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Will Alabama have a Blackberry Winter?

The calendar says it’ s the final month of spring, but could one last cool night provide a taste of winter in pockets of Alabama? Veteran Alabama broadcast meteorologist James Spann has been highlighting the possibility1 for the past few days, saying that a cool night or two is in the forecast and adding that ” some call it Blackberry Winter.”

Spann said that some of northern and central Alabama’s typically colder areas could even bottom out in the upper 30s by early Friday morning, not too far above the freezing mark. However, those cold spots may be few and far between: The National Weather Service’ s forecast maps show temperatures in the 40s for north and central Alabama on Friday morning.

Still, that’s a bit chilly for May in Alabama. Even North Dakota will be warmer on Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service. But it still raises the question: What is Blackberry Winter? It’s a thing. It’ s even in the dictionary:

Here’s Webster’s definition. (Merriam-Webster.com)

According to the Farmer’ s Almanac2, a cold snap in late spring can, and has, gone by many names: Dogwood Winter, Locust Winter, Whippoorwill Winter and Redbud Winter, among others.

But Alabama has, in abundance, blackberry bushes. So that one may be more common here. And there’s this: Blackberries are also the state fruit. (Designated in 2004)

According to the Farmer’ s Almanac, a few days of cold weather help to kick off blackberry cane growth, giving rise to the term ” Blackberry Winter.”

(The Almanac also refers to another spring cold-snap moniker of years past: Linsey-Woolsey Britches Winter.)

In Alabama, blackberries typically begin to ripen3 in May or sometimes June.

However, dewberries, found closer to the Gulf Coast, tend to ripen in April or early May. So don’ t pull out your winter coat, but bring a jacket along on Friday morning, which may be the coldest of the week — and possibly for the next few months. Warmer weather is scheduled to return later this weekend.

Here are Friday’s forecast low temperatures. (Weather Prediction Center)

References

  1. ^ highlighting the possibility (www.alabamawx.com)
  2. ^ Farmer’ s Almanac (farmersalmanac.com)
  3. ^ blackberries typically begin to ripen (blog.al.com)

HTC announces the Taiwan-bound Desire 825 and Desire 830

HTC1 has announced the Desire 825 and Desire 830, two new smartphones for the international market. Both featuring a 5.5-inch display, the differences here are mainly on the inside. Sure the back of the phones looks slightly different, as does the front, but the components on the inside are what most will really notice.

HTC Announces The Taiwan-bound Desire 825 And Desire 830

The Desire 830 features mid-OIS optical anti-shake in the rear-facing camera so you can make sure your pictures are as clear as possible. On the Desire 825 you’ve got the Sensor Hub, which supports a new personalized sports management center. This will let you recognize your movements, gestures and actions to provide an immediate status of personal data. The Desire 825 is now available for NT $ 7,990 million, and the Desire 830 will go on sale May 6 for NT $ 9,990 million.

MORE: Hands-on with the HTC Desire 825 and other 2016 Desire phones2

Press release:

5.5-inch mid-range series debut new flagship HTC DESIRE

Excellent value for money HTC Desire 830 experience perfect dynamic pictures HTC Desire 825 value for money to enjoy the ultimate video fun

Taipei, Taiwan (BC May 3, 2016) – the global leader in innovation and design HTC (High Tech Computer Co., Ltd., hereinafter referred to as “HTC”) today (3) announced the launch of its flagship HTC Desire series in order of new members -HTC Desire 830 and HTC Desire 825, to young and lively two-tone design with a large 5.5-inch screen with HTC BoomSound combine Dolby audio stereo sound, easy to have the luxury audio visual. HTC Desire 830 is the flagship for the first time in mid-OIS optical anti-shake with the main camera, clearly happy jumping save each moment, to accompany you to record the history of each youth with a full range of experience. Global innovation and design of HTC North Asia general manager of leading brands Dongjun Liang said: “HTC launched in April annual flagship HTC 10, shocked the high-end smartphone market, boutique and design fast and smooth user experience with many of the world’s first video, power, fast charge and is equipped with features such as the world’s media and consumer praised and enthusiastically purchased flagship phone the only benchmark. in order to meet the diverse needs of consumers, the launch of HTC Desire series of new machines, continuing HTC Desire series widely consumers reputation and cost-effective, but also to enjoy the best rates for HTC Desire 825 high-quality acoustic moments and HTC Desire 830 optical anti-shake caused by ultra-stable shooting, make a richer product mix intact, to provide consumer who purchase more comprehensive choice. “

HTC Desire 830 with a lively two-tone exterior design with classic hit color elements, fully meet the distinctive style of a favorite of consumers. Equipped with 5.5-inch Full HD high definition big screen and 13 megapixel main camera, and more at the same level for the first time mobile phone equipped with OIS optical anti-shake function, easy to capture happy, exciting and dynamic time, with Zhang Zhangqing neat image clarity record and store memories; additionally equipped with ultra-sensitive camera before UltraPixel camera self-timer, even if dimly lit environment, but also to show the effect of bright, attractive and self-timer.

HTC Desire 825 will be the embodiment of the artist’s canvas back cover, use a specially designed nozzle with a pigment, to create a very personal style splash of color in design. With the most representative HTC BoomSound sound and Dolby Audio sound, the same level phone for the first time in more Hi-Res equipped with high-fidelity sound, can be real show of original music delicate moving. HTC Desire 825 HTC Sensor Hub support new personalized sports management center, a strict management of personal life belongings. HTC Sensor Hub weather will recognize your movements, gestures and actions to provide immediate status of personal data and automatically with a variety of popular fitness app link

HTC Desire 830 suggested retail price of NT $ 9,990 million, offers vanilla and vanilla orange and blue for consumer choice; May 6 stores starting at HTC, HTC online store and Taiwan Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan Mobile, Far EasTone telecommunications, satellite telecommunications and Taiwan Asia-Pacific stores have started selling.

HTC Desire 825 suggested retail price of NT $ 7,990 million, providing satellite color white and gray night for consumers to choose; from May 3 to HTC store, online store, and HTC in Taiwan Chunghwa Telecom started selling exclusive outlets; consumption in accordance with individual needs may choose the most suitable tariff plan, detailed data plan, please contact the respective carriers.

References

  1. ^ HTC (www.androidcentral.com)
  2. ^ MORE: Hands-on with the HTC Desire 825 and other 2016 Desire phones (www.androidcentral.com)

The Depressing Truth About Bad Cell Phone Service

It’s not just rural areas that have spotty cell service. Low-income neighborhoods, even in densely populated regions, tend to have worse mobile phone coverage than wealthier areas, according to a new study1 from researchers at Cornell University. Their findings offer further evidence2 that wealth disparities influence Internet access for Americans. Looking at data from Open Signal3, which maps mobile coverage across several countries, researchers found that low-income areas in the U.S. receive 15 percent less coverage than wealthier regions. In addition, stations that beam mobile signals to users are, on average, three times further away from low-income phone users than more affluent users.

However concerning, the findings shouldn’t come as a surprise, according to Aija Leiponen, associate professor of applied economics and management at Cornell and one of the study’s authors.

“Telecoms operators are rationally maximizing their profit and providing more services in areas of higher demand,” Leiponen told The Huffington Post.

In other words, it’s not personal; it’s just business. But even in rural areas with low demand for cell service, more affluent folks can boost their mobile coverage with femtocells, miniature wireless antennas that amplify mobile coverage in places with weak signals. The devices can be pricey, though, barring poorer residents from better mobile service, said Leiponen.

The Depressing Truth About Bad Cell Phone Service Open Signal maps mobile coverage in the U.S. and Europe. This map shows mobile coverage in East St. Louis, Illinois, a low-income suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. Green indicates a strong wireless signal, while red indicates a weak signal. Areas with no signal are not colored.

In the U.S., the government has tried to even out some of the disparities in mobile phone and Internet access. The federal Lifeline program4, for instance, provides subsidized phone and Internet services to low-income Americans. But the program doesn’t guarantee mobile phone coverage to everyone in the country, nor does it ensure that everyone who has a mobile phone receives the same level or quality of service. Leiponen hopes her study can help spark a broader conversation about whether and how the U.S. ought to guarantee high-quality mobile coverage to low-income Americans.

“This is the first study to really show that this might be an issue worth thinking about in more depth,” Leiponen said.

More and more Americans are cutting their landlines and switching to mobile devices to make phone calls, send messages and access the Internet. A full 15 percent of smartphone owners in the U.S. say they rely on their smartphone to get online, according to Pew5. Seven percent are “smartphone dependent,” meaning they lack broadband Internet at home and have few ways of getting online other than their phone. Many of those who are most dependent on their smartphones are poor. For them, mobile data is their only portal to the web and, in many cases, their primary vehicle for finding and applying for jobs6. That leaves low-income phone users in a double bind, according to Leiponen, since the areas with spotty mobile coverage are often the very areas that need service the most.

In April, the Federal Communications Commission expanded the Lifeline subsidy7 to help low-income Americans pay for broadband Internet. But the Cornell study suggests that, for the millions of Americans who rely on their smartphone to access the Internet, cheaper broadband may not be enough to get online.

Deal alert: Motorola X Pure Edition available for US$300; Get LG Gpad F 8.0 free with LG G4, LG G5, LG V10 on T-Mobile

Motorola is here to celebrate Mother s Day, which is falling on Sunday, May 8. The company has announced to offer the Moto X Pure Edition starting at just US$300 (AU$394), saving US$100. The deal is true till May 9. The unlocked Moto X Pure Edition with 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage capacities can now be purchased on a discounted price from the official Motorola website1. The Mother s Day promotional deal will bring down the prices of the aforementioned storage capacities to US$300 (AU$394), US$350 (AU$460) and US$400 (AU$525) respectively.

Moreover, shoppers can also customise their unlocked Moto X Pure through Moto Maker2. Customers can select specific design, storage capacity and colour according to their preferences. Users can also personalise their greetings and add custom engraving. The unlocked Moto X Pure Edition can be customised with different front, back and frames.

Here s a quick recap of the Motorola Moto X Pure specs and features. The smartphone sports a 5.7-inch QHD display. The device also houses front-facing stereo speakers. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 SoC, the Moto X Pure is shipped with 3GB of RAM, up to 64GB of internal storage, which can be expanded via microSD slot, and a 21-megapixel rear-facing camera module.

There is a massive 3000 mAh battery unit with TurboPower charging to keep the lights on for up to 10 hours on a single charge. In related news, to celebrate Mother s Day, T-Mobile is also offering a good deal on LG s latest modular G5 handset. Customers who purchase the LG G5 from T-Mobile will get another LG phone at a 50 percent discount.

Furthermore, starting May 4, T-Mobile will also offer a LG Gpad F 8.0 tablet with every purchase of LG G4, LG G5 or LG V10 handset, confirmed T-Mobile on its Mother s Day sale page3.

T-Mobile has not specifically mentioned the end date of the Mother s Day promotional deal.

References

  1. ^ website (www.motorola.com)
  2. ^ Moto Maker (www.motorola.com)
  3. ^ Mother s Day sale page (newsroom.t-mobile.com)

Motorola expected to launch Moto G (4th Gen) handset on May 17

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Mobile handset maker Motorola is expected to launch the next-gen Moto G handset in India on May 17, if media reports are to be believed. The company is already busy sending media invites for an event which is most likely to be the launch of 4th generation Moto G as date of invite is same as company had disclosed in its plans to launch Moto G during the Moto X Force event in February in 2016. The last version of Moto G was out almost an year back.

The company may launch the nex-gen Moto G in two versions: standard version and a Plus version.

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