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2016 was a pretty big year in tech. We’ve seen a sudden emergence of new competitors and start-ups to the tech market. New and old social media platforms have adapted to new messaging techniques. No one foresaw the popularity of Facebook live-streaming, or virtual reality games like Pokemon Go. Needless to say, we’re sitting on the cusp of even more advanced technologies in the coming months. We at TCC can’t wait to see what’s coming in 2017!

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It’s another week of Giftaway sweepstakes, sponsored by your favorite Verizon Authorized Retailer, TCC! Each week, we are giving away some of the most-wanted tech devices and accessories to lucky winners. During the third week of Giftaways, this week, you can look forward to prizes provided by Motorola. This giveaway runs from December 5th to December 9th.
 

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Definition of mobile data

Mobile data allows smartphone users to access the internet, even without Wi-Fi access. If you have a data-enabled device, you'll access your apps, information, email, and more using smartphone data. Your carrier will automatically charge any cellular data usage through your elected data plans.

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Buying a tablet device is not as simple as you'd think. There are a variety of other factors to think about, such as what you intend to use your tablet for. Do you need word-processing capabilities? Will you primarily be surfing the web? You should also think about battery life in context to how often you plan on using your new tablet.

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“If you hear a voice within you say,
‘You cannot paint,’
Then by all means, paint,
And that voice will be silenced.”
-Vincent Van Gogh

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If your kid wrote "tablet" on their Christmas wish list, you may be surprised at the number of available tablet options on the market. You could easily become intimidated choosing between tablets differing by size, operating system, app availability, battery life, storage capacity, and more. To make your tablet selection process a little easier, we have rounded up 50 of the top kid-friendly tablets. Our tablets come from a variety of manufacturers and cover a wide price range. We also chose tablets that have some of the best features for kids, including ease-of-use, parental controls, durability, and built-in safety controls, and we considered reviews and ratings from leading parenting sites, technology sites, and consumer sites. Best of all, we’ve grouped our suggestions by age appropriateness so that you have a better idea of which tablets are geared toward which kids (in no particular order).

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For the next five weeks, TCC is doing a special Giftaway contest. Each week, we will be giving away awesome bundles of devices, wireless accessories, and other products from brands you know. The holidays can be tough. Thankfully, trusted accessories brand Pelican put together a Holiday Survival Kit for one lucky winner. This first holiday Giftaway comes complete with the toughest products to ensure you (and your devices) are prepared for anything the holiday season brings.

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… And she said,
'Flowers are red, young man,
Green leaves are green,
There's no need to see flowers any other way,
Than the way they always have been seen.'
But the little boy said,
'There are so many colors in the rainbow,
So many colors in the morning sun,
So many colors in the flowers,
and I see every one.'
- “Flowers are Red”, Harry Chapin

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The Holiday season is quickly approaching and it can be the most wonderful, but also the most stressful, time of year. What was supposed to be a quick trip to the mall can turn into a giant hassle: finding a parking spot, navigating your way through the crowds, and walking to countless stores just to find a couple things. This year, skip the mall and make TCC your one stop shop for everyone’s gifts on your list. With the hottest devices, wireless accessories, and holiday deals, you might even find a gift for yourself too.

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With easy access to the internet and social media, along with millions of apps, there are also myriad ways to distract yourself from work. But smartphones don't really deserve the majority of the blame in these situations. In fact, they actually serve as a tool for organization for a great many users. With smartphone technology, you can schedule appointments, manage tasks, and so much more, thanks to the vast number of features that assist you to become more productive. To find out how savvy smartphone users tap into this smartphone productivity power, we asked a panel of business professionals and gadget lovers to weigh in on this question:

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The excitement and joy of being together with family and friends ramps up quickly in the weeks before Christmas. But unfortunately, holiday expenses add up quickly – like food for family gatherings, present-buying for the kids, and extra costs for holiday parties. Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of the top five money-saving apps to help you find the best deals on the biggest shopping day of the year – Black Friday.

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A definition of Push to Talk

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Push to Talk (PTT) is a service that enables wireless cell phone users to instantly communicate. Users activate this feature by simply pushing a button. The button switches your cell phone's mode from voice transmission mode to voice reception mode. People liken this operation to using walkie-talkies. That's because PTT switches phones to half duplex mode, so only one party can speak at a time. Most wireless carriers are now offering this service. Previously Push to Talk was used most commonly in telecommunications and construction. Some carriers refer to their PTT service as "Push to Talk over Cellular," or PoC. In most cases, carriers allow only users of their own networks. Fortunately, there are whispers of cooperation between carriers, who would set standards to allow PTT service inter-carrier.

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With Veteran's Day just around the corner, you might want to do something to support the troops. Well, one of the biggest challenges soldiers face during deployment is having limited access to phones. Keep in mind, there are many requirements for communication devices that make it impossible to buy a cell phone for a soldier. But there are other ways you can use your old devices to support U.S. military. Think about it. You might have several older cell phones collecting dust in your home or taking up space in a drawer. Why not put them to good use?

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We’ve all seen a scary movie or read a horror novel which was set in a hospital. Why are hospitals considered such spooky places? Probably because they generally carry a bit of the unknown. But medical technology is growing at an insanely swift speed, which is minimizing the unknown. Here are five new medical patents and innovations that aim to make medical spaces even more hospitable.

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"The cornerstone of democracy rests on the foundation of an educated electorate."
- Thomas Jefferson

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Updating your Android operating system (OS) is imperative to the safety and natural working order of your smartphone. OS updates are important because you want to ensure that your apps and other functions run smoothly, and to protect your phone from vulnerabilities. This is because updates often contain patches and address specific identified risks. This guide is meant to help you identify available updates for your Android, which will enable maximum performance.

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Technical experts have incorporated speech recognition software seamlessly into smartphones. So much so, that many people don’t realize they’re using it. But in all honesty, you probably use speech recognition software on a daily basis. It gets utilized when you safely use text-to-talk features on your drive home, ask Siri a question, or even using Amazon Echo to order a pizza. But what is it, how does it work, and how will it affect us?

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What's a prepaid phone?

Prepaid phones are cell phones offered outside of a contract. If you're on a prepaid phone service, you'll pay for service before you use it. Travelers and tourists often use prepaid phones since the cost is upfront, and thus exempted from over-limit penalties. Prepaid phones are available through many of the major carriers across the United States.

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History

YouTube started as a simple idea between three PayPal co-workers in late 2004. A year-and-a-half later, their idea morphed into a $1.65 billion payday and millions of videos being available to the public. The YouTube website was first registered as a domain name on February 14, 2005. After three months of development, Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim, who owned the site, uploaded their first video. (The video was “A day at the zoo” by Karim, and is still available to watch today.)

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Everyone seems to be sporting wearable gadgets that do everything from tracking the number of steps you take each day to browsing the entire World Wide Web from your wrists. Technology is advancing at an incredible pace. In fact, today's smartphones will someday be mere echoes of tomorrow's high-tech wonders. Whether you're a wearable gadget enthusiast or you're thinking about investing in your first wearable device, you'll want to know all the details of today's top wearables. To gain some insight into today's wearable tech trends, we asked a panel of enthusiasts to answer:

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The holidays are quickly approaching, and we know you're putting together shopping lists. What better Christmas present than a fun tech gadget to play with, that is actually useful and convenient? We've tested a range of tech gadgets to determine if they're worth your time. Here's a list of our top ten personal favorites (in no particular order):

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The Riley Children’s Foundation recently collaborated with Our Culture of Good to promote and celebrate the creativity of the children at the Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. The resulting microfiber cloths spotlight the inspirational artwork of nine child artists with ties to Riley. In this Riley blog series, we’ll burrow deeper into each artist’s story and how that might inspire their artwork. Here is Layla Cunningham’s story:

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