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Twitter Tracks Moods and Mayhem

by Employee ‎09-30-2011 02:35 PM - edited ‎09-30-2011 02:44 PM

weekly roundup.jpgAre you grumpy when you first wake up, feel better after breakfast, slow down in the late afternoon and then perk up a bit before bedtime?  If so, you’re like just about everyone in the world, according to a Cornell University sociology study of 2.4 million people in 84 countries.  No matter what the person’s ethnicity, culture, location, religious beliefs or upbringing, it seems that we share underlying circadian rhythms that influence our moods.


And how this study’s authors come to this conclusion?  By tracking Twitter posts.  Four hundred messages from each of 2.4 million Twitter users for about two years, to be exact.  Messages were analyzed for positive and negative tone, including usage of positive and negative emoticons.


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My colleague Stefanie Scott continues her ongoing look at the future of work, or perhaps more accurately, the future of the work “place.”


Her most recent interviews with professionals who work at the office, home, on the road – anywhere really – examines employer attitudes about managing employees who work from home.


We’ve examined here at Verizon At Home how technology has helped employers feel more comfortable with mobile employees and how consumers have impacted the tools companies use to get work done.


xboxkinect.jpgEveryone in the tech industry was keenly aware of last November’s launch of the Xbox Kinect.


By choosing to create Kinect with an open SDK (software development kit), Microsoft bestowed an enormous gift to the techie community – the capability to hack the system at will and create new, wildly innovative applications with Kinect’s capabilities. 


The clear hack winner to date is real-time 3D data mapping with multiple Kinects. 



Catching on to QR Codes

by Employee on ‎09-23-2011 04:39 PM

my verizon home qr code.jpgI feel so out of it.  I’m just now figuring out what all this talk is about QR codes.


QR stands for “quick response.”  The QR code is a funky looking barcode that you can scan using a smartphone equipped with a camera and some QR code-scanning software (I’m using QR Droid on my Android smartphone).


QR codes have been around since the 1990s but are just now becoming popular, spurred on by the growing proliferation of smartphones.  When you scan a QR code that you find on a product, a brochure, a shop window or other place, you are automatically connected to a web page that gives you more information.  The information ranges from discounts, to product specs, invitations to events, exclusive content and more.


Free Previews on FiOS, Starting Today

by ‎09-23-2011 01:22 PM - edited ‎09-23-2011 01:26 PM



It’s that time again – time to tell you about all of the cool free stuff we have coming up for FiOS TV customers.


Your first freebie starts today and features all the HBO and Cinemax you can handle.  Watch “Men in Black” tonight, “Jonah Hex” tomorrow and the season premiere of “Boardwalk Empire” on Sunday – especially exciting in my household, where the show is a personal favorite for my husband.


If you have a 3D TV set, checkout HBO 3D, where you can watch movies like “Despicable Me,” Yogi Bear” and “Avatar.”  And, if you missed anything that recently aired like the “Entourage” finale or the Mayweather/Ortiz fight, check to see if it’s playing on Video on Demand.  Now’s your chance to see it all, today through Monday.


Just as your free preview of HBO and Cinemax ends, another starts on Sunday with more than a dozen Spanish-language channels. 


We're Planting 5,000 Trees!

by Employee ‎09-22-2011 10:50 PM - edited ‎09-23-2011 03:58 PM

tree.jpgWe're partnering with American Forests to plant 5,000 trees.


Why are we doing this? 


As our chief sustainability officer reported in a recent blog, the Verizon green team -- a group of employees spread across 48 states in the U.S. and 20 countries -- hit a milestone of 5,000 members. We decided to celebrate by planting a tree in honor of every member.


So where are we planting all these trees?




American families are using more and more broadband-enabled devices, including game consoles, IP-based TVs, smartphones, PCs, notebooks and tablets to make life’s daily juggle easier.


In fact, families not only have more devices in their homes, they’re also using them simultaneously, creating greater demands on the home’s broadband network.  Broadband, and specifically Fiber to the Home broadband like that of Verizon’s FiOS, is shifting how families connect and consume entertainment and information.


On Wednesday, Sept. 28, you’re invited to join our next ‘Meet the Expert’ real-time chat with Ann Shaub, one of our passionate directors of product management.


A Borderless Entertainment Future

by Employee ‎09-19-2011 05:00 PM - edited ‎09-19-2011 05:11 PM


Several news sources are running stories today speculating that Verizon is planning to offer FiOS TV services over Microsoft’s Xbox.  While we don’t comment on speculation of this kind, we do have a very strong point of view on the future of entertainment to offer you today. 


We’re in the business of breaking down old technology boundaries to create a borderless world where work, play and home become one virtual reality.  No matter where you are, you can reach out and touch the people, the information and the entertainment you love, any time, on all your favorite devices. 










Mowing the lawn, digital style: What’s your office look like?

by ‎09-19-2011 02:14 PM - edited ‎09-19-2011 04:03 PM

WAH Photo.JPGTwenty years ago, if you talked about “working at home” chances are good you were referring to mowing the lawn or painting your living room.  Today, working from home has a different meaning - and is likely less taxing on your body.


Advanced broadband networks, both fixed and wireless, have changed the way we view “the office.”  More people work from home today than ever before.  But is it really work if you’re sitting at a desk in your home office at 8 a.m. on a Monday wearing shorts and a T-shirt?


My colleague Stefanie Scott continues to explore the future of work at the Verizon Business Think Forward blog.  Her recent Q&A video with professionals who attended the Enterprise Connect trade show this year gets to the root of the issue – where are you more productive -- working at home, or working in a traditional office setting?


FiOS TV VOD Grows Again

by ‎09-19-2011 11:07 AM - edited ‎09-19-2011 11:12 AM

X-MEN 2.1.jpgVerizon’s Video on Demand offering for FiOS customers is constantly growing.  We now offer 30,000 monthly titles, about half of which are free.  And we don’t limit our FiOS customers to the TV. 


With Flex View, FiOS TV customers can buy or rent and watch more than 4,000 movies and TV shows on their TV, PC or mobile devices.


Variety reported that Verizon is taking Video on Demand one step further, as we become the first major cable operator to offer new release movies from all the major studios as 48-hour rentals.


Consumers Win As FiOS ‘Flexes’ Its Innovation Muscle Again

by ‎09-15-2011 03:49 PM - edited ‎09-15-2011 04:10 PM

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Convenience is the name of the game these days, especially when it comes to managing and personalizing your content.


Consumers want instant access to all of their content – anytime, anywhere and on any device.


We’re continuously working to deliver that flexibility for customers with a variety of apps because we know everyone has their unique preferences and priorities when it comes to consuming content.


Kid in High School or College? Read this.

by Employee ‎09-14-2011 12:11 AM - edited ‎09-14-2011 10:08 AM

Secure Laptop.jpgWhether it’s a laptop, tablet or desktop computer, these devices have become vital tools for college students.  Equally important, however, is making sure they’re loaded with security software to protect their irreplaceable files and systems.


Take advantage of  three months of service free when signing up for a bundle of Verizon’s Internet Security Suite, with coverage for up to three computers, and Verizon Online Backup and Sharing service, with 50 gigabytes of storage. 


9/11 Tapped Nation’s Innovative Spirit

by Employee ‎09-09-2011 04:47 PM - edited ‎09-09-2011 05:18 PM

th_Flag_statue_of_Liberty_jpg.jpgOn Fridays, I’m often blogging about how technology is changing the world.  There are times, however, when world events change technology. 


The terrorist attack on American on Sept. 11, 2001, was an event that has pushed forward the boundaries of technology.  Several news stories appeared this week that give unique insight into these 9/11-driven technology advancements that emerged from the shadows of tragedy. 



My goodness, Apple sure seems to have trouble keeping track of its stuff.     



This week, two men pled not guilty to charges of taking an iPhone 4 prototype an Apple engineer left in a German beer garden in Redwood City, Calif., and then selling it to gadget blog Gizmodo for $5,000.  Now we’re hearing that another Apple employee recently lost an iPhone prototype at the Cava22 bar inSan Francisco.  The phone ended up being sold for a mere $200 on Craigslist.  This prototype has yet to be recovered and the San Francisco Police are in hot pursuit.


But wait, there’s more!  Apple’s also looking to recover a prototype of a 3G MacBook that somehow made its way onto Craigslist, Ebay and even to an Apple Genius Bar for repair. 


tennis-ball-on-racket.jpgDelivering on bringing the best in viewing to FiOS TV customers is something we do everyday.  The Labor Day Weekend is no exception as tennis aficionados everywhere can tune into the US Open.  Nadal, Djokovic, Sharapova and Petrova are among the center court players that can be seen playing in 3D as their lobs and spins land on Verizon FiOS1 Channel 1003.


3D TV is an evolving medium for sporting and entertainment events and sales of 3D sets are growing rapidly.  Last year was the first year that the US Open offered a 3D broadcast. FiOS TV also has brought the first NFL 3D football game during the 2010 pre-season, the first 3D televised college football game, as well as ESPN 3D sporting events to subscribers over the past year. 


A Game-Changing Football Game-Day with FiOS

by Employee ‎09-02-2011 09:26 AM - edited ‎09-02-2011 10:07 AM


Since the dawn of televised games and instant replay, technology has added a new dimension to sports of all kinds.  As high school, college and professional football teams kick off their 2011-2012 seasons, technology is in the sports entertainment mix more than ever before.


In the past week alone, I’ve seen announcements about high-tech high-school football helmets, iPads replacing pro football players’ traditional playbooks, sophisticated camera technology in the new Madden NFL 12 video game that brings realism down to a single blade of grass, leagues trying to keep players’ Tweeting and Facebooking under control, and millions of Americans gaining weight due to constant noshing as DVRs extend game time to any time.


Progress Being Made to Restore Service Post-Hurricane Irene

by on ‎09-01-2011 05:40 PM - last edited on ‎09-02-2011 10:45 AM by Employee

vz.jpgWe’re continuing to make progress in restoring service to our customers impacted by Hurricane Irene.


As we said earlier this week, the restoration of service for our customers remains a top priority as thousands of Verizon employees work safely and diligently from Virginia Beach to Cape Cod to help make this happen.


As power companies continue to restore service to homes and businesses, more of our customers are regaining their phone, Internet and TV services.  The loss of commercial power has caused the majority of Verizon service outages in Irene’s wake.


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