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Cricut Joy Xtra: Now Cut That Out!
Now Cut That Out! The @Cricut Joy Xtra smart cutting machine cuts more than 50 materials and can write, sketch and transfer foil with special pens and markers. It can even cut out sophisticated holiday cards and decorations. With Cricut’s Design Space app, users can edit stock designs or create their own from scratch. Need ideas? Cricut has a large community of helpful followers. CLICK THE PIC or the LINK to read more in my weekly Digimentors Tech Tip in Sree's Sunday Note. @sreetips
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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Black+Decker Kitchen Wand: Slim & Versatile
The 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. CLICK THE PIC or LINK for more. #Pepcom
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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Binatone MaskFone & Omron Healthcare VitalSight - User Friendly Health Tech
Simple health tech like the MaskFone by Binatone, a face mask with built-in wireless earbuds and a microphone, and Omron Healthcare's VitalSight, an easy-to-use remote patient monitoring system that sends blood pressure data to doctors in real time, are making pandemic life a little easier. Both were featured at the recent virtual CES consumer electronics showcase. More in my weekly Tech Tip in former NYC Chief Digital Officer Sree Sreenivasan’s popular Sunday Note. CLICK THE PIC to read.
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Microsoft Surface Laptop Go: Ready for Era of Zoom
The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go fits in with the era of Zoom and social distancing. Its Intel Core i5 processor is enough for work/school tasks like web browsing, word processing and e-mail and its 12.4-inch, 1,536-by-1,024-pixel touchscreen, 720p video camera, dual microphones and Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 6 support can handle videoconferencing—but not gaming. The slim, 2.45-lb. unit comes with Windows 10 S (switchable to Windows 10 Pro) and USB-A and USB-C ports. Starts at $550. CLICK THE PIC.
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Apple iPhone 12 mini: Maxi Power, Moderate Price
The Apple iPhone 12 mini packs a lot of cyber muscle into a tight package at a rather moderate price—for an iPhone. It has the same powerful A14 Bionic processor, 12MP wide and ultrawide rear cameras and selfie camera, 4K video capability, 5G data compatibility and other key features as the larger iPhone 12. You’ll just have to preview your nifty photos and snazzy videos on a 5.4-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display instead the 6.1-inch screen on the iPhone 12. Starts at $699; preorders Nov. 6.
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Lume Cube Panel Mini
The credit-card-size Lume Cube Panel Mini looks like a generic LED light panel, but is actually a sophisticated, moderately powerful lighting unit for photos and Zoom videos. Brightness of the rechargeable, 60-LED unit adjusts from 1% to 100% and color temperature can be set from 3200K (tungsten lightbulb) to 5600K (daylight). The $60 Panel Mini has two tripod sockets and an LCD readout and comes with a camera shoe adapter and a diffuser. CLICK THE PIC for more. #LumeCube #LitByLume @LumeCube2
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Acer ConceptD 3 Ezel Laptop
The double-jointed Acer ConceptD 3 Ezel laptop lets artists and other creatives adjust its display to a wide range of positions. The 14- or 15.6-inch, 1,920-by-1,080-pixel touchscreen supports the full range of Pantone colors and works with the optional Acer Active Stylus, which supports 4,096 levels of pressure. The ConceptD 3 Ezel starts at $1,500 and comes with a white metal chassis, an Intel Core i5 or i7 CPU and up to 16GB of memory. CLICK THE PIC. @Intel @AcerAmerica
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Amazon Fire HD 8 & Fire HD 8 Plus
Amazon Fire HD 8 & Fire HD 8 Plus: Amazon’s new Fire tablets have more processor muscle and storage than older units but have the same size and screen resolution. Both have 8-inch, 1,280-by-800 dpi displays, 2GHz quad-core processors, 2MP front/back cameras capable of 720p video, 12-hour batteries and USB-C charging/data ports. The Fire HD 8 (32GB storage $89.99; 64GB $119.99) has 2GB of RAM; the Fire HD 8 Plus (32GB $109.99; 64GB $139.99) adds wireless charging and has 3GB of RAM. CLICK THE PIC
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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Smartphone Features Seamless Folding Screen
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, the company’s second smartphone with a folding screen, promises a shirt-pocket size (and expensive!) leap in mobile display technology. The #Galaxy Z #Flip’s footprint is 2.9 by 3.4 inches folded but opens up to show a seamless 6.7-inch screen that can be used alone or as two stacked, independent displays. The $1,380 unit has the Android 10 OS, a 1.1-inch notification screen on the outside, 10/12 MP front/rear cameras and takes 4K video. On sale 2/14/20. CLICK THE PIC.
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Facebook’s New Portal, Portal Mini & Portal TV Video Calling Devices
Facebook took over a New York townhouse to show off how the new generation of Facebook Portal video calling devices can connect users to their families, work, music, remote cooking classes and other online services. The 8-inch Portal Mini ($129) and 10-inch Portal ($179) desktop screens and $149 Portal TV camera can call Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp users and offer a web browser and handful of apps. CLICK THE PIC for more info.
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Anker Adds Color to PowerCore & PowerWave Chargers
Anker Technology’s colorful new mobile device chargers don’t just look good; some also have the tactile feel of fabric. PowerCore power banks and PowerWave wireless chargers now come in colors like indigo, white, green, rose and coral; a selection which lets users select “gear that matches their personal aesthetic,” said Anker CEO Steven Yang at a New York press event. You’ll have to wait until January for some colors, but all can be preordered now. CLICK THE PIC. #AnkerOnBoard #UseAnkerInstead
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Microsoft Surface Neo and Surface Duo: Are Dual Screens Worth Waiting For?
Microsoft’s new twin-screened Surface Neo laptop/tablet and pocket-sized Surface Duo have lots in common—including one-year waits before you can buy them. The Surface Neo’s 9-inch displays and Surface Duo’s 5.6-inch screens can be used alone or combined into divided 13- and 8.3-inch touchscreens respectively. The Windows 10X-based Surface Neo works with Surface Pen styli and a nifty flip-over keyboard while the Surface Duo can make calls and runs Android (no, not Windows Mobile). #MicrosoftEvent
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Ear You Go: PuroGamer Headphones by Puro Sound Labs
The new PuroGamer volume-limited headphones by Puro Sound Labs lets archrivals trash talk with full clarity while protecting their eardrums. The $80 unit limits volume to the 85dB maximum suggested by federal standards, but Puro’s audio technology and the unit’s boom mic, 50mm graphene drivers and noise-isolating ear cushions maintain studio-grade music and voice fidelity at all volumes, said a @purosound representative at the #Pepcom Holiday Spectacular press-only product preview. CLICK the PIC
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Carnival Caribbean Princess Cruise Ship Goes High Tech
To unplug or not to unplug? The Caribbean Princess cruise ship gives geeks and Luddites the choice thanks to its new high-tech, but optional MedallionClass services, said John Padgett, Carnival Corp. chief experience and innovation officer. Travelers receive tiny, wearable electronic ID medallions which serve as cabin keys and personal locators. When guests order food or drinks with a mobile app or at a kiosk, the OceanMedallion allows servers to find them if they walk around. @carnivalcruise
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Native Union Marquetry Edition Dock and Drop Wireless Chargers
The handsome Marquetry Edition wireless chargers from Native Union do a good job of standing out from their competition by blending in with home and office decor. The upright Dock ($120) has two charging coils, allowing users to charge phones in portrait or landscape orientation, while the single-coil Drop ($70) lies flat. Both are clad in three pieces of black or rose leather and both offer up to 10 watts of Qi-standard charging. CLICK THE PIC for more information. @nativeunion
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Samsung Galaxy Note10 and Note 10+
The Samsung Galaxy Note10 and Note10+ push the muscle-phone envelope closer to the breaking point with impressive new pro-grade video, photo, 3D capture and augmented reality capabilities. The 6.3-inch Note 10 (from $949 w/LTE or $1,049 w/5G) and 6.8-inch Note10+ ($1,099/$1,299 ) have an updated S-Pen smart stylus which can take photos, control camera settings and float through games with hand gestures. Even Harry Potter’s wand is supported. On sale Aug. 23. #GalaxyNote10 #SamsungEvent #Unpacked
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Como Audio SpeakEasy Stereo System with Google Assistant
The Como Audio SpeakEasy Stereo System combines Google Assistant voice tech and Bluetooth with vintage tech: audio wire. The “world's first voice-activated smart speaker system in real two-channel stereo" combines the SpeakEasy voice-controllable Internet radio with the wired SpeakEasy Speaker. Wiring the speakers results in truer stereo and one less wireless device on a network, said CEO Tom DeVesto. The $399 system is now $249 (or $499 with @comoaudio Turntable) on Indiegogo. CLICK THE PIC.
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ROKiT Launches Smartphones with Glasses-Free 3D: IO PRO 3D & IO 3D
Wait... Reasonably priced smartphones with built-in glasses-free 3D? Yes, real 3D. The ROKiT IO PRO 3D ($300) and IO 3D ($200), launched at a Los Angeles press event, come with the growing ROKFLiX 3D movie library plus something unique in affordable smartphones: Low-cost health, legal, roadside assistance and other life services. Oh, and they’re pretty good dual-SIM, unlocked #Android 8.1 phones, too. Sold at Walmart and rokit.com. CLICK THE PIC for more info. #NowYourPhoneCan #3D @walmart
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Samsung Galaxy Fold: An Expensive Gamble?
Samsung Galaxy Fold: High-priced gamble? Samsung’s folding smartphone/tablet combines two displays, six cameras and two batteries in a unit that will fill pockets and empty wallets. Will prospective buyers know when to hold ‘em (tablet with 7.3-inch “Infinity Flex” display), know when to fold ‘em (4.6-inch skinny cover screen), know when to walk away and (wait for it…) know when to run ($1,980 price)? Time and competition from other smartphone makers will tell. #GalaxyFold @samsungUS #Unpacked
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Tech Trends for 2019: The Network Journal
So what’s coming in consumer tech in 2019? Read my overview in The Network Journal. In 2019 you can expect major advances in voice assistants like Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Microsoft Cortana, new smartphones with sophisticated cameras, astounding 8K TVs and affordable 4K TVs, fast 5G smartphones and more. CLICK THE PIC to read the full story. #CES2019 @thenetworkjournal
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Como Audio Turntable Streams Music from Records via Bluetooth
The Como Audio Turntable takes vinyl record collections back to the future wirelessly. The Turntable, designed by Como Audio CEO Tom DeVesto, who has a long history of creating premium analog and digital audio products, has ports for wires and a built-in preamp but can also stream music from 33- and 45-rpm records wirelessly via Bluetooth to devices like Como Audio’s Solo Internet radio, shown here with Ambiente speakers. Seen at 2019 International CES. #BacktotheFuture #CES2019 #ShowStoppers
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Ion Audio Mustang Stereo & Charge Time Featured at #CES2019
The Ion Audio Mustang Stereo AM/FM radio and Bluetooth stereo speaker tips its cap to the 1965 Ford Mustang muscle sports car. The unit has twin 3-inch speakers and evokes the look of the Mustang’s classic dashboard. The @ionaudio Charge Time stereo alarm clock looks like a simple wooden table radio but is also a stereo Bluetooth speaker and has a wireless mobile phone charger on top. It also has a microphone, which allows it to be used as a speakerphone. #BacktotheFuture at #CES2019
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ROKiT Glasses-free 3D Smartphones Coming in 2019
ROKiT glasses-free 3D smartphones: Wait... Unlocked, dual-SIM Android smartphones with “naked eye 3D” screens, bundled telemedicine and other services for under $300? That’s what ROKiT, uniform sponsors of the @nba @houstonrockets aims to launch in 2019, said ROK Brands co-founder Jonathan Kendrick. The 3D is so real this writer caught himself trying to thumb away a snake that seemed to be wiggling out of the screen. The 3D screens will be in the $275 ROKiT Pro IO 3D and the $170 ROKiT IO 3D.
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ROKiT Glasses-free 3D Smartphones Coming in 2019
ROKiT glasses-free 3D smartphones: Wait... Unlocked, dual-SIM Android smartphones with “naked eye 3D” screens, bundled telemedicine and other services for under $300? That’s what ROKiT, uniform sponsors of the @nba @houstonrockets aims to launch in 2019, said ROK Brands co-founder Jonathan Kendrick. The 3D is so real this writer caught himself trying to thumb away a snake that seemed to be wiggling out of the screen. The 3D screens will be in the $275 ROKiT Pro IO 3D and the $170 ROKiT IO 3D.
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No Secret: Spy Museum Reveals New Home
A dragonfly drone built in the 1970s? A Palm PDA which led to a spy’s downfall? They’ll have new homes when the International Spy Museum of Washington D.C. opens its new building in 2019. Aside from exhibits like a lifelike mask that can be pulled on in five seconds, the museum highlights the people behind key intelligence efforts which influenced history. The @intlspymuseum collection was boosted last year by a donation of 5,000 rare intelligence-related items by board member H. Keith Melton.
LG Watch W7: Look ma, two hands! LG’s hybrid Google Wear OS smartwatch has two real hands in addition to a 1.2-inch touchscreen. Hands in the way? Push a button and the hands snap flat so you can read notifications. The hands are also used in altimeter, barometer, stopwatch, timer and compass modes. The $450 unit, developed with Swiss watchmaker Soprod SA, supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity and can run 100 days on a charge in mechanical watch-only mode with smart features disabled. @lgusa Barometer, 100 Days, Mechanical Watch, Smartwatch, Breitling Watch, Two Hands, Compass
LG Watch W7: Look ma, two hands!
LG Watch W7: Look ma, two hands! LG’s hybrid Google Wear OS smartwatch has two real hands in addition to a 1.2-inch touchscreen. Hands in the way? Push a button and the hands snap flat so you can read notifications. The hands are also used in altimeter, barometer, stopwatch, timer and compass modes. The $450 unit, developed with Swiss watchmaker Soprod SA, supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity and can run 100 days on a charge in mechanical watch-only mode with smart features disabled. @lgusa