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Cramming Does Not Help Create Long-Term Memories
2013-12-26 03:45:48

Ranjini Raghunath for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Those last-minute cramming sessions fueled by instant noodles and coffee might help you pass your exams. But they won’t help your brain remember things in the long term. Scientists have long known that learning with breaks in between helps your brain remember things longer than when you try to cram it all in one go. Called the “spacing effect,” the phenomenon was first described by German psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus in...

Mobile Cramming Charges To Be Dropped By Three Major Carriers
2013-11-23 04:41:26

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Three of the largest US wireless service providers have announced that they will no longer charge their customers for unsolicited texts sent from so-called premium messaging services. According to Los Angeles Times reporter Salvador Rodriguez, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint have agreed to stop billing users up to $10 per month for programs that send out weather advisories, sports updates, ringtone download links and phone...

2013-08-21 12:24:32

Company Will Provide Refunds to Consumers, Pay $1.2 Million to FTC WASHINGTON, Aug. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Global mobile marketer Jesta Digital, LLC, will provide refunds to a large number of consumers and pay an additional $1.2 million to the Federal Trade Commission as part of a settlement with the FTC, which alleged that Jesta crammed unwanted charges onto consumers' cell phone bills. According to the Commission's complaint, Jesta - which also does business as...

2012-12-04 12:22:02

CHICAGO, Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The number of fraudulent "cramming" fees charged to Illinois cellphone callers has nearly doubled over the last year--surpassing the national trend for a scam that could cost consumers up to $59 million a year in the United States, according to an analysis released Tuesday by the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) and the prominent wireless industry research firm Validas. The new data raises red flags that scam artists may be targeting Illinois...

2012-10-16 15:22:31

NEW YORK, Oct. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- For college students, midterms can be incredibly stressful - especially for freshmen - but proper study techniques can enhance performance on these exams and mean the difference between success and failure in a class. McGraw-Hill Education college study expert Jay Chakrapani provides practical advice to help students retain and apply core knowledge and excel at the mid-semester mark. Study Smart Tip #1: Don't Cram. According to a recent research...

Cramming For Tests Can Backfire
2012-08-23 10:57:46

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Foregoing sleep to cram for a test may do more harm than good, according to a study released Wednesday by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The study found that high-school students who pulled all-nighters to prepare for exams fared worse academically the next day compared with their well-rested peers. Regardless of how much time a student studies each day, if sleep time is sacrificed in order to...

2012-05-08 10:24:18

SAN ANTONIO, May 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Billing Services Group (BSG) released the following statement in response to the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) Motion for Order to Show Cause, filed in the San Antonio division of the United States District Court: "The information cited in the FTC's Motion was obtained through the FBI's investigation of Alternate Billing Corp., which, while formerly a BSG client, is not an entity of BSG. "This Motion represents an incomplete and...

2012-05-08 06:28:32

WASHINGTON, May 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Federal Trade Commission is seeking a civil contempt ruling against the nation's largest third-party billing company, alleging that it placed more than $70 million in bogus "cramming" charges on consumers' phone bills in violation of a previous court order. The FTC is asking a federal court to make the company pay more than $52.6 million, the total amount that the company billed consumers and failed to refund. The FTC alleged that...

2012-03-29 06:22:13

CHICAGO, March 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As part of a nationwide effort to combat a scam called "cramming," the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) on Thursday urged consumers to contact the Illinois General Assembly in a final push for legislation that would give the Land of Lincoln one of the toughest laws in the country to fight fraudulent phone charges. Cramming is when third-party companies slap fraudulent charges on a phone bill for services never ordered or received....

2011-10-03 11:32:00

SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Billing Services Group (BSG) and a coalition of industry leaders have joined together to launch KnowYourPhoneBill.org, a website that offers consumers easy-to-follow guides for understanding phone bill charges and protecting them from phone bill cramming. "Our best defense against cramming is diligence," said Gregory Carter, Chief Executive Officer for BSG. "We are committed to working with others across the industry to help ensure...