National Small Business Week
The Small Business Administration, based in Washington, D.C., has designated this week (June 17 to June 21) National Small Business Week.To celebrate the contributions of small businesses, Verizon will share the stories of several companies over the next week at news.verizonwireless.com.
From the single proprietor to established organizations, small businesses are using the power of mobile technology to improve operations and serve their customers. Check back daily to learn about the innovative ways these small business leaders are utilizing wireless technology.

National Small Business Week

The Small Business Administration, based in Washington, D.C., has designated this week (June 17 to June 21) National Small Business Week.

To celebrate the contributions of small businesses, Verizon will share the stories of several companies over the next week at news.verizonwireless.com.

From the single proprietor to established organizations, small businesses are using the power of mobile technology to improve operations and serve their customers. Check back daily to learn about the innovative ways these small business leaders are utilizing wireless technology.


Turn Up the Heat with These Apps for Your BBQ
It’s that time of year again—time for parties, friends and grilling out. The temperature is rising, the sun is shining and the weekends are looking better than ever. It’s time to hang out with friends, swim, ride, play and grill out. But how do you keep it all organized? These apps and accessories will help you keep track of all that summer fun!
So you’re hosting a party or two this summer. Great! It’s best to look ahead and plan to the best of your ability. With Google Calendar, Google+ or Facebook, you can set up events and send out invites to just about anyone, keeping things as private or as open as you want.
To help with your food and drink selection, there’s a wide variety of apps available that will provide ingredients and recipes for just about anything you can think of. Recipe Search offers over 150,000 recipes, so coming up with tantalizing appetizers and meals is easy, while Mixology Drink Recipes helps you create dazzling concoctions sure to please.
Click through for a full list of apps and accessories to help you throw the Party of the Year every time you have one.

Turn Up the Heat with These Apps for Your BBQ

It’s that time of year again—time for parties, friends and grilling out. The temperature is rising, the sun is shining and the weekends are looking better than ever. It’s time to hang out with friends, swim, ride, play and grill out. But how do you keep it all organized? These apps and accessories will help you keep track of all that summer fun!

So you’re hosting a party or two this summer. Great! It’s best to look ahead and plan to the best of your ability. With Google Calendar, Google+ or Facebook, you can set up events and send out invites to just about anyone, keeping things as private or as open as you want.

To help with your food and drink selection, there’s a wide variety of apps available that will provide ingredients and recipes for just about anything you can think of. Recipe Search offers over 150,000 recipes, so coming up with tantalizing appetizers and meals is easy, while Mixology Drink Recipes helps you create dazzling concoctions sure to please.

Click through for a full list of apps and accessories to help you throw the Party of the Year every time you have one.

Over Half of American Adults Own Smartphones

In the U.S., 56 percent of adults are now smartphone owners, according to a study published Wednesday by Pew. This is the first time since Pew began tracking the numbers that the majority of the population owns a smartphone.
 
People of all ages appear to be snapping up smartphones. While young adults are the highest adopters with around 80 percent owning a smartphone, people 65 and older are also increasingly choosing smart over feature phones. According to Pew, 18 percent of people ages 65 and older own a smartphone — compared with 13 percent a year ago.
 
If you own a feature phone and are ready for an update, click through to Verizon Wireless to find the best smartphone for your needs: here. 

Over Half of American Adults Own Smartphones

In the U.S., 56 percent of adults are now smartphone owners, according to a study published Wednesday by Pew. This is the first time since Pew began tracking the numbers that the majority of the population owns a smartphone.

 

People of all ages appear to be snapping up smartphones. While young adults are the highest adopters with around 80 percent owning a smartphone, people 65 and older are also increasingly choosing smart over feature phones. According to Pew, 18 percent of people ages 65 and older own a smartphone — compared with 13 percent a year ago.

 

If you own a feature phone and are ready for an update, click through to Verizon Wireless to find the best smartphone for your needs: here. 

How To Master the “Selfie”
 Selfie (self-ee). n. a picture taken of a person by that person and commonly shared via social media.Every day, celebrities,individuals and even pets (well, their owners) are using mobile devices to post Selfies across social networks.To create the perfect selfie, keep these tips and tricks in mind.
Watch out for photo bombers. Apps like Handy Photo and TouchRetouch make it easy to remove unwanted objects in a photo, whether it is a random stranger or unexpected wildlife. 
Create the best version of your photo. If after taking the photo you decide you don’t like the picture, there are plenty of apps that provide editing capabilities. With Facetune, users can easily remove stray hairs or blemishes to create a more flattering selfie and use Instagram to add a unique filter. 
Take your selfies in front of a landmark. Wherever you may be, give your selfie a cool background, like the Golden Gate Bridge, the ocean or a pretty sunset. Phones that feature wide-angle lenses on their front-facing cameras, such as the Windows Phone 8X and the DROID DNA, allow you to capture the full scenery in the background. 
Reblog this post and show us your best selfie!

How To Master the “Selfie”

 Selfie (self-ee). n. a picture taken of a person by that person and commonly shared via social media.Every day, celebrities,individuals and even pets (well, their owners) are using mobile devices to post Selfies across social networks.To create the perfect selfie, keep these tips and tricks in mind.

Watch out for photo bombers. Apps like Handy Photo and TouchRetouch make it easy to remove unwanted objects in a photo, whether it is a random stranger or unexpected wildlife. 

Create the best version of your photo. If after taking the photo you decide you don’t like the picture, there are plenty of apps that provide editing capabilities. With Facetune, users can easily remove stray hairs or blemishes to create a more flattering selfie and use Instagram to add a unique filter. 

Take your selfies in front of a landmark. Wherever you may be, give your selfie a cool background, like the Golden Gate Bridge, the ocean or a pretty sunset. Phones that feature wide-angle lenses on their front-facing cameras, such as the Windows Phone 8X and the DROID DNA, allow you to capture the full scenery in the background. 

Reblog this post and show us your best selfie!

Preparing for the 2013 Hurricane Season
After a hurricane season in 2012 that impacted virtually the entire eastern US, experts have forecasted roughly 50 percent more storm activity this year compared to an average season. Hurricane season officially started on June 1st, so the time to prepare is now.First, develop a family emergency plan that includes what to do, who to call, where to go and what supplies to take with you if your family must evacuate.Keep phones, tablets, laptops, batteries, chargers and other equipment in dry, accessible locations like re-sealable plastic bags. And, have car chargers available to charge devices while on the road. Take photos/videos of personal possessions for insurance purposes and save them to an online file storage site such as Verizon Cloud in case of computer/wireless damage.Apps, such as the Disaster Readiness Guide contain helpful in-case-of-emergency information that is available without the need for an Internet connection.Find additional Verizon tips here that can help you prepare for and stay connected in the event of an emergency.

Preparing for the 2013 Hurricane Season

After a hurricane season in 2012 that impacted virtually the entire eastern US, experts have forecasted roughly 50 percent more storm activity this year compared to an average season. Hurricane season officially started on June 1st, so the time to prepare is now.

First, develop a family emergency plan that includes what to do, who to call, where to go and what supplies to take with you if your family must evacuate.

Keep phones, tablets, laptops, batteries, chargers and other equipment in dry, accessible locations like re-sealable plastic bags. And, have car chargers available to charge devices while on the road. 

Take photos/videos of personal possessions for insurance purposes and save them to an online file storage site such as Verizon Cloud in case of computer/wireless damage.

Apps, such as the Disaster Readiness Guide contain helpful in-case-of-emergency information that is available without the need for an Internet connection.

Find additional Verizon tips here that can help you prepare for and stay connected in the event of an emergency.

Jennifer Lopez launches Viva Móvil at CTIA 2013

Last week, Verizon Wireless introduced the newest premium retailer to give consumers the ability to purchase the latest smartphones and tablets on its 4G LTE network – Viva Móvil by Jennifer Lopez. Jennifer Lopez launched Viva Móvil in collaboration with Brightstar, a global distribution and services company, and Moorehead Communications, Verizon Wireless’ largest premium retailer. Viva Móvil will offer consumers a full service shopping experience online, in customized stores and on mobile devices.

Viva Móvil will revolutionize the wireless shopping experience for Latino consumers with a unique social shopping experience through its Facebook page. While on the page, consumers can get personalized recommendations, shop with their friends, comment on devices and share what device or accessory they purchased – all while staying connected on Facebook. Consumers can interact with Viva Móvil on getviva.com and the Viva Móvil Facebook page now.


In the next few weeks, the Viva Móvil by Jennifer will announce store opening in major markets including New York.

 

Verizon and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Bring Small Business Week to Philadelphia
 Verizon partnered with the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce to host Philadelphia’s first ever Small Business Week, celebrating the Philadelphia Tri-State Region’s more than 150,000 small businesses and the positive impact they have on the economy. The week was jam-packed with workshops highlighting essential business-growing tools such as generating jobs and driving innovation in the region. Verizon Wireless’ blazing fast 4G LTE network makes it easier for business owners to stay connected with solutions like wireless tablets, hotspots and online account accessibility. 
The week culminated on Friday, May 17th with a presentation by author and social media expert, Jonah Berger who spoke to the audience about viral content and what makes a video or idea resonate with an audience. Addressing the six basic principles in his book, Contagious: Why Things Catch On, Berger gave tips and tricks on making a product or idea top of mind to consumers.

Verizon and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Bring Small Business Week to Philadelphia

 Verizon partnered with the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce to host Philadelphia’s first ever Small Business Week, celebrating the Philadelphia Tri-State Region’s more than 150,000 small businesses and the positive impact they have on the economy. The week was jam-packed with workshops highlighting essential business-growing tools such as generating jobs and driving innovation in the region. Verizon Wireless’ blazing fast 4G LTE network makes it easier for business owners to stay connected with solutions like wireless tablets, hotspots and online account accessibility. 

The week culminated on Friday, May 17th with a presentation by author and social media expert, Jonah Berger who spoke to the audience about viral content and what makes a video or idea resonate with an audience. Addressing the six basic principles in his book, Contagious: Why Things Catch On, Berger gave tips and tricks on making a product or idea top of mind to consumers.



Infographic: Teaching with Tablets
 
Verizon is using technology to prepare students for success in the 21st century. With a comprehensive strategy that leverages mobile technology, award-winning free digital content, and teacher training for schools and organizations; Verizon is helping to increase student interest and achievement in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Learn how more and more tablets are being intergrated into classrooms and used by teachers in the below infographic

Infographic: Teaching with Tablets

 

Verizon is using technology to prepare students for success in the 21st century. With a comprehensive strategy that leverages mobile technology, award-winning free digital content, and teacher training for schools and organizations; Verizon is helping to increase student interest and achievement in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Learn how more and more tablets are being intergrated into classrooms and used by teachers in the below infographic