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How To Find The Best Cell Phone Choices For Today's Kids

If you are like most parents, your kids want to be able to have a cell phone to talk to their friends. You might also be interested in their having one so that you will be able to reach them. You will feel safer, too, knowing that your child can contact help in times of emergency. For all these reasons, you may be in the market for a child's cell phone if your child doesn't already have one.

There are several different options to choose when you are looking to buy your child's cell phone. There are different features on the various phones. Some will make you happy, and others will be specifically designed to please the kids. Exploring all the different phone choices will allow you to make the best selections.

The Cingular Firefly has been a best-selling kids' phone for awhile now. It is a simple phone for kids to use. It has been designed with kids aged five years and up in mind. Because of that, it couldn't be easier to dial or charge. The battery can hold up to about seven hours of talking. It is an exciting choice, with flashing lights, animation, and sounds.

The Tictalk is a very durable phone made especially for kids who are not good at caring for delicate things. It is a cool because it has educational games for kids to play five in all. It is also a good phone to use for text messaging, which is a favorite pastime of many kids. There may be some issues, though, with ease of activation.

For young children, the Verizon Migo is a good choice. It is especially well-suited for kids in the five to nine year age group. It has five speed dial buttons to make it easy for your child to reach important people in a hurry without remembering long numbers. For these young children, that can be a very valuable asset in a cell phone. It can mean the difference in whether your child is safe from harm if they can call you when they need to do so. Children will also like its bright green case.

The Disney Mobile Phone is a favorite with children and parents alike. Children aged eleven to fifteen like this phone very much. It is an LG flip phone, which gives kids that cool, adult-style look that they all want. The phone has V Cast music and video capabilities. It also has a navigator that will give directions in case the child gets lost. You can download ringtones, do text and picture messaging, and get on the internet.

It also has a feature that helps parents be informed about their kids cell phone use. This is the most important feature of these phones. Parents can set limits on their kids' cell phone use, and then monitor it. Yet, the child will still be able to contact their parents or emergency numbers.

When you are looking for a phone for your child, take into consideration the features that may be important to your child. At the same time, don't forget to check out phones that allow you as a parent to have some control over your child's cell phone use.


Are Cheap Cell Phones With Limited Features Really A Bargain?

The old thinking of just having a cell phone to have one is over, people need their cell phones to function well every day. Cell phones have become a need for parents needing to know where their kids are and small business and other people as well. People who work as a business will need their cell phones to communicate better. Even kids and teenagers need a cell phone to get in touch with friends and family. The days are gone when cell phones were expensive to have and you couldn't afford a phone or a plan. Now all kinds and sorts of cell phones are on the market today.

Over the years cell phone companies made cheap cell phones to flood the market now they have flooded the market with high tech phones and devices to go along with them. You may be one of those people who have an iPhone from apple which is an MP3 player and internet and TV or maybe you are just looking for a phone to get by with. Knowing what you need and when you will need it will help you out when looking for a cell phone.

If you buy a cheap phone you should never expect the same features as with a high tech cell phone. The only thing I can think of that a cheap phone does is send text messages and call and receive calls. So if you want all the extra features than you will need to get one of those high tech phones. Cell phones, the ones that are cheap only come with basic features but if you buy a high tech phone you will love the extra features. The only option you may have is to send and receive calls. So sending and receiving text messages may be available for you on a cheap phone as well but may only have certain levels of usage. Your best bet is to find the phone that has everything you're looking for, for a cheap price you can most likely find these deals at an overstock website.

I think by far the best thing to do is sign a contract and get the discount on the phone you want. Maybe you won't get the most expensive phone but you will more than likely get a nice phone for what you pay. Almost every type of Cell Phone Company will offer to let you sign a contract and have a plan.

You will still need to do the work in researching what kind of cell phone you want and what kind of service you want as well. So go out and start looking for your new cell phone today and get the one you want.


How To Be A Safe Driver While Still Being Available On Your Cell Phone

Cell phones are great communication tools to carry around with you when you are out and about. You can use them to carry on business, contact friends, or in case of emergencies. However, in many places now, the use of cell phones is not permitted while driving. Even where there is no such law, it is still a dangerous situation.

You need to find other ways to conduct cell phone business while you are out rather than driving down the road talking on the phone. Whether you are answering the cell phone or making a call, there are other ways to accomplish the same thing without putting your life and the lives of others in danger. It is good to get into the habit of using these methods whenever you are driving.

One simple solution is to request that your passenger answer or make calls for you. If your cell phone rings, your passenger can find out for you who is calling and what they want. Then, they can relay any messages you want to tell that person. Also, if you realize that you need to make a call, your passenger may be able to handle it, especially if it is a call to get directions or some other non-personal subject.

However, there may be times that only you can adequately take care of a call. This is often the case with business calls. If you know you will be conducting business during a drive, you may want to ask someone to drive you. Then, you will be free to make all the calls you want and to receive calls that come in for you. If your business is fast-paced, this is a good solution for you.

If you are alone when driving and you feel that you must answer the cell phone or make a call, the best idea is to pull over into a parking lot or to the side of the road before using the cell phone. Then, you can deal with any phone situation without interruption. You can be assured that you will not be putting lives in danger by talking on your cell phone. Then, when you are done, you can get back on the road.

It may not be practical to pull over to answer calls if you get too many of them. That is when using a message taking service can really make a difference. You can ignore your phone while you drive and get your messages when you have safely arrived at your destination. You may even want to turn your cell phone off when you drive. After all, you will not miss any calls because the message taker will get all the information you need to return them.

It is not enough to try to pay attention when you drive while using a cell phone. Sooner or later, you will become too distracted to be safe. It is far better to plan to avoid danger by considering alternate ways to use your cell phone. Think about it ahead of time, and you will be ready when your cell phone rings.


Commercial space travel: A peek into its near future

When The Dragon, SpaceX's unmanned spacecraft, successfully docked at the International Space Station in May this year with a cargo of supplies for the station, the whole world was impressed. What was particularly impressive about this feat was that for the first time in the history of space exploration a privately-owned vehicle had taken off successfully and delivered a payload to the space station.

Keen observers have applauded this accomplishment because the company, SpaceX, has beaten a path where none existed before; it has ably shown the world that a private enterprise can surmount all the hurdles inherent to space travel and successfully launch space vehicles. Thomas Zurbuchen, professor of space science at University of Michigan, was exuberant in telling TechNewsWorld that the launch was an 'amazingly huge success'. He lauded The Dragon as both a scientific and entrepreneurial success.

Professor Zurbuchen isn't the only person ecstatic at the possibilities of commercial space travel as there are many other players who are hoping to cash in on the new development. One group of such entrepreneurs is assembled in the barren Mojave Desert, California, locked in a race to build viable space vehicles that can carry people and cargo into space. These companies are spurred in part by the impending cutbacks in NASA's budget that will force the space agency to outsource services to independent contractors involved in space travel.

Commercial space travel promises to be a moneymaker considering how much NASA is likely to spend on transporting personnel and supplies to the ISS. The techies camping out in the Mojave together with others across the country are also eyeing the nascent space tourism industry. Some of these companies are dedicating all their efforts to developing vehicles that can carry pleasure-seeking passengers to space and back, and they are projecting that in the next 4-5 years these vehicles should be lifting off.

A different kind of entrepreneur is also waiting to benefit from space travel but with regards to running a space travel agency. We are certainly going to see the opening of many an agency in response to increasing interest in space travel. As soon as companies like XCOR, Virgin Galactic, Space Adventures and Armadillo Aerospace put together viable space vehicles that can carry paying passengers, a space travel agency will become a very important aspect of the space travel business. You are likely going to buy your tickets and make reservations with the help of such an agency. We already have a few agencies that are enabling people interested in future space flights to start reserving seats. This industry will definitely take shape with time and we will see more and more enterprising people coming up with interesting products and services related to space travel including theme parks, memorabilia, computer games, simulated tours, and so on.


Space Shuttle Retirement: Why is NASA cancelling the Shuttle?

After almost 30 years, NASA's space shuttle program is ending. NASA is cancelling its space shuttle program and the space shuttles will be retired. There will be no more space shuttle flights after 2010, unless NASA extends some of the remaining 6 missions into the year 2011. The space shuttle era is coming to an end.

As the world's first reusable spacecraft, the space shuttle has been able to accomplish things that no other spacecraft can do. The space shuttle can launch like a rocket, maneuver in orbit like a spacecraft, and then land on a runway like an airplane. NASA's space shuttle is the first space vehicle ever developed that can bring large satellites up into orbit and then also bring them down from orbit and back to Earth.

Even though it is the most complex spacecraft ever designed and built, the space shuttle has been a hard worker. Heavy space station modules, parts, and supplies have been ferried to the International Space Station in the shuttle's large cargo bay. Since the first shuttle flight on April 12, 1981, the shuttle has boosted more than 3 million pounds of cargo into orbit.

Since 1981, more than 600 people have flown as crew members on space shuttle missions. The space shuttle today is even more capable than it was when it first launched. Modifications and updates to the original design have made the space shuttle even safer and more reliable than before.

The Space Transportation System (STS) is the official name of the space shuttle orbiter, the large external tank, and the two slender solid rocket boosters. The space shuttle orbiter vehicle houses the crew and payload. About two minutes after lift-off, the shuttle drops the used solid rocket boosters and they fall into the ocean, where they are picked up by boats and taken to be cleaned and reused.

As the space shuttle orbiter and external tank reach orbit, the main engines shut down and the external tank drops off to fall and burn up in the atmosphere. The space shuttle opens its large payload bay doors when it is in orbit. The shuttle can use its remote manipulator arm to take satellites from the payload bay or move items over to the International Space Station.

So what does the future hold for the space shuttle? NASA, if it can get funding from Congress, is considering delaying space shuttle retirement. NASA may even request funding for a few additional space shuttle missions before the vehicles are mothballed. The Constellation program is the new space program being developed by NASA. The manned component of the Constellation program is a crew exploration vehicle, named Orion, which is similar to an Apollo capsule.

The Orion capsule, launched on a rocket, will transport crew and cargo to the International Space Station. It is hoped that later versions of the Constellation program will some day be able to travel beyond Earth to the Moon and eventually to Mars. The Constellation program will take years to design, build, and test. Because of this, many people hope that Congress and NASA will delay the space shuttle retirement.


Beamed Energy Propulsion and Space: an Introduction

This brief note is about Beamed Energy Propulsion (BEP), which is, actually, a rocket science. However, you dont have to be a rocket scientist in order to understand what it is about, it is simple and I will explain it to you in next few paragraphs.

It is all about rockets. What everyone knows about them? On Earth motion is based on pushing from the medium, wherever the motion takes places: cars pushing from pavement by wheels, swimmers pushing from water by limbs, etc. Rockets fly in space and space is mostly a vacuum, it is empty. Rockets move in space using reactive principle, i.e. exhausting hot gases (backward) and pushing away from exhaust in opposite direction (forward). Rockets have to carry all their fuel and burning agent onboard, because there is nothing in space that can be used for burning fuel (like air for burning gasoline in automobiles on earth).

Rockets cargo space is very expensive. Why? Because with so many elements onboard: fuel, oxidizer, cryogenics, tanks, lines, you name it, there is a small (and very expensive room) for the payload. If we could only find a way to separate the heavy energy source from the rocket, the gain in efficiency of such rocket will be tremendous.

Energy can be delivered to the rocket from remote external source using light or, say, laser, x-ray, microwave high-power beams. With its mirrors, rocket will collect and focus that beams on its "fuel". Any solid matter can be a fuel. When high-power beam of photons is focused on a solid material, the material evaporates and ionizes instantaneously. The energy density in focused high-power beam exceeds hundreds to millions times one in the heat of burning hydrogen. Thus, beam-driven rocket will remain a rocket, it will be pushing from its own exhaust, but the energy of this exhaust is much higher, and the rocket itself is much lighter, comparing to hydrogen burners.

Beam-driven rocket is equipped with beam-collecting optics (i.e. mirrors) and some relatively lightweight solid fuel. That is it: no more tanks, oxidizer, cryogenics, nozzles, lines, - the rest will be cargo. Such rocket will be a subject of 4P Principle, formulated by the founder of laser propulsion, Arthur Kantrowitz: Payload, Propellants and Photons, Period!

Can efficiency of beam-driven rocket be compared to hydrogen burner? Yes, this can be done with scientific precision! For example, current price per lb. of a payload delivered to low earth orbit is $10,000. Calculations (repeated many time by independent researchers worldwide) show that with the laser propulsion space delivery price will be reduced to $100 per pound of a payload! It is a hundredfold profit!

In addition to laser beams, other types of energy transfers using microwave, x-ray and even particle beams are getting explored for BEP. The number of in-lab demonstrations of BEP principles grows every year, and the day when we will achieve in-space BEP demonstration becomes inevitable. Of course, there are still a plenty of scientific and engineering problems which should be solved before BEP will bring us its benefits. However, the days for first practical use of beamed-energy propulsion are near.


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