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: www.newyorkbob.com. Also read The Paper PC blog: www.paperpc.com. Twitter: @newyorkbob
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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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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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
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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
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
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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
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
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
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
Apple finally joins the big-phone party with the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus and the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. To sweeten the pot, Apple also rolls out its Apple Watch smartwatches. CLICK THE PIC to read my coverage in the New York Daily News #iPhone6 #AppleWatch
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Apple finally joins the big-phone party with the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus and the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. To sweeten the pot, Apple also rolls out its Apple Watch smartwatches. #ZooSeo
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The Samsung Mobile US Galaxy Note Edge offers an innovative new feature: a display that wraps around its right edge that acts sort of like a Times Square news 'zipper' even when the device is closed. CLICK THE PIC to read my story in the New York Daily News. #TheNextBigThing
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I don't think I care about the slight wraparound of the screen. Those are buttons that I would undoubtedly touch every time I pick it up. Especially since I'm left handed
Sharp AQUOS Crystal: A high-end Android smartphone at low-end pricing? That’s what Sprint hopes to offer with the new Sharp AQUOS unit, which has a bright 5-inch display, a front-facing 1.2MP camera set on the bottom instead of the top and an extra mic on the back to help it detect and cancel out unwanted noises. The unit will be $10 a month with a Sprint service plan or $150 with Virgin Mobile USA or Boost Mobile prepaid service. For more, read the Aug. 23 edition of the New York Daily News.
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World’s first levitating Bluetooth speaker? That’s what the OM/ONE hopes to be with a little help from some crowdfunding. The baseball-size wireless speaker from Om Audio LLC magnetically floats an inch above its base. The 1.3-pound orb ($179 for early backers) has a 75mm driver, a microphone, a 15-hour battery and can be used as a speakerphone. The OM/ONE can also be used as a portable speaker without the base and two units can be paired into a stereo speaker system.
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There are many ways to miss a flight, but a dead cell phone shouldn't be one of them. Unfortunately, new TSA security regulations for some foreign airports require that cell phones and other electronic devices be turned on while going through security. The solution? Travel with an external battery–one that connects with your phone or tablet via a standard USB cable. CLICK THE PIC to read more at The Paper PC.
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The JunoJUMPR power brick from @JunoPower is no larger than a smartphone, but has enough muscle to start a car. The $100 unit packs a 6,000mAh lithium polymer battery into a seven-ounce package which can deliver a peak output of 12 volts at 300 amps. That’s enough to wake up four- and six-cylinder cars, but not V8s or trucks. The JunoJUMPR can also charge smartphones or tablets via a less potent 2.1-amp USB port. Seen at Max Borges Agency Holiday Tech Showcase in NYC. #MBATechTheHalls
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The bem wireless Speaker Band lets you channel your inner Dick Tracy and answer phone calls from your wrist or simply stream music. The $50 unit, which can call out the Caller ID of an incoming call, links wirelessly to most Bluetooth-enabled smartphones or tablets. The Speaker Band, available in black, white, red, green, gray or light blue, has a six-hour battery which charges via a micro USB port. Seen at Max Borges Agency Holiday Tech Showcase for the media in New York. #MBATechTheHalls
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The winner and new tablet champion: The Samsung Galaxy Tab S? It’s definitely a contender with its Super AMOLED display—the first for a consumer tablet. Unlike an LCD pixel, which creates colors by filtering light from a white backlight, AMOLED pixels emit light themselves, thus allowing for richer colors.
The winner and new tablet champion: The Samsung Galaxy Tab S? It’s definitely a contender with its Super AMOLED display—the first for a consumer tablet. Unlike an LCD pixel, which creates colors by filtering light from a white backlight, AMOLED pixels emit light themselves, thus allowing for richer colors. The Samsung Mobile US Galaxy Tab S is thinner than an Apple iPad Air and its 2,560-by-1,600-pixel display is also sharper. The new 8.4- ($400) and 10.5-inch ($500) units can be preordered now.