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Apple’s iPad Pro Proves Size Does Matter
Apple's New iPad Pro Should Score Big With the 50+ Crowd  by Tim Bajarin, Contributing Editor (Editor's note - Apple…
New Samsung Phones Have Stuff for Us
This week Samsung rented out Alice Tully Hall at New York's Lincoln Center, the same venue used by the New…
Lenovo Flex 3 – 15 – Is 15″ The New 11″ For The 50+ Market?
What Is It?  This year has brought a quiet change to the laptop market, and one that directly benefits those…
Life With the Apple Watch
by Gary M. Kaye, Chief Content Officer Does Anybody Really Know What Time It is? I have tried out a…
The New Model Moto G – Practical Affordability
What Is It? - This past week Motorola announced two new Android phones, but only one of them, new version…
Bake A Cake For Windows 10
Happy Windows 10 Day! By Bill Stoller, President, WCH Computer Services, LLC July 29, 2015 – the day Microsoft officially…
Nextbook Ares 11 – Android Gets Down To Business
What Is It?  In many ways this 11.6" Android convertible is a real breakthrough product for Nextbook.  The Nextbook Ares…
Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge – Substance and Style
What Are They? - The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are this year's flagship phones from [caption id="attachment_8470"…
Lenovo LaVie Z – Featherweight Champions
What Is It? Lenovo claims the new LaVie Z is the world's lightest notebook computer using an Intel Core processor.  It…
Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon – Take Three
What is it?  This is the third incarnation of Lenovo's flagship Ultrabook for road warriors.  The Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon  has…
Asus Zenfone 2 – A Bold Challenge To The Status Quo
What Is It? - The Zenfone 2 is the newest flagship phone from Taiwanese computer maker Asus . It challenges the…
LG Goes to Great Heights to Launch the G4
It's getting to be really tough to make a splash with a new smartphone.  But LG went to great heights…
LG Throws a Sharper Curve – the LG G-Flex 2
What Is It?  The LG G Flex 2 is the second curved smartphone from LG.  It has a 5.5" full…
Back To Black(Berry) Classic
By Bill Stoller, CEO of WCH Computer Services LLC.  What Is It?  In mid-December 2014, BlackBerry announced its newest physical…
Apple Watch: Do You Think I’m Sexy?
By John R. Quain, Editor-At-Large Apple's sales pitch is clear: We make tech sexy. But the company may have a…
Microsoft Surface 3 Pro – The Ideal Hybrid?
What is It?  As its name implies, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is the software giant's third effort at a…
Lenovo’s Breakthrough AnyPen Technology Makes A Point
What is it? The Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 AnyPen with Windows is an 8" tablet that is the first to…
VSN’s V.360 Sets Your World Spinning
What Is It?  The V.360 camera from VSN Mobil is a panorama action camera that allows you to view your world…
Samsung Gear “S” – The Best Smart Watch, So Far
by John R. Quain, Senior Writer. What is it? - You've heard of butt dialing. Get ready for wrist dialing.…
Samsung Note Edge Throws A Real Curve
What is It? -  The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is both a real mouthful and a real handful.  This is one…
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Biking Goes Hi-Tech – New Technologies For Two Wheels

Editor’s Note – California Governor Jerry Brown signs new e-bike law creating three categories of e-bikes in the most populous state.  For more see E-Bikes – Why Aren’t They Booming With the Boomers?

Dyson Air Products Will Have You Breathing Easier

by Fred Fishkin
What do you think of when you hear the brand name Dyson? Odds are your thoughts turn to vacuum cleaners and your wallet. Dyson products aren’t cheap. These days, the company founded by British inventor James Dyson has been branching out. Its Airblade hand driers are becoming pretty common in restrooms and are so powerful they make the skin on your hands flap around like it was caught in a tornado. Dyson is also becoming known for making the funniest looking fans on the market. Using what it calls Air Multiplier technology, the fans have no visible blades. They’re just an oval that sits on a base and oscillates.

BodiMetrics – Measuring Your Health in the Palm of Your Hand

By Gary M. Kaye, Chief Content Officer

Why Lenovo is Doubling Down on the Yoga Form Factor

How Lenovo’s Yoga Helped Define the Future of Portable Computing

by Tim Bajarin, Contributing Editor
I recently had lunch with David Roman, a personal friend who also serves as the CMO of Lenovo. I have known David for about 15 years and met him when he was at HP serving as a key marketing director of that storied Silicon Valley Company. During lunch we talked about the world of mobile computing and how when tablets first came out, many rushed to proclaim that they would overtake laptops and become the next true personal computer. This of course caused great panic inside all of the PC companies and they moved quickly to develop tablets of their own to compete with Apple’s iPad, which had stolen a lot of their thunder.

Garmin’s NuviCam – One Smart Traveling Companion

By Gary M. Kaye, Chief Content Officer 
As smartphones have gotten bigger and more capable, sales of dedicated automotive GPS devices, also known as Portable Navigation Devices (PND’s) have gotten smaller.  Now Garmin has introduced a feature packed device that merits space on your windshield as your smartest and safest traveling companion, the Garmin NuviCam. Garmin started with the best features of its PND line, including a six inch touch screen display, voice command, lifetime maps, real time traffic alerts, and a huge number of searchable points of interest.  It has added a dash camera to record any untoward incidents on the road, and an alert system that will warn you of an impending frontal collision or if you’re drifting out of your lane.  It’s put all of that into a sleek metal case with a secure magnetic mount that makes it easy to put on and take off the device with a minimum of fumbling.

E-Bikes – Why Aren’t They Booming With the Boomers?

By Gary M. Kaye – Chief Content Officer
 Some of the stars of the recently concluded Interbike Show in Las Vegas, the largest bicycle exhibit in North America, were the electric assist bikes, or e-bikes.  There were scores of e-bike companies displaying everything from comfort e-bikes to commuter e-bikes, to mountain e-bikes, even fat tire e-bikes.  These machines are ideal for the 50+ generation.  They give you all the joys of bike riding, but dramatically reduce the pain and strain.  Many of them have what are called step-through frames.  We used to call them women’s frames, but not anymore.  Now they are ideal for both bike commuters and for those of us who have lost some of our range of motion.  Yet despite their obvious attractions for an older market interested in staying fit and having fun, so far they simply are not catching on.

Panasonic Hits One for the HomeTeam With Grandparents App

Just in time for Grandparents Day, Panasonic, a brand you may associate more with televisions than seniors, now has an app specifically targeted for grandparents.  The app is called HomeTeam, and it’s available on Android, iOS, and for the PC or Mac.  The premise behind it is to allow grandparents to engage with their grandchildren in real time to do more than just video chat, but also read books, and play games.

Tech Awakens to Sleep at IFA

By Gary M. Kaye, Chief Content Officer 
At IFA, the big European consumer electronics show in Berlin, it was clear that technology is waking up to sleep.  Two of the major players in consumer electronics, Samsung and Philips, both introduced significant sleep related products.  Several smaller firms also showed off products that promise to either help us sleep, or help us wake up happier, while monitoring our sleep quality.  So what’s the big deal about sleep?  Estimates vary, but as of 2013 Americans were spending more than 32 billion dollars each year to get a good night’s sleep.  But according to the National Sleep Foundation we are failing miserably.  In a 2013 study, the NSF concludes that the majority of Americans say they do not get a good night’s sleep.  And there’s increasing evidence linking insufficient sleep with a host of diseases from diabetes to high blood pressure, and even cancer.

The 50+ crowd Is Buying Apple Watch’s For Their Parents

by Tim Bajarin, Contributing Editor
Some years ago, when I was in Japan I was told about a WiFi enabled teapot. At the time someone mentioned this to me I could not for the life of me figure out why connecting a teapot to WiFi made any sense at all. It turns out that the older Japanese still have tea two or three times a day, including a late afternoon tea time that many have been doing for decades. So their children, who are in their 40’s or 50’s, set up a WiFi router in their parents’ homes and buy them these WiFi enabled tea kettles so that every time the tea kettle is lifted to pour the tea, it sends them an alert that lets them know the parents are doing OK and things are normal.

Stitch – A Companionsip Site for Our Generation

By Fred Fishkin
it could be called a dating site for seniors.   It could be called a friendship site.   But what considers itself to be is a site that connects active adults over fifty for companionship.  Being single is not a requirement.  Being up front about the type of companionship you are looking for is.

Garmin’s fēnix 3 – A Worthy Outdoor Companion

By Maxwell Kaye, Associate Editor
Garmin’s fēnix 3 is a an around outdoor companion that has features of a GPS, a fitness tracker and a smartwatch.  Right out of the box it has a fitness tracker with a step counter that also provides you with a distance and altitude readings.  Other features include barometer, and temperature (though your body heat is likely to skew that readout).  It does have a visual map built-in, and while it provides you with a reference point, you probably don’t want to use it for serious navigation.  You can get more detailed mapping if you use the Bluetooth functionality to pair with your smartphone.  Once it’s paired you can also receive email and text notifications to the fenix as well as detailed weather.  And it has music controls to play your tunes on the trail.  It also has a calendar and alarm functions.

Eric Taub’s Primer on Accessibility – Pt II – Android

Accessibility Features: Android OS
by Eric Taub

Mobile Payments – Can You Leave Your Wallet at Home?

By Ross Rubin
Money makes the world go ’round, but tech companies have had many go-arounds trying to displace money. As the smartphone has come to become the primary pocket device, a handful of tech companies is declaring a war on the wallet,  including Apple with Apple Pay, Google with Android Pay, and now Samsung with Samsung Pay.

Flipagram Makes Digital StoryTelling Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy

by Tim Bajarin,  Contributing Editor

Amazon Echo Brings The Star Trek Computer Home

Hey Siri and Cortana, Now Hear This

by Fred Fishkin

Adware – Those Sneaky Invaders From the Internet

Editor’s Note – Sooner or later almost every computer user gets ’em, no matter how careful you are.  We’re talking about those pop up ads or toolbars that are annoying at best and can cripple your computer at worst.  We asked our friends at AVG anti-virus software for some guidance on how to deal with these threats. 

Off To College Gift Guide 2015

Whether your son or daughter is a freshman and starting their higher education tech collection from scratch, or if they are in grad school and just need a few upgrades, here’s a look at some of this year’s tech products ideal for campus.

Roadblocks Remain To The Self-Driving Car

by Gary M. Kaye, Chief Content Officer  
“Turn my key, step on my starter,
Take you riding in my car.”

A Transportation Pioneer Looks at Autonomous Cars

By Fred Fishkin
Editor’s note – I first met Alain Kornhauser back in the early 1990’s when he founded TravRoute Software, which was doing GPS trip routing years before Navigon or Google Maps.  Now this longtime Princeton professor has moved on to look at the implications of the self-driving car.  This is the first Tech50+ piece by veteran journalist Fred Fishkin.

Apple Store Creator Ron Johnson Reimagines Retail

by Gary M. Kaye, Chief Content Officer
At age 55 and after rising to the heights in retailing, Ron Johnson certainly didn’t need the money.  Nor did he need the stress and aggravation of starting not only a business, but a revolutionary concept.  Johnson made it “hip” to shop in Target.  He invented the now iconic Apple Store concept, though he failed in his effort to turnaround century old retailer JC Penny.  Now he’s invented “Enjoy”


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