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  • Interesting Thanksgiving Facts

    November 24, 2014 - Leave a Comment

    The first Thanksgiving took place in 1621, and was to celebrate the first successful harvest by the pilgrims.  It was a 3 day festival which included eating, hunting and entertainment.  The Indians came and brought with them 5 deer.  The menu did not include turkey, potatoes or pumpkin pie but rather venison, indian corn, fowl and barley.

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    More than one hundred years later on Thursday, November 26, 1789, President George Washington announced the first National Thanksgiving Holiday.

    Thanksgiving did not become an annual tradition until the 19th century.  An American writer, Sara Josepha Hale led the charge to make Thanksgiving a national holiday.  She worked hard for 30 years. She also published recipes for turkey, pumpkin pie and stuffing which became common menu items of the present day feast.

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  • Black Friday, Black Thursday or Black November?

    November 17, 2014 - Leave a Comment

    Black Friday has traditionally been the official start of holiday shopping with fabulous deals for brave consumers who wait in lines early in the morning and fight (sometimes literally) for the best deals. Lately though, black friday has been expanded to start earlier.  Some sales begin on Thanksgiving day, some earlier in the week, and some even earlier during the month of November.Free Black Friday

    Black Friday is "more of an idea than a single-day event anymore," says Calvin Silva, lead retail analyst at Nasdaq Advisory Services.

    We are seeing earlier and earlier deals for consumers. With on-line shopping available 24/7, brick and mortar stores feel the pressure to compete. So how does the consumer know the best time and place to begin their holiday shopping and get the best deals?

    Fortunately, there are a number of sites and apps to assist you.  Kaitlyn Wells of Techlicious outlines these in Get the Best Price with These Shopping Sites & Apps. To see all of her tips click here.  Some of the tips include: Continue reading

  • Holiday Travel Gadgets

    November 11, 2014 - Leave a Comment

    Many of us travel over the holidays.  Some of us travel to visit with family, others travel to get away for a family destination spot.  No matter where your travels take you, you may just want to take along some cool travel gadgets.

    When traveling by car or RV be sure to stay connected with zBoost's Mobile1.  Unfortunately, there are many cell signal dead zones across America, making the zBoost's Mobile1 cell phone signal booster a necessity for keeping drivers connected to family, work and emergency personnel while on the road. Mobile1 hi def image

    Additionally, Techlicious' Natasha Stoke recently outlined some cool travel gadgets to take along on your travels in 8 Great Travel Gadgets.  Some of her picks are described below:

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    • ChargeAll Portable Wall Outlet - This comes in two sizes.  The larger one stores 18,000mAH and weighs 5 pounds.  It provides a socket for charging larger devices, and two USB ports for charging smartphones, tablets, and  cameras. The smaller version is slightly larger than an iPhone5, and can store 12,000mAh of power.

    • Netatmo June UV Exposure Bracelet - If you are heading to sunny skies, this gadget measures the sun levels you’re exposing yourself to and sends alerts to your iPhone.   A UV sensor is located under a plastic jewel and reads the current conditions outside.  It compares your personal data (skin tone, eye & hair color)  to determine an relevant recommendation for you.

    • The Lock Box - If you need a safe place to keep your keys, license, or other small items, this credit-card-sized box with a combination lock is perfect and can be attached under your car.

    • Luggage Tracker - Luggage trackers can be placed into checked bags and if lost, the location can be sent to you via your phone.  Trakdot and LugLoc are two options to consider.

    To see all the recommended gadgets click here.

     

     

  • Public WiFi Networks - Protect Your Privacy

    November 5, 2014 - Leave a Comment

    We are accustomed to always having access to the internet.  Often when we are at the airport, coffee shop, or other "free WiFi" spot, we forget that when on a public WiFi network, we are "public."

    Elizabeth Harper of Techlicious recently  wrote How to Protect Your Privacy on Public WiFi Networks.  She consulted with Con Mallon, a mobility expert with Symantec about the security issues on public Wi-Fi.  

     

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    Harper describes that using public WiFi can expose your personal information and passwords.  "Honeypots" can be set up by thieves to try to attract individuals to jump onto their sites thereby giving them access to all data that you send.  Hijacking is another potential threat where your open session can be taken over, or your browser cookies (which recognize who you are) can be stolen.   However, if caution is used, you can protect yourself.  Some of the precautions that you can take include:

    • Make sure that your computer, tablet or smartphone does not automatically connect to unknown WiFi networks.
    • Make sure you connect to sites via HTTPS.  This will protect what you send and receive from a website  (check the address bar of your browser)
    • If you want to encrypt all of your data, use a VPN service such as Witopia.net or StronVPN.com.  There is a fee for this service.

    Please read the entire article including the additional safeguards you should take here.

  • Halloween Fun At zBoost!

    October 31, 2014 - Leave a Comment

    Lots of fun today at the zBoost Halloween Costume Luncheon!

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  • Halloween Tech Fun

    October 27, 2014 - Leave a Comment

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    Halloween is just around the corner. Aside from all the candy and goodies, decorations and parties, there's plenty of fun technology to explore. Mashable's Rebecca Levey recently shared in 5 Halloween Tech Tricks and Treats to keep your kids  (or you) entertained.  

     

    • PicMonkey - A free photo collage-based app that uses creative tools for photo editing and graphic design.  They have a Halloween feature that lets you or your kids change photos into zombies, vampires or other scary creatures.

    • Ghost Radar App - A free application designed to detect paranormal activity for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPads. Ghost Radar attempts to detect paranormal activity by using various sensors on the device on which it is running.

    • Pumpkin Pops - Free popping strategy game for pumpkin lovers.

    To see all of Levey's Tech Tricks and Treats click here

  • Karen Reynolds shares the zBoost solution on Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline

    October 22, 2014 - Leave a Comment

    zBoost was recently featured on Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline.  Karen Reynolds, President of zBoost had the opportunity to share the zBoost solution for dropped, missed and choppy voice calls as well as slow data. Featured were the new zBoost CONNECT-ALL zBoost TRIO SOHO, and the zBoost Mobile1.

    To see the zBoost product spotlight on Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline click here 057 - Copy 072 074

  • Apple Pay Now Available

    October 21, 2014 - Leave a Comment

    With the release of iOS 8.1 by Apple, you can now begin using Apple Pay with your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. Apple Pay is the new NFC mobile payment feature for the new iPhones.  You can also use the app features with the new iPad Air 2 and also the iPad mini 3.  However, the iPad devices can not be used in stores for purchases.

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    Fox Van Allen with Techlicious recently described the steps to get Apple Pay up and running on your new iPhone in:  iOS 8.1: How to Get Started with Apple Pay.  Van Allen lists 4 steps including:

     

    • Download and Install iOS 8.1 - connect  to Wi-Fi and install iOS 8.1 by tapping Settings, then General, then Software Update.

     

    • Add Your Card Account to Apple Pay - enter the Passbook app. and agree to allow Passbook to access your location. Then tap the new “Set Up Apple Pay” link under the section titled Credit and Debit Cards. You will need to enter your Apple ID and password. Choose the debit or credit card that you wish to be connected, the simplest option is to choose the card you already have associated with iTunes. Also, if your bank is fully supporting Apple Pay, you can see and review your recent transactions through Passbook.

     

    • Use Apple Pay in Stores -  Many major retailers are available for Apple Pay including Macy's, Chevron, Office Depot, McDonalds, Sports Authority and Walgreens.  When you are ready to pay, tell the cashier that you wish to pay with Apple Pay.

     

    To read all the details and steps for setting up and using Apple Pay, see the entire article at http://www.techlicious.com/tip/apple-pay-nfc-mobile-payments-how-to-guide/

     

     

  • Karen Reynolds Among Finalists For Women In Technology's 2014 Women Of The Year In Technology Award

    October 13, 2014 - Leave a Comment

    Women in Technology (WIT) announced the nine finalists for its 2014 Women of the Year in Technology Awards.  Karen Reynolds, President of zBoost, was selected as one of the top three nominees in the Emerging/Small Business category.

    Karen Reynolds_jpgUnder her leadership, zBoost cell phone signal boosters expanded into new markets and increased sales by more than 35%.  As President and CFO of zBoost, formerly Wi-Ex, Karen Reynolds has immersed herself in the technology, manufacturing and business aspects of the wireless industry.  Reynolds brings over 25 years of operational, financial and consulting experience in service, technology, distribution and manufacturing industries for entrepreneurial-based and fast-growing companies. Reynolds has become a pioneer in the wireless industry.

    The FCC Report and Order “Improving Wireless Coverage for Consumers through the Use of Signal Boosters,” which was issued last year and in which more stringent technical standards for cellular signal boosters were adopted is an endorsement of the growing need for cellular signal boosters; Reynolds was instrumental in briefing the FCC commissioners regarding the industry. More than one Commissioner commented on the rarity of being briefed by a woman in the wireless industry.

    “We couldn’t be prouder that Karen has been recognized by Women in Technology,” said Robert Van Buskirk, President and CEO of Wilson Electronics, LLC, parent company of zBoost. “We already recognize her contributions at Wilson Electronics and are fortunate to have her leading the zBoost division of our business.”

    Each year, WIT recognizes the accomplishments of Georgia’s top women leaders in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and the impact they’ve made in their communities.  Only three finalists from each category, representing Small/Emerging, Medium/Mid-Size and Large/Enterprise businesses, are selected.

    The winners of each category will be announced at the Women of the Year in Technology Awards gala and dinner on Thursday, November 13, 2014, at the Georgia Aquarium.

    Presented by Infor, the Women of the Year in Technology Awards is also sponsored by a host of other companies.  For more information about sponsorship opportunities, click here.

    For more information about the awards, visit www.mywit.org/WOTY.

  • Fixing Default Settings on your iPhone

    October 9, 2014 - Leave a Comment

    You may love your iPhone, most do, however there are some default setting that are annoying and you can change that.  Jason O. Gilbert of Yahoo Tech writes in 8 Annoying iPhone Default Settings (and How to Fix Them), some of the ways to make your phone work better for you.

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    1. Stop telling people your email is “Sent from my iPhone.” - You may or may not want the recipient of your email to know if you are in your office or out and about.  To change the default, go into Settings, then Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and then scroll down until you see Signature. Tap that, tap the white box, and then delete those words until the box is blank.  Or you can write your own clever signature in the box.

    2. Give yourself a distinctive ringtone. - Every iPhone owner has the same options for ring tones.  When you are out, it is sometimes hard to distinguish who's getting a call or message.  Make yours unique.  Go to Settings, then Sounds, and then open up each sound that you wish to make your own, under Sounds and Vibration Patterns and choose something that is not so ordinary for your sound effects.

    3. Put all your Apple apps into their own folder. - Some of the apps on your iPhone can not be deleted.  Even the ones that you never use, are there to stay.  By putting them all in a folder makes your screen less cluttered and unused apps are out of the way. Hold your finger down on one of the apps you want to hide until it starts shaking. Then drag it on top of another app you want to hide. This will form a folder. Continue to drag  all the apps you don’t want into that folder.

    4. Make sure those apps don’t eat your data. - You can choose to disable data usage over cellular networks for certain apps, so that they’ll connect to the Internet only over WiFi, where they won’t use your data. Go into Settings, then Cellular, and then flick the green switch off for any app you don’t want to use over your 3G or 4G.  Additionally you can choose which of your apps automatically update on the background of your phone by going to, General, Background App Refresh.

    To read about all of the 8 settings and the easy way to fix each, go to https://www.yahoo.com/tech/8-annoying-iphone-default-settings-and-how-to-fix-99405784404.html?soc_src=mags

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