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Photos of Apple’s Next MacBook Air Might Have Just Leaked (AAPL)

Macbook Air

The Apple Corporation is always working hard to develop new models for their mobile devices. Their latest project is the new version of the 12-inch MacBook Air, which is scheduled to be released around the later part of 2015. Usually people have to wait for trade shows before new devices like this are seen for the first time, but there are now leaked photos of it circulating on the internet. The images do not show much, but the little bit of what they do show still has people talking and gossiping about all kinds of rumors.

iFanr, which is a Chinese blog website, contains several leaked images of the new MacBook Air. The pictures only show the lid of the device with the Apple logo on it. The lid was placed next to the iPad Air 2 and the current version of MacBook Air, which is 13 inches. On the lid, the Apple logo appears to look different than the current MacBook Air. Instead it resembles the glossy Apple logo on the iPad Air. Of course, there are rumors that Apple will eventually change the logo on all their laptops in the future because they want it to match the iPad logo design. Therefore, all of the speculation about the leaked pictures being phony might actually be wrong.

Fans of Apple are always hopeful that any news about future products of theirs is legitimate, even if they are just photos of a lid. Critics believe if Apple does go ahead and unveil the newest MacBook Air later in the year, then it will include the same kind of Retina display found on Apple’s iPads, iPhones and MacBook Pros. However, the bezels will be thinner to accommodate the bigger screen. In fact it will be a lot thinner than any of the other Apple models. Some reports indicate that Apple will have to remove the plug-in ports in order to make the device thinner. Whether this will actually happen or not is tough to say. If the ports are removed then it will make it difficult for users to attach any of their other peripheral devices such as printers, scanners, and keyboards.

The anticipation of Apple’s unveilings is always very high. Apple products are the king of mobile technology in our world. So if you have doubts about any future unveilings, then don’t because Apple is one of the hardest working tech companies out there. You can be sure they will unveil some kind of device in the near future.

Android NetBook for $170

android_netbook_2014Computer technology is getting increasingly innovative by the day. But despite all of this innovation, computer manufacturers are constantly coming up with ways of making their devices affordable to the average consumer. This is what is known as bargain technology. This type of technology is a cheaper version of a better model. We have seen this with the iPhone 5 that Apple introduced last year. They had both the expensive iPhone 5s and the less expensive iPhone 5c. Well now, a French electronics company called “Archos” is trying to make a cheaper version of the Android laptop. Their latest development is the ArcBook, which will only cost $170. The ArcBook features a 10.1” touch screen, a camera, USB port, trackpad and keyboard. It will be powered by a dual core ARM Cortex A9 processor with 1.2 GHz and 1 GB of RAM. The ArcBook will also be preloaded with Office Suite software, but only an 8 GB hard drive. Don’t worry though because all purchasers of the ArcBook will receive 15 GB of storage on Google Drive for free. You can also expand your storage through the use of micro SD cards, which can go up to 64 GB in memory.

Archos has certainly drawn a lot of attention to their ArcBook development since it was announced to the public. They claim their netbook will be able to stay charged for nine hours before it needs to be charged again. Some critics are skeptical about this claim because the company’s last netbook, which was the Archos 10, reportedly had a very low duration of battery life. As for the hardware itself, it is nothing special because it features the standard touchscreen and keyboard combination. It also has 1080p video quality as well. But, consumers will likely still buy this netbook simply because it is only $170. In this rough economy, people are still looking for good deals on consumer electronics. $170 is not a lot of money for any kind of computer, especially a netbook. So, when the ArcBook finally gets released it is expected to sell very well in stores. Unfortunately, Archos has not announced an official release date for their ArcBook. Most critics think it will be released towards the end of the year on either Black Friday or Christmas. That is the time of year when people have money to spend and are looking for quality deals on computers. The ArcBook will certainly be a runner up on their shopping list.

Toshiba 4K Ultra HD Laptop

Toshiba_ultra_2014Toshiba is ready to release their new 4K Ultra HD laptop, which is going to have picture quality that is four times better than the average computer monitor. The picture quality will be as sharp and clear as the new flat screen televisions that are being sold today. The reason why the picture quality is better is because the laptop’s screen displays four times more pixels than older high definition laptop screens. Not only that, this laptop is the first machine to ever be Technicolor Color certified. This certification means that it has ultra clear definition and that the colors are all true. So, if you are going to record something with your digital camcorder then the exact visual of what you record will be what shows up on your laptop screen. As you can imagine, this laptop is going to be marketed towards creative professionals that deal in the visual arts. These kinds of professionals include graphic designers, web designers, digital artists and videographers. They will all be blown away by how well their artistry will be displayed on this super high resolution laptop screen.

The Toshiba 4K Ultra HD Laptop is going to have a 15.6 inch touch screen display. Its resolution is going to be 3840 by 2160 pixels, which will be 282 pixels for every inch. The processor is an Intel Quad Core i7 and the graphics card is an AMD Radeon R9 M265X. The laptop comes with a fully registered version of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5, which is great for touching up images and making them look smoother. If you are worried about storing large files from your creative pieces, then don’t because the laptop features a 1 terabyte hard drive. It even has four 3.0 USB ports and a rewriteable Blu-ray drive. The laptop is scheduled to be released on April 22nd of 2014 and the starting retail price will be set at $1,500. Consumers might not be as quick to purchase a laptop for such a large price, but that is okay because this isn’t targeted towards the average consumer. Instead, creative professionals will want to purchase this laptop and will most likely be able to afford it as a business expense. For those that cannot afford it, Toshiba will be releasing a new line of affordable laptops for them as well. They won’t have the super high resolution of the 4K Ultra, but they will still be high performance laptops that are suitable for the average computer user. The cheaper models will also be thinner than last year’s models, which is a plus. Therefore, this is going to be an exciting year for high resolution laptops.

Gatekeeper Chain Gains Traction on Kickstarter

gatekeeper_chain_2014The Gatekeeper Chain is the newest technological innovation that will certainly come in handy for anyone that frequently has to lock down their computer. What the Gatekeeper Chain does is it will lock your personal computer automatically when you step away from it and then it will unlock it when you come back. It works using a proximity sensor that is built-in to the chain and it can tell the distance you are from your computer. This will be a handy device for people that work in an office and are frequently leaving their computer desk all the time. If they have sensitive information on their computers then they won’t want their privacy compromised by having someone else access their private files. You may think, “Why doesn’t the person just log off themselves before they leave their desk?” Well, you have to be realistic. If you work in a fast paced environment then you are probably going to forget to log off every time you have to get up to do something else. The Gatekeeper Chain makes sure that your computer’s access will be protected every time you get up to leave.

The Gatekeeper Chain has Bluetooth technology integrated into it that allows the local wireless communication to activate. Not only does it log off your computer when you leave the room, but it also protects your computer’s files as well. Then for your mobile device, you can download a free application that will warn you if you lose your keys or leave them behind. The wireless data communication is fully encrypted and it has a battery life of six months. As for the range and proximity of the GateKeeper Chain, it can go all the way up to 100 feet away. Most people in an office setting probably only need 25 feet. It would all depend on the type of office you are using. But, the good thing is that it doesn’t matter if you have a personal computer or an Apple computer. The GateKeeper Chain will soon be compatible with both Microsoft Windows and the Apple Mac OS X. This device has already been developed and tested by its designers. Now it is ready for the production phase, but it needs funding for it to be completed. The company has a page on the project donation website “Kickstarter” for people to help finance the production of this technological device for the mainstream consumer marketplace.

Coming Soon: Gadgets Unlocked By Your Body Parts

biometrics_imageApple had made the most notable step into the world of biometrics with its recently launched Touch ID on the iPhone 5s. While the technology is being met with mixed reviews – everything from “it’s cool,” to “it doesn’t work,” and “I know right,” the fact is biometrics will become commonplace in security protocols in coming years. The question is what will truly improve security and which body parts will we be required to scan in order tweet the latest hashtags and Instagram photos of our buddies crashing their mountain bikes and snowboards.

For those of you with Droids and Galaxy’s, Apple’s Touch ID unlocks iPhones after scanning its owner’s fingerprint. Is it foolproof? No, but neither is a password. Per Apple, the chance that Touch ID will misread a finger is about 1 in 50,000 and Touch ID will require old school password entry after five failed fingerprint match attempts. And for paranoid iPhone users who may actually have people following them, using a digit other than your index finger will make it less likely that a hacker will lift your prints off your gadget Bond-style and use it to enter your surrogate brain. Let’s leave the digit separating mob scenario out of this discussion — after all, you’ll talk long before it gets to that point.

Moving up your body, Eyelock has a prototype eye-scanner intended to get your gadget ready for your commands in the blink of an eye. Retinal and iris recognition technologies are based on characteristics found in the eye. Retinal scans read the layer of blood vessels at the back of the eye with a small green light. Iris scans look for the unique features in the colored tissue that rings the pupil. In all there are more than 200 iris points to compare, including freckles and furrows. This technology improves your hack frequency to just 1 in 1.5 million.

Eyelock has industrial grade scanners, but their Myris model is a semicircular device with a small mirror on one side that plugs into your USB port. Look into the mirror and after a moment, your eye has been scanned. The Myris will not only turn on your hardware, but also manage your online passwords so you can hit your Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, or whatever just by looking in the right spot. And revisiting worse case scenarios, if international spies come and take your eye, you’ll need an eye patch, but they won’t hack your spring break photos because somehow the Myris detects whether you’re actually using the eye you’re scanning.

A couple other players in the space include Morpho.com for full face recognition, and digitalpersona.com which scans and recognizes feature of your unique full hand image – everything from size and shape to the length of your fingers and any weird contours you may have pondered or otherwise inflicted.  Facial recognition technologies measure distinct characteristics, such as the length of the nose, the distance between the eyes, and the angle of the jaw and use digital cameras to photograph people and match the images to stored data.

For the average consumer, any one of these solutions will likely suffice. Over time, we will likely see a trend favoring combinations of biometrics for authentication, such as a fingerprint plus voice command, or hand plus retina.

How secure are you? Comment on this article to share your views of what’s working and what’s overkill for your daily activities.

4 Terrible Ideas on Display at CES 2014

cuttingboard ipad holder 2014The Consumer Electronics Show is always filled with amazing gadgets that can blow one’s mind and this year was no exception. Except perhaps for a few gadgets that were also mind blowing because you just could not understand the need or the point of their existence! Here are some of the worst gadgets we saw at CES 2014.

  1. Neptune Pine: the recent trend for smart watches is making the industry nuts with new ideas. But does that mean a company should produce any idea that comes along? Say hello to Neptune Pine – it is more apt to say that it is a smartphone ready to attach to your wrist that will prohibit you from doing anything productive because of its size and weight. With a 2.4 inch screen, this uncool thing will have you distracted with yet another technology — if you chose to wear it. Priced at $335, this Smartwatch promises to make you look like an emperor of the uberdorks.
  2. Netatmo JUNE: priced at $100, this bracelet can be worn on your wrist or as a brooch. What is the purpose? It will talk to your iPhone only to warn you that you have been in the sun for way to long and you need to get in.
  3. Brookstone’s iTOi BOOTH: this is a phone booth that is designed to work specifically for iPad video calls. We will rate it a “zero” based on appearance because it looks like a weird periscope that you will not even want to have at your home let alone your office.
  4. Chopping Board – the iPad Holder: Here is the most creatively unnecessary product for consumers: while cutting your vegetables, let this chopping board hold your iPad. If anybody actually thinks there is a use for this because they cannot stay away from their gadget for five minutes, then perhaps they should reflect how much quality human time they get each day. Okay – maybe there’s a practical use as a recipe holder. But does that really need to be electronic? And will anyone use it that way?

While world technology is improving and progressing at an ever increasing rate, it is important for the companies to come up with technologies that are actually helpful. There is no point in creating more gadgets that would just add more worry to one’s life without a reason. We are already attached to our cell phones and iPad and laptops, now we need dragon sizes smart-watches and chopping boards to hold our iPads in the kitchen too?

If you have tried any of these products and love them, or if you think we’re just missing the mark please comment below. Also let us know if you have other “favorite flops” to report from CES 2014.

Nokia Lumia 2520 Windows RT tablet

Nokia launches their first tablet called Nokia Lumia 2520. The Windows RT tablet codenamed Sirius, features an amazing 10 inch 1080p display, strong 11 hour battery, awesome 6.7 megapixel rear camera with Carl Zeiss lens, two USB 3.0 ports but there will be no WiFi only model. The tablet does not come in yellow either.

Nokia Lumia 2520 Windows RT tablet

Nokia Lumia 2520 Windows RT tablet

As rumored, the Nokia Lumia ‘Sirius’ tablet features Microsoft’s latest Windows RT 8.1 operating software and available in LTE version only. Having been acquired by Microsoft, it will be curious to see how Lumia 2520 will go against Surface RT 2 tablet.

Design-wise, the new Lumia 2520 resembles Nokia windows phones. The tablet will come in Nokia’s cyan, red, black and white colors. The tablet weighs 615 g which is lighter than iPad 4, but heavier than Apple’s newest iPad Air.

The 10.1 inch IPS ClearBlack display on Lumia 2520 tablet packs solid 1920 x 1080 pixels. It offers an astounding 650 nits of brightness and only about 6 percent reflectance.

Hardware-wise, the tablet is run by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 with Adreno 330 graphics and 2GB of RAM. The storage starts at 32 GB and the tablet supports up to additional 32GB of extra storage via microSD card.

There is a 2 megapixel front-facing video chat camera and 6.7 megapixel rear camera capturing 1080p HD videos. The Storyteller app Nokia added uses HERE maps to arrange your pics according to the appropriate location where images were taken. There are plenty of ports on Lumia 2520 tablet including two USB 3. Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet is powered by 8000 mAh battery offering full 11 hours of work and play. Nokia also offers a Power Keyboard dock for $149 with additional 5 hour battery.

Nokia’s first tablet should be available at AT&T’s LTE network soon and possibly at Verizon as well. The base model (LTE) will start at $499.

MacBook Pros with Haswell SoC and Retina display for less

Apple unveiled their 2013 models of MacBook Pro notebooks. The new notebooks feature Haswell processors, Retina display, new OS X Mavericks software and other improvements. Best of all, the all new MacBook Pros will cost $200 less than the current models.

 2013 Apple MacBook Pro notebooks

2013 Apple MacBook Pro notebooks

“We’ve made the world’s best pro notebook even better by adding more performance and even longer battery life,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “MacBook Pro with Retina display continues to redefine the pro notebook.”

There was a 13 inch and a 15 inch model of MacBook Pro featured at Apple’s Fall Event yesterday. The 13 inch 2013 MacBook Pro is about a millimeter thinner and 41 grams lighter than the 2012 model. The biggest improvements include 22nm Haswell processor, new generation Intel Iris GPU, WiFi 802.11ac connectivity, Thunderbolt 2 port and faster PCI Express SSD storage.

Thanks to a power-saving Intel Haswell processor the new 13 inch MacBook Pro notebook lasts full 9 hours on a charge. The current model lasts 6 hours only. The new MacBook Pro with Retina display will start at just $1,299. For this price you’ll get 2.4GHz dual core Core i5 Haswell processor with 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD storage. The price of current non-Retina 13 inch model has been slashed to $999.

The 15 inch MacBook Pro notebook manages admirable 8 hours on a charge. The GPU here is GeForce GT 750M, but other specs seem to be same as in 13 inch model. The base 15 inch model featuring 2GHz quad-core Core i7 Intel Haswell CPU with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage will cost you $1,999. Unfortunately, the non-Retina 15 inch MacBook Pro has been discontinued.

Both new Retina Pros run Apple’s latest OS X 10.9 Mavericks software with revamped free native apps like iLife and iWork. Both new 2013 Apple MacBook Pro notebooks are available today.

On yesterday’s Fall Event Apple also introduced all new Apple Mac Pro desktop, new iPad mini and iPad Air tablet.

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