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Regular thoughts and updates on Issues important to our members and constituents.
August 24th, 2012

Eleven tons of computer equipment donated

Goodwill Industries of South Central Wisconsin, one of Wired Wisconsin’s partner organizations, recently held an e-recycling drive in the Madison area that collected 11 tons of computer equipment. “I am thrilled and very grateful that so many Madison area residents donated their computer equipment to Goodwill,” said Barbara Leslie, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries [...]

August 21st, 2012

Recycle your old electronics with IndependenceFirst and AT&T on Saturday

Two Wired Wisconsin partner organizations, IndependenceFirst and AT&T Wisconsin, are holding a free electronic collection drive on Saturday, August 25 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Pettit National Ice Center in Milwaukee. In addition, they are being joined in this effort by River Run Computers. Computer donations will benefit IndependenceFirst, a nonprofit agency [...]

August 9th, 2012

Wisconsin takes home the gold…in texting

Wisconsin takes home the gold… and we aren’t talking about in an Olympic medal. Wisconsin retains the title of having the fastest texter in America. 16 year old Wisconsinite Austin Weirschke recently competed again in the texting competition in New York and came out on top after three rounds. The competition tested three skills: speed, accuracy and [...]

August 7th, 2012

Presidential campaigns go mobile

Presidential campaigns are changing these days as advances are made in technology. Just look at the way that the two major campaigns – Barack Obama and Mitt Romney – are using mobile apps to engage supporters and reach new voters. In an email blast last week, the Obama campaign released a new version of its [...]

August 2nd, 2012

Goodwill hosting free computer collection drives on August 19

Have an old computer you want to get rid of? Well, we have the solution. Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin, a partner of Wired Wisconsin, is holding free computer collection drives from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 19. The drives will be held at the following Goodwill donation centers: Madison East 2127 East Springs [...]

July 26th, 2012

New app for swimming in Lake Michigan

No one can deny that it has been a hot summer here in Milwaukee. For those thinking of taking a swim in Lake Michigan, there is a new app that can help you out. Here is an excerpt from the story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Milwaukee Riverkeeper has launched a new mobile app that [...]

July 12th, 2012

Smartphone users support Obama

Harris Interactive recently released the results of a new poll that showed smartphone users overwhelmingly supporting President Obama for re-election. The survey found that 49 percent of iPhone and Android owners plan to support President Barack Obama in November’s election, compared with just 31 percent for Mitt Romney. Of course you are forgetting about the [...]

June 14th, 2012

Spectrum becoming scarce resource for service providers

In the telecom world, the scarcity of available spectrum available to mobile users is a looming concern. However, the average mobile has little knowledge of what spectrum is or how the potential spectrum crunch can have a major impact on mobile device performance. Spectrum, or radio waves, is responsible for transmitting data from your mobile [...]

June 5th, 2012

Is this the decade of cloud computing?

A new report by the Software & Information Industry Association, which includes opinions of 49 technology CEOs and VPs, touts cloud computing as the top game changer, not just for those in the industry, but also for consumers. Many people use cloud computing applications without even knowing it, such as through online email accounts. People [...]

June 1st, 2012

The role of technology in health-care reform

While the debate continues over health care reform, the significant role that technology plays is making health care more efficient and affordable is clear. Often, technological advances are significant and on a grand-scale, involving innovations that have taken years and thousands of dollars to develop. Robotic surgery and advanced diagnostic tools fall into this category. [...]

May 29th, 2012

Remember to update ‘Do Not Call’ information by June 1

In order to keep your summer free from pesky telemarketer calls, you may have to update your information on Wisconsin’s “Do Not Call” list by June 1. Names remain on the list for two years. If more than two years have passed since you last put your name on the list, you could be setting [...]

May 23rd, 2012

Goodwill hosting free computer collection drive in Platteville on June 3

Goodwill is holding a free computer collection drive from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 3 at its donation center located at 2001 Progressive Parkway, in Platteville. Goodwill accepts working and nonworking computers, hard drives, monitors, keyboards and mice and just about anything that can be attached to a computer (e.g., printers, speakers, cords), [...]

May 16th, 2012

Southwest Wisconsin challenges vacationers to go “unplugged”

While most tourist destinations this summer will likely be promoting high speed wireless and internet capabilities, southwest Wisconsin is challenging visitors to go “unplugged” during their vacations. By marketing its limited service reception and broadband on the area’s naturally hilly landscape, southwest Wisconsin is drawing visitors who want a break from their ringing mobile devices [...]

April 26th, 2012

Power of Social Media to Fix Problems

Last week, I was traveling for work to a conference in California and had some horrible flight issues arise, including missing a connection due to weather, being bumped from another flight and mechanical issues on a plane. And each problem I encountered I was able to solve really easily and right on my phone – [...]

February 28th, 2012

New program to profile environmental impact of mobile devices

A new rating system is set to launch later this year will profile the environment impact of smartphones. The startup, Eco-Rating, has teamed up with AT&T to include sustainability ratings on the packaging on each device from the telecom company. The mobile devices will be ranked in four categories: Energy efficiency, environmentally preferred materials, responsible [...]

January 27th, 2012

Data Privacy Day a good time to talk online privacy with teenagers

International holiday draws attention to the need for safe choices online                                      MILWAUKEE — Have you thought about how your personal information is collected, shared and stored online? It’s a question that people of all ages should be considering, especially teenagers and young adults. January 28 is now a designated international holiday, Data Privacy Day, which [...]

January 24th, 2012

Social media to play big role in State of the Union address

If you find yourself away from a television during President Obama’s State of the Union address, here are some helpful links to stream and use social media around the President’s State of the Union address starting at 8pm:   Follow the SOTU live: Watch a live stream on Quora,  “an intelligent discussion site,” where you can post [...]

January 17th, 2012

Mobile applications transforming medicine

From applications that can give us directions, help us cook and slingshot angry birds, the sky is the limit when it comes to their potential. Some new amazing applications are coming out right now aimed at the medical field that could make a huge difference in patient care.  Check out a few applications below and [...]

January 11th, 2012

US State Department amps up social media in January

January has been dedicated as “The 21st Century Statecraft Month” by Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. Throughout this month, the US State Department plans to combine social media and other tools to engage people around the world in discussing foreign policy and current events. The State Department hopes interaction through social media will bring the [...]

December 19th, 2011

Mobile in 2011: A Year in Review

After watching Mobile Future’s yearly wrap up video “The 2011 Mobile Year in Review,” we would agree 2011 was definitely a milestone year in terms of mobile use and growth. Wireless technology crossed several mind boggling thresholds this year. Try and wrap your brain around these statistics: Over eight trillion text messages were sent in [...]