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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 [...]

Bluetooth headphones protect children’s hearing

August 7, 2015

Puro Kids headphones If you have kids, chances are very good that they are listening to music through earbuds or earphones. No problem with that, but if the volume is too high, it can affect your child’s hearing. That’s why it makes sense to equip them with headphones or earbuds that limit the volume to about 85 db or less. At that level, children can listen for about eight hours [...]

Teen social media use helps maintain friendships

August 6, 2015

New report shows how teens make and keep up with friends online It comes as no surprise that teens are heavy users of social media and mobile phones. But, based on a new survey from Pew Research, we now know that a majority (57 percent) of teens have met at least one new friend online while 29 percent say they have met at least five friends that way. The survey also found that most of these [...]
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