Windows File History – An Inexpensive Insurance Policy
Feb27

Windows File History – An Inexpensive Insurance Policy

Windows has always had some type of backup, but those backups haven’t always been easy or reliable, so Carbonite, Mozy, and other backup services have proliferated. With the release of Windows 10, however, Microsoft has finally given us a truly useful backup. In Windows 10, Microsoft added new backup options, but kept several older ones as well. Unfortunately, Microsoft hasn’t put all the backup options in one place, making it a...

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IBM’s Watson Dons a Suit and Tie
Feb16

IBM’s Watson Dons a Suit and Tie

Watson gets down to business In 2011 IBM’s supercomputer won a game of Jeopardy against two of Jeopardy’s greatest champions. That brought the name IBM’s Watson to the forefront of the computer world. That was, however, just the beginning. Watson’s story is both fast-moving and unique. Watson Gets in Shape After the Jeopardy win, IBM got down to business. Watson lost weight and gained muscle just as if he were in training. After...

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HDR Brings Movie Cinematography into the Home
Feb09

HDR Brings Movie Cinematography into the Home

Since the introduction of hi-definition television, we’ve seen a lot of changes. With big hoopla, we’ve gone all the way from 720p to 4K. Manufacturers have improved the picture quality by increasing the number of pixels on the screen and improving the screen’s refresh rate. This resulted in a slightly improved picture quality. Now, technology, called HDR (High Dynamic Range) has found a way to dramatically improve the picture quality...

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Apple’s AirPods Bring Wireless to New Heights
Feb05

Apple’s AirPods Bring Wireless to New Heights

Just as Apple ushered in a new era in cell phones with the iPhone, Apple is using their new AirPods to usher in a new era in wireless headsets. Up until now, most so-called wireless headsets had a cable connecting the two ear pieces to sync the audio. Apple’s New Approach Apple’s approach is quite different. There are no cables. Each earbud is totally wireless. Apple’s new custom-designed W1 chip is how Apple performs their magic....

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Get a Glimpse of the Future with Google Canary
Jan26

Get a Glimpse of the Future with Google Canary

Did you know that Google has a version of the Chrome browser called “Google Canary”? You’ve probably heard about the “canary in a coal mine”. Miners used to bring caged canaries with them into the mines to test the quality of the underground air. If the canary dropped dead, the miners knew that the air had dangerous levels of carbon monoxide and they should leave immediately. Well Google Canary is true to its name. It is a bleeding...

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Google Pixel Smartphone Review
Jan23

Google Pixel Smartphone Review

The Google Pixel smartphone is Google’s new flagship product. Although it was built by HTC, it was designed by Google and as such, it has several unique features. Design The Pixel follows the popular rectangular design. From the front, the 5.6 x 2.7 x 0.2 ~ 0.3 inch Pixel is almost indistinguishable from several other phones. Its metal uni-body has slightly curved edges making it easier to grip than many others (think iPhone!) Kudos...

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Microsoft’s Surface Studio has Enticing Features
Jan16

Microsoft’s Surface Studio has Enticing Features

With their all-new  Surface Studio, Microsoft takes a stab at the artistic world that has always been dominated by Apple. This new all-in-one desktop has a serious set of specs. The Surface Studio is aimed at artists, illustrators, animators, photo editors, and designers. The Surface Studio is unlike any other product in the Microsoft’s Surface lineup. It is a 28-inch touchscreen desktop PC that can be folded on a 20-degree angle to...

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Sony PlayStation VR – A First-class Reality Show
Jan12

Sony PlayStation VR – A First-class Reality Show

Many experts have dubbed 2017 as the year of Virtual Reality and it will certainly be off to a rocking start with the wildly popular Sony’s PlayStation VR. Sony couldn’t keep enough in stock to meet the demand for Christmas but restocking should get them off in a grand manner for 2017. The attraction of the PlayStation VR is that it gives the millions of PlayStation 4 owners a fairly inexpensive way to get into virtual reality as well...

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CES 2017 – Major Companies Dominate the Show
Jan11

CES 2017 – Major Companies Dominate the Show

Every year about this time in Las Vegas, more than 150,000 people gather at CES, the largest technology trade show in the world. This year’s CES 2017 had more than 3,800 exhibiting companies. But this year there is a palatable difference in the exhibitors who are excited about new products. As usual there are start-ups, but there are also more big names with breakout products than I ever expected. One example is Whirlpool who...

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Amazon Echo Dot – A Small Device with a Lot of Punch
Jan02

Amazon Echo Dot – A Small Device with a Lot of Punch

They say that good things come in small packages and the Amazon Echo Dot proves that old adage true.  It is a small device, approximately 3 ¼” around and 1 ½” tall. Dot looks like an over-sized hockey puck. It comes in black or white and you can purchase skins to change its looks. Quite simply, the Dot is a small digital device that packs a lot into its small footprint. If you are aware of the Amazon Echo, which answers to the name...

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