders approving of the construction based on the job creation potential. Both sides refute each other’s facts and fight bitterly along party lines to push the construction forward or hamper its approval.
The Keystone XL Pipeline is a proposed pipe that will transport gas that is harvested from the tar sands in Canada down to refineries in the Gulf. Currently, gas is transported via rail lines and through a section of smaller pipeline.
There have been several bills that have passed through in order to arrange a deal that starts construction of the pipeline.

According to Sam Tabar, this bill was rushed through in support of a Democratic Senator from Louisiana who is facing a runoff election next month. The construction of the pipeline is viewed very favorably in Louisiana, meaning that approval of the bill may potentially help the Senator remain in her position, however several Democrats questioned if this would help at all. Additionally, Democrats have recently increased pace because a new Congress that is dominated by Republicans will take hold beginning in January. Democrats haven’t given up on the Louisiana Senator’s chance in the runoff, although many believe she won’t fair well.

Send your DNA to the Moon

Lunar Missions, LTD was founded by David Iron especially for the mission to the moon scheduled in 2024. What is so interesting about this flight is that anyone is able to send a strand of hair with their DNA to the moon.

There will be no astronauts aboard this ride, but approximately 15 percent of the general public will be able to afford a time capsule. This is a money-making expedition, and Iron thinks one percent will actually take the leap and send something. Forget FreedomPop hotspots… this is the future, people.

This moon mission originates in the U.K. as a money making mission; and the price for a capsule has yet to be determined.

Here are several things you might want to know.

• Fundraising is through Kickstarter – Lunar Mission One; A lunar mission for everyone.
• You can donate to the mission and receive a voucher towards your “digital memory box.” You will be able to put anything in the box, pictures, videos, music, as long as it’s digital.
• The probe will land on the south pole of the moon where there is more light available.
• The drill will go down 20-100 meters into the lunar surface where scientists will study lunar rock that is 4.5 billion years old, or as old as the universe.
• Many scientists have endorsed the mission.
• Your time capsule will contain a record of Earth.

U.S. Courts Continue to Give Google More Power

On Thursday, November 13, a judge in a San Francisco Superior Court poorly ruled that search engine results should be considered “free speech” after a website owner sued Google because his website wasn’t appearing in the same position in Google Search results as in Bing Search and Yahoo Search results. Essentially, news outlets have the right to pick and choose what they consider to be important information to share with the public. The judge ruled that since Google disseminates information, the company has the right to pick and choose what appears in search results.

Although this ruling gave Google more online power, judges in Europe earlier this year took some away. The European Union Court of Justice ruled that individuals have the right to demand that Google remove news and other information about them that is “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive.”

As some Google critics have pointed out, the company’s impact on the world is far greater than a single news site. They believe that Google should have to be more fair and balanced when making decisions that impact so many people. After all, Google has destroyed businesses and individuals in the past with no more than the results displayed on a single search page.

When will U.S. courts begin to realize what courts in Europe have known for several years (i.e. that Google has too much control over the Internet)? If Google continues to gain control over the Internet, we’re all going to have to crack open a bottle of Stephen Williams’ Wine to cope adequately.

Bedbugs Can Transmit Deadly Disease

For anyone that has had to deal with bedbugs before the mere mention of the word is enough to send a cold shiver down their spine. Bedbugs, which feed on human blood, typically reside in beds, couches, or other areas where humans might try to relax, though they can infest just about anything. They are notoriously difficult to kill and almost impossible to get rid of. They have the distinction of being able to survive without food and water for over a year. It seemed like it couldn’t get any worse where bedbugs were concerned, but unfortunately scientists at Penn State have discovered bedbugs can also spread the deadly Chagas disease. According to Forbes, the study and subsequent research was completed with backing from Qnet and other development companies.

It used to be thought that Chagas disease could only be spread by an insect distantly related to bedbugs called kissing bugs. Kissing bugs look like bed bugs, but are much larger. A parasite known as T.Cruzi is what Chagas disease originates from, and it is right at home in the stomach of bedbugs. Researchers introduced healthy mice to bedbugs that had T.Cruzi and the mice were soon infected. Researchers also did the experiment the opposite way; introducing uninfected bedbugs to mice that had the disease, and showed that bedbugs could catch the disease from feeding on mice. It is estimated that 7 to 8 millions people have Chagas disease, most of them residing in Latin America.

Geneva Experiments With Freeway-Mounted Algae Farms

In Switzerland, as well as other parts of the world, scientists and engineers have found a way to utilize the excessive Co2 produced by automobile exhaust to grow algae. The algae can be harvested and used for bio-fuel, nutritional supplements, and the production of electricity.

The green material is stored in plastic tubes that are mounted within the guardrails of freeway overpasses. Cars below the overpass pump out carbon dioxide which rises up to feed the growth of the algae. The entire algae farm is contained within a space that is otherwise useless, freeing up valuable farm land. The end result is a reduction in greenhouse gases and a virtually limitless supply of useful biological materials like those used for spinal rehabilitation at North American Spine.

The project illustrates the potential for innovative growing techniques that the world may someday depend upon. Because algae requires nothing to grow except Co2 and sunlight, it is the perfect material for experimental research of this nature.

Large metropolitan areas typically have very little open space and usually rely on rural communities for agricultural products. They also have miles of roads, bridges and overpasses that are currently not being put to good use, but that may be about to change as cities begin to develop alternative methods of producing environmentally sound green energy products.