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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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.

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.

 

T-Mobile Is Promising More Un-carrier Moves in 2015

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T-Mobile CEO, John Legere is bringing in the New Year by giving us eight reasons on how the Un-carrier continues to lead the pack in putting the needs of consumers first and foremost. Below are the eight reasons:

1. The wireless revolution has not only been sparked, it’s become a movement- and its not slowing down, its speeding up….to warp speed.

2. We’ll go toe-to-toe with Verizon’s network almost everywhere … and win.

3. The competition will continue to bumble along.

4. Wearables and phablets will be the big device stories of 2015 (and maybe some connected cars!).

5. I’ll be in conversation with nearly 2M Twitter followers (at the very least 1.5M…) by the end of the year.

6. DC is going to be very busy on regulatory issues for the Wireless Industry. Like it or not!

7. MetroPCS will pull even further ahead of the prepaid pack.

8. We’ll bring Un-Carrier to whole new groups of people.

There you have it, eight reasons as to why T-Mobile feels they will continue to lead the pack.

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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.

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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