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Cool tech products spotted at press conferences and product showcases by noted tech journalist Robert S. Anthony, editor, Stadium Circle Features. Instagram…
Microsoft asks a simple question. My reply gets lots of Twitter buzz. Thanks!
Recently @microsoft asked a simple question on Twitter: "Age yourself by telling us the first Microsoft product you ever used." My reply: "Microsoft OS in my @radioshack TRS-80 Model 100 laptop purchased around 1985." Microsoft's reply: "Amazed. 😮" The result? Well, take a look. I'm surprised myself at the number of impressions and likes. You can follow me on Twitter at the same handle as I have here on Pinterest: @newyorkbob CLICK THE LINK to see the tweet.
Glitz & Gadgets: A Dispatch from CES in Las Vegas
Yes, #CES2023 is over, but the fun begins now as cool products shown in Las Vegas make their way to consumers. See my @CES 2023 roundup in this week’s Sree’s Sunday Note, featuring clever products such as @mybirdbuddy’s smart bird feeder which IDs birds with AI, @mybravahome's smart oven which cooks with light only, Sony Honda Mobility’s AFEELA electric vehicle, @urbanistalife’s solar-powered earbuds and more. CLICK THE PIC OR LINK for Glitz & Gadgets: A Dispatch from CES in Las Vegas.
CES 2023 Revs Up to Full Speed, But...
For two years CES, formerly called the Consumer Electronics Show, limped along in watered-down forms, but for #CES 2023 the hugs and handshakes—or at least fist bumps and waves—are back. But #CES2023 will be different than the last full in-person show in 2020 and it remains to be seen if that will be a good or bad thing. With possibly 100,000 attendees and 3,000 exhibitors, it will still be a gigantic show. CLICK THE PIC to read my take at The Paper PC. And subscribe if you like.
Withings ScanWatch Horizon Health Hybrid Smartwatch
The @Withings ScanWatch Horizon “health hybrid smartwatch” looks like a standard analog diving watch but offers an array of sophisticated health and workout features, including a blood oxygen sensor and a medically validated electrocardiogram sensor. The $500 #smartwatch also has a GPS receiver, altimeter and step counter and an electronic readout that can display text messages, notifications and other information. CLICK THE LINK to read more in my weekly #TechTip in Sree’s Sunday Note. #Pin300
Amazon Fire 7 & Amazon Fire 7 Kids Color Tablets
Amazon’s new Fire 7 tablet, the first refresh since 2019, has a more powerful MediaTek processor, an updated graphics chip and more RAM, but still claims better battery life. Screen resolution is the same at 1,024 by 600 pixels. The @amazon Fire 7 (16GB RAM, $60; 32GB RAM $80) and Fire 7 Kids (16GB RAM, $110; 32GB RAM, $130), which adds a protective case plus a one-year Amazon Kids+ subscription, will be available June 29. CLICK THE PIC for more info in my weekly Tech Tip in Sree’s Sunday Note.
Canon EOS R7 & EOS R10: Top-Level Camera Features, Lower Price
The Canon EOS R7 and EOS R10 mirrorless digital cameras are good news for photogs seeking the features of the popular EOS-R series at a lower price. Instead of full-frame sensors, the EOS R7 (32MP) and EOS R10 (24MP) have smaller APS-C sensors, which cuts costs and allows them to use smaller, lighter lenses. The RF-S18-45mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM and RF-S18-150mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM are the first of @CanonUSA's RF-S lenses for APS-C sensors. CLICK THE PIC for more info in my Tech Tip in Sree’s Sunday Note.
Black+Decker Kitchen Wand: Slim & Versatile
The new Black+Decker Kitchen Wand takes up very little space but performs many tasks usually handled by larger devices. The variable-speed, cordless motor unit has a built-in rechargeable battery and can accept a variety of attachments, including a milk frother, can opener, salt-and-pepper grinder, wine opener, whisk and immersion blender. The @blackanddecker Kitchen Wand ($200 with six attachments: $130 with three; $99 with one) comes in red, black or gray and will reach stores in July. #Pepcom
Lovely Smart Rings by Circular, Movano & Ōura
Valentine's Day might be the perfect time to put a ring on it—on your own finger—if you want to monitor your health with one of the new sensor-laden #smartrings from Circular, Movano and Ōura. All are lightweight, connect wirelessly with free mobile apps and do a heartwarming job of masquerading as no-tech jewelry. CLICK THE LINK to read more in my weekly #TechTip in Sree’s Sunday Note.
Sony's SUV Surprise at CES 2022
Could your next car be a Sony? Possibly, but you’ll have to wait a bit. Even Sony doesn’t know yet. Read more at The Paper PC: CES 2022: Sony's Electric SUV Surprise CLICK THE PIC OR LINK #CES2022 #CES #Sony #SonyCES
Will Sony and Canon pull out of CES 2022? Maybe.
Will Sony and Canon pull out of CES 2022? Maybe. Their booths have suddenly disappeared from the CES exhibitor directory. CLICK THE PIC to read more at The Paper PC. @sonyelectronics @CanonUSA #CES #CES2022 #omicron #covid19
Sony Xperia PRO-I Android 5G Smartphone
The Sony Xperia PRO-I Android 5G smartphone is a pro-grade still/video camera that also makes calls. It has a dedicated shutter button, a camera-size Exmor image sensor; three dual-aperture (F2.0/F4.0) cameras, Zeiss Tessar optics and phase-detection and eye-tracking autofocus. The @sonyelectronics unit takes 4K videos at 120fps, has a 6.5-inch 4K HDR 120Hz OLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. List: $1,800. CLICK THE LINK for possible discounts.
Microsoft Surface Pro 8
The new @microsoft Surface Pro 8 convertible offers 40% more processing muscle and 74% faster graphics than the Surface Pro 7. It has a quad-core Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, a 13-inch, 120Hz screen and up to 1TB of storage and 32GB of RAM. Two Thunderbolt 4 ports provide fast data and video connectivity. The Surface Slim Pen 2 ($130) provides tactile feedback and stores and charges in the #Surface Pro Signature Keyboard ($200). Starts at $1,099. CLICK THE LINK for possible discounts.
LG Says Goodbye to Mobile Phones
LG’s exit from the smartphone market leaves behind a legacy of cool, clever devices—which apparently didn’t sell. From the swiveling, dual-screen LG Wing to the snap-on second display of the LG V60 ThinQ 5G Dual Screen, LG’s lineup often included innovative units which set themselves apart. Others have caught up, but LG was one of the first to add telephoto and wide-angle lenses to smartphone cameras. LG’s departure should be good news for sales stragglers like Sony and challengers like OnePlus.
OnePlus 9 5G & OnePlus 9 Pro 5G
The OnePlus 9 5G and OnePlus 9 Pro 5G offer sharp, big screens, powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processors and Hasselblad-designed cameras that hold up well against Samsung and Apple smartphones. The One Plus 9 5G has a flat 6.55-inch display while the curved 6.7-inch screen on the OnePlus 9 Pro 5G has game-friendly tech that adjusts its refresh rate from 1Hz-120Hz. Both offer OxygenOS, OnePlus’s enhanced version of Android 11. CLICK THE PIC to read more in Sree’s Sunday Note. @oneplusmobile