Smart Fitness Gadgets Help Summer Sizzle

Accessories to keep beach-goers in shape.

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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…

Stay Safe and Secure When Using Public Wi-Fi


Public Wi-Fi connections are a convenient tool, but it’s important for consumers to take steps to protect their devices and personal information, such as online bank accounts or passwords, which can be collected without their knowledge when using these networks.

Connecting to open networks without checking their origins makes it easy for customers to mistake a hacker’s fake hotspot, disguised to resemble a business’s hotspot, for the real thing. Avoid this trap by asking an employee for the name or SSID (Service Set Identifier) of the network or by using a personal mobile hotspot. Do not connect to supposedly “free” networks that ask for a credit card payment or other personal information.

For business travelers especially, public Wi-Fi in airports makes it easy to stay connected to the office while on the road. After using a public network, users should secure their device by setting it to “forget” any networks to which it was previously connected and turn off the device’s Wi-Fi connection.

Also, make sure antivirus and antispyware software is up to date on all of devices, including smartphones. By downloading apps such as Verizon Mobile Security and Lookout, users can help protect themselves from malicious activities.

Stay Safe and Secure When Using Public Wi-Fi

Public Wi-Fi connections are a convenient tool, but it’s important for consumers to take steps to protect their devices and personal information, such as online bank accounts or passwords, which can be collected without their knowledge when using these networks.

Connecting to open networks without checking their origins makes it easy for customers to mistake a hacker’s fake hotspot, disguised to resemble a business’s hotspot, for the real thing. Avoid this trap by asking an employee for the name or SSID (Service Set Identifier) of the network or by using a personal mobile hotspot. Do not connect to supposedly “free” networks that ask for a credit card payment or other personal information.

For business travelers especially, public Wi-Fi in airports makes it easy to stay connected to the office while on the road. After using a public network, users should secure their device by setting it to “forget” any networks to which it was previously connected and turn off the device’s Wi-Fi connection.

Also, make sure antivirus and antispyware software is up to date on all of devices, including smartphones. By downloading apps such as Verizon Mobile Security and Lookout, users can help protect themselves from malicious activities.

Verizon Wireless Empowers Paterson, NJ Youth

Verizon and their Education Empowerment Program, with the help of the Paterson Public School and the Board of Education of Paterson, selected 20 students to compete in a competition to develop a new marketing plan for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. Partnering with Samsung and SOTI, the School of Business, Technology, Marketing and Finance as a part of the John F. Kennedy High School in Paterson, NJ presented 20 students with Galaxy Tab 2 devices to help them with their marketing plans which will involve creating a plan and a video showcasing the very device that they will be using.

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The program will focus on mobile learning and using technology in the everyday life to prepare them for higher education as well as the workforce. The goal is to have the program prepare the students for college and career success. Verizon will be providing the 20 students with free service during their 4 months with the devices and of course prizes for the best marketing plan. June 2013 is when the program will commence. The students, Verizon and a panel of judges will choose just 3 finalist of the 20 students. Voting will be online and open to the public to determine first, second, and third place winners.

Verizon has previously worked with other schools in Boston, MA and Newark, NJ.

For more info on this and other Verizon Wireless initiatives, check out http://news.verizonwireless.com/ 

Smartphone Use Among American Teens Grows: Pew Research

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Smartphone adoption among American teens has increased substantially and mobile access to the internet is pervasive. One in four teens are “cell-mostly” internet users, who say they mostly go online using their phone and not using some other device such as a desktop or laptop computer.

These are among the new findings from a nationally representative Pew Research Center survey that explored technology use among 802 youth ages 12-17 and their parents. Key findings include:

·      78% of teens now have a cell phone, and almost half (47%) of them own smartphones.That translates into 37% of all teens who have smartphones, up from just 23% in 2011.

·      23% of teens have a tablet computer, a level comparable to the general adult population. 

In many ways, teens represent the leading edge of mobile connectivity, and the patterns of their technology use often signal future changes in the adult population

Students in Lynn, Massachusetts Take Learning Out of the Classroom with Verizon Wireless

 

Verizon Wireless’ Mobile Learning Lab, a traveling classroom, transports college mentors to local high schools, such as Lynn Classical High School in Lynn, Massachusetts, to help students with college essays and SAT prep through the use of tablets and smartphones in order to improve academic achievement. 

 

 

Tech Tops Holiday Shopping Lists This Year

"The results of a new Tech Bargains survey were recently released, and they show that 53% of consumers will spend more than half of their holiday shopping budgets on electronic devices. Of the tech gifts people expect to buy, tablets are, not surprisingly, the most-wanted items of the year.

What is surprising is exactly which tablets customers are expecting to buy. 33% of those surveyed expect to buy Google’s Nexus 7 tablet, while only 30% expect to buy an iPad. The iPad Mini and Kindle Fire HD are tied in the survey, with 24% of respondents expecting to buy each, and 12% will be buying the Microsoft Surface hybrid laptop/tablet device.

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What gadgets are on your shopping list this year? Reblog this post and let us know!”

Learn More About Your Wireless Devices with Free In-Store and Online Workshops

imageA growing number of smartphone and tablet users are turning to VZW to get the most out of their new wireless devices. Overall attendance at our Wireless Workshops has more than doubled in 2012. Have you attended a workshop yet?

Brush up on your smartphone and tablet skills. VZW Workshops are free and available online and in most Verizon Wireless Communications Stores. Click here to search for a list of topics and schedules at participating stores in your area as well as information about online sessions. 

What’s Your 4G IQ?

Chances are you’re familiar with the 4-H Club, you’ve stayed in a four-star hotel and you can name a four-star general. But what do you know about 4G? For those only vaguely familiar with the term 4G, it refers to the fourth and latest generation technology for data access over cellular networks. 4G wireless networks are much faster than 3G networks and provide more capacity (or bandwidth) needed to access all the applications and programs now available on smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices.

Two key advantages of 4G LTE are its incredible bandwidth and its ultrafast speed, enabling the user and businesses to access the Internet from a mobile device as quickly and seamlessly as you do from the computer in your office.

To learn more about how 4G LTE is Transforming Health Care see below and click through.

Transforming Health Care
The ability to experience the Internet, untethered with no wires attached, with virtually no latency or delay — all at super-fast speed — opens a world of new possibilities for business, improving your efficiency and productivity while offering the tools to run a business at full strength.

The New Normal

4G LTE also can enable Emergency Medical Technicians and ambulance medical technicians to transmit patient data to emergency room doctors while in transit, thus expediting care upon arrival at the hospital; by the time the ambulance arrives, the patient has been admitted, medical records have been pulled and care can begin immediately.


66 Percent Of College Students Believe Tablets Help Them Study More Efficiently

OnlineUniversities.com created an infographic called “Teaching with Tablets” that looks at the technology adoption among high school and college students. With no surprise, ninety percent of college students and high school seniors believe tablets are valuable for both educational and personal purposes.   

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INFOGRAPHIC: Kids Go Gaga Over Tablets

More than half of children between the ages of five and eight have already used tablets to play or learn, according to research. Tablets are permeating family life, too; in households that own a device, kids 12 and under get their hands on it more often than adults. Check out the infographic below to see what kids are using them for most

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When setting your kids up with their new gadget, don’t forget to research your options for parental controls to ensure safe and appropriate use. To learn more about VZW’s offerings including content filters, family locator and usage controls, click here.