Facebook can now help you find Wi-Fi anywhere

If you’re a remote worker looking for a place to set up your mobile office or just someone with a limited data plan, free Wi-Fi can be more precious than food or water.

If you’re a remote worker looking for a place to set up your mobile office or just someone with a limited data plan, free Wi-Fi can be more precious than food or water. Now Facebook is pushing out a new feature inside its mobile apps to help you locate the nearest hotspots.

It’s called Find Wi-Fi and it’s been in limited testing since last year, though Facebook has now pushed the button to roll it out globally, so everyone should be getting the feature in the near future. As the name suggests, it shows you businesses near to your location offering free Wi-Fi that you can tap into.

Businesses need to opt in to Facebook’s database before they appear, so it’s not quite the last word in where you can or can’t find internet access, but it should help. You’ll also get details of opening hours, so you can avoid places that have shut up for the day.

Show me the Wi-Fi

In more modern cities it’s (thankfully) getting to the stage where it’s more uncommon not to find Wi-Fi in a restaurant or a bar, but that’s not the case everywhere – and in remote places where cellular data is scarce, Wi-Fi becomes even more valuable.

Facebook isn’t your only option, as a number of apps and services can already help you hunt down Wi-Fi – the problem is getting the data on who offers it and who doesn’t, so we’ll see if Facebook’s vast reach helps. Of course you can always just go inside a place and ask as well.

Updates for iOS and Android are being pushed out now, and once you’ve got the feature, you can find it by clicking on the More tab inside the app and then choosing Find Wi-Fi from the list. Happy internet hunting – just remember public Wi-Fi is inherently less secure than your home network.

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Oppo UDP-203 review – CNET

For twelve or so years Oppo has built up an enviable reputation for making reference-level disc players, including DVD and Blu-ray models that have earned our highest marks at CNET.

For twelve or so years Oppo has built up an enviable reputation for making reference-level disc players, including DVD and Blu-ray models that have earned our highest marks at CNET. The four-year-old Oppo BDP-105 is still our reference player for testing home theater equipment.

The times are changing though, and streaming is engulfing the need for physical media. So how does Oppo respond? With a steadfastly “physical” 4K Blu-ray player, the UDP-203. No streaming, no extraneous frippery. Just you and your local content.

If you’re a disc enthusiast the choice will be music to your ears, particularly as the Oppo supports most disc-based standards including Dolby Vision and even 3D (remember that?). The player also sports an onboard digital-to-audio-converters and 7.1 analog audio outputs for additional flexibility.

If you’re an Oppo fan, know that this player maintains the high standard the brand has earned over time and it’s just a lot of fun to use. On the other hand, competitors are able offer similar disc performance for half the price. For anyone who doesn’t need to pay for “the best” you might be better off with a Sony UBP-X800 or Samsung K8500.

The Oppo UDP-203 is available for $550, £649, and AU$949.

Design

Ever since Oppo’s first Blu-ray player in 2009, the BDP-83, the company has cultivated a readily identifiable look for its machines. While competitors opted for ever-slimmer chassis, Oppo has maintained its output of large rectangular boxes. Sony and Samsung have changed tack with some very stylish players in the past year, but the substantial Oppo UDP-203 still manages to ooze quality in a way those others don’t. It’s built like a velvet battering ram.

The front of the player is a big ‘ol slab of brushed aluminum which is inset with a Southern Cross of playback controls and a blue LED display. There is also a USB port for connecting external drives and a disc tray of course. It’s a fairly standard width at 17 inches and it’s a little over three inches tall.

The remote is the standard Oppo remote we’ve seen before. Yes it is loaded with buttons, but it’s reassuringly large, and actually fun to use. When used in conjunction with the player’s friendly menu system it’s an experience that’s quintessentially Oppo.

The user interface is undoubtedly the best Oppo has produced yet, and this is no doubt due to the lack of streaming fetaures. The wallpaper is a cool blue and there are stock photos accompanying each option. It’s a lovely change from the austere black of previous Oppo menus.

Features

Say you’re dropping $550 on a new 4K Blu-ray player, what kind of features would you be looking for? If you said “Netflix,” you’re going to be sorely disappointed, but I actually applaud Oppo’s decision to ditch apps. Streaming apps on a Blu-ray player or smart TV almost never get the latest revisions, and by contrast a Roku box is crazy cheap and regularly updated.

If you want to stream via the Oppo you can plug one of those boxes or sticks into its novel HDMI input. The company says “This approach affords users the flexibility to choose from a wide range of streaming devices and easily upgrade as streaming technologies evolve, while still taking advantage of the UDP-203’s audio and video processing capabilities.”

Oppo concentrates on the media you keep in your house — whether this is silver-disc-based, on a USB key or even a local network drive. As a 4K disc player the Oppo has support for most of the standards you would expect: High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Wide Color Gamut, plus an HDR converter for standard televisions. You get allowances for color spaces such as BT.2020 as well as standards such as HDR 10 and Dolby Vision. Almost the only thing that isn’t supported yet is Hybrid-Log Gamma (HLG) and Samsung’s HDR10+, but there’s no need to worry about those right now.

Still carrying your music collection around on a USB disk? The Oppo supports AIFF, WAV, ALAC, APE, DSD and FLAC. The player also comes with 802.11ac Wi-Fi or gigabit Ethernet for playing back audio and video files on a NAS or networked computer.

While 3D support is quickly disappearing from TVs and Blu-ray players alike, the UDP-203 is doing its best to keep the format alive by including it too. It’s weird to think that this feature — so hot a few years ago — is now considered “legacy”, especially when new 3D Blu-rays are still being released.

This Amazon deal has Nest Thermostat 3rd Gen for its cheapest price yet

The Nest Thermostat 3rd generation is currently on sale through Amazon prior to Amazon Prime Day 2017, dropping the price from $249 to $198.

It’s the lowest price yet: $51 off the Nest Thermostat 3rd generation through Amazon.

The Nest Thermostat 3rd generation is currently on sale through Amazon prior to Amazon Prime Day 2017, dropping the price from $249 to $198.

It’s the lowest price yet: $51 off the Nest Thermostat 3rd generation through Amazon. This deal marks the first time Amazon has sold the 3rd gen Nest under $200.

For people looking to enhance their homes or apartments with improved energy efficiency and temperature management, Nest has become a top pick. The 3rd gen Nest Thermostat learns what temperatures users prefer, learns their schedules, and works to make homes comfortable when people are around while saving energy when no one’s home.

The Nest Thermostat also offers users remote control via Wi-Fi, so if a schedule changes, users can pull out their list phone and tell their Nest they’ll be home early and want the A/C cranked.

This version of the Nest Learning Thermostat works with Amazon’s Alexa, offering users the ability to control their thermostat with by speaking to their Amazon Echo. If one morning it’s too cold to get out from under the covers, a simple shout to Alexa can get Nest to turn the heat up.

The original Nest Thermostat was decent, and with over 12,000 reviews on Amazon and an average 4.6 stars out of 5, the 3rd Gen Nest appears to be the best iteration yet. With Amazon’s deal on the Nest being its lowest ever, and another discount offered on multiple Amazon Echo devices, right now might be the easiest time to get started on a smart home with voice control and efficient energy usage.

For those on the fence, there’s rumored to be a new budget-friendly Nest Thermostat comingnext year.

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The best cheap iPad deals in July 2017

If you’re looking for cheap iPad deals – you’ve most certainly come to the right place! The iPhone may not be the best phone these days, but the iPad is definitely still the best tablet.

If you’re looking for cheap iPad deals – you’ve most certainly come to the right place! The iPhone may not be the best phone these days, but the iPad is definitely still the best tablet. And because there are so many models these days, it’s easier than ever to find the cheap iPad deals of your dreams.

Whether you’re after a deal on an iPad Air 2 or an iPad mini from a couple of years ago, we’ve found the best deals so you don’t have to. Even with Black Friday deals, iPads can be a bit expensive. Check out the Android models in our cheap tablet deals page.

Here are the best cheap iPad deals on all available models…

New iPad 9.7 deals

The brand new iPad 9.7-inch model is the successor to the iPad Air 2. It’s a fraction thicker but contains an improved A9 chip with an M9 coprocessor for enhanced performance. Surprisingly, this new model is actually cheaper than the iPad Air 2, making it the choice for anyone wanting a larger pad without the high costs of the Pro model.

In the US, prices for the 32GB model launched at $329, compared to £339 in the UK. The 128GB model’s price at launch was $429/£429. Opt for the cellular/SIM card 32GB model prices are around $469/£469, with the 128GB model priced at $559/£559. Ready to order a new iPad now? Then you better take a look at the new iPad deals below.

iPad Pro (2017) deals

Hey, wasn’t there supposed to be an iPad Pro 2 this year? Well, yes, but Apple instead decided to name their new iPad Pro, the iPad Pro. Thanks, Apple. We can help make sure you’re able to spot the differences between the two though to make sure you don’t buy the old ones by mistake if you want the latest and best iPad Pro deals.

First up, the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is actually a brand new size in the iPad Pro range, as the previous smallest model was 9.7-inches. There is a new 12.9-inch model though. But how do you tell the difference between the old and new iPad Pro versions? Our go-to tactic is to check the internal spec and look for the one key difference. The newest iPad Pros use an A10X processor, and the older ones have the A9X chip. So if you want to be sure you’re getting the latest version, look out for that A10X processor chip. Some retailers may have ‘2017’ in the listing title too, but many, including Apple, don’t.

So let’s look at reasons to buy the new iPad Pro over the older ones. The A10X is a faster processor to give it the edge over the older iPad Pro although the performance boost isn’t huge to be honest. The rear camera gets a modest megapixel boost. The front camera gets a bigger boost though for a much clearer FaceTime experience.

Both of the new models are available in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB hard drive sizes. You’ll also need to decide if you want a standard iPad Pro with only Wi-Fi or mobile tethering options available for online activities, or to opt for the considerably more expensive cellular models and a data-only SIM only deal too.

The new iPad Pro screens screens now benefit from smaller bezels and an improved display, for arguably the best iPad screen yet. All things considered though, the list of changes for the new iPad Pro aren’t exactly revolutionary. If the minor improvements don’t float your boat, you should take a look further down this page as we’ve listed the best deals available for the older iPad Pro models. There’s a strong chance you’ll be able to save money by opting for an older model for a while. If not, the latest prices for the new iPad Pro deals are directly below.

iPad Pro 9.7-inch deals

The new iPad Pro 9.7 arrives instead of an iPad Air 3

If you want the very best standard iPad, this is it – the new iPad Pro 9.7. It arrived in March 2016 instead of an iPad Air 3 and packs many of the outstanding features of the iPad Pro 12.9-inch model. That’s great news for anyone who wanted pro features in a smaller design.

iPad Pro 12.9-inch deals

The biggest and best iPad ever

The iPad Pro isn’t a laptop replacement in the way power users will hope. But it is, by some distance, one of the most brilliant tablets ever released. Using its enormous 12.9-inch screen is simply gorgeous and the power inside is unrivalled in the tablet world. So to anyone that wants an iPad with more power, a better media and reading experience and more abilities than ever before, there’s no question here. Go for the iPad Pro and you’ll love it.

iPad Air 2 deals

Simply the best ‘normal’ iPad available – and the best tablet fullstop

Apple improved on perfection with the iPad Air 2. And now that the iPad Pro 9.7 has hit the shelves, this brilliant tablet is available at an all time low price. The combination of power, better screen, improved design and upgraded OS make this a very, very compelling device – and that’s before getting into the fact the app ecosystem is so much stronger than on Android. It’s even better now iOS 9 is capable of scaling apps so seamlessly – the days of low-res iPhone apps are gone. Here are the best cheap iPad Air 2 deals currently available…

iPad Air deals

It’s a year older but this iPad is still a fantastic tablet

It’s a joy to hold the iPad Air – even though it’s now the thicker option compare to the iPad above. From the clever construction to the fast processor to the improved user interface, this iPad may be a bit older but it’s still excellent. Choose a cheap iPad Air deal from these options we’ve found:

iPad mini 4 deals

The best 7-inch tablet ever made

One of the major changes with the iPad mini 4 over last year’s mini 3 is its design. It may look the same, but it’s been slimmed down from 7.5mm to a wafer thin 6.1mm. It’s also now more powerful, has a stunning screen and the battery is still a 10-hour beast. The A8 processor is a good step up from the A7 inside the mini 3 so if you’re going to play 3D games or throw around some of the more hefty iPad apps from the App Store, this is certainly your best option.

iPad mini 3 deals

The best iPad mini currently available

If you want an iPad mini – this is another great option because it’s almost as good as the iPad mini 4 above, but there are some great iPad deals on this to be had, too. The 7.9-inch screen is the perfect size in our opinion – you can hold it in one hand but it’s still big enough to be satisfying when you watch videos or browse the web. Here’s every cheap iPad mini 3 deal you could ever want, and then some…

iPad mini 2 deals

The first iPad mini with Retina display is a deal-tastic marvel

If you’re looking for the best iPad deal you might well find it on this iPad right here. Deals on this iPad fluctuate regularly – you can often find it for cheaper than the iPad mini 3 but sometimes it’s more expensive, depending on retailers and stock levels. If the iPad mini 3 above is cheaper, definitely get that one over this! Here are the best cheap iPad mini 2 deals currently available…

iPad mini deals

The cheapest iPad out there but it’s still a winner

So the original iPad mini may not have a Retina display but it’s available for well under £200 in the UK and so for the right deal it’s still worth your while considering. Again though, if the price is similar to the iPad deals above, get the ones above if for no other reason than the super-sharp Retina displays they offer. Here are the best cheap iPad mini deals we can find…

The best Amazon Kindle deals in July 2017

This is TechRadar’s dedicated page for Amazon Kindle deals. Here you’ll find the cheapest Kindle deals for all models, whether it be for the classic ereaders or the Fire tablet versions.

This is TechRadar’s dedicated page for Amazon Kindle deals. Here you’ll find the cheapest Kindle deals for all models, whether it be for the classic ereaders or the Fire tablet versions. We cross check every model of Kindle with every retailer every day to pull in the best deals so that this page is always up to date with the cheapest prices.

You’ll find the latest prices from a wide range of retailers for the latest Kindle e-readers. We’ve found the best prices on the basic yet impressive regular Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite and you’ll also find the best deals on the more luxurious models of the Kindle Voyage and Kindle Oasis. You won’t have to wait for Black Friday for discounts either as we see decent deals throughout the year, although Amazon’s Prime Day is probably just around the corner sometime in July. Want more functionality from your slate? Then take a look at our best iPad deals.

What makes a good Kindle deal?

If this is your first Kindle, you’ll be wanting to know – how do you tell a good Kindle deal when you see one? Luckily, there are so many good ones out there it’s pretty easy!

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The early Kindle e-readers don’t have LCD screens or powerful internal components which means they’re usually a lot cheaper than tablets and phones. The lack of a glass screen is fantastic for glare-free reading though and an immediate improvement over using the Kindle app on your phone or tablet.

The Kindle Voyage normally has a price of about $220/£170 so if you can get it for cheaper than that you’re onto a winner. After that, there isn’t a huge difference in features so it all depends how much you want to spend. If you can find the Kindle Paperwhite for under $120/£110 you’re getting a good price, while the Kindle 2014 model has a fairly static price of $80/£59 but every now and then it dips lower. With the new Kindle Oasis model arriving recently, we may see the older models’ prices drop soon.

For the tablets, the best thing to do is just work out how much you want to spend and pick up the model that sits closest to your budget. The HDX models are the good ones so do go for one of those if you can.

What do ‘Special Offers’ mean on the Kindle listings?

When looking at a Kindle e-reader listing, whether it’s on Amazon’s website, or on a different retailer’s site, you’ll often see ‘includes special offers’ in the title or item description. Choose without special offers and the price will jump up £10/$20.

Essentially, these Special Offers act as Amazon-based screensaver-style advertisements on your Kindle device. So when you pop your Kindle on from sleep mode you’ll see an ad for a book on Amazon’s Kindle store, or maybe a third party ad.

Annoying right? Actually, I opted for with Special Offers (I do love a cheap deal), and it’s not bothered me one bit. You can swipe the ad away easily (no trying to find the tiny X icon here) and get on with your reading straight away. When in sleep mode, the ads cycle on the screen, but they’re not illuminated and they don’t seem to consume any power. They don’t slow anything down when powering on the device after shutdown either.

Seeing as they don’t interfere with the experience at all, I’m glad I didn’t spend the extra £10 to block them. Hey, some of them (sales ads etc) have been worth clicking through to. If you really don’t like them though, you can always pay the difference at a later date to get them removed. So we’d opt for the cheaper ‘includes special offers’ option first.

Here are the best Kindle deals currently available…

Kindle Paperwhite deals

The best standard Kindle ever is a value-for-money winner

The 6th generation Kindle Paperwhite is the best standard Kindle yet, it’s the most cost effective ereader on the market and it easily beats the Kobo Aura on performance and design. Unlike the cheaper model, this one comes with screen lighting. Amazon has managed to create a fast e-ink tablet with inventive reading apps. You can lookup words in the dictionary without leaving your page, or even flick through any relevant Wikipedia entries for most words or terms. The latest version’s screen is now just as good as the more expensive Voyage model. As far as value for money goes, this is the one to beat.

Amazon Kindle (2016) deals

The new 2016 Kindle, also known as the ‘All-New Kindle’ is the updated version of the entry level Kindle last released in 2014. If you want the cheapest option, this is the one you should go for as the 2014 version has been discontinued and any deals you see are probably for preowned or refurbished units. With prices starting around £60/$80 you’re getting a bargain. The 2016 model is also available in white (the 2014 was black only), it’s lighter, thinner, has double the RAM speed and double the storage capacity at 4GB. The lack of a lit screen is the only thing holding it back really.

Kindle Oasis deals

The luxury ereader you’ve been waiting for?

The new Kindle Oasis is out now and costs $290/£270 for the basic Wi-Fi version. There’s no avoiding the obvious, that’s a lot of money for an ereader. However, dedicated ereader fans will appreciate the extra improved screen lighting and premium quality. The considerably cheaper Voyage and Paperwhite models are excellent alternatives though and feature the same screen resolution. The page turn buttons are given a wider bezel on the side, making it easier to hold one-handed – the screen will flip over to accommodate left-handed readers too. You also get a lush charging cover thrown in for free. Without the optional cover though, this is the lightest Kindle yet. Oh and the battery, it lasts for months instead of weeks. Months!

Kindle Voyage deals

A modest improvement over the Paperwhite

The Voyage used to be the most expensive Kindle around before the Oasis arrived, but at least we’re seeing the price drop now. Amazon’s Voyage is still one of the best ebook readers available. It’s more compact than most other Kindles and the screen is sharper than the standard Kindle. Although, the latest version of the far cheaper Paperwhite now comes with the same 300ppi screen, leaving this model looking a tad overpriced by comparison. Modest improvements on the Voyage include a flush display making the device easier to keep clean, adaptive screen lighting for easier lighting adjustments and additional page turning buttons.

Amazon tablet deals

Want something a bit more advanced than a Kindle e-reader? If your needs are a bit more media-intensive as you want a handheld device for gaming, viewing movies (especially on Amazon Prime) and browsing the web, an Amazon tablet could be for you. Naturally, there’s a Kindle app, but the glass screen can be a hindrance for extended reading sessions.

Amazon Fire HD 6 deals

The latest tablet version of the Kindle Fire

One of the most enticing tablets to come from Amazon, mixing efficient integration with the Prime services and a compact footprint that makes it easy to drop in your bag, this 6-incher is no tablet king, but it does what it sets out to well. It’s quite small though, so if 6-inches is too tiny you could have a look at the options below.

Amazon Fire 7 deals

Amazon’s most popular Fire tablet

Sitting at the budget end of Amazon’s Kindle tablet range, the Fire 7 is generally the cheapest of the lot as it doesn’t have a HD screen. Amazon has just refreshed the Fire 7 range though and it now comes with Alexa, the virtual assistant from the Amazon Echo devices. You can also have different profiles – some for the kids – through Amazon FreeTime. Update: The older version is currently on sale at Amazon.co.uk for a very tempting £34.99.

Amazon Fire HD 8 deals

The All-New Amazon Fire HD 8 is an improved beast

For this low price, the Amazon Fire HD 8 is one of the best tablets around, especially if you’re happy to jump into Amazon’s ecosystem. Mobile gamers will appreciate the improved tech inside the more recent versions as it comes with more storage, 50% more RAM and a 1.3GHz processor. Better yet, the 2017 edition seen below now comes with integrated Alexa – the excellent virtual assistant from the Amazon Echo range. You’re not paying any more for the privilege either, so we’d only recommend the latest version.

Amazon Fire HD 10 deals

Amazon largest premium tablet

If you’re not a fan of Amazon’s range of cheaper tablets because of the rather cheap plastic finish, you might be interested in the revamped Fire HD 10. Gone is the plastic finish, replaced with a premium aluminium body. A 1.5GHz processor makes this one of the fastest ever Amazon tablets and the HD screen is an ideal match for the range of Amazon Prime instant videos.

Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition

Got tech-hungry children, but don’t want them to get their grubby mitts on your tablet or phone all the time? The Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablet could be the answer. In addition to enhanced durability (look at the size of that housing), it also comes with a two-year guarantee, which covers the tablet -even if the kids break it- no questions asked. There are plenty of software safeguards too, such as making sure they can only watch appropriate content online, adjustable screen-time limits and access to loads of age-appropriate games.

Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition

Bigger and better than the Fire 7 Kids. You’re getting a larger screen with HD visuals. The sound is better too as the mono speaker has been banished for Dolby Atmos and dual stereo speakers. The battery has been boosted up to around 12 hours, compared to the eight offered by the smaller model and you get 32GB of storage instead of 16GB. You’re still getting that same tough build quality and two year guarantee too. Come on, don’t make your child grow up with SD visuals. Doesn’t everyone deserve HD, even if they are going to smear jam all over it and throw it around a bit?

Kindle Fire HDX 7 deals

Last year’s main Kindle tablet, now available with some great deals

For the right kind of customer, the Kindle Fire HDX is the perfect tablet. And who is that customer? Someone who doesn’t want to do much more than consume content on their tablet. For the customisation you give up, you gain simplicity and ease of use. We’d like to call this the sort of tablet you give to someone who is less than tech savvy, but those devices don’t usually have such good hardware. There’s not single junk part on the Kindle Fire HDX that’ll spoil your experience with all of Amazon’s rich content. Features like X-Ray for movies, downloadable Prime videos and Mayday will have the most ardent Nexus fan feeling rather jealous. Fresh UK stock is increasingly rare, so this may only show results for US readers.

We check our Kindle deals every day to make sure they’re always up to date and available!

Is this Microsoft’s canceled Surface Mini? – CNET

Was Microsoft planning to release a smaller Surface called “Surface Mini” in 2014? According to Windows Central, it supposedly was.

Back in 2014, a third-party revealed a case for a “Surface Mini” product ahead of Microsoft’s planned event in New York City.

Was Microsoft planning to release a smaller Surface called “Surface Mini” in 2014? According to Windows Central, it supposedly was.

Back in 2014, a third-party revealed a case for a “Surface Mini” product ahead of Microsoft’s planned event in New York City. The case fed into rumors that the company would reveal a “mini” version of the Surface tablet. A few weeks later, only the Surface Pro 3 was announced. Now, however, Windows Central posted alleged pics of the rumored Surface Mini.

We can’t speak to the validity of Window Central’s pics (so it’s best to take these with a grain of salt). WC also shared what would have been specs for the tablet:

8-inch displayWindows RT 8.1
Snapdragon 800 clocked at 2.15GHz
1GB of RAM
1,140×1,080 screen resolution
32GB of storage
Dual-band Wi-Fi

While this doesn’t exactly shake our world, the alleged Surface Mini would have been Microsoft’s first crack at making a tablet under 10 inches (its Surface line has range from 10 to 12 inches). It would have been interesting to have checked out the new size, but alas, it just won’t happen. The latest Surface tablet, the Surface Pro, was released in June.

A Microsoft representative declined to comment on this story.

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Is this Microsoft’s cancelled Surface Mini? – CNET

Was Microsoft planning to release a smaller Surface called “Surface Mini” in 2014? According to Windows Central, it supposedly was.

Back in 2014, a third-party revealed a case for a “Surface Mini” product ahead of Microsoft’s planned event in New York City.

Was Microsoft planning to release a smaller Surface called “Surface Mini” in 2014? According to Windows Central, it supposedly was.

Back in 2014, a third-party revealed a case for a “Surface Mini” product ahead of Microsoft’s planned event in New York City. The case fed into rumors that the company would reveal a “mini” version of the Surface tablet. A few weeks later, only the Surface Pro 3 was announced. Now, however, Windows Central posted alleged pics of the rumored Surface Mini.

We can’t speak to the validity of Window Central’s pics (so it’s best to take these with a grain of salt). WC also shared what would have been specs for the tablet:

8-inch displayWindows RT 8.1
Snapdragon 800 clocked at 2.15GHz
1GB of RAM
1,140×1,080 screen resolution
32GB of storage
Dual-band Wi-Fi

While this doesn’t exactly shake our world, the alleged Surface Mini would have been Microsoft’s first crack at making a tablet under 10 inches (its Surface line has range from 10 to 12 inches). It would have been interesting to have checked out the new size, but alas, it just won’t happen. The latest Surface tablet, the Surface Pro, was released in June.

A Microsoft representative declined to comment on this story.

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iPhone 1 vs iPhone 7 Plus: this is how far we’ve come in 10 years

The original iPhone is celebrating its 10th birthday, and what better way is there to mark this anniversary than to force it to hang out with its taller, more popular and overall better looking kid?

The original iPhone is celebrating its 10th birthday, and what better way is there to mark this anniversary than to force it to hang out with its taller, more popular and overall better looking kid?

We decided to do an in-depth comparison of the iPhone 1 vs the iPhone 7 Plus running iOS 11, putting the two smartphones side-by-side. What’s changed? In two words: a lot.

As we wait for the iPhone 8 (or whatever Apple will end up calling its next smartphone), let’s see how far we’ve come in one decade.

We have to start here because the camera has seen the biggest advancements of any iPhone feature. It’s replaced buying a DSLR or compact camera for many people and paved the way for billion-dollar ideas like Instagram and Snapchat.

The original iPhone had a single 2MP camera on back, and that was pretty significant back in 2007. It was superior to the standard 1.3MP camera on many flip phones and its touchscreen allowed you to better frame and review shots.

What’s crazy? iPhone 1 doesn’t have a front-facing camera, doesn’t take video and doesn’t let you can’t tap to focus. It just takes low-resolution photos during the day and, at night, all you get is either dark nothingness or a blurry, bright blown-out mess. But this was still a big deal ten years ago.

Now? Now we’re spoiled with three cameras on the iPhone 7 Plus, including an impressive dual-camera setup on back. Apple has also multiplied the level of detail and color correction in ten years and added a bokeh-rich Portrait Mode, Live Photos, and that all-important FaceTime camera. Yes, selfies (and selfie tricks) weren’t a thing when the iPhone 1 launched.

The iPhone 1 had a large, revolutionary 3.5-inch touchscreen, eschewing the physical keyboard popularized by BlackBerry in favor of an on-screen keyboard. That was controversial. Those who weren’t wowed by this technology on June 29, 2007 seemed to be predicting an on-screen keyboard would never take off.

What’s crazy? The iPhone 1 is so small that the entire phone fits within the perimeter of iPhone 7 Plus screen. That 3.5-inch screen has a resolution of 320×480 pixels, and it packs in only 165 pixels per pinch. The revolution came, but it wasn’t even Retina HD just yet.

Now? iPhone 7 Plus is massive by comparison thanks to a 5.5-inch, 3D-touch-touting display. It has a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and about 401 pixels per inch and a significantly wider color gamut. It really contrasts with what looks like the 8-bit of smartphone displays.

The iPhone 1 had a length and width of 115 x 61mm (4.53 x 2.40), big by 2007’s standards. It also had a thick girth of 11.6mm (0.46 in) and was anything but a unibody phone. You, could, however, hold and operate it with one hand and fit in in a skinny jeans pocket.

What’s crazy? It’s very slippery and fairly delicate – admittedly, we broke during the making of this six-month-long feature. The iPhone1 is an antique and should be treated as such. Our mistake.

Now? iPhone 7 Plus is obviously much bigger at 158.2 x 77.9mm (6.23 x 3.07 in), but the depth is noticeably slimmer: 7.3 mm (0.29 in). It may not fit in your pocket – and sadly our jeans have gotten skinnier in ten years. Luckily, the new iPhone is more durable, debuting water-resistant for the first time in 2016.

The iPhone 1 came with pre-installed apps, but Apple didn’t launch its App Store until the iPhone 3G released a year next year. That meant you were stuck with 17 apps and the settings menu for 18 tiles total on the single homepage.

What’s crazy? There’s no Control Center, notifications shade, or second home screen pane (why would you need it?). You certainly can’t delete apps, but do you remember a time before app folders? Those didn’t launch until iOS 4.

Now? 500 apps launched on the iPhone a year later thanks to the advent of the App Store via a software upgrade called iPhone OS 2 (the predecessor to iOS). Now, as of iOS 11, we have more 2.2 million apps and Apple has had 130 billion downloads. At WWDC 2017, Apple announced that the App Store has generated $70 billion in revenue for developers.

The iPhone 1 could make phone calls, send text message and connect to Wi-Fi so you could email people and surf the web. All of this was considered a feature suite in 2017. Before, phones used to break up the mobile web into little chunks with scrollable vertical and horizontal bars. Safari gave us our first taste of the real mobile web. Wallpapers were customizable on the lockscreen, where Apple’s ‘Slide to unlock’ mechanic reduced butt dials dramatically.

What’s crazy? Notice anything? There’s no Bluetooth, nevermind Night Shift, Do Not Disturb and low-power modes, all considered essential in 2017. Also, you weren’t able to change the wallpaper on the device itself. Only the lockscreen. What a world we lived in.

Now? Jumping from an iPhone 1 to an iPhone 7 Plus with iOS 11 seems so much more complicated. But over the course of ten years, we’ve grown with all of the system changes and wouldn’t be able to function without swiping up from the bottom to access Control Center. The only thing we miss is the satisfaction of ‘Slide to unlock.’

Apple didn’t need to tout the iPhone specs for the first two years because the iPhone 1 and iPhone 3G had limited processing power and, frankly, didn’t need to high-end performance for the fledgling App Store the came in year two. But the iPhone 1 was still a capable little machine, with a 412MB processor and 128MB of RAM.

What’s crazy? Apple’s entry-level iPhone 1 had just 4GB internal storage – and you though 16GB of bad. Of course, we didn’t have much to use up that space in 2007. The App Store was still a year off and the low-resolution photos didn’t take up a lot of room. But, just in case, Apple also had 8GB and 16GB models.

Now? iPhone 7 Plus claims speed records thanks to its Apple A10 Fusion chipset that has 2.34GHz quad-core processor and 3GB of RAM. It’s thousands of times faster than the computer within the Apollo spaceship – the one that landed on the moon – and the technology now fits in your pocket.

The iPhone 1 debuted Apple’s iconic home button and what was unique about this is that there were no physical buttons on the front of the device. This was foreign territory for avid BlackBerry fans. It pressed in like a normal button and lit up the screen when the phone was asleep or returned you to the home menu when you were in an app.

What’s crazy: Holding down the home button does… absolutely nothing. Siri didn’t launch until the iPhone 4S came out. Double pressing it, however, did lead to a shortcut: back to the home screen, to the search menu, Phone Favorites, the Camera, or iPod app.

Now? The iPhone 5S changed the home button when the Touch ID fingerprint sensor made it flat instead of concave (and got rid of the classic square icon). The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus did this again by eliminated the actual button that you press, favoring a touchpad with a haptic vibration that simulates pressing it in.

Rumor has it that the iPhone 8 won’t have any home button or home pad due to an all-screen. Apple may put the button on the screen and fingerprint sensor behind the glass, if it was able to figure out that design.

The iPhone 1 and iPhone 7 Plus are very different when it comes to the battery and charging methods. The iPhone 1 has a smaller 1,400mAh battery size, but bigger 30-pin dock charger, while the iPhone 7 Plus provides a hefty 2,900mAh battery and uses the much slimmer Lightning Cable.

What’s crazy? The iPhone 1 had a bigger battery size than the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. The official specs said those newer phones were better, with longer talk time and longer standby time, but the additions of 3G radios and Bluetooth ate up battery life and actually made the phones thicker (and therefore the battery sizes smaller compared to the iPhone 1).

Now? The true iPhone battery life revolution didn’t happen until the iPhone 4 and again when the significantly bigger iPhone 6 Plus launched, comfortably lasting all day while doing more tasks. Batteries got bigger, internal specs became more efficient and software taxed the battery less. The iPhone 5 introduced controversy when it switched everyone over to reversible Lightning cables (care to go back?) and now the iPhone 7 Plus give us our most efficient battery of an iPhone. What’s next? Rumors point to iPhone 8 getting wireless charger, something we like about our iPhone Mophie case, but wouldn’t mind having out of the box.

The iPhone has dramatically changed over the course of ten years.

Don’t think so? Apps weren’t a thing outside of what was pre-installed, selfies weren’t a thing and listening to music via Bluetooth headphones (or now AirPods) on your daily commute was annoyingly not a thing. These are all smartphone features we take for granted nowadays.

What will the iPhone look like in another 10 years? The popular theory is that it won’t be a phone. The advent of augmented reality may just give us something that’s closer to this sci-fi future.

I think that’s more like 20 years away. In the next 10 years – if I had to make an iPhone prediction – I suspect the iPad mini coming back. Follow me on this: if the new iPhone does indeed get a glass back, and if companies follow through on prototyping flexible phones, and if current phones continue to get thinner and thinner, we could have a phone, with glass on both sides, thin enough to be folded over (yes, a flip phone), one could morph into a small tablet. It’d be ideal for watching YouTube videos on a train or plane, but be sleek enough to fold up and fit into your pocket. Yes, the near future phone may just be the iPad mini, or if it folds up 16 more times, the Apple Watch.

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The already super-cheap Moto E4 gets even cheaper – CNET

The Moto E4 wants to be a budget wonder

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Republic Wireless now has the latest Moto E4for only $99, which is is about $30 less than its usual $130 asking price.

Known for its inexpensive phone plans, Republic Wireless is a small network that cuts user cost by defaulting calls to local Wi-Fi networks. When Wi-Fi networks are weak or nonexistent, the phone will switch to a cell network. With only a few phones in its lineup (about 10 total), E4 is the latest offering under Republic Wireless’ belt.

We’ve had the Moto E4 in the office for a minute and while it’s no Moto G5 Plus (a phone we declared as one of the best budget phones), the E4 is smaller and much cheaper. Like the Moto Z2 Play, it includes a single button that combines the Back and Recent buttons into one single mini touchpad you swipe, long press or tap.

Look for a full review soon. In the mean time, check out CNET’s Moto E4 hands-on.

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Donald Spector, Chairman Emeritus of New York College of Health Professionals is in Serious Discussions to Bring Holographic Media Into the Home

IRVINE, Calif., June 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The New York College of Health Professionals announced earlier this week the issuance of U.S. Patent No. 9,693,140 that allows remote speakers to project not only the sound of artists and entertainment, but also project real life images emanating from the speakers.

IRVINE, Calif., June 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The New York College of Health Professionals announced earlier this week the issuance of U.S. Patent No. 9,693,140 that allows remote speakers to project not only the sound of artists and entertainment, but also project real life images emanating from the speakers. This breakthrough patent uses WiFi, Internet streaming and holographic projections and playlists to create the ultimate home experience. This represents a new frontier in home entertainment which the college is planning to spin off and hopes will become a billion dollar business.

The inventor Donald Spector holds patents that were the basis for location-based advertising, one of the first Super Apps, and breakthrough patents for wearables, 3D animation and hundreds of products generating billions of dollars. Spector is well-known for his work in the fragrance industry, with medical technologies, security systems and computer technologies. He is the most prolific living inventor that is not a household name.

No stranger to the entertainment industry, Spector partnered with Mitsui & Co. (one of the largest companies in the world), where he helped broker the sale of NBC in the Pacific Rim to Mitsui, as well as introducing QVC to Mitsui, which purchased half the rights of QVC for Japan and other parts of the Pacific Rim. He has served as executive producer on Broadway and president of a major record label, which featured in its format artists such as Elvis Presley, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney and Pavarotti.

“So much for audio or video as we know it, soon you will have both in a new dimension with real life holographic images coming into your home,” said Lisa Pamintuan, President of New York College.

Donald Spector, Prolific Inventor, Philanthropist and Futurist, has opened up billion dollar businesses before, and believe that this will change everything. “Holography is in its infancy,” said Spector. “You may have seen it at theme parks or other entertainment venues, but now it will be the next generation in Home Entertainment. You will basically see live performers in your home.”

Donald Spector has been in discussions with Chris Carmichael to develop the home entertainment holographic patent to its fullest potential as a multi-billion dollar business. Carmichael, who has been described as visionary holds patents in immersive technology and has filed several patents in Virtual and Augmented Reality. The two have been in discussions of working together since meeting in New York over the past few years in a variety of technologies including Holography.

“Donald is one of the most brilliant men I have ever met. It is an honor to have the privilege to work with him. This patent is an absolute game changer,” said Chris Carmichael.

Spector believes the product has strong potential for educational and commercial use, where office buildings and malls can not only replace expensive Christmas trees and waterfalls with holographic images but can provide content-rich advertising and entertainment experiences at the tap of a Smartphone. Spector projects the product will hit the market at under one thousand dollars and eventually be priced at a couple of hundred dollars for the home market.

About New York College of Health Professions

Chartered by the New York State Board of Regents, New York College of Health Professions — a not-for-profit institution located in Syosset, Long Island, with additional sites in New York City — offers institutionally accredited undergraduate and graduate-level degree programs in Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and Herbal Medicine, and Certificate programs in Holistic Nursing for Registered Nurses and The Science of Self Improvement. New York College maintains a 30-acre modern medical facility in Luo Yang, The People’s Republic of China. The College has grown remarkably in the past several years and will continue to develop new educational programs as well as expand into many new areas. For more information about New York College of Health Professions visit www.nycollege.edu or https://www.facebook.com/NewYorkCollegeofHealthProfessions.

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