Scout Brings New Features To iOS Along With Holiday Icons

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Looking to help put you in the Holiday spirit, TeleNav released an update to their turn-by-turn navigation GPS app Scout. With the new update, you can now choose your vehicle icon to be a Santa’s Hat, an Elf Cap, Rudy the Reindeer (Rudolph) and a New Year’s topper.

On the non-holiday side, this update also includes the following enhancements:

  • Adaptive Routing – Scout looks out for timesaving options as you drive, automatically shows you if a better route is available, and helps you reroute around incidents and hazards.
  • Traffic Speed Indicators – See live traffic speeds on a map and along your route, so you know exactly what to expect when you hit the road
  • Improved One-Box – Now gives you more intelligent suggestions to help you find what matters faster

Scout has become my favorite GPS-Navigation apps to use, especially to avoid traffic. Throughout the year, it became the #1 download GPS-Navigation app in the Apple App Store and stays in the top of the charts week to week.

The new Holiday icons are also available on Scout for Android. Below is a quick video of them action.

If you are just hearing about Scout, you can download it for free for iPhone or Android.

Google Play Music For iPhone Arrives

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Google Play Music finally arrived for iOS. I was happy with Apple’s iTunes Match and the features it provided but not the price.

iTunes Match ($24.99/ per year) allows access to your music library from iTunes on your computer or in the Music app on your iOS device. After using iTunes Match for a year, I found that I didn’t take advantage of the service enough to justify the expense. When it was time to renew I went back to manually syncing music from my computer.

I decided to give Google Play Music a shot, mostly because it is free and provided some great features.  Right after installing I was impressed with the user interface and the layout of the app. Read more

Copy – 20GB Cloud Storage For Free

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I know many mobile users struggle with storage space on their smartphones. I have run into this especially taking pictures. I have written about Dropbox in the past.  I used it for quickly accessible storage, but the free Dropbox account starts out with only 2GB of data for free and a maximum of 16GB through referrals.

Copy has entered the mix and for a limited time they are offering 15GB to start and 5GB for each referral you bring in. You can quickly get yourself 100GB of free, non expiring cloud storage. While Copy is being very generous during their launch phase you need to keep in mind all the features you may be use to in Dropbox may not be in Copy. The biggest thing missing for me, is that the iPhone version does not offer an automated upload of your camera roll. You can still choose photos to upload but you must select them. I have actually turned this into a benefit as I now choose pictures I really want to upload verses everything. Keeping my photo library much cleaner. The Android version does offer the option to upload all your photos.

I suggest you give Copy a try. You have nothing to lose and starting with 20GB of storage I bet you will find a use.

Signup via our link and get 20GB of storage to start. You will start with 15GB during signup and then once installed on a mobile device or computer you will be credited the extra 5GB.

Follow this link to signup.

BlackBerry Posts An Open Letter To Business Clients

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen posted an open letter to their remaining BES corporate and government clients asking them to hold on and not change device management companies.

Mr Chen’s key points?

Our EMM customer base is much larger than any of the other vendors in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Mobile Device Management – and is growing.

We manage more mobile devices than any other vendor. Period.

We move more secure mobile data than anyone else.

We have substantial cash and are not a small VC-backed “pure play” MDM player seeking additional funds every year.

Mr Chen also stated that they are going back to their roots. I  can only draw a conclusion that he does not see a future for BlackBerry in the consumer market and is hoping to get the company back to a focus on enterprise. I do wish them well and BlackBerry has fought more than any other company I have ever seen in a situation like this. Read more

Quick Review: Sprint BlackBerry Q10

Sprint BlackBerry Q10We are a little behind in this review, but that’s because I have been using the device for months and months instead of just a few days or a week as in typical reviews. I have been a BlackBerry loyalist since 2006, however in the past few years they had started to drop off my radar since they were not keeping up with the trends and technology that other smartphones were offering. I admit, I left BlackBerry and went to an iPhone for personal use. However, when BlackBerry 10 was announced, I again because intrigued by where BlackBerry was going and what they were going to have to offer.

I started off using the BlackBerry Z10 and found it to be a good device, but it just didn’t feel like the BlackBerry I had become so accustomed to. When the BlackBerry Q10 was launched, I saw exactly what I had been looking for. A sleek new device offering the BlackBerry 10 experience AND a keyboard! For those of you that have used a BlackBerry in the past, you have to admit, there is just something about that keyboard experience.

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Sprint and Best Buy partner up to give students a free year of talk, text, and data

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Between now and January 4th students can go to their local Best Buy or Best Buy Mobile store and get a year of free talk, text, and 1 GB of data. All that is required is that students purchase a new Smart phone or regular phone and activate a new line of service with a Sprint Unlimited My Way plan. Customers will have to pay for the phone and a one-time $36 activation fee. Monthly taxes and surcharges still apply as well. This promotion offers a savings of up to $70 a month, is available only at Best Buy, and only on the Sprint Network.

As mentioned before the plan includes unlimited talk and text and 1 GB of data for smart phones or unlimited talk and text for basic phones. Sprint also does not require a 2 year agreement on Students’ lines. If you think that 1 GB of data is not enough for you unlimited data can be added easily for only $10 a month. Students can also trade in their existing mobile phone for a phone on the new plan.

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Quick Review: Energi Sliding Power Case for iPhone 5/5s

iPhone’s today are essentially mini computers, and that kind of information and potential at our fingertips everyday has a price. The price on a iPhone is not only data, but more importantly power. Battery power to be more specific. Every device comes with a predetermined amount of power in the battery. That juice has to last to get the user through their day. A day of making phone calls, sending a receiving texts and emails, surfing the web, creating documents, listening to music, watching videos, etc, etc, etc. We use our phones now more than ever, and that use is causing our batteries to drain quick.

The TYLT Energi Sliding Power Case is a great solution to the power problem many of us are facing with our iPhone. Unlike other battery case solutions on the market, the Energi Sliding Power Case comes with two separate pieces that essentially allow the user to have two different case options. One simple lightweight case, and another case that includes a portable battery pack.

TYLY Energi Sliding Power CaseThe Energi Sliding Power Case has a 2500 mAh battery which claims to give you an extra 9 hours talk time on your iPhone. For comparison, the Mophie Juice Pack Plus comes with a 2100 mAh battery, and is the largest battery case Mophie offers. The price for the Energi Sliding Power Case is just $99.99 as opposed to the $119.95 for the Mophie Juice Pack Plus.

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Quick Review: Otterbox iPhone 5/5s Wallet Case

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Do you ever get tired of having to carry a wallet and your cell phone? Do you wish there was a case that could hold your phone and your vital items from your wallet? Do you wish I’d stop asking these stupid questions and just get on with it???

Introducing the Otterbox iPhone 5/5s Wallet Case. It is the latest and greatest for the case making people at Otterbox. It combines great protection with the ability to carry around a few of the important cards from your wallet. This is a multilayer case that gives your device some solid protection and offers a slide out tray on the rear that can hold up to three cards of your choice.

I found that this case is very useful when you are wanting to travel light, but yet have the needed items with you. I was able to carry my drivers license, debit card, and a credit card with no problems. The tray compartment adds a little bulk to the case, but it’s not too bad, and definitely not as much as the battery case I usually have on my phone.

The case does not come with a built in screen protector like the Defender Series cases, but you can easily apply a screen protector of your choice on your phone. Overall I think this is a good case and it’s very useful, but I’m not so sure it’s worth the $44.95 asking price. In my opinion, a price tag somewhere in the low $30′s would seem more reasonable.

Apple Threatens And Takes Down Website That Helps Its Customers

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Apple-tracker.com was shutdown tonight by a DMCA takedown notice. This widely popular, free service that allowed people to quickly check inventory at many Apple retail locations at once has been shuttered. You were able to check for iDevices in realtime and even sign-up for alerts when inventory was replenished.  It is a shame that Apple would shut this service down when they fail at providing anything even close to this type of tracking.

I guess making a product look as hard to get as possible adds to the Apple Fanboy culture.  I used this site to obtain an iPhone 5S. Apple should be buying this, not shutting it down. DMCA notice after the break. Read more