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    October 15, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Mom’s iPad

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    October 14, 2014
    The Windows Tablet That Costs Less Than Windows

    If you haven’t heard of the companies Emdoor or Ployer, don’t be alarmed.  They’re not well-known companies here in the United States, and they’re probably not all that well-known in their native China, but they did make waves at a recent technology show in Hong Kong where both companies announced that they’re going to put two Windows tablets on the market with one noteworthy bonus:  both laptops cost less than the price of buying Windows.  Not one, but two $65 tablets.

    The Emdoor I8170 is a 7-inch tablet, while the Ployer MOMO8 is an 8-inch tablet.  Of course, they’re $65 so they’re probably very, very far from the top of the line, but if you’re going to choose between a $65 Windows tablet and no tablet at all, well… that’s not much of a choice.  They’re powered by Intel Atom processors, though not the top of the line ones, and feature an impressive 16GB of onboard storage.  Of course, they only have 1 GB of RAM to speak of, so they’re not going to win any sprints or be able to do a whole lot at one time, but when you’re buying a tablet for less than the cost of a new video game, well… you take what you get.

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    October 3, 2014
    Fun Friday Videos: The Butt Test

    The Samsung Galaxy Note 4, like the iPhone 6 Plus, is a huge phone.  Well, by phone standards anyway.  It’s light and thin and looks pretty breakable, but as it turns out, where the iPhone bends and breaks, the Note 4 bends and retakes its shape.  Samsung put out a pretty impressive commercial detailing the Galaxy Note 4′s flexibility and strength, and it’s worth watching if only to see the giant rubber butt they use to bend-test the phone.

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    If you own a Samsung phablet, this is a reassuring video, definitely.  It’s amazing to think of how much weight something that small can withstand, and how much bend force it would take to bend the case.  If you’re an iPhone 6 Plus owner, well… I suggest you buy a really good phone case and avoid sitting with your new iDevice in your pocket, if at all possible.  Maybe keep it in a purse or briefcase, or at least a chest pocket.

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    October 1, 2014
    The iPad Gold

    One of the more successful ideas Apple had was to expand the range of color options for the iPhone.  After all, gray and white get old pretty quickly, especially when it’s all the color choices you have.  So when Apple rolled out gold as a color option, no doubt it helped the bottom line.  Now Apple is strongly considering a change of color for the venerable iPad, too.  That’s right, the next generation of iPad may come in gold.

    The next iPad, specifically the 9.7 inch model, isn’t officially announced yet, but most of these rumors end up being true once they make it out into the big wide world.  I don’t see why adding some color to the plastic molding process (or however Apple carves its iPad shells) won’t be a reasonable choice to make, given the success colors have.  Plus, people like choice.  The Henry Ford color choice conundrum–any color you want, so long as it’s black–won’t work for gray or silver, and it seems like a natural choice to expand the options.

    Of course, if you have enough plastic paint, you can make your iPad any color you want without damaging its usefulness.

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    September 30, 2014
    Microsoft 10: 12 Things To Know

    Microsoft is skipping a generation.  The company that jumped from Windows 98 to Windows XP is adding another confusing layer to its operating system naming system (kind of like how Apple names all its OSX updates after cats).  Microsoft 8 wasn’t a big success, so the company has decided to jump right past 9 and go straight to 10.  Microsoft has announced Microsoft 10, and here are 12 things you’ll need to know about it before it arrives.

    Interestingly, this announcement seemed aimed most at business customers, and focused on the productivity of Windows 10 and the way it would integrate touchscreen features with traditional computer interfaces in a more seamless way than Windows 8 did.  They also promise it will stretch across all form factors, from phones to desktops and everywhere in between, echoing Windows 8 promises but showing more of an awareness of just where they went wrong with the previous release, and what they would need to do to correct that.

    If they can actually make all this work in one OS (I remain skeptical) then they’ll really have something with Windows 10.  Then again, if it sounds too good to be true, I’ll just stick with Windows 7.

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    September 24, 2014
    The Bendable iPhone 6

    The iPhone 6 is bigger, lighter, thinner, and better than ever before, except for one key area.  As it turns out, a thin plastic phone isn’t much for absorbing damage, and that turns out to be the iPhone 6′s undoing.  Some iPhone 6 Plus phones are bending in the pockets of customers.  That’s not just hyperbole or urban legend, either.  People have been able to replicate the bending effect at home using their own iPhones (or with tester models for unboxing purposes).  Check out the video for yourself.

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    “Unfortunate, but under the pressure of my hands, it does bend quite significantly,” said Lewis Hilsenteger of Unbox Therapy, who bent the iPhone to his will using only his thumbs.

    Is it really possible that no one bothered to bend test the unit?  If someone can just bend it with two hands, I can only imagine what kind of trouble you could get into with having your iPhone in the same pocket as your keys by mistake.  That’s just asking to have the phone warped beyond all recognition.  It’s worth noting that the Galaxy Note 3, another big plastic phone, didn’t bend when put through the same testing wringer.

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    September 17, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: iOS8

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    September 16, 2014
    One Plane Full Of New iPhones

    Friday is the first day of delivery for the new iPhone 6, and there are already 4 million orders (or more) put in to receive one.  That’s going to require a lot of iPhones, and Apple is doing its best to get as many of them onto American shores before the big launch as they can.  Well, the airplanes are arriving in America, loaded down with iPhones from China, and it’s quite a sight.  Here’s what a plane loaded down with 195,000 iPhones looks like.

    That’s just one 747.  There are bigger planes out there, and they are also loaded down with iPhones, to the tune of some 30 big plane flights a day coming from China to the United States.  That’s all to get ready for one big day, driven by Apple’s latest device.  That’s a staggering amount of phones, and it still won’t be enough to satisfy all the preorders.  There’ll be people waiting until October for their iPhones, no doubt about it.

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    August 27, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Windows 1.0

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    August 22, 2014
    Windows 9 Coming September 30

    The future is the tablet.  The future is the touch screen.  The future is the smartphone.  None of these things (except maybe the touchscreen) are anything like a desktop computer.  If you want power, speed, reliability, ease of use… for the most part, that’s the desktop in a nutshell.  The tablet is a go-kart; the desktop is a full-sized car.  For the moment, it can do more, but it’s also a little harder to maintain.  That leads us to the newest “engine” on the computer market, from the biggest software company out there.  Microsoft Windows 9 is rumored to make its public debut on September 30.

    Of course, that’s all rumors for the moment, but it’s coming from The Verge, so it’s a pretty reliable rumor.  The above leaked screenshot is alleged to be Windows Threshold (the codename for Windows 9) in action.  It is believed that Windows 9 will offer both programs and live widgets, and will allow for users to run apps in resizable windows, rather than making them full-screen.  The popular voice-powered live assistant Cortana, currently living on Windows phones, is expected to make the trip over to the desktop side, as well.

    All in all, it looks like a more desktop-friendly OS, after Windows 8′s attempt to marry the smartphone and desktop operating systems was panned so widely by desktop users.  Still, Cortana will be fun, assuming you have a microphone and can talk to your computer.

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