Saturday, January 07, 2017
"I am an owner of an iPhone. After buying and returning four pairs of Bluetooth earbuds this year I am really discouraged with Bluetooth technology. Sound quality and consistency, steady reception, and pairing have all been problematic for me. Have any of you used the new Apple AirPods and have you found them to be better performers? In what ways? Ultimately, are all Bluetooth earphones created equal and what separates good performers from bad ones in regards to sound quality and consistency, steady reception, and pairing? Many thanks!"
Are all Bluetooth earphones created equal? - Forums - CNET
Friday, January 06, 2017
Thursday, January 05, 2017
Samsung's New Chromebooks May Be Rivals For Intel and Microsoft | Digital Trends - I have been saying this was the future since the first Chromebook was introduced. I love the concept of this operating system. This is the future.
"OS users can get the millions of apps in Google’s Play Store, tech firms are developing entirely new kinds of devices for the platform. After months of speculation, rumors, and delays—which may have had something to do with the Note 7 battery scandal—Samsung announced the new Chromebook Plus and Chromebook Pro today at CES.
CES 2017: First-Look at Samsung's Chromebook Plus and Chromebook Pro | WIRED
While HDR may come in a lot of forms, the specific requirements for each standard make it much easier for TV manufacturers to support multiple standards despite the variety. Let's break down what the different formats are, who supports them, and why the differences may not be so scary after all."
Don't be afraid of the HDR format wars - The Verge
"What makes the Samsung unique, of course, is its included stylus, which can be used to write on the screen, grab screenshots, or as a “laser pointer” to highlight things. (Eagle-eyed readers might notice that it’s virtually the same stylus included with the Galaxy Note 5 smartphone, just without a button on its side.) The stylus slides into a slot on the side of the computer and a menu of options pops up on the screen when you remove it.
The stylus can be used to take notes in Google Keep, which are then instantly synced and available for search through Google’s optical character recognition technology. Google is also using its cloud services to improve the inking experience when writing — according to the company, it can predict where you’ll move the pen next, which improves response and makes writing or drawing feel more natural on the display. Kan Liu, senior director of product management for Chrome OS, says that the technology makes the Chromebook’s stylus more responsive than the Surface Pen used with Microsoft’s Surface Pro and Surface Book.
Samsung’s new Chromebooks are Google’s answer to the iPad Pro and Surface Pro - The Verge
"Siri had a good run, but its time in the spotlight is over. Alexa has arrived, and it’s way smarter than Siri. Alexa, of course, is the voice-activated “smart” assistant lurking inside the Amazon Echo, Amazon Echo Dot and Amazon Tap products. (It recently made its way to select Amazon Fire tablets as well.)
9 must-know Amazon Echo tips and tricks | PCWorld
Tuesday, January 03, 2017
Monday, January 02, 2017
Sunday, January 01, 2017
“There’s been quite a bit of buzz lately about a new Chromebook from Asus that appeared briefly on NewEgg, and then again on Best Buy’s website. (read about those leaks here)
This new Chromebook has been dubbed the Asus Flip 2, successor to the Asus Flip Chromebook, which was a 10″ ARM powered Chromebook with 360 degree hinges.
Folks who ordered from NewEgg were disappointed when shortly after their order was placed, it was cancelled by NewEgg.
Best Buy users however have reported that their devices were actually delivered, and they appear to match the specs that were listed on Best Buy’s website before the listing disappeared.
This new device is a bit bigger, has a very different design and is more powerful than the original Flip. In my opinion, it’s a very worthy successor indeed.
Now, I don’t actually have one at the moment. However, a few months ago I was able to get my hands on one of these devices. I wasn’t able to take it home with me or anything so this isn’t going to be a super in-depth review, rather it will be more of a brief first impression based on 20 or so minutes I had to play with it.
The first thing you should know, is that the device I got to play with had an M3 6Y30 Intel processor in it which scored an Octane test score of 22381, whereas the model shipped by Best Buy has a Pentium processor in it and is scoring more in the 15000 range. Still quite the upgrade from the original ARM powered Asus Flip. I’m not sure if Asus plans to offer a more premium M3 option or if they decided against the M3 option in favor of a more cost friendly Pentium. We’ll just have to wait and see. Another difference is the model I used had a 2400 x 1350 resolution display, and the model being shipped by Best Buy has a 1920 x 1080 resolution display. Otherwise as far as I can tell, they’re the same device.
As far as first impressions go, I was definitely impressed."