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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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7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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