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Qi Chargers

7 Best Qi Wireless Chargers

So many phones are now coming with wireless charging. On top of this, it’s pretty clear which wireless standard is going to be the main one from now on: Qi wireless charging. So that means that now might be a good time to get on the wireless charging train for your Qi-enabled phone. Question is what’s the best wireless charger? From ones that look great, to ones that are portable (set your phone down on this stone-like charger to have it charge is a cool feature, no?), to ones that can swivel to hold the phone upright, there are a lot …

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Surface Laptop and Matching Mouse

What You Need to Know About Windows 10S (& Why It’s a Good Idea for Microsoft)

Alongside the beautiful new Surface Laptop from yesterday, Microsoft also unveiled a new version of Windows that it will initially run called Windows 10 S (S for Student? S for Streamlined? No idea.). At first glance, this new Windows version seems like a new version of the much hated Windows RT from not too long ago, but it’s at least not that bad. Here’s a quick rundown of how Windows 10 S compares to Windows. It Can’t Run Apps That Aren’t in the Microsoft App Store So this is the thing that everyone is upset about hearing: you can’t use apps (are …

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Snapchat vs Instagram

The Truth Behind Instagram Stories vs Snapchat

So there’s been a lot of talk this last week about how Instagram Stories has just passed Snapchat for daily users. Part of what’s fueling the headlines is, of course, the fact that Stories are a pretty blatant rip of Snapchat’s core features. And when I say blatant rip, I mean blatant. As in there was no one at Facebook (who owns Instagram by the way) who even made any attempt to adjust, change, or hide the new features. Let me show you what I mean. From the camera: To once the photo is taken: To typing: To even how …

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3M Privacy Filter

Why a Privacy Filter on Your Gadgets is a Brilliant Idea

Ever catch someone looking at your screen? You know, when you feel someone’s eyeballs looking over your shoulder, turn and catch the last moment of them quickly turning away? It’s interesting to think about, really. I mean, I know I’ve done it myself to others without even meaning to. Maybe on the subway standing over someone who I quickly figure out is playing Candy Crush (people still play that?), is reading an article about “Your Cat Food Might Be Killing Your Cat!”, or whatever else. For some reason we’re drawn to screens. Maybe it’s from being so vigilant in checking our own whenever …

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Square Cash in Hand

How to Use Square Cash to Send/Receive Money (& Why I Like It Over Venmo)

I was invited to try Square Cash, the free money transfer app from the creators of the popular payment processing system you have most likely seen. Remember that time you bought that super awesome piece of jewelry from that street vendor and they whipped out their iPhone with a small device sticking out of the headphone jack to swipe your credit card? Chances are, that was Square. Square was one of the first mobile payment solutions for small businesses. Garnering praise from their customers for their slick and intuitive design, securing partnerships with Apple and Visa, and essentially filling a …

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FCPX Render Timer

Adobe Premiere vs Final Cut Pro X (Video)

I recently did a video comparing Adobe Premiere render speeds on three of the top laptops out right now: the new Macbook Pro 15″ with Touchbar, Surface Book w/ Performance Base, and a gaming laptop by the company Razer called the Razer Blade 2016. Again, this wasn’t meant to be a laptop comparison, but instead a way of showing how these top performing laptops all handled a task that I, personally, have to do every day. In that video it was pretty apparent that the Razer Blade – the laptop with the most powerful GPU – managed to get the …

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Instagram Slideshow Update

Instagram Added A New Slideshow Feature, Here’s Why

You might have noticed a new option in your Instagram uploading options recently. There’s a new button that says “Select Multiple”. Essentially, this now allows you to add up to 10 photos or videos in one post. They’ll all share one caption, set of comments, but users can swipe through them and see the other photos. A few friends of mine noticed the change and while there was some initial interest in the new feature they all (including some people who make a living off of Instagram) eventually started to wonder why anyone would want to use such a feature. …

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Sony Xperia Touch Projecting

Sony Xperia Touch: A Projector That Lets You Have a Touchscreen Tablet On Any Surface

Ever since I saw the original Surface (not the tablets, it was a giant table you could use as a touchscreen oh so long time ago), I’ve always wanted a touch screen table, wall, whatever was realistically possible. Now, while that does exist, it isn’t quite what you’d call affordable. The Ideum touch screen table, for example, starts at about $10,000. Now a lot of this price comes from making large enough displays that have touch capabilities, but what if you didn’t need the screen? Sony has finally brought to market their Sony Touch, a projector they’ve been touting around that …

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Best Browsers

6 Best Browsers for Android To Make Your Web Browsing Better

We spend a lot of time surfing the web. From doing research on products, to asking questions to things we just need to know the answers to immediately, to reading the news and whatever else we want to find. Essentially though, the web is just a bunch of code and what makes it look the way we are used to seeing it is the internet browser we are using. That means that depending on the browser we can have a very different experience. Thankfully for the way Android works we don’t need to use whatever browser that came on our …

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Alexa Robot

Every Device With Alexa Built In Announced at CES (Video)

If there’s an easy trend to pick out of CES this year, it’s that Alexa is everywhere. From cars to audio equipment, to phones and robots, Amazon’s virtual assistant is now chatting to you from every conceivable product category. So many products were announced here but let’s see if we can name them all, shall we? List of All the Alexa-Enabled Products at CES Lenovo Smart Assistant Speaker, lenovo’s newest smart capable speaker will use Alexa Lg’s latest fridge the Instaview SmartFridge will allow you to use Alexa for commands but also allow you to order food as well. Along …

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Best iPhone Camera Accessories

6 Best Camera Accessories for the iPhone You Should Check Out

For the average user out shooting selfies on the weekend, the iPhone’s built-in camera does everything they need and then some. When you are ready to move up to the next level, your existing iPhone has the capability to capture some truly mind-blowing images. All you need to do is make sure you have the best camera accessories for iPhone, both before and after the shoot. Get ready to see, document and share a new world that will defy your imagination.   1. GripTight GorillaPod Tripod by Joby You probably know by now that you will need a tripod for …

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Best Travel Apps

6 Best Travel Apps for iPhone

Smartphones have changed the way we do almost everything. We start and end each day with them propped-up on our stomachs while we lie in bed, and they are never that far from our hands for the remainder of the day. One of the most direct benefits of having a smartphone is the availability of information on a moment’s notice (whether personal information or new information you may need), and that is critical in one context: When you’re on the move! Given that, let’s take a look at the six best travel apps for iOS and the iPhone right now. …

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News Apps

6 Best News Apps for iPhone You Should Try Now

According to 2015 Pew research, 68 percent of Americans use their phones to follow breaking news, and that trend’s growing. We live in a smartphone-dependent society, and that handheld device has completely transformed how the people consume content and follow the news. With the ever-increasing reliance on these devices, there has been an explosion in digital media companies that cover a wide variety of news, which, in turn, has led to a widely fragmented media landscape with an overabundance of choices. You can aggregate news on your iPhone in many different ways. This article discusses six of the best news …

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Best Camera Apps

6 Best Camera Apps for Android You Need to Try

Whether you’re snapping candid photos of the kids or capturing panoramas from your trip of a lifetime, having a good camera at hand will ensure you get the best results. For many of us, that camera exists on our mobile phones. Convenient and easy to use, the camera on your phone lets you take decent photos thanks to the latest advances in smartphone technology. What you might not know is that you don’t have to limit yourself to the default camera software that comes on your Android phone. There are a number of alternative camera apps that give you a …

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Jaunt One

How VR Content Is Made Will Blow Your Mind (Video)

With all the videos on the web focused on VR talking mainly about headsets, games, and just generally how to consume VR content, no one is talking about what is just as fascinating in my opinion —how it’s made. So I set out on a mission to find out not only how VR content is made but how can it be made in the world of entertainment specifically and using live-action filming to tell stories in VR even more specifically. This, of course, led me to Jaunt. Jaunt VR Jaunt is arguably the company at the forefront of this new …

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