Today we Yak About: Tech, Ageism and the Boomers in the Workforce

My colleagues back at the station are now editing the interviews from the New York City trip.  We speak to some interesting people on Ageism, Boomers in the workforce, reinventing yourself. Should begin airing end of April, beginning of May. But of course you guys will get it first.


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Watching the data on your cell phone plan.  You guys have been asking me alot about data on your mobile plans. Picked up some tips from CNET and Engagdet for you guys. Now that your mobile plans are based on data since unlimited calling and texting are included in the basic charges, here are a few tips to bring down your data usage.

1. Switch to Wi-Fi wherever possible

You can save yourself from a lot of unnecessary expenditure by checking that you have got the correct log in details for Wi-Fi at work, home and on the tube. It can also help as a customer to login into The Cloud, or remote BT and Sky hotspots wherever you can.

2. Check your settings

You can turn off the unnecessary apps that have access to data by going to your smartphone’s Settings menu.

On an iPhone, open Settings > Mobile Data to see the apps that you have allowed to use data and to toggle them off accordingly.

On Android, open Settings > Data Usage > Open each app you would like to turn off and choose Restrict app background data.

3. Sync your playlists

If you use Apple Music or Spotify to listen to songs, ensure that you sync your playlists to your phone so that you can listen to them offline, which will in turn reduce your bill amount. You can save playlists of Apple Music on your handset by tapping the Cloud icon in the right-hand corner of a playlist and waiting for it to download. On the other hand, users of Spotify playlists just need to click the Available Offline toggle to ‘on’ to save them. However, note that this feature is available only for Spotify Premium subscribers.

4. Disable background app refresh

This works for iPhone users only. Turn off background app refresh by going to Settings > General > and either turn off refresh altogether or go through and choose individual apps that will not only help to cut down on your data usage, but it also has the added advantage of helping to reserve your battery life.

5. Set a data alert

You can check how much data you have used on both Android and iOS handsets. However, if you reset the limit each month to get a full idea of your average use, only then you may find this useful.