My new Phab2 Pro was just delivered, and this phone is an amazing, huge wonderful piece of phone tech. I am installing all my Google stuff, and the augmented reality of Tango, and it is incredible. The screen is 6.4 big, beautiful inches. I think this is going to be my main phone in about an hour. Here are a couple of images. More later, as I want to play with this thing. Great way to spend a Thursday afternoon, isn't it?
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro | The World's First Google Tango-Enabled Smartphone | Lenovo� US. Oh, the sacrifices that FutureLawyer makes for his readers. I will be testing and reviewing my newest gadget this coming weekend; a Google-Lenovo Phab 2 Pro. This 6.4 inch screen phablet is the first phone in the world to run Google Tango, which augments the reality it sees with computer sensors that are accurate to time and place. Point it at your living room, and it shows the measurements of every piece of furniture. Point it at the real world, and it provides accurate information about everything it sees. You will see it being used in museums, courtrooms, grocery stores, retail stores, shopping malls, and operating theaters in the future. Augment the reality of your world. Tango is your vehicle to an augmented reality future, and you don't need to put on a dorky headset to do it.
This was the hottest tech 20 years ago... in 1997 - CNET - Page 2. Remember the days of yesteryear; when a StarTac phone was the coolest gadget going. I remember the first flip phone. It was tiny, by mobile phone standards, and is the first phone that actually fit in my coat pocket. Whip out one of these, and you were immediately recognized as the cool dude. Check out this CNet slide show, and see if you recognize any gadgets you owned in 1997.
Samsung to debut foldable smartphone in Q3, says new report | Android and Me. Screen technology is making folding screens a reality; whether they are gimmick or game changer remains to be seen. Done properly, these things could make tablet computers obsolete. But, can they be thin and light enough to carry around in a pocket? Would you be an early adopter of one of these? I know my answer.
Carnival Corp.: Wearable technology to transform cruise experience: Travel Weekly. I love stories like this. All the naysayers who have been saying that wearable computing is a fad, and that the alleged drop in sales of SmartWatches means that consumers are abandoning them ( I challenge the stats they use) must take into account that computers have invaded every part of our lives, and they will become more ubiquitous as time passes. Now, the cruise industry is adopting wearable bands that work like the smartbands at DisneyWorld. Just walk up to the bar and the bands will order your drinks and food for you. Charge them to your room without signing anything, and get you into your room without a key. Brave new world. Check it out at CES 2017, or just go to Carnival's website. If you see me on the cruise ship, you can recognize me by the SmartWatch on my wrist, the Bluetooth headset draped around my neck, the Smartphone in my hand or pocket, and the Ocean Medallion on my other wrist or around my neck. Compute on.
Quicken 2017: Personal Finance, Money Management, Budgeting. If you ask a solo lawyer how they can manage their law practice without employees, they will all tell you that the computer revolution is the reason. Managing bank accounts, trust accounts, real estate trust accounts, and other types of accounts is impossible to do manually if you are a one person practice. However, with software like Quicken, which connects to the Internet and your bank as often as you want, you can stay on top of every financial, budget or planning issue. The new version of Quicken now enables this functionality on a SmartPhone or other connected mobile device. Of course, two step authentication is mandatory if you are storing and accessing financial data online. Manage your money the modern way. Do it with Quicken.
Should You Leave Your Laptop Plugged in All the Time?. Should you leave your laptop plugged in all the time? As with most things, the answer isn't simple. Modern Lithium Ion and Lithium Polymer batteries cannot be overcharged. So, keeping them plugged in most of the time won't harm them. However, you need to use the battery often to prevent damaging the recharge cycle. As with most things, moderation is the key. I keep mine plugged in at home and at the office; but, make it a point to use the computer without AC when out and about, or traveling. I have yet to lose a battery to this type of hybrid use. By the time your battery reaches it expected life of 300 to 500 recharge cycles, you will have moved on to the next computer.
Google Pixel, Pixel XL and Nexus 6P to Jan. 3rd Android Security Patch May Fix Battery Issues. One of the principal reasons I switched to the Nexus 6P, and why I bought SWMBO a Pixel XL is that they are not tied to a specific carrier, and they get monthly security updates to their software. So, when a battery drain problem surfaces in the new phones, Google can fix it immediately. On January 3d, another update to Android 7.1.1 will be pushed to the 3 Google flagship phones and, while I didn't have a big battery drain problem, I have noticed that the phone dies after a full day and night use. I have solved the problem by using external battery additions, and keeping the phone on the charger while at my desk during the day. If you are looking at a new phone, check out the Google phones first. You may be surprised at the improvement in your daily phone use.
T-Mobile Sync Up Drive | Monitor Your Car & Loved Ones via Your Mobile. After our recent auto theft, I have been researching auto security. Since I am a TMobile customer, I was interested in the SyncUp Drive, which connects to most modern cars' OBD readers (On Board Diagnostics). It has its own GPS, so the car can be located with a SmartPhone app. The kicker, for me, is that it also functions as a WiFi Hotspot, for up to 5 devices. It even works in my 12 year old car. TMobile is running a promotion that credits the cost of the device over a two year period, on a monthly basis, effectively making the device a no cost addition. You can get 2 Gigs a month of data for $10, making this a no brainer choice for someone who wants GPS protection along with WiFi access.