Sprint adds International Wi-Fi Calling

Sprint logoSprint is about to release something that could make life a little easier for people who do a lot of traveling. It will also help families who are in the United States and who make calls to family members who are traveling. Sprint is going to update Sprint Spark and add international Wi-Fi calling (to certain locations) at no additional cost.

This update is specifically for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 with Sprint Spark. It will become the first device from Sprint to get their international Wi-Fi calling update. The new feature lets users who are traveling abroad, with Wi-Fi Calling enabled phones, to make and receive calls to friends and family in the United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico at no additional charge (while connected to a Wi-Fi network).

International Wi-Fi Calling enables Sprint customers to use voice and messaging services over existing home, office, and public Wi-Fi networks in more than 100 countries outside the United states back to the United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico phone numbers without being charged or using monthly plan minutes.

That being said, it is recommended that you check with your Wi-Fi provider to see if data charges may apply. It would also be a good idea to check with Sprint about standard or discounted pricing for international calling that is applicable to Wi-Fi.

The Galaxy S 4 with Sprint Spark will be the first smartphone from Sprint to get the International Wi-Fi Calling update. Sprint is planning to expand that offer to additional devices throughout 2014. Sprint is making it easier for people who are traveling overseas to connect with friends or family that are in the United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico in a very affordable way.

MonoPrice LED Light Bulb Review

led1Recently I placed an cable order at MonoPrice.com, and in the order I added 5 of their LED Light Bulbs on a whim. Last time I checked online LED Light Bulbs where pushing $100.00 a piece at other vendors. I was quite shocked to find them for about $6.00 at MonoPrice.

If you are one of the people that hate the light given off from CFL bulbs, you are going to want to buy a couple of these and give them a try. I replaced my bedroom reading lamps current CFL bulb with one of the  A19 2900k Warm / Soft LED Light Bulbs from MonoPrice.

I am not sure how you get excited about a light bulb but I did,  and when that long lost familiar warm / soft glow emanated from the bulb I could not be happier. The folks at MonoPrice have a wide range of LED Bulbs.  Be careful in the ones you order they are broken down by (Warm / Soft 2900k), (Warm Netural 4000k),  (Daylight 6000k) in various wattages.

I am sure you know this already, but their is no other place on the planet to order cables than MonoPrice.com they have absolute the best prices and high quality.

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SweetBeatLife App with HealthPatch Review

sweet1Over the past 18 months I have been fascinated with the rapid explosion of health based app and devices. In the recent past I have been reviewing and testing a number of devices this week was no exception. For the past week I have been testing the SweetBeatLife App on my iPhone while wearing a HealthPatch monitor attached to my chest.

Let me start out by saying this was probably the coolest thing I have reviewed in a while. Not only were people I showed this to intrigued, I was able to get insights into my own health and stress levels.  Lets first talk about the HealhPatch. I received two HealthPatch’s as part of my review kit. As seen in the picture the HealthPatch is like a big Band Aid with sensors and electronics. inside. Once activated, the HealthPatch is paired via Bluetooth to communicate with your phone. There are simple instructions on how to attach the HealthPatch to one of three locations on your chest.

I opted to place mine in the upper portion of my left chest. For the fellows you will have to shave a section of your chest as the HealthPatch requires a smooth surface to adhere to,  so that the two probes on the skin side of the patch can make contact with your bare skin.  The instruction book says the patch should stay on for 3 days. Mine started to peel at about day 5 and I was using the Active lifestyle patch with max adhesion.

sweet2I was not particularly careful with my HealthPatch when I was in the shower, I let the water blast on it and at the same time I did not take care to shield it from soap. The HealthPatch folks were pretty slick in how they designed it to keep the electronics dry.

Once stuck to my chest the SeetBeatLife app took over.  I had to record a baseline, and I did that laying down in my living room and following the apps instructions. From then on all I had to do is turn the App on if I wanted to measure my Stress Level, Heart Rate Recovery & HRV for Training. I used the Monitor Stress the most, and tested Heart Rate Recovery several times after 20 minutes on the treadmill.  The App and monitor do much more though. You can measure with hospital-grade accuracy, your heart rate, heart rate variability, respiratory rate, calories burned, stress, steps taken and other health indicators twenty-four hours a day.

sweet3In all honesty, there where some measurements that this device made that I had to go Google to figure out. I had no clue what some of the results meant, and if the measurement was good or bad. I am not sure this app is ready for everyday regular consumer usage. But for athletes that are training for competitions, I can see where the monitoring this app can provide would be very valuable in preparing for an event.

I encourage you to preview all of the information screens that the SweetBeatLife App provides to get a handle on the incredible data sets that this app can provide. I would think that health professionals would love to have this as an inexpensive way to monitor a patients health, that he or she was concerned about without ordering a full heart study.. We have all known folks that have had to wear a heart monitor for a couple of weeks and the bulkiness of carrying around the monitoring device.

The cost of SweetBeatLife app itself is $9.99. The starter HealthPatch kit is $199 which includes 5 HealthPatch’s. Refills are $99.00 for 5 more HealthPatch’s. Due to the ongoing cost, I feel this as well will limit consumer adaption. But for the athlete that is training for an upcoming event, the risk of over training is very real and this app and monitoring system will likely be very useful. The benefits compared to other system is pretty simple once you stick the patch on your good to go, and there is nothing bulky attached to you.

I will have to admit though it was pretty cool to watch my heart beat on the app screen and compare my respiration rates to national averages and the host of other readings. The only final concern I have with any of these health apps is with Privacy. You are storing very private health information in the cloud, and largely with a unknown third party. There are currently no laws on the books to prevent the resale of collected information.

Disclaimer: SweetBeat and MySweetBeat are not medical devices or medical applications. SweetWater Health, L.L.C. does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Disclaimer: Geek News Central review of this device does not constitute a substitute for proper medical care, and anyone experiencing any health concern should seek the treatment of a licensed doctor. Information provided in this review is meant to be informational only, and not an endorsement of the device accuracy or health benefit.

 

Blue Releases Mo-Fi Headphones

Mo-Fi labelBlue has been a leading innovator in microphone technology and design for 20 years. They have something new for music lovers to enjoy. Their Mo-Fi headphones were designed to bridge the gap between mobility and high-fidelity.

The Mo-Fi is the first headphone that combines a built in audiophile amplifier and ultra-premium drivers to deliver true high-fidelity performance. It can do it on every device including A/V receivers, laptops, tablets and phones. It delivers the power and quality of a hi-fi system inside the headphones.

Mo-Fi’s unparalleled listening experience is made possible by its powered design – the first of its kind. The built in audiophile amplifier offers six times more power than typical mobile devices. It is perfectly matched to ultra-premium 50mm hi-fi drivers. This enables Mo-Fi to handle rapid peaks, driving beats, and dramatic musical crescendos in a way you’ve never heard before.

Users of Mo-Fi can choose from three amp settings: On, On+, and Off. The On setting activates the amp to deliver powerful, detailed, sound. The On+ setting engages the amp’s analog low-frequency enhancement circuit. It delivers incredibly deep and smooth bass. The Off setting puts Mo-Fi in passive mode. It allows people to connect Mo-Fi to a home A/V receiver that already has high-output amplification for headphones.

Mo-Fi was also designed with comfort in mind. It has a multi-jointed headband that provides total adjustability for a variety of head shapes and sizes. The earcups are shaped like ears and stay parallel at all times. This creates the best seal for solid bass response, improved isolation, and reduction in sound bleed. Mo-Fi also has a headband adjustment knob that allows listeners to dial-in the perfect pressure and tightness.

These very unique headphones have a rechargeable battery that can be charged via micro USB. It can do 12 to 14 hours of actual play time. Mo-Fi even can detect when the headphones have been removed and it will automatically turn off of to save power. If the battery runs out Mo-Fi will continue to play in the Off setting.

Sprint Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport Review

sprintDuring the past 3 weeks I have been using a Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport from Sprint. The Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport is an exclusive Sprint Spark-enabled smart phone. The Sport brand is obviously focused for health conscious users. It has all of the standard benefits of the S5 along with Sprint Fit Live.

This phone design has a custom finish that feels more rugged, and has a textured feel very different than the standard Galaxy S5.  Comments from current S5 owners told me that they wish their S5 had the same finish texture. The change in finish was made to make the phone easier to hold, and prevent it from slipping out of your hand. The Galaxy S5 Sport is also IP67 water and dust resistant2 so it can be as active as its user. The textured body also had three hard keys for easier navigation. I honestly liked this slight deviation in design. There was no need to look at the phone when handling it, as you could feel the home and backup button without looking at it.

With Sprint Spark technology the phone is designed to take advantage of advanced network capabilities in certain markets that deliver peak wireless speeds of up to 60Mbps.

The phones major difference is that it came with an complete health and fitness package, under the “Sprint Fit Live” a brand which included bundled fitness applications in a easy to access menu.

Key Features of Sprint Fit Live included the following:

  • Track, monitor, and share workout activity with 12 months of free MapMyFitness MVP
  • Spotify Premium 3 or 6 month subscription included.
  • S Health, an integrated mobile health platform to access health info, map out workouts, and make healthier eating choices.
  • A barometer, compass, flashlight and stopwatch from a single screen
  • Heartbeat Monitor, Pedometer and Exercise Monitor and goal setting.

Most of the health and exercise information is integrated on the front screen or placed on the wall paper of the phone, so that I could just glance at the phone to get the updated info. The phone was running Android 4.4.2 KitKat when I reviewed it

The included MapMyFitness service uses GPS to track all fitness activities, and records work out details, including duration, distance, pace, speed, elevation, calories burned and route traveled on an interactive map. It was neat to review a days workout and check performance.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is a great mobile phone all on its own. Those that are health conscious, or wanting to take advantage of the customization Sprint has done with the “Sprint Fit Live” platform should give the Sport a look.

Sprint Fit Live also will be available on all new Sprint Android-powered smart phones in 2014 which will give you more shopping options.

GNC #975 iPhone 6 Mania Begins

iPhone 6 Mania has already swept the tech space. Blogger and Podcasters ;) are going to spend countless hours speculating about the phone which is rumored to be priced north of $1000. This is a monster show again so I am back to limiting my article count to keep the show length where it should be.

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Robot Underpants: 08.27.14 (167) “Hello Kitty Challenge”

Baron Mat “Langley” Luschek, Eric Rice and “Starman” Michael Gaines bring you this week’s hot topics including: Vegas, Rubble Bucket Challenge, Internet Like Minded People vs Debate, Hello Kitty – not a kitty, Full House, Amazon buys Twitch, not Google, Doctor Who and more!

* Rubble Bucket
* Star Wars Cast Ice Bucket
* Hello Kitty
* Full House Reunion
* Amazon Twitch Buy

 

 

Will we see a stand-alone Kinect for Xbox One in October?

XBox One Game Console

XBox One Game Console

When the Xbox One debuted in the latter part of last year it came with a Kinect by default. There are many good reasons to have that feature, as well. It brings voice control and facial recognition to the gaming console, not to mention enhanced play on some games.

However, Microsoft relented under the weight of  a ew, but loud, naysayers and released a version of the box that doesn’t include the Kinect. There was a reason — it also saves buyers $100, which isn’t small change when you’re shopping.

Now, for those who chose to spare their wallets and purchase the console without the Kinect, Microsoft may have a solution, just in case you regretted the decision. A stand-alone Xbox One Kinect is rumored to be going up for sale in October of this year. According to CVG the device will be priced at $149, meaning it will set you back a bit more in the long run than if you had just bought the bundle.

The rumor, which is likely a possibility, brings Kinect to those who somehow thought they didn’t need it, only to discover that the device actually makes the console, and the games, more useful.

Not happy with the look of Windows 8.x? Make it resemble Ubuntu

While reviews of Windows 8.x have been mixed, it seems there is a perception problem with the general public about Microsoft’s latest operating system. Version 8 was largely hated, and 8.1 only went so far in fixing those issues. The company plans to go further when “Threshold”, or Windows 9, debuts later this year.

However, if you’d like to at least change the look of the OS, you can get a taste of Linux with an Ubuntu theme for it. Ubuntu is perhaps the most universally loved consumer version of Linux, though Mint has been gaining steam recently. It has a beautiful user interface that makes it consumer-friendly.

Don’t worry, you won’t have to actually install Linux, or learn all of the associated commands — a theme called Mavericks (ironically the same as the latest OS X) can go over top of Windows 8 and just make it look as if you are running the rival operating system.

It’s a free to download and install, though a premium version is available for a mere $1.35, which is a small price to pay by any app or software standard. The theme was created by the good folks over at Deviant Art and can be found here. You’ll also want to read the detailed instructions and get the visual style information.

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GNC #974 Jawbone & Twitch Lead Stories

If you want to get a laugh watch my major mistake near the end of today’s video portion of the show and my reaction to what I did.. I share with you what Jawbone saw when the earthquake outside of Napa struck Sunday morning. I als dig into the Twitch / Amazon deal..

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