There’s been a lot of talk across the Internet of cable replacement services. These services often save users time and money while offering a’ la carte services for custom station lineups.
There are several viable alternatives on the market that cost less than $100 and offer a range of features for the discerning user to choose from.
The Roku comes in many sizes from the Roku TV to the Roku 3., which includes voice recognition software. If you’re just looking to browse channels and shows, however, the Roku Streaming Stick offers thousands of apps, including the ever-popular Netflix, Amazon Instant, and Hulu. The Roku also features the ability to search for titles across more than a dozen services – useful when you’re trying to figure our where you can stream a show from. Unlike the Chomecast, it comes with a remote, giving it that classic-cable feel without the classic-cable price.
If you’re glued to your Android or iPhone all the
time nayway, then the Chromecast may be for you. The $35 streaming stick comes with regular updates that add apps all the time. The Chromecast has no TV interface or remote, meaning all of your selection and searching is done on a phone, computer, or tablet. Once your viewing (or listening) selection has been made from a supported service, select the Chromecast icon.
The Chromecast also offers the ability to cast tabs from the Chrome browser, giving you the opportunity to share web-browsing experiences with a room, or view your content on the larger televions screen.
For now Chromecast is a cheap, simple solution for those wanting basic screaming abilities, but in the future it will have more supported services, making it a stronger competitor for the Roku.
If you’re an Apple person, the Apple TV will fit right into your home. It offers excellent streaming from Apple devices and comes with a remote. It was an excellent app catalog including all major services and channels, except Amazon Instant.
Like the Roku and Chomecast, the Apple TV offers streaming thorugh Netflix, Hulu, and other services, but it also has a (currently) exclusive deal with HBO to be the only standalone streaming service through July 2015 – conveniently when the season of Game of Throne ends.
Though the Apple TV is an excellent companion for other Apple products, it may falter when used with 3rd party streaming services or other devices. If you rely almost exclusively on iTunes, however, the Apple TV might be for you.
Amazon Fire TV
Amazon Fire TV comes in two forms – the $39 stick and the $99 box. The stick offers most of the functionality available in its larger counterpart, making it a cost-effective alternative.
Like the Apple TV and Roku, the Amazon Fire TV comes with a remote that is voice-capable for search. Several apps can be searched at once, and the Amazon Fire TV offers the best gaming experience of all the streaming devices with an optional controller available.
If you rely on the major streaming services or Amazon exclusively, then the Amazon Fire TV will have all the functionality you need, but if you’re looking to explore a huge range of services, you may want to reconsider. There are far fewer apps available for the Amazon Fire TV.
We’d love to hear from you! What are your favorite streaming services? What devices do you use? Tell us in the comments.
Apple iPhone 6 and all iPhone repair services in Tampa
The iPhone 6 is a smart phone developed by Apple Inc. The iPhone 6 serves as a successor to the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S. The device provides the facilities including models with larger 4.7 and 5.5 inches (120 and 140 mm) displays, a faster processor, upgraded cameras, improved LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity, and support for a near-field communications-based mobile payments offering. The iPhone 6 can be affected by a number of notable hardware-related issues including, Chassis bending, Hair ripping, Problem in flash storage performance, and the faulty optical image stabilization. If you are in need of an iPhone 6 repair, then get in contact with Tech Accessory Zone (TAZ) in Tampa. TAZ provides a number of Cell Phone Repair services and getting your iPhone, iPad or iPod fixed, is done in a short period of time. The services include iPhone Repair, iPhone 6 Repairs, Cell phone Repair and iPhone 5 Repair in Tampa. iPhone 6 Repair in Tampa helps you to fix the many problems that can arise when your iPhone is damaged. Comprising of Glass repair, Power button repair, Home button repair, Charging port repair, Battery, Microphone, Speaker and Loud Speaker Repair and Water Damage Repair. The Glass Repair service on a iPhone 6 will require us to replace your full Screen by replacing the full assembly. The full assembly consists of the glass layer, the touch then the LCD display. This repair period normally takes us 45minutes to an hour and fifteen. Power button repair of the iPhone, iPhone 5, and iPhone 6 is the replacing the power buttons flex. It takes an hour and half. The home button repair of your cell phone or iPhone 6 is needed when the flex is damaged or just the plastic button is missing. It normally takes less than an hour to repair. The charging port of your iPhone 6 may be damaged but don’t worry TAZ in Tampa provides the repair service of your Cell Phones charging port. This service offers you the option to replace the charging dock flex of your iPhone6, which typically can take an hour. Apart from the above mentioned services, TAZ in Tampa provide the battery replacement, Microphone, Speaker and Loudspeaker repairing. If your cell phone, iPhone, iPhone5 or iPhone6 is affected by water damage, this repair we normally takes up to 48-72 hours for us to get quote back to you if it is repairable. If you have found a fault in the optical image stabilization of your iPhone6 , Taz in Tampa offers you the solution to this problem within a short period of time. The difficulty in flash storage performance of your iPhone6 can also be fixed in the TAZ in Tampa. It normally takes an hour and half for most types of fault repairs of your cell phone. iPhone 5C, iPhone5S, Iphone6 can be fixed in our servicing centre, namely TAZ in Tampa. Taz in Tampa provides a wide variety of services including Smartphone repair, Iphone repair, Samsung galaxy and Samsung Note repair, LG repair, iPad repair, iPod repair, Kindle Repair, Galaxy TAB Repair within as short a time as possible. Please remember, TAZ in Tampa provides the best services of Cell Phone, IPhone6 and other devices. So don’t hesitate to contact us, here is our address 14308 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa FL 33618
The newly-released Apple Watch is suffering from a kind of identity crisis. No one debates that the watch isn’t an apt wearable extension of Apple’s already-popular mobile technology line, but no one can seem to figure out exactly who the Apple Watch’s target market is and who really needs one.
If you’re an early adopter who needs to experience every new gadget that hits the market, then the Apple Watch might just be your fantasy. It’s something not everyone will be able to afford or need immediately, so you’ll be in an exclusive club for at least a few months.
If you have a job where you can’t be checking your phone all the time, but need to remain connected, the Apple Watch might be a perfect solution. It gives notifications right on your wrist and offers basic connectivity that eliminates the need for a lot of phone checking. This might even apply to parents who are on the go and need a simple way to check texts and emails without screen time.
If you have trouble staying organized, having all your reminders and appointments visible right on your wrist might be an excellent solution to your scheduling woes. Being able to set reminders for simple tasks and have them appear where you can’t miss them could be a godsend for those needing to follow up on projects and customers at set intervals.
If you’re a bit of a phone addict, the Apple Watch might just help you break some unhealthy habits. It’s a great way to eliminate the anxiety that comes with being separated from your phone while maintaining connectivity and eliminating screen time.
So tell us – is the Apple Watch for you? If you have one, what do you think so far?
With Leonard Nimoy’s death on February 27, 2015, many technology buffs and long-time science fiction fans are turning their attention to Star Trek: The Original Series. As a beacon of hope for the future in the 1960s, Star Trek featured some grand ideas about forthcoming technologies and their uses in the future. Here are just a few we’ve come to realize.
Telecommunications: In the 1960s, easy-to-use computers were a long way from the consumer market. Star Trek showed us officers discussing important matters across great distances through cameras and screens. Today, our iPads offer sleek, portable communications with video capabilities – something absent from the bridge of the Enterprise.
Mobile phones and Bluetooth: Remember seeing Starfleet Officers with in-ear communication devices and blocky voice transmission boxes? Think about your small Bluetooth device and cell phone with telecommunications capability, advanced voice software, and Internet access. Captain Kirk certainly would have been in far less trouble if he could just Google information for the planet he was on.
Wearable technology: Remember out blog on wearable tech? The tricorder Dr. Bones McCoy used to assess injuries and illness is quickly becoming reality. The Apple watch promises a future of taking vitals and activity information and turning it into actionable data. Even if the first generation of wearable technology is limited, it will continue to evolve and promise better information on personal health for future generations.
What gadget or technology from Star Trek or any other science fiction become reality? Let us know in the comments.
And as always, live long and prosper.
Each year, thousands upon thousands of Americans make New Year’s resolutions concerning health – chief among them is to lose weight and be more conscious of their health. Monitors and trackers that sync with mobile devices have been coming into their own for a while now, and we’ve taken the liberty of arranging some of this year’s best.
The LG G Watch R is elegant, simple, and frighteningly advanced. It’s circular face harkens back to your dad’s favorite watch with a classic design, but its Android 4.3 compatibility makes it the 21st century companion you’re looking for if you need your watch to do everything. In addition to having an always-on heart rate monitor tracking your vitals, the watch offers social networking access, navigation tools, and web search capability all on your wrist.
This watch is compatible with Android smartphones using version 4.3 or lager.
This smart watch offers a smaller display and price tag than the G Watch R. This durable little watch has a heart rate sensor, real-time coaching, and motivational support. The watch is durable and designed to withstand basic element exposure for the adventurous types. It also offers the basic mobile functionality to reject calls with messages, control your alarms for reminders and wake-up calls, and offer quick replies to messages when you’re on the go.
The Samsung watch is compatible with other Samsung products.
For those looking for a less intense introduction to the wearable tech world, there is the Fitbit Charge HR, which made its debut at the start of 2015. Fitbit is known for its excellent tech that tracks steps, distance, and calories burned, but this is the first model that also offers advanced heart rate monitoring. The design is sleek, thin, and unobtrusive, and it blends in with whatever you’re wearing whether you’re working or working out. At the end of the day, the Fitbit tracks the quality and duration of sleep to give you a complete and accurate picture of your health and activity.
The Fitbit Charge HR offers the most compatibility among these watches and works with most smartphones. The Charge HR also comes with wireless USB connector to sync activity logs with a computer.
2014 was a great year for technology. With redesigns of old favorites and the release of some exciting new gadgets, mobile technology is becoming more refined and powerful than ever. At TAZ, some of our most-used new technology are old favorites with new designs and improvements. Take a look at some of our favorite developments of the past year.
- iPad Air 2: Instead of redesigning the iPad, Apple took the existing iPad Air and improved upon it, making it 40% faster with its A8X chip and lightening up the model to be the thinnest, lightest iPad ever on the market. The 6.1mm-thin body makes it easy for everyday transport while providing the power and ease-of-use we’ve all come to expect from Apple.
- GoPro Hero4: The GoPro has been a growing favorite among adventurous types who want a durable, high-quality camera to accompany their adventures. The GoPro Hero4 improves upon the existing camera with a rear viewfinder, improved audio, and increased resolution. Paired with accessories like helmets, harnesses, and even a mount for your dog, the newest GoPros offer active photographers the ability to get unexpected shots and unique results.
- iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: It’s no secret that we’re lovers of the iPhone, but at TAZ we’re particularly big fans of the new iPhone developments with bigger screens, lighter bodies, and faster processors. With the mobile photography trend on the rise, improved front and rear cameras are a huge win for anyone looking to Instagram their latest activities, and ever-evolving apps look fantastic on the larger, high resolution screens.
- Wearable technology: We can’t decide which of the new wearable technology developments belong at the top of the list. With so many awesome developments, we’re in awe of the data available on our bodies and patterns. From the Jawbone UP3 Wristband to the Apple and Samsung watches, more and more technology is at our fingertips and on our wrists to keep track of our workouts, sleep, and movement habits For anyone looking to workout smarter instead of harder, these devices are a dream.
There were a lot of great technology developments this year. What are some of your favorite new or improved gadgets of 2014?
Not sure what to get your tech-savvy friends and family this holiday season? Check out our list of the best gadget gifts for everyone on your list!
For the audiophile: UE Boom
The UE Boom is a powerful Bluetooth speaker that comes in a small package. Though the speaker is small to maintain portability, it can easily fill a room with high quality sound. Want more than one? Connect multiple UE Boom speakers to play music synchronously for an even greater effect. The UE boom has a thick “plasma coating” that makes it both water and stain resistant so you can take it with you wherever you go without fear of it getting dirty.
For the adventurer: GoPro Hero4
The GoPro is one of the – if not the – most rugged and durable cameras ever. Its small body and powerful lens offer high quality photos with superior image stabilization, making it the perfect gift for your family adventurer. GoPro accessories include selfie-sticks for family and self-portraits on the go so no one gets left out of important photos, a dog harness so you can see life from Fido’s point of view, car mounts for action-packed street filming, and more. The new Hero4 model includes improved performance for low-light and a touchscreen on the back of the camera.
For the gamer: Sony PlayStation 4
Though Microsoft Xbox loyalists will tell you differently, the Sony Playstation 4 offers superior graphics and media performance, giving it increased sales numbers and fans as the PS4 and Xbox one enter their second year. A sleek controller and gorgeous graphics card give gamers the complete package. Flawless connectivity also offers a media streaming center when you need a break from playing the latest game.
For the TV and movie fan: Chromecast
The Chromecast can’t be beat as a media streaming device, and at $25 for a complete system that will work with your existing HDTV and smartphone, tablet, or PC, the Chromecast is the perfect gift for just about anyone. Just plug it in to an HDMI port on your TV, and follow the instructions on screen using your own mobile device and you’re ready to start watching Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go, YouTube, and much more!
For the Apple Loyalist: iPhone 6
With a larger screen, faster processor, improved voice-calling capabilities, and a sleek all-metal design, the iPhone 6 is the epitome of Apple’s development process. Though the iPhone overall has become the mainstream choice for those who use their smartphones regularly, it is still the top choice for long-time Apple fans and new converts alike. The iPhone 6 is a world away from its predecessors, and will make a great addition to a technology fan’s collection.
As always, remind your gift recipients that TAZ offers a wide range of repairs right here in Tampa. Contact us with any questions about your devices and we’ll be more than happy to offer advice or suggestions.
Do you really need an iPhone 6?
Whenever a new Apple product is announced, the masses generally flock to their nearest Apple store (and for some that can be many miles away) to pick up the latest technology. Better, bigger screens; more advanced processors; lighter casing and components; and the promise of being the envy of your friends for at least a few weeks drive tens of thousands of people to buy new devices each year – but do you really need a new iPhone 6?
The new iPhone 6 comes in two sizes – the iPhone 6, which is noticeably larger than its predecessors, and the iPhone 6 Plus, which has been dubbed by some as a hybrid phone/tablet, or a “phablet.” The phones boast retina displays, faster processors, advanced voice technology for phone calls, and more user-friendly app interfaces possible to the larger screen size.
The iPhone 6 is impressive, and it is arguably the largest change to the iPhone since its initial design. However, if you have a functional iPhone 5, 5C, or 5S, you may not really need to go out and purchase a new device. I recently upgraded because my iPhone 5 was hardly working, and upon review, the faster processor is noticeable, but not revolutionary if your previous phone was in good shape. I’ve heard several times during phone calls that the voice quality is greatly improved, and I’m a fan of the thin, light design of the device. The most noticeable change in day to day use is, of course, the screen size. As someone who habitually reads on their phone, I’m a fan of the extra screen size and clear screen.
My verdict? The new features are nice, but I don’t consider them to be revolutionary enough to justify purchasing the phone out of a scheduled carrier upgrade. Paying full price for these upgrades might not be worth it, but when you do have an upgrade available, you’ll probably appreciate the new features.
We’d love to hear your opinion on the new iPhone 6. Tell us whether or not you have one or will be getting one and what you think!
Thinking of switching between iOS and Android?
If you’re anything like me, you agonize over which phone to get each time an upgrade is available or one breaks beyond repair (fortunately, this is less common now that I’m aware TAZ is available in Tampa). Though my last three phones have been iPhones, I always like to explore my options and look into the competition. In recent memory, that’s been composed of Android phones made by various carriers. Though they all have different physical and software quirks, the core is the same Google OS that stands to rival iOS for years to come. Windows Phones, thus far, have proven to be an excellent alternative, but thus far seem limited in light of the Android and Apple alternatives.
Moving between Android and iOS devices can be disorienting, as I’ve learned watching friends and family make the change, but does it have to be so confusing and, for lack of a better term, disruptive? Here are some tips if you’re thinking of committing to a new type of phone this year.
Familiarize yourself with the new interface: The core functions of Android phones and iPhones are very much the same. Many of the apps you use will be made by a single developer for both operating systems, but the gestures and layouts of the apps may be different. Take time to go through the initial startup tutorials and familiarize yourself with the settings for your phone and the basic gestures that take your from panel to panel, app to app, and option to option. It will make navigating your favorite apps much easier.
Safeguard your contacts for migration: Going from iPhone to iPhone and Android to Android is pretty simple. You basically log into your phone and create a local copy of everything that you need in the individual device’s memory. But if you’re switching fro iPhone to Android or vice versa, you’ll need to back up your contacts in a way that allows you to use them on your new device. Import your contacts into your Google account if you’re switching from iOS to Android to ensure they’re available when you setup your Android device, or import your Google contacts onto your iPhone to make them available in your main contacts directory. Here are some excellent resources:
Make a list of services you use: Many apps are service- or subscription-based. Go through your current device and make a list of apps you use on a daily basis, your login information and your account information – especially if you’re planning to trade in your current phone for credit. Spend some time setting up your apps with login information to make your day-to-day life easier as you adjust to the new phone.
Give it time: iPhones are relatively standard, while Androids have a wide range of sizes and physical interfaces. Give yourself time to adjust to button positions, basic functions in the software, and the physical quirks of your new device. It may seems strange even holding it at first, but if you give your new device a chance, you may find yourself excited to play with it and start navigating with ease.
If you need help, specifically with setting up your new iPhone, feel free to contact TAZ for resources or an Apple education session in-store. We’re happy to help!