In a world accessible by the palm of you hand and the stroke of a smartphone screen, it’s hard to think that there are places that don’t condone users public use of smartphones. What about using your smartphone to connect to passions like health, wealth and faith? Recent surveys suggest that when it comes to how people connect to faith using their mobile devices, smartphone use in church is more common than you think!
In a recent survey sponsored by AT&T*, 4-in-10 (41%) respondents said they use a mobile phone, tablet or laptop to connect to faith-based organizations or inspiration sites. That compares to about a third (32%) who said they regularly attend worship services. The research is part of AT&T’s Inspired Mobility™ conversation.
The survey found that among those who attend services regularly, 1-in-4 (25%) report using a mobile device as part of that experience. The use of mobile technology to connect with faith differs among ethnic groups. Blacks are more likely to use technology to connect with their faith. The study found that 57% of blacks use mobile devices to connect to faith and inspiration sites and groups. That compares to 46% of Hispanics, 38% of Asians and 37% of whites.
“People use their mobile devices to manage their lives and access their passions,” said Jennifer Jones, AT&T’s vice president of diverse markets. “This research shows that their faith and inspiration practices are no exception.”
People using mobile devices in faith practices say they:
- Listen to or download music (42%)
- Stream services (38%)
- Research or study (32%)
- Access holy or song books (29%)
- Keep up with religious holidays/holy days (28%)
- Give (24%)
- Use prayer/meditation apps (22%)
- Use faith/self-improvement apps (19%)
- Keeping up with dietary guidelines (10%)
Across all groups, 72% of those who use mobility to connect with their faith report using social media to do so, with Facebook and YouTube used most. The survey also found that the younger the person, the more likely they are to use social media to connect with faith-based organizations, with 18-24 year olds leading the way at 85%.
Also, according to the survey, people in the South were more likely than people in any other region to connect to faith with online worship.
Finally, some people admit being somewhat distracted during worship with their devices. According to the survey, 44% of 25-34 year olds said they used their mobile device to engage in activities unrelated to the service they were attending. Most popular activities were texting a friend (15%), posting to social media (8%), watching a video (7%), even gaming (4%) and other things (6%). However, 73% of people reported never using their mobile devices during worship to engage in these activities.
Overall, parishioners are using their smartphones in church more than ever before! What about you? Do you use your smartphone in service? Still think it’s taboo? Share your thoughts on smartphone use in church below!
With hundreds of thousands of smartphone apps created each and every day, it’s cool to discover a few necessary apps created by women like you and me. It’s no secret that our smartphones are directly involved in the way we work, learn and play everyday – and now, we’re accomplishing more than ever before in technology!
Everyone uses some sort of photo app for social media, no matter if it’s Twitter, Instagram, Facebook – there’s a photo editing app for them all. Discover five photo apps created by black women, that you need to check out below!
Now that you’ve got a few more amazing photo apps to add to your smartphone arsenal, which ones are you excited to download first?
Looking for a little more dough to splurge and enjoy the weekend? From apps that help you shop a yard sale better to apps that help you make cash money as a mystery shopper – super easy – we love making life easier via technology. But I get a little extra giddy when technology is combined with making a little extra cash on the side! All you need is a few extra minutes on your Smartphone and you’ll be able to replenish that daily latte fund!
SquareCash: There’s no quicker way to accept and earn money than using SquareCash. Instantly link your Visa/MasterCard Debit card to accept/send money for direct cashless transactions – and earn $5 cash just for signing up! It doesn’t get any easier than that!
Swagbucks: If an app claims to have given out almost $100 million in gift cards and cash back, we’re definitely listening. In exchange for your shopping habits, coupons, web searching, surveys, video watching and more, you can get gift cards to places like Target, Starbucks and Walmart. Remember that latte habit we were talking about?
Viggle: With this app, users “check in” to a TV show or music in exchange for gift cards to places like Best Buy and GAP. Or, if shopping isn’t your end goal, you can stay within the app and get access to even more TV shows, music and such with your credits. Basically, it’s like getting paid in TV to watch TV.
Field Agent: Companies like Unilever, Coca-Cola and Walgreens use “Field Agents” to pay users to do audits — fact finding and data gathering — or research on certain businesses. You collect feedback, photos, audio, video and more for the companies. Have 30 minutes to kill somewhere? You can even search for jobs via maps.
Mobee: Remember those days where you’d go to the mall and look for mystery shoppers? Well, now you can be one. Mobee pays you to shop and dine at your favorite places in return for feedback. It’s different from Yelp in that you have to answer specific questions in more of a survey form. So you don’t get to totally spill your guts, but you could make a few dollars off of places you already visit.
Now that you have an idea on some of the best money-making apps that can make your pockets a little bigger this weekend, which apps are you excited to download first? Share your favorite money-making apps in the comments section below!
Is your smartphone low on space? Having a hard time downloading a software update due to not having enough storage? One too many photos of your super cute pooch eating up your memory (on your phone, that is)?
When the Spring finally (sorta, kinda) upon us – now is the perfect time for Spring Cleaning your smartphone and your favorite devices. Here are some solutions to declutter your phone and combat those hoarder tendencies that may come with living a digital lifestyle.
Make a move
Moving video, music, photos and personal data between your mobile phone and your computer or other USB host device can be fast and convenient with a high-capacity microSD memory card reader. SanDisk’s versatile, flash microSD memory cards allow you to directly plug in a memory card for fast movement of your favorite mobile media. Direct plug-in means no card adapter is needed, and little time is spent transferring data. Plus, you get a smartphone with freed-up space without sacrificing the media that matters.
Get a memory boost
In today’s age of accessibility, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that limitations still exist. Once a smartphone has gotten its fill of music, photos, videos, apps and other data, it’s going to cry out for some attention. That attention could come in the form of additional memory.
A memory card on your phone essentially acts like the hard drive on your PC, boosting the storage capacity for files and data. So if you must have your favorite tunes, pictures of the pooch and the latest games at your fingertips, then it’s worth checking into phones that are compatible with memory cards, like the Samsung Galaxy Note® 3, which supports microSD™ cards with up to 64 GB of extra storage.
Use it or lose it
If apps abound on your phone, it may be time to clean your mobile house. Much like the clothes you haven’t worn in a year, unused or underused apps can be a real drain on space and battery. If app overload is an ongoing issue, you might try observing a “one in, one out” rule. Every time you add a new app to your device, remove one that isn’t as necessary. Your phone will return the love by providing space for what’s really important.
Most people today have a cellphone that rarely leaves their side. In fact, cellphone usage is at an all-time high, with 91 percent of adults owning one, reports the Pew Research Center. While the technology has drastically improved many aspects of daily life, the cost of devices and service plans – as well as the complex contracts – leaves many people feeling like they’re being hustled.
We believe you have a right to know about the commonly believed misconceptions about the cellphone industry that are causing people to spend more than necessary. Get the facts by learning the truth about the most common cellphone myths below!
Myth: One late payment won’t affect your credit score
Reality: It doesn’t take much for your credit score to take a hit. One late payment can stay on your record for up to seven years. Because most of the top wireless carriers use your credit score to judge whether they should give you the best deals, that means one bad decision can haunt you years later. First, always make it a priority to pay your bills on time. Second, look for a carrier that considers more than a credit check to obtain the best deals.
Myth: The advertised deals from carriers are for anyone
Reality: Wireless carriers spend $4 billion advertising their “best” deals on smartphones, yet in reality, more than half of Americans cannot get the deals because they are reserved only for those with the “best” credit. According to the Consumer Federation of America, credit score plays a “vital” role in many purchases.
Myth: Almost all American adults have a smartphone
Reality: At a time when mobile connectivity is sweeping the globe, the United States ranks 13th in the world in terms of smartphone penetration ? behind a dozen countries including Australia, Israel and Saudi Arabia. There are more than 100 million American adults who don’t have a smartphone according to Pew Research and the U.S. Census Bureau. A smartphone paired with the right plan for your needs can keep you connected and benefit your budget. Furthermore, many people choose to eliminate land lines and sometimes even Internet service at home to save and then solely rely on their smartphones to stay connected.
Myth: You pay more for smartphones with no-contract plans
Reality: Consumer Reports states it’s cheaper to buy a phone through a no-contract plan. Why? Because you finance the phone separately from your wireless service and therefore once it is paid off, your monthly bill can decrease. You will not continue to pay a higher amount after that time – unlike an annual service contract plan. Research popular no-contract prepaid and postpaid plans, like Simple Choice from T-Mobile, Verizon or WalMart Family Mobile. Loyal customers can immediately qualify based on their relationship with each carrier making the best wireless deals more accessible.
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It’s hard to believe that the summer is winding down and everyone is preparing to head back to school or off to college. While I hate to admit it, seeing school supply sales gives me a somber feeling that summer fun is almost over! Many of my friends and family with kids can attest to how expensive back to school shopping can be! With tuition bills, books and school supplies waiting to eat up budgets everywhere, it’s good to know that when it comes to saving money, Walmart best plans has you covered!
Staying connected this school year is easy and more affordable than ever before thanks to Walmart Family Mobile. Known for rollbacks all around, I’ve been a fan of Walmart Family Mobile and knew they had cheap wireless plans with unlimited talk text and data/web – it’s the perfect way to gift the students in your life with a great mobile device without spending a pretty penny.
The Alcatel One Touch Evolve was on rollback for only $29.88! It is 3G capable, has a 5MP Camera add with web/data and service for 2 months this $34.88 unlimited plan is the cheapest way roar any student to stay connected this school year. Set up and activation was quick, easy and took less than five minutes. By simply logging onto MyFamilyMobile.com, I was able to select an easy to memorize telephone number and set up the new Alcatel One Touch Evolve device so that it’s ready to use, right out of the box.
Powered by the reliable T-Mobile 4G network, students will never have to worry about dropped calls or lagging data on their upcoming journey back to school. Sounds like a winner to me! Do you know how many selfies and smiles this $35 dollar investment will mean to your student’s new school year? (LOL!) For more information about Walmart best plans for you and your family Walmart Family Mobile click HERE.
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Give Grads A Gift They’ll Love And Save Money With Unlimited Talk, Text And Data From Walmart Family Mobile #FamilyMobileMay 12th, 2014 by Christen
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It’s an exciting time of the year! Kids, teens and young adults are getting ready for that next big chapter in life, that’s right – graduation time is here! How are you planning to reward the graduate in your life? What if I told you that you can give the gift of mobile independence (including Unlimited Talk Text and Data/Web) without breaking the bank? Check out how easy it is to find the perfect smartphone, give grads a gift they’ll love and save money with Walmart Family Mobile below.
My niece has admired every smartphone I’ve owned since 2012. Her recent favorite device has been my Samsung Galaxy S4. During a recent trip to a Long Island area Walmart, I wandered into the Walmart Family Mobile department to find a wide array Samsung & Nokia smartphones for sale. For less than $100, I was able to buy the Samsung Galaxy Exhibit as a great transition phone for my niece graduating and heading into middle school. A smartphone is a great gift to keep students and family connected, and this Samsung Galaxy Exhibit with service will keep her connected while her low, monthly service bill with unlimited talk and text for less than $30 will keep my wallet feeling nice and full.
The Samsung Galaxy Exhibit comes equipped with a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera that allows for crisp, clear digital photos, as well as a VGA front-facing camera for convenient self portrait shots. This Samsung Android smartphone features a microUSB port and 4GB of internal storage, which allows tons of storage for games, music and photos. It also includes WiFi calling capabilities, Bluetooth technology and web browsing capabilities to make communicating via voice or text easier and more efficient.
Set up and activation was quick, easy and took less than five minutes. By simply logging onto MyFamilyMobile.com, I was able to select an easy to memorize telephone number and set up my niece’s new Samsung device so that it’s ready to use, right out of the box. Powered by the reliable T-Mobile 4G network, my niece will never have to worry about dropped calls or lagging data on her new graduation gift.
I can’t wait to gift my niece with her new graduation surprise! Since she loves my Samsung S4 device so much, I’m sure that she’ll adore this petite and tween-friendly version from Walmart Family Mobile. Plus, I’ll be happy knowing that she can stay connected with her favorite auntie, family and friends without breaking my wallet. Maybe for her high school graduation, I’ll upgrade her device to the next level of Samsung Galaxy phones available from Walmart Family mobile. With unbeatable Walmart prices for electronics and mobile devices, anything is possible! For the complete list of available devices, startup packs and talk, text and data plans visit Walmart.com.
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With warmer weather finally here and Mother’s Day fast approaching, it’s easy to get into a floral and feminine state of mind when thinking of smartphone accessories. But moms everywhere know about the work and family life balance, but did you know that OtterBox offers the balance of protecting your smartphone, while offering a variety of stylish designs that you’ll love too? One of the latest designs to come from the OtterBox Symmetry collection of cases is the OtterBox Symmetry in Dreamy Pink.
Style: The OtterBox Symmetry case in Dreamy Pink, is a mixture of tonal colors that is a welcome design into an ever-growing world of smartphone accessories. I’ve seen everything from plane jane cases to ostentatious glittery masses, and the mix of prints, colors and 3D-like optical illusion stands out among what’s considered fashionable smartphone accessories. The subtle hues of plush pinks, lavenders and purple in geometric shapes displays total feminity, while the rubber grip and hard shell protects your device from nicks and scrapes, making it a great balancing act of style and protection.
Protection: The OtterBox Symmetry case in Dreamy Pink. It includes an inner rubber case, surrounding the power button, volume buttons and charging ports while a hard shell exterior protects the rear of the phone. The raised beveled edge protects your smartphone screen, making a two-layered combination of intuitive protection. That’s multiple layers of protection in one all-inclusive design! Unlike the Commuter series, it does not offer multiple layers of cases that you have to assemble – and I think that’s what keeps this OtterBox Symmetry line, light, wearable and accessible to change into a variety of symmetry styles with ease.
As one of the more stylish OtterBox cases that I’ve used, this case definitely gets an “A” for style. What more could you want from a smartphone accessory that showcases your personal style while protecting your beloved device!
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With security breaches and frequent phone hacking scandals occurring in this digital age, it’s essential to know how to protect yourself from these types of fraudulent schemes. FreedomPop’s CEO Stephen Stokols provides five fool-proof tips to keep your smartphone safe below.
1. Use VPN (virtual private network) app to encrypt data.
Utilizing this defends all communication including text messages and voice calls from third- parties such as hackers, spies and eavesdroppers.
2. Use an online security app (e.g. Norton) to protect against hackers, spyware and viruses.
Just like computers, phones are vulnerable to viruses and malware. It’s critical to use these types of apps to help ward of harmful security hazards.
3. Use a dedicated privacy phone for confidential calls.
Consider an encrypted phone for confidential calls, such as FreedomPop’s Privacy Phone ($189) that runs on a specially engineered Samsung Galaxy SII, featuring 128-bit encryption used by banks and government agencies. Nicknamed the “Snowden phone,” this smartphone blocks phone contacts, call history and voice and text communication from hackers and has a feature to block unsolicited incoming calls and text messages.
4. If you want to ensure location is not tracked, make sure GPS and location settings are off. By enabling this feature, people can reduce the trace of their digital footprint and use the Internet anonymously wherever they are.
5. Be careful what permission you agree to when accepting Terms & Conditions for an app. Many sites want access to contacts, location and other sensitive info that can lead to potentially damaging setbacks. Malicious and fake websites aim to steal confidential information including passwords and other significant data that can do more harm than good.
Now that you’ve got these fool-proof tips to keep your smartphone safe, you’ll never worry about hackers or stolen data from your smartphone again.