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frankspin

by frankspin

What do you keep in your bag for work and travel?
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We haven't done of these in a while, but what's everyone keeping in their bags?
Topo Design Daypack -- I moved away from shoulder bags because I found backpacks to just be way easier to carry around. I get less shoulder fatigue which is also a plus
  • iPhone 5s
  • Macbook Pro Retina 15-inch
  • iPad 3rd gen -- i bring this for Instapaper queue, but I'm hoping to upgrade to a mini at some point
  • Playstation Vita -- perfect way to unwind on the train ride home. Despite all the...
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    cjtylr

    by cjtylr

    What do you think about Microsoft's dream to kill the tablet?
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    Microsoft seems dead set on killing the need for both a laptop and a tablet with their latest announcement. With the same weight, more power, and a refined design, Microsoft might just have a winner on their hands.
    On the other hand, I think I speak for everyone when I express intense desire to do crosswords on my super expensive piece of high-tech machinery.
    Did anything strike you about the latest Surface?... Read more →
    frankspin

    by frankspin

    Are digital magazine subscriptions worth it?
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    I've been contemplating picking up digital subscriptions for various magazines to help encourage me to read more on the weekends. The thing is, looking at the prices of something I feel like they may be a little overpriced. When I browse through the store a lot of them (if I can actually find them) don't even look like they're designed for tablets, offering nothing more than PDF scans of the articles.
    I'm likely going to purchase a few issues before a flight to see if it's worth it, but I'm just... Read more →
    frankspin

    by frankspin

    Best way to identify battery draining apps on iOS?
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    Something is absolutely destroying my battery on my iPhone 5s. I can take it off the charger at 6:30 and by 2:30 I'm having to place it back on the charger because it's almost in the red (less than 20%). It's a feature I never used on Android, but I'm kind of missing it right now.

    How can I best identify just what in the hell is crushing my battery?
    dave

    by dave

    Taking photos with a tablet
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    Back when the original iPad came out, there was a small segment of people who lamented the fact that the device didn't have a rear facing camera. But there was a larger group of people that were annoyed at the suggestion that a tablet should even have a camera -- myself included.
    Apple ultimately released the iPad 2 with a camera and since then, nearly every tablet that's been released has included a rear facing camera.
    And this is something that's seemingly changed... Read more →
    frankspin

    by frankspin

    Replacing your laptop with a tablet is a lot easier than I thought
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    A few weeks ago I decided to just pick up an Ultrathin cover for my iPad and use it in place of a laptop when in meetings, and it was fine. The past few days I've been forcing myself to use the keyboard when sitting on the couch and not using my laptop, and I gotta say it's pretty nice.
    I was using Byword to draft a post and had no issues typing at length on the keyboard. The Ultrathin has a key dedicated to function like the iPad home button so switching apps was pretty seamless too (aside from... Read more →
    frankspin

    by frankspin

    Are the iOS 7 animations causing motion sickness?
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    The Verge ran across an Apple support thread about a number of users complaining of headaches and nausea from the increase in animations for iOS 7. A number of users are chiming in to say they too are having issues from the new animations. The single biggest request is the ability to turn them off, or potentially speed them up.
    I have to agree that the animations are a bit long in the tooth and they can be a bit excessive with the zoom-in and zoom-out affect.
    If you upgraded to iOS 7 have you been... Read more →
    marc

    by marc

    gdgt Zeitgeist 2012 Part II: Most-Wanted Products
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    If you’re a gdgt member, you already know about our lists; you can build a list of every gadget you currently have, used to have, or want, share those lists with friends on social networks, and see what gadgets you have in common with your friends on gdgt. The lists are also a great way for us to track which new products are most popular with our members, and the tables below show some interesting patterns. As expected, there are a lot of... Read more →
    frankspin

    by frankspin

    The end of the Netbook era
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    According to a report from the Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/dec/31/... as of January 1, 2013 both Asus and Acer will not make anymore netbooks. If you recall the term netbook first showed up around 2007 when Asus introduced the Eee PC, more specifically the Eee PC 701 (http://gdgt.com/asus/eee/pc/701/). A lot of people felt the netbook market would take off and usher in a new form of mobile... Read more →
    shriramkadam

    by shriramkadam

    How to change the brightness of an Video or Image using UISlider on run time (Click Camera) in iPhone?
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    How to change the brightness of an Video or Image using UISlider on run time (Click Camera) in iPhone?
    -(IBAction)changeslidervalue:(id) { imageView.alpha = sliderValue.value; }

    I am using this code, can anyone help me or solve my issue..

    Thanks in Advance...
    peter

    by peter

    Why I'm not buying an iPad mini
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    I'm not sure I want to get into the habit of always writing about why I'm not buying something, but since a few people have asked -- and since I wrote something similar about the Nexus 7 (http://gdgt.com/discuss/why-i-m-probably-not-buyi... -- I thought I'd share why I'm not buying an iPad mini.
    It boils down to one reason: the screen. At 163 PPI, it's just not good enough.
    Now, I may have felt differently if I didn't already own a Retina iPad (PPI = 264), but the screen on the... Read more →
    korbendalis

    by korbendalis

    Perceived Bias: GDGT Score
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    Rather than just complain about the numbers I decided to actually read the first 5 reviews of the Apple iPad Gen 4, Gen 3, iPad Mini, Samsung Nexus 10, Asus Nexus 7, and Kindle Paperwhite. Then I looked at the Reviews FAQ that Ryan Block posted to determine how gdgt assessed the gdgt score. I see that the Critic reviews do not tie into the gdgt scoring system (or if they do, I cannot look at the score, but rather am directed to the site of the Critic). I also see that the score is not based on a... Read more →
    peter

    by peter

    Amazon's second tablet strategy
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    It's well-established by now that Amazon doesn't make any money from selling tablets. Instead their model is to break-even on the hardware and make money by selling access to content and services (which is partly why we described the Kindle Fire HD as being more of a "content appliance" than a proper tablet).
    While it's a different approach than that of pretty much every other hardware maker, it is a relatively straightforward strategy. However I think there's an even more subtle aspect to it... Read more →
    frankspin

    by frankspin

    Wall Street Journal reports production of iPad mini has begun.
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    The iPad mini rumors have been swirling for a while and as more pictures of parts continue to leak (http://9to5mac.com/2012/10/02/purported-ipad-mini... they seem to be more and more credible. Well, this morning The Wall Street Journal (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443... sorry, subscription required) has stated their sources have informed them that production has in fact... Read more →
    dbreuning

    by dbreuning

    What does your iPad's battery life look like?
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    Since the section Usage has been added in Settings > General I'm keeping an eye out on the battery usage time on my iPad. I've always felt it had really awesome battery life but now I can see the real numbers. Mine now shows (since last full charge, and 9% left): 16 hours 34 minutes of usage time 4 days 5 hours of standby time It's running iOS 6. Is this correct or are these times off? What are your times?
    groovechicken

    by groovechicken

    Windows 8 and the Myth of the All-Purpose Device
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    With the release of Windows 8 and its ecosystem of hardware near at hand, I have been thinking about the ancient (in technology years) myth of the all-purpose device. This myth is one every geek knows and dreams of. The idea of having a single device that you carry around that can meet all of the technology needs you have is one that has captured the imagination since the days of the first "portable" computers. For geeks everywhere, though, it is ultimately a dream that leaves us depressed and... Read more →
    frankspin

    by frankspin

    Apple has scheduled an event next week, Sept. 12th. What are your predictions and thoughts?
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    Apple has officially announced a press event for September 12th. There have been a lot of rumors swirling over the last month about new connectors, designs and parts for upcoming Apple devices. It looks like we'll get some answers next week!
    Here is a list of some of the rumors that could be resolved:
    • iPhone 5 (the name)
    • 4-inch screen on the next iPhone
    • New two-tone body design
    • LTE
    • New earbuds
    • NFC
    • iPad Mini
    • New dock connectors
    What... Read more →
    marc

    by marc

    Will touchscreens become a standard feature on laptops?
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    As we've just seen from IFA 2012, a lot of manufacturers will be rolling out touchscreen laptops (and a few desktops) in the coming months, including Dell, Sony, Samsung, HP, Lenovo and Acer. These new models will, of course, be tied to the launch of the touch-friendly Windows 8 operating system, and will also compete against Microsoft's own Surface tablets.
    While some of the new models will run the scaled-down Windows RT, and will be more... Read more →
    IdoTDW

    by IdoTDW

    Adding a category: Cases
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    Choosing a smartphone/tablet case SUCKS! It is probably the most difficult tech-product to choose. Which is gdgt's goal: helping people choose the gadget or product that is best suited for them. So, I think you should make a "Cases" category, which will be divided into sub-categories, for each device. Of course, only the popular devices, like the iPhone 4/4S, iPad 2/new iPad, Samsung Galaxy S III, another Android device (HTC One X, for example)...