Cigna and Samsung unveil new app

The global health service company Cigna has unveiled an updated version of its Coach by Cigna app, which it has developed with tech giant Samsung.

This clever app provides tailored programmes to help users improve their diet, exercise more, sleep better and lose excess weight.

It does this through interpreting answers to questions that it provides, cleverly working out your personality type, what it is you want to do, your particular preferences and what will deliver the results.

Personality types include planner, dreamer or explorer and, as to capabilities, refers to whether a person possesses the motivation and character to do certain activities without support or needs motivation.

“Samsung is committed to providing our users with mobile health solutions that go above and beyond what is currently available in the market,” commented Yong Jin Lee, head of Health R&D Group at Samsung Electronics.

“By partnering with Cigna, we can put advanced health technology into the hands of our users, making our applications an informative and integral part of their everyday lives.”

Coach by Cigna works in tune with Samsung’s S Health application, which is described by the South Korean company as being your very own “personal fitness coach”.

The aim of both apps is to improve the way people engage and understand their health and wellbeing better – technology has the power to do this and moreover, because we’re so used to using smartphones, it’s easier to engage with.

“Cigna aims to find effective ways to help people achieve healthier, more secure lives,” explained Heather Valteris, global head of channel and partnership marketing, at Cigna.

“We tested, we learned and now we’re putting our expertise into our next generation of Coach by Cigna. With several simple questions, we can get to know you and your preferences, and the best ways to help get you to where you want to be.”ADNFCR-2155-ID-801788214-ADNFCR

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Banning mobiles in schools ‘improves results’

It’s an issue that has long been an issue for school teachers – how best to manage to the number of mobile phones used by pupils.

Everyone appreciates that most youngsters are given such a device early on in life and that they have benefits but they can also be a nuisance.

An answer may have materialised though, as a new study from the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics suggests that banning them from schools can have a positive impact.

Researchers observed that preventing students from having access to their devices during school hours can add up to an extra week’s worth of education over an academic year.

The paper’s authors, Louis-Philippe Beland and Richard Murphy, noted that in particular, with low-achieving students, restricting mobile phone use “can be a low-cost policy to reduce educational inequalities”.

"We found that not only did student achievement improve, but also that low-achieving and low income students gained the most," they outlined.

"We found the impact of banning phones for these students was equivalent to an additional hour a week in school, or to increasing the school year by five days."

It will be intriguing to see how schools, colleges and universities respond to this study because close to 90 per cent of teenagers in the country own a mobile. It is very much part of who they are.

Moreover, some creative teachers are aware of the educational benefits and advantages that come with their pupils having smartphones and tablets.

They can, for example, use the technology to deliver creative lessons, as well as boost the learning experience through apps and other mobile-friendly software.

What is certain is that this is a debate that is set to go on for some time, with some teachers in favour of an outright ban and other professionals eager to use them in a novel way.ADNFCR-2155-ID-801787839-ADNFCR

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Twitter and Google ‘are friends again’

Twitter and Google have made up. As of today (May 19th), tweets will now appear in search results on mobile devices.

What this basically means is that when you search for something, on your smartphone or tablet, you will be able to view real-time tweets directly in search.

“It’s a great way to get real-time info when something is happening,” said Ardan Arac, senior product manager at Google.

“And it’s another way for organisations and people on Twitter to reach a global audience at the most relevant moments.

“To start, we’re launching this on Google.com in English in the Google app (on Android and iOS) and on mobile browsers, rolling out gradually. We’re working on bringing it to more languages and to desktop, so stay tuned.”

It is a positive development not just for both companies, but for users too, as it streamlines information in an easy to access way.

Google is big on making search more engaging, so that when you want to look something up, the results page delivers a rich cornucopia of information.

This includes, in addition to tweets, relevant images, news stories and, of course, websites related to whatever it is you have typed in.

“When tapping on a Tweet in Google search, you’ll be taken directly to Twitter where you can view the Tweet and discover additional content,” said Jana Messerschmidt, vice president of global business development and platform at Twitter.

“By deeply integrating Twitter’s real-time content into Google search, we hope you find it easier than ever to explore your interests across both Twitter and Google.”ADNFCR-2155-ID-801788210-ADNFCR

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Sell My iPad

Sell My iPad

Selling your old iPad with Mazuma Mobile is just as easy as selling your old phone.

To sell your iPad, simply find out what it’s worth, get a free sales pack and post it off! Mazuma will then pay you on the very same day they receive the iPad.

To find out what your iPad is worth simply go to Mazuma’s Sell My iPad page. Simply select the iPad model you have for an instant value.

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To sell your iPad, click the ‘Sell this device’ button and fill in your details. The price is then locked in and guaranteed.

You can choose to have a free Sales pack posted or print off the posting labels. Send your iPad off by following the simple posting instructions.

Then the exciting bit – Mazuma will make payment on the same day they receive your iPad.

Selling your iPad can’t be easier!

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How to sell My iPhone

Mazuma have made selling your old iPhone quick, simple and hassle free.

Here’s how you can sell your iPhone in 4 simple steps:

1. Register Sale

Go to our sell my iPhone page, then select which model iPhone you want to sell, see how much your mobile phone is worth and submit sale.

2. Sales Pack

We’ll post you a FREE Sales Pack which includes a confirmation of your sale, a freepost bag and posting instructions. You can also choose to print your own pack.

3. Post your Mobile Phone

Simply post your phone within next 14 days at your nearest post office. You’ll get a tracking number on your post office receipt which allows you to track your parcel on the Royal Mail website.

4. Fast Payment

Once your phone is received at Mazuma, the sale will be processed and paid on the same day. What’s even better is that unlike most other recyclers, Mazuma’s bank transfers clear in your account on the same day!

Selling your iPhone is that easy!

For further details, watch the video on how it works.

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How to sell my iPhone 5

Many Apple iPhone 5 users who purchased their phone when it was launched 2 years ago are starting to reach the end of their 24 month pay monthly contract and will be no doubt tempted to upgrade to the new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.

The good napple-iphone-5ews is, even though the iPhone 5 is now 2 years old, the device is still worth between £80-£130 depending on which network it is locked to. Most UK retailers and networks are now offering the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for FREE on a 24 month contract. The money you can make by selling your iPhone 5 at Mazuma could go towards paying your monthly contract or buying some new accessories.

To sell your mobile phone, simply go to Mazuma Mobile, find out what it’s worth, submit a sale, post it off and get paid on the very same day Mazuma receive it!

As Mazuma Mobile are independent from any mobile phone retailer or network, you can choose to sell your iPhone 5 when it best suits you. Most people don’t like to hand over their current phone when buying a new one as they prefer to take both phones home and make sure all data is transferred properly. People generally also like to keep their old phone for a few days to make sure their new one works properly and isn’t missing any data. Once they are comfortable with their new phone and are happy no data has been lost, they can confidently data wipe their old phone and sell it.

When selling your old iPhone device don’t forget to remove your iCloud activation lock from it.

For an easy guide on how to remove personal information from your old phone use our Data Delete Tool.

Happy selling!

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What happens to your old mobile phones?

How many old mobile phones do you have stored away in drawers in your house? The story is all too familiar. You upgrade to the latest smartphone, and your old mobile becomes relegated to a ‘spare’, tucked away somewhere safe should your new phone break or get lost. But, the majority of times, that is where those old phones stay, unused and unloved, until they become obsolete.

No matter how out of date and useless you think your old mobile phones are, you could still earn some cash by recycling them. Simply register with us, and we will tell you how much your old mobile phones are worth. You will then receive a freepost bag to send your handsets to us and receive the cash within 48 hours of Mazuma receiving them. But what happens to your old mobile phones once we receive them?

Most Mobiles can be Refurbished and Reused

When your mobile phone arrives at Mazuma, it will be rigorously tested. They will check that the handset isn’t lost or stolen. Many of the phone’s components, such as they keypad, will then be tested to see if they are functioning correctly or if they can be repaired. The majority of phones that Mazuma receives can be refurbished and then reused by someone else. Refurbished mobile phones can provide a lifeline to people in developing countries who do not have access to the latest communication technology.

Broken Mobiles are Useful Too

Even if you sell a mobile phone that is broken, many of its components can still be reused or recycled. Many mobiles contain small quantities of precious metals like gold, silver, platinum and copper. This metal could end up being recycled as jewellery. The nickel contained in broken mobile phone batteries could be used in stainless steel saucepans. Mobiles also contain a large amount of plastic which is widely recyclable. We promise to recycle all the broken phones we receive in the most environmentally friendly way possible.

Mobile Recycling Helps the Environment

Why should you recycle your old phone instead of throwing it away? When unwanted mobile phones end up on landfill sites, there is a risk that the harmful substances contained within them could end up contaminating soil and water. These dangerous substances could then cause serious harm to the environment and human health as some of them might contain lead, mercury and cadmium, all of which are known to cause damage to the central nervous system. When you recycle your old devices with Mazuma, you can be assured that they won’t cause any damage to people or the environment.

All the mobile phones you have stored away in drawers can be put to much better use. At Mazuma, one person’s mobile trash is another person’s treasure, making sure that you are making a difference to the world.

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4 Things to remember before you recycle your phone

Currently in the UK there are more mobile phones than there are people. That means that there are a lot of unused handsets out there. But what can do you do with your unused, unwanted or broken handsets? You can help the environment and earn some cash by recycling your mobile phone.

Mobile phones contain substances that could be extremely harmful to the environment or people if they are disposed of incorrectly. Some contain materials, like mercury and lead that have been linked to causing cancer in humans and could be incredibly dangerous if they are released into the environment. Although modern handsets contain considerably less harmful materials than mobile phones used to, they can still be incredibly damaging if they are disposed of incorrectly. That’s why it’s so important that mobile phones are recycled responsibly.

Mazuma Mobile will pay you for your old handsets and take care of mobile phone recycling on your behalf. Simply register on the site and send us your handset via freepost. If you have more than 10 handsets to sell, we will arrange for free courier collection for them, we’ll then pay you for your mobiles on the day we receive them. You could earn over £200 per handset!

Whilst recycling your mobile phones with Mazuma is simple you have to remember that they are likely to still contain a lot of personal information. So, before you sell your old mobile phone there are certain things you should do:

Remove Your SIM Card from the Phone

Mobile phone SIM cards often contain a lot of personal information like addresses, phone numbers and old text messages. Make sure you remove your SIM before you send your phone to recycle. Also, unless you’re switching mobile networks, you’ll need your SIM card for your new phone. If you’re going to dispose of your old SIM card, make sure you cut through the metal chip before you throw it away to ensure that no one else can get their hands on your personal details.

Remove Your Memory Card from the Phone

Many modern handsets use Micro SD cards to store photos, videos and downloads. This memory card should be removed from your mobile before recycling. The card can then be used in your new mobile or in other devices like digital cameras or video recorders.

Perform a Factory Reset

Over the course of its usage, it’s likely that you used your smartphone to store a lot of personal information that may contain the login information for your email or social media accounts, and the web browser may still contain your browsing history. By performing a factory reset on your phone, you will remove all this personal information.

Remove the PIN Lock

If you used a PIN code or lock screen to protect your mobile, you should remove it before recycling your phone. This will enable your mobile to be used by other people in the future.

For more information about how to remove personal information from your old mobile phone use our Data Delete Tool.

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