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DIY Phone Charging Station Craze

March 29, 2016 | By |

A DIY phone charging station craze is happening everywhere.  Nearly every consumer has a portable device that needs occasional recharging.  So DIYers are busy creating crafting at-home ways to keep cell phones charged.

Here are numerous examples of how consumers are creating DIY phone charging stations for multiple devices: Read More

CEIR Reports Trade Show Industry Growth

March 23, 2016 | By |

Great news for the exhibitions industry as CEIR reports that trade shows are on a continued growth curve.

Not only do the figures from the newest Center for Exhibit Industry Research (CEIR) report indicate robust growth for the trade show industry in 2015, but the outlook is already bright for 2016.

The exhibitions industry has had 22 consecutive quarters of growth, dating back to 2009, according to the newest index published by CEIR. Charts published with the February 25th press release from the organization show the sturdiest expansion in the first quarter at 4.4% and a continuing strength throughout all of 2015, making the past year the most solid since 2011, when the industry began to bounce back from a sharp decline during the height of the recession from 2008-2010. Perhaps the two strongest indicators are the revenue growth at 6.5% and the attendance advancement by 4.9%. Read More

Samsung Reveals Secret Projects at SXSW 2016

March 15, 2016 | By |

Samsung Electronics is showcasing three secret projects from their C-Lab innovation program for the first time at SXSW 2016.

The cat is out of the bag.  Samsung revealed a mobile app, social media network and set of headphones – all created by Samsung employees in their C-Lab. Started in 2012. C-Lab is a startup that helps employees develop their own creative businesses. Read More

Veloxity Charging Stations and the Obamas at SXSW

March 7, 2016 | By |

When SXSW opens week in Austin, Texas both Veloxity charging stations and the Obamas will be present.

SXSW started almost 30 years ago as a music festival, but soon grew to include the film and technology industry as well. President Obama will open the SXSW interactive festival on March 11, by having a Keynote Conversation with Evan Smith, CEO/Editor in Chief of The Texas Tribune. According to, the conversation will be centered around “civic engagement in the 21st Century” and take place “before an audience of creators, early adopters and entrepreneurs who are defining the future of our connected lives.” Read More

The Smallest USB-C Plug is the Biggest Tech Story

February 27, 2016 | By |

Big things including the biggest tech stories often come in small packages.  And that the case with the USB-C plug and port.

USB-C is an abbreviation that tech geeks and actually most people with electronic devices are becoming more and more aware of these days.  Why?  Well, because if your gadget or PC comes with “USB-C,” it means it has a new type of USB connector, one that device makers hope will replace the old rectangular plug.  And of course who wants to be square? Read More

What to Expect at Mobile World Congress 2016

February 20, 2016 | By |

The mobile world anxiously awaits for the world’s largest mobile electronics trade show to begin once again in Barcelona this Sunday, February 21. The 5-day event is boiling up to become one of the most anticipated mobile events of the year with LG and Samsung taking main stage with the releases of their flagship smartphones. Here is an updated list with what each company is expected to bring to MWC 2016. Read More

Facebook’s Sports Stadium Didn’t Impress Cell Phone Users During Super Bowl

February 8, 2016 | By |

Facebook’s Super Bowl feature Sports Stadium really didn’t impress sports fans with cell phones. In fact, users are airing frustrations on Twitter.

Facebook just Launched Its own version of Twitter’s Moments, but just for sports social giant hits the gridiron imitation game between Facebook and Twitter continues. Read More

Consumer Technology Association Says Smartphones Will Continue to Drive U.S. Retail Revenue

February 1, 2016 | By |

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) predicts record revenues will be driven by smartphones and the Internet of Things (IoT).

In a press release from earlier this month, CTA (formerly the Consumer Electronics Association) predicts the U.S. consumer technology industry will see a record-setting $287 billion in retail revenues in 2016. That huge number puts the latest Powerball jackpot to shame, and is largely driven by what’s known as the Internet of Things. Read More

Why should cell phones be allowed in schools

January 28, 2016 | By |

Should cell phones be allowed in schools?

Cell phones have established themselves as an absolutely indispensable item for students in schools these days. Parents and staff certainly know that cell phones can have amazing benefits for children today. Nonetheless, allowing kids to have cell phones in schools has remained a controversial topic the past decade. Read More

Blu Vivo 5, Vivo XL Android, Polaroid Power, Snap Smartphones Launched at CES

January 8, 2016 | By |

The smartphones of CES 2016: Blu Vivo 5, Vivo XL Android, Polaroid Power and Snap.

Beneath the drones, news that Netflix is going worldwide and reality about Oculus Rift, smartphones are all the rage at CES 2016 in Vegas.

The Blu Vivo XL boldly launched at CES and will be available this month priced at $149.  Blu Vivo 5 boldy be going on sale in February priced for $199. Both  phones will go on sale via Amazon and in the US. The company so far has not revealed any plans to launch the new Vivo 5 and Vivo XL smartphones in more markets. The Vivo XL sports a liquid metal finish and the Vivo 5 features have full metal design. Read More