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goCharge Featured on KGO Radio in San Francisco

By | Tips & Tricks

 

goCharge was featured on San Francisco’s KGO Radio this past Monday, the 12th of October, explaining why goCharge cell phone charging stations have been so successful among customers looking for a simple solution to charging their devices in a variety of locations, where plugging in and charging might otherwise not have been possible. Check out the interview with goCharge’s David Sklaver below.

Blacksburg, VA Shows How goCharge Charging Stations Can Help Keep Students Safe

By | Lifestyle, Tips & Tricks
Source: WBDJ7.com

Source: WBDJ7.com

goCharge is proud to have had its charging stations added to several bars in Blacksburg, Virginia. A downtown Blacksburg bar called Champs has become the first in the area to take advantage of goCharge’s cell phone charging stations with the goal of keeping their student patrons safe during a big college football match against Ohio State. The idea is that offering students a cell phone charging solution at no cost to them will encourage them to power up while watching the game, so they won’t be without battery when making their way home. Other bars and restaurants in the neighborhood are following suit and installing charging machines to help increase customer satisfaction and even keep patrons in their establishments for longer periods of time.

Sources: wdbj7.com and roanoke.com

Gore-Tex Philadelphia Marathon

By | Lifestyle

Every year in November, over 100,000 people gather in Philadelphia, PA to watch, participate in, or work at the Gore-Tex Philadelphia Marathon. This year was no different, and goCharge had the pleasure of co-branding the impressive Eagle charging solution with Gore-Tex, the event’s title sponsor. The charging solution was strategically placed in Gore-Tex’s Runner VIP area, and received constant use throughout the event.

“This could be the coolest thing I’ve ever seen,” said one runner, who came over to the unit after receiving a post-race massage. “I was listening to music on my phone throughout the entire race and now it’s dead. I was literally just thinking to myself ‘man, I wish I could charge my phone right now’.”

Among the slew of runners coming over to use the Eagle after they finished were their family, friends and volunteers. Throughout the day, there were just shy of 250 people who charged up their phones with the Eagle. goCharge is extremely pleased with the reception, and are excited to be a part of next year’s event.

From ACM News – Multiple Standards Hinder Growth of Wireless Charging

By | Lifestyle, Tips & Tricks

The three-way standards battle for supremacy in wireless charging technology shows little sign of abating, with the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) and the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) holding their ground, and only the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) suggesting any real compromise through a technology contra deal with A4WP.

The lack of agreement on standards among these organizations is no surprise in a global market potentially worth billions of dollars, but it is also the reason why many suppliers are taking a cautious approach to introducing products incorporating wireless charging technology, and why the market is not accelerating as fast as might be expected.

Essentially, the standards battle is between two core technologies: closely coupled magnetic induction and loosely coupled magnetic resonance.

WPC offers Qi (pronounced “chee”), a low-power wireless charging specification using closely coupled inductive technology, although it is hedging its bets with late development of a spec for loosely coupled magnetic resonance technology that is expected to manifest itself in supplier products late this year.

A4WP is developing loosely coupled magnetic resonance technology under the Rezence brand, and says that compared to first-generation inductive technology that charges a single device carefully positioned on a charging mat, second-generation resonance technology can charge multiple devices with different power requirements at the same time. Products based on the Rezence spec are expected to come to market late this year as well.

PMA, founded by Powermat Technologies and Proctor & Gamble to develop an inductive technology standard for wireless charging, takes a slightly different stance, with a focus on developing a global network of wireless charging services. In February 2014, PMA and A4WP agreed to adopt each others’ technologies, giving each of them a foot in both the inductive and resonant technology camps.

To date, induction technology owns the market. There are over 500 Qi-certified wireless chargers and compatible products available, with recent additions including Nokia’s Lumia mobile phone range. PMA has also had some success, with Powermat securing a contract to provide wireless charging based on the PMA standard at Starbucks, and most recently working with Cadillac to integrate wireless charging for smartphones in some of its automobiles. These products and applications may appear promising, but these are early days in the development of wireless charging, and the emergence of resonant technology could change consumer expectations and, in turn, supplier strategies.

Ryan Sanderson, principal analyst for wireless power at consultancy and research company iHS, explains, “There is pent-up demand for wireless charging and there are some products in the market, but the big product providers say they won’t promote wireless charging to consumers until there is clarity around the standards and interoperability.”

Uncertainty around the multiple standards is causing market friction, with iHS reporting that only 20 million devices and accessories (including wireless charging receivers, such as sleeves for mobile phones) were shipped last year, against total shipments of 1.5 billion mobile phones. While interoperability between products based on different standards could stimulate product supply and market growth, Sanderson suggests another catalyst for growth could be the adoption of one of the existing standards by a large device provider to the extent that it becomes the dominant standard.

This is a sound theory, but until it becomes a reality, consumer product suppliers not already wedded to one technology through membership in one of the standards groups remain concerned about selecting a standard that could fall from favor, and are either waiting for clarity about interoperability before building products or developing multi-mode products integrating chips that are compatible with the different standards.

goCharge, a provider of mobile handset charging stations, is waiting to see how the standards battle pans out. Ben Richman, president of goCharge, says, “We have a blank canvas and can adopt different standards and build what customers want, but we won’t pick a wireless charging standard until the market picks one, and we probably won’t make a charging solution until Apple or a large android provider selects a standard.”

Moving down the supply chain, Broadcom, a semiconductor supplier to wireless communications providers and a member of the A4WP consortium, is riding the wave of uncertainty with the provision of a multi-standard smartphone power management unit that drives A4WP’s Rezence technology into the mainstream, while providing compatibility with deployed inductive technology standards from WPC and PMA. Looking forward, Reiner van der Lee, director of product marketing at Broadcom, says, “Ultimately, all standards, including WPC Qi, will evolve to include resonant technology, which we expect to become the dominant technology used for wireless charging. The market will decide which standard will be the most attractive to consumers.”

WiTricity, a spin-out from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a member of A4WP that has contributed technology to the Rezence stack, has no doubt this standard will emerge as the winner in consumer markets with multiple brands that must interact. Among the companies already licensing WiTricity Rezence technology are Toyota, which will include the technology in its next Prius model, and Intel, which will introduce tablets and laptops based on the technology next year.

Despite WiTricity’s commitment to Rezence, CEO Alex Gruzen acknowledges it will take time for the market to settle on one standard. “There will be multi-mode products in the transition to a single standard, but this is not unusual when innovation is coming from different directions.”

The standards organizations all agree that both inductive and resonance technologies have a place in the broad scope of wireless charging – for example, inductive technology is best for charging a mobile device in a vehicle, but resonance is best to charge an electric vehicle. They also agree there would be advantages in working together on standards development, but they disagree on issues such as sharing and paying royalties for intellectual property, disagreements that will pale into insignificance when the market makes its move.

Sarah Underwood is a technology writer based in Teddington, U.K.

goCharge Supports Susan G. Komen

By | Lifestyle

 

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Breast cancer devastates families and lives and we can all do something to support the resources and science needed to fight this disease. Whether you’ve been personally affected or know someone who has, the support of others makes all the difference.

We’ve decided that throughout the month of October we will donate a percentage from ALL KIOSK RENTALS to the Susan G. Komen foundation with that hope that we can provide support for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research. After all, every little bit helps!

What do people use their cell phones for besides phone calls?

By | Lifestyle

Fully 91% of American adults own a cell phone and many use the devices for much more than phone calls. In our most recent nationally representative survey, we checked in on some of the most popular activities people perform on their cell phones:

Cell phone activties

Texting, accessing the internet and sending and receiving email remain popular.  Some 50% of cell owners download apps—up from 22% in 2009. Many use certain location-based services like getting directions or recommendations. Nearly half of cell owners (48%) use their phones to listen to music.  The proportion of cell owners who use video calling has tripled since May 2011.

Overall, almost all activities have seen steady upward growth over time.

Cell phone activities over time

Younger adults (those ages 18-29), the college-educated, the more affluent, and urban and suburban-dwellers are especially likely to use their phones in a variety of ways.  The following tables highlight the demographic composition of those who perform certain activities on their cell phones.

Text messaging

Texting continues to be one of the most prevalent cell phone activities of all time.  Fully 81% of cell owners text.  It is especially popular among younger adults, the college-educated, and those living in higher-income households.

Text messaging

Accessing the internet

Six-in-ten cell owners access the internet on their phones.  African-Americans and Hispanics are more likely to do so than whites.  Younger adults, those with at least some college education, and those with an annual household income of over $75,000 a year are particularly likely to access the internet via cell phone.  Those who live in rural areas are less likely than urban or suburbanites to have mobile internet access.

Among those who use the internet or email on their phones, more than a third (34%) say that they mostly access the internet from their phone.1 African-Americans, Hispanics, young adults, those with lower levels of education, and those living in lower-income households are especially likely to say their cell phone is their primary point of internet access.

Accessing the internet

Email

Half of cell owners send or receive email from their phone.  The activity is most popular among younger adults, the well-educated, those in higher income brackets, and urban and suburban-dwellers.

Mobile email

Downloading apps

Half of cell owners download apps to their phone.  Adults ages 18-29, the well-educated, those with higher incomes, and those living in urban and suburban areas are particularly likely to download apps.

Downloading apps

Directions, recommendations, and other location-related services

Half (49%) of cell owners have used their phones to look up directions, recommendations, and other information related to their location.  Young adults (ages 18-29), those who are well-educated, higher income, and urban and suburban residents are most likely to do so.

Directions and location

Listening to music

About half of cell owners (48%) listen to music on their phones.  This is the first time we have asked this question, so there are no trend data to report. Men, younger adults, those living in households with an annual income over $75,000, and urban and suburban residents are particularly likely to do so.  African-Americans and Hispanics are more likely than whites to listen to music on their phones.

Listening to music

Video calling

Two-in-ten cell owners video chat from their phones.  Men, younger adults, the well-educated, and urbanites are especially likely to do so. Hispanics are more likely than both African-Americans and whites to make video calls.

Video chatting

Location sharing

Just 8% of cell owners “check in” using services like FourSquare or share their location from their phone.2 This represents a significant drop from the 11% of cell owners who did so in February 2012, the last time we asked.  Younger adults are more likely to share their location and Hispanics are more likely than both African-Americans and whites to do so.

Location sharing

This report is based on the findings of a survey on Americans’ use of the Internet. The results in this report are based on data from telephone interviews conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International from April 17 to May 19, 2013, among a sample of 2,252 adults, age 18 and older.  Telephone interviews were conducted in English and Spanish by landline (1,125) and cell phone (1,127, including 571 without a landline phone). For results based on the total sample, one can say with 95% confidence that the error attributable to sampling is plus or minus 2.3 percentage points.  For results based on Internet users3 (n=1,895), the margin of sampling error is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.  In addition to sampling error, question wording and practical difficulties in conducting telephone surveys may introduce some error or bias into the findings of opinion polls.

A combination of landline and cellular random digit dial (RDD) samples was used to represent all adults in the United States who have access to either a landline or cellular telephone. Both samples were provided by Survey Sampling International, LLC (SSI) according to PSRAI specifications.  Numbers for the landline sample were drawn with equal probabilities from active blocks (area code + exchange + two-digit block number) that contained three or more residential directory listings. The cellular sample was not list-assisted, but was drawn through a systematic sampling from dedicated wireless 100-blocks and shared service 100-blocks with no directory-listed landline numbers.

New sample was released daily and was kept in the field for at least five days. The sample was released in replicates, which are representative subsamples of the larger population. This ensures that complete call procedures were followed for the entire sample.  At least 7 attempts were made to complete an interview at a sampled telephone number. The calls were staggered over times of day and days of the week to maximize the chances of making contact with a potential respondent. Each number received at least one daytime call in an attempt to find someone available. For the landline sample, interviewers asked to speak with the youngest adult male or female currently at home based on a random rotation. If no male/female was available, interviewers asked to speak with the youngest adult of the other gender. For the cellular sample, interviews were conducted with the person who answered the phone. Interviewers verified that the person was an adult and in a safe place before administering the survey. Cellular sample respondents were offered a post-paid cash incentive for their participation. All interviews completed on any given day were considered to be the final sample for that day.

Weighting is generally used in survey analysis to compensate for sample designs and patterns of non-response that might bias results. A two-stage weighting procedure was used to weight this dual-frame sample. The first-stage corrected for different probabilities of selection associated with the number of adults in each household and each respondent’s telephone usage patterns.4 This weighting also adjusts for the overlapping landline and cell sample frames and the relative sizes of each frame and each sample.

The second stage of weighting balances sample demographics to population parameters. The sample is balanced to match national population parameters for sex, age, education, race, Hispanic origin, region (U.S. Census definitions), population density, and telephone usage. The Hispanic origin was split out based on nativity; U.S born and non-U.S. born. The basic weighting parameters came from the US Census Bureau’s 2011 American Community Survey data. The population density parameter was derived from Census 2010 data. The telephone usage parameter came from an analysis of the January-June 2012 National Health Interview Survey.

Following is the full disposition of all sampled telephone numbers:

Sample dispostion

The disposition reports all of the sampled telephone numbers ever dialed from the original telephone number samples. The response rate estimates the fraction of all eligible respondents in the sample that were ultimately interviewed. At PSRAI it is calculated by taking the product of three component rates:

  • Contact rate – the proportion of working numbers where a request for interview was made
  • Cooperation rate – the proportion of contacted numbers where a consent for interview was at least initially obtained, versus those refused
  • Completion rate – the proportion of initially cooperating and eligible interviews that were completed

Thus the response rate for the landline sample was 10 percent. The response rate for the cellular sample.

  1. For more information on cell internet use, read our report, “Cell Internet Use 2013.
  2. For more information on location-sharing, read our report, “Location-Based Services.” 
  3. Internet user definition includes those who use the internet or email at least occasionally or access the internet on a mobile handheld device at least occasionally. 
  4. i.e., whether respondents have only a landline telephone, only a cell phone, or both kinds of telephone. 

This post is originally from Pew Internet.

How to Run Your Business From a Phone or Tablet

By | Lifestyle, Tips & Tricks

Gone are the days of outdated tower PCs, here’s how to get your small business working with your mobile devices. We’ve got advice for everyone from the dog-walker-for-hire to the tech start-up founder.

Ask anyone who worked in IT in the last two decades and they’ll tell you that getting new hires set up typically involved scrounging a repurposed PC and monitor; setting up an account on the corporate network; and crawling under a desk to set up the workstation. How times have changed. Gone are the days when employees will put up with an outdated tower PC. These days, companies (particularly smaller businesses and start-ups) may give a new employee a laptop—but that is increasingly the extent of company-issued hardware. New employees have very strong ideas about the hardware they want to use (and that they are skilled at using) and it’s likely to include a mix of laptops, tablet, and cell phones. The business user’s demand has shifted from, “Give me the tools I need to get my work done” to “Here are the tools I use. How do I get my work done with them?”

Mobile Devices: Near-Perfect Business Tools
The smart IT person realizes that changing to accommodate this new demand is not just a matter of making users happy; it’s also just plain smart. Why? Because, properly implemented mobile devices can be near-perfect end user tools.

First, mobile devices are ubiquitous. Just about everyone (particularly anyone who has a job) owns at least one, whether it’s a smartphone, tablet, or notebook.

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Second, the extreme portability of mobile devices means employees and business owners are unfettered from the workstation and can work at anytime, from anywhere.

Third, they give the ultimate return on investment as far as business tech hardware goes. Unless the business has to adhere to some sort of government or industry compliances, businesses may not even have to buy mobile devices, because employees often want to use their own personal devices for work. If a business does decide to assign mobile devices, they are often a much smaller investment than traditional workstations.

Centralize Your Data
To really leverage the awesomeness of “anywhere, anytime” access to your data from mobile devices, you need to make your data accessible. “Accessible” means that your data needs to reside not on the C drive of the old Windows XP machine under your desk, but rather on some secure location to which your business partners, employees, and customers can connect. This, of course, is where cloud storage comes in.

Arguably the most widely used cloud services are those used for data storage. If you are not already using a service such as Box.com eFileCabinet, or Microsoft’s OneDrive, you should look into them. You can even get free storage through Google Drive—which you already have access to if you use Google apps or Gmail.

Box (for Android)

If you have data residing on multiple computers that could be a hassle to place online (maybe because it’s a lot of data) but you still would like to provide remote access to that data, you can look into any number of file-syncing services. These allow you to have multiple instance of the same data on each of the machines; if you change the data in one location, the service updates it on all the locations. One example is SugarSync, which can sync data among your machines, keeping everything up to date and remotely accessible.

And cloud services aren’t just for data, either. You can actually create networks of devices that are scattered all over the world via cloud-based services such as Pertino. Pertino is a network cloud service that allows you to add any device, or anyone else’s device, to a shared network in the cloud. It’s great for creating a business network that incorporates offsite workers, telecommuters, external partners, and their mobile devices. Best of all (from the small-business perspective), it’s tailored to those who are not tech gurus, and offers a sophisticated, yet simple-to-deploy way to create a centralized network for data sharing.

In a nutshell, there is no shortage of ways to get your data centralized and accessible from anywhere at any time.

Communication
One of the biggest benefits of bringing mobile into a business is instant communication. At a recent small business summit hosted by Brother in New York City, several small business owners gathered to discuss the impact of mobile on their business. One realtor gave others pause when she declared that she won’t even conduct business with others who are not onboard with mobile communications—mobile is just that important for the success of her business.

Incoming Call

We already text and email so much with our phones that many of us rarely make calls anymore! You now have the option to conduct business meeting on your mobile devices with services such as SkypeGoToMeeting and the many other mobile conferencing apps.

Of course, the fact that you can instantly access and contribute to social media from your mobile devices is also a big benefit for your business. Don’t think that Instagram, Vine, and Twitter are just for kids and celebrities. Recent studies show that 88 percent of small business owners list Facebook as their top social media channel for marketing. And 63 percent of small businesses actively use digital platforms to market their wares and services. If you aren’t using these services from the mobile devices that you always have on hand, you are putting your business at a disadvantage.

Productivity
Many businesses have balked at the idea moving away from traditional desktop because there weren’t many good alternatives to having productivity powerhouse, Microsoft Office running locally on a desktop. Guess what? That’s no longer true for most productivity needs.

One of the biggest uses of mobile that separates business use from personal use is document management. Businesses documents need to be not only accessible, but viewable, and often editable. Microsoft Office for iOSPolaris Office 5 (for iPad), or OfficeSuite Pro for Android are just a few of the productivity apps downloadable for you to get your document work done. Of course, tablets can be outfitted with a keyboard and mouse and transformed into mini-workstations for all of your document editing needs.

 

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Other apps help you manage team projects. One great app we’ve reviewed (and use!) is team project management app Asana, which provides mobile apps and access via a Web browser.

For several years, many balked at moving away from traditional desktop because there weren’t many good alternatives to having productivity powerhouse, Microsoft Office running locally on a desktop. Guess what? That’s no longer true for most productivity document needs.

Security
Unfortunately, it’s not just business owners who are aware of how important and ubiquitous mobile platforms have become. Hackers and digital malcontents are noticing too, and they have begun to shift their attention away from traditional PCs and PC operating systems in favor of often less well-protected mobile gadgets. As you make the shift to conducting more of your business on mobile, you must look into the abundance of security solutions for mobile platforms.

There are a couple of fronts you need to secure when it comes to mobile devices. Malware is one concern. Some products tested in the PCMag Labs to combat mobile malware include Bitdefender Mobile Security and Antivirusavast! Mobile Security & Antivirus, and McAfee LiveSafe are just a few of the security apps that can protect your device from malware.

 

avast! Mobile Security & Antivirus (for Android)

 

However, malware is not (yet) the biggest mobile threat. Can you guess what is? Losing your device. In an interview with PCMag’s SecurityWatch team, Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at F-Secure, said, the biggest threat to Android users is theft or loss. He reported that F-Secure had run a study and found that, “1 in 10 said they had their phone lost or stolen.”

Thankfully, most security apps allow you to remotely wipe a lost or stolen device. Of course, both Google and Apple provide services to help you track down a misplaced device. These are important tools, particularly if you are using your gadgets for business. Most of the mobile security suites mentioned above also offer some sort of remote lock and wipe capabilities, as well as alarms you can trigger remotely.

You should also look into putting a password manager on all your devices. Whether your device is actually stolen or someone nosey picks it up off your desk to a little spying, you’ll want to make sure that you have good, strong, unique passwords for all your online accounts. And of, course, the more productivity, cloud-based storage services and so on that you use for your business, the more logins and passwords you will need to manage. The only way you can hope to have maintain good passwords is to use apassword manager. To beef up password security and to avoid forgetting your passwords, look to apps like Dashlane and LastPass.

Other Considerations…
We’ve barely begun to cover all the reasons to go mobile with your business, and the ways you can begin. As your business needs grow, you may be surprised at the level of sophistication already available via mobile for a vast number of business uses. Whether it’s mobile point-of-sale solutions or VPN services or custom applications, the only limit to making your business mobile-friendly (and mobile-powerful) is your willingness to adopt new mobile technology and services.

 

This post is originally from PCMag.

 

You can’t Snapchat anything with a dead phone.

By | Funny

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Sorry friends, but the truth has been revealed! You won’t be able to continue sending and receiving snapchats from your “besties” if you don’t charge your phone at some point during the day. Luckily, we have stations nationwide so you can get your charge and snap on!

5 Ways A Charging Station Can Make Your Trade Show Booth Pop!

By | Trade Shows

1. Engage and Captivate Your Audience

In 2013, the average attention span was eight seconds. A goldfish’s attention span is nine seconds.* Yikes! Capturing your attendees’ attention early is essential to expanding how much attention they spend in your booth. Stepping away from their phone is easy when it is plugged in and charging.

2. Show Off Your Brand

Branding builds incredible value for your company and gives attendees something they can remember. Without any differentiation between other companies, how will your attendees remember you? Flaunt your visual identity in a way that makes people recall your brand in the long run.

3. Give Attendees an Experience They Will Remember

Take advantage of the in-person, physical environment that is not available online. Attendees want to interact and understand the products your showcasing, so keep them off their phones and focused on your company. Charging stations make great icebreakers.

4. Crowds Attract Crowds

As a business owner, we understand you are looking to attract the right clients into your booth. Let yourself be found by becoming the talk of the event. Introduce yourself to everyone, and invite attendees to stay because you not only have a product or service they want, but also something they need to make it through the day, a free charge.

5. A Good Way to Start a Relationship is with a Favor

Asking for a favor is a sign of trust. It makes people comfortable and feel that you are looking out for their best interest, and you are! Nowadays, charging someone’s phone is a lifesaving event. When it comes to making an impression, often the smallest things can have the most impact.

*statisticbrain.com