Monthly Archives: May 2011

  • All New for 1986! Oprah and the Mobile Phone

    May 25, 2011 - Leave a Comment

    Today is the last airing of the Oprah show. I have followed Oprah since her launch way back in September of 1986. I thought it would be fun to see what cell phones looked like 25 years ago. Once I began my research, I realized that 1986 was the year the car/mobile phone was launched.

    See this great You Tube video introducing the mobile phone way back in 1986.

    All New for 1986! Mobile Phones!
    The price was staggering at $3300. and the size was bulky at 15oz to over 2 lbs.but as we can attest it was the only the beginning.

    Oprah, It's been a great 25 years and I know many of us will miss you. I also want to give a shout out and best wishes to our dear friend Kate!

  • CNN: "New 'iPhone 4S' might come to Sprint, T-Mobile"

    May 19, 2011 - Leave a Comment

    (CNN) -- Maybe the hotly anticipated iPhone 5 won't be an iPhone 5 at all.

    But it might be available on more carriers.

    The emerging theory, based on reports from industry analysts, is that the next model of Apple's smartphone will be called the iPhone 4S and be an update of the current model, not a radical advance.

    Multiple sites this weekend were citing a report by Peter Misek, an analyst with Jefferies & Co.

    "According to our industry checks, the device should be called iPhone 4S and include minor cosmetic changes, better cameras, A5 dual-core processor, and HSPA+ support," Misek wrote in a report Friday.

    Other analysts have offered similar predictions.

    But Misek also wrote that Sprint, T-Mobile and China Mobile will be added as iPhone carriers, citing more "industry checks."

    The A5 dual-core processor is the same one that's in the iPad 2. A dual-core processor is considered faster at running two programs at once than the single-core A4 processor in the iPhone 4.

    The term "HSPA+ is a reference to high-speed processing. The phone reportedly will not utilize long-term evolution (LTE) technology, which is frequently marketed as 4G coverage.

    The reports, and speculation, come as Apple's traditional iPhone freshen-up approaches.

    Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference begins June 6. That's been used as Apple's launching pad for the latest iPhone the past few years, but Apple has suggested the event will focus almost exclusively on software this year.

    The tech-community's hunch is that a new iPhone will be unveiled in the fall and rolled out in time for the holidays.

  • Mommy Blog: Zazoo Kids Alarm Clock

    May 16, 2011 - Leave a Comment

    As a mom to a 4 year old and 18 month old, sleep is a precious commodity in our house. Now our daughter can't get out of the crib ...yet so she is there until we go to get her but our 4 year old on the other hand has his moments. For the most part both are amazing sleepers but he goes through spells of getting up and since he can't tell time just yet he goes by whether it is dark or light or a potty call or he "got scared Mommy".  This alarm clock sounds like the perfect gift for him.   Maybe it will work and maybe not but I think a few extra minutes of sleep are worth the cost.

    http://gadgetwise.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/22/longer-sleep-for-your-children-and-you/?nl=technology&emc=cta4

  • INC. Magazine: The World's Coolest Home Offices

    May 13, 2011 - Leave a Comment

     
    Creative Geometry
    Could you work in a stucco-and-wood-frame garage? Working a muted color palette and a floor plan that engages in some creative geometry, architect Philip Tusa transformed this storage area in upstate New York into a sophisticated library and home office.
     

     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Bookshelves to Die For
    Vertical bookshelves line the walls, and a diagonal staircase leads to a horizontal catwalk overhead. A white translucent pleated shade controls solar glare for the large work surface. The Hudson River Studio was built with a number of recycled materials.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    A Treehouse for One
    What nature lover (or child-at-heart entrepreneur) wouldn't want to set up a home office in a treehouse? Sure, this elevated lair in Los Angeles is tiny—170 square feet in all—but it's efficiently designed, and the deep-oiled cedar siding and mahogany windows are lovely.

     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Playful Yet Professional
    Rockefeller Partners Architects, Christopher Kempel, Rocky Rockefeller, and Brian Pera designed the Banyon Drive Treehouse, which sits 12-feet above the ground. And as for the tree, it is a sturdy pine.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Playing the Angles
    Utilizing the foundation and walls from an existing sunroom, this budget-minded Nashville home office rises on angle-bracket shapes. Translucent siding floods the space with warm light during the day, and transmits passive heating while maintaining privacy.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Bright Lights, Little Office
     In designing the Elkins Studio—part of a larger renovation project to the adjacent home—the architect, Ryan Thewes, was careful to create a design that would stand out, while also fitting comfortably in to the surrounding residential neighborhood.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
  • "Consumers Overwhelmed by Increased Volume of Local Deals"

    May 10, 2011 - Leave a Comment

    Microsoft commissioned a recent  Bing/Impulse Research survey, investigating the new coupon craze that has been so prevalent lately. As a subscriber to Groupon, Living Social, Half Off Depot, ScoutMob and many others.. I can attest that it is sometimes quite overwhelming to open your email box and see deals flashing in front of you.

    Some of the findings in this report that I found interesting:

    The Numbers Behind the Deals Craze

    • Everyone loves a good deal. Approximately half (47 percent) of adults surveyed said they use more local deals and coupons than last year.

     

    • People are struggling to manage their deals
      • Sixty-three percent of adults will search two to 10 different coupon sources every week, and 11 percent will search through more than 10 sources.
      • Nearly 50 percent of adults surveyed will spend more than 15 minutes each week searching for deals, with almost one-quarter of adults surveyed spending between 30 and 60 minutes on the hunt.

     

    • Deals just might get you that second date. Ninety percent of women said they would go on a second date with someone who paid for dinner with a coupon.

     

    • Vacation deals or bust. Nearly 80 percent of people said they were likely to pick their summer vacation destination based on whether they could find a deal or redeem a coupon to save money.

     

    • Moms live for good deals.
      • Eighty-one percent of moms will search multiple sources every week in their effort to find coupons and local deals.
      • When it comes to moms versus women in general, moms are approximately twice as likely to search 10 or more coupon sources every week.
      • Single moms lead the pack in frugality, with 96 percent saying they are "coupon believers," compared with 92 percent of adults overall.

    To read the whole release, click here.

  • Disaster Relief: Seven Ways to Help Tornado Victims

    May 4, 2011 - Leave a Comment

    The death toll from the catastrophic tornadoes in the South has
    climbed to more than 340, with thousands injured, homeless, without
    power or clean water. How can we harness the power of social media to
    help?

    One of the best things you can do is use Twitter and Facebook to
    spread the word about places to donate and how to help. Here’s a list
    of ways to help get you started:

    The Red Cross has two shelters set up in Tuscaloosa, temporary homes
    to 240 people so far. The relief organization provided meals for more
    than 600 people on Friday and is requesting more financial support.
    Donate to the Red Cross online RedCross.org, text REDCROSS to 90999 to
    donate $10, or call 1-800-REDCROSS to give money or
    schedule a blood donation.

    The Salvation Army has spread out all over the South, helping with
    sustenance for tornado survivors in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and
    Tennessee. Donate on the Salvation Army’s website at
    salvationarmyusa.org. Text “GIVE” to 80888 to make a $10 donation, or
    you can call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)

    Save the Children is providing food, doctors and education for kids,
    and the organization is accepting donations at the Save the Children
    website. The organization will also accept donations by phone at 800
    728-3843 during business hours.

    World Vision, a Christian humanitarian group, focuses on children,
    aiming to lessen the emotional shock from the devastating tornado
    outbreak. Find out more or donate at the World Vision website, or call
    1-866-56-CHILD

    Catholic Charities are accepting donations for tornado victims at the
    Catholic Charities website, or you can donate by calling
    1-800-919-9338

    Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund is accepting donations on its
    website, requesting donations by credit card or check.

    Post found items to Facebook: Patty Bouillon started a Facebook page
    containing found pictures and items that were blown by the tornadoes.
    She started that page after finding pictures and documents in her
    neighborhood that were blown all the way from Smithville, Mississippi,
    a town located 100 miles to the Southwest of her home. If you live
    near the disaster area and find photos, mementos or other items, scan
    them or take photos of them and post them to the Facebook page she
    created specifically for this purpose, entitled “Pictures and
    Documents Found after the April 27, 2011 Tornadoes“. There are now
    more than 600 photos and items on the page, with 40 of them already
    identified.

    Please, pick your favorite charity, let us know in the comments of
    other organizations that are helping the South’s tornado survivors,
    and post on Facebook and tweet the information of your choice far and
    wide. This is the second-worst storm in recorded history, and people
    are suffering right now. We need to help them.

  • We asked our fellow Wi-Ex'ers: "What's Your Favorite App?"

    May 2, 2011 - Leave a Comment

    Since the Wi-Ex zBoost is a Gadget-for-your-Gadget, we're pretty into our smartphones over here at Wi-Ex. Here are some of our favorite Apps for our smartphones!

     Frankie, Sales.  iPhone -- Couch to 10K

     Bethany, Marketing. iPhone -- Words with Friends

    Kate, Marketing.  Blackberry Tour -- Pandora

    Julie, Marketing.  Blackberry Curve -- Scoutmob

    Lloyd, CEO. iPhone -- New Pro-Thomson Reuters and Red Laser

    Desiree, Sales. Droid Global -– Daily Bible and Bubble Buster

    John, Operations.  iPhone -- Shazam

    Robert, Engineering.  iPhone -- Siri

    Roman, Customer Support. Droid Incredible -- Shazam

    Carol, IT.  iPhone -- Business Card Reader

    Catherine, Customer Support.  iPhone -- Words with Friends

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