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    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 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. #CES2016

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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 INC; 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 boxers.

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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 charge.

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    And they're off: The flagship NYC Microsoft Store 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 Rockefeller Center Pitbull concert. The Microsoft Store 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. 6.

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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. 28.

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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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    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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    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.

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    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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