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Detecting Digital Messaging Liars

September 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

By Samuel Phineas Upham

Have you ever wondered why a certain friend takes longer to respond via text than usual? A new study released by Brigham Young University suggests that it could be because they are lying, e Science News reports.

According to the article, when a person is lying via text message, social media, or instant message, they take longer to reply, craft shorter replies, and make more changes than usual.

In an effort to detect online lying, the researchers developed a computer system that had conversations with the respondents. The study found that the responses filled with lies took 10 percent longer to write and were changed more than responses that were truthful.

According to Tom Meservy, BYU professor of information systems, they are beginning to detect signs “given off by individuals that aren’t easily tracked by humans.” He told the paper that eventually they can detect deception in chat-based systems in real time.

The researchers admit that just because someone delays in writing a text message response doesn’t automatically mean they are lying. Meservy tells the paper that they are just starting this research and need to gather more information.

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This article was submitted by Samuel Phineas Upham. Samuel Phineas Upham is a writer that writes about Philosophy, Investing and Technology. You may contact him at Samuel Phineas Upham Facebook page.

Cell Phone Recycling Service

November 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment cell phone recycling giant is launching a new site in the US for cell phone recycling. It will be called The site will be a \comparison shopping service that will compare several cell phone recycling services and provide users with various options as far as what company to pick and who pays the best.

We are assuming the US website will be very similar to the UK website, so here we will tell you some of the features that the UK website offers, which hopefully will be the same in the US version. When you search for the phone brand that you want to recycle, you are presented with several different vendors that will buy your phone. The results display the vendors in a chart side by side and rank them with the highest paying first. In another column it will also let you know if any of the vendors will pay for a non-working phone and if so how much. They also display if any of the vendors will send you a pre-paid postage bag and also display user rating in a 5 star rating systems. If there are any reviews you can also click on the reviews button to read them. Payment methods are also displayed in a different column.

The UK site also features a page on most popular phones and another on most valuable phones. It also has a page on recent sales.

Personally, I have 3 old phones in the house sitting around. I had never thought of recycling them and making some extra bucks. But once i found out about this service, I cannot wait for it to get launched so I can make some extra money. I did a quick search for my Samsung Blackjack II shows that I can get £14.00 or about $22.66 US Dollars. Not bad!

Quicken Online For The iPhone

May 5, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Wesabe, Mint and Quicken Online are fighting in the market of money management online. The latest news is that Quicken Online has launched an app for the iPhone, and it’s called Quicken Online Mobile. They are looking to make a difference with this app and really take the market with it.
While it’s a lot like Wesabe and Mint, Quicken Online Mobile isn’t really something that should be used by people that want all the small details about how their investments are doing and how their money are flowing. This tool is best for those that are just looking to find out how much money they have in their account.

Besides showing you what updates took place in your account and what balance you have, this application also calculates what your remaining budget is, after taking into consideration your usual expenses (bills). Basically, you can just look at your iPhone and find out how much you can spend before you reach the limit of your budget. Want to find out if you can afford paying a round of drinks to the entire bar? This app should come in very handy.

The features that I liked the most in this app are that it shows you where the nearest ATM is. This app uses the WiFi or GPS triangulation to find out where you are and how close you are to an ATM. For example, I tested the app and it showed me all three ATM machines that are in the vicinity of my house. Not sure how complete their map is, but for me it worked quite well.

Downloading Quicken Online Mobile is completely free, as long as you create a Quicken Online account. You should also test Wesabe and Mint for iPhone and see which one works best for your needs.