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  • Halloween Fun At zBoost!

    October 31, 2014 - Leave a Comment

    Lots of fun today at the zBoost Halloween Costume Luncheon!

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    zBoost is not a Mickey Mouse Operation.
    Our sales team are super heroes!!!
    Product managers have to juggle many tasks! 


    The zBoost Team! The zBoost Team!

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  • Halloween Tech Fun

    October 27, 2014 - Leave a Comment

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    Halloween is just around the corner. Aside from all the candy and goodies, decorations and parties, there's plenty of fun technology to explore. Mashable's Rebecca Levey recently shared in 5 Halloween Tech Tricks and Treats to keep your kids  (or you) entertained.  


    • PicMonkey - A free photo collage-based app that uses creative tools for photo editing and graphic design.  They have a Halloween feature that lets you or your kids change photos into zombies, vampires or other scary creatures.

    • Ghost Radar App - A free application designed to detect paranormal activity for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPads. Ghost Radar attempts to detect paranormal activity by using various sensors on the device on which it is running.

    • Pumpkin Pops - Free popping strategy game for pumpkin lovers.

    To see all of Levey's Tech Tricks and Treats click here

  • Karen Reynolds shares the zBoost solution on Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline

    October 22, 2014 - Leave a Comment

    zBoost was recently featured on Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline.  Karen Reynolds, President of zBoost had the opportunity to share the zBoost solution for dropped, missed and choppy voice calls as well as slow data. Featured were the new zBoost CONNECT-ALL zBoost TRIO SOHO, and the zBoost Mobile1.

    To see the zBoost product spotlight on Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline click here 057 - Copy 072 074

  • Apple Pay Now Available

    October 21, 2014 - Leave a Comment

    With the release of iOS 8.1 by Apple, you can now begin using Apple Pay with your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. Apple Pay is the new NFC mobile payment feature for the new iPhones.  You can also use the app features with the new iPad Air 2 and also the iPad mini 3.  However, the iPad devices can not be used in stores for purchases.

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    Fox Van Allen with Techlicious recently described the steps to get Apple Pay up and running on your new iPhone in:  iOS 8.1: How to Get Started with Apple Pay.  Van Allen lists 4 steps including:


    • Download and Install iOS 8.1 - connect  to Wi-Fi and install iOS 8.1 by tapping Settings, then General, then Software Update.


    • Add Your Card Account to Apple Pay - enter the Passbook app. and agree to allow Passbook to access your location. Then tap the new “Set Up Apple Pay” link under the section titled Credit and Debit Cards. You will need to enter your Apple ID and password. Choose the debit or credit card that you wish to be connected, the simplest option is to choose the card you already have associated with iTunes. Also, if your bank is fully supporting Apple Pay, you can see and review your recent transactions through Passbook.


    • Use Apple Pay in Stores -  Many major retailers are available for Apple Pay including Macy's, Chevron, Office Depot, McDonalds, Sports Authority and Walgreens.  When you are ready to pay, tell the cashier that you wish to pay with Apple Pay.


    To read all the details and steps for setting up and using Apple Pay, see the entire article at http://www.techlicious.com/tip/apple-pay-nfc-mobile-payments-how-to-guide/



  • Karen Reynolds Among Finalists For Women In Technology's 2014 Women Of The Year In Technology Award

    October 13, 2014 - Leave a Comment

    Women in Technology (WIT) announced the nine finalists for its 2014 Women of the Year in Technology Awards.  Karen Reynolds, President of zBoost, was selected as one of the top three nominees in the Emerging/Small Business category.

    Karen Reynolds_jpgUnder her leadership, zBoost cell phone signal boosters expanded into new markets and increased sales by more than 35%.  As President and CFO of zBoost, formerly Wi-Ex, Karen Reynolds has immersed herself in the technology, manufacturing and business aspects of the wireless industry.  Reynolds brings over 25 years of operational, financial and consulting experience in service, technology, distribution and manufacturing industries for entrepreneurial-based and fast-growing companies. Reynolds has become a pioneer in the wireless industry.

    The FCC Report and Order “Improving Wireless Coverage for Consumers through the Use of Signal Boosters,” which was issued last year and in which more stringent technical standards for cellular signal boosters were adopted is an endorsement of the growing need for cellular signal boosters; Reynolds was instrumental in briefing the FCC commissioners regarding the industry. More than one Commissioner commented on the rarity of being briefed by a woman in the wireless industry.

    “We couldn’t be prouder that Karen has been recognized by Women in Technology,” said Robert Van Buskirk, President and CEO of Wilson Electronics, LLC, parent company of zBoost. “We already recognize her contributions at Wilson Electronics and are fortunate to have her leading the zBoost division of our business.”

    Each year, WIT recognizes the accomplishments of Georgia’s top women leaders in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and the impact they’ve made in their communities.  Only three finalists from each category, representing Small/Emerging, Medium/Mid-Size and Large/Enterprise businesses, are selected.

    The winners of each category will be announced at the Women of the Year in Technology Awards gala and dinner on Thursday, November 13, 2014, at the Georgia Aquarium.

    Presented by Infor, the Women of the Year in Technology Awards is also sponsored by a host of other companies.  For more information about sponsorship opportunities, click here.

    For more information about the awards, visit www.mywit.org/WOTY.

  • Fixing Default Settings on your iPhone

    October 9, 2014 - Leave a Comment

    You may love your iPhone, most do, however there are some default setting that are annoying and you can change that.  Jason O. Gilbert of Yahoo Tech writes in 8 Annoying iPhone Default Settings (and How to Fix Them), some of the ways to make your phone work better for you.

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    1. Stop telling people your email is “Sent from my iPhone.” - You may or may not want the recipient of your email to know if you are in your office or out and about.  To change the default, go into Settings, then Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and then scroll down until you see Signature. Tap that, tap the white box, and then delete those words until the box is blank.  Or you can write your own clever signature in the box.

    2. Give yourself a distinctive ringtone. - Every iPhone owner has the same options for ring tones.  When you are out, it is sometimes hard to distinguish who's getting a call or message.  Make yours unique.  Go to Settings, then Sounds, and then open up each sound that you wish to make your own, under Sounds and Vibration Patterns and choose something that is not so ordinary for your sound effects.

    3. Put all your Apple apps into their own folder. - Some of the apps on your iPhone can not be deleted.  Even the ones that you never use, are there to stay.  By putting them all in a folder makes your screen less cluttered and unused apps are out of the way. Hold your finger down on one of the apps you want to hide until it starts shaking. Then drag it on top of another app you want to hide. This will form a folder. Continue to drag  all the apps you don’t want into that folder.

    4. Make sure those apps don’t eat your data. - You can choose to disable data usage over cellular networks for certain apps, so that they’ll connect to the Internet only over WiFi, where they won’t use your data. Go into Settings, then Cellular, and then flick the green switch off for any app you don’t want to use over your 3G or 4G.  Additionally you can choose which of your apps automatically update on the background of your phone by going to, General, Background App Refresh.

    To read about all of the 8 settings and the easy way to fix each, go to https://www.yahoo.com/tech/8-annoying-iphone-default-settings-and-how-to-fix-99405784404.html?soc_src=mags

  • September is National Preparedness Month

    September 24, 2014 - Leave a Comment

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    September, 2014 is National Preparedness Month. During NPM month, FEMA recommends you, your family, community, school and workplace take action by planning a National PrepareAthon! Day on or around September 30th, using digital media tools as a way to promote National Preparedness Month, September 1st-30th.


    What you can do to promote National Preparedness Month:


    To view all of the ways to promote National Preparedness Month go to http://www.ready.gov/september




  • The Tech Essentials List for College Students

    September 17, 2014 - Leave a Comment

    Heading off to college for the first time and not sure what gadgets you’ll need? Sending your child to school and want them to succeed? This list has the essential gadgets you need, with no unnecessary extras, and picks out the best in each category.

    After a year of interning with zBoost, I head back to college for the last time. Only one more year of school and I will be a real adult! Ah scary! Now you can benefit from the years of college under my belt, and take note of which gadgets you need to ace classes.

    Obviously you are going to need a laptop. There are school computers you can use, but are you

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    really going to walk all the way to the library to take your 5 minute homework quiz that’s due at midnight? Your laptop will become your baby and go with you everywhere; to class for notes, home for Netflix and uhh homework. So now the question is: do you save money and go with a nice Windows laptop or get fancy with a Macbook Pro?  I am in no way a diehard Apple fanatic but I truly love my Macbook Pro. It turned 5 years old this month and is still going strong. Never having to worry about viruses, along with all the features Mac includes, makes the Apple Macbook Pro the recommendation for me. Long-term this is the best bang for your buck. Continue reading

  • Life Uninterrupted Survey Reveals 69 Percent of Smartphone Owners Experience Service Problems

    September 9, 2014 - Leave a Comment

    A reliable indoor cell phone signal is a must for today’s connected lifestyle, in fact according to the Life Uninterrupted Survey, commissioned by zBoost and conducted by Harris Poll in August 2014, 69 percent of smartphone owners who use data have experienced service problems including slow data, poor signal reception or dead zones in their home and/or dropped calls or dead zone on the go. Wilson Electronics(www.wilsonelectronics.com), manufacturer of North America’s top-selling line of cellular signal boosters and zBoost (www.zboost.com), a leading provider of consumer cell phone signal booster kits, showcased today the Wilson Electronics and zBoost line of cell phone boosters at MobileFocus at CTIA Super Mobility in Las Vegas.

    Wilson Electronics (www.wilsonelectronics.com), manufacturer of North America’s top-selling line of cellular signal boosters and zBoost (www.zboost.com), a leading provider of consumer cell phone signal booster kits, showcased today the companies’ line of cell phone boosters at Pepcom’s MobileFocus at CTIA Super Mobility in Las Vegas.

    Z“The Life Uninterrupted Survey revealed something we all knew: a reliable indoor cell phone signal is a must for today’s connected lifestyle,” said Jonathan Bacon, director of marketing at Wilson Electronics. “The explosive growth and adoption of 4G LTE technology by consumers using smartphones and tablets is driving our move towards true Connected Living. With the vast majority of smartphone owners experiencing service problems, a reliable indoor cell phone signal is an essential tool for making Connected Living a reality. At Wilson Electronics and zBoost we’re dedicated to developing the highest quality, best value and most affordable signal booster solutions on the market to keep consumers connected.” Continue reading

  • Residential Systems: zBoost Trio Soho Cell/Data Booster

    September 5, 2014 - Leave a Comment

    Residential Systems, John Sciacca had a great review of the zBoost TRIO SOHO.  John states:

    "Ultimately zBoost worked as promised and definitely improved cell reception, but set up and installation are crucial and can be tricky."

    We all have clients married to their cell phones, but they receive spotty reception inside of their zBoost TRIO SOHO ZB575-V kit contentshomes. Whether the home has a metal roof or concrete walls or is just in a fringe area, reception inside many homes is terrible. In fact at my company’s CI showroom, my desk is located in a periodic cell dead spot where the signal just totally drops. A cellular booster is a relatively simple system that consists of an external antenna that grabs a stronger signal and then carries it via coax cabling to an amplifier that boosts the signal for better coverage. While the ZB575 boosts cell signals for all carriers, it is available in specific AT&T and Verizon models to boost 4G LTE data for those carriers.

    Antenna positioning is critical. In fact, positioning the antenna is the single most important thing in the entire install. Fortunately there are a variety of tools to help with this. iPhone users can dial *3001#12345#* and then press “call,” which places the iPhone into field test mode and measures signal strength in dB–a far finer measurement than the five bars. (Android signal strength is found under Settings – About Phone and then either under Network or Status depending on the model.) Now you can walk around and locate the strongest (lowest –dB rating) signal.

    Please read the entire review at http://www.residentialsystems.com/new-products/0019/zboost-trio-soho-cell/data-booster/86111

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