AT&T Passport to Travel with Your Phone

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AT&T INTRODUCES ITS BEST-EVER VALUE FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

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Starting at $30, New AT&T PassportSM packages include Unlimited Messaging, Wi-Fi and More

DALLAS, OCT. 13, 2014 – Planning a trip abroad? Don’t forget your Passport. AT&T1 today announced the AT&T Passport packages, its best-ever value for international travel. For use in over 150 countries, AT&T Passport delivers unlimited messaging plus affordable rates for calling and a data allowance, all in one convenient package. When using the AT&T Passport app, 2 customers can also enjoy unlimited Wi-Fi access at participating hotspots in select countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan and Mexico.

 

Designed for international travel from one to 30 days, AT&T Passport packages can be added to your domestic postpaid plan. They carry a convenient one-time charge, are valid for 30 days and expire automatically. There’s nothing to cancel once you’re back home from your trip. When it’s time for your next adventure abroad, simply visit myAT&T or call 800-335-INTL (4685) to add another 30-day, one-time-charge package.

New Super Batteries Charge 70 Percent in 2 Minutes

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A team of researchers in Singapore have developed a next generation lithium-ion battery that can recharge a battery to 70-percent in just two minutes. That means it would charge an entire electric car in just 15 minutes. And here’s the kicker: it lasts over 20 years.

 Normally, it’s safe to be skeptical about new battery technology, but there’s something rather hopeful about this breakthrough. The new battery isn’t altogether new. It’s actually just an improvement upon existing lithium-ion technology.

Google Nexus 6 Featuring Android Lollipop

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Google’s latest flagship phone is finally here. But instead of holding a press event like years past, the tech-giant announced its newest Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 tablet today, via an online press release. The device starts at $649 (32GB) and $699 (64GB). Preorders begin Wednesday, October 29, and it will land in stores in November. You’ll be able to buy the phone unlocked, with a service contract, or through monthly carrier installments.

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Apple Unveils Shiny New iPad Airs and Retina Mini’s

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iPad Air 2 & iPad Mini 3 Released

Oct 16, 2014 

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Apple has announced updates to the iPad line, officially labeled as the iPad Air 2, and iPad Mini 3. All new models include faster processors and improved capabilities, Touch ID sensors, and while iPad Mini remains in the same enclosure, the iPad Air 2 has been redesigned to be slimmer than ever. Some of these features may not be much of a surprise given that Apple apparently unintentionally leaked some of the details yesterday through iTunes.

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AT&T Asus PadPhone Review

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Possibly the Best Phone/Tablet Deal Yet

I have to admit that I was pretty pumped to receive the demo copy of the Asus PadFone X from AT&T (props to Teresa Mask!)  I was able to spend close to a month with it and came away with mixed feelings except for one very clear realization: For all its limitations, this device is a crazy good buy for just $199 under a two year contract with AT&T.

As will all my reviews, I have to disclaim that my observations are not meant to be an exhaustive investigation of the device.  There are wonderful sites like Engadget that do super breakdowns of every imaginable device including this one.  On the other hand I want to approach it more from our listeners’ point of view.  What are the pro’s and con’s of the device and would I use it on a regular basis given the opportunity?

Description

Before phablets (e.g. Samsung Galaxy Note 3, LG G Pro 2,Nokia Lumia 1520) became hugely popular in Asia and then the US and Europe, the PadPhone proposed to be an excellent combination of phone and tablet.  Asus PadPhone X is the first of its kind to be sold in the US under a carrier (AT&T) but it is not the first of the line.  The concept launched in 2012  was to combine the power of a good smartphone with a tablet that would reflect the best of the phone in a bigger setting.

Pro’s

I loved the combination.  First of all the smartphone is an almost perfect 5” tall with a nice bright screen driven by a powerful SnapDragon 800 chip and 16GB of space running Google’s latest software Kit Kat.

The coolest part is that the phone neatly slips into a dock on the back of the tablet and voila, turns it into a 9 inch tablet.  My aching eyes rejoiced at once, although I was soon struck with how sluggish the tablet felt compared to the phone!  Nonetheless it was a delight to have a big pallet upon which to display webpages, emails and documents.

I think that you will value the PadPhone most if you see that it is not meant to replace but to enhance your digital experience.  It allowed me to carry around a great, basic smartphone with decent tech specs and a nice big 5 inch screen running the latest Android hardware.  It was a definite “two fer”: the convenience of a just right size smartphone in my pocket most of the day and then in the twinkling of an eye the advantages of the 9”screen size when I got home for watching video, Skyping, reading emails comfortably and composing short messages with the clever Swye keyboard.  Frankly I don’t care that it isn’t a big deal productivity tool. I have my laptop for that, thank  you.

Cons

I have to admit that the tablet function disappointed almost immediately because it was relatively heavy and offered no way of propping it up. In other words, I found that I did not want to use it as a Kindle reader or for viewing longer videos.

Despite the specs for the device, I was very disappointed in how slow the browser was on the tablet. In addition to that, however, there was the whole issue of dealing with the layers of proprietary Android applications on the PadPhone.  You literally had to swim through Google Apps, Asus Apps and AT&T apps to finally tweak the system to your pleasure.  That is why I shy away from Android devices in general: they require hours of tweaking the interface to arrive at a functional  set of screen pages.  So if you are an Android lover I just spoke blasphemy but if you like the mostly pre-set screens of Windows Phones and Apple devices it’s a pain in the pants

Summary

All of the above said, you have to stand back and look at the bottom line.  For an amazing $200 ( with 2 year contract) from AT&T you get a very nice full size smartphone and a brilliant 9 inch tablet.  That is a combination that you have to look long and hard for anywhere else.  This is just right for the casual user who wants to read a book, watch a video or write a short email.

Overall Rating:  3 out of 5 Stars

A complete guide to iOS 8

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iOS 8 looks to be one of the most feature-packed updates to Apple’s mobile platform since the launch of the App Store. Learn how to use it with our comprehensive guides.

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iOS 8 is now available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, bringing new functionality and features to the platform.

Custom keyboards, better sharing between apps, widgets, an improved Camera app, and new Messages features are all included in Apple’s new mobile software. The list doesn’t end there — below you will find the complete guide to becoming an iOS 8 pro. We even uncover some hidden features not discussed by Apple during the iOS 8 announcement in June.

This post will be updated as new content goes live, so be sure to bookmark and check back often.

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Get started with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

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Congratulations, you’ve snagged yourself a brand-new iPhone. But before you get to playing with your new device, you’ll probably want to get to know it and set it up. Thanks to iOS’s step-by-step activation process, Apple’s made it pretty simple to get started; but just in case you need some extra help, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide for activating your new iPhone, transferring data from your old phone, and some suggestions for exploring its new features.

Transfer your data

You’ve moved to the latest and greatest in the iOS world, and to do so, you’re leaving your old device behind. But before you send it off with a fond farewell, you have to decide whether you want to transfer its data to your new iPhone. Here are the various ways to do so, depending on whether you’re moving from an old iPhone, a different smartphone, or a feature phone.

Upgrade from an older iPhone

If you’re upgrading from an older iPhone, you can transfer all its apps, data, and settings to your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. (Depending on where you’ve purchased your music and video collection, you may still have to sync your new phone with iTunes for those items.) To do so, you’ll need to make a backup (via iTunes or, if you’re running iOS 5 or later, via iCloud) of your information. You can then restore that backup onto your new phone during the setup process.

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iOS 8: The best new features, and a few hidden gems

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You’ve just installed iOS 8 on your shiny (OK, slightly battered) iPhone. At first glance, it looks rather similar to iOS 7 — but don’t let looks be deceiving! There are lots of cool new features in iOS 8 just waiting to be discovered, such as widgets (!) and the long-overdue ability to install third-party keyboards such as Swype.

Read on to discover our favorite new features of iOS 8 — and if you have one that isn’t listed here, be sure to let us know in the comments. At the end, we’ve included a few “hidden” features of iOS 8 that you may have missed.

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Can Apple Pay Succeed Where Others Have Failed?

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Apple wants to replace plastic credit cards with the Apple Pay mobile wallet and the new iPhone 6. Will it finally be the one to succeed?

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by Marguerite Reardon  @maggie_reardon
/September 11, 2014 9:17 AM PDT

Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will come with an NFC chip that will allow users to pay for things by tapping their phone.
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The new Apple Pay service is not much different from other mobile wallets already on the market, but it’s likely to have a better chance than any other solution of getting people to use smartphones to pay for things.
Google, PayPal and joint venture Softcard (formerly Isis) — made up of three of the nation’s largest wireless operators — are just a few of the companies that have spent years and millions of dollars trying to convince consumers that they should chuck their plastic credit cards and instead pay for things with a smartphone or mobile app.
Now Apple is getting into the game, unveiling Apple Pay this week at a splashy event that also introduced the Apple Watch and the big-screen iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to the world.
But so far, consumers have not seen a real need to stop using the plastic cards that already line their wallets. As a result, very few people have actually ditched other forms of payment in favor of using their phones. The number is so small in fact, most market research firms aren’t even tracking it.
“Contactless mobile payments is a rounding error for the big payment networks,” said James Wester, global research director for mobile payments at industry analyst firm IDC Financial Insights.
The reason? It’s simple. Consumers don’t have a problem paying the old-fashioned way.

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Apple pulls HealthKit apps from its iOS 8 launch after discovering a last-minute bug

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Well, iOS 8 is here and, assuming you can get through to the servers and free up enough space on your device, you’ll have a shiny, new operating system to play with. But, a last-minute hiccup has prompted Apple to remove third-party apps from its App Store that had enabled day-one HealthKit support.

MyFitnessPal, which just announced miCoach support, has removed its latest update from the store and is working with Apple to resubmit a new version without HealthKit functionality.

CARROT Fit’s HealthKit update has also been pulled from the App Store.MacRumors reports that developer Brian Mueller posted on Twitter that HealthKit is “broken and isn’t ready to launch” with no ETA on a fix, but those tweets have since been deleted.

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