Category: News

De Cat Palace – Strangest Technology Email Received

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Cat litter boxes are getting fancy and high tech apparently. In the strangest email I’ve received this week, a product called De Cat Palace is currently on Indiegogo and integrates a high speed litter box with an app for your smartphone.

This litter box would include an air purification system, scratching pad, and food and water bowls. If you want to be a part of this, go check out their Indiegogo campaign and participate to make it a reality.

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.

AT&T To End Contract Phone Plans

In a move that is not too surprising AT&T will be ending its program of 2 year contracts and subsidized phones according to internal documents obtained by Engadget on January 8th 2016.

T-Mobile pioneered this sales method and it has been one of many offerings that has shot them to success in the past few years.

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AT&T will still be offering phones via their installment / lease plan called Next which allows interest free financing of devices with multiple upgrade options. You of course still have the option of buying a device outright or bringing your own.

Not everyone will be happy with this change, there are still many people who are stuck on paying $99 or $199 every two years, getting a new phone and locked into a contract for another 2 years. These users see this as a great deal but what they are missing is they are actually spending more for the device because of the plans inflated prices over the course of two years.

In addition, switching to these new, lower priced, non-contract plans will result in users losing their “unlimited” data plans.

For some it is going to be a mixed bag of good and bad, but for the majority of users you should save money and have a little more freedom to hop to a new carrier. Let’s hope Verizon and AT&T grab onto a few more ideas from their competitors and make the wireless landscape more competitive with even more features for users.

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

chargesafe Public Device Charger

We have all been there, out for a evening and our number one social interaction device dies, our cellphone. Your attempts to get that perfect selfie have been placed on hold and you are forced to actually speak with people face to face. We have had a few options like asking the bartender if they have a charger and having them place your device behind the bar. (This does require better tipping). There have been many variations of paid charging devices sitting in a dark corner that look like anyone could just walk away with your device, which is a main reason I have never used one and usually carry a backup battery.

Welcome chargesafe to the mix. They have a great looking, secure charging station, with some great features.

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Each charging bay features 4 connectors. (microUSB, Apple 30 Pin, Apple Lightning 8 Pin and miniUSB). The connectors offer up to 2.4 AMPS meaning your device will charge at the fastest possible rate allowed by the manufacturer. To open the bay door to your device you simply swipe the card you used to rent the charging bay.

To see more about chargesafe check out the video below or follow this link.

 

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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.

Apple Watch Sport

Photo credit: Apple.com

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.

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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.

AT&T Starting Data Rollover, But Puts in 1/12th The Effort

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With what has become standard operating procedures, AT&T has sort of followed T-Mobile’s lead in the United States by announcing a data rollover scheme. But unlike T-Mobile, AT&T is putting in 1/12th the effort.

Starting January 25th AT&T will automatically be rolling over unused data for it’s 50 million customers on Mobile Share plans. The catch is it only rolls over for 30 days. So if you have 2GBs of data left over it will sit on your account for just 30 days to be used then expire. This is in contrast to T-Mobile who lets you rollover data for 12 rolling months.

 

T-Mobile’s CEO John Legre took to Twitter with his thoughts on AT&T’s latest move.

 


The “un-carrier” wars are really getting heated and we are far from seeing things calm down, especially with John Legere at the helm on T-Mobile.