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WIRELESS DECISIONS

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Lately all I have been hearing is how technology is truly changing the way we live and survive during these tough economic times.  People are making choices concerning the services they want, and the services they truly need.


Recently AT&T announced that they have experienced a significant ramp in consolidated revenue growth led by improved results in wireless and enterprise, and further expansion of wireless and consolidated margins.  This announcement sheds some light on the new needs and demands of both consumers and businesses.

The exploding demand for wireless voice and data services has fueled their increased revenue. This appears to be a direct result of what most folks are beginning to do . . . which is deciding between keeping a land line phone in the home and business or going completely wireless.  For many these days, it is a choice of simple economics.  For most consumers, it is the reliance on their wireless service that forces them to this decision.  I recently wrote about this in a previous post, "Wireless World", and now the proof of such movement is beginning to show.

I have spoken to folks who are fully committed to being totally dependent on wireless communications, not only for the cost, but for the accessibility.  Others say, why be so accessible to the whole world?  In 2008, no one can afford to be isolated from our global community.  What is happening right before our eyes is the evolution of how we communicate and obtain information.  It is through wireless technology that this change is being created and propelled.

Clearly, AT&T is staying focused on their customers and growth.  By providing quality service and cutting edge products, they continue to attract both consumer and business subscribers.  You can bet all of their competitors, both big and small, in this market will be pushing hard to keep up.  Such competition is good for the marketplace and makes AT&T a better provider.

With all of the new technology we have yet to see, it is exciting to know that marketplace leaders like AT&T still get excited about building their business one person and one business at a time.


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TECH TERM: Social Media

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TechTerm_Image 2008.pngWhat is Social Media?

Definition: Online tools and digital platforms used to share opinions, insights, experiences, and perspectives, includes blogs, message boards, podcasts, wiki sites, and vlogs.  Messages can be delivered via text, images, audio, and video.


Examples of such social media sites are Facebook, MySpace, Digg, and YouTube.








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A "SPIKE" ON YOUR CELL PHONE

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It seems that Filmmaker Spike Lee's next film joint will be on the cutting edge of technology.  It will be "a collaborative effort involving hundreds of cellphone users sending in snippets under three themes starting with the concept of "birth."

It should be very interesting.  :-)




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COOL LINK FOR HOTSPOTS

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WIFI_April 2008.jpgHere's a cool link to help you find those Public WiFi Hotspots.  Hope it helps!  :-)








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TECHNOLOGY AND PEOPLE

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New technology can be somewhat overwhelming.  In our lifetime many of us have gone from living with a Black and White TV that only has 3 or 4 channels, listening to the hometown AM radio station to get all of your local information, to becoming excited by the invention of the cassette tape.

Now with YouTube, Internet Radio, and Google, you don't have to move from your computer screen to get any information you could ever need on anything or anybody.

With all of this new technology and innovation comes great excitement and interest.  These new products have changed the way we live and communicate not only with our friends and family, but with our world. On the other hand, how many new high tech devices do you own where 75 percent of the gadgets that have been added to upgrade the product aren't even used?
Don't get me wrong, I like the new technology and what it is doing to improve our world, but there has to be a better way to explain and engage people on how to use these new tools and products to their fullest extent.
 
Yes, people and companies produce new products to make money, that's a reality of this world. But true visionary companies and executives understand that the real way to get "paid" is to create products we can't live without, a product that will enhance our life, making it easier.
 
It seems to me that as technology advances, it should be easier to use.  However I keep hearing people talk about all these modern and very hip gadgets they own, but they don't use most of the functions.  Why?  Many cannot tell you the reason.
 
I bet the next big wave of hot technology entrepreneurs will be individuals or groups who are able to harness and provide user friendly products and content to the masses.  People want functional, simple, and affordable stuff in their lives.  More bells and whistle are fine and dandy, but if it rings and sings and you cannot get it to work, do you really want it or need it?
 
In there future this will be a key question that the innovators and producers of technology will face.


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