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Technology Marches On: 12 Everyday Tasks That Almost Nobody Does Anymore

NEW YORK – As technology continues its rapid evolution and growth on a near daily basis, we have found ourselves having to do less and less outside of the digital world when it comes to everyday tasks. One by one, things we used to have to do manually can now be done on a computer, or even more conveniently, from the palm of our hand via any recently-designed smartphone. One of the things this new era of technology has deemed the most obsolete is that clunky old contraption known as the print phone directory. The mainstay of American households for over a century, in recent years phone-books have taken on a smaller and smaller role in our lives, to the point where their detriment to society has clearly outweighed their usefulness. Aside from being hopelessly out-of-date shortly after publication, there are a number of environmental factors to consider in both their creation and destruction after their admittedly short but useful life has concluded.That said, here’s a handy list of a number of activities that you may or may not have realized have fallen by the wayside in our new-and-improved digital age. While most of these changes represent a new era of convenience and efficiency, one could argue that some of them may actually represent steps backwards in our evolutionary cycle. It’s up to you to be the judge. An old beaten up phone book with, believe it or not, a phone book holder hanging beneath it. File photo: Pixabay. In

Florida State Attorney General Sues Yellow Pages United, Alleges Deceptive Practices, Calls Site “Obscure, Little-Used Online Telephone Directory”

NEW YORK – Yellow Pages United, an advertising company that has been registered with the Florida Department of State and since 2011 has operated a nationwide online “yellow pages” business, has had a lawsuit filed against them by the Florida state attorney general’s office, citing violations of the state’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, according to reports. The Attorney General’s office alleges that Yellow Pages United has been deceiving consumers nationwide into paying a fee of approximately $800 annually for a listing in an “obscure, little-used online telephone directory,” one that automatically renews every single year. Since beginning this practice in 2001, the AG’s office says, Yellow Pages United has received numerous complaints – totaling at nearly 1,900 – that have been submitted not only to the Attorney General’s office, but also the Federal Trade Commission, the Better Business Bureau, and numerous other agencies, both Federal and local. The majority of the complaints range from issues with Yellow pages United’s marketing, billing, and collection practices, according to the lawsuit. The Attorney General’s office alleges that Yellow Pages United has been deceiving consumers nationwide into paying a fee for a listing in what they say is an “obscure, little-used online telephone directory.” Allegedly, Yellow Pages United acquired the names and addresses of numerous consumers from public records and other sources, after which they sent them marketing materials for their business directory listings via unsolicited direct mail solicitations. Consumers are then hoodwinked and pressured, using a variety of deceptive in misleading

Japan Running Out of 11-Digit Phone Numbers as Country Embraces “Internet of Things” Smart Technology

NEW YORK – The communications ministry of Japan has reacted to fears that the country will run out of 11-digit telephone numbers by 2022 by approving the creation of 10 billion 14-digit phone numbers, a move that has already been approved by the county’s three major mobile device carriers. The new numbers, according to reports, should be introduced by the end of 2021.  The rapid adoption of “Internet of Things” devices, which require their own contact phone numbers in Japan, has done a great deal to exhaust the country supply of 11-digit phone numbers in the country. File photo: Pixabay. A number of factors, including the impending roll-out of Japan’s new 5G Network in 2020, has attributed to an increase in devices with connectivity that will require a slew of new phone numbers. The rapid adoption of “Internet of Things” devices, which require their own contact phone numbers in Japan, has done a great deal to exhaust the country supply of 11-digit phone numbers in the country.  The new phone numbers, which start with the prefix “020,” were introduced initially at the start of 2017 to exclusively accommodate Internet of Things devices. 80 million “020” numbers have been assigned to Internet of Things devices as of the end of March 2019, but with the impending exhaustion of the current 11-digit telephone number system in Japan, officials have created 10 billion more “020” numbers with the intention that they would now be spread between both Internet of Things devices and traditional

Efforts Ongoing by Several Companies to Create Blockchain Version of Yellow Pages

NEW YORK – Despite the efforts of time, technology, and progress to finally do away with them, the Yellow Pages may be making a comeback, albeit in a very different – and complicated – form; a digital one that could connect participating companies in a truly revolutionary way utilizing an emerging technology initially created to govern the use of so-called cryptocurrency that has now expanded to become much more. Blockchain was invented under the name Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008 to serve as the public transaction ledger of the cryptocurrency known as bitcoin. File photo: Pixabay. A project known as the “Unbounded Registry,” which boasts the involvement of several high-profile companies including IBM, has been working on a platform that could be best described as a “catalog” comprised of “blockchains” and blockchain-based businesses. Blockchain was invented by a person – or possibly a group of people – under the name “Satoshi Nakamoto” in 2008 to serve as the public transaction ledger of the cryptocurrency known as bitcoin. However, in recent years, blockchain use has expanded to other areas of business.This may sound complicated, but essentially a blockchain is a growing list of records – called “blocks” – which are linked using cryptography; this is the practice and study of techniques for secure communication in the presence of third parties. Each “block” contains a cryptographic hash of the previous block, a timestamp, and transaction data. By design, a blockchain is resistant to modification of the data, and for use as a distributed

Non-Profit Organization Using White Pages to Connect Homeless People with Their Families

NEW YORK – In life, there are few things more disconcerting and isolating than homelessness. Often, these people are the victims of a wide range of maladies – including job loss and mental illness – but whatever the cause for their situation, once they’ve embraced a life on the streets it can be quite difficult for the people who care most about them to track them down and offer a helping hand. Reuniting a homeless person with their family can provide numerous benefits; aside from having a roof over their head, of course, it offers them a more positive outlook on life, as well as people who can advocate for them if they are experiencing any mental or physical health-related issues. File photo: Pixabay. However, there is a new organization that is helping to track down the families of people residing at homeless shelters in an effort to help them get their lives back on track. Miracle Messages is a non-profit “reunion service” that helps people experiencing homelessness reunite with their loved ones in a positive and supportive way. Often, volunteers of this organization will visit homeless shelters and get to know some of the regular inhabitants. Sometimes these people can be difficult to communicate with, making it difficult to extrapolate any information from them that can be used to track down their families. But with proper training and a “can-do” attitude, the volunteer can take a few scraps of information – utilized in conjunction with an online White Pages

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