The Battle of In-Home Entertainment
There is a competition going on among connected entertainment devices vying for a spot in the modern living room, particularly between streaming video boxes and game consoles.
Devices that offer streaming content have pushed their way into the entertainment fold as appointment TV makes a begrudged retreat. Roku is one of the most popular streaming video players with more than 5 million users taking advantage of 750 available channels featuring on-demand TV shows and movies in an easy-to-use interface. Roku’s popularity is expected to climb with a mobile app that turns the device into a remote control.
Click through fro more suggested entertainment systems to mix video and gaming.

The Battle of In-Home Entertainment

There is a competition going on among connected entertainment devices vying for a spot in the modern living room, particularly between streaming video boxes and game consoles.

Devices that offer streaming content have pushed their way into the entertainment fold as appointment TV makes a begrudged retreat. Roku is one of the most popular streaming video players with more than 5 million users taking advantage of 750 available channels featuring on-demand TV shows and movies in an easy-to-use interface. Roku’s popularity is expected to climb with a mobile app that turns the device into a remote control.

Click through fro more suggested entertainment systems to mix video and gaming.

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.

Video: Lending a Hand with Wireless Devices

 On April 25, Verizon Wireless made a significant donation of wireless devices and technology to The People’s Pantry, a food pantry and resource center in Toms River, NJ that has become a Hurricane Sandy resource center for community members looking for a helping hand. 

The ceremony was attended by nearly 60 community members, including Toms River Township Mayor, Thomas F. Kelaher, and volunteers from AmeriCorps and The Corporation for National and Community Service. See more at the video below

For information on the People’s Pantry or to donate, emaildonations@trschools.com

Past, Present & Future of the Mobile Phone 

The 40th birthday of the first phone call made from a cellphone was celebrated earlier this month and to commemorate the occasion, Column Five and Mashable created the below infographic showing how the mobile phone has evolved over the years. How do you think mobile phones will change in the next 40 years?

Past, Present & Future of the Mobile Phone 

The 40th birthday of the first phone call made from a cellphone was celebrated earlier this month and to commemorate the occasion, Column Five and Mashable created the below infographic showing how the mobile phone has evolved over the years. How do you think mobile phones will change in the next 40 years?

Learning on four wheels with Verizon in Worcester, Mass.

Channel 3 for New England Cable News (NECN) toured Verizon’s Mobile Learning Lab at South High School in Worcester, MA where Holy Cross students meet one-on-one with students to help prepare them for college, as well as SATs. It’s all made possible by Verizon Wireless and technology donated by Samsung.

Verizon’s Mobile Learning Lab, which started last year, is a program that combines the use of technology with college mentors, to create a 360-degree comprehensive environment to help the students learn and grow.

The program also partners with Northeastern University and six schools in Boston.

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Verizon Wireless Announces Educational Empowerment Program With Local Boston High Schools

Verizon Wireless announced last week that it’s offering its educational empowerment program at two Boston Public Schools in partnership with Samsung. First introduced locally in 2012 at the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science, the Verizon Wireless Education Empowerment Program is being offered again at O’Bryant and has also expanded to include Boston Green Academy. The curriculum focuses on mobile learning, teaching students how to leverage technology in and out of the classroom, preparing them for entering higher education or the workforce.

The program’s signature component is its student application development competition. Ten teams of three students, all selected by the schools’ administration, will work to develop unique app concepts and create marketing plans. Students will attend workshops facilitated by Verizon Wireless team members, covering topics relevant to high school seniors, such as creating resumes and sharpening job interview skills. At the end of the project in May, teams will present their app concepts and marketing plans.

A panel of judges from Verizon Wireless will select the top three finalists of the four-month project and a public online vote will determine first and second place winners. Each member of the winning team will receive a $5,000 scholarship, a new Samsung tablet and Verizon Wireless summer internship opportunities. Each member of the second and third place teams will receive a Samsung tablet.

Verizon Wireless 4GLTE By The Numbers
 
This month Verizon Wireless introduced its 4G LTE network in six new markets including Presque Isle, Maine in the Northeast region. Withthese new markets added, the 4G LTE network is now available to more than 273 million people in 486 markets across the U.S. with more coming soon. Check out the above inforgraphic for more on Verizon’s 4G LTE network expansion.
 
 

Verizon Wireless 4GLTE By The Numbers

 

This month Verizon Wireless introduced its 4G LTE network in six new markets including Presque Isle, Maine in the Northeast region. Withthese new markets added, the 4G LTE network is now available to more than 273 million people in 486 markets across the U.S. with more coming soon. Check out the above inforgraphic for more on Verizon’s 4G LTE network expansion.

 

 

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

Mobile Devices Will Outnumber People by the End of the Year

Similar to yesterday’s infographic, Cisco’s Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update shows that consumers’ mobile appetite has grown a lot in the past year, with no signs of slowing.

In fact, by the end of 2013, Cisco predicts there  will be more mobile devices on Earth than people! Findings from the report also uncovered that global mobile data traffic will increase 13-fold by 2017, with more than 10 billion mobile-connected devices by then. What do you think the future holds for mobile? Reblog this post and let us know your predictions!