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Apple announces brand new Apple TV with Siri integration and touch remote

Apple TV 2015

During today's Hey Siri, Give Us a Hint event, Apple announced the long-awaited, completely redesigned Apple TV. In an effort to bring TV into the modern age, Apple is focusing on an app-based solution for reinventing television. On the inside, Apple has added 802.11ac Wi-Fi networking, giving the Apple TV faster networking access. The App Store is now front and center on the new Apple TV, allowing users to download television-optimized apps from developers. The user interface has been modernized, and on the inside, Apple has included the A8 processor from the iPhone 6. This is a big improvement over the A5 processor found in the previous model. Apple has updated the software to a version of iOS 9 that it's calling tvOS.

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iPad Pro announced: 12.9-inch 2732x2048 display, 4 speakers, A9X chip

Apple iPad Pro specs

Apple has announced the new iPad Pro at today's Hey Siri, Give Us A Hint event. This is the largest iOS device yet, sporting a 12.9-inch display with a 2732x2048 resolution - that equates to 5.6 million pixels, which is more than even the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. In fact, as Apple points out, the length of the iPad Pro display when in landscape orientation is equal to that of two iPad Airs side-by-side. What that means is that you can run two full-sized standard iPad apps on the iPad Pro simultaneously, side-by-side.

As for ports, the iPad Pro has the standard Lightning connector that we're all used to for charging and syncing. Additionally, it has a new connector called the Smart Connector. This allows you to attach the new Apple Smart Keyboard.

The iPad Air Pro also sports a four speaker array. Two stereo speakers on the top, and two more on the bottom. Depending on the orientation and how you are holding the iPad, it will change the dynamics of the sound to optimize it for that specific scenario. Apple says that the iPad Pro at full volume is three times louder than the iPad Air 2 at full volume. This is been a big complaint with iPad in the past, since it was never great with sound.

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Bleeding Edge TV 538: Seagate Game Drive for Xbox review

The Seagate Game Drive for Xbox is the easiest way to add 2TB of storage space to your Xbox One or Xbox 360. The Seagate Game Drive for Xbox is the direct result of a partnership between Xbox and Seagate that will leave you with 5x as much storage as you started with on your 500GB Xbox One, and much more than that if you own an Xbox 360.

The Game Drive for Xbox simply plugs into any USB port on your Xbox One or Xbox 360, without the need for a power supply. It supports USB 3.0 speeds on the Xbox One. It's available for $109.99 starting today.

You can get the Seagate Game Drive for Xbox now!

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HP EliteBook Folio 1020 G1 review

HP Elitebook Folio G1 review

Back when we brought you our first-look at the HP Elitebook Folio 1020 G1, many pointed out just how amazing this enterprise-level notebook looked. Obviously, this line of thinking is referring to the fact that business laptops in the past have been plain, mostly matte black affairs that lack any sort of desirability from a consumer perspective. Sure, IT departments get excited about the security features and how cheap they are, but the accompanying bulk, weight, and poor battery life leave much to be desired. HP is aiming to change that with the Elitebook Folio 1020 G1, fancifying what a business laptop can be. Is it worth your attention? Follow along in our HP Elitebook Folio 1020 G1 review for the answer.

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Unboxing Live 159: Monster Superstar Backfloat


In this episode, I bring you a look at one of the coolest Bluetooth speakers I've ever seen - the Monster Superstar Backfloat.

Monster's Superstar Backfloat is rugged--you can spill water on it without any worries. Even cooler, it's been constructed in a such a way that it will float in water. Throw it in the bathtub or pool and you've got your music right with you. Even better? It's also a speakerphone, so you can take your calls without getting out of the water.

We give you a look at the Monster Superstar Backfloat in this episode, and I give you a demo of how it works even when wet. Be prepared for the #WaterDance.

You can pick up the Monster Superstar Backfloat now.

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Getting ready for Seattle Mind Camp 10: The Philosophical Guide

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Tips, Upcoming,

This is an updated version of a post originally published on April 28, 2006. Seattle Mind Camp 10 takes place June 6-7 - get your tickets now!

Most of you who have previously attended Seattle Mind Camp understand the free-form nature of the beast.  However, many of you will be joining us for the first time, and I wanted to try to prepare you for the kind of event you’re going to encounter.  Mind Camp is not a traditional type of gathering, and the success of the event depends in large part on the willingness of the participants to wrestle the chaotic mess into order.

Seattle Mind Camp is an “unconference,” in the style of Bar Camp or Foo Camp.  The idea of an unconference has been promulgated by Dave Winer, among others.  As I understand it, Winer’s particular insight was that, for any conference panel discussion, you could take any random group of people out of the audience, replace the panel onstage with that random group, and have an equally enlightening and worthwhile session.  The Mind Camp experience seeks to leverage that idea by completely doing away with a pre-planned program of speakers. The day’s sessions will be designed by the attendees and the schedule will be curated by Andru Edwards and his Mind Camp Counselors team.

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Seattle Mind Camp 10: June 6-7 at Facebook!

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Upcoming, Announcements,

Seattle Mind Camp is back! We’ve just scheduled Seattle Mind Camp 10 to take place over the weekend of June 6-7 at Facebook offices in Seattle, an incredible space in Seattle's downtown area. Oh, and yes, the event will most certainly run for 24 hours straight as usual. Tickets are on sale now, and we’ve already got a great group of people registered. Be sure to get your ticket, because we expect these to go fast!

Wondering what's so cool about Mind Camp? You may wanna check out our YouTube channel!

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

With the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft has switched up its strategy on its tablet PC, aiming to make it the best Windows laptop for the average consumer. This is the third attempt from the company at reinventing the laptop, bringing tablet parity into the product that runs on a full-on Intel Core i5 processor. It’s a large tablet. It’s a thin laptop. It’s a powerful 2 in 1. Is it the one for you, though?

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Apple Watch Pricing: Here’s what you’ll pay for Sport, Watch, and Edition models

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Wearables, Corporate News,

Apple Watch Pricing

During this morning's Apple Spring Forward event, the company finally filled in the blanks on how much all three versions of the Apple Watch will cost. If you are wanting anything other than the Apple Watch Sport model (which Apple previously announced as starting at $349,) then you might need to start saving up now in advance of the Apple Watch release date. Here's the breakdown:

APPLE WATCH SPORT

APPLE WATCH (STAINLESS STEEL)

APPLE WATCH EDITION (18K GOLD)

There you have it! Are you looking to pick up an Apple Watch? If so, what model are you looking to pick up now that you have the details on Apple Watch pricing?

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Apple Watch will be available on April 24, preview and pre-order on April 10

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Wearables, Corporate News,

Apple Watch release date

Apple is holding its Spring Forward event, focused on Apple Watch, this morning. The company just announced that the Apple Watch will be released on April 24 in the US and select countries, answering the question of when everyone will be able to get their hands on the hot new wearable coming out of Cupertino. The Apple Watch will be available in Apple Stores nationwide, but if you'd rather have it sent to you, you'll be able to pre-order one starting on April 10th, starting at $349 for the Apple Watch Sport. Be sure to check out the full Apple Watch pricing breakdown to see exactly what you'll have to pay for the Watch and band combo that you've been eyeing, along with the costs for additional Apple Watch bands.


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