New iPad Air with same design, 8MP rear camera, and more efficient A8 chip enters production this month

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Sounds in line with what we should expect.


Close to half of all U.S. households subscribe to Netflix, Amazon Prime or Hulu Plus

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Welcome to the digital Wild West.


Survey says: we are a Netflix (S NFLX) nation.

Forty-seven percent of all U.S. households subscribe to Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon (S AMZN) Prime or a combination of these services, and 49 percent of all households have at least one TV connected to the internet, according to a new study from the Leichtman Research Group about emerging video services. Four years ago, only 24 percent of all households had an internet-connected TV.

That combination of connected TVs and internet video subscriptions is increasingly shaping what we are watching. Forty-nine percent of all Netflix subscribers watch online video programming on a connected device every week, compared to only eight percent of viewers who don’t subscribe to Netflix. And 78 percent of all Netflix subscribers watch their videos on a TV.

Thirty-four percent of the people quizzed for this study said that they watch online video every day, and 61 percent…

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iPhone 5s Review

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My journey with the new iPhone started on the day of the release, when I was upgrading from an iPhone 4S. I got in line at 6:30am with the opening of the store at 8am, I was around 80th or so in line. At about 7:30am the Apple manager came out to let us know that there were almost no silver (the color I wanted) and no gold, but plenty of space grey. Ok well I got my card for a 64Gb space grey for Verizon and was all set, now it was just waiting for the line to get to me. After another 4 1/2 hours after opening the doors I had my phone in hand. The first couple of days I spent making sure I was all transferred over and doing my day job. After a few days though I got into the phone and can report on it.

My perspective is that of a real live upgrader. Few people upgrade yearly so I think upgrades tend to be for people off contract. The iPhone 5s is an impressive upgrade to the 4s in every way.

The good.

It is lighter, taller and easier to handle. The phone is zippy and calls up information rapidly. The screen is the same just a bit bigger but feels like it is sharper. The camera is amazing, clearer pictures, faster and the slo-mo feature is incredible to use for taping cats and other blurs of speed.

The Bad.

The battery life does not seem to feel better, despite the claims of Apple. The screen is small, it is not an issue for me as I have an iPad, but if this is a person's single device that can be a factor. Apple products are expensive and accessories even more so. The Apple case is the best case I have seen but is over priced at $40. The Camera use is not as simple as past phones, and transferring slo-mo photos is a pain.

If you are upgrading and like Apple devices this phone is worth it. If you love taking pictures and video, this is an excellent device. All in all I highly recommend the iPhone 5s.


Redefining this blog

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Over the last few months with my other blogs picking up, I have still been perplexed over what to do here. My original intent was to blog reviews of gadgets, but I don’t get enough stuff to take advantage of that and write consistently. So I will do the occasional review, but devote this blog to tech news, or at least my take on tech news. I hope this will be a pleasing blog that will get people interested in tech, which I dearly love. See you all out there.

Does Apple need a TV?

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I do wonder who is trying to get the media to kill Apple, suggesting one of the worst products for profit margins…the TV. TV makers struggle to turn a profit. The average TV buyer does so once every 5 years…maybe. So Apple putting out a TV means that in gen 1 it has to grab a lot of people ready or willing to trade. Next, you have to overcome the content gorilla in the room. What is going to make it better? Content, we have to assume that in order to get an Apple TV to be an all in one device, that EVERY content provider or the major ones at the very least are going to change their current game plan and let Apple be the cable box/DVR/On demand/Pay per view service…Yeah that is believable. It just seems like a loser all around to get too deep into TV.

Logitech ultrathin keyboard cover review

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This time I will be reviewing the Logitech ultrathin keyboard cover, I am actually writing this using the keyboard so you are getting it straight from the source. First impressions are that the keyboard is useable but is not perfect and I should be able to get used to it. Appearance wise it is stylish and fits well with the iPad theme. I find myself not a fan of the black iPad and gadgets as they seem to be the finger print magnets, so next time I get a white iPad and accessories and the good news is this style of keyboard is now available in white as of this writing, so problem solved there.

So far it is working good it is responsive and does fulfill the need for portable, and there are some problems with holding the iPad in place for the iPad 2 with a back cover so not sure how much I would trust it in situations where you can’t have a stable base.. The keyboard is a bit small but surprisingly more manageable than I thought it would be given the size of the keys and the space used for the keys. In all I can see being able to use this for longer periods of time, which for me is unlikely to be more then thirty minutes at a time.

Many people wonder what is the point in having an iPad and a keyboard and why not just get a laptop. Well based on owning an Ultrabook, Laptop, PC and tablet each has a purpose that works for them. The reason to use a keyboard to write with an iPad is portability. I don’t know of any device with a decent size screen that you can use to type with that is so portable. The iPad and the Ultrathin keyboard allow you to write with very little space needed or taken, but if you prefer writing at a desk or other fixed location, well this keyboard is not for you, its that simple. One should buy a device or accessory tailored to your needs, not what is cool. This is how I give advice on what kind of devices you need and it should be how you shop.

So in conclusion the Logitech ultrathin keyboard cover is perfect for people who want a light load, small footprint and want to write, if this is not what you do then move on to another keyboard or even computing device.

Verizon review

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Well its about time to review my new carrier, Verizon. Now I want to point out, that reviewing a carrier based on a small geographical location is a bit silly but I wanted something to write about, so we’ll just deal with it.

Ok so lets get to it

Testing area was between Denver and Colorado Springs and performed over a two week period, I will try and stay true to the carrier and not the technology.

Call quality was very good all along the the test area, I have had no dropped calls and better quality then T-Mobile.

Data speeds was usually much faster on average then T-Mobile, but some areas I got great speeds on T-Mobile, I got poorer on Verizon, such as my place of work 12Mbs for T-Mobile and only 5Mbs on Verizon. At home I would get 100Bps and with Verizon I get 3Mbs. But on average in the places I tested, Verizon typically did better, and it does better indoors which is a big plus as I do very little web browsing outside.

I have had some issues with my hotspot, such as having to reboot it several times to get a reliable connection, went to Verizon and the representative did a great job doing a hard reset which for now has fixed the issue.

The one potential fumble for Verizon which turned into what I think was the finest moment of customer service was, when I ordered an iPhone for my wife and at some point in ordering it at my local store, the wrong account got attached to it. So my phone was being sent to the wrong address, well it took most of the day but they did get it corrected, had my account all set and ported my T-Mobile numbers over before I had the phone in my hands. This was the finest hour for Verizon for me so far and I am very happy.

in Short I am pleased with the service, and the call quality and data speeds for Verizon in my area, some of these things can be translated to anywhere and some can’t, but this is one happy Verizon customer.

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