Samsung Gear S2, Gear S3 and Gear Fit on iOS

Samsung and iOS

Samsung announced along side the release of the Gear S2 way back in 2015 that they would work with Apple to make Samsung wearbles compatible with iOS. After a small beta program in 2016, it’s finally a reality for those who have been waiting. Now of course they have separate apps for whether or not its part of the S series or just Fit series. Both apps are pretty similar in design and functionality, there is more information listed below on the apps and how to pair the devices.

Pairing the wearables

To pair their iPhone with one of Samsung’s Gear wearable, Apple users need to download one of Samsung’s new iOS apps. With the Gear S3 and Gear S2, that means downloading the Gear S app, available via the iTunes app store. Meanwhile, the Gear Fit 2 with the iOS requires the Samsung Gear. Once iOS users download and launch the corresponding app, Samsung’s software will guide you through a step by step set-up.

Samsung Gear S

The Samsung Gear S application connects Samsung Gear S2 and Gear S3 to your mobile device. It also manages and monitors Samsung Gear S2/S3 features and applications installed through Gear app store. Some features include:
– Connect to and disconnect from a mobile device
– Application download and settings
– Find my Gear
Install the Samsung Gear S application on your mobile device, then pair your Samsung Gear S2 or Gear S3 with a Bluetooth connection and enjoy all of its features.

Samsung Gear Fit

The Samsung Gear Fit application connects Samsung Gear Fit2 to your mobile device. It also manages and monitors Samsung Gear Fit2 features and applications installed through Gear App store.
Use the Samsung Gear Fit application to set up and manage the following features:
– Connect to and disconnect from a mobile device
– Application download and settings
– Find my Gear
Install the Samsung Gear Fit application on your mobile device, then pair your Samsung Gear Fit2 with a Bluetooth connection and enjoy all of its features.

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Smartphone Apps for your vehicle coming your way!

Smartphones Apps are coming to manage your vehicles too. Came across this article by Antuan Goodwin on CNET reviews blog which I found really cool and worth repeating here…

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The MyFord Mobile app allows you to monitor and control the vehicle’s charging status from a compatible smartphone.
(Credit: Antuan Goodwin/CNET)

MyFord Mobile app
When outside of the car, you can continue to monitor and interact with the Focus Electric via the MyFord Mobile app. This smartphone app (available foriPhone,Android, and BlackBerry devices at launch) allows you to view the vehicle’s current battery-charging state, percentage of capacity, and estimated range based on your own personal driving style. You can schedule charging for later, instruct the system to immediately charge, and receive notifications if the car isn’t charging when it’s supposed to be or is unplugged unexpectedly. Integration with a system called Microsoft Value Charging supplies the MyFord Mobile app with power rates for the owner’s ZIP code and allows the app to schedule the Focus Electric to charge when the rates are at their lowest. Using this system, Ford claims that the Focus Electric only costs about $2 to $3 per full charge, or about 4 cents per mile.

The Focus Electric can also be located on a MapQuest app that also displays the location of nearby charging stations. A trip-planning function allows you to input multiple destinations and know, based on the driver’s style, if the trip can be completed at the current battery level. These destinations and the locations of charging stations found on the map can be pushed to the Focus Electric for turn-by-turn navigation wirelessly via Microsoft Sync and an in-car wireless modem (powered by AT&T). The Ford includes five years of data connectivity in the price of the Focus Electric, but don’t go thinking that you’ll be streaming Pandora on Ford’s dime — the connection is a low-speed, non-3G connection that only handles telematics.

Additionally, the MyFord Mobile app allows you to remotely lock and unlock doors, start the climate control system to preheat or cool the cabin using power from the grid, and track driver-specific achievements for goals such as reaching a specific range on a charge, driving so many “oil-free” miles, or regenerating a specific amount of energy with the brakes. Those achievements can then be shared via integration with Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail. Non-smartphone users can access all of these features through a Web portal. I’m told that the MyFord Mobile app and Web site will continue to be expanded upon with new features and will eventually be tweaked to work with plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) like the upcoming Ford Fusion Energi and Ford C-Max Energi.

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With an interior made from recycled plastic, an app that helps maximize range, and a zero-emissions power train, the Focus Electric is green with a capital “E.”
(Credit: Antuan Goodwin/CNET)

Ford claims that the Focus Electric is a green car even before it finishes rolling off of the assembly line thanks to an interior made completely of environmentally responsible materials and fabric manufactured using 100 percent recycled bottles and plastics. Even the vehicle charging station uses 60 percent recycled materials.

Speaking of the charging station, owners of the Focus Electric who want to have a 240-volt smart charger installed in their garage can simply plunk down $1,499 to order one through their local Best Buy retailer. In-home installation will be handled by the Geek Squad and the whole thing is modular enough that it can be easily moved to a new home in the event that the owner moves.

Production of the Focus Electric began in December 2011 and the vehicle is already being used in a few fleets around the U.S. Expect to see the Focus models showing up at your local dealer sans tailpipe sometime in the first half of 2012 if you live in the California, New York, or New Jersey markets. By the end of 2012, the Focus Electric will be available in 19 markets across the U.S. starting at $39,200 before destination charges or tax rebates.”

Amazing hope there’s an App for my truck soon too.

Apple Reacting to Amazon? Apple Planning a $249 to $299 ‘iPad Mini’ This Year [RUMOR]

Thought Apple wasn’t changing its marketing strategy when Amazon released its tablet? Think again look what Todd Wasserman from Mashable has been hearing.

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A month after Apple delivered its new iPad, rumors are heating up about a new iteration of the tablet designed to compete with Amazon’s Kindle Fire.

The latest rumor to make the rounds is that Apple is planning to produce 6 million smaller iPads for sale some time in the third quarter. The report, from Chinese portal NetEase, was translated by Kotaku.

The NetEase report is based on “Taiwan media reports” and is said to be based on orders that Apple is placing to factories in the region, notably Honhai Precision (Foxconn) and Pegatron.

The report comes after The Korea Times wrote last month that Samsung was supplying Apple with “new PLS-based LCD technology for smaller iPads.” An unnamed Samsung official also told the publication that Apple was “planning to release a smaller iPad, probably with a 7.86-inch screen,” later this year. The current iPad has a 9.7-inch screen.

Despite the latest reports, though, there are reasons for skepticism. First, rumors of a smaller version of the iPad have circulated since Apple’s initial introduction of the product in early 2010 and have not come to pass. Second, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was famously skeptical of 7-inch tablets, calling such devices “tweeners” that are too big to compete with smartphones and too small to vie with the iPad. Finally, Apple would likely cannibalize sales of its pricier iPads if it released a smaller, cheaper model.

Since Windows 8-based tablets set to hit the market later this year will be more in the price range of the current iPads, the real competition for Apple on the low end will be from Amazon’s Kindle Fire. However, Apple’s first-quarter results revealed that Amazon’s entry had a minimal impact on iPad sales.”

Let the Tablet wars begin!