How many people use a smartphone as a phone? [POLL]

The results of this survey confirm what appears to be happening

Making a call is now only the sixth most common use for a mobile phone, a study has found.

Sending and receiving text messages, reading emails, browsing the internet and using the phone’s alarm clock have all overtaken actual conversation.

In fact, almost four in ten smartphone users believe they would manage without a call function on their handset at all.

The study, by taxi app Hailo, found the average person uses their mobile phone for an hour and 52 minutes a day.

Most of this time is taken up with texting, emails and surfing the web, but around 20 minutes will be spent making an average of three calls.

The survey of 2,000 people found that social media apps, calculators, calendars and cameras were also seen as particularly important functions.

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What is your primary use for your smart phone?   Read more »

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Virgin Galactic crashed – one dead

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Will this set back space tourism?

At least one person is dead and another injured after Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo space tourism craft crashed in a California desert, the California Highway Patrol has said.

The craft was undergoing manned testing when it experienced what the company described as “a serious anomaly”.

Television images shot from a helicopter showed what appeared to be wreckage bearing the Virgin logo.

SpaceShipTwo is carried aloft by a jet, then launched into sub-orbit.

In a statement, Virgin Galactic said the “vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of SpaceShipTwo”.

Kern County Sheriff’s spokesman told the Reuters news agency the craft’s co-pilot was killed, while the pilot ejected and was seriously injured.

Ken Brown, a photographer who witnessed the crash, told the Associated Press news agency the craft exploded after it was released from a plane that carries it to a high altitude.

That aircraft, known as White Knight 2, has landed safely, Virgin Galactic said.

With the rocket blowing up a few days ago, and now this, it is a keen reminder that space continues to be hostile and at the edge of safety.   Read more »

David Cunliffe is running for Deputy leader

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New Lynn have gone all in on Andrew Little

Former Labour leader David Cunliffe’s loyalists appear to have thrown their weight behind Andrew Little in the Labour leadership race, including promoting unofficial meetings for him and fellow contender Nanaia Mahuta. Read more »

Karl du Fresne on the news and why he is wrong

Karl du Fresne is a good writer, I enjoy his work.

Yesterday he wrote about the news and in particular the thoughts of Mike O’Donnell and news.

O’Donnell suggests that by the time of the next general election, social media may have rendered the evening television news bulletin extinct. His theory seems to be that consumers of news (a ghastly phrase) will no longer be prepared to wait until 6pm for their fix, but will update themselves constantly throughout the day by accessing news on their smartphones and tablets.

People have the capability to do that now. But do the vast number who still get their news from newspapers, TV and radio really have such a voracious appetite for information that in future they will demand it in (to use another ghastly phrase) “real time”?

I somehow doubt it, and I wonder whether people like O’Donnell have been misled by their own enthusiasm for the digital revolution and their missionary desire to promote its supposed benefits.

du Fresne is both right and dead wrong.

Same with O’Donnell.

People do want news real time, and they don’t care if the quality is poor, they are happy for it to evolve in the course of the life of the story. Mostly though the medium for consuming news will not be via social media…that will simply be the conduit through which you are informed that news exists.

Social media is vastly over-rated and in New Zealand the so-called Twittersphere is in reality a very small world….populated by vocal lefties and tragics who feel the need to comment one everything but ad zero value to the discourse. Just because you can say something doesn’t mean you should.

On top of that the Twitter warriors who try to mount campaigns and bully, threaten and intimidate overstate their actual reach.

During the whole Dirty Politics saga which was designed to cause maximum pressure on me and my associates, but also designed to subvert an election, I was called by people asking me if I had seen this or that mentioned on Twitter. I almost never had seen. I don’t live with my head inside my phone. Frankly Twitter is a waste of time. Again, the general election result proved that.

If you had listened to the agitators and plotter and the guilty on Twitter then my demise was hoped for, in reality as well as metaphorically, but it failed to materialise. Twitter and social media was supposed to deliver the left an election victory. It failed.

Why?

It failed because there is an incredibly small number of people using Twitter, and they only ever talk to each other. They essentially form a group that produces confirmation bias. But when you are wrong and you only talk to people who meet with your ideas of proper political beliefs then all you do is chat agreeing with each other.   Read more »

Media scared to call ferals ferals

Sometimes, feral behaviour needs to be called out.  And those that display that behaviour are then ferals.

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Police have identifed two ‘‘little darlings’’ caught on camera jumping on the bonnets of five cars at a Whangarei polytechnic

Little darlings?   They are feral scum!   Read more »

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Face of the day

Alastair Thompson

Alastair Thompson

To be fair, Alastair Thompson has many reasons for his intense dislike of Cameron Slater as he has been exposed a number of times on Whaleoil for his dodgy dealings.

However he has now resorted to making things up in order to try to get his revenge. Actually that is too polite. He is defaming Cameron with statements that he knows very well are lies.

It is one thing to hit your opponents by exposing facts, it is quite another to deliberately defame them.

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Daily Proverb

Proverbs 31

10 Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more precious than rubies.

Friday nightCap

I think I should set this up locally too

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