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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.

Oakland County Court Grants $487,000 to Wireless Toyz and Joe Barbat

February 24th, 2012 Comments off

Oakland County Court grants $487,000 to Wireless Toyz, its CEO Joe Barbat, and Other officers of the company.

On January 17, 2012, Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Shalina D. Kumar awarded case evaluation sanctions against David Abbo and Colorado Toyz, LLC in favor of Wireless Toyz, its CEO Joe Barbat, Richard Simtob and Jack Barbat.  On February 15, 2012, Judge Kumar entered a judgment against David Abbo and Colorado Toyz, LLC in favor of Wireless Toyz its CEO Joe Barbat, Richard Simtob and Jack Barbat in the amount of $487,000.

The plaintiffs in the case, David Abbo and Colorado Toyz, LLC, have filed a malpractice law suit against their former attorneys, Norman Yatooma & Associates, Norman Yatooma and Robert Zawideh for malpractice and other claims.

“We are pleased with the outcome of the trial.  To see the court recognize that plaintiffs and their attorneys who seek to abuse the legal system will be held accountable is important to the integrity of our legal system…. justice has been served”.  Says Joe Barbat Wireless Toyz Chairman and CEO.  Barbat continued to say…  “This was an unfortunate case of bad legal advice that cost the plaintiff(s) severely.  Although the outcome was appropriate, well deserved and justified my feelings go out to Mr. Abbo and his family”.

About Joe Barbat and Wireless Toyz:

Joe Barbat founded Wireless Toyz in 1996.  Under Joe Barbat’s direction, Wireless Toyz began franchising in 2001, following the success of the company’s first store. By the end of 2004, Joe Barbat had established 62 Wireless Toyz locations. Today, Wireless Toyz has 72 locations across the country.  Joe Barbat attributes Wireless Toyz’s success to its innovative business model, which allows customers to compare several service plans and products side-by-side.

The Wireless Toyz business model has also been of great benefit to the Wireless Toyz franchisees, and Joe Barbat takes pride in providing others with a means to launch their own careers.

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!

In Closing

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New Nokia Windows Phone Previewing Tomorrow

January 8th, 2012 Comments off

Tomorrow at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV Nokia plans to unveil a new mobile phone called the Lumia 900.

Image courtesy of VentureBeat.com

The new device is intended to use the Windows operating system on the AT&T network.  The New York Times has cited unnamed sources regarding the launch of the new phone.  However, the phone is said to have a profile that is “sleek” and “metallic” in nature.  AT&T and Nokia both have media press conferences scheduled for tomorrow at CES.

Lumia 900 Rumors

“Code named Ace” and “rumored to have a 4.3 inch screen”. – InFlexWeTrust.com

It weighs “just 18 grams more than the Lumia 800″. – PocketNow.com

“Half a gig of RAM, Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango), and an 8 megapixel shooter”. – Engadget.com

“Will arrive with both AT&T 3G and T-Mobile AWS 1700 Mhz band support, which hints that it could get released on both carriers”. – PhoneArea.com

Your Thoughts

What do you predict for Nokia as it launches this new phone?  Will it truly compete with the other players in the market such as Apple or BlackBerry?  Let me know your thoughts by contacting me through the Joe Barbat website.

 

 

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

iPhone image courtesy of Apple.com

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.