Monthly Archives: March 2010

  • Fun in Las Vegas

    March 31, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    Wi-Ex had a great business week at CTIA but we thought it would be fun to share some of the sights that caught our eye in Vegas. 
     
    First on the list is the fabulous indoor garden at the Bellagio Hotel.  This week it was extra special with beautiful spring flowers including hundreds of tulips, hyacinths, gerber daisies, poppies and snails made out of roses. 

     


    The Bellagio is also a night time favorite with their amazing fountains that are choreographed to move to favorites songs like Singing in the Rain and God Bless America.  
     

     

    Another favorite sight is the Eiffel Tower at the Paris Hotel.

    While on the CTIA trade show floor we were excited to see Shaun White, the 1/2 pipe, snow boarding, Olympic Gold Medalist.

    Skull Candy, the head phone company, also had a DJ and a rapper to entertain the crowd.  The rapper made up rhymes about people passing by and what they were doing or carrying.

  • Cybersecurity Report 2010

    March 30, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    Wi-Ex was featured in this year's Cybersecurity Report from the Washington Post. Our CEO, Lloyd R. Meese was also featured on their panel of experts!

    As a leader in wireless communications, we know firsthand the impact poor in-door cell phone signal has on today’s mobile consumer especially when it comes to personal safety and emergencies. According to our zBoost “State of the cell Signal” Survey, commissioned by Wi-ex , and conducted by Harris Interactive, nearly 70 percent of cell phone owners consider their cell phone their essential communications tool and 67 percent of owners experience problems with their cell phone signal at home.

    With an increasing number of Americans opting to drop their landline and relying solely on their mobile phones, a reliable in-door cell phone signal is essential. Our products can help in a variety of areas for both personal and public safety including disaster areas, campuses, health care facility, safety and emergency vehicles, as well as public parking decks. Often in disaster areas a cell phone is the only communication to the outside world. Our customers and dealers have shared their stories from using the zBoost to stay connected following hurricanes to most recently our dealer, Quantum Wireless, using a zBoost connected to a wind turbine during a mission to Haiti. Our zBoost products can help cell phone users stay connected during these difficult times.

    Click here to read the complete section from the Washington Post.

  • CTIA 2010 Pictures

    March 25, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    Here are some pictures from the International CTIA Wireless 2010 Show in Las Vegas!

    The team at our booth.

    Our CEO, Lloyd talking to the Gadget Guy.

    Some pictures of the booth during the show:

    The PR/Marketing team at Pepcom

  • Wi-Ex launches the zBoost-Metro at CTIA!

    March 24, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    Wi-Ex, the leading provider of consumer cell phone signal boosters for the home, office and on the go, announced today the launch of the dual-band zBoost-METRO at the International CTIA Wireless 2010 show. Showcased in booth 6015 and at Pepcom's Digital Experience, the zBoost-METRO is the first consumer based cell phone signal booster designed to meet the needs of the urban dwellers including condos, apartments and other single-story living areas.

    The zBoost-METRO is a single room cell phone signal booster that requires no external access for the receiving antenna and no vertical separation. The zBoost-METRO is dual band (800MHz and 1900 MHz) and allows consumers to take full advantage of voice, data and Internet services on their mobile phones including 3G high-speed data and video, instant messaging, pictures and more - at home or in their personal workspace.

     

  • zBoost “State of the Cell Signal” Survey Reveals 45 Percent of Teleworkers Have Experienced Problems with Their Cell Phone Service While Working from Home

    March 23, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    According to the annual zBoost "State of the Cell Signal" Survey, commissioned by Wi-Ex, the leading provider of consumer cell phone signal boosters for the home, office and car, and conducted by Harris Interactive®, 45 percent of teleworkers have experienced problems with their cell phone service while teleworking.  The survey updates released today at the International CTIA Wireless 2010 show, fielded December 8 – 10, 2009 via Harris’ online omnibus survey, also revealed that 63 percent of teleworkers consider their cell phone extremely or very important to successful teleworking and 30 percent consider their PDA or smartphone including Blackberry and iPhone extremely or very important to successful teleworking.

    Come visit Wi-Ex at CTIA booth 6015 or at CTIA's Pepcom's Digital Experience, and see how the zBoost line allows consumers to take full advantage of voice, data and Internet services on their mobile phones including 3G high-speed data and video, instant messaging, pictures and more - at home, in your personal workspace, in the office or on the go in the U.S and abroad.

  • Wi-Ex at CTIA 2010!

    March 19, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    Come visit us at booth 6015 at CTIA in Las Vegas!

    Wi-Ex will be introducing a new product at CTIA this year, as well as showcasing the product line!

  • Site of the Week: Dial Idol

    March 18, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    For those of you who are American Idol fanatics like some of us at Wi-Ex, Dial Idol might be a fun tool for you and your friends to use this season for making predictions on the winner.

    Dial Idol is a website that uses your modem to call into American Idol and records the results o for each contestant. It runs under the assumption that each call that goes through is a vote. For contestants’ numbers who have a busy signal, the system assumes that there is a higher volume of calls for that contestant, giving them more votes. Dial Idol uses this busy/vote ratio to make a prediction for the rankings of American Idol during each voting night.

    While this website isn’t exact, it does provide a little insight into who is the most in-demand idol, and can help your own predictions for American Idol!

  • Happy St. Patrick's Day!

    March 17, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    On St. Patrick's Day, it doesn't matter if you're Irish or not, most of us like to wear a little green and get in the spirit of this holiday. Do you know why you're celebrating? Here are a few facts from history.com about St. Patrick's Day.

    St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17, his religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over a thousand years. On St. Patrick's Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink and feast—on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage.

    The First Parade

     The first St. Patrick's Day parade took place not in Ireland but in the United States. Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City on March 17, 1762. Along with their music, the parade helped the soldiers reconnect with their Irish roots, as well as fellow Irishmen serving in the English army.

    In 1848, several New York Irish Aid societies decided to unite their parades to form one New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade. Today, that parade is the world's oldest civilian parade and the largest in the United States, with over 150,000 participants.

     Each year, nearly three million people line the 1.5-mile parade route to watch the procession, which takes more than five hours. Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and Savannah also celebrate the day with parades involving between 10,000 and 20,000 participants.

    Wearing of the Green Goes Global

     Today, St. Patrick's Day is celebrated by people of all backgrounds in the United States, Canada and Australia. Although North America is home to the largest productions, St. Patrick's Day has been celebrated in other locations far from Ireland, including Japan, Singapore and Russia.

    In modern-day Ireland, St. Patrick's Day has traditionally been a religious occasion. In fact, up until the 1970s, Irish laws mandated that pubs be closed on March 17. Beginning in 1995, however, the Irish government began a national campaign to use St. Patrick's Day as an opportunity to drive tourism and showcase Ireland to the rest of the world. Last year, close to one million people took part in Ireland's St. Patrick's Festival in Dublin, a multi-day celebration featuring parades, concerts, outdoor theater productions and fireworks shows.

  • 10 Seasonal Allergies Tips

    March 16, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    Now that we have sprung forward the clocks, it's also time for the pollen to spring forth through the environment.  Does your throat feel scratchy, is pressure building in your head or did you wake up with a headache and just want to stay in bed? 

    As a chronic sinus sufferer that has been through two sinus surgeries, let me tell you the tips and tricks that I have found to prevent the misery of seasonal allergies and the possible end result, the dreaded sinus infection. 

    1) Watch the trees and bushes in the spring to look for the first signs of green leaves.  Once spotted, begin taking Claritin or Zyrtec on a daily basis. These are antihistamines that blocks the histamines created in your body that causes sneezing, itching, watery eyes and sinus pressure.  Of course always consult your doctor before you begin taking new medicines. 

    2) Sleep at night with your head raised.  A wedge pillow underneath you regular pillow will keep your head up and your sinuses draining through the night. 

    3) Keep windows closed and attic fans off to prevent pollen from entering your home.   

    4) If still congested first thing in the morning, take a hot shower and let the steam open up your sinuses.  If that's not enough then boil a pan of water, turn off the fire, put your head over the pan with a towel over your head creating a tent and deep breathe in the steam.  This also loosens up your sinus congestion.  You can do this several times a day based on need. 

    5) Use aerosol saline sinus spray, such as Simply Saline. Use the aerosol spray at least twice a day to keep the lining of your sinuses and nose moist.  Not only does this help with seasonal allergies but it also helps prevent germs from entering your body, especially when you are in an enclosed environment like a plane, school or office.  The spray is best immediately after showering when your sinuses are most open. 

    6) Avoid doing outside activities from 5-10 am when pollen counts are there highest.  They are lower in the afternoon and after a rain shower. 

    7) Avoid line drying your clothes.  They will be covered with pollen when you bring them indoors. 

    8) Pets such as cats and dogs can also bring pollen into the house.  Give them a quick wipe down before petting them, allowing them on the furniture or on your lap. 

    9) For sore throats gargle with warm salt water. 

    10) If you have been sick for several days, go to see your doctor.

  • Daylight Savings Time Begins This Weekend

    March 12, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    One of the first signs of spring is the arrival of Daylight Saving Time. Remember to move your clocks forward by one hour this weekend. On Saturday night before heading to bed be sure to change your clock or you will be running an hour behind for all of your Sunday activities.

    In the olden days, the extra hour of daylight was used for farm work but if you have your chores done, use your extra hour taking a long walk with a friend or loved one.

    The following excerpt regarding Daylight Saving Time was taken from About.com:Geography. For more information click on the following link:

    http://geography.about.com/cs/daylightsavings/a/dst.htm

    This Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 2 a.m., Daylight Saving Time begins in the United States.

    Every spring we move our clocks one hour ahead and "lose" an hour during the night and each fall we move our clocks back one hour and "gain" an extra hour. The phrase "Spring forward, Fall back" helps people remember how Daylight Saving Time affects their clocks. At 2 a.m. on the second Sunday in March, we set our clocks forward one hour ahead of Standard Time ("spring forward"). We "Fall back" at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday in November by setting our clock back one hour and thus returning to Standard Time.

    The change to Daylight Saving Time allows us to use less energy in lighting our homes by taking advantage of the longer and later daylight hours. Daylight Saving Time was instituted in the United States during World War I in order to save energy for war production by taking advantage of the later hours of daylight between April and October. During World War II the federal government again required the states to observe the time change. Between the wars and after World War II, states and communities chose whether or not to observe Daylight Saving Time. In 1966, Congress passed the Uniform Time Act, which standardized the length of Daylight Saving Time.

    Daylight Saving Time is four weeks longer since 2007 due to the passage of the Energy Policy Act in 2005. The Act extended Daylight Saving Time by four weeks from the second Sunday of March to the first Sunday of November, with the hope that it would save 10,000 barrels of oil each day through reduced use of power by businesses during daylight hours.

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