No money to top-up your mobile data? No problem!

As consumers become more and more reliant on mobile phones, demand for more and more mobile data increases. We all know unlimited plans exist, but what is the solution when you reach your data limit and pay day isn’t until the end of the month?

Introducing the Billaway app.

Yesterday, it was announced that AT&T have partnered up with a new tech startup out of NYC called Billaway. By downloading the Billaway app, AT&T subscribers can lower what they spend on their mobile devices, simply by sharing their opinions.

All the user has to do is download the Billaway app, and answer different surveys. For each survey that is completed, the user will get a certain amount of credit which is directly applied to your mobile account. The surveys range in topics from food, movies, sports, technology and more and are not long so they don’t take a lot of time to complete.

There is no cap on how much free data a user can earn and users are encouraged to complete as many surveys as possible. The more you do. The more you earn! The amount of 4G mobile data achieved from completing several surveys for example results in the users receiving up to 500MB of free 4G mobile data. This would allow for a mobile subscriber to conduct an extra 28 hours of social media browsing or stream 11 hours of music.  

Pretty cool, right?

For those looking to reduce the number of top-ups they purchase throughout the month, try the Billaway app. It is currently available to download from the Google Play Store now and will be available in the App Store on or before September 20, 2017.

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Amazon Show, A Shift In How The Elderly Communicate With Us

nucleus-intercomRecently Amazon announced the Show. It’s an Echo (you know, Alexa) in a box that sits on a counter top with a screen and camera. This may not sound like a big deal but it is. This is the future of hands free computing and potentially a shift in how we communicate with our closest family and friends.

For anyone with any version of Alexa in a contraption at home like an Echo or a Dot, the tower speaker or hockey puck you already know how convenient it can be if you ever use it. As a family we use it for music constantly, my kids use it for the weather every morning. I use it for it’s timer and to tell me how many tablespoons of sugar is in something. It’s kind of like the computer in StarTrek.

Up to now we just communicated with Alexa to garner information most of the time, I’ve never ordered paper towels from it. With the new Show there will be a new form of communicating. Gone are the days of picking up your iPhone to FaceTime with Mom. Gone are the days of having to walk to your bedroom from the kitchen to get your phone to text your besty. Now Alexa will do this all for us, hands free. I could go on about that part for a while but I won’t. What I want to focus on is the FaceTime esque video calling but with 1 single bonus feature and it’s a doozy. Drop In. With this feature you can allow your closest family and friends to video call you without waiting for you to pick up. It automatically connects.

Drop In would be an issue if you added everybody to your Drop In only list but you would probably only add your mom, sister, kids and grandkids. It’s not for your racket ball partner or your kids tutor. Obviously this isn’t a feature you would want activated in your bedroom but it’s probably ok for the kitchen or living room as long as you don’t prance around naked, even if mom has seen it all before.

Where this is really going to be helpful is with the non smartphone owning or less then tech savvy grandparents and kids. I finally see a future where kids can check in on their aging parent even if the parent doesn’t know how to answer the funny looking TV on the counter. I finally see parents able to video chat with their kids while the parent is away and the kid may not already have an iPad.

Stop a minute and take it all in. No more need to text your spouse before FaceTiming with the kids at bedtime when you’re away on business. No more wishing Grandma knew how to use that iPad Mini you got her for her birthday that sits collecting dust except the rare times you call her first to tell her to pick it up and unsuccessfully attempt to explain how to answer it… If it’s even charged.

This is a huge thing for a generation that didn’t grow up with color TV and cordless phones, they grew up on a radio and party line phones. This will be a shift in their communicating with their kids and grandkids. There will be a lot of Amazon Show’s that have blue tape with the word Alexa written in Sharpie on it so they can remind themselves how to activate it. Amazon has a long way to go with this and will need a cheaper second generation Show but for the moment they control the future of this medium.

Accell’s USB-C to HDMI Adapter Review

This will be a short review and straight to the point. Accell’s new USB-C to HDMI Adapter promises to be the only one you’ll need for years to come. It supports reversible USB 3.1 type-C connector, HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 1.3 compliant, video resolution up to 4K at 60Hz, no external power needed, Works on Macs and PC’s.

This dongle has a neat little trick, it utilizes the display port Alt Mode to convert the picture to HDMI 2.0 output. This is all very technical and slightly beyond me but it does it very well and supports the newest MacBook Pro’s and I’m told PC’s as well.

For a price tag of around $33 on Amazon you can’t go wrong this little dongle. I know I’ll be using it much more in the future.

Lifeproof Fre for the iPhone 6/6S

I’ve given Lifeproof a lot of love over the years because I’ve always liked their products and this review will be no different. So if you just want to know if I like it or not then YES go buy your Fre case.

I’ve had the Lifeproof Fre for a month or 2 now and have really come to enjoy it. I usually do not put such a bulky case on my phones but as summer is coming I wanted to write about a waterproof case. AT&T was nice enough to furnish me with this and boy has it useful. I’m a semi outdoorsy kind of guy so since I got the case and put it on my phone I’ve taken it sailing (got it wet), kayaking (dropped it in sand and water) and to the beach (it was in my trunks and got wet and my hands were sandy using it). As you can see I like water related activities so I’m really looking forward to the summer.

This Fre case has come a long way since it’s predecessor for the iPhone 6 was released. That case was great except for 1 thing, it’s charging port was to small to fit anything besides Apple chargers. The new iPhone 6S case has solved that for the most part. All but 1 of my charging cables now fit through the port.

The Fre case feels great in the hand and isn’t slippery at all. I have no problem hearing people through the case and they can hear me back whether it’s on speaker phone or regular talking mode. I like the look of the case though that never changes from year to year.

My only wish is that they would include a spot to attach a leash, lanyard, string or whatever else you may call it.

All in all, go buy one for the summer, it’s $80 of insurance that your $700 phone won’t get ruined.