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The 10 Coolest Gadgets of 2016

The 10 Coolest Gadgets of 2016

So far 2016 has seen a variety of incredible gadgets.

From smartphones to projectors and headphones, we have had a lot of cool gadgets over the 9 months.

In this article, you will find a cheap PC circuit board, a high-flying drone, amazing smartphones and possibly the finest TV that we have ever laid our eyes on.

Below is a comprehensive list of the top 10 coolest gadgets of 2016:

  1. Amazon Kindle Oasis

In an era of ubiquitous tablets, smartphones and screens on almost everything, the dedicated e-readers seem to have plenty to choose from– unless you are a die-hard book junkie, where nothing but the best E Ink devices will do. In such cases, you will want the Amazon Kindle Oasis pronto.

Amazon has aimed for the top-end with this Kindle Oasis and it scores big with a fantastically sharp screen, an easy-to-use interface, amazingly lightweight build along with a leather cover depending on your preference. Even though it lacks adaptive lighting, the Amazon Kindle Oasis is perhaps the best e-reader that has ever been made.

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  1. The Swegway

Mainly due to some high-profile celebrities using them, Swegways are one of the most sought after new gadgets around today. They look sleek and many models feature on-board Bluetooth speakers.

As such, you can pair the Swegway with your phone, and then listen to all your favorite music as you cruise along. If you are the type of person who likes walking around with your phone in the hand blasting music from its speaker, then you’ll certainly like this feature.

This Swegway is not just a gadget fad as it uses some advanced technology in detecting the slightest changes in pressure from the feet to move backwards, forwards, change direction as well as spinning 360 degrees. There have been some concerns about its safety, so be careful when purchasing.

  1. Oculus Rift

After years of giddy impressions and prototypes from trade show demonstrations, a modern age of the high-end virtual reality has officially started with the release of Oculus Rift.

The Oculus Rift certainly doesn’t disappoint on performance and it offers immersive VR experiences as well as an ultra-refined fit and build.

Availability of virtual reality headsets has always been an ongoing issue due to the shortage of parts and the ill-considered retail moves. However, that should not diminish both the quality and importance of the Oculus Rift and the upcoming release of Touch controllers should also give it a very big boost.

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  1. Raspberry Pi 3

The Raspberry Pi 3 might seem in to be an odd company on a list that’s filled with expensive and highly covetable gadgets.

Nevertheless, this is truly one of the most useful tech devices in the market today. The Raspberry Pi 3 has made DIY computer projects to be approachable, accessible and affordable more than ever. Furthermore, the third-gen model is a huge upgrade from the previous models.

The Raspberry Pi 3 packs in more processing power as compared to the previous editions. In addition, it has the Wi-Fi connectivity standard. Raspberry Pi 3 is a perfect pick for any person who has a fun weekend project in mind or those who simply want to learn more about what’s inside their gadgets.

  1. DJI Phantom 4

DJI continues to rule the drone market, and although it costs a pretty penny, the Phantom 4 shows exactly why. It’s not a dramatic shift away from last year’s model, but the enhancements are numerous and meaningful and it’s still the easiest drone to pilot if you’re not a pro.

Key to that are improvements like obstacle detection and automatic flying modes, plus the ability to maintain focus on a person or thing while in flight. Add in steady and tremendously sharp 4K video shooting and the high price becomes (a bit) easier to swallow for enthusiasts.

  1. Sky Q

Given how appealing cord-cutting looks by today (thanks, Netflix), it is admittedly nice for us to see Sky fight back with a modern, big upgrade and try convincing us to stick with the dish. If you have the money for it, then Sky Q might just be worth it.

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Sky Q brings a sleek and ultra-fluid new interface, which learns from all your viewing habits and then allows you to tap easily into multi-room viewing thanks to the add-on Mini boxes. Even though it is a pricey pickup between the installation costs and monthly fee, this is basically the best version of classic Television in the market. Furthermore, the upcoming addition of 4K is only expected to sweeten the pot.

  1. LG OLED55C6V 4K TV

While 4K revolution still remains in an early adopter mode, we are starting to see lower-priced hardware and enough content to believe that it is just about to hit the mainstream. However, if you are looking to spend a lot on a marvelous set, then look no further than the LG’s 55C6V.

This curved, 55-inch OLED display is certainly remarkable. Besides handling 4K footage (either by streaming or from connected 4K Blu-ray players) with grace, it also supports HDR standards for ultra-vibrant lighting as well as contrast. The asking price is obviously not cheap but this dazzling TV is set for the future.

  1. Apple iPhone SE

Did you feel left behind when Apple decided to shift to large handsets with the release of iPhone 6? Is a 4-ichn display your sweetest spot for a smartphone? If yes, then you are lucky because iPhone SE has made the small phone sexy once again, even if it’s essentially an upgraded iPhone 5s.

Within that familiar shell comes a huge speed boost, with iOS 9 and similar chips as the iPhone 6s with TouchID and a stellar battery life.

  1. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

If we are being practical, the standard Samsung Galaxy S7 is the smarter choice of the Samsung’s latest flagship duo, offering incredible perks and performance at the relatively lower price point. However, if we are giving in to our deepest urges, then we cannot help but pick the unrivaled look and beautiful curves of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

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The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge resembles last year’s phone to a certain extent. However, the enhancements aren’t less; along with the performance boost, the smartphone itself is just a bit larger.

In addition, it adds waterproofing features and a microSD support. Beyond that, it is every bit the stunner that we saw with the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, thus making it one of the coolest phones on the planet today.

  1. Apple iPad Pro 9.7

Say goodbye to iPad Air and welcome the smaller iPad Pro. Instead of refreshing the old line after a relatively longer-than-usual wait, Apple has opted to shrink down 2015’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro to a more travel-friendly 9.7-inch while keeping all the enhancements that came with the previous big model.

That means it still features support for the Apple’s Pencil with a Smart Connector that fits the Smart Keyboard. There are more peripherals ahead and the tablet sees a huge power boost with the TrueTone screen that impresses. You will pay a bit more as compared to the previous model but you will not find a better tablet today other than Apple iPad Pro 9.7.

Featured photo credit: Pixabay via pixabay.com

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8 Replacements for Google Notebook

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Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
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  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
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    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
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I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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