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IOC Launches Online Olympic Athletes Hub

April 20th, 2012 Comments off

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has recently launched what it calls an Olympic Athletes Hub where fans of the Olympics can connect with their favorite athletes from the past and present.

With less than 100 days until the 2012 summer Olympic Games in London, fans are stirring with excitement of the build up to what many believe will be one of the more impressive opening ceremonies.

The Olympic Athletes Hub offers a searchable directory of both past and present Olympians that includes posts from their Facebook and Twitter accounts, photos, videos, training tips, and much more.  So far, over 1,000 Olympians have joined the site and are contributing content with the number increasing daily.

When the Olympic Games begin this summer, visitors to the site will have the ability to conduct live-chat sessions with the athletes living in the Olympic Village.

TechCrunch is offering to give away 2 Samsung Galaxy Tabs as a thank you to the IOC for creating the site.  If you would like to enter the contest visit their site for instructions.  Ways of entering the contest include Liking TechCrunch on Facebook or re-tweeting their posting on their website.

Inside CES 2012

January 11th, 2012 Comments off

Cool CES Events

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas offers the opportunity for any electronics or technology enthusiast to go completely on overload.  So many phones, devices, notebooks, and gadgets are being released at the same time from top industry names such as Audi, Nokia, Panasonic and more.

Attendees and fans of CES 2012 absolutely love events that drive user feedback and competition.  Here are a few of the most popular:

Last Gadget Standing

“A perennial attendee favorite, Last Gadget Standing challenges contenders to give the product demo of their lives.  At stake: bragging rights as the product ‘most likely to change the face of technology.’  See all the winners strut their stuff in this inventive, fast-paced competition. Guest emcees Gary Dell’Abate and Jon Hein from the Howard Stern Show will host the event. ”

Mobile Apps Showdown

“Are you ready for a showdown? Pit your mobile app against the competition during the Mobile Apps Showdown at 2012 CES! Apps producers will have two minutes to demo their app, and an applause-o-meter will measure audience enthusiasm to determine the winners. Guest emcees Gary Dell’Abate and Jon Hein from the Howard Stern Show will host the event”

“Now in its third year at the International CES, this event, honoring the best smartphone and tablet apps, will take place on Thursday, January 12, 2012.”

“Judges will select 10 finalists for the apps competition, which will take place live at the 2012 CES and online. Two winners will be selected, one based on a live vote at the 2012 CES and the other based on online voters at the site.”

Cast Your Vote For Mobile Apps Showdown

CES Celebrity Watch

Check out the list of celebrities to watch for at CES 2012:

  • Dennis Rodman (Basketball)
  • Robert Horry (Basketball)
  • John Salley (Basketball)
  • Allison Fishman (Cookbook Author)
  • Eliza Dushku (Actress and CES Celebrity Ambassador)
  • Jordan Rudess (Artist and Composer)
  • Jillian Micheals (Expert Fitness Trainer)
  • Miss Jamie Michelle (Professional Model)
  • Justin Bieber (Pop Megastar)
  • LL Cool J (Just a cool guy!)
  • Snooki (?)
  • Carl Banks (Football)
  • 50 Cent (Rapper and Actor)
  • Wayne Brady (Actor and Singer)
  • James Bond Directors and Girls
  • Chicago
  • Teresa Scanlan (Miss America 2011)

Thank you CES 2012!

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Joe Barbat on Apple’s Product Revolution

August 2nd, 2011 Comments off

Joe Barbat Founder of Wireless ToyzEvery summer for the past few years, Apple has released a new version of its popular iPhone.  The iPhone 4 features several improvements over previous models released from  Apple, but the changes are not as dramatic as in past years and Apple may face competition from other phone manufacturers.

The iPhone 4 features a 3.5-inch display with a resolution that is said to be greater than what the human eye can perceive. It also includes a 5-megapixel camera on the rear and a front-facing camera for videoconferencing. Additionally, the iPhone 4 includes a range of sensors: a three-axis gyroscope, an accelerometer, a proximity sensor, and an ambient light sensor.

Enclosed front and back with glass, the iPhone 4 is less rounded than previous models, and also somewhat thinner. The iPhone 4 also

Joe Barbat Reviews iPhone 4

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has a high-capacity battery, offering up to six hours of 3G usage or seven hours of talk time.

The most notable competitor to the iPhone 4 is the HTC EVO offered by Sprint. The HTC EVO is the first U.S. phone to offer both 3G and 4G connectivity, providing speeds significantly faster than the iPhone in areas where 4G is available. Additionally, the HTC EVO has a larger screen, at 4.3 inches, which some see as a feature and some see as a handicap. The HTC EVO also has a better camera than the iPhone 4, which at 8 megapixels is also able to record video.

One of the drawbacks of the HTC EVO, however, is its shorter battery life. While still within the acceptable range for high-powered smartphones, the HTC EVO cannot compete with the power-optimized iPhone.

Another point of comparison is the carrier’s network. The HTC EVO runs on Sprint and the iPhone on AT&T. Facing high rates of congestion and demand for Apple’s phones, AT&T has received criticism for the voice quality of its network and frequently dropped calls. Sprint, on the other hand, has avoided similar criticisms in recent years.  Check out a recent speed test article by Joe Barbat on the HTC EVO.

Clearly, these are both among the best smartphones on the market today, but it is no longer the case that Apple’s iPhone is the de facto consumer phone to beat. The HTC EVO and other competitors are quickly catching up and offering new choices for customers who either do not want an iPhone or who are not on AT&T’s network.

Wireless Toyz CEO Joe Barbat Asks “Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer?”

June 16th, 2011 Comments off

Joe Barbat Founder of Wireless Toyz

Does using a cell phone correlated with a higher cancer risk?

Does excessive, long-term use of cell phones cause cancer?

The World Health Organization issued a press release on May 31, 2011 indicating that the use of cell phones possibly increases the risk of certain brain cancer and tumors.  The operative word here is “possibly”.

The big worry seems to be about Radio Frequency (RF) Radiation, a form of electromagnetic radiation, being absorbed by the brain causing glioma (a malignant type of brain cancer).  To give you an idea of how RF compares to other types of radiation that you may be familiar with:  RF is low frequency radiation, whereas, X-rays are high frequency radiation.

The articles that I have been reading since this recent release from the WHO all have some very ambiguous adjectives being used in the studies.  I have not seen one article where a doctor or scientist has definitively stated that “yes, cell phones cause cancer.”  The big asterisk here is that cell phones possibly, may be, and could be carcinogenic to humans.  As with anything that “could, may, or possibly” be harmful to us we have a tendency to both take precautions and be skeptical at the same time.

Let’s take a quick look at how we behave under similar circumstances such as protecting ourselves from harmful UV sun rays.  We don’t know for sure that we’re actually going to get cancer if we spend a day at the beach.  So we take precautions such as using sunblock, wearing UV lenses in our sunglasses, and/or using an umbrella to avoid direct sun exposure.

What are some of the measures that we could take as users of a necessary technology to help reduce our exposure to possibly harmful radiation exposure?  Many of us already do this by using a speaker phone feature, a Bluetooth accessory, or by texting instead of direct calling.

The fact is it could take years before a definite conclusion can be reached on whether or not there is a direct correlation between cell phone usage and the development of cancer.

Note:  The studies the World Health Organizations reviewed were regarding cell phone users that used the technology over a 10-year period.  More research and variables will definitely be needed before a conclusion can be reached.

About Joe Barbat

Joe Barbat is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Wireless Toyz, one of the first cellular phone and wireless device retailers to bring together several different service providers under one roof.

Customers at Joe Barbat’s Wireless Toyz franchises are aided in choosing products and service plans by Wireless Toyz wireless experts. Matching customers’ lifestyles or business requirements to the best available options, wireless experts make shopping at Joe Barbat’s Wireless Toyz a convenient and enjoyable experience.

Throughout the company’s record growth, Joe Barbat has emphasized integrity and accountability in his work with Wireless Toyz. Recently, Joe Barbat reassumed leadership of Wireless Toyz after its sale to a private equity firm in 2007. Following a series of setbacks in 2008 and 2009, Joe Barbat returned to his position as CEO in order to lead the company back to national prominence.

Joe Barbat’s many honors include selection as a Crain’s Business Top 40 Under 40.   Joe Barbat has spoken about his success with Wireless Toyz at such venues as the Leaders & Innovators program at Lawrence Technological University.