Oktoberfest began in Munich, Germany, in 1810 with the wedding feast of Princess Therese and Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig. The initial celebration soon became a tradition for the townspeople and is still celebrated today around the world. READ MORE...
Buying a wireless phone has become almost like buying a car – make, model, color, size and features are just a few of the things to consider. And once those decisions are made, the next question is what to do with the phone you are no longer using.
With more than 90 percent of people over 18 in the United States owning a cell phone, and more than half of all adults with a smartphone, according to Pew Internet Research, there are a lot of phones ready to be upgraded or discarded. READ MORE….
4G LTE from Verizon Coming Soon to NYC's 5 Million Daily Subway Passengers
Story by Melanie Ortel
With daily ridership at more than 5 million, the subway is a way of life for many in New York City. And soon, riders on the New York City subway system will have access to Verizon Wireless’ 3G and 4G LTE network while on the train. LEARN MORE…
Sneaking a Glance at Live Sports Action – Watch Games on NFL Mobile from Verizon
Story by David Samberg
With a smartphone in hand, you can watch your favorite sports teams compete live when you’re away from your TV set, or out at other activities. But, that doesn’t necessarily mean you should.
Lisa Leach, who sings in a choir in Massachusetts, was reprimanded by her music director for watching a Red Sox playoff game last season during rehearsal. “I might have gotten away with it too if I hadn’t been caught hand-signaling the score to the tenor section.” READ MORE….
Back to School Fund Created at YMCA in Richmond, VA
Story by Melanie Ortel
Families with school-age children will spend an average of $634 on back-to-school necessities this year, according to the National Retail Federation.
To help ease the financial burden for families living in temporary shelter at the YWCA of Richmond, Verizon Wireless donated $5,000 to the non-profit to create a back-to-school shopping fund. The grant was made in honor of longtime HopeLine advocate and domestic violence survivor, Sgt. Carol Adams, who has served on the Richmond Police force for the past 16 years. HopeLine from Verizon collects no longer needed wireless devices from any service provider to recycle or refurbish. READ MORE….
Today, news is delivered almost instantaneously. With the Internet’s capacity for real-time updates, increased news sharing through social networks like Twitter and the recent departure of RSS feed Google Reader, many people are turning to social news reading, the aggregation and organization of news shared within social networks, to access the latest headlines. READ MORE…
In Case You Missed It: Honoring the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
Story by Cameka Crawford
On Aug. 28, 1963, a quarter of a million people gathered for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in Washington, D.C. The group marched from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial for equality, in what was at the time the largest demonstration in the history of the nation’s capital. READ MORE…
College Football Kickoff Weekend. Were Your Mobile Devices Ready?
Story by Heidi Flato
Streaming of sports action is becoming increasingly accessible, allowing fans to use their 4G LTE devices to catch the action on the go. Stepping away from the TV during game time isn’t a penalty-inducing move anymore. ESPN College Football lets fans stream live games with access to feeds from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPNU. READ MORE…
Mobile Transactions Made Easy for Growers and Consumers
Visit any farmer’s market or roadside vegetable stand this time of year, and you’re sure to find an abundance of choices. Fresh corn. Juicy watermelon. Leafy greens. And yes, ugly tomatoes — otherwise known as heirlooms,
But when it comes to flavor, the uglier the better. For years, customers drawn to the delicious tastes of the iconic vegetable stand would arrive hoping to pick up dinner, but would leave empty-handed since they weren’t carrying cash. Luckily, mobile payments have changed that. READ MORE…
Although a recent study cited by The Wall Street Journal shows that the number of 9- to 12-year-olds who help with household chores fell 9 percent between 1997 and 2003, mobile apps that fuse chores and gaming may very well provide a middle ground for parents and kids. READ MORE…
While the battery life of mobile devices continues to grow – the upcoming DROID MAXX by Motorola will offer nearly two days of battery life from a single charge – the bottom line is that no battery lasts forever.
At some point, often the most inconvenient times, smartphones and tablets need to be charged, an issue that has led scientists and engineers to look into alternative charging methods.
SunPartner, an engineering firm specializing in solar, new energy technologies, is developing a nearly transparent solar cell module for smartphones. READ MORE…
Today’s students experience school in a very different way than their parents did. Moms and dads might remember using word processors to type assignments, but now their own children are coming home talking about how cool the math game was that they played on their tablet at school. READ MORE…
Visually Impaired Students in Boston Test Innovative Technology
Visus system will provide a solution to better sight.
Did you ever consider that a smartphone might help someone see?
Innovators and entrepreneurs from Visus Technology thought so and created a system designed to help visually-impaired and blind people “see” things in a whole new way, using wireless technology.
Trials of the Visus Visual Assist system took place in July with a group of middle-school aged students in a summer enrichment program at the world-renowned Carroll Center for the Blind, located just outside Boston, Mass. READ MORE…
Planning that last minute trip to the beach, and want to ensure you look your best? Smartphones, tablets and other high-tech accessories can help anybody feel healthy when dressing down for fun in the sun! READ MORE…
For our Boston area readers and, or our friends traveling to the Boston area be sure to check out Christine Koh’s, Boston Mamas blog. Christine’s Weekly Blueprint posts are terrific roundups of Boston area events for the week ahead.
Celebrate 95 years of the PGA Tour Championship with Apps
Did you get in trouble with your boss for watching the PGA Championship via live streams on your work computer? Or maybe for calling in with a fake cough to play hooky and watch from home? Whichever you risked – don’t risk anymore, and download these smart apps for golfers and golf fans alike!
Don’t Cry, Mom… Sending Your Kids to College is the Same as Sending Them to Your Pocket!
Is your child a free spirit who couldn’t wait to attend college as far from home as possible? Never fear, use these tools and technologies to foster an uninterrupted parent-child relationship across any distance!
It’s like a weekly holiday when the whole family joins video chat!
These Kids Really Just Built a Standalone… Robot… Cyborg… Cane!
Seems like a no-brainer (pun-intended) that our educators would introduce our youth to technology and its usefulness. But there’s a whole next level of excellence blossoming out of secondary schools’ EdTech programs.
Philadelphia area veteran technology educator, Mary Beth Hertz is building a growing legacy as a leader of this movement. Her recent article, “Rethinking EdTech” passionately explains why she believes that teaching students hands-on lessons in technology, as early as kindergarten significantly impacts learning and overall skill-development.
It’s a Trend! Teens Participating in Tech Production!
Recent studies show teens are doing more with their smart devices than watching cat videos and joining the latest in social app or gaming fads. They’re programming apps for these devices! If this comes as a surprise to you, consider yourself informed. Learn how 5 STEMS from Maryland won the Innovative App Challenge sponsored by Verizon Foundation.
Photo Courtesy of Anne Arundel County Public Schools