In today’s technology display resolution is key for everyone sitting in front of a computer. Monitors and computers come in various ports from vga, dvi, hdmi and then the mini-display port as well as the display port. Everyone wants higher resolution and images that don’t distort, which includes higher refresh rates. DisplayPort 1.3 has arrived to drive the 4k at 60hz. DisplayPort 1.3 standard increases the maximum bandwidth up to 32.4GBPS from what it was at 21.6 GBPS. This will also allow users to run 5k monitors over a single DisplayPort cable. Dell is leading the way for this technology and we’re told we’ll see the first set monitors with this port sometime in 2015.
The iPhone 6/Plus is the next rave and everyone wants one, even if they deny wanting one! There are two different models, the iPhone 6 which is 4.7 inches and the iPhone 6 Plus which comes in at 5.5 inches. Each phone will come in either 16, 64, and 128 gb. The iphone 6 will have a 1334×750 display while the iphone 6 will feature a 1920×1080 display. Each will boast a longer battery life, landscape mode, and a huge boost in the camera department. There is also a new feature called “Reachability” which moves items from the top of the screen to the bottom of the screen for quick access. I for have already got mine on order and can’t wait to have it in my hands!!!
In today’s work force everyone has more than one screen connected to their pc. Usually this is accomplished using a usb adapter or hub. Matrox has been creating cards that allow up to 4 screens to attach, and they have just introduced a new pci card that allows up to 6 monitors. Resolutions up 2560×1600 for the 4 display. This is a low powered card so cooling is generally not an issue. Now the c680 can drive up to six 4K displays. The cards are based on AMD GPUs and both carry 2GB of GDDR5 Graphics memory.
Verizon Wireless one of the top 3 in cell phone providers plans to add Internet TV as one of their services. The plan is for them to integrate their IP-based TV service with its FiOS video so they can start competing with cable subscription companies. The plan is launch their service sometime in 2015. Currently Verizon is working with big content providers to reach an agreement. With this trend Verizon believes bundled pay for TV subscriptions will have its days number and the competition will be growing for providers.
Apple released its latest iOS update, iOS 8 is now available to download. The update is geared for the iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, 5c, and 5s, as well as the iPad up to iPad version 2, and the iPod Touch 5G. Updates include app extensions, continuity, Apple Pay, better iCloud security, health tracking and some improvements to the camera, Safari, iMessage and Facetime. The latest update will allow for apps to interact better and for users to share their apps, books, and music, without using just one icloud account.
For those of you who have updated your iOS devices, you will notice that you now have the uncanny ability to allow your phone to have entire conversations with itself. When you open a new message words will appear at the top to allow you to quickly send a message without actually typing. Not only is this great for adults, but also for my 3 year old nephew who was able to let me know “taking the bus be your house later” which is a dramatic step up from his last message ”dwkfreiuuuuuu” Enjoy the new iOS!
After you pass away what do you think should happen to your personal emails, chats, photos, and social media sites? Would you be ok with that information being released to a fiduciary who is granted authority over your digital accounts? The “Fiduciary Access to Digital Access and Digital Accounts Act” was recently signed into law in Delaware putting your online personal information in the hands of a stranger with full access to your accounts. Yahoo stated that this new act violates the initial agreement their users agree to when starting their services with them. Yahoo’s terms of service state that they will delete the account when provided with a valid death certificate. They do not give access to anyone other than the account holder once they have passed. Facebook agreed with Yahoo’s concerns and state that the offer the “memorialization” feature that allows the deceased Facebook to stay up but doesn’t allow anyone to access or change the account. For more information on this blog click on this link.
Microsoft announced today that they will purchase Minecraft from Mojang for two and one half Billion dollars! They are indicating that they will continue to allow access to the application across all platforms that currently have the app, but are expected to leverage users towards their Xbox Game system. Projections show that Microsoft will break-even on the acquisition by the end of 2015. Look out for BVA to release ChaChingCraft which allows you to virtually build with Lincoln Logs!
On September 9th Apple announced the launch of the new improved iPhone 6 which has two versions, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus that are two different sizes. The new iPhone has a new look with rounded edges, similar to the iPod Touch and is now the thinnest iPhone yet (6.9mm thick). The iPhone 6 is 4.7 inches diagonally while the iPhone Plus is much larger at 5.5 inches diagonally. Much like the iPhone 5 the iPhone 6 has an aluminum back and the rumor was that the new phones would have a sapphire screen but unfortunately that’s not the case. You will still need to protect your screen with a large bulky otter box type case. In order to lock your screen you press the button on the side as opposed to the top of the phone. The screen is retina HD which packs 38% more pixels than prior phones! Apple has also added a new feature called NFC and Applepay which allows you to store your card information on your phone and replace your bulky wallet. These are just a few of the new features you can expect with the new iPhone 6, for more information please click on this link.
Are you considering getting a Chromebook? Do you know what chromebook is? The chromebook is Google’s aim at bringing computing to the masses without all the bulk or high-end price. It runs Chromes OS and relies primarily on the cloud to store data and applications. You are essentially using the Chrome Web browser to perform most of your actions so having an internet connection is generally necessary, though there are some offline functions that can be performed. Chromebooks usually come with a small ssd drive and low processing power because it relies on the internet to do most of its functions. You’ll have to setup a Google account, you’ll have access to the google apps, and you will have the ability to change the wallpaper. They keyboard on the chromebook is different than a traditional pc so that will take time to get used to the various keys that do things you’re not used to, on top of new keys, some of the standard keys such as the HOME, END, Page UP, ect are missing, or accessed with function keys. Chromebooks are cleaner by some standards as it can only do so much. If you’re looking to just browse the internet, email, and use online apps this could be the machine for you.