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Time to Check Out The Fitbit Versa

By George Rosenthal

Fitbit has launched its new watch, the Versa. Priced at around $199, the Versa is designed to compete with the Apple Watch, and at its core, it does just that. The Versa performs well as a smart watch as well as a fitness tracker. It works with Apple, Android and Windows devices.

The watch features Fitbit Today so you can check your daily health statistics and check them against your goals. There are also guided move reminders and breathing sessions. Fitbit fans will notice the Versa has a different look than the older and more expensive Ionic. It has a wider, square face with metal finishes. It is sleeker and thinner than the Apple Watch and comes with a standard rubber band with more strap options.

The touch screen is more responsive than the Ionic. There are three buttons to handle shortcuts for music controls, notifications, exercise start times and alarms. All buttons are customizable to your individualized preferences.

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New Apple iPad Promises to be a Learning Experience

By George Rosenthal

Apple has launched its new 9.7 inch iPad.  Strongly focused on the educational market, the newly updated device is now available at Apple stores and is being shipped to schools.  Priced at $299 for students and $329 for consumers, Apple is attempting to supplant Google-powered Chromebooks used by many teachers.  According to research from FutureSource Consulting, sales in the K-12 mobile PC market for 2017 saw strong upticks in sales for Google and Windows devices, and declines for Apple’s iPad. 

Apple is hoping a new selling point, the addition of Apple Pencil support to this lower-end device, will spur interest and sales.  Previously the Pencil was available only the higher-end iPad Pro Tablets.  Apple has priced the Pencil at $89 for students. They envision kids to use the Pencil for art projects and similar school work.

The company has also boosted device storage for the educational models. 200 GB is available to help students work with and maintain bigger projects. Others will find the standard models start with 50 GB. 

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Can Apple Reinvent Home Music with HomePod?

Apple believes music begins at home.

It’s why they are launching the HomePod, to bring you a new musical experience right in your living room or, for that matter, any space you want it.

HomePod will be available in early February. Apple claims it can definitely rock the house.  Don’t get confused. The HomePod is not an Amazon Echo or Google Home device in a different package. While it can serve as a home assistant, the difference is in the sound.

The tech giant says the HomePod is the ultimate music authority. It actually brings together Apple Music and Siri to “learn” your taste in music. It works through a combination of Apple’s engineered audio technology and advanced software said to deliver the highest-fidelity sound throughout the room.

The device features Apple’s A8 chip. The company claims it is the biggest brain ever in a speaker.  HomePod comes with seven beamforming tweeters designed with a precision acoustic horn that focuses sound for directional control. Sound will be consistent from anywhere in the room no matter where you are sitting.  Those who like a lot of bass will appreciate the high-excursion woofer with a custom amplifier. HomePod uses an advanced algorithm that continuously analyzes the music and dynamically tunes the low frequencies for what should be a smooth sound.

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Apple Watch 3: Time for a New Calling

By George Rosenthal

It’s time for some wrist talking. Apple has rolled out its new line of Series 3 watches complete with cellular capability.

The new smartwatches are now on sale, just in the nick of time for holiday shopping.

Apple Watch fans will find the Series 3 is the full replacement for the Apple Watch 2. It features many upgrades including the ability to make calls from your wrist.

The watch enables cell calling on all major carries in the U.S.  The device supports both data and voice and uses the same number as your iPhone.

Calls do come at a price, it will add about $10 per month to your existing wireless fee, but imagine the fun and options of conversing like comic detective Dick Tracy.

Read on to learn more about connectivity and the user interface for the Apple Watch Series 3.

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Google Creates More Magic With Pixel 2

By George Rosenthal

Google has raised the curtain on the newest edition of its Pixel phone line and Android fans will not be disappointed.

A worthy successor to the original Pixel, The Pixel 2 combines an outstanding camera with reliable software and an attractive design, all in an aluminum waterproof package.  

The phone is available in two sizes the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Unlike Apple and other manufacturers the large and small versions both are identical in guts and performance.

Look under the hat and you’ll find the same Snapdragon 835 processor, 4 gigs of RAM, and the same 64 or 128 gigs of storage. The camera is the same as well. Both run Android Oreo with no bloating or customizing to the operating system. Battery life is around 7 hours with only 15 minutes of charging. Since it is “pure Android” users will get security updates and more features faster than other phones.

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Would You Spend $1,000 on a Smartphone?

By George Rosenthal

Apple is ready to launch its highly anticipated iPhone 8.

The phone reportedly will have all types of new features and a new design. It will take the device to a new level in look and performance.

The price could also take an iPhone user to a new level. Apple’s 10th anniversary phone could cost you a grand or more.

Some reports indicate the phone will cost $999 with 64GB rising to $1,099 with 256 GB and topping out at $1,199 for a high powered 512 GB device.

Even at its lowest level the phone represents a whopping 40% to 50% increase over the $649 for a base model iPhone 7.

Paying a premium though for an iPhone is not new for many Apple fans. For example, those who purchased an iPhone 7 plus with all the bells and whistles may have already crossed the four figure threshold.

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Samsung Goes Light with Notebook 9

By George Rosenthal

Samsung has released its 9 series of notebooks and tablets. One of note is the new 15 inch Notebook 9.

The 9 is an extreme “light weight” in its class, coming in at just 2.7 pounds. One of the lightest to date of any 15 inch tablet.

Android fans will find much to like about the device.

The chassis is sleek and thin. The design is simplistic in a silver case. The body is magnesium-alloy, which some may find a bit too bendable for a premium notebook.

Samsung has designed a built-in recliner to set the device down to 180 degrees to share your view. 

It does have a slim 0.61 inch edge. Coupled with the lighter frame it makes a nice companion for a business trip or vacation.

Speaking of business, the 9 may be lacking in bulk but still has the work ethic.

The left side includes a USB 2.0 port, a USB Type-C port, a headphone jack, and a power input. Flip to the right and find two USB 3.0 ports, a microSD card reader and an HDMI port. There is plenty of connectivity to help complete most any task.

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Apple Responds to Market with New Products

New products are on their way from Apple. The tech firm made it clear they have lots of items in their pipeline at their WWDC Conference this month.

First off is the company’s answer to Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home called the HomePod. It is a seven inch device that will integrate Siri into an Echo/Home like case. You can use it to check the news, weather and control your smart home devices.

HomePod will offer an enhanced music experience. A feature called “Musicologist” will work with Apple music and stream the songs you request from Siri. The sound is designed to fill the room and take it to a level beyond what Amazon and Google are offering.

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Swim to the Microsoft Surface

The latest version of the Microsoft Pro series has finally surfaced. The new Surface Pro has just been released and is ready for purchase.  It includes a few changes and nice updates from the popular Surface Pro 4.

The latest version of the Microsoft Pro series has finally surfaced. The new Surface Pro has just been released and is ready for purchase.  It includes a few changes and nice updates from the popular Surface Pro 4.

First though is the name. Those expecting Surface Pro 5 can keep waiting. Microsoft has gotten rid of any sequential number. Now it’s just Surface Pro, period.

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Apple's New Products - Get Ready for Red

Apple wants you to see "red", and hopefully buy one too.

The tech giant is releasing a new red phone hoping to capitalize on a vibrant color scheme that could appeal to its huge base of consumers.

The red phones are available in both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models. They feature a crimson aluminum finish.

The phones come in 128GB and 256GB storage variations. Pricing is inline or perhaps a little higher than other iPhone versions.

The 128GB version sells for $749. The iPhone 7 Plus goes for $869. Those enrolled in the iPhone Upgrade Program will be able to land one for $37 per month.

Apple has had a decade-long (RED) campaign, which contributes to the Global Fund to fight AIDS. Apple said it's the world's largest corporate donor to the Global Fund, contributing more than $130 million. The red phone is said to be a piece of this strategy. The company will donate some money to the charity for each phone sold.

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