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Inside Scoop on the Samsung Fascinate

February 25th, 2011 Comments off

Some individuals have a hard time converting to the new technology of today. They are used to their old razor flip phones and are nervous when it comes to an all touchscreen device. The Samsung Fascinate is a simple device to operate with a lot of cool features. After a week of using the touchscreen you won’t know how you survived on a daily basis without it.

The Samsung Fascinate is a pretty amazing phone when you don’t want to bring a laptop of tablet with you. One thing you might really like is the integrated social hub. The Integrated Social Hub unifies contact information for Twitter, MySpace and Facebook, IM and email accounts. The unified calendar provides a single point of scheduling for Outlook and Gmail calendars, as well as Facebook birthdays. Jump into your endless stream of entertainment. Stay entertained with more than 70,000 apps in the Android Market.

Everything you need is at your fingertips with the Samsung Fascinate!

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Specs:

  • Dimensions (WxLxH) 2.53″ x 0.39″ x 4.92″
  • Weight 4.16oz
  • Battery Standard Lithium Ion – 1500mAh
  • Talk Time – up to 420 minutes
  • Stand By Time – up to 312 minutes

Features:

  • Android – a rich operating system with innovative mobile applications
  • Skype Mobile – unlimited Skype-to-Skype calls & IM with anyone, anywhere in the world
  • 3G Mobile Hotspot – capable with support for up to 5 devices
  • Visual Voice Mail – scroll through your messages, pick the ones you want to listen to, erase or archive
  • Camera 5.0 Megapixel – zoom up to 4x for the perfect shot
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n – for connection of up to 5 devices

Accessories:

  • Windshield Mount $19.99
  • Extended Battery 2200mAh $49.99
  • Standard Battery 1500mAh & Battery Only Charger $39.99
  • Universal Portable Power Pack $39.99
  • Anti-Scratch Protectors (3 pack) with screen wipe $12.99
  • Hard Cover – Clear $9.97
  • Black Soft Touch with kickstand – Black $9.97

iPhone Service Hopping – Will You Make The Transition To Verizon?

February 21st, 2011 Comments off

With the much anticipated release of the iPhone 4 on Verizon Wireless, the masses are braving lines usually reserved for Black Friday and Christmas Eve for the opportunity to purchase this highly sought after product. If you happen to be one of these individuals that thought this day would never come (or maybe realized that it’s time for your upgrade), here are some helpful tips on how to make the switch as painless as possible.

1. If you want to avoid telling everyone and their mother your new phone number, it’s as simple as doing nothing. Well, not nothing but close to it. As long as your current account and phone number remain active, a Verizon Wireless sales representative can transfer your account and number to your new account. Afterwards, your former carrier will receive a notification that your account has been terminated, and you will have avoided sending your Facebook friends a mass message with your new number.

2. Keep your contacts. When switching phones, depending on your current device, there are applications and programs that will help you make transferring them quite simple. For example, if you already own an iPhone and are upgrading your device/switching to Verizon, your contacts will sync via iTunes.

3. More than a paperweight. After you get the Apple of Steve Jobs’ eye, there are several causes that would benefit from your old device. The Verizon Wireless trade-in program estimates the value of your device (any make/any carrier) and gives you a Verizon Wireless gift card at the estimated value. For example, a 32GB iPhone 4 in good condition has an appraised value of $285. Additionally, the Verizon Wireless Hope Program recycles no-longer-used phones from any carrier and uses the proceeds to provide wireless devices, airtime, and grants to local domestic violence shelters.

4.  Put your service to the test. Unlike other carriers, Verizon wireless will offer an unlimited data plan for $29.99/month to its iPhone 4 users. Additionally, Verizon Wireless also offers the Family SharePlans that will save you money by allowing you to pool minutes, texts, and more on up to five handsets.

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Hashable: Keeping Track Of Your Relationships

February 14th, 2011 Comments off

Let’s face it.  Business cards are out of style.  People are no longer buying fancy business cards and handing them out for people to put in their rolodex.  Come on, it’s 2011 people, it’s time for a better way to track your business and social relationships in a more efficient and beneficial way.  Hashable is the answer.  These days most people carry around smart phones that have the latest technology.  Hashable uses that technology to track and manage each and every one of your relationships.

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Here’s what Michael Yavonditte, CEO, had to say about it. “Hashable is a mobile-first service that allows you to track relationships. It’s similar to Foursquare in a lot of ways. As Foursquare is to location, Hashable is to people.  So when you meet a person, you can say, ‘I’ve run into this person, I’ve met this person, I’ve just had a meeting with this person’.  It runs the gamut to breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks, coffee. Anything that a white-collar professional might do with another person, Hashable gives you a chance to log that event.”

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It also allows you to put a person’s information in the system and it will give you a list of other people who have had interactions with that person. It is a great networking tool that can  be utilized to establish and build existing relationships.  Hashable also allows the user the ability to go back through time and see every meeting and encounter you have ever had.

So instead of thumbing through your old rolodex or spending money on fancy business cards to try and impress your colleagues, grab your smart phone and give Hashable a try.  Not only will it save you space in your wallet and on your desk, but it will also save you the time and effort.  Heck, maybe even help you win a good, heated argument among friends about a past meeting.  So go to your App store and check it out!  Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments!

Why is About.me so Important?

February 11th, 2011 Comments off

About.me is a single site with access to all your personal social media site information(Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, LinkedIn, Formspring, etc) and analytics on who comes to visit and what they read about you. Any user can figure out exactly who comes to look at their data. About.me allows users to personalize their own page by allowing them to choose their own fonts, colors, background style, and picture.

Profile Statistics: Users can monitor how many views, clicks, and links there are to their personal site. This can be done daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly. Historical statistics are also available. It shows average time spent on profile, total views, and percent of new visitors.

Datastacks: Shows the users activity. When an individual updates their Facebook or Twitter these updates are added to your about.me datastacks page. Weekly updates are provided to show you how many tweets or status updates you make per week as well as an per week average. This page also provides your reach which includes your friends and followers. It also allows you to see who you @reply.

Promote: There is an options to promote your about.me page to help improve your traffic by e-mail (Yahoo, Gmail, AOL, Windows Live); Social Web (Facebook & Twitter); an Embedded Link; Search Engines; & Google Adwords.

All of this might sound a bit complex, but it is not. Make your about.me today and see how straight forward it is. If you own your own business or looking for a new job this site is a great way to get yourself known on the web in a professional manner.

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Tony Conrad is the co-founder of About.me. Mr. Conrad is from Indiana, but has also lived in Chicago, New York, New Delhi, Paris, Jakarta, and San Francisco. For more information on Tony check out his About.me page.

Massive iPhone Rush to Verizon at 3AM

February 2nd, 2011 1 comment

Verizon Wireless and Apple announced an exclusive opportunity for Verizon Wireless’ customers to pre-order an iPhone 4 online beginning at 3 a.m. EST on Feb. 3.  Verizon has set aside a limited quantity of iPhone 4 smartphones solely for existing customers.  Orders will be shipped to arrive on or before Feb. 10.

The iPhone 4 on the Verizon Wireless network is priced at $199.99 for the 16 GB iPhone 4 or $299.99 for the 32 GB iPhone 4 with a new two-year customer agreement.  Beginning at 3 a.m. EST on Thursday, customers can go to www.verizonwireless.com/iphone to order their iPhone 4.

Pricing line-up:

-Basic voice plan will cost $40 & includes 450 minutes per month

-Voice & unlimited text plan will cost $60 per month

-Data plan (Web&E-mail) is $30 per month


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What if you are an AT&T customer?

For current AT&T customers it will not be until Feb. 10th that you all can switch over your plan and receive the iPhone 4 from Verizon. Wolfram Alpha has a tool  that AT&T customers can use to check their early termination fee.