Wireless Wednesday–”Microsoft’s Big Day: See Exactly How Windows 10 Works”

Happy Wednesday! Today we’re looking at an article from @Mashable about Microsoft. Check it out!–

Microsoft introduced Windows 10, the followup to the unsuccessful Windows 8, at an event in San Francisco on Tuesday.

There was no live stream of the presentation at the time, but now you can watch the entire demo in the video above.

Some wondered why Microsoft skipped Windows 9 and went straight to 10, but perhaps this was an attempt to distance itself from Windows 8, which was largely ignored by businesses.

Many praised the return of the Start menu, better multitasking capabilities and upgrades to the Command Prompt. The Start menu was strangely absent from Windows 8, a move that drew vocal criticism from users and critics. Windows 8 aimed to combine the touchscreen sensibilities of tablets with a traditional desktop experience.With Windows 10, Microsoft is looking to once again capture the attention of business professionals. Although Windows 8 continues to struggle (encompassing a minority fraction of Windows users), Microsoft tallies people who use Windows at about 1.5 billion. The company acknowledges that this is a new era for the platform.

“At some point, Windows has empowered each of us,” said Terry Myerson, the lead of Windows for Microsoft, as he introduced Windows 10. “But we all know the world in which Windows has grown up has changed.”

App Spotlight–Promise Tracker App

As you might imagine, we are big fans of apps around here, and are always on the lookout for the next cool thing that will make our lives a little easier and a little more fun. But we recently stumbled across something that could make our lives better.

Check out this story on CNN Money about a new app called Promise Tracker: http://money.cnn.com/2014/07/09/technology/innovation/campaign-promise-app/index.html. Basically, it gives people a way to stay involved in civic matters after the polls have closed. You can keep track of whether or not an elected official is keeping campaign promises, and can send alerts about issues you see in your community. For example, if there is a dangerous pothole in your neighborhood, you can upload a photo and the coordinates to the Promise Tracker website so politicians can see firsthand what is going on with the people they represent and what issues need to be addressed. Pretty cool, right?

Don’t get us wrong, we love our time-wasting apps, and there will always be room for them in our lives and on our always-connected phones. But it got us to thinking: What would we create if we were able to make an app that contributed to the greater good? What would you do? We want to hear from you, so share your ideas in our comments section.

Infographic illustrates fear of being without mobile device

Check it out! Our endnomophobia infographic is on KSL.com!

SALT LAKE CITY — A survey showed 20 percent of people would rather go shoeless for a week than take a break from their cellphone.
This statistic is one of many shown in a recent infographic and illustrates an ever-increasing problem called nomophobia. Nomophobia is the fear of being away from one’s phone or not being able to communicate with others through a mobile device.

The first survey of a U.K. study began in 2008 showed that 53 percent of people suffered from nomophobia, but in four years that percentage jumped to a 66 percent.

That percentage only increases with the younger demographic. Of those ages 18-24, 77 percent suffer from nomophobia, a number that has been steadily rising in recent years.

An increasing number of college students now shower with their cell phone. The average adolescent would rather lose a pinky-finger than a cell phone.

–Tim Elmore

“Among today’s high school and college students, it’s on the rise. An increasing number of college students now shower with their cell phone. The average adolescent would rather lose a pinky-finger than a cell phone. A growing percentage text or tweet instead of actually talking to others,” Tim Elmore said in a recent article for Psychology Today.

In light of the new Apple iPhone 6 being released, it is interesting to note that iPhone users seem to have an even bigger problem than the average phone user. As mentioned above, one in five people would rather go shoeless than take a week off from their phone. With iPhone users, 43 percent said they would rather go shoeless. In addition, 22 percent of “other” cellphone users said they would give up their toothbrush instead of their phone. For iPhone users, that number leaped to 40 percent.

Not only is this addiction or phobia hindering social interactions, but it has been reported more frequently over the years and could be posing a safety risk. Twenty-six percent of all car accidents are caused by cellphone use, and it was reported in 2012 that 1,150 pedestrians were sent to the emergency room for injuries related to using their cellphone and walking.

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Wireless Wednesday–”Will it Bend?”

This week for Wireless Wednesday we are taking a look at the iPhone 6 and the latest report that this phone may actually bend! Take a look at the CNET article pasted below–

The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus may be thinner and larger, but reports are emerging that the aluminium construction has left some users bent out of shape.

It’s been on shelves for a matter of days, but some iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users are complaining of a major design flaw that sees the smartphone body bend under pressure.

Photos have begun appearing online showing distinctly bent aluminium devices, with complaints that the new iterations of the iPhone, which feature a thinner and larger aluminium body, are unable to stand up to the wear and tear of staying in a pocket.

Apple users have taken to the MacRumors forum to complain about the design flaw, which seems to affect the device at the top end near the volume buttons. One user, hanzoh, posted an image of a bent iPhone 6 Plus, complaining that the device warped after roughly 18 hours in his pocket.

This post was followed by similar images from other forum users complaining of the same problem, and Twitter has since lit up with talk of “bend-gate” and pictures of unintentionally curved iPhones. One dedicated iPhone 6 Plus owner even posted a video showing how quickly the device could be bent when pressure was applied.

Cult of Macreports the issue is not a new one, saying that similar problems emerged after the launches of the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S. The site has also posted images of bent chassis from Samsung, Sony, HTC, BlackBerry and Oppo.

What do you think of this recent development? Do you have the iPhone 6? Have you had any bending with your phone? Let us know in the comments section below!

Tech Tip Tuesday

Happy Tuesday! This week we’re talking about using a home/office building booster in a vehicle. We often have customers inquire if they can use one of our building boosters for their vehicle. Today we will explore the reasons why you cannot do this and some options that might be available instead.

Building boosters cannot be used in vehicles for a few reasons:

1) Our smallest building is a 60 dB gain booster. The Federal Communication Commission does not allow anything stronger than a 50 dB gain booster for vehicles.

2) Our building boosters do not have the same programing as the vehicle boosters. A vehicle booster is programed to lessen the amount of signal you are boosting for strong signal areas whereas the building boosters do not have this same programing. If you tried to drive around with a building booster it would oscillate (create feedback) and shut down.

3) Building boosters require much more separation between external and internal antennas to prevent oscillation. Most vehicles would not be able to accommodate the amount of separation required.

Now, just because you cannot use a building booster inside a vehicle that does not mean you cannot use a vehicle booster in building. You do need to keep in mind that the vehicle boosters will only cover a limited area. They are designed for the cab of a vehicle or in the case of the Sleek cradle boosters your phone needs to sit in the cradle.
You can use a building booster in a RV or a travel trailer if you can get the amount of distance required between antennas and it will only be used while stationary.

Typically it is best to get the right booster for your application for best performance and satisfaction. This will mean getting a separate booster for your home/building and vehicle. If you need help selecting the right product, please call our Customer Support line at 866-294-9234 or by email at sales@wilsonelectronics.com.