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How to Place and Receive a Phone Call in 2023: The New Etiquette of Using the Telephone May Confuse You

Placing a telephone call.  It sounds simple but the etiquette of both making and receiving a phone call has been fraught with peril since Alexander Graham Bell patented the first practical device for that purpose in 1876.
Bell, who came from a long line of elocutionists, wanted people to say “Ahoy?” to answer the phone.  Fortunately, Thomas Edison suggested “Hello?” and that remains the lingua franca of telephone answering, with slight …

OK, Zoomer: Gen Z Falls for Online Scams More Than Their Gen X or Boomer Grandparents

The headlines are full of major computer hacks and scams that robbed 75-year-old grandmothers or pensioners of their life savings but many assume that the generation that grew up with the Internet – digital natives, we call them – would be savvy enough to not fall for such ruses.
It turns out, however, that Gen Z – the generation colloquially known as zoomers, is the demographic cohort succeeding Millennials and preceding …

Apple iPhone and Apple Watch: Tim Cook Says ‘Don’t Leave Home Without Them’

In the 1970s, Ogilvy and Mather coined a tagline for American Express that became one of the most successful advertising campaigns of all time.
The “Don’t Leave Home Without Them” tagline not only became synonymous with American Express Travelers Cheques and its spokesman, actor Karl Malden, who was in the Zeitgeist with his hit police drama, “The Streets of San Francisco.”
The campaign’s focus was then switched to focus on the American …

Amazon Pharmacy Review: Misadventures in Healthcare (or The Not-Ready-for-Prime-Time Players)

With Amazon Pharmacy, the world’s largest online retailer wants to be your friendly neighborhood chemist’s shop in addition to being your source for books, vacuum cleaners, laundry detergent, and groceries.
With its acquisition of PillPack and the creation of Amazon Pharmacy, Amazon stated that it seeks to make people’s pharmacy interactions more Amazon-like but there are clearly pluses and minuses to this.
I found out what the minuses were in my two …

The Six Most Important iPhones of All Time

The first Apple iPhone was announced at Macworld by the late Steve Jobs on January 9, 2007.
Jobs told the world he was introducing three products.
“An iPod, a phone, and an internet communicator. Are you getting it? These are not three separate devices,” Jobs said at the time. “This is one device.”
The first iPhone became available on June 29 of the same year.  Roughly 300,000 were sold in the first weekend …

The Pros and Cons of Upgrading to the All-New iPhone 15: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

It’s that time of year again.  Fall is in the air and that can only mean one thing: Apple’s launch of a brand new iPhone model is just around the corner.
If you’re one of the increasing minority that gets a new iPhone each year no matter what, you needn’t really read the rest of this article. However, for the rest of you, owners of models such as the iPhone 12, …

How to Text Like a Boss… or a Typical 5-Year-Old

Online messaging – be it on AOL in the pre-Internet days or iMessage or Snapchat on your iPhone today – is a great way of keeping in touch but many people appear to use a kind of shorthand when texting that is sometimes inscrutable to the recipient.
Our question today is this: Do you know your LMK from HMU or IDC? If the answer is IDK, read on.
As a reader of …