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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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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Top Tech Devices from 2016
Jan01

Top Tech Devices from 2016

High tech products just keep getting better and better. This year was an especially wonderful year for impressive devices of all different types. So here are just a few of the most popular tech devices from 2016. Smartphones, very popular tech devices, reached a peak this year with three different manufacturer’s offering their best phones ever: Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge The Samsung Galaxy S7’s have great OLED screens. The larger...

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Oculus Rift – The Future is Here
Dec29

Oculus Rift – The Future is Here

If you want the best virtual reality experience currently available, look no further than the Oculus Rift. This device was developed by Palmer Luckey and subsequently was purchased and is promoted by Facebook. The current Gear VR and PlayStation look like first steps in virtual reality compared to the experience you get with the Rift. The Rift comes in an elegant black box. From the box to the product itself, everything proclaims...

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Google Chromecast Audio – Inexpensive & Useful
Dec19

Google Chromecast Audio – Inexpensive & Useful

Chromecast Audio is a fairly new offering in the Chromecast device lineup. It lets you stream audio without wires. In fact, it can turn your old speakers, radios, and boom boxes into Wifi enabled speakers. Design The Chromecast Audio is a small black circular device about 2 inches around and approximately ½ inch thick. The fact that it is an audio only device is indicated by the black grooved top that looks similar to a vinyl record...

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New Google Hardware Makes a Splash this Season
Dec15

New Google Hardware Makes a Splash this Season

Google’ New Assistant CEO Sundar Pichai kicked off the new Google hardware launch with the promise of a Google Assistant that can handle a two-way conversation and which would become a unique Google Assistant for each user. He promoted the Google Assistant’s AI interface as the current big shift in technology, equal to the PC of the 1980’s, the introduction of the web in the 90’s, and the Mobile computing breakthrough in the mid...

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Google Home Makes Its Debut
Nov10

Google Home Makes Its Debut

Google is going head-to-head with Amazon. The new Google Home device is pretty much a copy of the Amazon Echo that we reviewed last year. This makes for an interesting battle as these two major companies duke it out in the artificial intelligence home platform. Design While the Amazon Echo is a 9” tall, 3” round black cylinder, the Google Home device is a bit shapelier. It is 5 ½” tall, shaped like a room freshener about 4” round at...

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