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Sunday, July 09, 2021

While pondering the wonders of the high-frequency Mosquito “silent” ringtone, I (and others) wondered why putting a phone on vibrate-only mode wouldn’t suffice to keep text/call alerts on the down-low.

Yesterday morning, I got my answer. Despite having the foresight to put my phone on the non-ring setting the night before, I was awoken by the buzz-buzz-buzzing sound of an incoming call.

And it’s not like the phone was next to my head. It was on top of a chest of drawers, a good 2-3 feet away from where I lay. Plus, I was wearing earplugs! Didn’t matter: The sound of phone shaking on wood for a good minute or so was enough to rouse me. Too early, I might add: I didn’t nod off until around 4AM, and the call woke me up only five hours later — my kinda luck.

Why didn’t I just turn the phone off? Couldn’t tell you. I had a vague idea that I wanted to drain the battery down as much as possible before recharging it. Besides, I didn’t have my recharge unit with me. And unlike my previous LG phone, this one doesn’t have a “silent all” option, only ringtone or vibrate.

Shows you how powerful the average mobile phone’s vibrate function is. Which is good, I guess; I know that I rely upon it all the time, as I’m usually in noisy spots where even the loudest ringtone is inaudible to me when it’s coming from my pant pocket. But still, you’d think the manufacturers would do something to dampen the audible buzz.

So this tells you why the Mosquito is preferred over the vibrate setting.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 07/09/2021 06:22:05 PM
Category: Tech
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It took three years of gestation, but New York is finally setting up wi-fi hotspots in 10 of the City’s most prominent parks, including Bryant, Riverside and Central Parks.

If I ever needed incentive to knock off for an afternoon and lug my notebook up to Central Park for some mobile blogging, this would be it. Hopefully the outfit that’s implementing this, WiFi Salon, can get the Web connections up and running pronto.

The key to finally getting this done was the addition of Nokia as an infrastructure/hardware partner. That partnership includes a vision of how free (actually, ad-supported) hotspots can change the park-sitting experience:

Floris van de Klashorst, a director in the multimedia unit at Nokia’s office in White Plains, said he believed that traditional park activities — reading newspapers and listening to music — were increasingly being done using mobile communications devices, in addition to watching television and sending e-mail.

“Wi-Fi in the parks provides an excellent podium for us to showcase these new kinds of applications,” he said. Nokia is marketing several portable devices — essentially scaled-down computers for casual Internet browsing — that can tap into Wi-Fi hot spots.

So instead of visiting the green patches to get away from it all, even momentarily, you go there to stay connected. I’m okay with that.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 07/09/2021 05:35:44 PM
Category: New Yorkin', Wi-Fi
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