How Texting and Instant Messaging (Techspeak) Hurt Your Grammar?

We all are social media freaks, aren’t we?

We are all time chatting with our friends on Whatsapp (don’t tell me you don’t use it!), Facebook Messenger, Viber, Skype, Textie, BBM and what not! But have you ever wondered, how an increased reliance on text messaging and techspeak is destroying our writing and verbal communication skills.

First of all, let me tell you what is techspeak?

Techspeak is a take on english that is used while texting, instant messaging, Emailing, Social Networking. Some example I can refer to here are – LOL, TMI, OMG, FYI, AFAIK, etc.

The shortened language does all you to type more quickly (like “C” for “see,” “2” for “to”), but it also affects your grammar when writing a blog post or a piece of official document or email. The most impacted due to this are the students and professionals.

A study has revealed that the more students, the more it may impact their grammar – students who use techspeak a lot, may have trouble switching back to traditional grammar when needed. Research suggests the use of abbreviations, word substitutions, acronyms, and emoticons, are all major contributors to this decline.

How texting, IMs and social networks have a hit on your grammar and professional writing skills, why does it matter at all, let’s find out in this well researched infographic below.

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[via OnlineCollege]

So, how often do you use techspeak while communicating with your friends, do you feel that it is having an impact on your grammar and written skills? Do meet me in the comments below.

How Smart Devices & Apps are Making a Difference in Today’s Education

The smartphone and tablets ownership continues to skyrocket, for the very simple reason – the features and possibilities that these devices provide, do make your life a lot easy.

Well, thanks for the amazing apps available which make this possible. Apps could be the sole reason you would like to go for a Smartphone or that shiny tablet, as these advanced devices are lifeless without these apps and you would rightfully agree with me on that.

In this tech-forward age, these devices have a big impact not only on our day-to-day lives but also in the classroom. Read more to check out how digital classrooms are dominating the conventional old-fashioned way of teaching by replacing physical text books with eBooks.

In such a digital classroom, smartphones and tablets fit really well with students, bringing all the knowledge in the world at their disposal.

Smartphones and tablet work well for students as they combine many functions in one device. An ever-increasing number of apps allows users to perform multiple tasks anywhere and anytime.

Below is an interesting infographic which brings forward some interesting facts and figures about how Smartphones and Tablets are making a difference in the life of students. Check it out! [Click on the image to enlarge]

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[via OnlineColleges]

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And do let us know, how well do SmartPhones work for you?

The Benefits of Texting [Infographic]

Over time, text messaging has only earned bad reputation with analysts and experts who have always been raising concers that it ruins social interaction, writing skills and expression – not to mention it contributes to dangerous behaviour, like texting while driving.

On one hand, when it has some drawbacks, however, it has more benefits – it is a very convenient and cheap way to keep in touch with your loved ones. There are a lot of doctors and organizations that are finding new ways to improve people’s lives, with every passing day, a huge credit goes to the simple text message.

Also Read: How Digital Books are Changing the Classroom?

It lists in detail how text messaging has been beneficial to people’s lives in various campaigns like Social Therapy, Sunscreen adherence, Curbing alcohol intake and Encouraging prenatal care. Also, text messaging is relatively inexpensive using which large number of people can be reached utilising fewer resources.

Here’s a look at the benefits of texting in the form of an infographic which brings forward some of the interesting facts around text messaging.

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via [OnlineCollegeCourses]

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eBooks vs Textbooks – How Digital Books are Changing the Classroom? [Infographic]

Throughout history, textbooks have been a burden to students. They are heavy, expensive and quickly become out-of-date. Also, new editions of textbooks make it difficuly to sell the older versions. While textbooks are still the top preference for many, eBooks are giving them a run for their money.

ebooks or printed textbooksHowever, technology is playing a key role in how textbooks and education are changing as a whole. Computers are now a necessity rather than a luxury in today’s digital classroom. On campus and online schools around the world are now encouraging eBooks over printed books owing to the benefits that they come with. They are easy to share with students, can be loaded on any portable device and carried along, are inexpensive and also not heavy like textbooks.

Talking about the environmental benefits, textbooks are costly to the environment in terms of printed material while eBooks are green with no wastage of useful resources like trees and other infrastructural costs involved.

Have a look below at some interesting Textbook and eBook facts and do let us know what would you prefer for yourself – Printed Books or eBooks? [Click to enlarge image]

Via: Online Universities

How to Keep Your Smartphone and Personal Data Safe? [Infographic]

Everybody owns a smart phone these days and those who rely on the fantastic tools and apps these phones provide, for them spending a single day without these gadgets is a nightmare.

Losing this phone which makes your life simpler by having information like your contacts, calendars, mails and a lot more, can turn your day upside down. But, if you take some precautionary tips, you can minimize the impact of losing your phone and the important data that it has got or else the loss can be worse than that.

Studies have indicated that there has been a 13% rise in identity fraud since 2010, which is attributed partially to the increase in the number of smart phones. With identity theft on the rise, it is more important than ever to make sure that all the data on your phone is safe and easily recoverable in case the device is lost or stolen. Please check out these precautionary tips to keep your phone and personal data safe in the form of an infographic “What Our Phones Can Reveal About Us”

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I know nobody likes to lose their beloved phone, but if you do, taking these precautions, you can reduce the effect of losing your phone and data it has on it.

So, what precautions are you taking for keeping your smartphone and personal data safe?

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Pinterest [Infographics]

If you do not know about Pinterest already, let me tell you that it is the hottest new social networking site which has emerged as the runaway hit in 2012.

If you already knew that, still you might not know many things about Pinterest – information like they have got only 16 people on the team, 9 Million monthly facebook connected users and 97% of Pinterest’s facebook fans are women (which makes me think women love pinning a lot ;)).

Also Read: 5 Essential Benefits Of Social Media Marketing You Should Know

Pinteress is a virtual bookmarking site which allows users, or “pinners,” to collect photos and videos which link back to the products they love. As a Pinterest user, you can share all of the things you find interesting, funny, beautiful, inspirational by creating boards.

Have a look at a lot more information about Pinterest.

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[via Lemon.ly]

What will happen to Apple if Steve Jobs leaves? [Infographic]

When any leader is deeply connected to a company, he can impact the whole organization in many ways. A very good example is Steve Jobs and his association with Apple. Now, just imagine if Steve Jobs leaves, what would happen to Apple? I do not see any charm if the future iPhone or iPad launches are not being hosted by the man, Mr Steve Jobs himself :). One thing is for sure, I would not be striving to see the Video stream of the event with the same excitement like I do today. Many of you would also feel the same way!

But, for some time, let’s take that Steve leaves Apple and then what happens? Will Apple be able to be as influential they are today with every product release? Will Apple be able to post  the same growth numbers without him? Remember, when Steve Jobs went on a medical leave recently, the Apple shares dropped by 5% and and closed down 2.3%.

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The answer to all the above questions is ‘YES’ and it will be made possible with “Apple University.” Apple University was created in 2008 to handle such situations by teaching Apple employees how to think like Steve Jobs and make decisions he would make. It has been called as the solution to Apple after Steve Jobs.

Online Colleges have prepared a very nice infographic on “Apple University” which talks more about the solution that Apple has found and more interesting facts about “Apple with and without Steve Jobs.” Have a look for yourself. [Click on image to enlarge]

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Infographic via Online Colleges Resource

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Skype – The Success Story!! [Infographic]

By now, everyone knows about Microsoft’s incredible $8.5 billion buyout of Skype which also took many by a shocking surprise. The amount of money that has been involved in the transaction is huge, keeping in mind the fact that the product in discussion is, for a majority of users, totally free to use. By the way, this is not the first time that Skype got bought out since they started in 2003.

Skype has become a household name which is known for connecting friends, family, and relatives to one another no matter what the geographical distance between them. As Rome was not built in a day, same has been the story of Skype, for which  the success has not been very straight forward, There have been ups and downs of all kinds and many obstacles overcome throughout the journey.

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Skype, as we see it today, it wasn’t always this way, and many of us do not know that Skype has had a long and difficult life, from the moment of its birth up to the present moment. It’s an incredible and inspirational success story.

As I told you, this is not the first time Skype has got new parents. It has been bought multiple times by different biggies since it was found in 2003. eBay purchased Skype for $3.1 billion in 2005 and in 2009 they sold the majority of their stake for $1.2 billion less than the original purchase price. In 2010 Skype had $860 million in revenue on which they posted $264 million of operating profit. That still cause them to have a loss of $7 million and apart from that loss, it has $686 million in long-term debt. And, we are now in 2011, when Skype has again got a new home, the purchase of Skype is the biggest ever for Microsoft.

Lets’ have a look at a detailed infographic, put up by Online MBA which gives a sneak peek into the Skype’s interesting success story. Have a look!

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Some interesting facts about Facebook Profile Photos [Infographic]

Facebook has the largest collection of photos compared to any other website on the internet. Flickr and Picassa, which are dedicated photo-sharing sites, are far behind in the race with facebook being expected to hit 100 billion photos this summer.

According to a recent analysis, out of the total number of photos on Facebook, around 10% are profile photos. Photo organizing Facebook app Pixable has analysed about 500,000 of its users’ profiles and come up with some interesting facts about the photos people choose to represent themselves on Facebook, in the form of an infographic.

Related: How to download entire Facebook Photo Albums to your computer

Below are some interesting facts based on their research:

  • Women upload more profile photos, typically every 2 weeks (ahem ahem!)
  • Men upload a new profile photo every 3 weeks
  • The average facebook user has 26 profile photos

Have a look at the infographic below for more interesting tidbits.

How Green is the iPhone? [Infographic]

Did you know that Apple pulls in close to 50% of the world’s total cellphone profits by selling only 4% of the cellphones worldwide, with that kind of profit and over 100 million iPhones sold Apple is an undisputed giant. So just how green is the giant’s smartphone?

Some days back I shared with you an interesting funny video which shows the condition of the iWorld when Apple iPhone 44G takes over the world in the year 2041. Keeping that in mind lets have a look at some interesting unknown facts about the Apple iPhone and check out “How Green is the iPhone.”

Geekaphone has compiled all this interesting information in the form of a tasty infographic. Have a look. Some of the interesting facts shared in this infographic are:

  • 300,000 workers in China earn less than $10 a day assembling iPhones.
  • If all the iPhones sold in 2010 were charged once it would be equal to leaving a normal light bulb on for over 357 years.
  • The original iPhone contained the hazardous chemicals PVC and bromine.
  • 49 workers in Taiwan were poisoned assembling the iPhones’ touchscreens.

how green is the iphonevia Geekaphone

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