Tag: Android

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Snapdragon 800 Teased Before International CES

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If you follow Qualcomm on Tweeter you would’ve seen the tweet they posted of their new Snapdragon 800. In the image you will notice the Qualcomm chip inside of a smartphone, what smartphone that might be, who knows? The tweet “A new #Snapdragon 800 powered smartphone is launching next week at @intlCES – here’s a first look.” Guess we will have to wait until CES 2015 (which is days away) to find out which smartphone the Snapdragon 800 finds a home in. Make sure to follow the team of Life On My Mobile for what’s in store at CES.

Android Game Steals WhatsApp Conversations And Sells Them

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Remember how crappy WhatsApp security is and the developers really don’t seem to care? Once again the lack of an encrypted WhatsApps database leads to a game, stealing conversations and selling them. All the user needed was your phone number if you had both WhatsApp and Balloon Pop 2 installed.

Balloon Pop 2 was removed from the Google Play store once it was discovered that a for a fee anyone could grab a copy of the users WhatsApp conversation.

The apps website listed the game as a way to “backup” your WhatsApp conversations but the real reason is to spy on someone. It is pretty easy to get someone to install a game and then you have access to their WhatsApp conversations. All the person who wanted access to your private conversation had to do was visit the WhatsAppCopy website, enter your phone number and pay a fee.

If you have this game I suggest you delete it ASAP. If you want any more info on this issue check out the article written by Graham Cluley via this link. A friendly reminder, anything you do on the Internet isn’t private.

Snapchat Clone Puffchat Insecure And So Is Its CEO

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With every great app successes you see people trying to ride the wave and carve off a piece of the pie for themselves. That seems to be the case with Puffchat. This is a messenger app, that prior to today I didn’t even know existed. I found out about the app when Puffchat CEO Micheal Suppo decided to threaten security researcher Thomas Hedderwick for disclosing that the Puffchat security model was more smoke and mirrors than an actual secure app and provided proof.

Thomas had attempted by a number of means to contact Puffchat and let them know about the issues prior to disclosing.

In the interest of responsible disclosure I did try and contact the dev multiple ways, I was either ignored or not replied to and I feel users deserve to know what’s happening with their data. It’s only saving grace is that it appears to delete the message logs if you manually clear your feed, still a far way off being secure.

How insecure is the app? According to Thomas, there really isn’t anything. Read more

Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G At International CES

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It’s been a week since International CES in Las Vegas, Nevada. I was taking a look back on what the “WOW factor” was for me, and the Ascend Mate 2 4G from Huawei stood out.

Samsung has been the biggest name in the Android device arena when it comes to smartphones, especially when it comes to bigger displays. Huawei has designed a device that can easily compete with Samsung’s Note series and give them a run for their money.

When first getting my hands on the Ascend Mate 2 4G, I was automatically drawn in by the display. Usually a bigger screen doesn’t do much for me, but a 6.1” display will grab your attention, especially since I’m an iPhone 5S (4” display) user. When playing around with the handset and talking with the Huawei rep, the first feature she pointed out was the 4050 mAh battery that gives you up to 60 hours of battery life. A power user can go up to 12 hours of display with data access. This is perfect for the majority of us who live on our smartphone. Not to mention you’re even able to charge another device right from smartphone as well. Perfect for topping off Bluetooth accessories, etc.   Read more