One of the longest term players in the Fitness App world is SportsTrackLive. For over 6 years, STL has been around to track your runs, rides and just about anything else you could throw at it. Unfortunately, on October 14th, the announcement came that STL was shuttering their doors and closing up shop. As of November 1st, the servers would be gone and everything with it. What nobody saw coming was a next step and a second chance.
Just 10 days later, the good folks at SportsTrackLive are offering their users a second chance. They need to have 1,500 subscribers to their new ‘premium’ service at a measly $2.50 a month to keep themselves going. You can access the sign up page here: Get Premium Now
For those that don’t know SportsTrackLive, it is a great App for fitness buffs. With a simple tracking scheme, STL keeps you workouts, runs, walks, and other activities all in one place. The Live GPS feature tracks your distance activities and maps them for later use in a standard GPX format. You can save these files and compete with friends as they download your route and run it against you later. Simply put, it’s one of the strongest fitness Apps on the market today.
The timing on this couldn’t have been stranger as at the beginning of October, a newer version of the App was launched supporting the Samsung Galaxy Gear Live. Earlier in the year, the App was released with updates for the Gear Live and the LG G Watch, but the update brought additional functions to the wearable market.
If you are a fitness lover, SportsTrackLive has been one of those Apps that everyone has ‘borrowed’ from over the years. One of the first on the scene is still one of the best and will just keep getting better with your support. If you haven’t tried it yet, download the App at the link below and give it a run. If you like it as much as we know you will, you should sign up and give something that will only cost you about as much as half a cup of coffee a month a serious workout.
Sign Up for Premium Service: Get Premium Now
Download for Android: SportsTracker
Download the PRO version for Android: SportsTracker PRO ($4.99)
If a rumor post has any credence at all, it appears that the Uncarrier is undoing one of the best ideas they ever had, their free bonus data plans. The ‘internal memo’ that is making the rounds right now indicates that this could be your last week to purchase the 4 line, 10GB plan for $100 a month through 2015.
Final Week! 4 Lines for $100 w/10GB Data Feature & Other Promo Offers to be Grandfathered October 29 (Retail, TPR, TPRi, EDPC)
On October 29, the following will be grandfathered, which means this is the last chance to offer customers the 4 Lines for $100 with 10GB data offer!
- Promo $100 4 – 5 Line Family plan
- Promo $0 2.5GB data feature
- Promo $10 4.5GB data feature
Important: Other family plans will still be available on October 29, including the 2 – 5 Line Family plan and 6+ Line Family plans. This means that customers can still get 4 lines for $100 with our standard data features.”
While it is very difficult to confirm this deal, we can only assume the worst, that it is true. The rumor is even being reported by very well known sites like T-Mo News and they are usually spot on with T-Mobile’s leaks. Hopefully this just opens the door for Mr. Legere and co. to do some holiday magic for us. As long as it’s not so they can raise their prices and dress up as AT&T for Halloween, it will probably work out ok.
Needless to say, if you’ve been on the fence about signing up on one of these ‘$100 family plans’ with T-Mobile, MetroPCS or Cricket, the time to be getting is probably about here. If this is going to signal a change for T-Mobile’s pricing, it’s probably going to affect the others as well.
It is worth noting as you think about that, the $100 Simple Choice plan still includes unlimited music streaming, 1GB of data per line and you can still upgrade each line for about $10 each. All in all, it’s not the end of the universe if you miss out on this one.
This weekend, Amazon’s App Store is offering up a few gratis kid friendly titles. Included in the sale is Yo Gabba Gabba, Fionna Fights – Adventure, Kids Measurements, Kids Reading Camp, Mathemagica, Rewards Chart, Owl and Pals Preschool, Gro Flowers and Words and Riddles.
Also included in the sale are a few big kid titles as well. Fast Food Nutrition, Grocery Shopping List, House Cleaning List, Motivated Moms – 2, Healthy Habit Tracker are also free this weekend. Click the link below to get the full list and start downloading them today!
When you are in the market for a contract free phone, manufacturers like Blu, Motorola and Nokia have been coming up huge lately. A name that has snuck by the competition is Huawei. Their relatively new Ascend Mate 2 4G LTE device is a stunning accomplishment in the sub $300 smartphone market. Priced as an unlocked, contract free handset option, paring the Ascend Mate 2 4G LTE with a plan from www.4gfastdata.com can be a match made in heaven. Put it this way, the cost of the device and 24 months of unlimited service on Red Pocket Mobile from www.4gfastdata.com would be $1259.75. This compares to the same deal with a Galaxy Note 3 from T-Mobile that will set you back over $2300!
The Ascend Mate 2 4G LTE is a beast of a phone. Its chassis protects a monstrously huge 6.1” display, a 13MP rear camera, a 5MP front camera and LTE radios for both AT&T and T-Mobile. The light plastic backing is comfortable and light, but doesn’t feel cheap. The device also features a few unique software settings that we will get into a bit more later. First, let’s shoot through the amazing hardware that makes up the Ascend Mate 2 4G LTE.
The display on the Ascend Mate 2 4G LTE is brilliant and clear. The HD display has a 720×1280 pixel setup that equals out to about 241ppi. Not the sharpest on the planet, but for browsing the web, watching movies and doing some heavy document editing, it works absolutely beautifully. The surface of the display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass III. It is not the clearest display I’ve ever laid my eyes on, but as far as screens go, it’s a superb display.
The Ascend Mate 2 4G LTE runs Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) out of the box. It features a solid Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 processor running at 1.6GHz. The Adreno 305 GPU had no problem rendering 3D games or just about anything else that was thrown at it. The device runs those games and Apps through 2GB of RAM and the 16GB of included internal storage (about 12MB usable). There is an SD card slot for expansion up to 32GB – confirmed.
The dual camera setup on the Ascend Mate 2 4G LTE is one of beauty. The 5MP front camera features a “groufie” mode that allows you to take a ‘panoramic’ front camera shot to get you and all your friends in one image. It works very well and gets pretty large groups into the image area. The rear 13MP shooter was accurate and did a great job with daylight stills. Action shots represented more of a challenge as most of them featured a pretty heavy blur. I don’t think I would take the Ascend Mate 2 4G LTE to capture my kid’s football games, but it sure does a great job on sunsets and dinner plates.
The Ascend Mate 2 4G LTE has one of the best battery life’s of any smartphone I have ever had the pleasure of testing. The 3900mAh battery powers through a full day of use, then allows me to charge the wife’s Nokia Lumia 920, and still have enough to get through most of the next day. In short, there is nothing else like it on the planet. If you are a heavy user, the battery life alone on this beast should be enough to make you swoon.
From here we start to delve into the world of Huawei’s special software. The Ascend Mate 2 4G LTE features two operational modes, normal and Simple Mode. Simple Mode does exactly what it says. It takes the complex Android layout and turns it in to giant buttons, similar to Windows Phone Tiles. It makes finding what you need quick and easy. This is an ideal solution to the smartphone users that just isn’t sure they need a smartphone yet.
A few other software features are the aforementioned “groufie” mode for the front camera, gloves mode – which takes the sensitivity of the screen up a notch so you can use with gloves on, WOW – Windows on Windows mode that allows you to take notes or perform some other tasks while watching a video or browsing the internet, and singled handed mode for using the gigantic display with just one hand.
Overall, Huawei hit one out of the park with the Ascend Mate 2 4G LTE. The device performs like a phone costing $850 and doesn’t come with any strings attached to it’s $299 price tag. Again, LTE radios for both AT&T and T-Mobile are on board in the Ascend Mate 2 4G LTE so carrier choice is not a problem for this device. Any GSM carrier or an MVNO of them will work beautifully with the Ascend Mate 2 4G LTE. In fact, we highly recommend visiting www.4gfastdata.com and seeing what plan is right for you, right after you order your own Ascend Mate 2 4G LTE.
More information: Ascend Mate 2 4G LTE
Way back in August, during Engadget Live! Seattle, we had a chance to visit with the ultra-light, ultra-thin Boogie Board Sync from Kent Displays. It was one of those devices where you read about it, take a look at the website and then finally make the decision that $100 is just too much for a tablet that doesn’t do anything but let you write on it. Well, it’s time to rethink that because after about a month of replacing paper around here, the Boogie Board Sync is now on our must buy list.
Starting with the basics, the Boogie Board Sync is pretty close to the size of a sheet of paper. It uses a powerless E-Ink display and saves your notes in an easy to read PDF format. The included stylus is comfortable to hold and reacts beautifully with the screen. The average note page we saved synced via bluetooth in seconds to our mobile devices and uploaded to our computer using the included sync software just as easily. As we wrote story plans, it was simple to rename the files on our phones, tablets and PCs to sort them for later. It literally replaced a case of legal pads in just one month.
The Boogie Board Sync really only features three buttons on its frame. The first is the chrome power button on the edge of the device. The next two buttons are the ‘save’ button and the ‘erase’ button. These are the reasons a battery is even needed for the Boogie Board Sync, otherwise the display draws no power. The other nice part about the Boogie Board Sync is that if you accidentally tap the erase button, you won’t actually lose that work. It’s saved in an archive folder in the device that you can access via the computer software.
The included USB cable allows for the Boogie Board Sync to be connected directly to a computer. This connection is used for accessing the Sync software from the PC for either uploading documents or for using the tablet in direct mode.
The software is what sets the Boogie Board Sync apart from other digital pens and note taking systems. With a quick click, the entire note pad is uploaded to Everenote. Another click and live notes are being taken on the PC screen. The Boogie Board Sync software is simply flawless. Kent Displays also recently released an SDK for the Sync, which should only make for more awesome Apps that the Sync should be able to take advantage of.
This was a photo of the screen as a note was jotted on the board in direct to screen mode in the Sync software. The digitizer captured all the text without any issue.
The onboard filing system leaves a bit to be desired, but with a bit of homework and frequent uploads, the shortcomings of the software are quickly made up for. The ability to rename notes on the PC really makes organizing them for long term storage very nice.
Overall, in the month spent with the Boogie Board Sync, the benefits to this amazing little guy far outweighed the $100 price tag. The fact that no paper was used and more notes were actually taken is a testament to how well the Sync performs. The fact that the office is loaded with regular tablets that could have been used for note taking, yet the Sync was the first choice every time is yet another reason to grab one. Ultimately though, it came down to one little thing – no tablet batteries were drained in the making of these notes. The Sync lasts for days, weeks, it would be fun to say months, but until ours arrives from Amazon, we just can’t say how long that little battery lasts.
Until then though, it’s back to legal pads and annoyances like putting that note somewhere you can’t find it, or worse yet, losing the entire legal pad with the story planning for the next month on it. Do yourselves a favor and do what we are doing. Order a Boogie Board Sync today and start enjoying the freedom that it brings.
Purchase: Boogie Board Sync
When you jump on to Sprint’s website, you are greeted with that brand new shiny iPhone 6 just waiting for you to click the buy now button. Then you see the brilliant iPhone for Life ad right below it and its $50 a month for unlimited everything price tag. You click the buy it now button, get all signed up and wait for your phone to arrive.
After about a week of playing with that new iPhone you get the first wind of your bill showing up. Welcome to sticker shock. Your prorated month of service will run you about $40 before taxes. The full second month, yes, you pay for that upfront too, is another $50. You then see two charges for your device on there at $20 each. Take that $130 in billings and add about 20% more in taxes and you have a whopper of a payment of $155-160 due for that first bill.
To think that people thought that Sprint was doing them a favor with this one is just plain nuts. The text below is from the promotional materials for the offer. As you can see, it’s not all that great.
Introducing the iPhone for Life Plan. Lease an iPhone 6 with no money due at signing and only $20/mo (for well-qualified lessee). Plus, get a new device every 2 years. Unlimit your iPhone 6 with the Sprint Simply Unlimited Plan: Unlimited data, talk and text on the Sprint network for only $50/mo/line. It’s the best value in wireless.
First off, you won’t own your iPhone when you are done with your 2 year agreement. You keep paying that $20 a month for as long as you are on the Sprint Simply Unlimited Plan. If you choose to upgrade your device, they will keep you on the plan and keep your billing the same. In other words, this is a never ending cellular contract.
Second, you must keep an iPhone active on this account. So, if you lose your phone, you have to buy a new one outright to keep this plan going. You can’t use an old 4s or 5c and keep this rate. If you change your device, you will incur a minimum $10 a month penalty, that could end up costing you more than $35 a month extra.
Finally, you add in the taxes and fees to this deal and see how high it puts that monthly bill. Your “$50” unlimited plan ends up costing you almost $90 a month in some areas after you add in the phone lease cost and the taxes and fees.
Even with the best advertising in the world, this plan falls epically short of the offerings from MVNO’s like Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile and Red Pocket Mobile. In fact, for $650 outright you can buy that new iPhone 6, activate it on a Red Pocket plan from www.4gfastdata.com and pay as little as $29.99 a month for talk, text and 500MB of 3G data or $59.99 for unlimited talk, text and data. The two year cost difference can be as much as $800.
Free Apps are al ways a great thing, and when the Amazon App Store steps up and does their “super deals” of giving away $100’s in Apps in one day, you need to get in there and download them. Today’s giveaway includes some pretty hefty titles like: AutoDesk Sketchbook Pro, Riptide GP2, OfficeSuite Pro and quite a few other utilities and games. Hit the link below and snag your freebies right now.
Source: Amazon App Store