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 


zBoost Rings in mCommerce

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.”

 

Solution

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.


zBoost Solves Weak Signal Problems in Homes, Offices, Conventions Centers, Hospitals and More

May 8, 2012

zBoost cell phone booster boosts cellular signal Businesses’ Rapid Increase of Mobile Data Usage Increases the Need for Strong Signal

New Orleans – Wi-Ex (www.wi-ex.com), a leading provider of commercial and consumer cell phone signal boosters, showcased today its zBoost line of consumer cell phone signal boosters including 4G, as well as new commercial cell phone signal booster kits for small businesses and commercial applications such as hospitals, factory floors, M2M, convention centers, museums, ATCO trailers, offices and high rises. Highlighted at CTIA Wireless in booth #4050 and CTIA Mobile Focus, the zBoost line provides consumers and businesses with a solution to the slow data and dropped calls caused by weak cell phone signal indoors.

“From homes and small offices that use the zBoost SOHO to installs of our Commercial Solutions Division Kits in convention centers and hospitals, we work closely with our dealers and installers to provide solutions to meet the needs of our customers,” said Michael Cummiskey of Wi-Ex. “In fact, just last week we worked with Spot On Networks to install zBoost signal boosters for the WIRED Business Conference: Disruptive By Design. The event organizers realized that the more than 400 thought-leaders in attendance would need (and expect), a reliable signal for their cell phones and tablets.”

Consumers and businesses rely on a strong cell phone signal for making calls, receiving and sending texts, checking email and ever increasing for their online multimedia applications such as gaming, downloading music, uploading pictures and streaming high-definition video at optimal quality and speed. A poor indoor cell phone signal results in millions of unhappy customers.

“As we continue to focus on developing solutions to meet the needs of today’s mobile society, zBoost is focused on two trends: the rapid increase in mobile data and the rapid adoption of smartphones and tablets,” said Sharon Cuppett, vice-president of marketing at Wi-Ex. “Recent industry stats predict that more than half of the Internet’s traffic will come from mobile devices by 2016 and when combined with the staggering growth of smartphones and tablets, there is the potential for millions of unhappy mobile users as a result of slow data and dropped calls.”

The newest addition to the zBoost line, the zBoost 4G-V, provides consumers using Verizon LTE with an end to slow data and dropped calls allowing them to enjoy all of the benefits of their smartphones and other connected devices.

With the zBoost 4G, consumers using Verizon LTE can maximize their 4G devices. For larger spaces, zBoost offers the zBoost Commercial Solutions Division Kits System available for coverage areas up to 20,000 and 40,000 square feet. The kits include all of the components for a complete system solution whether for commercial environments or large residential applications and utilize the proven zBoost technology from Wi-Ex to improve cell phone voice and data signals.

Benefits:

● Increases indoor signal coverage-up

● Supports multiple users simultaneously

● Increases voice and data transmission

● Decreases dropped or missed calls

● Easy to set up

● 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


Best Apps to Help Navigate Black Friday

November 21, 2011

Whether you are one of the 212 million who braved last year’s Black Friday aisles or part of the 33.6% who shopped online, these shopping apps are sure to help you hone in on the best deals.

1. TGI Black Friday

TGI Black Friday is currently the highest rated Black Friday app for the Apple iPhone in 2011. The free app allows you to search thousands of Black Friday deals for every major retail store. You can create a personal shopping list and use your iPhone to shop smarter and faster on Black Friday.

  • View Black Friday ads for all major retail stores, with frequent updates. 
  • Download PDF Black Friday Ad Scans
  • Search thousands of Black Friday deals across stores and categories.
  • Create a personal shopping list to check off items as you purchase them on Black Friday.
  • Compare prices for items to confirm you are getting the best deal on Black Friday.
  • Shop online for items that may be available before Black Friday.
  • Instant push notifications when new ads are leaked

2. Aisle 411

We’ve all heard about mad dashes that have occurred during store openings on Black Friday. Aisle 411 gives you an edge with amazing in-store navigation and mapping features that are available at select stores.

Easily find the in-store aisle location of a single item or route your entire shopping list on a mobile map of your store. Or, organize your shopping list by store aisle for a quick and easy shopping trip.

 

3. SnapTell

Not sure if you are getting the best deal? With SnapTell, snap a picture of the cover of any book, DVD, CD, or video game and within seconds get a rating, description and links to Google, YouTube, Wikipedia, IMDb, Barnes & Noble and more. Use this app while shopping in a store to quickly find more information, compare prices, buy the product, or to remember to look at the product later.


4. Discount Calculator

If you are keeping to a budget for holiday shopping or if you are caught up in the excitement of Black Friday or if you just have a temporary brain freeze, the Discount Calculator does the math for you. Created to help shoppers estimate ahead of time how much items will cost and how much will be saved during a sale, Discount Calculator also alleviates buyer’s remorse!

 

Happy Shopping!


Wi-Ex Launches New Commercial Solutions Division Kits

April 19, 2011

Wi-Ex announced today the launch of its new zBoost Commercial Solutions Division (CSD) Kits.   The zBoost CSD Kits provide a complete solution for improving cellular voice and data signal within buildings from 20,000 to 100,000 square feet.  The zBoost CSD Kits are designed to meet the needs of challenging indoor environments as an affordable and uncomplicated solution.

“The phenomenon of cord-cutting is growing quickly in the SMB, making in-building wireless coverage critical for day-to-day operations,” says Timothy Doherty, research analyst for SMB Mobility at IDC. “Thanks to the tremendous growth of individual-liable devices, the average small business depends on several different service providers utilizing different frequencies and technologies; thus, an ideal in-building coverage solution should be technology and device agnostic.”

The kits come in 20,000 and 40,000 square feet packages and provide the key components and design elements to allow professional installation over a wide variety of building conditions. The zBoost CSD kits use a network of active amplifiers and antennas configured to provide optimum signal strength for multiple cellular providers while protecting the integrity of the carrier network using patented technology.

“We hear from our customers every day the importance of a strong cell phone signal.  The zBoost solution helps property managers continue to offer ‘required services – such as a cell phone signal’ to their clients.  We have installed the zBoost products in commercial and residential high-rises in addition to buildings, like medical facilities that have deep interiors,” said Eytan Weiner, COO of Quantum Networks (www.quantum-wireless.com ).  “The zBoost CSD Kits provide installers with an affordable and proven solution for enhancing indoor cell signal for complex indoor environments.”

The Commercial Solution Division Process

The Wi-Ex Commercial Solution Division process provides a step-by-step program to ensure a successfully installed product including: installation survey consultation; site survey; proposal of zBoost CSD Kits; implementation; detailed equipment and schematic list; optimization; plus remote assistance from the Wi-Ex team of experienced wireless design professionals.

“Businesses and our authorized installers have clamored for these kits.  The rapid adoption of smartphones including iPhone and BlackBerry, tablets and other connected devices has caused a shift in the way businesses operate.  Recent reports site that more than 50 percent of cell phone calls are now made in-doors,” said Lloyd R. Meese, CEO of Wi-Ex.  “Our zBoost CSD Kits provide an affordable and effective solution to poor in-door cell phone signal in large spaces allowing users in those areas to stay connected and conduct business as needed.”


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