Smart watches I have tested to date

Well I wanted to start with the U8 smart watch I bought off of Geek one of my favorite places to by stuff. The unit I got won't power up (bummer) getting a refund on this puppy as soon as geek support sends me the how to's. I got my GV9 watch on Saturday from Geek, so far it is pretty nice, its really built for the Android user (since it can be a phone as well!) it will connect to a iPhone 5 or better via bluetooth but there is not an app in the App store that works with it. You can get some things off your iPhone like you last numbers dialed bluetooth audio. Overall the GV9 is very nice bit of kit!


Let's talk iPhone 5/5s Battery cases UPDATED

Ok I am what I consider a iPhone power user, my phones is on 7X24 365 days a year. So I have always used some form of battery case. I have used 4 on my current iPhone5:

One I purchased when I was staying at a hotel in Las Vegas at a booth in the hotel's shopping area working on a project (un named brand) it is a 2000mAh battery with a cool little kick stand. Cost was $150.00. It has served me well. I go through at least 2 batteries per day. The re-charge time is about 6 hours.

Next comes the Mophie case that I paid about $85.00 for at a best buy machine at an airport I was passing through, the juice pack has been great as well but lasts half as long and still takes 4 hours to recharge. I have been a Mophie fan for years on IOS devices. Mophie.com

Next comes a Juice Pack Plus (trademark for Mophie or so I thought) that I purchased via ebay from proudparents2005. This was a horrible idea. The unit was defective out of the box and the seller would not replace it. Told me is was my iPhone 5 that was the issue because they never have had a unit fail. the included instructions did not match the unit I was shipped. I tested the unit on 2 iPhone 5's and it did not work on either one. they battery case was so tight on the iPhone 5 you could barely remove the case without damaging the iPhone itself.  I just ate the cost of $35.00 and moved on.

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In my search fro the perfect battery case I found a product from iBattz that is just great for me. it is the Mojo Refuel Removable Battery case, that is right you can actually change the batteries in the case, they use the i9300 3.7v 2200mAh Li-ion battery. I got 2 i9300's with the case, plus I bought a 3rd one. So far this has been the best solution! the case comes with a red or silver side bezel, usb charging cable, headset extension cable for plugging in you headphones to the iPhone5 ( I bought an extra cable for like $11.00 just in case I lose one). the instructions are dead on simple. I even sprung for an external battery charging device that I can plugin to recharge the batteries once I swap them our of the ReFuel case.  The basic cost is about $90.00.

What you want your own iBattz gear click the link below.. Also their customer support is excellent! 

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So once again this is just what I have found works for me. Your mileage may very. I am going to be putting video on youtube on how I am doing with the Mojo ReFuel case.  I have been using my iBattz for over a year now I have 5 i9300 batteries. I still love it. I have had to replace the back cover and that's is it.

Transporter replacement for Dropbox?

You might have seen a company on Facebook or on the web called Connected Data offering a product call a Transporter or Transporter Sync. The products allow you to setup your own private cloud service, Great idea right goodbye dropbox, iCloud, one drive, copy, etc.  so I purchased a sync ( it allows you provide your own usb hard drive for storage). It takes an hour or two setup and get working, To access your drive you will need a helper app ( they have the app for MAC OS and Windows) they also have apps for iOS and Android mobile devices. As well as a free account on contacted data site so you can claim your transporter device, The transporter works as advertised wight he following warnings IT DOES NOT SUPPORT SSD DRIVES, or DRIVE OVER 4 TB, you MUST PLUG IT INTO a !Gig ETHERNET port. the USB port is on 2.0 yet the recommend that you use a USB 3.0 drive. Copying of files is REALLY SLOW on both wired and wireless ethernet connections. It reformats your usb drive and wipes out all of your data. If you need to upgrade your external hard disk you must copy all of the data off of your existing transporter drive to another disk. Replace the existing drive with a new drive wait for it to reformat the new drive.. Then you can copy your old files to the new drive, and as I have stated that is a SLOW PROCESS!. Another oddity is that it does not like long file names (I found this on PDF files I use for work) I opened a ticket with support on this one to find out sorry it does not do that. File sharing is kind of different too, you have to create an email request to add people to the file or folder, in turn they have to sign up for a free account to gain access to what you are sharing. You can add other Transporter into your private cloud, they will replicate data to and from each other. 

It is a cool device but it will chew up your bandwidth since it passes data over your internet connection. 

I have to give the Transporter 2 out of 5 stars for now.  

They just released an update to the helper apps. I will test them and see what is fixed.  UPDATE: The new helper apps seem to be a bit faster in loading, updating the Transporter and Transporter Sync folders. So that is good. Now 2.5 out of 5 stars for now. 

Want to painlessly unlock your AT&T iPhone without jail breaking?

If the answer to the question of above is yes, then continue reading.  As most of you know I am a long time AT&T customer (since my first iPhone) and I travel a fair amount for business (USA and Canada). What I am tried of is having to pay roaming charges when I am out of the USA, so what to do? Well I found UnlockStreak.com online for a small fee they will unlock any iPhone on the AT&T network (and only the AT&T network). This does not get you out of your contract but it does allow you to when needed use a non-AT&T micro-sim from a different carrier to avoid heafty roaming charges on the AT&T network. 

I am a very happy AT&T wireless customer! I don't mind paying my nearly $190.00 per month bill, which I share between 2 iPhones and 1 iPad.  The UnlockStreak process is simple:

Originally developed for use with the Dell Streak, UnlockStreak Activations for iTunes is a separate version of the software that works on Apple’s devices. To use it, users simply visit the website and select their device, then place an order for the unlock ($49 for an iPhone 5, all other iPhones $29; UnlockStreak provided an unlock at no charge for purposes of this review). Once UnlockStreak confirms that the IMEI can be unlocked, they begin the process and then send an email with the unlocking instructions once they’ve processed your IMEI (the hardest part of all was waiting for that email; it took one day to process my unlock). The actual unlock is done on the user’s own computer. For iPhones, it’s all done through iTunes, making it a familiar process for most users. It takes only a few minutes from start to finish: backing up and restoring your iPhone is more or less all it takes. In all, it took me about three or four clicks to make it happen:

One important note: although UnlockStreak performs a permanent unlock, the service only works if the device is tied to AT&T. 

For the vast majority of people using AT&T, an unlock will probably never matter. But if you’re someone who does need an unlock—and for whatever reason doesn’t want to make the jump to Verizon—then UnlockStreak is a bargain, and one that doesn’t require you to navigate the shadier portions of ebay, where many iPhone unlock offers come across as something less than legitimate. If you’re planning a trip abroad, or just need to use your iPhone on a different carrier here at home, UnlockStreak is worth a look.

New iOS APP reviews 3/28/2013

Ok here are a couple of apps I have been playing with for a couple of days:

they are both types of pedometers, the first one is MapMyWalk (free but ad driven) the app  is a pay for service to get any what it claims is advanced feature (like using the app to access your music to listen to while walking via the app, call Go MVP! pricing is 5.99 per month). Overall the app is pretty slick it uses GPS abilities of your iOS device, the down side is battery usages suffers. it does have an ad free version that starts at $5.99 per month, $17.99 for 3 months or $ 12 months for 29.99. They also offer things like Runner, Go MVP bluetooth heart rate monitor plus a 1 year free subscription or a Cyclists, go MVP GPS bike computer with a 1 year free subscription. 

The second one is Moves. Moves uses a different approach it counts the number of steps your are taking every time you move. It use the motion detection in iOS devices not GPS.  The app is much more battery friendly (less draw on the battery), this is a iPhone app.  Since I always have my iPhone on my person it work great for me. it does log your amount of walking so you can keep track of what you are doing daily.  Moves currently is a free app in the iTunes app store.

Give either one a try let me know what you think. 

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