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How to Phone For Help Across the Globe

Few travelers know what to do and whom to call in an emergency when traveling, whether that emergency is an accident, a fire, a heart attack, or something else of similar nature or magnitude.
Emergency telephone numbers are typically three-digit numbers that can be easily memorized. The problem is that there is no universal standard for them and they typically vary from country to country, although the European Union has standardized …

Apple to iPhone 5 Users: Update Your Device Now or Else!

Apple is telling owners of older iPhones including the iPhone 5 that they must upgrade their devices’ operating systems before midnight GMT on November 3 (8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT on November 2) or encounter issues with any app that relies on the correct date and time including e-mail, web browsing, iCloud synchronization, and the App Store.
The issue is not related to the end of Daylight Saving Time, which takes …

How to Practice Safe Computing Using Public Wi-Fi and Avoid ‘Evil Twins’

In travel – as in real life – not everything is as it appears.  The free Wi-Fi hotspot you just logged into in the hotel lobby to read your e-mail, conduct your banking, or read the news wasn’t necessarily a nice amenity provided by the hotel.  In fact, it might have been operated by the well-dressed gentleman sitting beside the potted palm.
While you caught up on social media and e-mail, …

Today is Information Overload Day: Here’s How to Regain Control

This story was originally published on Information Overload Day in 2018. It is being reprinted with updates in commemoration of Information Overload Day 2019.
Do a search on the term “Information Overload” and what follows will be nothing less than Information Overload, over 3.5 million search results that provide conflicting definitions and descriptions and a fire hose of information.
Come to think of it, this aptly defines the issue.
The problem of Information …

Don’t Be a Smartphone Zombie!

A new term is creeping into the urban vernacular.  Smartphone zombies – pedestrians who are engaged far more with their smartphones than with their surroundings – are cropping up everywhere.
While the term was not yet in use, the phenomenon was noted by FBT Editorial Director Jonathan Spira in his book “Overload! How Too Much Information Is Hazardous to Your Organization,” referring to “distracted walking” as one of multiple issues caused …

Upgrading to the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

The question of an iPhone upgrade is one that is always fraught with peril.  If you’ve already decided to move up to the iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro, you need read no further, but if you are on the fence, please carry on.
The iPhone 11 product line – which includes the iPhone 11, the iPhone 11 Pro, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max, have significantly better battery life and …

Apple’s Latest iPhone Update, iOS 13 is Out – and iOS 13.1 is Already on the Way

Apple released the next version of its iPhone software, iOS 13, on Thursday.  Available as a free download, the new version has multiple new features and updates to Apple apps.
The update arrived a day ahead of the release of the new Apple iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max.  The update is compatible with the iPhone 6s and later iPhones.
There are few major changes to the user …