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golf

Phoenix Open most tech-friendly event on PGA Tour

With a new and improved tournament mobile app and increased on-site Wi-Fi and cell coverage and capacity, the Waste Management Phoenix Open remains the most technology-friendly golf tournament on the PGA TOUR.

Improved technology at the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open includes:

• More than a dozen new Wi-Fi wireless access points have been added between the 18th green and 16th hole to improve capacity and reception. The entire golf course is now one giant hot spot with free Wi-Fi provided by Cox Business. The free, expanded Wi-Fi from Cox Business not only provides faster download speeds everywhere on the course, but also cuts through cellular network congestion in the area for fans who just want to download the tournament app, access the Internet, make phone calls or text message.

• Sprint has brought a high capacity Cell Site on Wheels (COW) to the tournament.  The COW will enhance Sprint’s wireless capacity and coverage for voice, data and text messaging. Simply put, more golf fans will be able to enjoy the tournament App and share their WM Phoenix Open experiences using Sprint cell phones. “Sprint has enhanced its network at TPC Scottsdale to give attendees more reliable access to the WM Phoenix Open Mobile App, sponsored by Kyocera,” said Kevin Kunkel, regional vice president of sales for Sprint. “Together, we are bringing more people closer to the game of golf and the Greatest Show on Grass.”
• The WM Phoenix Open Mobile App, sponsored by Kyocera, for Android and iOS smartphones and tablets is new and improved with a new “Get in the Q” sweepstakes for fans to be engaged in tournament action. Plus, detailed information on the tournament’s security procedures, including what is and what is not allowed into the TPC.

The free app, developed by Scottsdale-based AGN Sports, features:

• “Get in the Q” Sweepstakes – During tournament week, fans can play the Quicken Loans “Get in the Q” Sweepstakes through the Waste Management Phoenix Open App. If a PGA TOUR player hits their shot inside of seven feet on the 16th hole, winners will receive a one month mortgage payment courtesy of Quicken Loans. To register for the Quicken Loans “Get in the Q” Sweepstakes, fans can sign-up on-site at the tournament, or download the Waste Management Phoenix Open App via iTunes or through Google Play.

• PGA TOUR Leaderboard – So fans can see where their favorite players are in the standings

• Car Finder – Using GPS and navigation functionality, users arriving at the tournament can save the location of their cars and be guided back upon their departures.

• “Take Me There” Navigation – Users can search and select points of interest on the golf course, including tees, greens, concession stands, restrooms and merchandise areas and tap “Take Me There.” A yellow path will be superimposed on a virtual course map that takes the user to that point of interest from his/her current location on course.

• Links to Waste Management Phoenix Open social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).

• TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course hole descriptions.

• Information on Waste Management, the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Kyocera, the Thunderbirds, Coors Light Birds Nest, local weather and more.

• Daily Event feature – information and schedules detailing each day’s activities during the tournament.

Advancements in technology support Waste Management’s “Zero Waste” initiatives by reducing the amount of information distributed by paper at the tournament (brochures, guides, programs, etc) and transferring it to mobile/digital form. Plus, 100 percent of the electricity to power the tournament has been purchased from renewable energy.

The Waste Management Phoenix Open will be played January 26 – February 1, 2015, at TPC Scottsdale. The tournament host The Thunderbirds have raised more than $93 million for charities, with more than $68 million generated since 2004. The 2015 edition will mark the 80th playing of the event, making it one of the five oldest events on the PGA TOUR (not including the major championships). For more information on the Waste Management Phoenix Open, visit wmphoenixopen.com.

airport

Sky Harbor launches enhanced free Wi-Fi

Boingo Wireless, the leading DAS and Wi-Fi provider that serves consumers, carriers and advertisers worldwide, and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport announced the launch of the airport’s upgraded Wi-Fi network, offering enhanced Wi-Fi services for travelers.

Phoenix Sky Harbor visitors can enjoy complimentary, ad-supported Wi-Fi access throughout the airport, with improved coverage and capacity courtesy of the new Wi-Fi network featuring advanced 802.11ac technology. The airport will also offer new premium access options for travelers who need additional bandwidth to download high definition video or upload large files.

The upgraded network will also support the new Passpoint wireless industry standard, which was developed to make connecting to Wi-Fi as simple as connecting to cellular. Boingo’s “Passpoint Secure” network provides seamless, instant access to the secure Wi-Fi network using the industry’s latest technologies. Boingo subscribers and roaming partners who have Passpoint-capable devices and have installed a Passpoint profile will automatically be connected to the WPA2-encrypted network.

“The Phoenix Sky Harbor team knows that staying connected is important to our travelers. We’ve been offering complimentary Wi-Fi to our passengers since 2005, and in the last few years we’ve seen usage skyrocket,” said Mike Youngs, Deputy Aviation Director for Technology at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. “Our upgraded Wi-Fi network and services will offer improved free connectivity and new options for power users with heavy data needs, or with multiple devices.”

“The new Boingo Wireless network at Phoenix Sky Harbor takes the airport’s current Wi-Fi services to the next level. This new standalone network was built with state-of-the-art equipment to meet the growing demands of travelers who expect greater coverage, faster speeds, and advanced, seamless Passpoint connectivity,” said Scott Phillips, Boingo Wireless vice president of business development for North American airports. “The new Phoenix airport network is designed to meet both current and future traveler demands, including improved complimentary Wi-Fi and premium access services.”

Boingo is the world’s leading airport Wi-Fi provider, managing services at more than 75 airports, representing more than 40% of the world’s top 50 airports. The company manages Wi-Fi services at five of the top ten highest traffic airports in the United States, including Chicago’s O’Hare International, Los Angeles International, New York’s John F. Kennedy, and Miami International.

iPad

The New iPad Vs. iPad 2

I heard a colleague pondering out loud the other day about the new iPad. He felt that because this tablet is now three generations in, it’s probably time to get one. So I asked him, “Why get the new one when you can get an iPad 2 refurbished for half the cost?” (In case you haven’t been following, I’m a sucker for second-hand). In truth though, even a new iPad 2 is still cheaper than the most recent iteration, and it’s almost as good.

So this was an honest question. The iPad 2 is incredible — beautiful display, fast, sleek, dual-core processor and a camera. My colleague looked at me like I had grown another head. For him, it was the new iPad or nothing, though I’m not sure he had a valid reason other than it was the new, shiny toy on the market.

For those of you wondering what you can get from the new iPad and if it’s worth the cost, here’s a run-down of its key features:

5MP iSight Camera

Well there’s that. Rabid iPad fans have been waiting for this feature, especially as people turn to their tablet to store pictures and create amazing-looking online scrapbooks. For those not into manual camera tinkering, this camera has features like auto focus, tap to focus, and tap to set exposure functions. In other words, it’ll be hard not to take amazing photos. You can also record 1080p HD video on this iPad, which is great for those who like to record and store stills and video all in one place. But unless you’re a camera junkie, you may not even notice a difference between this and the camera on the iPad 2.

Improved display

Apple is making a big hubbub over the retina display in the new iPad, claiming that it makes images, movies and text remarkably more clear. I’m not entirely sold. Again, to the average, not-terribly-geeked-out eyes, the difference is minimal. The iPad 2 was a substantial improvement over the first iPad. While Apple says it has done it again, and the technical data is there, I’m not calling this as a game changer.

Speed

The new iPad is built for speed. That is, it’s built for the 4G network. It claims to work beautifully on both AT&T and Verizon, and can even support a SIM card. Something else kind of nice, especially for the executive who uses an iPad for work, you can use the iPad as a hotspot. If your carrier supports it, iPad can connect wireless for up to five devices over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USB. Not too shabby.

iCloud

The iCloud was one of the best releases for Apple in the last year. For business executives who are nervous about storing content on mobile devices, the iCloud can be seen as a lifesaver. I recently lost my iPhone and was able to quickly track it down using iCloud, then swipe all of the content off my phone, remotely, when I saw that the phone had been picked up by an evil thief. Restoring everything to a new device took mere minutes. And aside from the 20 minutes I spent watching my phone drive through Scottsdale via Google Maps, the iCloud saved me from a lot of anguish. Mostly, I wasn’t concerned that confidential data would be taken from my phone because I had total control, remotely, to save that data and plant it on a new device. Because so many more people are taking the iPad to work, this is absolutely a must. Of course, you can get this with your iPad 2.

To conclude, the third generation iPad is a beautiful device but may not be worth the cost for the first time iPad buyer. Instead, I would recommend it for folks who bought a first generation iPad and are ready for an upgrade. There are significant differences between these two versions. But if you were smart enough to purchase the iPad 2 last year, my advice is to hold on to it and get your money’s worth for another year.

Chase Field

Chase Field Wi-Fi System Impresses

Chase Field Wi-Fi

On August 11, the Arizona Diamondbacks announced the optimization of the Chase Field Wi-Fi network. The move came as a pleasant surprise to Phoenix-area baseball fans and technophiles, who were not even aware that a new Wi-Fi system had been installed in the stadium.

The organization hopes the new, improved network will enhance the Chase Field experience for fans hopelessly addicted to their mobile internet devices.

Wi-Fi at Chase Field

Development

The organization partnered with broadband provider AT&T to create the system, which they began working on in January 2011. The Wi-Fi network went up on Opening Day and was fully operational the day of the All-Star Game in July. According to team representatives, the network preformed great during the jam-packed event.

Design

The system is technically made up of two different parts. The first is a Distributed Antenna System (or DAS) which provides 3G connectivity. The other part is the Wi-Fi network, which boasts download speeds of up to 14 megabits per second.

The ballpark has 283 different access points, meaning there almost no wireless dead zones on Chase Field.

The Wi-Fi access points and DAS antennas blend in perfectly with the building’s design, so they won’t be noticed by the average fan.

Mobile Apps

Wi-Fi at Chase Field

The Diamondbacks hope fans will take advantage of a variety of baseball-enhancement mobile apps.

The “At-Bat” app allows users to order food and concessions from their seats, so fans will never miss another Justin Upton home run or Kelly Johnson strikeout while waiting in line.

Other apps provide recaps, box scores and videos from around Major League Baseball. D-backs fans will even be able to view replays of close calls that are not allowed to be shown on the video board.

Team officials are betting that a mobile device friendly environment will lure fans off the couch and back into the stands.

 

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Relevant Questions: 

Which movie(s) should I watch on my iPad at the next Diamondbacks game?

Is it cool if I use BitTorrent while I’m at Chase Field?

How can we use Wi-Fi to give the D-Backs a home field advantage during their playoff push?

Are the Diamondbacks and “underground” team?  If so, does that mean Arizona fans are cooler than mainstream Red Sox/Yankees fans?

Should the Wi-Fi password for Chase Field be “sixthlowestpayrollinbaseball”? 

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