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My week with the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+

August 29, 2015

The Galaxy S6 Edge+ is, in a word, gorgeous. With this phone and its smaller and slightly older sister, the S6 Edge, Samsung has out-Appled Apple. The two iPhone 6 models look great but the Edge S6 rivals from Samsung are even better. The phone may be overpriced, but if it’s fashion you want, than this is the phone for you. It begins with the wrap-around Edge screen. It’s not all that [...]

Hybrid tablet/laptop sales expected to soar as tablet sales decline

August 23, 2015

Surface Pro (credit: Microsoft) Tablet sales, including the once very popular Apple iPad, are on the decline but sales of so-called 2 in 1 devices like the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 are on the rise. I’m writing this post on a Surface Pro which looks and acts like a tablet until you snap on the optional keyboard that attaches magnetically to the tablet. Once attached, you have a laptop. And, [...]

Epson follows Verizon and changes how customers pay for products

August 20, 2015

Ink-jet printer makers have long, in a sense, subsidized hardware by charging a lot of money for their ink. If you do the math, the ink can costs thousands of dollars per gallon. But Epson, with its new line of EcoTank printers and multifunction devices, is changing the equation. The printers are more expensive, but the ink is a lot cheaper. [...]

Comcast testing $10 a month broadband for low-income seniors

August 19, 2015

  Several years ago, Comcast launched a program called Internet Essentials where families with at least one child in a free school lunch program can get high-speed (10 mbps) Internet access for $9.95 a month along with a free modem and WiFi router and access to digital literacy training materials online, in print or in person. The service doesn’t require a contract and there is no [...]

Guide helps educators navigate social media for class and professional use

August 18, 2015

  The Educator’s Guide to Social Media is free from ConnectSafely by Larry Magid You’ve heard the stories — teachers who got themselves into trouble over what they posted in social media or were, perhaps, cyberbullied by students. And then there are tales of students wasting their time using social media in class. These are risks to be sure, but when used properly, social [...]

Intel and Apple release diversity reports: Progress but still a long way to go

August 13, 2015

This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News It’s no secret that Silicon Valley tech companies are a bit of a White and Asian boys club. In an open letter, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who founded the Rainbow Push Coalition, pointed out that Blacks and Latinos are grossly unrepresented in the Silicon Valley workforce. He called it “inexcusable, unacceptable and inconsistent with [...]
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