Oct 17 2016

5 Ways to Conserve Smartphone Battery Power During the Work Day

image-5 5 Ways to Conserve Smartphone Battery Power During the Work Day

You forgot to plug your phone in last night, and you’re starting the work day with only 20 percent battery life. It’s a situation that’s happened to everyone, and it’s no fun at all. But with some battery-saving tricks up your sleeve, you can make minimal battery life last you through the workday. Plus, when you use these tricks all the time, you’ll conserve your battery, increase the time between charges, and decrease the likelihood that you end up stranded with a drained phone and no charger.

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Oct 05 2016

Review: iVUE Horizon Pro 1080p HD Camera Glasses

image_thumb Review: iVUE Horizon Pro 1080p HD Camera Glasses

A while back I got an opportunity to do a review on iVue’s Horizon Pro 1080p HD camera sports glasses. People who like to do activities like to be able to record themselves, but trying to record using a smartphone while doing activities is kind of difficult. IVue has come out with a pair of sport camera glasses that has the camera built right into the center of the classes. They’re built really sturdy and water resistant.

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Oct 04 2016

Review: Canon Vixia HF R700 Camcorder

img_57f44423165fd Review: Canon Vixia HF R700 Camcorder

I recently picked up a new camcorder to keep track of my son’s activities with tae kwon do and football. Some of the main things that I was looking for  was a good optical zoom, HD recording, the ability to take still photographs during the recording process and to be very easy to use.

It’s kind of difficult to think that people are still looking for camcorders when most people try to use their smartphones now to record all kinds of events, but smartphones don’t have zoom lenses that get those long distance  shots.

I chose to pick the Canon VIXIA HF R700 HF R700 camcorder. It came out around February of this year. It makes professional quality recordings and has a fantastic 57x optical zoom, full HD recordings, it’s compact and easy to use.

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Sep 30 2016

Slick new iPhone 7 case restores the headphone jack

image_thumb-17 Slick new iPhone 7 case restores the headphone jack

I think it’s always funny when you see companies trying to dictate the path of technology in such a way that it angers people.

Apple’s newly released a new iPhone 7 it’s causing a star with the absence of the headphone jack. There was a lot of discussion about the release of the iPhone 7, especially around the fact the new phone was not going to have headphone jacks. Apple presented several reasons why the headphone jack was being taken away, but the most compelling were that there’s a lot of third parties that have devices that interface with the iPhone 7 through the headphone jack.

The backing argument was that these third parties who want to use the iPhone 7 headphone jack were able to do this without paying any kind of royalties. That means that Apple was missing out on a whole new revenue stream for people who wanted to interface with the iPhone 7. In order for Apple to get in on that business, they have to remove the headphone jack and replace it with something more proprietary; something requires royalty fees if you want to use your device with the iPhone 7.

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Sep 28 2016

Hewlett Packard Imposes Ink Cartridge DRM Requirements On Customers

image_thumb-15 Hewlett Packard Imposes Ink Cartridge DRM Requirements On Customers

A couple of years ago, I made the conscious decision to switch from using an inkjet printer to using a color laser printer simply because the ink cartridges didn’t last very long and they were very costly. When you’re using an inkjet printer you don’t know exactly how many pages you going to be able to print with that set of cartridges.

When an inkjet printer goes to its maintenance process or prepares to print when you have issues where an inkjet printer doesn’t print correctly, there’s just too many things with an inkjet printer that are unsatisfying and void.

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Sep 27 2016

Dragon Professional Individual Version 5 – Auto Transcription Sample Rate Problems

image_thumb-6 Dragon Professional Individual Version 5 - Auto Transcription Sample Rate Problems

A couple of weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to do a product review on Dragon Professional Individual version 15. I like to try to go to the product/software as much as I can and test various aspects of its functionality. Dragon Professional Individual focuses on professionals who use speech recognition as a way to increase their productivity.

One of the ways that professionals try to increase their productivity is by using voice recorders. They take notes by voice, it’s recorded to an audio device, using an MP3 file; and then there able to take that MP3 file and dump it into Dragon Professional Individual and have it transcribed.

As I was testing this function, I found a problem.

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Sep 21 2016

Dragon Professional Individual v15 – Features or Compatibility

image_thumb-5 Dragon Professional Individual v15 - Features or Compatibility

Recently, I was given the opportunity to review the latest version of Dragon Professional Individual version 15. I’ve been a user of Dragon since version 7. I find that Nuance’s speech recognition software is probably the most advanced available. Speech recognition is probably the most powerful productive tool that you can use in your daily activities. Everything from composing documents, emails, instant messages, etc.

I’ve done software product documentation, support, installations, product development, software testing, and training. Having done all these things, it makes you focus on the functionality of the software, compatibility, and the behind-the-scenes support apparatus.

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Sep 15 2016

Review: Dragon Professional Individual version 15

img_57d37a29135f3 Review: Dragon Professional Individual version 15

Nuance recently released a new version of their speech recognition software, Dragon Professional Individual version 15. The Dragon Professional Individual series started with version 14. Nuance made some improvements to the existing Dragon NaturallySpeaking application, trying to make it more applicable to professionals. Version 14 offered the addition of transcription, auto texts, and Dragon Anywhere [subscription service].

The Dragon Anywhere is an application you can download to your Apple or android device, using the application you can leverage the speech recognition abilities of Dragon pretty much anywhere you want. The vocabularies you have on your desktop can be synchronized with that on the Dragon Anywhere application. You can also synchronize Dragon Anywhere documents using various cloud services.

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Sep 02 2016

Facebook Can Help You With Your Political Affiliation

image Facebook Can Help You With Your Political Affiliation

Facebook is interesting, in the fact that it’s collecting all this private information on people and building these digital profiles. So even if you don’t know what your political stance is on the US elections, Facebook can help you, because they already have you figured out; and labeled.

Oddly enough, I don’t normally do any kind of articles on this website about politics because of how polarized it is. Most people avoid conversations of religion and politics just by policy, but because this website is based on technology topics, I have to report that Facebook is keeping track of your political views.

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Aug 31 2016

Sling TV adds NBC Channel; kinda

image_thumb-8 Sling TV adds NBC Channel; kinda

I just recently did an article about Sling TV adding the NFL channel. I think it’s great that Sling TV is gaining more speed and more acceptance with the Cord Cutter community. They are providing a service that everybody wants; streaming channels to just about any type of device. Essentially, Sling TV is a digital/Internet antenna for your mobile device.

Right now, it seems like everyone is fighting to provide their own media channel. ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox all have their own individual streaming channels, of sorts. Most of the channels don’t have live streaming TV, they offer playback of episodes that were viewed previously.

Sling TV was supposed to be different in the aspect that it provided live streaming television, but somehow they’ve cut a deal with NBC to incorporate their broadcast lineup [playback only], mixed in with their live television streams.

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