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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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11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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