Apple’s Next 30 Years

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After celebrating the 30th anniversary of the MacintoshApple looks to the next three decades with its brand new short film “1.24.14.”

Shot on iPhones all across the globe in a single day, the piece highlights the fulfillment of the Mac’s promise back in 1984: to put technology in the hands of the people. Stay tuned for more from Apple throughout the year as rumors suggest everything from an updated Apple TV to a redesigned – and larger – iPad and the tech giant’s very own 4K Ultra-HD television could be on the way to consumers in the very near future.

Microsoft’s New CEO

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Long rumored, Satya Nadella’s appointment as Microsoft‘s new CEO is now official. Credited with the growth of Microsoft Business Services – whose revenue has increased from $1.5 billion USD to over $5 billion USD in just five year’s time – and leading the company in the direction of cloud services with a focus on products like the Xbox, Microsoft Office and Bing, Nadella now leaves his position of Executive Vice President of Cloud and Enterprise for both CEO and a role on the Board of Directors – a move that’s expected to coincide with increased involvement from founder Bill Gates. In looking forward, Nadella stated in an internal email to Microsoft employees:

I believe over the next decade computing will become even more ubiquitous and intelligence will become ambient. The coevolution of software and new hardware form factors will intermediate and digitize — many of the things we do and experience in business, life and our world. This will be made possible by an ever-growing network of connected devices, incredible computing capacity from the cloud, insights from big data, and intelligence from machine learning.

Facebook Paper

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At the heart of it, Facebook has turned into a kind of news site for friends. The problem is, a lot of people’s friends are boring, leaving the Facebook news feed roundup feeling more like a bad habit than an actual beneficial experience. Recognizing this, Mark Zuckerberg’s triumphant tech behemoth is set to embark on its newest chapter: Facebook Paper.

Fujifilm X-T1

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Fujifilm has finally debuted its upcoming X-T1 mirrorless camera. The successor to Fujifilm’s X-E2, the X-T1 boasts a weather-sealed, die-cast magnesium body and houses an APS-C 16.3 megapixel sensor. In lieu of traditional digital viewfinders, the X-T1 comes with an OLED viewfinder with a lag of just .005 for a more lifelike experience.

Designed to appeal to photographer who find themselves in the outdoors often, the camera is designed to keep out water and dirt and can operate at temperatures as low as -10°C. Sturdy design aside, the camera includes built-in WiFi and smartphone connectivity for remote controlling. The X-T1 will be launching mid-February with a starting price of $1,299 USD for just the body.

LaCie FUEL

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For those on the market for a mobile storage device to expand the limited capacity of their iPad (or any mobile devices for that matter) the LaCie Fuel is a viable option.

Physically, the drive looks something like a cross between a standard external hard drive and a DVD drive – somewhere between the two in size.  With just one port, a Micro-USB 3.0 port, the port can be used for charging with the included USB cable and power adapter, or to connect the device to a computer. When connected to a computer, apart from charging, the Fuel will now work as a portable bus-powered hard drive.

Epson Second Gen Moverio Glasses

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Epson has announced the follow up to its Moverio BT-100 augmented reality glasses, which were released in Japan towards the end of 2011. The BT-200 smart glasses are reported to be 60 percent lighter than the previous generation, and include a host of new features aimed at changing how customers experience the world at large, and delivered entertainment.

The Moverio BT-200 is a system comprising two parts – the glasses and a control unit. The glasses feature a tiny LCD-based projection lens system and optical light guide installed left and right, which project digital content onto a transparent virtual display at 960 x 540 resolution in the center if the wearer’s field of view. The system is set up so that other folks can’t see what’s on the user’s virtual 16:9 aspect screen.

Ninja Sphere

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Wouldn’t it be nice to have a digital house elf that handles the operation of all your various electronic devices? That’s what the Ninja Sphere aims to be, a one stop intelligent hub designed to add your various household devices to the Internet of Things. Like other home automation systems, such asRevolv, Ninja Sphere can monitor and allow the remote control of connected devices, but offers expanded capabilities with its gesture control interface and the ability to map the location of devices in the home in real time.

 Ninja Sphere was created by Sydney-based company, Ninja Blocks, which released its namesake product in 2011. Not unlike Twine, Ninja Blocks are wireless sensors that connect to a home network and allow electronic devices to be controlled remotely or triggered automatically in response to environmental factors. Ninja Sphere takes things further, with the system consisting of a sleek dome-like unit called a Spheramid, which features an LED matrix that can display information.

AT&T CLP99393

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This post brought to you by Advanced American Telephones. All opinions are 100% mine.

About two years ago, we cut our landline at home. The reason?  The cost to benefit ratio: it was just way too expensive for the amount of use we got out of it.  Plus most people use their cell phones for all their calls, right? Well, yes and no. My wife still wanted a home line so that she did not use up our bucket of minutes on our AT&T mobile plan with her almost daily chats with her mom. So we got Vonage VoiP home service at their non-public $9.99 a month plan and she bought this HUGE old school 1989 brick landline phone to connect to it.  But here’s the thing: I NEVER used the home line – I’m always on my smartphone.

TV On The Go

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This post brought to you by Bright House Networks. All opinions are 100% ours.

Mobile devices have become ubiquitous with everyday life. Everyone from elementary school kids to senior citizens owns a mobile phone or a tablet. And going mobile isn’t limited to being out-and-about.  Most of us use our devices in the home (to email, text and/or stream video/music).  The fact of the matter is, we have become a mobile society.

Realizing this is no longer a phenomena but a way of life, cable companies won’t force you to watch TV on your TV. Take Bright House Networks for instance. Their Bright House Networks TV (BHTV) is both a free app and a website. You can use it to view live HD programming anywhere in or around your home (using WiFi) on your iPad, iPhone, most Android devices and your computer. You can also view an on-screen guide that shows the programming available on your television set and schedule a recording to be saved to your Bright House Networks DVR, if you have one. In other words, you can Make Any Room a TV Room!

Sony USM-SA1 Flash Drive

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Even with a microSD card installed, snapping a new photo every few minutes or regularly adding to your mobile music or video library can soon eat up the available storage on your smartphone or tablet. You could dig through the box of cables to offload some files to a computer, or even use Wi-Fi or Bluetooth for your transfer needs, but now Sony has come up with another option. Its latest USB flash drives have a full size USB connector at one end and a micro-USB plug at the other.

Available in either 8, 16 or 32 GB capacities, the teeny flash drives can either be plugged into a full size USB 2.0 port on a Windows or Mac computer or laptop, or the cap at the other end removed and the micro-USB connector used to hook up the drive to a smartphone or tablet. The cap locks to allow for plugging and unplugging, while protecting the micro-USB plug from damage, and comes in a choice of three colors.

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