Monthly Archives: August 2011

  • zBoost METRO featured on Wake Up Wisconsin!

    August 31, 2011 - Leave a Comment

    The zBoost METRO was recently featured on Wake Up Wisconsin as part of Gift ideas for your student with Lindsay Roberts, founder of The Gift Insider.

    Lindsay is a gift expert from www.thegiftinsider.com and is showing some cool back -to-school gift ideas for students of all ages. The zBoost METRO appears on the video at 1 minute and 44 seconds.

    Check out this video!

  • Issues with Cell Networks during Crisis

    August 25, 2011 - Leave a Comment

        Whether it is a medical information, or safety emergency, I want my cell phone close by.   Kennesaw State University, where I am currently a senior, relies on the cell phone network to inform students of pertinent information regarding campus.  For example, last year while sitting through a lecture all of the students phones started to vibrate.  I picked up my phone to see that the university was informing us we were on lockdown due to an escaped convict who had been spotted in one of the university buildings.  This example is only one way that the university system uses cell phones in cases of emergencies.  This is also an example of how we all rely on our cell phones to keep us and others informed.

    A time that the cell phone service was overloaded and down was during September 11th in NYC.  As the east coast experienced a 5.9 magnitude earth quake people swarmed the streets and began taking to their cell phones.  Because of the volume of cell traffic, it managed to clog the wireless networks in the Washington D.C. area.  Foxnews reports that this example is a large reminder about not only the shortcomings of our emergency communication, but also the lack of work that has been done to fix this problem.

    Read more:  http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/08/24/quake-exposes-cracks-in-cell-phone-coverage-emergency-response/#ixzz1W3iJNuMg

  • Earthquake Hits East Coast Plus Hurricane Irene Warnings

    August 23, 2011 - Leave a Comment

    Time to Get Your Emergency Kit Prepared

    I've been seeing ads on TV for READY.gov, encouraging citizens to have emergency items on hand.  http://www.ready.gov/america/getakit/index.html  I mentioned this to my husband the other night and suggested that we should probably look over this list and get prepared for an emergency.

    Today with an earthquake hitting the east coast and Hurricane Irene warnings, I was reminded that you never know when an emergency can occur and you should always have some basic items on hand and an emergency plan in place.    Below is an excerpt from www.ready.gov, I encourage you to go to the site and  see the complete list of emergency items and the comprehensive plan that the government is suggesting.

    Get A Kit

     You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours, or it might take days. In addition, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may be cut off for days, or even a week or longer.

    Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit:

    • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
    • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
    • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
    • Flashlight and extra batteries
    • First aid kit
    • Whistle to signal for help
    • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
    • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
    • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
    • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
    • Local maps
    • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

    Of course all Wi-Ex customers and employees know to have their zBoost cell phone signal booster handy to boost their cell signal during times of emergency.

  • Smartphones go back to school. Accessories follow

    August 17, 2011 - Leave a Comment

    Back to school tools – iPhone and Accessories

    Gone are the days of sharpening pencils and organizing
    notebooks before the first day of school. Now in preparation, students fully
    charge their laptops, double-check their schedule online and set an alarm on
    their iPhone.

    Technology is dominating college campuses and the way
    American students learn. According to eTextbook seller, CourseSmart and
    Wakefield Research, 73% of college students said they would not be able to
    study without some form of technology. 38% of those students said that they
    could not even go more than 10 minutes without checking their laptop, tablet,
    eReader or their beloved smartphone.

    Test Kitchen Research, from the University of Colorado,
    found that while the iPhone is third in overall sales, behind Blackberry and
    Android, among the college-age demographic, 40% of students use an iPhone,
    making it the most popular smartphone with college students.

    With students going back-to-school across the nation, below
    is a list of accessories to help enhance their  iPhone and college experiences.

    1.       iTunesU

    With over 800 active universities, including MIT, Yale,
    Stanford, Oxford and UC Berkeley, contributing lectures, slideshows, PDFs,
    books, films, exhibit tours, and audiobooks, iTunesU is an amazing resource of
    knowledge. In the Beyond Campus section of iTunes U, students can access content
    from distinguished entities such as MoMA, the New York Public Library, Public
    Radio International, and PBS stations. CourseSmart and Wakefield Research found
    that new media options are increasingly engaging students, who said they use
    tools such as videos and podcasts (24%) and iTunes® (12%) as study supplements.
    iTunesU is available through iTunes for your computer, iPod, iPad and iPhone.

    2.       zBoost Metro iP

    Technology isn’t only affecting how students learn but also
    how they live. Research from the CDC found that forty-four percent of people
    between the ages of 18-and-30 live wireless only. With this increasing trend,
    many universities have begun eliminating landlines in dorms and around campus.
    Because students now have to rely on a wireless signal, the zBoost Metro iP (www.Wi-Ex.com) is necessary for back-to-school.
    Designed for consumers in single story urban settings, the zBoost METRO iPhone
    signal booster boosts indoor signal for multiple users up to 1500 sq ft and
    doesn’t require an outside antenna placement –perfect for dorm and apartment
    living. The zBoost METRO iP supports all U.S. phones and mobile devices using
    800 and 1900 MHz but is optimized for use with the iPhone.

    3.       Collegiate Cases and Covers

    Because technology is so important to college students’
    learning, it is also important to protect the multiple study tools.
    i-Fanatic.com is a manufacturer, distributor and retailer of high-end collegiate
    cases and protectors for the iPhone and iPod, as well as laptop sleeves and
    accessories. With an expansive list of university options, i-Fanatic says their
    goal is “to not only help our customers protect and accessorize their
    investment, but to also allow them to show their spirit.”

  • Cell Phone User Statistics

    August 16, 2011 - Leave a Comment

    The Pew Research Center has released a new report titled Americans and Their Cell Phones.  With cell phone use and ownership continually rising, the survey finds a topic that applies to all of us.  Whether you are guilty of sending and receiving text, pictures, or video messages or just using your phone to avoid an awkward interaction with others, this report offers a statistic for all of these aspects of cell phone use.  A few of the stats really caught my eye as a smart phone user.

    • 42% of cell owners used their phone for entertainment when they were bored.  I am guilty of using my smart phone as entertainment while I’m waiting in line, listening to a particularly boring lecture, or when there is nothing on TV.
    •  20% of cell owners experienced frustration because their phone was taking too long to download something.
    • 51% of adult cell owners have used their phone at least one time to get information they needed immediately.   Let us not forget about those heated family or friend debates!  You need facts to help prove your side of the argument, or even just to squash that family quarrel between your mother and brother.

    I do not have to worry about the frustration of cell phone ownership because of my zBoost cell phone signal booster.  My zBoost has helped me in every one of these scenarios from boredom to frustration!  Not only does it relieve me from upload and download delays, but I never have to worry about not receiving or dropping important calls.

    To read Americans and Their Cell Phones in its entirety for all cell phone stats click here.

  • zBoost-METRO Back to School Review & Giveaway

    August 11, 2011 - Leave a Comment


    Giveaways are always fun and especially so, if you are having problems with dropped or missed calls.

    Go to http://yesihaveacoupon.blogspot.com/2011/08/b2s-zboost-metro-review-giveaway.html for full giveaway details and to read her experience with the zBoost-METRO.

    Here is a brief excerpt.

    B2S zBoost Metro Review
    & Giveaway

    I wasn't sure there was a product that could actually get me better signal on
    my cell phone where I live, the cell towers are few and far between around here
    and we have many "dead" zones in our house. Well I was wrong and
    there is a product that can boost your cell service. It is called the zBoost-Metro.

  • 10 Organization Tips

    August 8, 2011 - Leave a Comment

    How important is being able to organize well in your daily life?  The importance will vary depending on a person’s personality and life involvement.  As a university student who is carrying a full course load and interning with Wi-Ex, organization is a must!  Between due dates for school papers or projects and deadlines at work, I have to be organized to keep it all straight.  We all know that person, whether it be a fellow classmate, teammate, or coworker, that seems to wait until the last minute because “they forgot” or “lost track of the work”.  We also all know that person where everything has to be “perfect” all the time.  Both of these personalities can be exhausting!  We all need to find that balance between perfection and disorganization in order to navigate work and life efficiently and with minimal stress.  Oprah.com listed the “10 habits of highly organized people” to help us all work towards or achieve that perfect balance to keeping on track in life.

    (Oprah.com) – To read full article click here.
    1. Walk away from bargains

    2. Make peace with imperfection
    Oprah.com : How to stop being perfect all the time

    3. Never label anything "miscellaneous"

    4. Schedule regular decluttering sessions
    Oprah.com: Peter Walsh's 3 rules for getting organized this summer

    5. Stick with what works

    6. Create a dump zone

    7. Ask for help
    Oprah.com: When to ask for help -- and how to do it

    8. Separate emotions from possessions

    9. Foresee (and avoid) problems

    10. Know where to donate

    To read the full article click here.

  • Google+ Boom

    August 2, 2011 - Leave a Comment

    As a Senior at Kennesaw State University I am always looking at the new technology especially social media.  I am always looking for ways to integrate my social media with my studies.  Whether it be adding new friends from classes, getting homework, or even just answers to general questions from classmates when professors are unavailable.  I'm proud to say that I think I have discovered the best way for me as a student to integrate my social media and university requirements.  I have been exploring and learning about Google+. It seems to have taken the best of all social media’s and combined them into one. There are two aspects of Google+ that I use the most for University. They are Google+ Hangouts and Huddles. The hangouts are used through Google+ on your computer creating video conferencing/chat rooms and the Google+ Huddles are used through the mobile app creating group texting / chat rooms.

    Google+ Hangouts make virtual video conference and chat accessible for all. Every Google+ member is able to enter the Hangout even if their computer or laptop is not equipped with video or microphones. The members of the Hangout that do not have video or microphone can still see and hear the hangout and are able to participate by typing in the chat section of the hangout. This option has changed the need for group meetings. Every student understands the difficulty of finding a time that every member of your team or group can meet. Some student’s work, some don’t, someone may have class during a time no one else does, well the Google+ Hangouts make finding that time easier. It eliminates the need for everyone to drive to a location to meet. With the Hangouts we can all jump online from home or any other location.

    The Google+ Huddles also help ease the difficulty with group meetings/projects. The user on the mobile app is able to create a group like “school project” and invite the specific users into the Huddle. Whenever a new message is created all other members get a notification to their cell phones, similar to a SMS text, keeping all members current on the conversation involving the projects.
    I currently use a zBoost to guarantee that I always have signal for my phone and computer. The zBoost makes sure that I am always connected on my DroidX and my laptop aircard to participate in the Huddles. Because of the zBoost I know I will always be able to participate and complete my work.

  • First Look at the zBoost By Wi-Ex For Run Around Tech

    August 1, 2011 - Leave a Comment

    Michael Panetta from Run Around Tech posted this great review of the zBoost-METRO iP for the iPhone. This video demonstrates how the zBoost-METRO can help the iPhone increase it's signal in bad signal areas.

    Last month Larry and I made a day trip to New York City to check out fall version of Pepcom’s Digital Experience event. This is a much smaller version of CES and includes an array of current and new technologies on display. We get to see many of the same companies that attend the Pepcom Digital Experience at CES each year. Since this occurs at the half way point to the CES show in Vegas we look forward to seeing what’s coming out for rest of the year and spend more time with companies who may be too busy to talk to during CES.
    The zBoost by Wi-EX helps boost the signal of your iPhone in parts of your house where it’s really lacking. For example, as you will see in the included video, my basement has little to no signal. This product, I hope helps improve that, since I pretty much spend all my time down there. This current model I am testing retails for $299.99 here.

    I will continue to try out this product and follow up with a full review in a couple weeks but for now check out my unboxing and initial thoughts after the break.

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