Edge – Microsoft’s New Web Browser

Yes, Microsoft has finally replaced their old bloated Internet Explorer web browser. The new browser which will come with Windows 10, is called “Edge”. This is aptly named because it is much sharper than Internet Explorer. As a matter of fact, it is better in almost every way.

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Windows 10 Sandy’s Preview

Are you ready for a new operating system? What if it were free and better than the previous operating systems? Well, that what we will get with Windows 10.

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Find April Fool’s Jokes

If you feel a little mischievous this is a great time of year. Check out this website for ideas for quick and easy April Fools Jokes that will make both you and your recipient smile.

April Fools Jokes

Multi-functional LED Light Bulbs

If you have recently shopped for a light bulb, you have probably been surprised by the number of choices. We will see many more new light bulbs in the future. Look for bulbs that change color and can be controlled by a smart phones like the Philips Hue line. But wait, there’s even more.

Would you like to have a light bulb that acts as a Wi-Fi repeater or one that plays music? Sengled even has a lightbulb that has an integrated camera, microphone, and speaker.  Two bulbs can produce stereo sound. Available now: $49.99 to $169.99 at the Sengled website.

TV Programming a La Carte

If you are sick of paying for 300 channels of television when you only watch five or ten channels, this is for you Dish Network announced a new way to get TV service. They are calling it Sling TV.  For $20 a month you can get ESPN, ESPN2, Disney Channel, ABC Family, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, TNT, CNN, TBS, and Cartoon Network. Other channels will be available as add-ons. The service is streamed through selected TVs, Amazon Fire Stick, Xbox One, and iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. You can purchase one of these for as little as $35. No cable box, no satellite. Get just what you want. It is available now in selected markets.

My prediction is that this poised to change the way we watch TV.

Turn your TV into a Computer

This year at CES, the big electronic show, Intel announced a small USB stick that you will insert into the HDMI port on your TV to make it a full-blown Windows 8.1 computer. It will be selling for $149 sometime in the next few months.

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intel-compute-stick

Just 4″ long, it will have the power of a quad core processor,built-in wireless, on-board storage, and a microSD card slot. It is so small that I don’t how they did it, but it looks pretty fantastic.

Technology Trends for 2015 from CES

Every year at CES, which many know as the Consumer Electronics Show, thousands of new products are exhibited and major trends start to appear. This year was no different. Here are just a few of the trends that you can expect to see affecting your life soon.

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Amazon Fire TV Stick

If you use Amazon Prime and like to watch TV, this little beauty is what you need. The Fire TV Stick is a small device about the size of your thumb. It plugs into the HDMI port

Fire TV Stick
Fire TV Stick
on your HD TV. When you change the input on your TV to the proper setting, you get a crisp, clear, and colorful interface. If you purchase the device from Amazon and you are a Prime member, it will come pre-configured with your information so all you have to do is enter the name and password of your wireless network.

The Fire Stick comes with a remote that you can use to control it. If you have a smart phone or tablet you can download an app and use your portable device as a remote control. Doing that gives you the ability to use voice search for the Fire Stick.

Amazon also has a $99 Fire TV. This gives you a little more power for playing games and a port that you can use if you want to hook it up to your home theater. The $39 Fire TV stick, however, is perfect for the average user.

It works seamlessly with Amazon Prime, but also works for Netflix, Hulu, Youtube and other streaming movie services. At $39 it makes streaming movies easy.

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