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What's Wi-Fi networking?

Wi-Fi uses radio waves to deliver network connectivity. Wireless adapters establish wireless networks, which are called hotspots. Hotspots allow users to connect to the internet. Wi-Fi provides wireless connectivity by emitting radio frequencies between 2.4GHz and 5GHz. This frequency depends on the network capacity.

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So by now you've probably heard about a big recall in the smartphone world. Did you happen to buy a Samsung Galaxy Note7? Don't worry. Here’s a how-to guide on returning your Note7.

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You just love your cell phone so much you want to accessorize it to maximize its functionality and aesthetic appeal. And nowadays, there are countless opportunities to bling out your device. Of course, your budget may not allow you to go all-out and purchase every conceivable accessory in one fell swoop. Thus, some prioritization might be in order. We asked the most knowledgeable gadget gurus what accessories will offer the biggest bang for your buck. Learn more about the best accessories below.

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During your phone’s lifetime, you’ll inevitably shake, drop, crash, dash, plunge, dump, and slide the device. Luckily, smartphone manufacturers have created a hardy device that is meant to last. Needless to say, it’s smart to invest in a reliable protective phone case or screen protector for your smartphone. That’s why we’ve put together a list of solid protective options below.

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We look forward to September each year. Not because the leaves start changing colors and the weather starts to cool down. No. But because in September, Apple holds its annual press meeting to announce their newest devices.

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Smartphone buying can be intimidating, especially since there are aspects to consider. Like if you're the type who needs the latest, most advanced, flashiest smartphone on the market, you have quite a selection of devices that offer the best technology. Or you might be considering whether to switch from your current operating system for Android or iOS. You might even be the type to hang on to your current device until it can't go on any longer, and then get overwhelmed with the functionality of the currently available smartphones.

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One of the most popular trends of the past ten years is to take a selfie, or a picture of yourself on your phone’s camera. Your Android’s camera offers a great, quality photo-taking application. Whether you use your camera on a daily basis or you’re just learning how to use the Camera app, this is the perfect opportunity to review the Android camera app and all of its capabilities.

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Smartphones are more advanced than ever. They're packed with tons of features, like front- and rear-facing cameras, heart rate monitors, fingerprint screen lock, and access to apps galore. For some, there's a strong learning curve that accompanies the highly sophisticated smartphones of today. Although, most devices are user-friendly enough to warrant ample praise for usability.

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You might be surprised to find Android apps in every category under the sun. Wading through reviews and updates can be overwhelming. Especially if you just want to find an app quickly and easily. But you might not be aware of the variety of apps available until you start browsing through Google Play. Then, it might feel as though it's impossible to choose the right app.

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A definition of Wi-Fi calling

Wi-Fi calling gives Android and iPhone users the ability to make and receive calls using a Wi-Fi connection. Wi-Fi calling is also possible on iOS devices that support iCloud accounts. This feature doesn't require a separate application or log-in. Rather, it is a free service for calling a number in the United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, or Puerto Rico. It’s important to note that if you're Wi-Fi calling an international phone number, international rates will apply.

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Dirty hands, dirty tech

Our hands are magnets for microbes because we are always touching dirty objects: door knobs, faucets, keyboards, phones, you name it. Those nasty germs easily transfer from our dirty hands to the smartphones we interact with every day, no matter how conscious or clean we try to be.

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How much do you rely on your smartphone throughout the day? How would you react if you lost your smartphone? Or worse, what would happen if your smartphone suddenly died or failed? If you’re like us, you use your smartphones for practically everything. We thought it would be interesting to hold an experiment to find out how hard it would be to go an entire day without a smartphone. We asked three [unnamed] people to go a full 24 hours without their phones, and to keep a diary of their day sans technology. Read their stories:

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Many mobile users have had the unfortunate experience of retrieving their phone from a watery grave. Whether the toilet, sink, lake, river, ocean, swimming pool, or simply a giant mud puddle - there are ample opportunities for cell phones to meet an unfortunate demise.

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A couple of years ago, my school district decided to implement iPads into the curriculum. More and more districts are joining this growing trend of tech in the class room, so it’s key for students to have the right tech knowledge to go with their new tech tools. As a graduating senior, I’ve tried hundreds of apps on my iPad in an attempt to find something I couldn’t “school” without. Here is a list of my favorite tablet apps that are essential for students.

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Unlocked phones defined

An unlocked phone is a smartphone without a carrier lock. Carrier locks are software codes placed inside smartphones by manufacturers which follow the requirements of the carriers. The lock is a preventative measure to ensure the phone isn't used on a different network. Typically, devices that don't feature carrier locks are considered to be unlocked. These phones include Google Android Nexus, Samsung, Motorola, Sony, LG phones, and a few developer edition devices. Unlocked iPhones are also available on the Apple store.

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Our Culture of Good recently partnered with the Riley Children’s Foundation to sponsor 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 delve deeper into each artist’s story and how that might inspire their artwork.

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Are you thinking of quitting cable? There are numerous television entertainment options in the market worth trying instead of cable television. Streaming video services are popping up everywhere. Here are a few reasons (in no particular order) to consider swapping cable for something better.

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Definition of mobile payments

Mobile payments, also known as "m-payment", "mobile money", "mobile money transfer", and "mobile wallet", are transactions made or received with mobile devices. Simply put, you might use mobile pay in place of cash, check, or credit cards. You might use mobile payments as an alternative to credit cards because it's more convenient and secure. You see, traditional credit cards store consumers’ information on the merchant’s point-of-sale (POS) terminals, while mobile payments don't. When utilizing a mobile pay, your mobile device serves as a security token and creates a random code for the transaction, which makes the transaction more secure. In fact, mobile payments have become so popular that the total value of mobile payment transactions is expected to triple to $27 billion in 2016.

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Your Android smartphone has oodles of handy features and access to millions of ingenious apps. Tech pros and gadget aficionados analyze the latest Android devices to discover clever hacks and useful tricks that go beyond the norm to increase the potential of your Android phone.

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This week in tech keeps you informed by bringing you the most important news in the industry. We bring you summaries and links to newsworthy stories about smartphones, tablets, phablets, wearables, apps, and more. Here’s what you need to know this week.

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“Every child is an artist.
The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
– Pablo Picasso

Our Culture of Good works to positively impact the community through every TCC, Verizon Authorized Retailer store across the United States. In one of our largest donations ever, we gifted $1,000,000 to the Riley Children’s Foundation. But our desire to help these kids went beyond signing a check. As a result, we partnered with the Foundation to sponsor and celebrate the creativity of the children at the Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.

The artists

The collaboration between the Riley Foundation and TCC’s Culture of Good produced microfiber cloths. These cloths feature artwork created by children who have successfully defeated their diseases. The gifted Riley children who created these art designs include - Layla Cunningham, Olivia Pierce, Nina McCrary, Dejon Walker, Braden Tamosaitis, BJ Yoho, Max Heffernan, Sophia Collier, and Tomeek Smith. These nine different microfiber cloth designs are available at TCC stores.

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If you're a smartphone owner, chances are, you take every precaution to prevent your phone from getting wet. But if phone gets soaked in the rain, dropped into a toilet, or forgotten by the pool, there are many drying methods that will ruin your phone. One such method is freezing your phone. If you find yourself with a waterlogged phone, don't put it in the freezer.

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This week in tech keeps you informed by bringing you the most important news in the industry. Here’s what you need to know this week.

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Wearables are having a moment. Over the past year, professional athletes, coaches, and trainers have recognized the benefits of wearable technology. With wearables, athletes can see real-time data that focuses on their bodies’ strengths and weaknesses. Because of the immediate reward of this data, top athletes have integrated a wearable of some sort into their training schedules. In an effort to see just how many athletes are relying on this technology, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most interesting wearable technology being used by Olympic athletes.

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