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It’s almost time for CES 2016!

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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.

New Ford Sync 3 System Ditches Microsoft For BlackBerry’s QNX Platform

Ford Sync 3Something that is becoming more and more standard in most vehicles is an infotainment system of some kind. A few years ago, I was at an event where Ford was demonstrating a few of their vehicles with the Mircosoft Sync system. I was very impressed with what it had to offer and the way the interface appeared to work. So much so, that I purchased two new Ford vehicles within the next year.

After a few years now, I am not as impressed with the system. The are constant lags, and there never seem to be any updates for the system software. I know I have complained on more than one occasion that the system was flawed.

It appears that Ford has listened, or maybe this is something they have been working on for years anyway. Ford has announced that starting with 2016 year models, vehicles will now be running Sync 3 which will be powered by BlackBerry’s QNX software. I can surely say this is a very welcome upgrade to the vehicle’s infotainment systems. It does not appear that older vehicles will be able to upgrade, which really sucks for me.

According to Ford:

Although SYNC 3 is optimized for hands-free use, an all-new touch screen delivers an experience similar to a smartphone or tablet.

Quicker response to touch as well as voice commands and smartphone-like gestures including pinch-to-zoom and swipe are central to SYNC 3, along with crisp, modern graphics.

For more information on the new Sync 3 system, please see the Ford press release below.

Source: Ford

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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Take A Look At The Microsoft Surface Pro From The Inside

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The Microsoft Surface Pro has only been available for a few days and the team over at iFixit has already taken the $900 tablet / laptop apart. There were over 90 screws that were removed, which lead iFixit to rate the repairing a 1 (most difficult) out of 10 (easy). Even upgrading the SSD card would cause you problems, as there are a number of cables to deal with.

So, handle your Surface Pro with care! You can take a look at some images of the device completely gutted.

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The Making Of Microsoft Surface

Microsoft released a short overview video on the making of Surface. It is just another tease leading up to the October 26 launch.

Microsoft Airs First Surface Tablet Commercial

After watching Microsoft’s first ad for Surface I can tell you two things. The keyboard makes a loud noise when docking and you must be a dancer to use one. The ad actually looks more like a trailer for the next Step Up movie. All kidding aside Microsoft shows you nothing about the actual features of the product that releases on October 26. I am sure this ad will be short lived and more informational ads will be forthcoming.

Microsoft Enters Licensing Agreement With BlackBerry Maker Research In Motion [Updated]

 

Developing news, Microsoft has entered into a licensing agreement with RIM. This can go a number of ways. We are calling our contacts and will let you know as soon as we do.

UPDATE:

RIM has licensed exFAT from Microsoft to allow them to store files up to five times larger on their devices memory and SDCards. This will allow easy handling of media files and large presentations when BlackBerry 10 is eventually released. Full press release below.

REDMOND, Wash. Sept. 18, 2012 Microsoft Corp. announced today that Microsoft and Research In Motion (RIM) have signed a patent licensing agreement that gives RIM broad access to the latest Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) for certain BlackBerry devices of RIM. exFAT is a modern file system from Microsoft that facilitates large files for audiovisual media and enables seamless data portability and an easy interchange between desktop PCs and other electronic devices. Read more