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Apple’s new iPad Pro: Smaller May Just Be Better

Apple’s new iPad Pro offers users some nice upgrades in a small package, all for enhanced computing and entertainment capabilities.

The tech giant has not only made the small size “Pro” more portable but also more powerful.

The device is only 9.7 inches, a scaled down version of its 12.9 inch iPad Pro bigger brother. In many ways it will remind the user of its predecessor, the iPad Air 2.

Measurements are similar to the Air 2. It is 9.4 inches tall, 6.6 inches wide and 0.24 inches thick.

But listen up because the new iPad Pro has added listening capability.

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Samsung’s New Galaxy S7 Should Have Huge Impact on Phone Market

Samsung’s new Galaxy S7 mobile phone is now available. All reports indicate the device is Samsung’s best product to date to compete with Apple’s popular iPhone series.

The phone stands out in both appearance and feel. It has a shiny metal and glass backing that makes it stand out from competitors. The curved back and sides make it comfortable to hold. The rounded edges add to grip and appearance. Overall it is more contoured and attractive than last year’s Galaxy S6. 

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HoloLens: Is Augmented Reality The Next Big Thing?

 

By George Rosenthal

Microsoft is busily creating what they hope will be the next big thing in a virtual reality type product called HoloLens.

Designed for gamers and others who enjoy a 3-D experience it’s something like virtual reality (VR) but different, more like augmented reality.

The platform is based on computer generated “holograms” with a virtual projection. The holograms look and act like they are part of the real world.

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The Internet of Things is beginning to look like a Lot This Christmas

internet-of-things-santaThis Christmas, something underneath the tree is bound to become connected after it’s finally unwrapped.

Experts expect 50 million connected devices to be sold during the holiday season this year. Light bulbs, coffee makers, thermostats, door bells, garage door openers and more have gotten quite the upgrade just in time for the holidays.

Last year, a box of light bulbs would have been considered as grand a Christmas gift as a lump of coal. Thanks to Philips Hue, light bulbs are actually pretty cool. Everything, and we mean everything is becoming connected. It’s not can a product become smarter, it’s when will someone make that product smarter.

When those packages, boxes and bags containing smart home solutions are unwrapped, there are plenty of considerations to make. You can’t just hand grandpa an Amazon echo and expect him to use it every day, or even know it does.

Here are some things to be aware of when gifting and receiving connected devices for the holidays.

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Touchy Subject: Touchscreen Technology Bringing the World to Our Fingertips

They can bring you a world of information and services at the touch of your finger. Touchscreens on electronic devices allow almost anyone to control and operate digital gadgets with a mere tap. Let’s take a look at how touchscreens work and the ways they are changing our present and our future.

 

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Microsoft Lumia 950: It Could Be Better

The Lumia 950 is Microsoft’s attempt to turn your phone into something like a full-on Windows PC. It is built to move you to the next level of worker productivity. Unfortunately it comes up a little short.

The first Windows 10 device is designed to extend the benefits of the Windows experience

to the smart phone. The goal is to use the phone to power a desk type experience to a monitor. This includes syncing office documents and photos across all your devices and connecting with the Windows store so your favorite apps, game, music and video are all in one place.

On the plus side...

 

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Microsoft Surface Pro 4: Should You Buy It Now?

The much publicized Microsoft Surface Pro 4 tablet will be available to the public this month.  The new model has many upgrades and features over the Surface Pro 3 model, but is now the time to buy one? 

Microsoft has for years been touting that their Surface line is the first tablet than can replace a laptop. The Surface Pro 4 comes closer to that promise.

Consider some of the specs... 

 

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Should iPad Users Go “Pro”?

By George Rosenthal

Apple made a big splash at its September event with the announcement of its new king-sized tablet, the iPad Pro.

Scheduled for a November release, the “Pro” is Apple’s biggest tablet to date. It is 78% bigger than the iPad Air 2 and has lots of features and options such as a slick stylus and a detachable keyboard cover.

The device features a 12.9 inch Retina display with a nice resolution of 2732 x 2048. It weighs in at a relatively light 1.57 pounds with 10 hours of battery life.

The Pro runs on Apple’s new iOS9 operating system. They say it will nearly double the CPU performance of the iPad Air 2 with refined Multi-Touch technology...

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Samsung’s Newest Phones Can Compete with Apple’s Best

 

By George Rosenthal 

Samsung has just launched its two new jumbo-screen smartphones. The Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus are big, attractive and well designed. They appear to be the company’s best effort to date to take on Apple’s iPhone 6 series.

The phones are larger than the iPhone 6 Plus. Both have a 5.7 inch screen, bigger than the iPhone’s 5.5 inch screen. Both phones run Google’s Android operating system and share the same O.S. and high-resolution cameras.

The main difference between the two phones is...

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Windows 10 Mobile: Will Consumers Transition to the New Platform?

Windows 10 is coming and Windows 10 Mobile is not far behind.

As users transition to Microsoft’s new Operating System for their PC will they adopt the Windows 10 mobile version as well? 

The much anticipated Windows 10 is due to be shipped for PC use in mid-July. The mobile version will probably launch in the fall. Microsoft is investing heavily in both formats hoping consumers will finally make the Windows Phone a real challenger to Android and iOS competitors.

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