Fifty bucks might not sound like a whole lot, but you’d be surprised what you can get for such a small sum of money. We live in a world where you can get a cheeseburger for $1, a functioning computer for $5, and thousands of HD movies for $10 — so it stands to reason that you should be able to pick up some pretty sweet gear for $50. In this article, we’ve rounded up all the best tech under $50 for your perusal. Enjoy!Chromecast AudioDo you have an older stereo that isn’t compatible with all this newfangled streaming tech, and are fed up with leaving your phone tethered to an auxillary port? Not to worry — Chromecast Audio is here to save the day. Just plug it into the aforementioned auxiliary port on your stereo, and connect it to your home WiFi network. Once you’re all set up, you’ll be able to sling audio to your speakers from just about any app on your phone. Read more here.Price: $25Buy one now from:Amazon Best BuyHubsan x4 Cam Plus … [Read more...] about Here’s all the best gear and gadgetry you can snag for $50 or less
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Defining a system used to be relatively straightforward. But as systems move onto chips, and as those chips increasingly are connected with applications and security spanning multiple devices, the definition is changing.This increases the complexity of the design process itself, and it raises questions about how chips and software will be designed and defined in the age of the Internet of Things/Everything. For example, will engineers be developing software-defined hardware, network-defined software and hardware, or application-driven connected systems?Simon Davidmann, CEO of Imperas, asserts that the classical definition of an electronic ‘system’ still stands—a product composed of both hardware and software components. “But what constitutes a typical ‘system’ has evolved considerably, especially software content, so the technologies and methodologies that are used to develop, debug and test the system become critically important.”To this … [Read more...] about What Is A System Now?
Everyone has that friend who is a total Apple hater. “Why is there a small ‘i’ in front of everything?” “Why pay so much more for pretty design?” “Android rawwwwks.” “Windows is the OS of the future!” They just can’t keep their angry opinions to themselves, but we have a few gift ideas that might make them calm down while flying their Android or Windows flag — at least until the iPhone grande is announced next year … Grace Digital MatchStick Speaker Dock, $100When something coins itself as “Not Made for iPhone,” you just know the makers have the back of all Apple haters out there. The dock is made specific for the Android-based Kindle Fire and will simultaneously charge the tablet as it blares music from two 3-inch full-range stereo speakers. You can also twist the tablet holder in landscape mode and watch a movie straight from the dock with a boost of sound. A Micro USB connector is … [Read more...] about Holiday gift guide for the anti-Apple fanboy
It's no secret that Apple will unveil the new iPad 3 at its March 7 event for journalists next week. The coy and vague invitations to the event featured an iPad-looking image, with the words, "We have something you really have to see. And touch."Beyond the hope for a wicked-sharp new iPad 3 screen and speculation about a beefier processor, a whole different set of rumors has been gaining momentum: First, might Apple take advantage of all the hoopla around the attention-grabbing iPad 3 and use it to introduce an iOS-based sibling, a new generation of the Apple TV?Definitely. OK, maybe not. But the signs point in that direction for a few reasons. First, it looks like the retail supply chain is experiencing a distinct lack of available Apple TV units. This late in a product cycle, that usually means that Apple is quietly letting its partners sell out of stock so they don't get stuck with too much of the old on their hands when the new is unveiled.Second, on its own, the Apple TV does not … [Read more...] about OPINION What’s Apple Hiding in B82?
The best smartphone on the market is the iPhone, right? That is the conventional wisdom. However, if I were to ask about the best shoes, shirt, car, boat or TV, the answers likely would be all over the map -- not just on brand but on type.When it comes to cars, for instance, I personally favor convertibles because they remind me of my youth when I could ride a motorcycle without a helmet, and they are just more fun. They suck if you want to carry a bunch of things, though, which is why my contractor favors a pickup with an extended cab.If I lived in the city, I'd likely favor a small electric car -- or if I had lots of kids, a huge SUV. I actually have four very different cars -- each best for what I want to do, and only two are convertibles. There's clearly not one best car, so why should one size fit all in smartphones?Microsoft is expected to launch a refresh of its phone and tablet products next week. Its mobile devices haven't done well against Apple's to date, so it would seem … [Read more...] about OPINION So What’s Really the Best Smartphone?
Apple on Wednesday held a mammoth two-hour event to introduce a long-awaited new Apple TV set-top box, a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and the expected iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Further, Apple announced new Apple Watch colors and bands, and a special collaboration with Hermes.While the iPhone is clearly Apple's most important product, it's arguable that the Apple TV is its most important new addition. Apple CEO Tim Cook acknowledged that TV "plays a huge role in our lives" but noted that the experience hasn't changed much in decades."Today we are going to do something about that," he promised, adding that Apple's vision for TV is "simple and perhaps a little provocative. We believe the future of television is apps."Cook then pointed out that 60 percent of pay streaming TV already is consumed on Apple devices -- consumed through apps.To deliver on its TV-app vision, Apple needed to deliver a new foundation for TV through powerful hardware, a modern OS, a new user experience, developer tools, … [Read more...] about New Apple TV Goes All-In for Apps
Sadly it is now impossible to do a review of the iPhone 4 (iP4) without mentioning the antenna and the reported issues when you hold the iP4 -- which is a shame because there is so much more to the iP4 than the antenna.That is not to make light of the potential issue -- I just want to point out there is much, much more to the iP4. To start, there is the Retina Display, which is "clearly" the best screen on any smartphone, period. Then there is the improved 5 MP camera with a flash on the back, and the new front-facing camera. There is the Facetime app, there is a faster processor, double the RAM of the 3GS and better battery life.But again, it is sadly the Antenna that is getting all of the attention right now. Signal IssuesPer the antenna issue, let's get this out there up front: For those not in the know, there are many videos showing people touching the lower left side of the iP4. The number of bars on the upper left corner of the screen drops like a rock, and in some cases the … [Read more...] about PRODUCT REVIEW One Giant Leap for an iPhone
The WiFi Alliance, a global nonprofit organizatin made up of 200 member companies that support the IEEE 802.11, or WiFi, wireless standard, has announced a new, more stringent policy on interoperability for products to obtain its WiFi certification.The policy is effective immediately and threatens denial or loss of WiFi certification for products that disrupt or don't work with other WiFi-certified products. It comes on the heels of a complaint from Broadcom over rival Atheros' specification, which supposedly caused disruption to Broadcom and other products.WiFi Alliance Chairman Bill Carney said he could not comment on specific companies or complaints, but he told TechNewsWorld there have been complaints from time to time, such as problem reports regarding features that are not part of the WiFi standard or general interoperability problems, "which the WiFi Alliance always follows up on."Yankee Group research fellow Roberta Wiggins said the policy comes inresponse to a more crowded … [Read more...] about WiFi Alliance Hardens Interoperability Stance
Apps come and go, as any iOS user knows, but everyone has core apps tucked away that get consistent use. When it comes to the land of movies, there are three apps that stand head and shoulders above the rest: IMDb, Flixster, and Netflix.For me, these three apps actually get used consistently. IMDb stands for The Internet Movie Database, and online it offers up details on almost every modern movie ever made, including synopsis, directors, stars/cast, writers, opening weekend, gross profits, overall budget, soundtracks, trivia and so much more. If you want to know which movie star played that kick-butt supporting role in "The Town" alongside Ben Affleck, IMDb is your go-to app.Flixster has a lot of information about movies and the people who make them too, but its core focus -- particularly for me -- comes back to dates, times and reviews. Want to know the release date for "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides?" I turn to Flixster (May 20, BTW). Better still is checking out the … [Read more...] about IPHONE APP REVIEW 3 Smash Movie Apps for iPhone
Despite all the cool updates Apple promised to bring the world at its Worldwide Developers Conference -- iOS 7, OS X Mavericks, a new Mac Pro -- the most tantalizing new possibility wasn't described at all: games. Gaming. An Apple-made gaming console. A new vision for living room gaming delivered via home WiFi and an Apple TV. Since Apple wasn't out there on the stage talking about this specifically, why bother diving into the vaporous chance of a new class of Apple living room product now?Two reasons: One, the lackluster and downright silly Anki Drive demonstration; and two, Apple released to its developer partners a new game controller framework with instructions and stipulations for building a physical game controller. If you're an Apple developer, you can access the document here.These two essentially isolated events could mean everything or nothing, but this I know: If I were Microsoft or Sony trying to launch a snazzy and expensive new game console late this year before the … [Read more...] about OPINION Watch for an Apple Sneak Attack on Living Room Gaming