Engadget’s summer gear guide 2012: smartphones

June 1, 2012

I am on my smart phone ALL the time! And if you are anything like me, you want to know all the latest apps and all there is to know about the newest and best phones on the market. Gearing up for summertime and keeping in mind that I have to work remotely I must have a fast working phone. Here is Engadget’s summer gear guide to smartphones for 2o12.

Summer Gear Guide 2012: Smartphones

By , Engadget

As you prepare for adventures with friends and fun in the sun, just remember that a great smartphone should be at the top of your gear list. Whether you’re looking for travel tips, a new place to hang or even directions to get there, your smartphone will have you covered. It can help you check-in for flights, rent a car and even get great deals on places to stay. Go ahead and leave your point-and-shoot camera at home, because many of today’s best smartphones excel at photography and allow you to immediately share your memories as they’re captured. If you plan to travel abroad, be sure to spring for an unlocked handset to avoid those nasty roaming fees. Whatever your particular needs, our smartphone selection is geared to make your decision as painless as possible – and more importantly, ensure that you have a fun and rewarding summer. Dive in on the other side of the break.

For the complete list of the summer guide for smartphones Click Here.

Editor’s choice: HTC One X 

How Tablets Are Transforming Business Intelligence

May 15, 2012

I recently have been looking into purchasing a tablet and during my research for different ways tablets can increase business productivity I came across this article from TechCrunch on the various ways to monitor news. I like to keep an eye on the news daily and I am always interested in knowing what’s going on locally and globally. I got some really great ideas on news apps and how to simplify my daily news feeds.

By Mitch Lazar, TechCrunch

Staying on top of your game and understanding the competitive landscape is essential to winning in the modern business world. A huge component to staying ahead of the curve is keeping a close eye on competitors in your market, which entails maintaining a watchful eye on industry news. Some companies turn to expensive news monitoring services to keep track of their respective industry, but in reality there are more viable options. Emerging tablet news and information services like Flipboard, Pulse and others are proving an incredible companion to business and consulting executives in staying current with industry changes occurring around them.

Jeff Cavins, CEO of Fuzebox, recently wrote in Business Insider that the explosive uptake of tablet computers is fueling the growth of what he called the new “iPad economy.” Cavins said: “The iPad is shifting the way businesses function, changing how executives interact and transforming the economics of today’s business operations.”

The iPad economy is a growing reality across the globe, and businesses are turning to enterprise apps to help them succeed. Simple RSS readers are used to condense multiple streams of content from a variety of sources into single channels, granting users access to diverse content all in one place. Some applications have further simplified news aggregation by using innovative search technology that goes beyond the function of RSS readers to deliver richer streams of highly targeted information to business users – a critical asset to businesses large and small.

Better Search and Filtering Offers Essential Time Savings

Gesture Based Information Consumption Increases Efficiency

Bookmarking Makes for Easier Follow Up

Read More from TechCrunch Here

Editor’s note: Mitch Lazar is CEO of Taptu. He Founded CNN and Cartoon Network Mobile. He was a former journalist at CNN and one of the co-founders of CNN.com. Prior to joining Taptu, Mitch headed Yahoo! Mobile Europe.

zBoost Cell Phone Signal Boosters Utilized At The WIRED Business Conference: Disruptive By Design In Partnership With MDC Partners

May 1, 2012

 zBoost Cell Phone Signal Boosters Keep Executives Connected During All-Day Conference

May 1, 2012 – Wi-Ex (www.wi-ex.com), a leading provider of consumer and commercial cell phone signal boosters, announced today that the fourth annual WIRED Business Conference: Disruptive by Design in partnership with MDC Partners is utilizing several zBoost by Wi-Ex cell phone signal boosters to provide the more than 400 thought-leaders in attendance with a reliable indoor cell phone signal.  The zBoost line allows consumers to take full advantage of data, voice and Internet services on their iPhones(TM), iPads(TM), connected devices and smartphones.

Held at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City, the WIRED Business Conference is a one-day symposium featuring C-level executives and thought-leaders featuring groundbreaking discussions on disruptive business practices, ideas, and innovations. Spot On Networks installed the zBoost signal boosters for the symposium.

“The building is a cellular dead zone due to the building’s exterior construction – primarily the lead tinted windows.  Prior to the installation of the zBoost solution, the only way to make a phone call was to open a door and go outside of the building,” said William Howard, Vice President of Project Management for Spot On Networks.  “The addition of the zBoost allows for the attendees to stay connected to their offices during the event.”

The phone signal boosters were installed in several locations within the three-story building including the auditorium and conference rooms, the lunchroom, lobby area and reception area.

“Smartphones and tablets are an essential part of staying connected to the office, however a poor indoor cell phone signal can make this a challenge,” said Michael Cummiskey of Wi-Ex.  “With Spot On Networks help, we provided the attendees of the WIRED Business Conference with the ability to stay on top of emails, phone calls and texts, as well as Tweet the latest conference news all while still enjoying the conference.”

 Benefits of using a zBoost cell phone signal booster include:

  • Increases indoor signal coverage
  • Supports multiple users simultaneously
  • Compatible with all U.S. carriers and mobile devices using 800 & 1900 MHz (except Nextel/iDEN or 4G, 2100MHz phones)
  • Increases voice and data transmission
  • Decreases dropped or missed calls
  • No cradle or connections to your phone
  • Extends phone battery life (uses less power when signal is stronger)
  • Protects the carrier network using patented technology


Losing Your Business Smartphone

April 11, 2012

Is your smartphone also your business phone?  If you lost your smartphone would your business come to a halt?  How many of your business contacts are only on your smartphone?  These are good questions to ask and if you find yourself answering yes, you could benefit from this article by Jeanette Pavini that was recently posted on wsj.com.  One extra tip: be sure to back up all of your information on your computer or in the cloud.  If you haven’t done this and aren’t sure how, go to your local carrier’s store and they will be able to assist you.

Lose a Smartphone, And You Lose a Lot


Say you just lost your wallet with $40 cash in it. You’d feel bad, right?  There’s the inconvenience of canceling cards, getting a new driver’s license,  etc. But what if you lost your wallet with $900 in cash in it, plus your address  book and your bank passwords? That’s what it’s like when you lose your  smartphone.

Now that really hurts.

If you lose your smartphone, what will it cost to replace  it and what steps should you take once you realize your phone is gone?  MarketWatch’s Jeanette Pavini has some answers on Lunch Break. Photo:  AP

How much does it cost to lose a smartphone? One of our readers found out the  hard way. Her iPhone was stolen while she was on public transit. She didn’t have  phone insurance, her renter’s insurance didn’t cover the loss, and she was told  if she canceled her phone contract, she would be liable for a hefty early  termination fee. In the end, she paid a small fortune and learned a big  lesson.

Some 60 million smartphones and cellphones are lost, stolen or damaged each  year, according to Asurion, a provider of cellphone insurance.

Your total cost will depend on your carrier, what kind of device you have,  and whether you’re willing to settle for a reconditioned, used device or want a  new smartphone.

If you lose your top-of-the-line iPhone, say, and want to replace it with the  same device—and you aren’t eligible for an upgrade anytime soon—you could pay as  much as $849 for the device alone.

Here are some tips to keep in mind if your smartphone goes missing:

1. Find my phone.

Many new smartphones, including the iPhone, come with a “find my phone” app  that allows you to locate the device, regardless of your carrier or insurance.  See whether your device has this option and activate it.

2. No new replacement.

Your smartphone insurance likely does not cover a brand-new replacement  device. You’ll get a reconditioned phone and it may not be identical to the one  you lost.

3. Check your calendar.

Keep track of when you are due for an upgrade on your carrier contract. You  might be able to use an old phone until you qualify for the new replacement  smartphone at a discounted rate.

4. Keep your old phone.

Whenever you buy a new smartphone, hold on to your old device. If the new one  is lost or stolen, that old iPhone or Blackberry could come in handy.

5. Assume the worst.

No matter which carrier you use, treat your phone as stolen, even if you  think it’s only misplaced. It’s not just a phone; it likely also contains  important personal information, and phone and email contacts.

6. You may not have to pay.

If someone makes unauthorized long-distance calls, you may not be liable for  these charges—even if your carrier says you are until the phone is reported lost  or stolen. Some states have laws on the books protecting consumers from  unauthorized charges from any telecommunications device.

7. Watch out for shady deals.

Beware of buying smartphones from third-party sellers or from private parties  via classifieds like Craigslist. These phones might be stolen or damaged and  you’ll have no recourse against the seller.

To see specifics by carrier and to view a related video click here. http://online.wsj.com/video/what-to-do-if-you-lose-your-smartphone/3BCF6141-7D00-4A7C-82D3-E9DF273BB995.html?

5 Mobile Apps to Boost Small Business Productivity

February 15, 2012

This post originally appeared on the American Express OPEN Forum, where Mashable regularly contributes articles about leveraging social media and technology in small business.

When you operate a small business, the last thing you want to do is waste precious time. Luckily, mobile apps for Apple and Android devices can help simplify many of your day-to-day business operations.

The only problem is, who has time to search for and test these apps in the first place? Rest assured, we have you covered. These five mobile apps will save you time and keep you more organized than ever before — whether you’re searching for a password management system or a way to log in to your home computer remotely.

Test them out and let us know what you think! In the comments, link to any other helpful productivity apps that would benefit small business owners.

1. LogMeIn

Use LogMeIn to access your Mac or PC content from your iPhone or iPad. This app is great for traveling or to pull up files remotely. With LogMeIn you can also run any PC application from your mobile device.

Price: FREE

To view complete list, visit: Mashable.com

Great Business App: Expensify

February 6, 2012

Expensify takes care of the most annoying part of business travel, the expense report!

Expensify does “expense reports that don’t suck!” by importing expenses and receipts from credit cards and mobile phones, submitting expense reports through email, and reimbursing everything online with QuickBooks and Direct Deposit. Expensify’s unique design suits everybody from individuals tracking their personal finances to companies with a thousand employees, and everywhere in between such as churches, non-profits, and small businesses worldwide. Expensify is free for individuals and small businesses, with premium upgrades available for receipt scanning and shared expense policies.

Compatible with the iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows, Blackberry and Palm, with Expensify, the only thing you have to worry about is unpacking.

CES Day One Brings Wireless Toys, Dancing Robots — InformationWeek

January 11, 2012

 At The Pepcom Digital Experience event at CES 2012, the theme was western and the gadgets were wireless.

OK, OK, We Can Hear You Now!

There’s nothing much worse than picking a cell carrier and finding that signals in your home or at your work are just too weak. Wi-Ex has been making products to help boost cell signals for a while now, and is introducing new offerings that are 4G compatible as well as more appropriate for the office and car. The car model, called the zForce, includes a cradle that will hold your cell phone and boost the signal via an external antenna that’s about the size of a satellite radio antenna. The system costs about $129.

The zBoost 4G-V for Verizon 4G LTE is intended for home use with Verizon’s LTE network.

For Art Wittmann‘s full CES Pepcom 2012 recap, visit:

CES Day One Brings Wireless Toys, Dancing Robots — InformationWeek.

zBoost Pro Line Provides Installers New Solution Kits to Boost Data and Voice

January 9, 2012

Las Vegas, NV-  January 09, 2012

Wi-Ex, a leading provider of consumer and commercial cell phone signal boosters, announced today the launch of the new zBoost Pro Line of cell phone signal booster kits for professional installers at Digital Experience at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The new line of kits includes the zBoost Pro, zBoost Pro Panel and zBoost Pro Plus. The Pro Line extends a Cell Zone™ for multiple users and all devices operating on 800 and 1900MHz frequency bands – except those using Nextel/ iDEN or 4G.

“Today’s mobile lifestyle requires a strong indoor cell phone signal for users to stay connected to work and family. The new zBoost Pro Line provides an affordable and uncomplicated solution designed to meet the needs of challenging indoor environments,” said Mike Cummiskey, vice president with Wi-Ex.    “Designed specifically for professional installers, our commercial solutions benefit multiple wireless device users by reducing dropped cell phone calls and increasing cellular data speeds on iPhones, DROIDS and other smartphones, as well as iPads, tablets and air cards. This can translate to attracting and keeping tenants, as well as increasing employee production.”

The Pro Line is designed for professional installation and sold only to professional installers. The zBoost Pro Line solutions increase cellular coverage inside buildings ranging in size from 5,000 square feet to 15,000 square feet.

  •     zBoost Pro: Improves coverage up to 5000 square feet and includes zBoost amplifier base unit in ruggedized casing, power supply, high gain signal and broadcast antennas mounting hardware and coax cable.
  •     zBoost Pro Panel: Improves coverage up to 8000 square feet in open spaces and includes zBoost amplifier base unit in ruggedized casing, power supply, high gain signal and broadcast antennas mounting hardware and coax cable.
  •     zBoost Pro Plus: Increases indoor signal for two levels up to 15,000 square feet in open spaces. and includes zBoost amplifier base unit in ruggedized casing (3), power supply (3), high-gain signal (2) and broadcast antennas (2), attenuators and mounting hardware.

The zBoost line allows users to take full advantage of data, voice and Internet services on their DROID, iPhones, iPads, connected devices and smartphones. Key customer benefits include:

  •     Decreases dropped or missed calls and increases data speeds
  •     Increases voice and data transmission speed on cell phones, smartphones, wireless data cards and wireless alarm panels
  •     Compatible with all US carriers and devices using 800 and 1900MHz (except Nextel/iDEN and 4G)
  •     Extends phone battery life (uses less power when signal is stronger)
  •     No cradle or connections to your phone
  •     Maintains network integrity using patented technologies


About Wi-Ex
Wi-Ex (www.wi-ex.com), a leading provider of cell phone signal boosters, developed zBoost, the first consumer-priced signal booster that “extended cell zones” for the small office/home office cell phone market. Wi-Ex has expanded their “extending cell zone coverage” beyond consumers to corporate enterprises and large commercial applications. From M2M applications to large commercial complexes to the rising number of teleworkers, the zBoost line provides a business-centric solution for improving poor in-door cell phone coverage domestically and internationally. The zBoost product line works with most carriers in the US and abroad including AT&T, Sprint, Vodaphone, Verizon and T-Mobile. The award-winning zBoost home and office solutions help today’s connected consumers including iPhone, iPad, Android (DROID), BlackBerry, and smartphone users with dropped calls and slow data. They were awarded a 2007 and 2010 Consumer Electronics Association Innovations Honoree by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and a 2011 EXC!TE honoree. They also were selected as a finalist for the 2007 and 2009 CTIA Emerging Technologies (E-Tech) Award. As the leader, zBoost has more awards, more sales and more locations than all their competitors combined. Wi-Ex continues to develop innovative products to meet the demands of an increasingly wireless society by enhancing wireless signals.

Health Care Seen as Central Focus for M2M in 2012

January 4, 2012

Despite the recent research that shows that less than one percent of US hospitals have fully functional tablet systems, health care applications will become a dominant use of machine-to-machine technology this year.

ConnectedMagWorld.com says, “Early predictions for 2012 indicate healthcare will be a booming sector of the M2M (machine-to-machine) technology market. From increasing the accessibility of healthcare through remote-monitoring services, to improving the quality of in-home monitoring tools that can collect and wirelessly transmit critical health data, M2M is a game-changing force that could impact the way Americans of all ages get well and stay healthy.”

Companies from all health arenas are creating applications for both personal and professional use. Below are just a few applications changing healthcare procedure:

Philadelphia-based insurer Independence Blue Cross (IBC) mobile application helps members find doctors, verify referrals, compare the prices of medications, track spending, view health history, and apply for a temporary ID card.

AirStrip enables medical professionals to use their smartphones to gain access to vital signs, critical waveform data and other clinical information, which is sent directly from the hospital and can be viewed from virtually anywhere a cell phone or other wireless connection is available.

The iTriage app, which was developed by two ER doctors, offers both a symptom checker and doctor search. Users can look up symptoms, learn about possible causes of your symptoms, based on the causes, the app guides you to the most appropriate treatment path, locates the closest appropriate healthcare providers to current location or any location chosen

Wi-Ex: From One Entrepreneur to Successful Business

December 12, 2011

Gwinnett Business Journal TV (GBJ TV) visited Gwinnett Innovation Park, home of Wi-Ex, last week to learn more about the opportunities it offers for tech entrepreneurs.  Wi-Ex Founder, Michael Rogers, discusses how, with the support of Gwinnett Innovation Park, Wi-Ex grew from an entrepreneurial dream, to a thriving business.

GBJ: Gwinnett Innovation Park Gives Life to Entrepreneurial Dreams

Starting your own business is never easy.  Sometimes the small, recurring costs are what drown a small company before it ever has a chance to succeed.  Gwinnett Innovation Park (GIP) is a unique, affordable, low risk space alternative for start-ups, entrepreneurs and independent professionals

Leland Strange, CEO of Intelligent Systems, is one of the main financial supporters of GIP.  An entrepreneur most of his life, Strange felt the need to pay it forward for others with ambition and a dream.

“We provide a work space but we also provide one-on-one time with successful entrepreneurs to give them the feedback and examine real life experiences of what has worked for them and what hasn’t.” Strange said.

GBJ TV takes you on a tour of the office park and through the new eHub Nspire program on campus for technology entrepreneurs that provides them no cost office space for a year.


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