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DRF – The Device Renewal Forum Certifies Phone Recycling

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Device Renewal Forum

With over 2 billion wireless devices (mobile phones) produced every year, the recycling and reuse of these gadgets is an important environmental issue. Todd chats to Perry LaForge of the Device Renewal Forum about how many major companies are now approaching the issue.

The DRF’s mission is “to expand the growth of the device renewal market through the development of a common and branded certification process for renewed wireless devices”, which means that for consumers, a DRF-certified device will have been properly processed, removing any traces of the previous owners data, and confirms that the phone meets the technical requirements for use on a mobile network. Several major companies, such as Sprint, are joining the scheme and for the sake of the planet, let’s hope the DRF is a success.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

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Increase Signal Reliability with Indoor Cellphone Repeater

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

WiEx LogoThe introduction of LTE technology and high speed data can’t eliminate dead spots within homes or buildings. Both 3G and 4G technology is still reliant upon basic radio transmission, and so there are still situations where the signal from the local cell tower will not be sufficient. The unit can handle a number of phones in a small business warehouse or in homes Wi-Ex has a variety of amplifier systems that can be used in commercial applications in challenging interior layouts, connecting units with coaxial cable.
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Wireless Charging for Multiple Smartphones

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

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Kirk H&J offers an entire range of Inpofi devices and models that enable wireless charging using a proprietary transfer system called “Electric Transfer” to charge devices by placing them on the charging surface.

For the Samsung S3 – you remove the back to install the system.  For the iPhone there are a variety of cases , currently for the iPhone 4 – with the iPhone 5 due in the first quarter of 2013.  Charging times are similar to wired systems, and offer over 90% efficiency. You can mix and match iPhone and Galaxy devices.

The units are available presently at OhmTopia.com , and should soon be found in regular big box stores.

Estimated price points are $50-$70.

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LTE Cellular Extenders from Wilson

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

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Cellular Range Extenders from Wilson Electronics

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Smart Phones on LTE Networks Require Smarter Fill In

Smart phones are driving the FCC band assignments for cellular services for the new LTE technology. The problem is that they add additional frequency bands as they add higher speed coverage. Carriers have gained authorization for new frequencies but the laws of physics still introduce dead spots on the road and in buildings.

Wilson Electronics has a new line of Range Extenders that solve the problem with five band ‘Quint Band’ versions that include this new spectrum for Verizon and ATT LTE services. They are suitable for mobile use or to extend the signals into marginal signal areas in warehouses or small business operations.

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Two weeks of Power from a Portable Fuel Cell

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

Nectar Mobile Power System

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If you are constantly on the move, you probably  struggle to keep your devices charged throughout the day. You try techniques like disabling services in an attempt to keep within your battery capacity when you are out of the office or car, unable to charge your device – and end up without information from a critical app.  Or, you might be on a long trek away from power mains but still within wireless range. You need more power.

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The Nectar Mobile Power System is a flameless fuel cell that combines a hydrocarbon (butane) with oxygen from the air – producing electricity as a by-product.  This technology came from MIT, and uses a solid oxide fuel cell, converting any hydrocarbon into electricity. Fully approved for airplane travel, the system can provide two weeks of cellphone power on a single charge that costs less than $10.

It will be available exclusively at Brookstone in mid 2013. More technical details at their site, NectarPower.com

 

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iHealth Blood Pressure Monitor

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013
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iHealth Wireless Blood Pressure Wrist Monitor

The iHealth Blood Pressure monitor is part of a series of app connected tools that improve a person’s health awareness. Adam from iHealth talks to Jamie Davis, the Podmedic about these home health devices.

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The iHealth Blood Pressure monitor is an FDA approved product and is now in its second generation with wireless bluetooth connectivity allowing connection to more mobile devices via a wider array of app offerings. This makes it a great option for families who want or need to monitor their blood pressure on a more regular basis.

Cloud or App Based Health Tracking

The application from iHealth comes with a free cloud service that allows you to store data online for retrieval later on a web browser instead of the mobile device. Via the app or the cloud, all of the data can be tracked and trended to give users a view of health progress and changes over time.

The iHealth suite of health monitoring tools is available now from a variety of retailers.

Video by Jamie Davis, the Podmedic from Health Tech Weekly (HTWeekly.com).

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