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By Jessica Kenney

In 2011 we were introduced to some great tech gadgets, including Google Plus, the iPhone 4S, and the iPad 2. What gadgets have been introduced so far in 2012? And what is to come in the latter half of this year?

A few of the exciting products that have already been released in 2012 are the PlayStation Vita, a gaming console that is packed with a quad-core graphics processor; Facebook Timeline, a Facebook design change that is a better way to ‘tell your life story;’ and the release of quad-core mobile devices, which offer advanced video and photo editions & high-end graphics games.

So what else do we have to look forward to in 2012? Here are a few gadgets expected to be released this year:

  • Apple iPhone 5
  • Apple iPad 3
  • Windows 8

Which of these 2012 gadgets are you most excited about? The WhatsUp Gold team would love to know which you are the most interested in – and if we left any gadgets off of the list!

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By Kaitlyn Myers

The WhatsUp Gold IT Management family is excited to announce an easy to use tool for reading, gathering and understanding traffic readings in real-time from a single interface with our free Interface Bandwidth tool. This application will allow you to specify a target device and connect via SNMP to return a list of available interfaces. Just select the interface that you want to monitor and quickly access two gauges, one for receive traffic and the other for transmit traffic. Features include:

  • Scan devices for interfaces and select up to eight to monitor for percent bandwidth usage (both transmitted and received data).
  • View configurable polled intervals as analog graphic gauges, in chart format, or as a table.
  • Control the poll frequency, gauge thresholds, and the number of data points graphed at one time.
  • Edit the detected interface speed and to gain more meaningful results.
  • Use advanced filtering capabilities to locate interfaces.
  • Print and export polled data in PDF, HTML, and TXT formats.

Get the Interface Bandwidth tool today!

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By Sean Barry

Mobile Computing
Here are two more predictions from Ennio Carboni, the Ipswitch Network Management Division president, on another blossoming area of technology in 2011: mobile computing.

2010 witnessed the release of multiple versions of the tablet computer. Although netbooks have been around for a few years now, they continue to remain popular due to their low price. And, it seems like everyone you know is upgrading to a new smartphone from countless providers. With mobile computing’s availability and reach growing quickly, employers are expecting sonic speed response time and near 24/7 availability more now than ever before. In order for this to be viable organizations must ensure their employees can access business applications from these devices, while at the same time maintaining security, speed and functionality.

As we enter 2011, we can count on almost every business software provider or tool releasing mobile-compatible versions and apps for your convenience.

The Rise of the Android

For several years, the top contenders in the smart phone race were the iPhone and Blackberry. 2010 brought the advent of the Android, which threatens to usurp the former smartphone leaders. Google’s Android OS for mobile phones is already toppling Apple’s iOS as the top mobile operating system. While millions of apps exist for the iPhone, it is not considered the friendliest OS to work with. The Android’s opensource capabilities have opened a huge window of opportunity for more hardened business applications, beyond games and social apps.

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By Sean Barry

Last post I mentioned the various geolocation apps out there. Come to find out this interesting concept has opened up a niche market. More and more companies are feeding off this trend with innovative ideas like automatic Foursquare check-in by Checkmate and Future Checkin that function through background-running location info on iPhones. Another iPhone-centric app, MessageParty, combines chat rooms with the geolocation model, where users can create public parties that are location-aware. In other words, you can choose to chat with anyone that is logged on near your area.

Similar to MessageParty is Qilroy (“kill-roy”), an app that peruses your social networks for location-based status updates, allowing you to filter for specific events or places, and then reply directly to people with corresponding mentions. Dialogue can then continue as a Qilroy thread.

If the whole publicly-broadcasting-your-whereabouts-thing is a turn off for you, see Qualcomm’s Neer for the Android and soon-to-be-released version for iPhones. This location app is suited for the private-type, and allows for automatic location sharing among trusted friends, family, and spouses within your native contact list. It even smart enough to look through your call/text behavior to suggest members for your “inner circle.”

A recent AdAge article brought to light the two different types of “check-in app” users: hyperactive and hyperpassive. It went on to elaborate on geolocation apps that appeal to hyperpassive users specifically. First, there’s Xtify, one of a handful of apps that uses geolocation to deliver sales promotions and discounts. ShopAlert is a similar service that also incorporates alerts by social media, SMS, and other means. Shopkick is a contender as well, providing “kickbucks” for consumers who enter different stores.

It really comes down to the level of commitment and customization the user is looking for. I predict, just as what happened with Twitter, that the bigger names in Geolocation (Foursquare, Gowalla, SCVNGR) will start picking up on ways to expand their services based on what the ‘little guys’ are doing to maintain market share. We’ve already seen the beginning; Foursquare recently announced the new ability to see when you’ll become mayor of a location, an app that third-party WhenWillIbeMayor.com had spearheaded.

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By Danielle Lajoie

This week Google announced Google Voice would become available on the iPhone again as well as the Palm Pre and Palm Pixi.  Now in the midst of the Apple Tablet hype it was very easy to miss this announcement, but it is certainly something you should be aware of.  Through a mobile website – http://m.google.com/voice – users can access Google Voice, which functions almost as well as the original app version, which was rejected by Apple this past summer.

If you’re not familiar with Google Voice, this announcement does not seem particularly interesting.  However, Google Voice is an intriguing tool allowing you to create one phone number to reach all of your existing lines (cell, work, home, etc) and compiles all voicemails into a single mailbox.  Additionally, it converts all of these voicemails to text which can then be texted or emailed to the user.

Another unique feature is that different voicemail greetings can be set depending on the caller.  Perhaps its best feature is the ability to make cheaper international calls and send free texts.  With the actual app on your phone, Google Voice is integrated with your phone book allowing easy dialing.  This app works great for Android phones, including BlackBerries, Droids and NexusOnes.

However, if a customer is using the mobile site, it will be using the call features via the website using the store contact information on the web and not the individual phone.  Although this may be frustrating for quick calls, the ability to access Google Voice again is a great win for iPhone users.

Google Voice on Phones

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By Erin Hayes

Have you finished your holiday shopping yet?  If not, we’ve made it a little bit easier with some gift ideas or maybe, just a present for yourself.

Roku HD-XR

Do you frequently watch streaming videos from Amazon, Netflix, MLB.TV, and other services?  If you do, the Roku HD-XR ($129.99) is an ideal product for you.  The RokU HD-XR is compact media player that streams high-definition content from these and other Internet services to your television.  Unfortunately, the player does not stream videos from YouTube, Hulu, and Vudu, but does offer its own channel store.

Jelfin Ball Mouse

Are you bored with your ordinary mouse?  Well, the Jelfin Mouse ($34.95) is here to solve that problem.  Ball-shaped and gel-covered, the Jelfin mouse is supposedly more comfortable than your typical mouse and comes in an array of colors.  It is compatible with both Windows and Mac and has a sensitivity of 1000 dpi.  And when things get hectic, this little mouse comes in handy with its stress ball-like design.

Kensington Car Mount with Sound Amplified Cradle for iPhone

As more and more GPS apps become available on the iPhone, a sturdy cradle to mount your iPhone is certainly a necessity.  The Kensington Car Mount with Sound Amplified Cradle for iPhone (starting at $29.95) is sturdy, easily rotated, and allows you to plug in your iPhone’s charger.  This cradle does not come equipped with the latest and greatest features (built-in charging and high-volume sound amplification), but it certainly provides a durable and simple mount.

Logitech Squeezebox Radio

The Logitech Squeezebox Radio ($199) is a compact digital music player designed for nearly any room in a house.  The Squeezebox Radio wirelessly streams your digital music library, Internet radio, and other online music services including Pandora and Slacker.  Additionally, this radio can be integrated with Facebook and Flickr allowing you to update your status or browse photos from any room in your home.

GBoard

In case you were wondering, yes this is a keyboard just for Gmail.  The Gboard ($19.99) provides Gmail users with all of the shortcuts they could ever need on a compact, color-coded, and easy-to-use keyboard.  If you are a heavy Gmail user, this unique keyboard will help speed up your email experience.


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By Sean Barry

Let’s face it, smart phones are nothing new. However, they’re getting more and more advanced and affordable. As a result, they are not just for tech trend-setters anymore. Even laggards and late adopters are getting on the smart phone band wagon. When choosing a smart phone, the options can be overwhelming. Depending on your carrier you have the choice of an iPhone, DROID, Palm Pre, various Blackberries, Samsung Blackjack, and HTC’s trendy offerings, to name a few.

There are a lot of exciting things happening with this technology. Take for instance Motorola’s DROID, dropping today. This phone could potentially usurp the iPhone this Holiday Season. It has over double the pixels of the iPhone 3GS, google-enabled GPS with street view, a 5 megapixel camera, 550MHz processor for quick page-loading and a 1,400-mAh battery with 270 hours of standby time.

And of course, smart phone features like those are just the beginning. Since the advent of mobile applications there has been an explosion in the number of ways you can kill time using your phone. Along with awesome phones like the DROID, there are endless applications to enhance your phone experience. There’s even an iPhone app for conducting your own sobriety test, thanks Grolsch!

Looking at technological trends like this, WhatsUp Gold saw the benefit its customers would derive from an app, that’s why we developed WhatsUp Gold Mobile Access. If you can auto-tune your voice with the T-Pain app, you should have no problem checking in on the status of your network on your mobile device. While most apps are proprietary to different devices, WhatsUp Gold Mobile works on almost any smart phone. It offers much more than one-sided SMS notification; you can take the next step and react to these notifications right from your device:

http://www.whatsupgold.com/products/mobile.aspx

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By Erin Hayes

Unless you’re in the market for absolutely useless technology, this week was slow in the gadget department. But I didn’t want to leave you empty handed so here – check out an different take on an iPhone case and wind and solar power generator that could keep network managers around the world prepared for any natural disaster.

Wooden iPhone Case

wood_iphone_case3I haven’t jumped on the iPhone bandwagon yet – I’m more of a Nokia e71 fan – but I had I’d buy Substrata’s wooden iPhone case. Putting aside how perfectly ironic it is to protect one of Apple’s advanced gadgets in a material as primitive as wood, this sleek case adds a unique element to what has become a ubiquitous device. Substrata’s series of wooden cases for the 3G are sanded to compliment the iPhone’s curves while the inside is contoured to phone’s shape exactly to prevent it from sliding. The price does run a bit high at $84.99, but given that each case is handmade that should come as too much of surprise.

Kinesis Industries’ K3 Wind and Solar Power Generator

Kinesis Industries’ K3 compact “tribrid” wind and solar power generator is the kind of all-in-inhabitatk3-ed014one gadget I can appreciate. The device is the size of a flashlight and the rechargeable battery can be precharged with normal grid electricity using an AC plug, a computer via USB or from a car cigarette lighter with a USB adapter. But get this – fully charged, the K3 can power a cell phone more than five times on a single charge and an iPod or MP3 player more than 10 times! However, CNet thinks the device is bit heavy for serious mountaineering or hiking and I tend to agree. Although my two week long kayaking trip last summer at La Verendrye could have benefited from some tunes and I think K3 generator could have helped in the iPod charging department. It will sell for about $99.95 when it’s officially released in June.

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By Erin Hayes

porfront142The Crabble Stand

Has it become too much to physically hold your iPhone while catching up on the latest “30 Rock” episode. It has? Great, then have I got the gadget for you. The micro-sized Crabble stand will support your iPhone or Touch in both portrait and adjustable landscape formats. The durable and recyclable polypropylene stand can be easily stored; it fits unfolded in a billfold wallet and can be further miniaturized when folded in half. It boasts non-slip silicone rubber claws for extra stability no matter where / how you travel. And it’s not Apple product exclusive. The Crabble stand will accommodate a variety of other small media players and smartphones as well as many protective cases; all for a very reasonable $4.99!

The Simpsons Postage Stamp

the-simpsons-postage-stamps1Do you still send letters via snail mail? Do you need a way to inject some personality in this archaic form of communication? If you’re answer is yes then you should look into purchasing a booklet of The Simpsons Postage Stamps. Each of the 20 stamps features a different Simpsons family character, including Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie (but no Grandpa). The creator of the hit cartoon series, Matt Groening, personally drew each stamp as well as the four randomly available booklet covers. You can find them for $9.00 at the USPS store.

Livio Radio

livio-radioNo you can stream music from Pandora or any other internet radio station of your choice with the Livio Radio. Livio’s music system features both built in Wi-Fi and Ethernet and is designed specifically to access your Pandora Internet Radio account. Like the online radio service Livio will pay attention to which tunes you love and which tunes you could live without with dedicated thumbs up/thumbs down buttons for rating your music. Livio also includes an auxiliary input for connecting other audio sources and an included remote control. It’s available here for $150.

Fujitsu Security USB

fujitsu_secure_usbFujitsu has developed a solution for the paranoid freak in all of us. They’ve created a pair of new technologies wrapped in a single package aimed at preventing sensitive information from getting into the wrong hands. First, the “secure USB memory device” is a thumb drive containing a processor and a battery. Data security policies can be set to delete data after a specific period of time or if the drive is accessed by an unauthorized computer — handy if the thing gets lost or misplaced. Second, the company’s “file redirect technology” restricts the data to the USB memory device itself, or to a specified server. It isn’t quite available for the average consumer yet- the company is still conducting trials – but look for this handy device to hit the market sometime this year.

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By Erin Hayes

The European Union is considering “binding guidelines” that could force wireless operators to allow mobile VoIP services such as WUG’s service and Skype run over their data networks.

According to German newspaper Handelsblatt the company explicitly voipresponsible for bringing the wrath of the EU is Germany’s Deutsche Telekom. The T-Mobile subsidiary balked at allowing their customers’ access to the more affordable (i.e. free with wireless access) communication tool and categorically denied the use of any form of VoIP software on its network – even the perfectly legal Skype app for the iPhone.

Deutsche Telekom apparently pulled a Time Warner and cited “risk of excessive bandwidth consumption” for their restriction, but the EU isn’t buying it.

(Check out our blog on Time Warner’s decision to effectively limit online video consumption)

However, as you are so aware, blocking a competitor’s service by monopolizing the market makes you very vulnerable to antitrust charges – and this is where Deutsche Telekom presently stands according to Handelsblatt.

The EU’s telecoms commissioner, Viviane Reding, has called for the EU to undo arbitrary obstacles to “innovative services” on cellphones. A draft of the VoIP measure is reportedly completed, but still unfinished due to a lack of precise wording.

Here’s to hoping that our government and the governments in the E.U. continue to challenge companies like Time Warner and T-Mobile’s German subsidiary to embrace and change with today’s innovative technologies instead of simply trying to stand in the way in the name of protecting outdated business models.

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