Residents admit smart phones are smarter than them

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Tonjia Rolan Are you smarter than your smart phone? If humans use only 10 percent of their brains — as urban legend alleges, do they also use only 10 percent of their smartphone apps? As it turns out, the 10 percent brain usage myth has been debunked by neurologists, according to Scientific America. Neurologists now [...]

Community rallies to help fire victims

Tonjia Rolan Officials and staff from 13 local and area organizations converged on the Lighthouse Mission Wednesday evening armed with phone cards, toothbrushes, clothing, hotel vouchers and food for the victims of Wednesday’s fire. Aid workers did more than address food and shelter issues, however. They faced challenging questions such as how to replace destroyed [...]

Consumers lose in blocked cell phone merger

Freedom New Mexico On antitrust, the U.S. government seems stuck in the Model T era. It just doesn’t understand that, in this age of Apple, Google, Facebook and thousands of lightning-fast digital companies, it’s practically impossible to build a monopoly. That’s why the Justice Department was so wrong in thwarting AT&T’s attempted $39 billion purchase [...]

Cell phone ban distracts from true danger

The Nanny State is wagging its finger at us again. This time it’s the National Transportation Safety Board, which wants to ban all use of cellphones by drivers — even the “hands-free” kind that are increasingly popular — supposedly to cut down on traffic accidents. Many new cars even come with Bluetooth devices that automatically [...]

Time to take control from technology

Social media, like its cousin, the cell phone, is a great thing so long as its stays in its place. Like many, I get irritated when it gets intrusive; unlike some, I try to always remember that I am the one in control. Facebook can remind me unnumbered times that I have “notifications pending.” That [...]

Shooting victim’s daughter hoped to reconnect with him

Benna Sayyed Marisol Castillo was planning to meet her estranged father in person for the first time this month. After a deadly shooting Tuesday night, she is left with only memories of pleasant moments shared on the phone and online with dad, Joe Valero. Valero and his girlfriend, Lupita Casteneda, were gunned down at a [...]

Residents warned of jury duty phone scam

Curry and Roosevelt County residents are cautioned to be wary of a phone scam claiming to be connected with jury duty service in the 9th Judicial District. A resident recently reported receiving a phone call in which the caller —who claimed to be with the clerk’s office of the 9th Judicial District Court — asked [...]

Home security system hard to beat

I unlocked the door, and the second I opened it the blast began. It sounded like ten banshees fighting off a dozen gorillas. Holding my ears, I ran to the contraption on the wall by the front door and pushed the numbers (which, thankfully, I remembered) and was immediately greeted by a wonderful silence. This [...]

Grant McGee: Reputation has no price tag

I got a phone call from “The Better Biz Center” the other day. That’s not the real name of this organization, I’ve changed it to avoid hassles from the real one. You know these folks, they’re the people who keep a list of naughty or nice businesses. Sort of like Santa Claus, or so I [...]

Firefighters invaluable resource

By Russell Anglin: Freedom New Mexico Last Sunday was an awfully strange day. It started for me at 10 a.m. with the phone waking me up. My editor called and asked me if I had electricity. With my eyes still hazy and without my wits about me, I replied, “Um … I don’t know.” Turns [...]