Category: iPhone / iPad / iOS

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 Watch availability announced for April 24, 2015

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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.

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Photo credit: Apple.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.

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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CES 2015 Is Just Days Away

CES 2015It’s almost that time of the year when all tech geeks travel to Las Vegas and get lost in a sea of technology and people for several days.

CES 2015 officially starts on January 6, 2015 and your team from Life On My Mobile will be on-site to cover all the new technology as it is unveiled. If you want to keep up with what’s happening at CES, make sure you follow @LifeOnMyMobile on Twitter.

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Best Buy Offering Discounted iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3

Best Buy iPadI don’t know how long this will last, but if you have been thinking of getting that special someone a new Apple iPad for Christmas, then get your rear in gear and get to your local Best Buy or visit BestBuy.com.

The retail giant currently has all iPad Air 2’s on sale for $50 off, and all iPad Mini 3’s on sale for $100 off. That’s a great deal in and of itself, but if you happen to be a Best Buy Reward Zone member, you could also get a deeper discount by using any reward certificates you have saved up.

I don’t know when this sale will be ending, so act fast if you want to take advantage of it.

iOS 8.1.1 Is Now Available For Download

iOS 8.1.1When iOS 8 was released, many users with older devices such as the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPad 3, and maybe some iPad 4 users found that the new software made their devices sluggish. Apple has been working hard at correcting this and has now released iOS 8.1.1.

I use an iPhone 4S from time to time, and I did notice how sluggish the device became when I downloaded iOS 8. When I learned that this new software was released, I quickly downloaded it and I can confirm that it has helped.

I haven’t had it installed long enough to know if all issues have been fixed, but it does definitely seem to be better now. If you have one of these older devices, try downloading iOS 8.1.1 and bring back some new life into your device.

Quick Review: STM Harbour iPhone 6 Plus Case

STM HarbourI first met with the people at STM during CES 2014. I was very impressed with their offerings, and I was not surprised to find that they were offering accessories for the new iPhone 6 models. Specifically I was pleased to see that they have cases for the iPhone 6 Plus model.

There are very few companies in the market that are offering cases for the iPhone 6 Plus at this point. I can’t figure out why, but that is the way it is.

I have been using the STM Harbour case for the past several weeks and I am very happy with it. The case has a dual layer construction, with a soft interior to guard your phone directly, and a harder outer shell to protect the phone from drops. A great feature this case has, is a lower hinge on the bottom of the case that allows the user to remove the lower quarter of the case to allow for use in a docking station.

The Harbour comes in 4 different colors and is listed at $29.95.

I have no complaints with the case and would highly recommend it to anyone who asks. Check them out on the STM website for more info.