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 Zachary Lutz, 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
May 9, 2012
zBoost Keeps National Communications’ Client From Losing Largest Trade Show
New Orleans - Wi-Ex (www.wi-ex.com), a leading provider of consumer and commercial cell phone signal boosters, today announced at CTIA Wireless in booth #4050 a new case study “zBoost: Ringing in mCommerce” showcasing National Communications’ install at Western North Carolina Agricultural Center’s Davis Center. National Communications, Inc., a full service Communications Contractor specializing in the design, project management, and installation of voice, data and fiber optic cabling projects, recently used zBoost Commercial Solution Division Kits to help WNC’s Davis Center help keep its largest combined trade show.
National Communications’ client WNC’s Davis Center had little to no indoor cell phone service. The indoor cell phone signal was so poor inside the Davis Center that WNC was in danger of losing its largest combined trade show, The Land of Sky Knife and Gun Show. The trade show exhibitors rely on their cell phones and smartphones to process credit cards and without a strong cell phone signal were unable to conduct business at shows.
“With mCommerce expected to reach $200 billion by 2012, a reliable cell phone signal is a quickly becoming a necessity for businesses,” said Michael Cummiskey of Wi-Ex. “National Communications was able to successfully help WNC provide a strong cell phone signal to their clients and help them conduct transactions on the show floor and other business activities.”
National Communications installed zBoost Commercial Solutions Division Kits to improve the cell phone signal and allow the trade show vendors to successfully use their smartphones and cell phones for credit card transactions, as well as other business related needs.
“Installation of the zBoost saved WNC Agricultural Center’s largest combined trade show. The Land of Sky Knife and Gun Show holds five sales per year in our newly renovated 45,000 square feet LEED certified Davis Expo Center,” said Matt Buchanan, WNC Agricultural Center Manager. “With little to no cellular reception for credit card transactions and other business related needs, we were in danger of losing this event to another facility. Since the installation of the repeater system all I have heard are praises from both the promoter and vendors.”
Visit http://www.wi-ex.com/testimonials.aspx to read other Wi-Ex Case Studies and Testimonials.
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.
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.
To view complete list, visit: Mashable.com
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
October 31, 2011
The Next Web’s Jon Russell, explains how the expansion of the mobile market not only changes how we receive information but how we should measure the Internet.
The potential of mobile
Fixed-line is just one of the many ways we access the Internet today, and if we are to analyse and look at the way nations use the web – as Internet penetration is used for – then other popular touch points and platforms must be included. The issue is more significant when stepping out of the western web, where connection to the Internet is pretty much ubiquitous amongst society.
In regions like Latin America, Africa and Southeast Asia, Internet access is less widespread for a number of reasons. Cost is one key factor, as fixed-line Internet requires hardware – such as PCs – which are often luxury items beyond the reach of many. There is a strong culture of pre-pay in many developing markets, particularly visible when looking at mobile. ISPs require long-term agreements which many are reluctant to engage.
Finally, those in remote areas suffer from lack of access to technology, if ISPs don’t have the necessary infrastructure in place they can only offer a slow service, if anything at all.
Mobile Internet offers the potential to hurdle many of these obstacles, however its usage is not recognised in reports or analysis which assesses national access through Internet penetration rates.
To read the article in it’s entirety, visit: How mobile is forcing us to change the way we measure the Internet
October 24, 2011
At the Web 2.0 Summit, Erick Schonfeld, Editor of TechCrunch, sat down with Facebook CTO, Bret Taylor to discuss the future of Facebook.
How important is mobile to Facebook? Already, 350 million of its 800 million monthly active users are on mobile devices, and that number is just going to get bigger. “Fundamentally we view it as a really big shift for our company, as fundamental as the shift from desktop apps to the Internet,” Facebook CTO Bret Taylor tells me in the TCTV interview above (which was shot at the Web 2.0 Summit earlier this week). “Companies really need to redefine themselves in this world of devices rather than browsers on people’s laptops.”
Taylor goes even further with this stunning prediction: “A few years from now, most every single person at Facebook who works there is going to be working on mobile almost exclusively.” Mobile and social go hand in hand. Facebook wants to create a seamless experience across the desktop and mobile, as well as between mobile devices.
To read the rest of the article and view part 2 of the interview, visit: Tech Crunch: Bret Taylor