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Boingo Builds SMART Wireless Networks at CES

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

boingo logoMany of us will be familiar with Boingo from their public wifi hotspots in airports and coffee houses, though the company provides many more radio-based services to an array of clients and venues. Marlo learns more about Boingo Wireless and their plans from Dr. Derek Peterson, the company’s CTO.

When building large-scale wireless networks, it’s not simply a case of putting up more and more antennas. Boingo considers each implementation as a “SMART” network, their acronym for Secure, Multiple devices and models, Analytics, Responsiveness and Tiered services. With these aspects in mind, the appropriate design, technologies and policies can be put into action.

Interview by Marlo Anderson of The Tech Ranch. Note that Marlo’s audio is missing for the first few questions.

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HearNotes Earbuds Bring Both Fashion and Fidelity to Your Audio

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

HearNotes is bringing revolutionary lossless audio technology to completely wireless earbuds at CES2015!

hearnotes-earbudsFor high-end audiophiles and people who crave both fashion and fidelity in their earbuds, HearNotes has brought you a solution. It is actually the most elegant solution we’ve seen in quite a while. No more bulky, blocky over the ear headphones, no more wires to get tangled or broken, HearNotes breaks the paradigm.

Health Tech Weekly host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic got the chance to stop by the HearNotes booth while at CES2015 to chat with founder and CEO Patrick Donohue about the genesis of the product and the key design features that set these earbuds apart from the pack. From the packaging and charging box to the innovative and exiting design, we think the HearNotes earbuds will be the next big thing in audio later this spring when they’re released!

Make sure you follow Jamie’s picks and coverage over at HTWeekly.com and the Tech Podcasts Network live CES 2015 coverage over at TPN.tv during the show where our entire CES team will be bringing you the best, the most innovative, and newest tech gadgets to you from the conference! And don’t forget to check out his shows for at NursingShow.comMedicCast.tv, and the brand new Health Tech weekly show at HTWeekly.com.

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.


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.
TPN Interview by Andy McCaskey, SDRNews and Don Baine, The Gadget Professor.

Wireless Charging for Multiple Smartphones

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013


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.

TPN Interview by Andy McCaskey, SDRNews and Don Baine, The Gadget Professor.


LTE Cellular Extenders from Wilson

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Wilson Amplifiers

Cellular Range Extenders from Wilson Electronics


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.

TPN Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDRNews.com


Two weeks of Power from a Portable Fuel Cell

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

Nectar Mobile Power System

Nectar Logo

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.


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


TPN Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDRNews.com





iHealth Blood Pressure Monitor

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

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.


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).

Ideal Life Wireless Health Monitoring

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013
Ideal Life Wireless Health Monitors

Ideal Life Wireless Health Monitors

What are your vital signs? Monitor them from anywhere with wireless health assessment tools from Ideal Life. Steve Wheeler from Ideal Life talks with Jamie Davis, the Podmedic about wireless biometric monitoring devices at CES 2013.


Ideal Life has been providing these wireless health care tools to the medical community for many years. Monitoring these devices from a distance helps manage care of patients with chronic illness in a way that doesn’t require frequent hospital re-admissions.

Security Tied to Health Monitoring

Now Ideal Life has partnered with ADT home security solutions to provide these tools to the consumer marketplace. This will give individuals with sick relatives peace of mind, knowing they can check on their loved ones and connect them to medical or nursing services when needed. These wireless biometric monitoring devices are powerful options to provide oversight and offer better patient outcomes in this time of health care reform.

The wireless monitors are available now via prescription from a patient’s health care provider as part of a home care follow-up plan. Direct to consumer options will be available soon through ADT.

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

Geekazine at CES13 – TPN’s 3rd Year Live Streaming CES!

Friday, December 14th, 2012


It’s that time of year again. Time to get plans in order and get ready for the biggest event of the year.

Holidays? No! I’m talking CES 2013!

Hello, I’m Jeffrey Powers of Geekazine and How to Record Podcasts. I am here to let you all know I will be once again going to CES 2013! Just like Geekazine did in 2012. Just like Geekazine did in 2011. Now it’s 2013 and I’m heading out there again!

What I’m expecting this year at CES

I expect the tablet and smartphone imitative will be crazy. Everyone will have an app for these devices or an accessory to connect to these devices. I expect 3D will still be making strides and TV screens will get bigger and thinner.

LTE is being rolled out but it doesn’t mean the next version of wireless is not going to rear it’s head. Your home wireless is going to pass 802.11n (with 802.11ac) and you will soon pass a Gbps mark.

TPN Live Stream of CES

With the booth move to North hall, I expect our live stream will be off the charts. There will be a lot of traffic where we are so our exposure will increase ten-fold.

Never before have I been this excited about CES. With CES being the largest show floor I am hoping to see a lot of innovative technologies and great new gadgets.

Then there are the after parties. Lots of great events where you can meet the cast and characters that cover CES year after year.

This is the cant-miss show of the year and I am excited to be part of it.

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