Located at 88 East Main Street, in lovely downtown Ramsey, New Jersey is an authorized Dealer for AT&T Wireless Services. They have been in the wireless business since 1999; but their cumulative wireless experience totals over 40 years.
This type of experience can only benefit their customer base. Since day # 1, the owner and staff have tried to steer clear of the stereotypical wireless dealership mentality. It has been their goal to be more of a consultant; than a salesperson. They treat “word of mouth” or “referral” business as their driving force.
Vector is a news and analysis show focusing on the biggest stories, hottest trends, and most important issues in technology and popular culture. On this week’s show, Jessie Char couldn’t get an iPhone 6, but she did join us to talk about Bendgate, big phones in small pockets and purses of holding, iOS 8.0.1 and the coverage thereof, the realities of running an indie dev company, and more! With Georgia Dow, Guy English, Rene Ritchie
Osmo (playosmo.com) is a hardware gaming device for kids that connects to any iPad. They have just started shipping after getting more than $ 2 million in pre-orders from over 2,000 schools. How does it work? It turns physical objects and interactions into digital game elements. You need to see it to believe, so go watch the demo on video.
An important piece of Osmo is the reflector that needs to be placed over the iPad’s front-facing camera. This lets the iPad see the entire surface in front of the Osmo stand. Osmo then converts whatever it sees into data that can be used with the game that is currently playing. A stand is also included, however there is nothing technical about it. You can use it for general iPad use, too.
There are currently three games to start with. With Tangram, you need to arrange tangible puzzle pieces to match what’s on the iPad. With Newton, you need to use objects like a hand‑drawings, glasses, keys, or anything around you to guide falling on-screen balls into targeted zones. With Words, you need to guess and spell out the on‑screen hidden word by tossing down real‑life letters faster than your friends in front of the iPad. The hint is in the picture.
To extend the games, there is an online platform accessible at my.playosmo.com. It lets players to create their own Osmo content. For example, you can upload images and enter new sets of words into the Words game. One great example usage from this is mapping students’ faces with their names.
When you order Osmo, you receive the kit, which includes the reflector, iPad stand, wooden tangram shapes, and words tiles. The iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Mini, iPad Mini Retina, and iPad Air are supported. Pre-orders currently cost $ 79, but orders will not ship until November 2014.
How do you feel about Osmo? Will you buy this for your kid?
EE today announced the mobile network has launched 4G in 18 new towns across the UK, including Sandhurst. This takes the total number of major towns and cities with LTE connectivity through the company to 281 – reported to be over 75 percent of the UK population.
Sandhurst is the home of the Royal Military Academy, located in Berkshire. Hitting 75 percent of the UK population is quite the milestone, considering EE only launched LTE two years ago. Check the press release below for more details. Are you enjoying EE 4G in your area?
Wednesday 1st October, 2014 – EE is expanding its 4G network across the UK to reach another 18 large towns in all four corners of the UK – from Helensburgh in Scotland to Holywood in Northern Ireland, and Prestatyn in Wales to Abingdon in England. The latest stage of the roll out brings the number of large towns and cities covered to 281, and more than 75% of the population.
With 4G also being switched on in Sandhurst, Sergeant Major better keep his eyes peeled. Recruits at the Royal Military Academy (RMA) can now enjoy all the benefits of 4G, whether uploading selfies on the sly or ditching the Ordinance Survey in favour of seamless Google Maps.
To mark the next phase of 4GEE roll-out, EE commissioned photography with a Price Harry lookalike, Roddy Walker. Prince Harry is one of the most well-known RMA Sandhurst graduates in recent years (images available here).
Even ‘His Royal Highness’ can’t resist some superfast web browsing
Spencer McHugh, Director of Brand at EE, said: “Our ongoing 4G roll out means that our customers have access to by far the biggest network in the country. Whether you’re at work or on the go, 4GEE lets you do so much more. From superfast web browsing to streaming HD video, even the most disciplined people won’t be able to resist getting on their mobile!”
4G from EE goes live today in: Abingdon, Ashton-In-Makerfield, Brownhills, Corringham, Faversham, Fleetwood, Formby, Hebburn, Helensburgh, Hoddesdon, Holywood, Hythe, Prestatyn, Sandhurst, Spennymoor, Tilbury, Waltham Abbey and Wombourne.
EE was recently ranked the number one mobile network in across the UK following comprehensive independent testing from RootMetrics.
Path Talk has launched a new feature called Places, where you can find a local business within the social networking app, and you can send an instant message to that business. That message actually goes to a Path Agent who will call on your behalf and do stuff like make a reservation, check store hours, or see if they have your size of shirt. Surprisingly enough, this service is offered for free in the U.S. and Canada.
Path Talk is a spin-off instant messaging app from a mobile-first social network with elements of Foursquare and Facebook packaged in a nice, ad-free UI. They sell stickers and offer a premium subscription service, but on the whole the service is really nice, even if it’s a bit redundant with the other major networks out there. This new Path Talk feature is a great idea, provided it’s reliable. I was able to check iPhone 6 Plus stock at the local Apple Store within five minutes or so. Nobody likes sitting on hold, and having someone else do that for you for free is compelling reason to keep this app installed.
How many of you guys are using Path already? Does Path Talk Places sound good enough to give it a go?
That’s a wrap folks! Our third and final contest for a free iPhone 6 has ended, and we’ve picked a winner. With over 6300 entries in this contest, it’s no secret that many of you just can’t wait to get your hands on the latest and greatest from Apple. And we can’t blame you! We’re not going to keep you in suspense. Read on to see if you were the winner!
The final iPhone 6 contest winner is:
Congratulations Clegg05! We’ll be in touch soon to get your prize sorted out. To everyone else, thanks for entering! Stick around because you know the next iMore contest is always just around the corner!
Every week Apple adds tons of new media content on iTunes — music, books, movies and more. It’s impossible to keep up with all of it, but it’s not impossible to pick out the very best. Here they are! This week we’ve got new music from Aphex Twin and Joe Bonamassa, a fun movie for the whole family, a thoughtful post-apocalyptic fiction book and more!
Syro – Aphex Twin
Richard D. James picks up where he left off 13 years ago with Syro, the first new full-length release from his Aphex Twin project since Drukqs in 2001. Throughout Aphex Twin’s existence, James has experimented and picked apart electronic music, synthesizing and reorganing to create something unique and often groundbreaking. Syro isn’t that so much as a welcome return to form, acidic basslines and beats paired with vocal mashups and unusual melodies. He takes some chances here. If you’ve been overwhelmed with all the drivel in the EDM scene, Aphex Twin’s newest will be a welcome respite.
Joe Bonamassa is a blues rock monster and has been since he was a kid — he was 12 years old when he toured with B.B. King. Different Shades of Blue is his first album of all-original material. It’s fantastically produced but never slick, just 11 tracks of really solid blues rock material. Bonamassa sure leaves his influences in plain sight: There are traces of Clapton, Beck, Page, Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, BB King and others everywhere you look, but that’s not a bad thing: Bonamassa is reverent to his heroes, but has his own style and groove that make him one of the best for this kind of music.
Mr. Peabody is the inventor, scientist and bona fide genius who just happens to be a dog, and Sherman is his (adopted) human son. They originally appeared alongside Rocky & Bullwinkle back in the late 1950s, and now they have their own feature film. Mr. Peabody’s WABAC machine lets the duo travel through time, and it’s up to the two of them to repair history and save the future. A delightful CGI animated film from the creators of How to Train Your Dragon.
Available as a season pass, South Park Season 18 is only now showing on Comedy Central on Wednesday nights, so this is an opportunity to stay up to date even if you miss an episode on the TV. As always, South Park is funny, naughty, irreverent and timely as Cartman, Kyle, Stan and Kenny find themselves in endless predicaments (often brought on by Cartman’s scheming). The opening episode for season 18, “Go Fund Yourself,” takes aim at two target-rich environments: The NFL and Bay Area startup culture.
Mandel’s fourth book is an interweaving mystery story, of sorts, set against the backdrop of the ruins of modern civilization. A flu pandemic has ruined civilization. A theater troupe of musicians and actors travels from town to town, eking out an existence by performing for the local townfolk. The traveling troupe eventually has a showdown with a charismatic, violent religious fanatic. But this is no potboiler dystopian thriller: It deals with the culture of celebrity, the ghosts that linger with us from the time that we’re children, and on the nature of human relationships and our value to one another.
It’s been another week, and another batch of awesome iPhone and iPad apps are ready for the downloading. Football fans have a new version of FIFA to enjoy, plus there are a bunch of utilities that make use of new iOS 8 features.
Grab your iPhone or iPad and dive into our top ten favorite new iOS apps.
Though there are cars on roads, and they’re often doing the unlikeliest of barrel rolls after launching off ramps, this isn’t quite an Asphalt game you’d expect. Instead of a full-bore racing game, Asphalt Overdrive is more of an endless runner, which has players quickly swiping to steer between lanes, trash competitors, and dodge obstacles.
Asphalt Overdrive follows a distinct 80s vibe in the game’s background music and the cars available to unlock and upgrade. Many brand-name cars are available, and cosmetic customizations like paint jobs and decals will be available on top of more performance-based upgrades. Individual stages will require players smash other racers or get as far as possible in a limited amount of time, for example. Though Gameloft has dropped in-app purchases for the next Modern Combat game, they’re alive and well in Asphalt Overdrive for accelerated progress.
For a fast, light, and retro-styled racer, Asphalt Overdrive does very well.
Players in Just Dance Now use their smartphone as a motion controller, and any screen with browser access as the primary game display. You need to match up with the movements of the dancer on the TV, laptop, or tablet, and are scored based on how closely you mimic the movements. If you’re feeling brave, you can share video clips of your sweet, sweet dance moves to social media. Every day there are five new songs free to play, but if you want access to the full library, you can pay for playtime as short as an hour or as long as a year.
Just Dance Now is innovating mobile gameplay in a number of ways, and it will be interesting to see how the title pans out.
Anomaly Defenders brings to a close what is arguably the best tower defense series on Android. Mankind has finally pushed the alien menace back to their homeworld, and now players are tasked with repelling the counter-invasion. Like usual, you need to upgrade towers, expand research to improve their efficacy, and make split-second decisions based on how attacks change and environmental effects. The graphics are still gorgeous, and a rich campaign to chew through.
FIFA 15 Ultimate Team is the latest game in the widely-known football franchise. Players pick their team from a current, real-world roster, set up formations, then hit the pitch. Bluetooth controller support is there for those that want to take the experience seriously, or you can opt for simplified touch controls if you want to take it easy. The freemium influence is strong here, with in-app purchases employed to help you build up a squad with your favorite players.
Footie fans will have a hard time resisting FIFA 15 Ultimate Team.
Smarter Than You is a bizarre online game of Rock, Paper Scissors about lying. Every turn, a player matched up with another over Game Center will pick one of three attacks, and include a cryptic message before locking in their decision. These messages are designed to mess with your opponent’s choices. Over time you earn cosmetic rewards for your simplistic avatar, and can tip particularly wily rivals.
Smarter Than You is as much an interesting social experiment as it is a game.
GIF Keyboard lets you drop animated images right into your iMessage and other conversations. Search for the perfect reactions straight from the keyboard, and save new ones locally in one tap from Safari. GIFs can be dropped in as direct files or links into WhatsApp, Twitter, Messenger, SnapChat, and e-mail.
Custom keyboards on iOS are still new, and if you haven’t tried one out yet, this is your cue.
Manual offers just what the name implies: manual camera settings. In this case, you can adjust shutter, ISO, white balance, focus, and exposure compensation. Swipe up or down on any control to change it or hold down to turn it to auto. As you change any of these settings, you can also see what aperture your iPhone is going to pair it with, which can be useful for certain settings. After taking an image, you can see in-app all information on what settings were used in just a tap.
For a beautifully designed manual control camera app that’s powerful and straight forward, be sure to check out Manual.
80s music fans will be familiar with rock band Dream Theater. Their keyboardist, Jordan Rudess, has launched an app for those looking to tap into their sound. 57 instrument samples can be employed either within the app with an included keyboard interface, or you can plug in your own MIDI-compliant keyboard and play from there. Store 32 different sets of settings to quickly and instantly change your sound.
Dabbling and serious musicians alike will likely find a few treats in Jordantron.
FitPort is one of the first HealthKit-enabled apps out there, and it’s built to track all sorts of body-related data. Steps, walking and running distance, flights climbed, cycling distance, calorie counts, weight and body fat percentage. Drop the data in manually, let your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus figure it out, or draw data from Bluetooth-connected fitness accessories via the Health app.
FitPort is a great-looking central hub for health data, and likely to be the first of money.
Post-it Plus is a simple note-taking app that turns real post-it notes into digital copies that can be organized and shared among colleagues. Just take a picture of your Post-it notes whereever they’re stuck, and digital copies will be cut out from the background. Notes can be shared out to PowerPoint, Evernote, Excel, Dropbox, and exported as a PDF. Use this to collaborate with teams at work or just keep your grocery list
One of the best parts of Family Sharing in iOS 8 is that you can closely monitor your children’s purchases, even when they’re not with you. Even better yet, you can create an Apple ID just for them that once they’re old enough, they can take with them. But until that time, it can help you keep a watchful eye on content and purchases on any iPhone or iPad they’re using.
How to create a new Apple ID for your child for use with Family Sharing
Note that you’ll need to create ID’s for children in your house from a device that belongs to the Family Organizer.
Launch the Settings app on the iPhone or iPad of the Family Organizer.
Tap on iCloud.
Tap on Family.
Tap on Create an Apple ID for a child — it’s all the way at the bottom in small writing.
Enter your child’s birthday and tap Next.
Agree to the terms and conditions presented.
Verify the credit card you have on file by entering your 3-digit security code and tapping Next.
Enter your child’s name and tap Next.
Create an iCloud ID and tap Next — remember this is the ID your child will use forever, so make it something they’ll be ok with when they’re old enough.
Read the warning that pops up and confirm that’s the ID you want by tapping Create.
Choose a password for your child’s Apple ID.
Create security questions for your child’s Apple ID — they can always change these along with their password when they are older and you release the ID to them.
Choose whether or not you’d like Ask To Buy to be enabled and tap Next.
Choose whether or not you’d like the child’s location shared with other’s in the family group — for most folks, this answer is probably yes.
Agree to the terms and conditions.
That’s it! Once you’re done, you can allow your child to start using their new Apple ID on any iPhone or iPad they have. Anytime they try and make a purchase, you should be asked to confirm it, as long as you chose to enable the Ask to Buy feature. Once they’re 13 or older, you can decide to let them manage their own ID going forward, if you’d like. Otherwise they can remain on your Family Sharing account with Ask to Buy enabled until they are 18. At that time, you can remain as a family but the Ask to Buy option will no longer be available as they are considered an adult at that point.
Samsung is widely regarded as having copied Apple’s iPhone with their original Galaxy S products in order to gain broader, faster entry into the smartphone market. From device design to icon design to accessory design, Samsung inarguably copied Apple designs to a sometimes ludicrous degree. Yet many would argue Apple copies as well, in feature set if not in design. So why is it Samsung earns the ire of the designer community while Apple typically enjoys widespread praise? Is it just bias, or is there something fundamentally different about the way each companies copy? That’s the topic Dave Wiskus explores in the second episode of his new series, Better Elevation.
Check out the video above and then let me know, is there a difference between copying and copying forward?