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THE BACKSPACE KEY – GOOGLE CHROME’S TYPED INFO KILLER

You like using Chrome cause Internet explorer just sucked to you right and while you are filling in a form to register your info to that cool social media website and you make a mistake. You hit the backspace key and for some reason the browser goes back to a previous page. You are a little surprised and confused and you find out eventually all of that typing you did is now lost and you have to fill the form out again. You are now frustrated.Well you are not alone cause this happened to alot of people and soon your frustrations will be alleviated. Google Chrome is fixing the issue. In Chrome’s next big release it is removing the shortcut that has the “backspace” key returning you to the previous page.  To be more specific, as in the example I mentioned latter while filling out a form if you were not focused in the text box that you were typing in, Chrome interpreted the backspace key as a “back” button which would cause you to lose all of the data you had just entered.

Engineers from Google say that years of user complaints have finally pushed them to get rid of the shortcut. Well some more hardcore users have complained about it but Google said that the numbers and the ease of the change prove it worth the move.

Google product manager, Tyler Odean writes, “We’re definitely aware of the frustration that this causes users who have come to rely on the shortcut…… However for users who *don’t* understand the behavior of the shortcut, which is the majority of users, the loss of data is also super frustrating and they are less equipped to understand or prevent their frustrations.”

BUT……. People who still want the shortcut to stay can either use alternates (alt+left arrow on Windows, command+left arrow on Mac) or install a Chrome extension that brings it back again.  So you have until late July to decide when the fix will officially roll out.

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AT&T Streamlining their plans

AT&T currently has plans that can be a bit confusing. The question now is whether you want to trade in at 12, 18, or 24 months. How about putting a downpayment and paying monthly for 28 months? Well AT&T knows they mess they made and as of June 9th they will be streamlining their plans to just two choices. One plan, Next Every Year, is for the hardcore upgraders where you can get a new phone every 12 months if you agree to a 2-year plan. The other plan, called Next, lets you upgrade every 2 years if you are willing and able to make payments over 30 months.You can lower the month to month impact by making a down payment or trading in your old phone but this only applies to customers paying on installments who don’t really want to spend extra.  You can do what I suggest and just buy a phone outright or pay it off if you want to upgrade on your own terms. I will add in an option I use which requires patience by waiting a little longer and allow that phone you like to gather some age and hit up sites like Ebay and buy your next upgrade this way.

The plan trimming sounds like a great idea for AT&T if you ask me as most of  the competitors already have simpler plans. Like T-Mobile where they divide you up between a normal 24 month plan or the 12 month Jump On Demand plan which hits you with 18 months of payments.  I always tell people to watch closely what you are being locked into when purchasing your phones and the AT&T Next plan has  30 months of payments which is an eternity in this day of technology where things change every 6 months.

 

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