Friday, July 25, 2014

Americans are Confused by Common Tech Words

Did you know that 17.3% of Americans consider UKIP to be more of a Urinary Tract Infection than a political party? Neither did the ecommerce business when they carried out a study to examine the average US consumer’s knowledge of telephone-related acronyms.
Daniel Stockhaus, from Ligo, who ordered the research, said that:
“We carried out the study to investigate the current climate of the American telecommunications market.   
We expected to find that further education needed to be carried out by our industry but were surprised by the difference in how well the average American understood some of the more commonly used telephone acronyms in comparison to their European counterparts.”
The study comprised of nearly 3,000 participants over the age of 18. The research involved presenting male and female volunteers with a list of both telephone industry related acronyms and non-related ones too. They were then offered three possible definitions and asked to select the one which best defined the acronym being shown.
Some of the most interesting findings related to the British political party, UKIP. According to 17.3% of the 2,999 people surveyed the party, headed by Nigel Farage, was a type of Urinary Tract Infection. The vast majority (52.5%) stated that UKIP is a British Internet provider and only 30.2% correctly labelled them as a political party.
Other key points included:
  • 15.2% believed that DECT (a digital communications standard) was an area of dense population in Eastern China.
  • 13.1% stated that VOIP (a phone service over the internet) was a virus that commonly affects puppies.
  • Perhaps understandably confusion between ISBN and ISDN meant that 34.7% thought the latter was a unique number used to identify books.
  • Probably most surprising was the fact 8% of the 2,999 participants felt that SMS was a form of internet slang used on Snapchat.
Almost 20% of participants failed to identify SMS was an acronym for Short Messaging Service which is more commonly known as text messaging by mobile phone users.
Mr Stockhaus who works for the company who provide telecommunications products to a number of European markets said that:
 “No matter what your opinions of UKIP are these results are clearly surprising. We (as a company) are totally committed to improving the collective global knowledge of the telephone industry.”
The findings from the study have encouraged Ligo to look into finding more studies in Europe and the US as there is clearly a disconnect between what the industry believes to be common knowledge and what the average Joe in the street understands.
With the rise in demands for all things ‘smart’ this study demonstrates there is a long way to go in the US market’s understanding of the industry. That being said as the world continues to become more open and connected these phrases will become much more popular, as will the adoption of new and advancing technologies.
For now we have to just accept that according to the Glasgow based Ligo - 11.8% of Americans believe SMS is shorthand for Sadomasochism!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Cate & Chloe VIP Box Review

The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

I absolutely love jewelry so I was super excited for the chance to review Cate & Chloe VIP Box.

In the July box I have received :

 Mary "Motherly" Necklace 

This stunning  silver plated necklace with CZ stone necklace is prefect.  It is small but  it is sparkly and I absolutely love it. I know I will wear this often. My photos doesn't do it justice. 

Retail value is $115.00

Olivia "Dignity" Stud Earrings

I love these earrings.  They are large CZ stone studs and  they are sparkly. I only wore them while wearing jean shorts and a black t-shirt but these earrings  but I can't wait to dress up. These would go great with my little black dress.

Retail value is $ $125.00

Is this monthly box worth it?  Yes it is and I am actually thinking of subscribing because I really am impressed with this box that I received to review

 Every box has $200 worth of jewelry (2 new designer pieces of jewelry) every month. There are 4 differently plans. Monthly, 3 months plan, 6 months plan and 1 year plan. Free shipping on every order.

I have good news for you. If you use the code GEEKYGIRLREVIEWS20 you  get a 20% discount for the standard month-to-month sign-up of $39.99/mo option.

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Other Woman on Bluray Giveaway

The Other Woman is coming to DVD and Blu-ray, July 29th!
It’s time to get even! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment takes girl power to a whole new level with THE OTHER WOMAN, debuting on Blu-ray & DVD July 29. With Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann as the leading ladies and newcomers Kate Upton and Nicki Minaj bringing the jokes left and right, ladies all over better be ready for the perfect movie to end their summer in style! Cameron Diaz leads a knockout cast in this irreverent comedy about love, lust and the laws of karma. New York attorney Carly Whitten (Diaz) is nobody’s fool. So when she accidentally discovers that her too-good-to-be-true boyfriend Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is married, she’s less than thrilled. To prepare you for the film’s release to DVD and Blu-ray, we have compiled a list of the top times when Cameron Diaz has been a boss!

Eight times Cameron Diaz has been a boss...

1. When she and the other angels kicked butt and saved Bosley after he had been kidnapped. 

2. When she refused to put up with BS. Even from her students.

3. When she didn’t remember that she got married in Vegas, and then she hit the jackpot.

4. When she was a princess by day and ogre by night.

5. When three guys loved her, even though this happened...

6. When she was never too old to play dress up.

7. When she was an amazing mom.

8. When she still doesn’t put up with BS.