The only good technology is the technology that does you good. It doesn’t matter if your gizmo is faster or smaller (or bigger) than your neighbor’s if you have to spend hours with the manual to use it.
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Would you do this to your iPad? The $40 iPotty from CTA Digital of Brooklyn, New York is a simple potty training setup which uses an iPad to keep a child focused and in one spot while he learns to do his business the right way. The tablet holder has a clear protective cover and can pivot from landscape to portrait position.
The iPotty turned heads at Toy Fair 2013 in New York.
(Photo Copyright 2013, Robert S. Anthony, Stadium Circle Features.)
The new 7.9-inch Apple iPad mini borrows key features from its larger siblings. It has the same processor (dual-core A5) and screen resolution (1,024-by-768 pixels) as the older iPad 2 and the same 1.2-megapixel front and 5-megapixel rear camera as the new iPad. The iPad mini starts at $329 with 16GB of storage and a Wi-Fi adapter.
Brother has turned the concept of inkjet printing on its side—literally. The $200 MFC-J4510DW, part of Brother’s new Business Smart Series, can print on an 11-by-17-inch sheet of paper which is almost the same size as the unit itself. How? It loads paper sideways instead of in portrait mode, which means the paper path is 11 inches wide instead of 8.5 inches. This means you can load paper as wide as 11 inches through a manual feed slot in the rear.
The original Amazon Kindle Fire color Android tablet and ebook reader debuted at $199 in 2011 and was reduced to $159 earlier this year when the new Kindle Fire HD was announced. On Cyber Monday the price was cut again to $129 for one day.
The improved Kindle Fire has a 1GHZ processor which, according to Amazon, is 40 per cent faster than the chip in the original build of the Kindle Fire. It comes with 8GB of storage and a seven-inch, 1,024-by-600-pixel display.
By comparison, the new Kindle Fire HD has a seven-inch, 1,280-by-800 display and comes with 16GB ($199) or 32GB ($249) of storage.
The Logitech Washable Keyboard K310 is made with clumsy office workers and peanut-butter-fingered children in mind. In case of spilled coffee the $40 keyboard can be cleaned by dunking it in soapy water and rinsing it under a faucet. It even comes with its own cleaning brush, which clips neatly to the bottom. The well-spaced keys on the thin, but full-size Logitech Washable Keyboard K310 proved comfortable and responsive.
Microsoft Windows 8 is here and so is the new Times Square Microsoft Store, which will feature the Microsoft Surface tablet/notebook. Yes, there was a line of early buyers as Windows 8 went on sale at midnight, but no one would have mistaken it for an iPhone line at an Apple Store.