So you’re in the market for a new iPad. Excellent choice—we couldn’t live without ours. It’s a great companion when catching up on news and email in the morning over tea, reading a comic book in the evening to unwind, or watching a movie while traveling on a plane.But these days, picking an iPad can be tricky. Apple currently sells four different models of iPad, with prices ranging from $329 to $1279. There are size, storage, color, and connectivity options to consider. All in all, there are 60 different variations of iPad from which to choose. So which iPad is right for you? Read on.This iPad Pro is definitely the biggest iPad, with a huge 12.9-inch diagonal screen. It’s a bit like someone ripped the screen off of a 13-inch laptop and turned it into an iPad. If you’re an artist who has dreamed of having a larger and more responsive iPad to draw on, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is a dream come true with its extra large canvas. It’s one of … [Read more...] about iPad Buying Guide: How to choose the iPad that’s right for you
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Sony’s Xperia Z5 trio were our top picks in the smartphone category at IFA this year, largely because it was impossible to choose between them. The Z5 Premium boasts the first 4K screen in a smartphone, the Z5 is a solid all-rounder, and the Z5 Compact offers cutting edge specs in a smaller package. The three-pronged approach came as a surprise, but Sony needs to do something to reverse its ailing smartphone fortunes.Sadly, there’s still no word on a U.S. release, but the Z5 family is starting to roll out elsewhere, and there’s plenty to recommend it. All three phones feature the new, conveniently placed, fingerprint scanner in the power button on the side, they each have a lightning fast 23-megapixel camera, and there’s plenty of power under the hood.As closely related as these phones are, there are still some important differences worth exploring. If you’re having trouble choosing, then this Xperia Z5 Premium vs. Xperia Z5 vs. Xperia Z5 Compact … [Read more...] about Xperia Z5 Premium vs. Xperia Z5 vs. Xperia Z5 Compact: Which Sony phone is right for you?
Let’s face it; Vine is huge – and understandably so. Take the concept of the GIF and turn it into something anyone can create with a 6-second-long video of their own, and you have an instant hit. One company, Coub, is taking the same idea of the GIF – repetitive, looping video – and putting a spin on it by making it into a music video of sorts. With Coub, you can upload a video from YouTube or Vimeo, clip it to 10 seconds, and then have the video endlessly loop over and over. The catch is that users can upload an MP3 to go with it, turning Coub into a kind of music video generator.With the right kind of creative mind, and creative editing, a Coub video can be pretty darn hilarious. Since you may be wondering why all the comments on these Coubs are in Russian, we should mention that a pair of Russian brothers developed the now year-old site, and that Coub has picked up more in Russia than here in the U.S. However, according to TechCrunch, over the last few … [Read more...] about Plastic planes, playing the Eiffel Tower and more in this week’s Staff Picks
At any given moment, there are approximately a zillion different crowdfunding campaigns happening on the Web. Take a stroll through Kickstarter or Indiegogo and you’ll find no shortage of weird, useless, and downright stupid projects out there – alongside some real gems. We’ve cut through the Pebble clones and janky iPhone cases to round up the most unusual, ambitious, and exciting new crowdfunding projects out there this week. That said, keep in mind that any crowdfunding project — even the best intentioned — can fail, so do your homework before cutting a check for the gadget of your dreams. Specdrums — light-sensitive music creation platformIf there’s one thing crowdfunding sites are good for, it’s helping crazy new musical instruments come to life. Over the years, kickstarter and indiegogo have acted as springboards for just about every oddball noise-making device you could ever imagine: drum pads built into pants, motion-sensitive … [Read more...] about Awesome tech you can’t buy yet: Smart soccer balls, vibro razors, drum rings
The strap on the Apple Watch is easy to change, and the choice of alternatives is huge, so browsing for the best Apple Watch bands is not a bad idea. Apple makes its own Apple Watch Series 1 and Apple Watch Series 2 straps, but the official straps it sells are very, very expensive. As beautiful as they are, there’s no need to be limited to Apple’s range of replacement bands, regardless of how much you have to spend.Like putting your phone inside a case, changing the strap on your watch is the quickest way to give it an entirely new look, and it’s easy to build up a collection that goes with different outfits, or for when you’re doing certain activities. Below, we’ve put together a list of our favorite straps and bands for Apple’s signature timepiece.Nomad Sport Strap ($50)To accompany its Rugged Strap, Nomad has introduced the Sport Strap, a silicone band with built-in lugs that extend all the way across the Watch’s body, a strong … [Read more...] about The best Apple Watch bands you can buy right now
Kiosks and display advertising signs equipped with cameras are sizing you up. They may be estimating your age, recognizing your gender, your size, hair length and even clothing. If you are thin, for instance, a restaurant kiosk could give its salad options prominence over its bacon cheeseburger.Kiosks are also getting larger, above 32 inches, as well as flatter and more powerful. Increased panel size, along with more compute power thanks to systems-on-a-chip, creates capability and room for video and animation displays. Shrinking panel depth means kiosks can be mounted on walls not unlike your home TV. For IT managers, kiosks and digital advertising signs are likely to become important devices to support. They have potential to deliver rich data streams about their customers based on real data. Face recognition capability is on the horizon. Kiosks are turning into a platform for creative thinking about customer engagement as well as a potential privacy war zone. Kiosks are … [Read more...] about Kiosks are Looking at You, Too
Custom Web and mobile apps, once the exclusive purview of large companies with vast resources, have become a common hallmark of successful small and midsized businesses. Externally, apps can offer deeper engagement with customers through online and mobile access to useful tools and information. Internally, they can help workers communicate more effectively with highly customized real-time data on their desktop and mobile screens. But reaching the promised land of apps and money can be daunting, and not every app development adventure ends in success.If you want to put a custom app to work for your business, you'll first need to make one critical decision: Should you outsource it, or try coding it in-house? This decision is so fundamental that many people overlook it entirely without even realizing they have options here. And failing to consider it carefully can cost your company dearly in both opportunities and money. We'll examine some of the most significant factors to help you make … [Read more...] about DIY dev: Should you build your own app?
One of the hottest, and most surprising, game franchises of the past few years has been Guitar Hero. Originally developed by Harmonix and launched on the PlayStation 2 in 2005, the franchise has steadily grown in popularity (Activision made $550 million on Guitar Hero in 2007 alone) and has expanded onto different gaming platforms including the Wii, PlayStation 3, XBOX 360 and, most recently, the PC. Slash from Guns n Rose and Velvet Revolver is a main character in Guitar Hero IIIThe most recent version of the game, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, was developed by Tony Hawk franchise developer Neversoft and was released on October 23rd to rave reviews. It comes bundled with a wireless guitar controller and the game disc for around $100. PS2 and XBOX 360 owners can purchase the game by itself for $49-59 and use their existing Guitar Hero 1 & 2 controllers. The wireless guitar controller and game discIf you've never seen or played a Guitar Hero game, the premise is pretty simple. … [Read more...] about Geek Gifts 2007: Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4 are constantly evolving — both consoles have gotten slimmer designs, new features and, naturally, lots of big games since they first launched. The Xbox One has tons of entertainment apps and can play a bunch of Xbox 360 games, while the PS4 has continued to double-down on key exclusives and user-friendliness. There are even spruced-up versions of both systems that offer things like HDR video playback and 4K gaming. More importantly, the Xbox One and PS4 both have tons of great games, and are both available for less than $300. But which console should you choose? We've put the Xbox One and PS4 up against each other in an eight-round brawl to determine which system is strongest. Editors' Note: Looking for Sony's and Microsoft's newest consoles? Check out our face-off between the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One S right here. Latest News and Updates (October 2017) Xbox just topped PlayStation in our first annual Gaming Support … [Read more...] about PS4 vs. Xbox One: Which Console Is Right for You?
I’m a watch guy. I’ve worn an analog chronograph every day since 2003. But with the release of Android Wear, I’m finally willing to ditch the timeless beauty of a traditional timepiece, and slap an all-digital smartwatch on my wrist. Android Wear is simple to use, and its focus on glanceable, contextual information makes other smartwatch platforms look convoluted to a fault.But which hardware makes the best vehicle for Android Wear’s context streams and voice-control features? I’ll have full reviews of both the Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch soon, but for now, let’s focus on the very small differences between the two watches. All Android Wear hardware will offer the same basic software experience, so when choosing among competing models, we need to steer the conversation toward aesthetics, comfort, convenience features, and price.Oh, and in case you’re wondering: Both the Gear Live and G Watch come with 1.2GHz processors, 512MB of RAM, and … [Read more...] about LG G Watch vs Samsung Gear Live: Picking the best Android Wear watch available today