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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 $149 Portal from Ignition Design Labs looks like a mild-mannered Wi-Fi router, but offers a bit more. Its FCC-approved technology keeps its signals from bumping into those of nearby routers and lets it use a much larger chunk of the Wi-Fi spectrum than most 5GHz routers. It sets up with a smartphone app which can monitor the network and grant or take away access to guest users. The Portal has four Ethernet ports and two USB ports and can be preordered now. CLICK THE PIC for more info.

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The Acer Switch Alpha 12 2-in-1 has a liquid cooling system which eliminates the need for a fan. Heat generated by the Intel i3U, i5 or i7 processor thermally pushes coolant to the edges, where it recirculates. The #Microsoft #Surface lookalike has a 12-inch, 2,160-by-1,440-pixel detachable touchscreen, up to 8GB of memory and up to 512GB of storage. A non-backlit keyboard is included (a backlit version is optional). The @aceramerica Switch Alpha 12 starts at $599 and arrives in June.

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A player piano with passion? The Steinway Spirio can digitally record every aspect of how a pianist plays it and reproduce the music with the same stroke, force and nuances as the artist. “It plays back exactly what I play, which is uncanny,” said noted British pianist Simon Mulligan at a demo at New York’s #Steinway Hall. With its app the @SteinwayAndSons #Spirio can also play music from Steinway’s archive, thus virtually bringing famous old recordings back to life. CLICK THE PIC for a vide...

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Can Pitney Bowes, a 96-year-old postage meter company, reinvent itself and flourish in the digital shipping age? The new Pitney Bowes Commerce Cloud seeks to prove that it can. From elegant web portals to a growing army of data scientists, the new cloud services aim to simplify life for @pitneybowes customers, especially with international shipping. Multiple shippers? No problem: The new SendPro streamlined shipping interface keeps things simple and consistent. #commercecloud #PitneyBowes

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Lose your glasses? No problem for the iHuman FindMe series of Bluetooth-enabled smart eyeglasses. Fire up the iHuman FindMe smartphone app and it can cause the glasses to buzz. If you’re too far to hear it, a warmer/colder meter will rise or fall as you get closer or farther to the glasses. Lose your phone? No problem. Push a tiny blue button on the glasses and your phone will ring. Spotted at the 2016 @visionexpo in New York. Prices start at about $220. #VisionExpo

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The Master Lock Bluetooth Smart Padlock can be opened wirelessly with a phone or tablet or by tapping out a code on its front panel rocker button. If the lock needs to be opened while you’re not around, you can grant temporary access to anyone with the @masterlock Vault eLocks app on their mobile device or send them a temporary button code. The Master Lock Bluetooth Smart Padlock comes in indoor (Model 4400, $70) and outdoor (Model 4401, $89) versions. #CES2016

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The tiny Earin Bluetooth wireless stereo earbuds deliver big, rich sound by using unique speaker technology and shapeable foam tips that fit snugly in the ear canal. An app lets users tweak bass and balance and monitor battery status. The charging capsule doubles as a carrying case for the 0.12-ounce Earin, which offers almost three hours of stereo listening per charge. What the $300 Earin doesn’t have is a microphone or lights. Seen at ShowStoppers press event at CES 2016 in Las Vegas. #CES...

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Now that’s cold: Keurig KOLD ($370) uses the same concept as @Keurig single-serve coffeemakers, but mixes cold drinks from genuine Coca-Cola to mojitos and margaritas. KOLD pods ($4.50 to $5 per four-pack) are different from coffee pods, but work the same way: Remove a freshness seal, place in the KOLD unit and press a button. Some pods have carbonation beads which release CO2 when cold water hits them. You’ll have to add your own hard liquor, but KOLD cocktail pods contain everything else.

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Paper PC Picks EXCLUSIVE: First look at The Enforcer. No, not Scott Jordan, founder of @scottevest; it’s the name of his new gadget-friendly jacket. It has a front pocket large enough for a MacBook or a Surface Pro 3 and lots of inside pockets, including a clear one for smartphones. Jordan previewed the Enforcer with SCOTTeVEST fans at Ben & Jack's Steakhouse in NYC. The Enforcer won’t be available until late December. Other products include a sports jacket, trench coat and *gasp* men’s boxe...

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The Roost 9V Smart Battery takes an existing smoke or CO2 detector and makes it “smart” enough to send alerts to a smartphone. The $35 lithium Roost is the same size as a standard 9V battery, but has a Wi-Fi adapter on the bottom which links to a home network. If the alarm goes off, the Wi-Fi adapter wakes up and sends an alert through the cloud to all linked smartphones and tablets. A free app monitors the battery’s status and lets users share smoke-alarm alerts with friends and neighbors.

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Finger-flickin’ good? The new neyya Bluetooth smart ring is easy to use, but quite sophisticated inside. Users can tap or swipe on its 25.5mm capacitive touchpad to start or end phone calls, click through presentations, launch Siri on an iPhone, control music, take handsfree selfies, control GoPro Hero or ROKU devices and perform other tasks. The neyya comes in three sizes and titanium ($129) or gold ($169) finishes. It offers vibrating notifications and its battery lasts three days per char...

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And they're off: The flagship NYC @microsoftstore opened at 677 Fifth Ave. at 53rd St. on Oct. 26. The Culture Wall, the huge video screen above the dancing @Microsoft employees, will show non-commercial art to the tourists and office workers below. The new @Microsoft Store, located just five blocks south of the 24-hour Apple Store at 767 Fifth Ave, is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day. #MicrosoftNYC

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The flagship @microsoft Store opens in New York Oct. 26 featuring the new Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 convertible laptops, the Band 2 wearable, a slew of Lumia smartphones and, oh yes, a @rockcenternyc Pitbull concert. The @microsoftstore at Fifth Ave. and 53rd St. has a Community Theater for events, an Answer Desk for all gadget questions (even Apple!) and a huge Culture Wall LED screen facing Fifth Ave. which will show non-commercial art. The finale: A midnight Halo 5: Guardians launch.

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Blackberry PRIV: Yes, a BlackBerry smartphone powered by Android! Instead of BlackBerry 10, which is secure, but lacking in apps, the $699 PRIV uses Google’s Android OS and secures it with encryption technology built into the hardware and software. BlackBerry’s DTEK app lets users secure Android apps to ensure private information isn’t leaked. The PRIV has a 5.4-inch touchscreen, a slide-out keyboard, 32GB of flash memory and an 18MP rear camera. The PRIV can be preordered now and ships Nov....

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The Darth Vader Mimopowerbot charger ($70) made an appearance at the tiny @mimoco booth at the recent New York Comic Con. The lithium ion charger has enough muscle (5200 mAh) to charge tablets as well as smartphones (5V, 2.1A). No, you can’t use “The Force,” but the 5.1-ounce unit comes with a Micro USB charging cable and an Apple Lightning adapter.

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Aiming to make a smart home smarter, iDevices launched three devices which can be controlled with an app or your voice. The Thermostat ($150), Switch ($60) and weatherproof Outdoor Switch (ready in November) use Apple’s HomeKit standard to communicate with each other. A single voice command like “I’m ready for bed” can turn off lights, lower the temperature and, using Schlage’s Sense deadbolt lock, lock the front door. The Switch, Thermostat and free iDevices iOS app will be available Sept. ...

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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 @hisenseusa 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 @nydailynews. #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 @primeratech Trio ($400) and @epsonamerica’s new line of EcoTank printers in today’s @nydailynews. 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 @SamsungMobileUS 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 #TheNextBigT...

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Tanks a lot! @epsonamerica 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 Septembe...

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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 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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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. #BackBeat1...

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CE Week NY, New York's own showcase of cool electronic wizardry, has arrived. CLICK THE PIC to read my preview in today's @nydailynews featuring products from @hewlettpackard @wowweeinc @AdlensEyewear @AltecWellPlayed and more. #CEWeek

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HP Goes 3D: Sprout by HP, a sophisticated @hewlettpackard 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) @asushq 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 in...

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