Kacey Patterson

  • Cellphone Only Homes Becoming the Norm

    April 29, 2011 - Leave a Comment

    As smartphones get smarter and cellphone plans get cheaper while expanding benefits, landlines are becoming more obsolete. While cell phones were once thought as a convenient way to contact people out of the home, they have now become a necessary lifeline, whether for business or personal use, that keep people connected their entire day.

    A recent J.D. Power and Associates Report[1] shows that 56% of wireless phone calls are made indoors, which is an increase of 16% since 2003.

    Following the trend of increased indoor wireless calls, one in four American homes (26.6%) are cellphone only, according to National Center for Health Statistics[2].  As the trend of cellphone only homes shows no signs of slowing down or being reversed, Stephen Blumberg at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics says, "The phrase 'home telephone number' is going the way of rotary dial phones and party lines."

    The only problem with cellphone only homes, the J.D. Power and Associates Report points out is, the quality of cellphone reception is getting worse. Cellphone signal weakens as is has to pass through obstacles such as walls, windows and roofs.

    With the loss of landlines and the weakening of cell reception, cell phone signal boosters, such as Wi-Ex’s zBoost line, are also becoming a necessary accessory to keep people connected.

  • Real Stories: How Cell Phones Have Saved Lives

    October 20, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    Cell phone advertisements focus on signal strength and speed, cool apps and features, like cameras and music players but cell phones aren’t just a good distraction while waiting in a doctor’s office or in the DMV, cellphones have also helped saved lives!

    Below are real accounts of when cell phones have helped save people’s lives :

    -          Harlem, N.Y. - October 8, 2010- A New York man was saved by his cell phone after his enraged building superintendent opened fire on him and the bullet lodged in the phone that was tucked into his pocket. Police raced to the New York City apartment and discovered the tenant with nothing more than a few minor injuries, all because the phone absorbed the impact of the gunshot. [1] (For full story, refer to source at the end of article)

    -          Rwanda- July 28, 2010- Rwanda is ranked among the world's worst for maternal mortality. In an effort to help save both the mother and child’s lives, the Rwandan government, along with UN, has passed out hundreds of cell phones to expectant mothers. After unexpectedly  going in to labor, 23 year-old, Valentine Unwingabite and her village health worker, Germaine Uwera reacted by texting for help from the government given cell phone. An ambulance reached Unwingabite’s village within 10 minutes after receiving the urgent text. Because of unpaved  roads, few people having cars and more than 95 percent of Rwandans not being able to access electricity, it is difficult for ambulances to get to heavily populated, Rwandan rural areas. Before the cell phones, it took at least an hour to get help. Health workers had to carry patients in a makeshift stretcher for nearly an hour to reach the nearest health facility.[2]

    -          Port-au-Prince, Haiti- January 25, 2010- After the earthquake that devastated Haiti, landline phones were down and electricity was sparse. Despite the wreckage, cell towers were quickly erected giving trapped and injured Haitians a lifeline. For instance, one man, who was trapped for five days in a collapsed building in downtown Port-au-Prince, was able to send a text message to the Emergency Information Services.  Working through the night, a search-and-rescue team was dispatched and was able to find and rescue the man through the cell phone’s GPS coordinates.[3]

    -          St. Louis, Missouri- August 3, 2010- A woman was returning home from work when she was approached by two men in her apartment’s parking lot. One of the men then forced her into the back of her car and drove away. After fighting with one of her assailants, the woman was put into the trunk of her car. The car was stopped a final time and the woman was removed from the trunk. She was stabbed and choked but managed to call 911 from her cell phone. Not knowing where she was, the 911 dispatcher was able to locate her through her phone’s GPS. She was found and saved while her assailants were apprehended.[4]

    -          ORLANDO- June, 2006- Belle the beagle saved her owner’s, Kevin Weaver, life when the diabetic collapsed and began having seizures. Belle, a trained service dog, took Weaver’s phone and bit 9-1-1 to call emergency services. Belle was the first canine recipient to win the VITA Wireless Samaritan Award, given to someone who used a cell phone to save a life, prevent a crime or help in an emergency.[5]

    According to CTIA’s Wireless Foundation, more than 291,000 cell phone calls are made to 911 daily.

  • Site of the Week: YearbookYourself.com

    July 30, 2009 - Leave a Comment

    Yearbook YourselfHave you ever wondered how different your life would have been if you had been born in a different decade? Would you have the same interests and beliefs, goals and aspirations? You’ll never know the answers to those questions but with YearbookYourself.com, you can now know what you would have looked in any given year.

    YearbookYourself.com is a fun website that puts your face in actual yearbook pictures spanning the 1950s to the 1990s. You can chose whether your face is in standard yearbook photos from the shoulders up or Student Life photos- which include band pictures, AV club, chemistry class and a football team picture.

    Had I graduated high school in 1984, the year I was born, I would have spent hours scrunching and teasing my hair and making sure my bow wasn’t crooked. In 1986, I might have begged my parent’s to let me have one senior portrait in my favorite heavy metal, Motley Crue inspired ensemble. And had I graduated a little earlier in 1978, I might have even been prom queen!

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    After laughing at what your life might have been, YearbookYourself.com gives you the option to save, email or upload your possible senior picture on to Facebook. Have fun!

  • Summer-Friendly Cell Phones

    July 29, 2009 - Leave a Comment

    Summer is not very technology friendly- the water from the pool, the sand from the beach and the heat from the summer sun, all make a deadly mix for gadgets. Cell phones, which are notorious for getting lost, dropped and broken, also have to add water damage, overheating and sand destruction to the list during the summer. Because of these heightened, summer, cell phones worries, Sascha Segan, from PCMag.com wrote the following article, Summer-Friendly Cell Phones.

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    Summer-Friendly Cell Phones

    By Sascha Segan

    These sand-proof, water-resistant camera phones make great beach buddies.

    Most cell phones hate water. Get a few drops under the case, and that horrible little moisture indicator next to the battery goes red. Next thing you know, your phone doesn't work, and your carrier won't replace it.

    So bringing your phone to the beach can be a risky proposition. The good news is that there are plenty of handsets built specifically for active fun. They're not only great for outdoors, but they're also terrific for the accident-prone and those who work in rough environments.

    The Casio Exilim C721 on Verizon Wireless is the ultimate summer phone. Why? Because it also doubles as a waterproof, 5-megapixel camera with 3X optical zoom and video capture—so you can leave your fragile digital camera at home, too. The Exilim is wrapped in a protective coating so you can shoot underwater. It's also certified to military specs against shock and vibration. If you spend a lot of time at the beach, this phone will be your best friend.

    Starting at $279.99 with a contract, though, the Exilim isn't cheap. Verizon's $129 Casio Gz'One Boulder is also waterproof, and with an even tougher body for a lot less cash. You will, however, have to give up the 5-megapixel camera for a much weaker 1.3-megapixel sensor. Still, for quick snapshots and making calls, this phone is a good value.

    Outdoorsy T-Mobilers should consider the unlocked Sonim XP3.20 Quest, which is the world's toughest phone—a claim I tested thoroughly. It can be tossed around violently, submerged, frozen, hit with a chisel, and used to hammer nails. Even if it does break, it comes with a no-questions-asked replacement guarantee. The Quest model I tested in May isn't on the market yet, but the similar XP3.10 is available now.

    On Sprint, the Nextel i580 is the way to go if you're worried about durability. Bear in mind: It isn't waterproof, it's water-resistant—it'll survive a quick dunk or splash, but you can't completely submerge it. In my tests, it survived freezing, washing, dropping from a second-story window, and getting run over by a sports car. The i580 also has great call quality and a built-in MP3 player.

    AT&T users should go straight for the Motorola Tundra VA76r. This flip phone is not only water-resistant and sand-proof, but it has the best reception and call quality of any AT&T phone we've tested to date. Its 2-megapixel camera takes decent beach shots, and you can pipe music from the Tundra's MP3 player out its beefy speakerphone.

    These tough phones will do more than just serve you through the summer; they'll also withstand autumn mists and winter snow. Compare specs for these phones side-by-side and read the full reviews below.

    Outdoor-Friendly Phones Featured in this Roundup:

    The nation's best beach phone is waterproof and features a 5-megapixel camera with video recording and optical zoom to capture your summer fun.

    Verizon's other waterproof phone has a much lower resolution camera, but it's also much more affordable.

    Not only is the Tundra water and sand resistant, it's got the best call quality of any AT&T phone out there        today.

    A durable, water-resistant case lets this flip phone go beyond its original target market of outdoor workers needing extra-tough gear, to anyone who's around sand and water this summer.

    Hands-on preview. Not rated
    The world's toughest phone isn't officially out on any carrier yet, but it works with AT&T and T-Mobile.

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2349671,00.asp

  • Site of the Week: eHow.com

    July 23, 2009 - Leave a Comment

    eHoweHow.com is an online community dedicated to providing visitors the ability to research, share, and discuss instructional solutions that help complete day-to-day tasks and projects. eHow.com combines the experiential knowledge of certified experts with the practical knowledge of everyday people to help you discuss, plan, and complete things like How to Save Grocery Money Growing Herbs Indoors, How To Accept a Really, Really Bad Gift, How to Handle Health Insurance if You Lose Your Job, How to Eat Well for Less, How to Format a Hard Drive with Windows XP, and How to Remove a Red Wine Stain.

    eHow has more than 600,000 articles and 160,000 high-quality videos, written and produced by experts, and also, by average people - people who've figured out how to complete a variety of tasks, simple and complex, and are willing to share their knowledge.

    eHow also features How to Install a zBoost YX510. zBoost customers can follow the easy how-to while they set-up their signal booster to ensure a proper installation.

    eHow provides solutions to practically every “How-To” question that affects your life. From Health to Weddings, Legal to Mechanics, eHow.com is the website with all the answers.

  • Site of the Week: Oh Gizmo!

    July 16, 2009 - Leave a Comment

    ohgizmoOhGizmo! is a frequently updated blog about gadgets, innovation and design. They scour the web, five days a week, looking for the most interesting technologically flavored entertainment.

    OhGizmo.com is a labor of love for bloggers, David Ponce and Andrew Liszewski. The site doesn't focus on the major technology players, such as Apple or Sony. Instead, Ponce and Liszewski, highlight the truly innovative and bizarre technology, regardless if it is old or new.

    In the Oh Gizmo! FAQ, when asked "Why did you post about something from 20 years ago?", Ponce responds, "While we try to emphasize more recent products, we don’t shy from talking about older things if we feel they’re interesting enough. Don’t forget that what may be old and stale for you may very well be new and shiny for someone else."

    A recent post features a wrist-mounted keyboard by iKey for soliders in war zones. The keyboard can withstand harsh electromagnetic interference and has LED backlighting so it can be used with night-vision goggles. While this isn't practical for consumers, the technology is very cool, nonetheless! ikeywristboard

    Oh Gizmo! doesn't just post about unique gadgets but also on unique trends with technology ties. Liszewski recently wrote about the University of Alabama's efforts to use the Nintendo Wii remote and PC software while performing CPR:

    The next time you have a heart attack (that’s supposed to be a weekly occurrence right?) how would you like it if the person performing CPR on you was trained at home via a PC app using the Nintendo Wiimote? Well that’s exactly what biomedical engineering undergraduate students from the University of Alabama at Birmingham have in mind. And given the fact that the American Heart Association has pledged $50,000 to fund their research, the idea must have some merit.

    The students have been working on the concept since last January, and this past Spring a working prototype of the technology was demonstrated which is when the AHA stepped in and offered the grant. If all goes well, the UAB Wii CPR software would be made available for download from the American Heart Association website as open source code as early as this Fall. And I think the Wii Vitality sensor which Nintendo introduced at E3 this year has finally found its killer life-saving application.

    Oh Gizmo! might not be the site you frequent for consumer technology advise but it is a great site to see brilliant minds and the technology trends of the future.

  • Site of the Week: SheFinds.com

    July 9, 2009 - Leave a Comment

    SheFinds.comYou’re busy - we know, we know - we hear it all the time. The busy career woman doesn’t have time to shop. She doesn’t even have time to browse the web much less paw through endless piles of cashmere sweaters at the mall. But she still wants to look good and stay on top of the trends.

    Relax. SheFinds.com tells you what to buy. They study the trends and surf the web for the best items and then send you a link in the SheFinds weekly newsletter. SheFinds.com also finds online coupons if they exist. All you have to do is click.

    Not only does SheFinds.com keep you up-to-date on the latest deals and fashion trends, they also have entire page dedicated to gadgets that make women's lives easier and fun.

  • Site of the Week: Phone Arena

    July 2, 2009 - Leave a Comment

    Phone Arena Logo PhoneArena.com is the ultimate source of information for cell phones. With over 1600 types of cell phones in the database, PhoneArena.com offers more reviews, features, specifications, news, trends and images of cell phones than any other Web site.

    PhoneArena.com also offers tools such as a “Phone Filter”, where consumers can choose their most important phone features and view only phones that match their specification by carrier, and the “Phone Comparison”, which puts up to 8 cell phones next to each other on a screen so consumers can review the cell phones side-by-side.

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    The PhoneArena.com forum boasts over 23,000 active members and is divided by carriers and phone manufacturers. The forum allows consumers and experts to ask questions and trade information specific to phone services and brands.

    PhoneArena.com was named one of the “Top 100 Undiscovered Web Sites” in 2008 by PC Magazine. PC Magazine technology writer, Brian Heater said, “Phone blogging is a fairly crowded space, to be sure, but Phone Arena stands out as one of our favorites, thanks to in-depth reviews, great Web design, plenty of pictures, and an active, devoted user community.”

    Whether looking for a new cell phone or looking for answers about your current cell phone, PhoneArena.com offers incomparable insight and knowledge to all things cell phone related.

    Want to recommend a Site of the Week? Send URL and description to Kacey Patterson at kpatterson@wi-ex.com
  • Win a zBoost from The Cell Phone Junkie

    June 24, 2009 - Leave a Comment

    The Cell Phone Junkie is currently hosting a Twitter contest where one lucky Tweeter will receive a free zBoost! The Cell Phone Junkie is a weekly podcast that airs every Sunday and can be heard at www.TheCellPhoneJunkie.com. The show offers news, trends and comprehensive insight into the mobile phone industry. The Twitter contest, which was announced on the June 20th podcast, is offering the winner the choice between a zBoost YX230 for the car or a zBoost YX510 for the home/office.

     To enter, tweet @Wi_Ex, @tcpj_mickey, and @tcpj_joey all in  your message.  The contest will end July 3 and the winner be announced on the July 5th podcast of The Cell Phone Junkie.

     Good Luck!

  • Watch Full Movie Skyscraper (2018)

    June 18, 2009 - Leave a Comment

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    Duration : 1 hours 18 minutes
    Synopsis :
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