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Phones and attention spans

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Did you know that of all the people that read the headline for this article, only 20% will bother to read the actual content?  The fact that you are here already makes you one of the dedicated elite.

However, there’s every chance you won’t actually make it to the end of this article.  Thanks to our constant connectivity, distractions from social media, ping of smartphones and the lure of hyperlinks it would appear our attention spans are getting increasingly shorter as time goes by.

The fact that you’ve made it this far is nothing short of a miracle, frankly.

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Wi-Fi at Airports

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It might seem a way off still, but now we have had Shrove Tuesday it won’t be that long before Easter is here.  In fact, you’ve probably noticed the supermarkets already showcasing their range of chocolate eggs and matching novelty egg cups to mark the occasion.

While the youngsters may be excited by the impending visit from the Easter Bunny, adults are no doubt more likely to be counting down the days until the associated holidays and a chance to grab some much needed sun (and sangria).

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Are you addicted?

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Here at Diamond Solutions we love our phones.  It doesn’t matter what phones we have, we just love them, and we wouldn’t be without them.

We got to talking in the office about the difference between healthy usage of a mobile device and overreliance, bordering on obsession.

Here are the top five signs we came up with to show if someone is addicted to their phone or not.  How many do you recognise?

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Don’t use your phone at the wheel unless….

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Last week new driving laws came in to effect, which have brought about changes to child seat requirements, as well as heftier penalties for those who insist on using their mobile phones whilst behind the wheel.

Some people seem confused by the recent changes and are now unsure what they can and can’t do with their devices whilst driving.  Here is our quick rundown of where you now stand.

The Penalty

As of 1st March 2017 those drivers caught using their phones, or any other mobile device, will be automatically fined £200 (up from £100) and handed six points on their licence (up from three points).  For new drivers (i.e. individuals who have had their licence for less than two years) this constitutes an immediate ban.

It is also important to note that gone are the days where you could dodge the points by taking a driver awareness course instead.  There is no longer any option regarding this

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Should mobiles be banned at the dinner table?

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Last week Aviva Insurance published a report which gave a startling snap shot of family life and our reliance on technology.

According to the study almost 50% of those asked admitted to texting each other whilst they were in the same house.  Reaching for a mobile device seemed preferable for most than having a face to face conversation.  Equally, 33% of families reported that it was impossible to get through an entire meal time without at least one member reaching for their phone whilst at the table.

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Pancakes-its shrove Tuesday-yes there is an app?

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With Shrove Tuesday just around the corner (February 28th, in case you weren’t aware) our minds have turned to all things pancake. Of course, we then drifted on to all things sweet and yummy and, well, we kind of got stuck there. However, that did cause a moment of inspiration and a desire for us all to turn in to Mary Berry and became master bakers.

The problem is, recipe books can be so expensive (and take up a lot of room), especially when you start off with the best of intentions and give up after browsing one page.  The good news though is that, as with everything these days, there is an app for that. If you want to enhance your baking skills, why not have a look through the various apps on offer?

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Nokia 3310

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It might not necessarily have made it on to your calendar, but the Mobile World Congress is taking place in Barcelona on 28th February.  As it’s also Shrove Tuesday, there’s every chance you’ve already got plans with a frying pan and a squeezy lemon; however, don’t feel disheartened. We can tell you everything you need to know. Primarily because, as far as we’re concerned, only one thing matters.

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Its the month of love- a quick look at dating apps!

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It’s February, and that means love is in the air.  While for many Valentine’s Day can be something they get inadvertently caught up in, for others it can be a very lonely, albeit brief moment in time.  If you’re single like a Pringle, constant reminders of how happy everyone else in the entire world is, can make you feel a bit blah.

With the aisles in all major retailers festooned with hearts, pudgy Cupids and sexy lingerie, picking up your meal for one seems somewhat depressing.  Bright side, Prosecco is usually discounted at this time of year, so yay!

Hopefully, if you are single, you take it all with a healthy pinch of salt; however, if you are on the look out for love, we thought this would be a perfect opportunity to review some of the dating apps currently out on the market.

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Business RPI and Discretionary Line Rental increase March 2017

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Business RPI and Discretionary Line Rental increase March 2017

On 29 March 2017, EE is increasing the price of contracts in line with the Retail Price Index (RPI), a measure of the increase in prices for consumers on average across the country over the last 12 months.

The latest rate of RPI was released on Tuesday 17 January and we can confirm that it is 2.5%.

Who does this affect?

Small Business customers who joined, renewed or upgraded after 26 March 2014 agreed to a line rental increase each March as part of their terms and conditions. These customers will see an increase from 29 March 2017, in line with the annual Retail Price Index (RPI) increase published by the Office for National Statistics, as specified in EE’s clause 7.4 of terms (or clause 7.1.4 if an EE customer joined or upgraded with EE before 11 November 2015/ 7.1.4 T-Mobile / 6.1.5 (Orange) of  terms and conditions.) (more…)

Have your apps helped your New Years Resolutions?

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Earlier this year we wrote about apps that could help with your New Year’s Resolutions, but that was just the tip of the iceberg.  We thought, now that January is over and Big Ben’s bongs are but a distant memory, now would be a good time to see how your plans for a changed you are holding up.

There are countless goal oriented apps on the market, some of them specifically designed for particular topics such as fitness or health, others are far more generic.  For example:

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Many of us lament how little reading we manage to get done over the course of the year. Whether you never pick up a book, or the only books you currently read are to tiny versions of yourself involving mythical creatures or superhero worms, then this app could be for you.

Bookout allows you to set goals for how much time you want to spend reading, and will also allow you to track your progress.  It’s a great way of recording where you’re up to, and with its myriad of social features you could be a literary expert by the end of the year.

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