Category: Apple

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.

TAG Heuer Connected graphic

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.

Apple Releases iOS 9.1 With New Emojis

Apple iOS 9.1

Hey Apple fans…. The day you have been waiting for has finally arrived! Apple has released iOS 9.1 that has over 150 new emoji characters, including a middle finger and a taco. I mean, what could be more important?!? For those of you with an Apple Watch, there is a software update available there as well to view the new emojis.

To download the new update, go to Settings > General > Software Update on your device. Have fun!

WiFi calling now available on AT&T

AT&T Wifi 1

WiFi calling on AT&T is finally available for users to enable. T-Mobile has long has this feature, but other carriers are just now getting around to activating this feature. The main point behind WiFi calling is to assist users when they are in an area with weak cellular coverage. The WiFi will act like a mobile tower and help place and receive calls for them when they would otherwise not have coverage.

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.

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

Apple Watch availability announced for April 24, 2015

Apple Watch
The Apple Watch event has come and gone, and we now know that what is probably considered the most anticipated smart watch will be available on April 24, 2015. Pre-orders and in store viewing will begin on April 10, 2015.

We learned that there will be several different models available, so there should be something to everyone’s liking available. If you want to get a head start on what watch tickles your fancy, you can head over to the Apple website and view through all the options.

Pricing starts at $349 for the 38mm Apple Watch Sport Edition, and goes  all the way up to $17,000 for the Apple Watch 18k gold version. I personally like the 42mm size, so that will take me up to a minimum of $399 for an Apple Watch Sport. That may seem pricey to some, but any high quality watch comes with a higher price tag. Only time will tell if it is truly worth what Apple is asking.

Apple Watch Sport

Photo credit: Apple.com

Holidays Looked Bright for Apple

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The market for smartphones is huge and there is always going to be debates on which manufacture is better or the best, but Christmas 2014 it looks like Apple was the best or possibly just the most asked for smartphone. According to sources at Flurry after doing a week of studies leading into Christmas and counting Christmas day Apple accounted for 51% of smartphones activated with Samsung taking in 18%, followed by Nokia, Sony and LG taking in a whopping 1.4% activated. Again, these numbers are for the week leading up to Christmas and Christmas Day. And do not represent the trend for the year, but regardless kudos to Apple for a wonderful Christmas.

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