Improved Charge N’ Go Lightning Earbuds: ready to go!
Because the TA Nation always deserves the best!
When Apple introduced a no-headphone jack phone design (starting with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus), things got quite tricky to use earphones… especially if you’re not a fan of the $159 AirPods that need to be charged (and get lost or misplaced) or using the included adapter just to insert standard 3.5 mm headphones. Besides, if you’re like most of us, that adapter gets lost in the first few weeks after buying the phone!!
To help out the iPhone users here in TA Nation, we designed our Charge N’ Go Earbuds! Simply connect the earphones to any Apple device with an 8-pin Lightning connection and you’re good to go! Oh and one more thing, you can charge your device with the separate charge port we added! Finally, you don’t have to worry about running out of power while listening to your favorite tunes or making important calls.
But we didn’t stop there: we’ve improved our initial design for a better listening and charging experience!
So, what’s new?
The immediate change you’ll see would be the wires. We used flat cables to make them more durable compared to the standard round audio cables. Plus they’re now less likely to tangle--- providing more durability when you keep these in your pocket or in your bag!
The shape of the earbuds also changed to provide a more comfortable fit. This is definitely helpful for those long [solo] trips so you can listen to some music and answer calls while giving your undivided attention.
Lastly, the location of the charge port has also changed to a more ideal place---now located in line with one of the wires, instead of being separated into its own wire as in the first version. Now it’s easier to use and there’s less clutter around your phone.
Word on the Street
Don’t take our word for it… tech reviewer J. Williams got a first glimpse of the new set! You can watch his review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRCgl3qyZQk
These are available right now on our website and the 2.0 design will be coming out real soon on Amazon for everyone to enjoy!
As promised, Tech Armor will always have your back! ;)
Apple goes back to school!
And with updated tech too for students
It may be Spring Break (and with summer just around the corner), but Apple surprised everyone by having a “field trip” at Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago for special announcements.
From the iPhone X late last year, the Cupertino giant went back to its roots: helping with education.
Read the rundown below!
Apple highlighted how the iPad and the different apps have helped students throughout the years. To add, they also said a popular choice is the 9.7-in iPad released last year.
It uses Retina display with 2048x1536 resolution and powered by Apple’s A10 Fusion chip to aid in multi-tasking and graphic needs on the tablet. The tablet’s price starts $329 for consumers while schools can buy it at $299.
Although the Apple Pencil costs $99, there is some good news: Logitech released an alternative called Crayon that’s priced at $49.
On the software front, Apple also announced updated apps for a more engaging experience for students. To name a few: they gave a sneak peak to Smart Annotation for Pages for commenting and editing papers.
Also, bringing Digital Book Creation to the iPad that can be customized by the users with images videos and drawings with the Apple Pencil. The latter can also be shared with others for collaboration. There is Boulevard AR where students can view museums and paintings up close and Froggipedia where everyone can check and dissect a frog without hurting real one.
It’s “more powerful than virtually every chromebook” was said during the presentation (pretty much an answer to the Chromebook garnering 60% of new machines in schools last year vs Apple)
For Shared iPads, students just tap their name and picture on the tablet to open their account. When they log off, the iPad will be ready for the next student who’ll use it.
Another highlight coming from the event is increasing the iCloud storage for every Apple managed ID from 5GB to 200GB!
While the Classroom app for teachers is available on iPad and will be available on Mac as beta in June, there’s also a brand new app called Schoolwork that will be available in June. Here you can place handouts, check student progress and integrate apps like a worksheets.
This all sounds great! Will you buy one for your child? Or one for YOU?... it’s still quite hefty price
Not to worry as we’ve got you covered! Our existing screen protector for the iPad 9.7 will also fit the new 2018 model and (like the new model) it’s available now!
As promised, Tech Armor will always have your back! ;)
Next iPhones: what’s new in the rumor mill?
Is there a cheaper iPhone X refresh in our midst?
Yes you read that right! Read on to learn more!
Digitimes reports that Apple managed to lower the production cost of a 5.8-inch OLED phone which will be the upgrade to the iPhone X. Because of the price reduction and evidently lower specs, this version might be positioned as the cheapest version in the batch instead of the 6.1-in LCD one. A key player for the lower production is that Samsung Display was left with a lot of OLED displays at their disposal due to less demand of the iPhone X. Apple then reached an understanding with the Korean giant so the price won’t rise on the panels.
For now this can mean one of 2 scenarios: Apple could keep the $999 price tag as the lowest or lower the price by around $100 to continue a price scheme similar to previous years. Originally, the cheapest rumored model in the batch, the 6.1-in was estimated to be around $800. Hopefully we get a lower price tag (fingers crossed!)
For those not a fan of the usual black and silver color options, we might also get a new color! The Cupertino-tech giant is rumored to be manufacturing a Bush Gold color for the device.
Leaked design for the iPhone X SE or iPhone SE 2?
There have been talks that the two are different devices...but there are also talks that they’re the same device (potato-potato pronunciation kind of matter). But as of now, it’s still a quite debate. A user from Weibo is rumored to have leaked the video of the iPhone SE 2. Looking from the video, it looks nearer to the 4-in display of the iPhone SE than the 6.1-in LCD display of the said iPhone X SE but with a refreshed design similar to the iPhone X (hello notch, goodbye Touch ID). BGR also got exclusive sketches that is pretty similar to the video. Macworld goes on to say that if there is to be and iPhone SE 2, it would mostly be available for lower-end markets. While there’s still the running theory that the iPhone X SE is the 6.1-in LCD.
Although these rumors have been swirling around for months, we might get something new on March 27 when Apple goes to Chicago for a “field trip” . The topic up for discussion here will likely center on cheaper models of the MacBook and iPad, but we’re hoping for a little iPhone teaser too!
That’s about it for this rumor roundup! Tune in for the next one after Apple’s announcement.
Whether you go for the newest iPhone or stay with your current one, always be at ease knowing you have the best protection for it! Check out our website or our Amazon Storefront Page for everything and anything you’d need for your device!
iPhone 8 and 8 Plus? Check! (did you know many of our iPhone 8 and 8 Plus screens are also compatible with the older iPhone 7 and 6 models?... now you know!)
Or if you’re team Android, we also have for Samsung, LG and Google ;) As promised, Tech Armor will always have you covered! Get the latest on everything and anything Apple! Join our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+accounts to stay in the know! Join the TA Nation too!
Next up: Spring!
Let the fun and vacations (or vacation planning) ensue!
After the long, cold, winter weather, it’s (almost) time to go out and enjoy the fun and sun! Here are some Spring tips from Tech Armor!
Spring = cleaning
Ok, ok, we said fun but cleaning can be fun too (we hope)! Make no mistake, spring is definitely the season to declutter your space and devices too. For the tech-savvy, here are some tips to get you started:
- Delete unnecessary data to get extra space on your devices (you never know when you’d need a whole lot
- Time to reorganize your files too. Place them in strategic folders so you won’t get a headache the next time you’re looking for a file (we’ve all been there)
- Rest wireless routers and connected devices to prevent hacking (if you use your device outside, we can help with your privacy)
- Update your antivirus softwares! The last thing you want are your devices crashing on you when you need them the most.
- After fixing the internal spaces, let’s get rid of all the dust and germs on the external side! It’s important to use a microfiber cloth and safe solution to make sure your device will stay safe and intact.
- Clean the external too important to use microfiber cloth and safe solution to safeguard your device (we have you covered there);
- Untangle all the cables too! Better to have them neat, tidy and ready to go than profusely fixing it at last minute’s notice (but you could remove or lessen that one with our cables!)
Spring = bonding...or Spring Break
Now as promised: for the more fun side!
With so many activities and adventures you can do, it’s best to have a checklist (or maybe even a bucket list) to slowly tick off everything you want to do! A list you can check out is from RealSimple with some ideas already of activities you can do!
For family fun time: you can try camping, or go to the beach or even miniature golfing!
And for those in college who want to travel on their Spring Break, you can try going to Las Vegas, Disney World or even the Caribbean without breaking your bank! Or you can take a quick trip to Europe or gor for a cruise trip that’s within your budget.
Just a few quick travel tips: download offline maps (just in case there’s no service in the area), translator (if travelling overseas) and flight tracker (you never know when and even how long your flight might get delayed!)
And last but not the least: best to check out TSA’s list of do’s and don’t for a safe and easy travel.
Let Spring begin!!!
As you get ready for your adventure time, don’t forget to protect your devices! Tech Armor has you covered. Like our motto says: “You Play, We Protect!” Head on over to our website or Amazon Storefront Page for all the device accessories that you need to conquer Spring!
Mobile World Congress 2018: Recap
A lot sure happened!
Barcelona was packed with innovations and new technologies last week! One of the biggest highlights was the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus launched which we already shared here. Now, let’s go head on with the rest of the highlights from this year’s Mobile World Congress!
Let's start with new devices!
As promised last CES, Alcatel launched several handsets namely the Alcatel 5, Alcatel 3V, Alcatel 3C, Alcatel 3X, Alcatel 3, Alcatel 1X, Alcatel 1C---all having the 18:9 display ratio. The Alcatel 1X was the first Android Go phone to be released on Google's “Android Go” Platform. That’s not all, they also released tablets the Alcatel 1T 7 which has a 7-inch display and the 1T 10 which has a 10-in display.
LG got into the game with the release of the LG V30S ThinQ and V30S ThinQ Plus. Externally, they are a lot similar to their predecessors with the 6-inch Full Vision Display.
Sony also came to the scene with the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact. Steering away from its usual design, they came with a more modern look better camera and audio. Quite identical except for the display and battery. The former having a 5.7-in Full HD+ screen and the latter with 5-in.
Nokia is also joining the no headphone jack scene with is Nokia 8 Sirocco with a 5.5-in OLED display. This was launched alongside mid-tier Nokia 7 and 7 Plus and a refreshed 6-in LCD display Nokia 6.
5G coming in fast folks! Phone carriers Sprint, Verizon and AT&T showcased their plans on how they’ll roll out as early as late 2018 to 2019. With other phone carriers to follow hopefully by 2020.
Of course congrats to the GLOMO (GSMA’s Global Mobile) Awards Winners!
Apple (though a no show in the event) won Best Smartphone 2017 and Disruptive Device Innovation Award. While Samsung Won Best Mobile Innovation for Payment and Best Mobile VR or AR.
Surprisingly, Huawei bagged a lot of awards with Best Mobile Network Infrastructure, Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough (along with Sprint and Airspan), Best Network Software Breakthrough, Outstanding Mobile Technology Award- The CTO’s Choice, Best Mobile Innovation for Smart Cities, Best Mobile Innovation for Emerging Markets, The Green Mobile Award and the Outstanding Contribution to the Mobile Industry.
Wow, that’s a lot to take in… lots of new devices and a lot of possible phone falls in
No worries! Tech Armor will always have you covered!
From then til now, we’re committed to giving the best kind of protection and accessories for your devices backed by industry-leading customer service. We promise we’ll help you get ready for anything that can happen to your device!
Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus: Officially Announced!
The Mobile World Congress started off with a bang as Samsung launched their Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus! Let’s dive in with some initial reviews and features!
Let’s go first with their tagline: Camera Reimagined. Improved camera features include the super slow-mo that captures 960 frames per second. They went further by offering automatic Motion Detection that lets the phone start recording when it senses the movement.
They also have the AR Emoji (we’re guessing their answer to Apple’s Animojis) where you take a selfie and the phone will transform you into an emoji. You can change its mood and background that you can practically send to anyone. Plus, they’ve added an Intelligent scan which is combining the Iris Scanner and Face Scanner so the phone will automatically have 2 ways of unlocking with you just looking at it (a response as well to Apple’s Face ID). Though CNET notes it’s not secure enough for mobile payments yet.
Now focusing at the back of the devices, you could also immediately see the fingerprint scanner placed below the camera… the singular camera for the S9 and the dual-camera for the S9 Plus.
Samsung also gave the devices a form of surround sound audio with one of the microphones acting as second speaker. Trustedreviews goes on record saying it’s in the running to be the best phone of 2018.
What stayed from the previous Galaxy models?
The Infinity Display with the Galaxy S9 still boasts a 5.8-in screen and a 6.2-in for the Galaxy S9 Plus like their predecessors. Also the same: an 18.5:9 aspect ratio screen. Headphone jack lovers rejoice: it’s still on both of the flagship devices, which is also definitely approved by CNET. Another approval is the IP68 water resistance for both phones.
There’s also the formal and fun colors for both devices namely: Lilac Purple, Coral Blue, Midnight Black and Titanium Gray. The first 3 will be available in the US.
Ok, I’m sold! Now, how do I get the phone?
You can get yours by pre-ordering on Samsung’s website, but be prepared to dig deep into your wallet. The Galaxy S9 costs $719.99, while the Galaxy S9 Plus starts at $839.99. If you pre-ordered through the Shop Samsung App from March 2-5, you’ll get a guarantee delivery of March 14, however the global release is set at March 16.
Plus, the Verge also found other ways and places you can buy your phone like Best Buy. Read through their choices and pick the best one for you!
Hold on, how much is the phone again?
We know it’s quite pricey (no way to go but up as they say). But don’t worry as we’ve got your screen covered!
As promised, Tech Armor will always have your back!!!
You can also check out our website or Amazon Storefront Page for more accessories that can help your device! Get the latest on everything and anything Samsung! Join our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+accounts to stay in the know! Join the TA Nation too!
What’s New From LG? News on the LG G7?
Major revamp coming for an LG device!
Apple and Samsung are having a field day (or month really) with rumors and new releases, but we haven’t forgotten about LG! There may be a lot that you’ve missed: we’ve got some info to help you get started!
What will we see in MWC?
LG released a statement they’ll be releasing improved versions of their K8 AND K10 smartphones. It will be released in regions such as Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. And in three colors: Aurora Black, Moroccan Blue and Terra Gold.
Improvements on the phones are focused on the camera features with the K10 having an out-focus feature while the K8 showcasing an improved low light shot feature. Both devices will run on Android Nougat.
We’ll also be getting an advanced LG V30 version adding Vision AI to the mix. It can scan QR codes and perform image searches to name a few. And you’d also get new voice commands for Google Assistant.
For the name, what’s going around the rumor mill so far is: V30S and V30+‘α. It’s reported to officially launch on March 8 or 9 in South Korea so safe to say the rest of the world to follow some time after.
Right now you might be asking: how about the LG G7?
This Korean tech-giant hasn’t been having the best of luck in the smartphone industry. They’ve decided to unveil new smartphones when needed unlike before in a yearly manner.
But don’t lose hope yet! There have been recent reports that they are working on a new phone codenamed “Judy” which may be the revamped LG G7. Leaker Evan Blass has said the device will have new hardware, 6.1-inch, 18:9 Vision display and will be using an MLCD+ panel. Target release is June 2018.
The LG G6 and LGV30 will be getting the Android 8.1 Oreo update soon. (Which we also have protected!)
This tech-giant is expected to release 5G phones, in 2019 with Qualcomm X50 modem.
Awesome! Can’t wait for the new phones? Perfect! Don’t worry, we’ll make your future LG phones are going to be protected too! Always check out our Amazon Storefront Page or our website for everything you’d need for your brand new device!
What’s New From Apple? iOS 11.3, New Models and More!
They sure have been busy!
We’re still just in February and we’ve got a lot of announcements from Apple! (and a few more rumors too) ;)
What have they been up to?
Plus, you can choose to get all your messages synced in all your macOS and iOS devices by storing it and encrypting it on iCloud. The official iOS version is expected to be released sometime this Spring.
But starting now you can get your device ready for the new update with some info from GottaBeMobile. A few tips they provide are clearing some device storage for the new update and keeping your device charged to start the installation process (we can help out with that last one).
Speaking of charge, a lot of Apple fans are pretty upset that the tech giant DOES secretly throttle with its older iPhones. In the new iOS they’re trying to address the situation in the battery settings section.
And Apple is giving the option of buying a new battery at $29 (from the original $79 price). If you choose the latter, it’s reported there’s now a shortened time period for getting the battery replacements.
There’s also talks about being on team Touch ID and team Face ID. Both has its pros and cons (from the looks of it, Face ID is the future for Apple), so it’s just a matter of what your cup of tea is...for now.
You can pair that too with refurbished Apple Watch Series 3. It’s also Apple certified like the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus so not much to worry on the quality.
And some misses too like limited commands you can give Siri unlike with Amazon’s Alexa. The HomePod also leaves marks on wood furniture which can be caused by reaction of the silicone base and the surface table.
What could be next?
Even this early, everyone’s already excited with the next batch of iPhones! It’s been previously rumored that there’ll be 3 iPhones launched this year.
What we can add right now for that is the next batch might have smaller notches. Apple is currently trying to adjust the TrueDepth Camera to make it happen.
Most talks in the rumor mill currently are for the iPhone X SE or also known as the budget friendly edition version. Rumor has it that model will replace the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus and sell a total of 100 million units according to Ming-Chi Kuo. And the price can be as low as $699
We also have a few info for the upcoming iPad Pro. Its new design would mostly be based on the iPhone X. Don’t worry about the notch part--- reportedly none would be in the tablet. We’ll probably get to see the new iPad Pros this summer.
Wow, not sure which one to pick!
Whichever you choose, Tech Armor will always have you covered! We’ve got everything you need to keep all your Apple devices safe from drops and scratches! That’s not all, we’ve got the perfect accessories to pair your phone or tablet with! Check out our Apple Lightning Earbuds, Car Mounts, Powerbanks and Apple MFi Certified Cables.
So you can continue playing, while we do the protecting! ;)
Galaxy S9 and S9+: talks on the rumor mill
Ready for the next Samsung flagship phone?
Just a few weeks away before we get to see Samsung’s new Galaxy phone! What new features might we find in the devices?
First off, what’s confirmed:
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ will officially be launched on February 25 at 12 pm EST during the Mobile World Congress In Barcelona, Spain.
Now what’s the latest in the rumor mill?
Screen and display size will be similar to the Galaxy S8 and S8+. The S9 will have a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution. While the Galaxy S9+ is expected with a 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x1 440 resolution as well.
For those who love the 3.5mm headphone jack, the Korean giant will keep the feature stay on it next flagship phones.
What will be new is it will use the Qualcomm 845 chip for the US version of the devices. The global version will use Samsung’s Exynos processors.
Bixby 2.0, their AI may also say hello starting with the Galaxy S9 and S9+. Plus Samsung mobile chief DJ Koh confirmed that all its devices will support it by 2020.
If Apple has the Face ID, Samsung will reportedly include the Intelligent Scan feature which combines the Iris and Face Recognition to improve the security of face unlock.
They will also be the first to have a super slow-mo feature and in different modes. The first will start when you tap the shutter button. The other would still require you to tap the button but recording starts when the phone detects a movement.
Now going to the cameras, only the Galaxy S9+ will have dual-rear cameras.
And with the release just days away, someone even leaked the box for the Galaxy S9:
After the launch, preorder will reportedly start March 1 and shipping will be by March 16.
I think I’m ready to buy!!!
Hold on… these prices are insane!!!
We totally understand where you're coming from. That’s why Tech Armor makes sure you still get the best protection for your devices at a fraction of a flagship price!
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The latest rumors on the next iPhones: yes, not just one (or two)!
How many new iPhones will Apple launch?
It’s been just months since the iPhone X was launched and they’re already rumors about the next batch of phones!
Rise of the new design
- 5.8” OLED display - iPhone X (2nd gen)
- 6.5” OLED display - the iPhone X Plus
- 6.1” TFT-LCD - iPhone X SE
- 4.0” display - iPhone SE 2
Of the 4 phones, the iPhone SE 2 is the most uncertain if it sees the light of day this 2018. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo report that should this push through, we’ll mostly just see internal updates like a faster processor. If ever, a hardware change that we might see is a glass back for wireless charging like the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. And its release can be as early as May or June 2018.
The main reason is the California tech-giant’s focus is on the 3 other models to avoid last year’s shipment delay concerns. The iPhone X (2nd gen), iPhone X Plus and iPhone X SE are expected to be launched on September, Apple’s usual cycle on their smartphones.
We might have to say goodbye to the Touch ID as these 3 phones are said to feature the Face ID as they will be equipped with the TruDepth camera system. The iPhone X (2nd gen) and iPhone X Plus will have 4GB of RAM and made with Stainless Steel Frame Material.
The iPhone X SE will represent the affordable version of the 3, having an aluminum frame material, single lens camera and uses LCD display. But LCD display that’ll be used may only require ultra-slim 0.5mm bezels on all sides!
Excited to see the new phones?! (But not really about the rising price…)
The prices are pretty wallet-denting (with the iPhone X at the $1,000 price range), but on the bright side, you don’t have to pay a flagship price for the best protection for your devices! As promised, Tech Armor will always be here to help you out!
We’ll always have the latest (like the iPhone X) to keep your phone safe from drops and scratches.;)