The 2024 hurricane season is here, and we’re ready. Are you?

By: Jim Beaugez on May 31, 2024 4:42:05 PM

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released its 2024 hurricane forecast, and it’s predicted to be a blockbuster year with an 85 percent chance of producing an above-average number of storms.

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Four smartphone apps to support kids' mental health

By: C Spire on May 30, 2024 3:57:26 PM

Mental health issues among children and teenagers are rising, but fortunately parents can tap into a range of apps and tools designed to help young people manage their mental well-being. Here are four top smartphone apps and tools to support kids' mental health.

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Network Update: Forrest and Pike counties get enhanced wireless coverage and capacity

By: C Spire on May 23, 2024 3:10:38 PM

C Spire network technicians have been busy bolstering cell coverage and capacity in Forrest and Pike counties in south Mississippi.

The network enhancements at Macedonia in Forrest County and Fernwood in Pike County are delivering a strong signal with high capacity for C Spire wireless customers.

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Network Update: Philadelphia sees major enhancements to coverage, capacity

By: C Spire on May 17, 2024 4:09:08 PM

Major upgrades to C Spire’s wireless network have doubled cellular speeds in Philadelphia, Mississippi, the home of the Congress of Country Music, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, and 7,000 permanent residents.

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Summer Activity: Getting your kids started with smartphone photography

By: Jim Beaugez on May 17, 2024 10:37:00 AM

Taking a photograph is as easy as picking up a smartphone these days. But there’s so much more possibility waiting inside your camera app.

This summer, you and your kids can discover a whole world of creativity, self-expression and storytelling by exploring your device’s smartphone capabilities and experimenting with photo subjects and locations.

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What would a ban on cell phones in schools mean for parents and kids?

By: Jim Beaugez on May 10, 2024 2:46:46 PM

Mobile devices have become a mainstay of education in recent years, with schools adopting digital-first approaches to learning across the grade spectrum. These policies are having positive effects, too, by bridging the digital divide and preparing students for a digital world.

But when devices like cell phones are not used for educational purposes, the impacts are quite the opposite — they can easily distract students from their studies and result in lower grades. About two-thirds of U.S. students find them distracting, and their use results in a decrease in long-term information retention equivalent to half a letter grade.

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