Monthly Archives: June 2010

  • The Best of Pepcom Digital Experience 2010

    June 30, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    The zBoost METRO:

    The AR.Drone by Parrot:

    Spy Trakr:

  • Apple iPhone 4 launch in NYC

    June 28, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    The Wi-Ex Media team was in New York this week for the New York Digital Experience, which will be recapped in tomorrow's blog.  After the event we decided to walk up to the Apple Flagship store on 5th avenue at Central Park and see how many people were in line to get the iPhone 4. 

    As expected there was a long line of people with police and security people all around.  Not too many TV cameras yet.  We wanted to interview the first person in line but he was sound asleep sprawled out on the concrete like he was sleeping in a king size bed.  The people behind him said he had been there since 9am Monday morning and this was now almost midnight on Wednesday.  That is a true Apple fan.

    Click on the link to see video of the night before the Apple 4 launch.  Also included are interviews with some of the iPhone faithful.

  • Apple iPhone 4 Antenna Problems Confirmed via Tests

    June 25, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    PCMag.com's Mark Hachman reviewed the new iPhone 4, to check out claims that there are reception problems with the newest iPhone.

    Hachman said, "Customers who received the Apple iPhone 4 early   have begun complaining that simply picking up the iPhone 4 and holding it   can send the phone's signal indicator plunging, by several bars. Gizmodo also assembled a number of reader responses that apparently confirmed the signal loss.

     The issue, according to industry executives, is that the iPhone 4 places its antenna on the outside of the case, where merely touching it can theoretically limit its ability to pick up a signal. "Antennas are very sensitive; that's just a fact with all antennas," said Michael Rogers, chief engineer at Wi-EX, a maker of cell-phone signal booster equipment, an industry which would stand to benefit from issues with the iPhone 4's antenna.

    A slight drop in signal, say from four bars to three, wouldn't be enough to affect a cell-phone call or data coverage, Rogers said. But a sharp drop to a single bar of coverage could be enough to lose the signal altogether. Enough margin is built in with data coverage that users may not see a dramatic effect in an area with a strong signal. "But if you're in a fringe area, anything like this means you'll drop more calls," Rogers said".

    Click here to read the full article on PCMag.com.

    Click here to see how a zBoost could fix your iPhone woes!

  • zBoost: The Cell Phone Necessity for Everyone on Your Holiday List

    June 24, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    This Wednesday night, the Wi-Ex team was at Pepcom Digital Experience 2010 in New York, showcasing its 2010 zBoost Your Life Holiday Profiles. The zBoost complete line of award winning consumer cell phone signal boosters, including the recently shipping zBoost-METRO, makes a perfect gift for everyone on your list from the Urban Dwellers to Mobile Mom Managers to Vacation Workers. 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 is already gearing up for the holidays with our Holiday Gift Giving Necessity:
    "From the Digital Diva to the iFamily to the Gadget Grands, cell phones, smart phones and newer connected devices like the iPad are an essential part of our digital lives," said Sharon Cuppett, Wi-Ex vice-president of marketing. "By taking a look at the key technology insights of our target consumers we have been able to connect them with the perfect zBoost solution to fit their needs."

    This holiday season help family, friends and co-workers stay connected at home, in the office or on thego. The zBoost Your Life Holiday Profiles can help connect your wish list with the zBoost fit for their lifestyle.

    The iFamily - The iFamily has lots of gadgets and even gadgets for their gadgets. They use these gadgets to stay connected through voice, texts, social media, pictures and emails. A recent survey found that 75 percent of those ages 12-17 now have cell phones  and a reliable signal is a must to stay on top of everyone's schedules.

    Mobile Mom Manager -More Moms than ever are wielding smart phones and use them as a necessity in their busy lives – 14 percent of Moms with cell phones own a smart phone and they are finding them so useful, that they are the fastest growing market for smart phones.
     
     Wireless Winner- As Generation Y leads the trend of dropping landline phones in favor of cell phones,cell phone signal becomes much more of a necessity rather than a luxury. One in every four households have dropped their landlines and have gone wireless only.
     
    To read more profiles, click here.
     

    iWorker -

    According to the zBoost "State of the Signal Survey" , 45 percent of teleworkers have cell phone signal trouble while teleworking. Cell phones are essential communication tools for teleworkersand when they don't get signal, it makes work even more work. 

     

     

  • First Day of Summer

    June 21, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    Today is the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year.

    To learn more, check out National Geographic's Article: Summer Solstice 2010: Why It's the First Day of Summer: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/06/100621-summer-solstice-2010-first-day-of-summer-longest-year-science/

  • Father’s Day

    June 18, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    Don't forget, Father's Day is this Sunday!

    For a few gadget gift ideas, check out this Gadget Grrl segment with gift ideas for Dad's and Grads this year!

  • Mommy Blog: Screen Time Overload!

    June 15, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    As a PR professional in the world of technology it should be no surprise that my 3 year old son and 8 month old daughter both love my Blackberry.  My son tells me he has to "go online" to look at the latest Thomas the Train items and loves to play games on PBSKids.com. 

    But as a mom, I worry about the amount of time they spend in front of the growing number of screens they are exposed to.  With our son, we didn't let him watch TV at all for the first two years - well except the weekly bribe to cut his fingernails - and now we limit the amount to an hour on most days and a little more on the weekends and when we can get away with it - no TV but that isn't the only screen even in his 3 year old world. Mommy, Daddy and our nanny all have a laptop that he can play games on, look at pictures and he even has his own Skype account so he can talk and see his grandparents.  When I came across this recent survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation, I was shocked at the amount of time spent kids spend in front of screens.

    • Today, 8-18 year-olds devote an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes (7:38) to using entertainment media across a typical day (more than 53 hours a week).  And because they spend so much of that time ‘media multitasking’ (using more than one medium at a time), they actually manage to pack a total of 10 hours and 45 minutes (10:45) worth of media content into those 7½ hours.
    • Cell phones and iPods have become true multi-media devices: in fact, young people now spend more time listening to music, playing games, and watching TV on their cell phones (a total of :49 daily) than they spend talking on them (:33).
    • Time spent with every medium other than movies and print increased over the past five years: :47 a day increase for music/audio, :38 for TV content, :27 for computers, and :24 for video games.  TV remains the dominant type of media content consumed, at 4:29 a day, followed by music/audio at 2:31, computers at 1:29, video games at 1:13, print at :38, and movies at :25 a day.
    • 7th-12th graders report spending an average of 1:35 a day sending or receiving texts. (Time spent texting is not counted as media use in this study.)
    • Only about three in ten young people say they have rules about how much time they can spend watching TV (28%) or playing video games (30%), and 36% say the same about using the computer.  

    Whatever happened to the days of jumping on your bike and heading out to play with your friends? I guess today's generation would rather jump online to a social networking site while playing a video game online with their friends about bike riding :)

    Following is the full press release if you want to read more: http://www.kff.org/entmedia/entmedia012010nr.cfm

  • Happy Flag Day

    June 14, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    Every year, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14th. To learn a little more about this U.S. holiday, I turned to HolidayInsights.com:

    Flag Day, is a day for all Americans to celebrate and show respect for our flag, its designers and makers. Our flag is representative of our independence and our unity as a nation.....one nation, under God, indivisible. Our flag has a proud and glorious history. It was at the lead of every battle fought by Americans. Many people have died protecting it. It even stands proudly on the surface of the moon. As Americans, we have every right to be proud of our culture, our nation, and our flag. So raise the flag today and every day with pride!

    How To Properly Display Our Flag

     There is a right way and a wrong way to display the flag. The American flag should be held in the highest of regards. It represents our nation and the many people who gave their lives for our country and our flag. Here are the basics on displaying the American flag:

    •  The flag is normally flown from sunrise to sunset. In the morning, raise the flag briskly.
    • At sunset, lower it slowly. Always, raise and lower it ceremoniously.
    • The flag should not be flown at night without a light on it.
    • The flag should not be flown in the rain or inclement weather.
    • After a tragedy or death, the flag is flown at half staff for 30 days. It's called "half staff" on land ,and "half mast" on a ship.
    • When flown vertically on a pole, the stars and blue field , or "union", is at the top and at the end of the pole (away from your house).
    • The American flag is always flown at the top of the pole. Your state flag and other flags fly below it. The union is always on top. When displayed in print, the stars and blue field are always on the left.
    • Never let your flag touch the ground, never...period.
    • Fold your flag when storing. Don't just stuff it in a drawer or box.
    • When your flag is old and has seen better days, it is time to retire it. Old flags should be burned or buried. Please do not throw it in the trash.

    Did you Know? There is a very special ceremony for retiring the flag by burning it. It is a ceremony everyone should see. Your local Boy Scout group knows the proper ceremony and performs it on a regular basis. If you have an old flag, give it to them. And, attend the ceremony. 

    Famous Flag People:

    • Betsy Ross was a seamstress who made clothes for George Washington. In June, 1776, Washington approached her to make the country's first flag and the rest is history.
    • Francis Scott Key Inspired by the British bombardment of Fort McHenry, Francis Scott Key penned the lyrics to our national anthem as he witnessed the event as British rockets whizzed in the air while our American Flag flew in the breeze.

    Did you Know? If you like to study flags, then you are a Vexillologist!

    All information from: http://www.holidayinsights.com/other/flagday.htm

  • iPhone 4 Introduction on June 28, preorder on June 15

    June 11, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    This week Apple introduced the iPhone 4.  I know of at least two people who will preorder their phone on June 15th and for the rest of us the iPhone 4 will be in stores on June 24th.  If you are thinking about upgrading your iPhone but not sure if you qualify for an upgrade you can text *639# and get an instant response on your eligibility.

    Some of the most significant changes are the thinner frame, high resolution screen, improved camera, HD video recording, video calling and longer battery life.  For the specifics, refer to this chart prepared by Engadget that compares the differences between the iPhone 3Gs and the iPhone 4.

    iPhone 4

    iPhone 3GS

    Price (on contract) $199 16GB, $299 32GB $99 8GB
    Processor Apple A4 600MHz, Cortex-A8 architecture
    Display 3.5-inch IPS 960 x 640 3.5-inch 480 x 320, no IPS
    Primary camera 5 megapixel AF with flash 3 megapixel AF
    Secondary camera VGA No
    Video recording 720p at 30fps, optional iMovie VGA at 30fps, basic editing capabilities built-in
    Cellular Quadband GSM, pentaband HSPA Quadband GSM, triband HSPA
    WiFi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g
    Orientation sensing Accelerometer, compass, gyroscope Accelerometer, compass
    FaceTime video calling Yes No
    SIM standard Micro SIM SIM
    Battery life Up to 7 hours talk time on 3G, 14 hours on 2G

    Up to 10 hours data on WiFi

    Up to 40 hours audio

    Up to 10 hours video

    Up to 5 hours talk time / data on 3G, 12 hours on 2G

    Up to 9 hours data on WiFi

    Up to 30 hours audio

    Up to 10 hours video

    Weight 137 grams / 4.8 oz. 135 grams / 4.76 oz.
    Dimensions 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm 115.5 x 62.1 x 12.3mm

    For additional information, please see the Huntington Post article, Apple iPhone 4 Features: 15 Things You NEED To Know About The New iPhone by Catharine Smith.

    If you've never experienced an iPhone, it might just be the time to make the switch.

  • Mom to Bed by 8 zBoost Giveaway

    June 9, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    Mom to Bed by 8 blogger, Momma Teri reviewed the zBoost YX510 Dual Band, and is doing a sweepstakes on her blog to win a free zBoost!

    Momma Teri's review of the zBoost YX510:

    “To test the zBoost:  I used the Droid. Signal strength on both the first and second floor was checked during this time. We had an average signal of -98dBm. FYI - the lower the number the better signal you have. Around -100dBm you start to have dropped calls, which I was very close to almost everywhere in our home.  I then plugged in the zBoost and watched it startup and the lights go green letting me know I was now connected with my phone. This took seconds to be up and running. To my surprise the signal strength went from 1x service to 3G service in my home. Occasionally we see a 3G signal outdoors but, never inside the house. After, checking signal strength throughout the house I was now avg. -72dBm on the first floor and -79dBm on the second.  Not to mention we still had -75dBm in my basement. This is amazing since we previously had no service in that area of our home before.

    The zBoost uses a simple idea of basically taking the signal you would receive outside and pumping it inside your home. Setup was fast, simple and easy. There is no programming or settings to mess with. Just plug it in and you are done. I had expected a little improvement but, not this much. Plus, getting 3G in my home was a plus. I normally use WIFI to connect at home but this has already been a life saver when internet went out for a couple of hours. I would have to say if you are like me and only seem to have good service outside then this would fix that. I have already told several co-workers of mine who have the same issues with cell service and see this as the best solution out there.

    How to Enter Mom to Bed by 8’s zBoost Giveaway:

    One lucky Mom to Bed by 8 reader will receive a zBoost Dual Band for Home or Office from Wi-Ex (RV$399).

    The Giveaway runs until June 16th, 2010. Here is how to enter:

    • Visit the zBoost website and tell me something you learned about the zBoost or Wi-Ex.
    • This is mandatory and must be completed for this and any other entries to be counted.

    EARN Extra Entries Here:

    1. Like zBoost on Facebook (plz leave your fb name in comment)

    2. Follow Wi-Ex on Twitter

    3. Tweet this (can be done 3x's a day - must be at least an hour apart)

    #Cellphone connection suck? You need a zBoost! Enter to #Win a Dual Band (RV$399) from @Wi_Ex and @strawberrykidss http://bit.ly/bqeCqv #RT

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