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I had a great time last year with Sony's catchily-named DPT-RP1, an e-paper tablet that's perfect for reading PDFs and other big documents, but one of my main issues was simply how big the thing is. Light and thin but 13 inches across, the tablet was just unwieldy. Heeding (I assume) my advice, Sony is putting out a smaller version and I can't wait to try it out. At the time, I was comparing the RP1 with the reMarkable, a crowdfunded rival that offers fantastic writing ability but isn't without its flaws. Watch this great video I made: The 10-inch [...]
Mon, May 21, 2018
Source: TechCrunch
Apple has dropped the price of its USB-C to Lightning cable by $6 to $19; it previously sold for $25. The price cut comes amid rumors that this year's iPhones could include a USB-C to Lightning cable in the box and finally move on from the old USB-A cable. Currently, the USB-A to Lightning cable also costs $19. There's also a rumor that Apple could introduce a new 18W USB-C Power Adapter that could fit into smaller areas compared to the current 29W adapter, as 9to5Mac reports. Apple previously dropped the price of its USB-C to Lightning cable and other USB-C [...]
Mon, May 21, 2018
Source: The Verge – Apple
Microsoft's Cortana voice assistant could soon a lot more human thanks to the acquisition of Semantic Machines, a California-based company that specialises in conversational human-machine interactions. Semantic sets itself apart from Alexa, Google Assistant, and other voice assistants thanks to a multi-faceted approach to the intelligence at work behind the vocal interaction. Up until recently, voice assistants have worked primarily from responding to the task at hand, and only the task at hand, lacking the context of prior conversations, which makes them feel far from intelligent. While Assistant and Alexa both have the ability to respond to immediate prior conversation [...]
Mon, May 21, 2018
Source: TechRadar – Digital Home
With the season of graduations underway, the new grads in your life are preparing for life in the real world. If you're looking for a gift for a new grad, The Verge put together a convenient Graduation Gift Guide with ideas ranging from practical (a financial planner) to fun (a Nintendo Switch). If you're looking for something in between, a nice pair of wireless headphones or a new laptop is sure to make both the graduate and their parents happy. Best Buy is running an Apple Shopping Event with savings of up to $200 on MacBooks, iPads, Apple TVs, and more. [...]
Sat, May 19, 2018
Source: The Verge – Apple
Some Netflix shows have intro sequences that are works of art, carefully constructed montages set to beautiful music, with visuals that make your eyes water. Other Netflix shows have intros that you're itching to skip within the first few seconds.Well, Netflix just made binge-watching your favorite shows a little bit easier on a Chromecast – you can now skip the intro on a lot of shows to get straight to the main meat of an episode. A skip button has shown up on the controller screen for the Android app, according to reports.You've been able to skip intros for a [...]
Sat, May 19, 2018
Source: TechRadar – Digital Home
When you hear about beer vending machine BeerBox, you might wonder: Why don't we have machines like this already? Founder Robert Gaafar explained that there are actually several reasons why beer vending machines haven't made sense in the past. For one thing, there's the obvious legal necessity of ensuring that people are 21 years or older. For another, many venues won't sell you a closed container of alcohol, because it can be used as a projectile (so you either get draft beer in a cup, or an already opened can or bottle). Plus, a normal vending machine might shake up the [...]
Fri, May 18, 2018
Source: TechCrunch