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The iPad Pro: Is Bigger Necessarily Better?

By George Rosenthal

Rumors abound that Apple is getting ready to launch a new larger iPad. Many industry insiders believe the name of this new entry will be the iPad Pro.

Now that the tech giant has announced the release of a new 15-inch MacBook Pro and a new $1999 configuration of the 27 inch iMac with Retina 5K display, can a larger iPad be far behind?

Some guesstimate Apple will make the iPad announcement as early as this June at its World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco. Others believe the launch will come this fall, in line with previous iPad debuts, which have taken place in an October-November time frame each year since 2012.

Since the larger version of the MacBook Pro was just introduced it appears a fall announcement would be more likely.

How will the Pro be different?

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Home Theater Technology and Media

Are you utilizing all the benefits of a “Smart TV” based home theatre?

Do you realize you can save money and still enjoy a plethora of in-home entertainment?

Todd Budde, Virtual Chief Information Office (VCIO) with ThrottleNet, appeared on TNtv to discuss how you can reduce your monthly payment and still enjoy the home theatre experience by using the latest available technology.

Budde said many popular devices exist to...

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Apple vs Samsung and the Mobile Pay Battle

By George Rosenthal

First it was the launch of Apple Pay. Then Facebook announced the option to send money to friends by Messenger. Now here comes Samsung Pay.

Samsung’s goal is to grab its share of a reported $50 billion mobile pay market that is expected to grow to $142 billion in four years.

According to reports the new Samsung Pay will be similar to Apple Pay. Both will support NFC-enabled payments, a sort of industry standard that allows two devices placed within a few centimeters of each other to exchange data. In order for this to work, both devices must be equipped with an NFC chip. 

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Fitness Technology

Are you ready to get into shape for spring and summer? Do you know all the latest high-tech products available to help you achieve your fitness goals? 

Kevin Banks, Virtual Chief Information Office (VCIO) with ThrottleNet, appeared on TNtv to highlight some of the newest products that can help any golfer, tennis player or weekend athlete improve their performance.

These products include…

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Phone Wars: The Samsung Galaxy S6 Is Ready to Launch

By George Rosenthal

Samsung is making its latest assault against Apple and others in the battle for smartphone supremacy.

The new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge should be ready for purchase sometime in April.

The new phones appear to be Samsung’s most sophisticated to date, slightly larger than the iPhone 6. They even feature a larger screen and higher resolution than their Apple counterparts.

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It’s Time for The Apple Watch

By George Rosenthal

The clock is finally ticking for those waiting to get their hands on the new smart watch from Apple.

The iPhone-compatible wearable is said to be ready to be released this April.

The Apple website said it will come in a variety of styles and colors. Included are 34 different watch choices and nine default watch faces.

Users can customize them in a variety of ways.

The watches all have the same rectangular design. Corners will be rounded off. The differences in styles will be in the “collections” featuring different materials.

Apple is calling them...

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What Microsoft Windows 10 Means for You

By George Rosenthal 

Microsoft has just revealed a deeper look at its new futuristic operating system, Windows 10.

Attempting to gain momentum after the disappointment of Windows 8, the company is launching a new OS and returning to more familiar user friendly applications. Included are new inventive features like a souped-up start menu and multiple virtual desktops. 

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ThrottleNet's Top 10 Tech Gifts Under $100

top-10-tech-gifts-under-$100-santaGreat technology is becoming more affordable, and that’s a great sign, considering everyone on your list wants the latest and greatest gadgetry available.

ThrottleNet has compiled a list of 10 affordable tech gifts available for under $100. Spread some holiday cheer and give the gift of technology this year, by considering any of our top 10 tech gifts under $100 available through various retailors.  

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Securing the Internet of Things

securing the internet of thingsThe “Internet of things,” or IoT for short, is quickly becoming a commonly used phrase by folks in the technology world. It’s a buzzword that relates to everyday objects that we wouldn’t normally expect to be connected to the Internet becoming well…connected to the Internet.

There are so many cool, somewhat bizarre, but also, very intriguing objects out there that have fallen under this general umbrella called the Internet of Things that have become connected.

Now, cars, thermostats, wristbands, watches and refrigerators are all online – and more and more devices are finding ways to utilize the Internet.

The Internet of Things is great. It’s trendy, it’s a phenomenon, and in many cases, the Internet of Things makes our lives easier, helping us accomplish tasks quickly and efficiently using “things” that can receive data and process commands from a remote location. Who hasn’t wanted a refrigerator that tells you you’re running low on ice cream? Did you even know a refrigerator could do that? Well, now you do, and you want one, now.

Just like computers, things connected to the Internet need to be secure. As the Internet of things continues to evolve, Internet of things security is something we have to become more and more aware of.  We’ve seen machines attack before in the movies, after all.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3: Should You Buy It Now?

surface pro 3

Microsoft has launched the Surface Pro 3. The device is touted as the first tablet which can fully replace your laptop with a desktop experience.

The company calls it nothing short of revolutionary with a kickstand, optional click-in keyboard, and multiple ports including full-size USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, and microSD™ card reader.

The major benefit is that you can...

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