Paper PC Picks - Best in Tech

Hot tech products seen at press conferences and product showcases. By tech journalist Robert S. Anthony, editor, Stadium Circle Features: Also read The Paper PC blog: Twitter: @newyorkbob

Paper PC Picks - Best in Tech

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The 65-inch Hisense 4K ULED H10 Series Curved Smart TV unveiled in New York this week has the specs to challenge Samsung’s flagship SUHD curved 4K TV line, but at a lower price. The $3,000 Hisense USA unit features a gently curved 120Hz, 3,840-by-2,160-pixel display (8.3 million pixels), an audio system tweaked by Massachusetts-based dbx-tv and local dimming technology which enhances blacks. Read more in today’s New York Daily News. #ULED

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World’s smallest all-in-one printer? An inkjet printer that doesn’t need expensive ink cartridges? Read about the diminutive Primera Technology Trio ($400) and Epson America’s new line of EcoTank printers in today’s New York Daily News. Add an optional rechargeable battery and the Trio, which can also scan and copy, can work away from an AC socket. The $400 Epson Expression ET-2550 EcoTank All-in-One comes with enough ink in its refillable tanks for two years’ worth of printing.

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The Samsung Mobile US Galaxy S6 edge+ and flagship Samsung Galaxy Note 5 with S Pen stylus debuted in New York's Lincoln Center Thursday. Both have 5.7-inch Quad-HD displays and 4K video recording and both have Samsung Pay, which lets users pay at retail locations with their phones. The Galaxy S6 edge+ has a curved display which can show notifications on the edge. The Galaxy Note 5 has a new screen: You can write on it with the S Pen even when the display is off. #SamsungUnpacked #TheNextBigThing

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Tanks a lot! Epson America launched a new “supertank” category with new Expression home and WorkForce business printers with built-in ink tanks—no ink cartridges needed. Instead of low-capacity “starter” ink cartridges, the $400 Epson Expression ET-2550 EcoTank All-in-One ships with full ink tanks; enough for 4,000 B&W or 6,500 color pages (equal to 20 sets of cartridges). When ink tanks run low, users can top them off with $13 refill bottles or $52 sets. EcoTank units go on sale in September.

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Motorola’s new Moto X Pure Edition has a 5.7-inch Quad-HD (1,400 by 2,560 pixels) display, a 21MP camera and comes unlocked for $400. It offers universal LTE banding, which means it works on the 4G LTE fast-data networks of all major U.S. carriers including AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile. The gently curved Motorola Mobility unit has a Turbo Charging feature which provides eight hours of talk time with a 15-minute charge. The Moto X Style Pure Edition will be available in September. #HelloMoto

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    Otis Sheppard

    I have a Moto X 2014 phone I've owned (including iPhones and Galaxy Note).

The Plantronics BackBeat Sense makes sense out of sensors. The $180 Bluetooth 4.0 wireless headset knows when it’s on your head: Remove it while listening to music from your smartphone and it will pause the music. Put it back on and the music resumes. An Open Mic button lets you listen to someone nearby without removing the headset. The BackBeat Sense, launched at a New York press event July 23, lasts 18 hours between charges and comes with an audio cable for plug-in connectivity. #BackBeat15

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    Daniel Fuhrmann

    AKG did it years before :D look up the AKG K271. Just they don't pause the music, but disconnect the speakers (because those headphones are made for Studios), but that's a software thing. Also they're engineered to sound perfect :)

  • Robert Anthony
    Robert Anthony

    Thanks for the comment Daniel Fuhrmann. You're right--it has been done before. The BackBeat Sense does it with sensors which detect the presence of your head. The AKG K271 does it with a simple switch--but of course the power savings is just as effective.

CE Week NY, New York's own showcase of cool electronic wizardry, has arrived. CLICK THE PIC to read my preview in today's New York Daily News featuring products from Hewlett-Packard WowWee Inc Adlens Altec Lansing and more. #CEWeek

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HP Goes 3D: Sprout by HP, a sophisticated Hewlett-Packard desktop PC which could already handle one-sided scanning, gains 3D capability thanks to new 3D Capture software and a rotating scanning platform. The Sprout Illuminator atop its 23-inch touchscreen has a scanner, depth sensor, an HP RealSense 3D digital camera and can project interactive images onto its 20-inch HP Touch Mat. The $299 3D Capture Stage, available in July, tilts 15 degrees so all parts of an object are scanned.

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The Asus Zenfone 2 Android smartphone has a 13MP camera that, with the aid of software, can capture 52MP images. An F2.0 lens plus special low-light and background modes make it easy to capture decent photos in poor light. The optional (and cute) ASUS Lolliflash LED light pops into the headset jack. At $299 for a unit with 4GB RAM, an Intel processor and 64GB of storage ($199 with 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage), the unlocked, dual-SIM Zenfone 2 is quite affordable. CLICK THE PIC for more info.

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Acer went to the top of the world—well, the 68th floor of New York’s 4 World Trade Center—to kick off its 2015 back-to-school line of computers. The notebook line includes the 11.6-inch Aspire R 11 (starts at $249), which has a 360° keyboard, and the 10.1-inch Switch 10 E convertible (starts at $279), which has a removable touch display. The $149 Iconia One 8 B1-820 8-inch Android tablet features Precision Plus technology, which allows for accurate sketching and inking, according to Acer.


What can you make in a 3D printer? How about a motorcycle? The 3D Printshow in New York showcases cool devices and 3D-printed gems like Jeri the resting fighter by James Stewart and the translucent motorcycle by Jonathan Brand. Fuel 3D’s Scanify handheld scanner uses stereo lenses and three flash guns—which fire separately within a tenth of a second—to capture 3D images. The show, at Center 548 at 548 W. 22nd St., opens to the trade April 16 and 17 and to the public April 18 and 19. #3DPS

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It's a bird! It's a plane. No, it’s drone of course! The DJI Phantom 3 quadcopter, unveiled in NYC today, has a distortion-free 94-degree-field-of-view camera which renders smooth, sharp 30fps 4K ($1,259 Professional model) or 60fps 1080p ($999 Advanced) videos. The units take 12MP still photos and the DJI Pilot app integrates with YouTube, thus allowing users to livestream their aerial magic. If the 2.8-pound unit loses contact with its remote, it hovers in place until the next command.

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A Lamborghini for just $6,000? It's true! Tonino Lamborghini Mobile’s 88 Tauri Android smartphone has a 5-inch HD display, a quad-core Qualcomm processor, a 20MP rear camera and its two SIM card slots lets users keep two phone networks active at the same time. Each phone takes two weeks to hand-build and only 1,947—a number honoring the birthday of the auto company’s founder—of each color combination will be made. The unit was shown at the Luxury Technology Show by Rand Luxury in New York.

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They’re almost here: The Apple Watch collection arrives at Apple Stores April 24 (online preorders April 10). They won’t be cheap: The Apple Watch Sport ($349 to $399), Apple Watch ($549 to $1,099) and stratospherically priced Apple Watch Edition ($10,000 and up) have Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi wireless adapters and support Apple Pay, which lets you pay with the watches at stores. The watches require an Apple iPhone 5 or later running iOS 8.2, which is available for download today. #AppleWatchEvent

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The real star of today's #AppleWatchEvent was the reengineered Apple MacBook, which has a 12-inch, 2,304-by-1,440-pixel Retina display, no fan and a single USB-C port for power, data, video and everything else. The keyboard and touchpad are enhanced and inside the 13.1 mm aluminum alloy shell is a tiny logic board a third the size of the one in the 11-inch MacBook Air and thin, layered batteries. The MacBook starts at $1,299 with 256GB of storage, 8GB RAM and a 1.1 GHz Intel Core M processor.

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    Cihangir Han

    I totally agree, it is indeed one of the most innovative and most modern gadget, which we should give a lot of credit to the developers, engineers and all the people who have directly and indirectly involved in the creation process, I can quote here "One small step for man, a giant leap for mankind”

Samsung sets a new, all-metallic tone with the Galaxy S6 and curvy Galaxy S6 Edge, which features a wraparound display. The F1.9 lenses on the 16MP rear cameras on both units promise quality images in low light and the 5.1-inch, 2560-by-1440 pixel AMOLED displays have a resolution of 577 pixels per inch (ppi); much sharper than the 5.5-inch screen on Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus (401 ppi) or 4.7-inch iPhone 6 (326 ppi). ‪#‎GalaxyS6‬ #‎GalaxyS6edge‬ #TheNextBigThing Samsung Mobile US

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View-Master Renewed: Google and Mattel have put a new virtual spin on the legendary View-Master stereo image viewer. Instead of cardboard wheels with stereo images, Google’s Cardboard technology, with a little help from an Android (of course!) smartphone and app, will allow users of Mattel’s new View-Master to experience 360-degree “photospheres” of famous places. The $30 unit, available this fall, was unveiled at the Toy Industry Association's 2015 Toy Fair in New York. #TFNY

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Hewlett Packard rolled out two new business-class Android tablets: the HP Pro Slate 12 ($569) and 8-inch Pro Slate 8 ($449), both of which come with the HP Duet Pen, a nifty electronic stylus that works with ultrasonic audio technology. Not only can the pen, developed with Qualcomm, write on the screen, but it can also write on paper and still have the virtual ink appear on the screen. For more on the new Hewlett-Packard tablets, see my piece in the New York Daily News.

HP's new tablets, stylus target pro, student customers

Babies and toddlers were big winners at the 2015 International CES in Las Vegas. There was no shortage of new tech for the little ones--and their parents, including the Pacif-i Bluetooth-connected pacifier from Blue Maestro. See my piece in the New York Daily News. #CES2015

2015 CES has gadgets for everyone — including babies

A two-faced phone? Yes indeed! From the front the YotaPhone 2 is a conventional Android smartphone with a 5-inch color display. Flip it around and there's a 4.7-inch E Ink monochrome screen as well. The extra screen uses same low-power tech found in e-readers, which means the Russian-made unit can run six days on a charge or provide 100 hours of reading time. The extra display can be viewed in bright sunlight, has its own apps but can also run Android apps in a low-power mode. #CES2015

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Wondering what's going on at the 2015 International CES in Las Vegas? Take a look at my preview in today's New York Daily News. One nifty new PC it the HP Sprout from Hewlett-Packard, which has a clever scanning device above its 23-inch display which lets you scan objects and then edit the new image on the desktop with your hands using its special touchpad. #CES2015

CES 2015: Smartwatches, virtual reality, high-tech stove

If you like your concert seats up close and cozy, but not necessarily loud, the $25 DUBS Acoustic Filters by Doppler Labs could come in handy if you end up in front of the speakers. The tiny DUBS units, which fit in the ears like earbud headsets, use a mechanical process called dynamic attenuation to reduce volume without muddling the clarity of what you’re listening to. Thus Norah Jones or Rickie Lee Jones would still sound like themselves, not like James Earl Jones. #PaperPCHolidayPicks

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The $150 Altec Lansing Life Jacket portable Bluetooth speaker is built to resist both bad weather and klutzes. The waterproof and shock-resistant Life Jacket will actually float—and keep playing—if it somehow ends up in the pool. The unit has two 2.5-inch Neodymium drivers, a 16-hour rechargeable battery and a microphone, which makes it useful as a portable speakerphone when it’s not blasting tunes. #PaperPCHolidayPicks

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The $25 Satechi Spectrum Mouse may not outshine other PC rodents in terms of features, but it sure does in terms of glitz. In addition to its shiny metallic finish, the Spectrum Mouse has a backlight which cycles through seven colors (white, red, green, blue, yellow, violet and turquoise) or can be set to stay at just one. The Mac- and Windows-compatible wired mouse has a resolution of 1,000 dpi, which makes for accurate cursor placement. #PaperPCHolidayPicks

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The $199 HP Stream 11 Windows 8.1 laptop is a good choice for those tired of waiting for a turn at a public library PC. With an 11.6-inch display and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth adapters, you can get online easily. It comes with a year of Microsoft 365 Office software access and 1TB of cloud storage. It has an adequate, but not potent Intel Celeron N2840 processor and 32GB of internal storage, which means it’s not the right unit for demanding tasks like video editing. #PaperPCHolidayPicks

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