Category: Android

TAG Heuer Connected Smartwatch

TAG Heuer Connected
Let me start with admitting this… I am a watch snob. I really like expensive watches, and not just for the name brand, but I prefer the styling and quality.

I personally have a TAG, and let me tell you, I was super excited when this announcement was made.

TAG Heuer has entered the SmartWatch arena! But… It’s primarily an Android Wear device, but a slight catch is that there is an iOS Android Wear app that will also make this watch work with Apple devices. Sorry Windows Phone users… seems you are out of luck.

I will be looking for this watch at CES next week to get more information about it, but in the meantime, you can check out the TAG Heuer Connected website to learn more.

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It’s almost time for CES 2016!

CES 2016
Well hello there friends and neighbors. We are days away from the crazy time of year that is CES. A gathering of tech companies and geeks from around the world in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Your staff from Life On My Mobile will be on hand to check out all the latest and greatest in the tech world, and we will pass that information on to you. We may not be the first to get things posted, but it will get done. For quicker updates, please follow our Twitter account at @LifeOnMyMobile.

Jabra Eclipse: Their Lightest Headset Ever

Jabra EclipseBluetooth headsets aren’t as popular as they once used to be, but they are regaining popularity and use with the ever increasing number of locations adopting hands-free laws. Today Jabra announced that the Jabra Eclipse is available at Best Buy, T-Mobile, and select online retailers.

The Eclipse is Jabra’s lightest ever headset, with a weigh-in of less than 2 ounces. It was designed as a button-free headset. Users simply tap the headset to have access to calls, texts, emails, music, and Google Now or Siri. It features 10-hours of talk time, and the case is also used for charging.

The Eclipse is available now for $129.99 at Jabra and other retailers.

HTC announces the HTC One A9

HTC One A9HTC announced their newest edition to the One lineup today. The new smartphone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with HTC Sense on board. HTC has tried to maintain aggressive styling on their new device, but one can’t help but notice the striking similarity to the Apple iPhone design.

HTC One A9 comes in Carbon Gray, Opal Silver, Topaz Gold, and Deep Garnett. The HTC One A9 will be available via mutiple carriers and retailers starting in November 2015. It will have the following specs:

  • 5″, full HD, AMOLED Gorilla Glass screen
  • 13MP rear camera with Optical Image Stabilization
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Support for HTC Rapid Charger 2.0
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor
  • Available in 16Gb and 32GB variations with support for up to 2GB in SD card storage

Pre-orders started today at HTC.com for $399.99

Quick Review: Amped Wireless REC10 Range Extender

Amped Wireless REC10Amped Wireless specializes in providing long range wireless products for your home and office. Whatever your specific needs are, Amped Wireless most likely has a product that is going to suit your situation.

In my home my router is located in the front corner of my house, making the signal poor in the opposite side. I also wanted to see if a range extender could boost my wifi signal so that I could use my tablet on my back patio. Amped Wireless sent me a REC10 High Power Compact Wi-Fi Range Extender. The REC10 plugs directly into your wall socket and is easy to set up. The directions provided are clear and make set up a breeze.  I had my wife, who is generally afraid of doing anything tech related, set up the REC10. She got it set up on her first try without any issues.

Amped Wireless says that their range extenders will work with all brands of standard routers and service providers’ equipment (2.4 Ghz 802.11b/g or n wireless). I had no problems with my AT&T Uverse equipment. The REC10 works exactly as described; it took the signal from my internet providers’ wireless router, amplified it, and rebroadcast it. The REC10 is equipped with dual 2.4 Ghz amplifiers and a high gain antenna that can extend wifi coverage up to 6500 Sq ft, eliminating dead spots and penetrating walls.

The REC10 is compact and attractive looking; the Amped Wireless logo on the front emits a warm soft glow. The REC10 has an impressive range of features that are not found on other Range Extenders. There is a wired port on the device if you need to plug up with a traditional Ethernet cable.  The REC10 is compatible with Apple networking features, such as Airplay and AirPrint. Smart security features put you in control of restricting users, setting up time schedules when your network is available, and how far to extend the range. WPS, WPA, WPA2, and Guest networking are all available as well.

The REC10 performed for me as expected. My devices had been dropping signal in my bedroom, the opposite corner of the house from the router. With the REC10 there is no longer any problem getting signal there.  I also had no problem with the signal sitting on my patio. The REC10 retails for about $69.99. While that is a bit pricier than like devices out there, the suite of added features makes the REC10 an excellent choice for anyone looking for more than just extended range. Think you need more range? Amped Wireless has 8 options for you.  www.ampedwireless.com

5 Top Bartending / Spirit Apps for iPhone and Android

I’ve spent some time and a number of bottles of spirits checking out what I have deemed the best bartending apps available today in the app store.

 

No. 1 Mixology iOS / Android
Cost: Free

 Mixology has one of the best drink databases, which makes it great for learning something new.  You can add whatever ingredients you have laying around and it will design a cocktail around those items.  There are a couple of cons to the app.  One of them is, sometimes it suggests a spirit that you can only find at a major retail liquor store and not your local grocery store or liquor store.  That’s disappointing if you don’t know how to substitute spirits.  Second, sometimes it will tell you the improper glassware.

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No. 2 Thirstie iOS / Android
Cost: Free
 

Thirstie will allow you to place an order from one of the liquor stores in your area and have spirits delivered.  You can call your local pizza joint, order your pizza and then you can request your favorite bottle of Vodka and have Thirstie deliver it.  If all goes well you will have both in an hour or less.  The service is currently available in New York and Los Angeles.  My hope is that more people use this app and help extend it’s reach.

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No. 3 Liquor Cabinet iOS / Android Not Available
Cost:  $.99

 Liquor Cabinet allows you to enter everything you have on hand, such as Coconut Rum, Pickle Juice, and Sparkling Wine and will tell you what you can make with those ingredients.  There is also a cool “If You Had” option, which tells you that you are one ingredient away from the most amazing cocktail of you life.  It’s a pretty cool app and very useful.

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No. 4 Bartender’s Choice iOS / Android Beta
Cost: $2.99

 My most expensive app and it’s not so much for the novice bartender.  It takes what the other apps do but takes it to the next level.  It teaches garnishing, techniques on shaking and stirring All around it teaches you to be a better bartender.  For $2.99 you are able to learn from some of best the bartenders in the country and not only that, you are able to learn drinks from one of the most legendary places to get drinks – Milk and Honey in New York, that alone is totally worth the price.  One major turnoff to this app is that we have not seen an update to it for a little over year. Regardless the bartending nerd inside of me loves this app.

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No. 5 OnTheBar iOS / Android Not Available
Cost: Free

 This is my least favorite, but has some potential if people actually used it. OnTheBar allows bartenders to check themselves into whatever location that they are working that night, so that you can track them down.  It will inform you of menu specials for each of the establishments as well as drink specials.  Chances are though, if you have a favorite bartender you already know their shifts, location and specials.  Like I said before if people actually used it, but Facebook, Twitter, Swarm and Instagram all have the same abilities and are more popular.

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With all of the apps available at your fingertips that teach you drink recipes, style and technique, you have to remember as bartender you are the center of attention.  You have to have personality, you have to have fun, you have to be able to keep the party going, none of these apps will teach you personality.

Learning to be a true bartender means a dedication to the art, it means that you can’t stop learning.  Bartending is more then just collecting tips at the end of your shift.

HTC One M9 Showcased At Mobile World Congress

One M9

During MWC (Mobile World Congress) in Barcelona, Spain HTC unveiled their new best thing the HTC One M9. Now, I know what you’re thinking, the One M9 looks a lot like the One M8, right? We can’t worry about this too much, as a two year “look cycle” seems to be the norm these days.

The M9 and M8 both have a 5-inch display and cases that are made of metal. New specs on the M9 are a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor (64 bit), 3GB of RAM, 20 megapixel rear camera with dual-LED, 4 megapixel front facing camera and will launch with Android 5.0 (Lollipop).

The HTC One M9 will be available in colors, similar to Apple’s iPhone 6 but with a twist. Silver with gold trimming, dark grey with silver trimming and gold body with black trimming.

No pricing or availability on M9 have been giving, but expect a launch in the very near future. You can sign up for information as it rolls out via this link to HTC.

Samung Galaxy S6 And S6 Edge Are On The Way

It’s that time of year again for Samsung to bring new devices to market. This year it is the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge with dual-edge display and the Samsung Galaxy S6.

Samsung believes with the Galaxy S6 you will get a smartphone that is reimagined from the inside out to deliver the most complete experience to date. The smartphone features a metal bezel that is a departure from what has notoriously been a plastic device.

Galaxy S6 2

The specs for both devices are identical for the most part. The S6 Edge having the dual edge display, a hair larger dimensions and a slightly larger battery capacity.

  • 5.1” Quad HD Super AMOLED display
  • 1440 x 2560 pixel (577 PPI pixel density)
  • 16 Megapixel camera
  • 0.7 Second activation for faster response
  • Auto real-time HDR
  • 5 Megapixel front-facing camera
  • 120 Degree viewing angle
  • Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.1 GHz Cortex-A57
  • 64 bit, Octa-core
  • Galaxy S6 – 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm (5.64 x 2.77 x 0.27 in) and 138g (4.86 oz)
  • Galaxy S6 Edge – 142.1 x 70.1 x 7 mm (5.59 x 2.76 x 0.27 in) and 132g (4.65 oz)

The Galaxy S6 devices will launch with Android 5.0 (Lollipop). Samsung put a lot of work into delivering two nice devices that are defiantly going to renew some competition between brands. The dual edge display has been referred to as a gimmick by some but if it is something you take advantage of and apps have access to that real estate it is far from a gimmick.

S6 Edge

Look for a hefty price on these devices. They will be available in 32 / 64 / 128GB models in three colors at launch on April 10th. You will have 4 color choices at launch, white, black, gold and green. This is sure to be followed by some carrier exclusive colors.

You can follow this link to Samsung to signup  for additional details as they release.