Acer Aspire Switch 10 – Two Cool

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WIRED Solid price point and feature set on a capable Windows tablet. Keyboard attachment and release system is best-in-class. Great portability. TIRED Would like to see a higher-resolution display. No rear-facing camera included; selfies only. With weight predominantly in the slate, design becomes top-heavy and prone to tipping over backwards when working in “laptop” mode. I don’t know if anybody is actually buying these things, but Little Windows Tablets are proving themselves to be quite the capable category of on-the-go productivity devices. Available for just a few hundred bucks, they’re rapidly becoming the netbooks of the ’10s, only with some unique tricks that make them considerably more worthwhile. The latest entry in the category is the Acer Aspire Switch 10. It’s called Switch because it features a slate-style tablet that…

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Griffin’s Wired Keyboard – Down to the Wire

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WIRED Full-size, Mac-style iPad keyboard is easy to type on. Island format keys offer pleasing tactile feedback. Lightweight. Concerns about power consumption and security are significantly reduced by adding wires. Works with any iOS device. TIRED Unlike other iPad keyboards, it’s not built into a case or folio, so you’ll still need to prop up your tablet somehow. Two shipping versions (30-pin and Lightning), present a problem for people who own multiple iPads of different generations. The big gain in the mobile revolution? Total freedom from wires. And I’m not only talking about wireless connectivity—like listening to a streaming podcast, or composing a grant proposal on the beach—but also managing your peripherals. Thanks to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi-based standards, you can connect to speakers, headphones, keyboards, mice, lightbulbs, activity trackers, and…

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LyveHome – There’s No Place Like Home

The LyveHome keeps all the photos you shoot with your various devices and stores them privately.

WIRED Handy touchscreen makes setup a one-minute snap; no connect-through-your-web-browser nonsense. Set-and-forget simplicity. Has hooks that feed photos direct to Vizio televisions. TIRED Tiny display may have you squinting to recall what actually happened that day. App prone to hangups during the upload process (quit and restart the app for best results). And you thought digital picture frames were dead! Ha! LyveHome is a fun little concept, combining the picture frame with network-attached storage (NAS) to create a sorta-all-new category of device. Specifically focused on photos and videos, the idea is refreshingly simple. Just plug the LyveHome, a device about the size of a soda can, into the wall, connect it to your network (via Ethernet or Wi-Fi) and start copying over your pictures and movies. You can do this…

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With Android TV, Google Takes Another Shot at the Set-Top Box

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Following reports and rumors, Google announced its new push into the set-top-box space: Android TV. Google’s no stranger to the space. Google TV, Google’s first attempt at a set-top box, failed to gain traction despite integration with televisions from LG and other manufacturers. Without software updates or new partnership announcements, it seems to have died a quiet death over the past few years. But Android TV promises to be different. Where Google TV made your television experience more smartphone-like, bringing ill-suited apps to the big screen, Android TV wants to be an entertainment hub like Apple TV or Roku. One part of that is its focus on recommending content, and the other is its user interface. And indeed, the interface looks strikingly similar to these existing set-top boxes. You can…

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