ZOMM News

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

ZOMM Goes on Shark Tank

After two months of preparation and the final taping, our Shark Tank episode finally aired on ABC last night. The response has been overwhelming and we are thrilled to have been given this experience.

Henry Penix on Shark Tank

Photo courtesy of tvequals

Shark Tank serves as a great platform for getting an idea off the ground and an amazing opportunity for budding entrepreneurs. However, a company that is further along in its lifecycle, such as ZOMM, Shark Tank may better serve as a vehicle to bring awareness to a company or product. Our “ask” was more than had ever been asked on the show and it became apparent very early on that a deal would not be in the making.

We received great exposure and even with beefed-up servers, it was an effort to keep up with all the traffic. I truly hope that everyone who couldn’t get on our website before, because of the overwhelming response, will visit us again soon at www.zomm.com.

If I had to do it all over again, to get a deal, I would match the “ask” to the parameters of the show. To get exposure, I wouldn’t change a thing! ZOMM is on a great trajectory moving forward. Products and services that have been developed by ZOMM but could not be discussed on the Shark Tank, as they were not part of the “deal,” are serving the company very well. Hopefully ABC will do a follow up next season and show the Sharks what they let swim away.

Henry A Penix
CEO

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

4 Common Gadgets Being Replaced by Smartphones

Smartphones are completely ingenious; there’s no question about it. As they continue to gain popularity, though, some other gadgets aren’t faring so well. When you have a handheld device that can do some many things, it’s only natural that other devices will fade to black.

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Take these four common gadgets for example:

Digital Cameras

Nearly all smartphone owners use their phone to take photos. The 8-megapixel camera in the iPhone 4S is just as good as, and in some cases better, than digital cameras.

GPS Devices

Mounting your smartphone in your car while you drive is the same as using a portable GPS system—and you don’t have to pay $200 extra for it.

iPods/mp3 players

Very few people want to actually carry around an iPod and a phone. When you can load your entire music library on to your phone, why bother with both?

Standard wristwatches

No, we don’t think watches will go away completely. However, between using a smartphone to check the time and the development of Android-based watches and wristbands for iPod Nano, the watch as we know it may be history.

As these devices make their way out, we’re especially interested to see what new innovations come about. The evolution of technology never ceases to amaze us.

Have you phased out any of these gadgets in your life? Are there others your smartphone has replaced?

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

ZOMM As a Holiday Gift – Check out These Gift Guide Appearances

We’ve told you that we think a ZOMM Wireless Leash makes a great gift for the holidays. However, you don’t have to just take our word for it – check out these holiday gift guide appearances!

AARP: Holiday Gifts Under $50

AARP ZOMM

Even though all the gifts in this guide are under $50, the writer enjoyed our Wireless Leash so much that she included it anyway!

And if your beloved misplaces his or her phone (all the time!), the ZOMM Wireless Leash ($89.99 at zomm.com)—our one gift over $50—flashes, vibrates, even sounds an alarm if the phone disappears.

Gear Live: 2011: Holiday Gift Guide

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We love being included in this gift guide, which is full of cool tech products for everyone on your list!

We’ve spent some time with the Zomm “wireless leash” and have come away impressed by the simplicity of the device, as it’s one of those things that make you wonder why a product like it hasn’t been available until now. With that, we thought it would be a good inclusion in our 2011 Holiday Gift Guide. 

Is a ZOMM Wireless Leash on your (or someone you know) Christmas list? Now’s the time to buy—we’re offering free gift wrapping! You can also visit our Twitter Page for a chance to win a ZOMM Wireless Leash!

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Holiday Contest Time – Spot the ZOMMs, Win a ZOMM!

The holidays are here and we’re in the spirit of giving! From now until Christmas, we’ll be giving away several of our Wireless Leashes to you, our loyal customers, fans, followers and of course, friends.

holiday contest

The first way to win is in our “Spot the ZOMMs” holiday-themed contest. Here’s how you can enter:

  • Visit our Twitter Page (more specifically, this Twitpic)
  • Count the ZOMMs in the photo
  • Tweet @theZOMM with your answer

We’ll be doing this contest three times throughout the month – so be sure to check our Twitter Page regularly for your chance to win!

On December 5, we’ll be launching a contest right here on our blog as well – but we can’t tell you just what it is yet. You’ll have to tune in next Monday to find out how to win!

In light of all these contests, we want to know: what would you do to win a ZOMM?

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

iPhone Apps: Before, During and After Thanksgiving

Tis the week to give thanks! Are you gathering with family and friends on Thursday to give thanks for all the blessings in your life?

If you’re the host of one of these gatherings, it can be a little stressful. However, today’s technology provides tons of tools out there to help you throw the best Thanksgiving party on the block.

We’ve compiled four apps to help you throw a stellar Thanksgiving gathering:

Getting the Groceries:

  • Grocery iQ With this app you can build shopping lists simply by scanning barcodes! You can also sync with other’s lists—so if people at home think of something to add while you’re out, they can add it to your list.

Preparing the Meal:

  • iFeast: Thanksgiving Cooking a Thanksgiving meal, but not sure you can keep everything straight? This app will help you make sure everything is ready at the same time.

Setting the Mood:

  • FirePlace Use this app to bring the peace and ambiance of a fireplace to any room in the house. Unfortunately you’ll have to imagine the heat part.

After Dinner Entertainment:

  • Fox Sports Mobile Football is an essential part of this fall holiday. However, sometimes you’re not able to watch the game on TV. If that’s the case, grab Fox Sports Mobile to follow Thursday’s games: Lions vs Cowboys and 49ers vs Ravens.

What are you Thanksgiving plans?

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

America Recycles Day – Recycling Your Electronics

If you’re like most of us here at ZOMM, you’ve probably upgraded your cell phone multiple times over the past few years. Most of those old phones (especially if you’ve been using a ZOMM Wireless Leash to avoid losing them) are probably sitting in a drawer or closet somewhere. It’s not just cell phones either—it’s all types of electronics. How many old iPods, cell phones, printers or other gadgets do you have?

recycle electronics
In honor of today being America Recycles Day, we’ve compiled a few ways for you to recycle those old or unused electronics:

Donate Them

There are multiple programs out to which you can donate gently-used cell phones. One such program is called Cell Phones for Soldiers. Established in 2004 by teen siblings Rob and Brittany Bergquist, Cell Phones for Soldiers collects gently-used cell phones in order to provide a cost-free method of communication to deployed troops. Donate your phone.

A similar program is the 911 Cell Phone Bank, which collects phones to help make sure everyone has access to law enforcement in the time of an emergency. You can learn more on their website: http://www.911cellphonebank.org/

 Recycle Them

Best Buy accepts electronics of all kinds to be recycled. This includes things like TVs, cell phones, DVD players and AV cables. No matter where you’ve purchased your electronics, you can recycle them at Best Buy. Check out their FAQ for more details.

Sell Them

If you want to make a little cash while recycling your gadgets, you can check out companies like NextWorth, Gazelle or even Apple. Typically with these sites you’ll fill out a short evaluation of your device, send it in, and receive a check or gift card in a week or so.

 

This is just a few ways that you can recycle your electronics. For more opportunities in your city, check out this interactive map.

 

Do you recycle your electronics?

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

AOL Shopping Recognizes ZOMM Pink

AOL Shopping’s Stylist on a Soapbox did a post in October about products that give back during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We were thrilled to see the ZOMM Pink included in the list! You can read the article about Breast Cancer Awareness Month or watch this video:

See the ZOMM Pink

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Introducing the Wireless Leash Plus and myZOMM iPhone App!

Earlier this summer we brought you the first ZOMM smartphone app: myZOMM App for Android. We received awesome feedback from you about it! However, we also heard you when you said you wanted an app for iPhone…

So starting today our new Wireless Leash Plus (designed to work best with Apple products) is available in the Apple Store. You can also get the myZOMM app for iPhone in the App Store!

Learn more about both of these releases (and how they work together) in our latest video:

The Wireless Leash Plus is also available in your local Apple store! Here’s what to look for on the shelf:

ZOMM Apple Store
Have you seen the Wireless Leash Plus at your local Apple Store? Send us a photo — upload it to Facebook or post it to Twitter!

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Taking it Too Far? Mobile Technology During Weddings

Tuesday we wrote about technology etiquette—from cell phones to laptops and social network updates, we gave our take on the correct way to behave when it comes to technology. However, apparently we forgot one little bit of tech etiquette: weddings.

Recently a video of a bride texting while at the altar has gone viral. We watched the video and just have one question… Who is she texting that’s so important she can’t pay attention to her own wedding vows? This is one of those gotta-see-it-to-believe-it things, so here’s the video:

This isn’t the first time cell phones have been at the altar. You’ve probably seen a YouTube video or two where a bride or groom whips out their cell phone to update their Facebook status or post a tweet. Have you ever seen it as a part of the ceremony, though? Before this groom is allowed to kiss his bride, they must update their Facebook statuses:

Maybe you’re not into having mobile technology used that way during a wedding—we can understand that. But what if mobile technology could allow people, that otherwise couldn’t, be a part of your wedding? That’s exactly what the next couple did. When one of the bridesmaids couldn’t afford the airfare to get to a wedding over 1,500 miles away, they FaceTimed her into the bridal party! A groomsman carried her down the aisle—on an iPad 2. Check it out:

Would you use mobile technology in your wedding ceremony? We’d love to hear your thoughts on this!

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Tech Etiquette: Are You Being Polite?

Tech is everywhere. In a world just short of Skynet (okay, we hope not!), we’re almost constantly using technology. Today, we’re sharing some tips on tech etiquette. Whether you know these tips and need a refresher, or don’t know them and should learn them now, we’re offering a long list of tips. So without further ado, here are our tips for tech etiquette when…

…you’re texting and emailing:

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  • Abuse of the Reply All is the number one text/email etiquette rule. Let’s just put it like this: you don’t want to end up in a situation where you’ve said something, maybe less than kind,  and then sent it to the wrong person via a Reply All situation.
  • DO YOU FEEL LIKE WE’RE YELLING AT YOU? THAT’S BECAUSE OF THE CAPS LOCK! Double check that your caps lock is off so the recipient of your message can avoid the awkward moment when they have to wonder if you’re yelling at them.
  • Omg! IMHO that was an LOL moment… No! This is what we like to call acronym overload.
  • Don’t reply when it’s not necessary to reply. Yes, that’s right: you don’t always need to reply! Sometimes sending a reply with just a “K” or “thanks” may seem appropriate, when actually you’re just taking up time in someone else’s day. Avoid replying unless it’s actually necessary.

…you’re on your laptop:

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  • When Skyping or participating in a conference call via computer, do your best to refrain from typing. Often, your microphone will pick up all of the keyboard sounds, and it may distract others from the conversation at hand.
  • Be mindful of your volume controls. You never know when a website will have music, and you don’t want to be that one person who accidentally blares music when you’re sitting in a quiet area. Our tip? Grab a pair of headphones.
  • When you’re around others, consider them before doing anything on the internet. Maybe you’re bored in a meeting and flipping through Facebook photos; often, this will distract everyone around you. Be mindful of your “distraction potential” before you start browsing the web.

…you’re on social networks:

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  • D0n’tt TyPE liiKE tHis. Nobody will take you seriously.
  • It can be difficult to tweet in 140 characters, but avoid shortening words. Things like “u” and “ur” aren’t professional and aren’t appealing for your followers to read.
  • Don’t overshare! People like to know a little about you, but they don’t care to know each time you cook dinner or take a photo. Be mindful of what you would and wouldn’t care to see on someone else’s profile before putting it on your own.

…anytime you’re communicating via tech:

Man talking on cell phone at dinner table beside bored girlfriend

  • Be mindful of appropriate communication times. Before shooting off a text, tweet, or email, consider what time it is. Just because it’s 9pm your time doesn’t mean it’s 9pm their time. Think twice about the time of day before sending a message or making a call.
  • Don’t let your tech distract you from life. We all know what it’s like to be sitting at a dinner table with a friend and they’re too busy using their phone to actually speak to their dinner companions; don’t do it.
  • Quiet area? Respect that or pay the consequences. If you were craving some quiet time and someone was talking on their cell phone, you wouldn’t be happy either!

That was a long, long list but what can we say: it’s important to be conscious of your tech etiquette! Did we miss anything? Leave us a comment below letting us know what tech etiquette you wish other people followed. 

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