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The Surface 3 Is Still Doing Work, Somehow
The Surface 3 Is Still Doing Work, Somehow

Just recently many new laptops and 2 in 1's were announced with more power and better resolution than ever before. It's a fantastic time if you're looking for a new machine and if you have the available funds for it. As along with an increase in performance, you'll of course also get an increase in price tag. Which is why I'm happy to say that somehow, in a surprising turn of events, my Atom powered Surface 3 is still putting in an insane amount of work without so much as a hiccup.

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Microsoft's HoloLens Has Some Competition
Microsoft's HoloLens Has Some Competition

Microsoft today revealed a bit more info on one of their more secretive projects, the HoloLens, at Microsoft Build 2015. For those that missed the unveiling of the HoloLens a few months back, it is a holographic projection headset with motion tracking and gesture recognition. Which is not the same as Augmented Reality or Virtual Reality. Unlike with Augmented reality devices, the HoloLens doesn't just project images in front of the user like Google Glass does. It projects them and locks them into place wherever the user wishes in their environment. Freakin' awesome I say. It looks something like this:

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The 5 Best Uses For Microsoft's HoloLens
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The 5 Best Uses For Microsoft's HoloLens

With the announcement of the Microsoft HoloLens a few weeks back came dozens of ideas running through people's minds as to what it could do. We saw a small glimpse of it's potential during Microsoft's Windows 10 keynote event, but each demonstration was pretty limited. We saw someone load a Minecraft type world in their living room and break some blocks. We saw someone "build" a rocket model using primitive shapes and we saw someone generate the Mars landscape into their brains, like magic, or voodoo. It was impressive to say the least. But personally in my daily life at home any of those things would only be fun for like 5 minutes. So far that's all we know about the HoloLens, but we can imagine what it will be able to do when it's ready for the public. Below are my top 5 features that I want the HoloLens to have. Feel free to add your own ideas in the comments section below.

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First Time Impressions Of The Google Cardboard
First Time Impressions Of The Google Cardboard

During Google I/O last year (2014) Google handed out a mysterious piece of cardboard to all attendees. It was both a joke and an amazing accomplishment at once. Not everyone can spend 350$ for an Oculus Rift or even more for the latest competitors in the mix. But everyone..has access to cardboard and most people nowadays have access to a smartphone. Google's "Cardboard" was a VR headmount that would accommodate pretty much any smartphone, and more importantly, it could be built out of cheap parts that anyone could find and assemble. Google offers the Cardboard's blueprints for free here and a list of the parts you'll need as well. Most things can be found on Amazon for a few bucks.

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1 Week With The LG G Watch
1 Week With The LG G Watch

A whole 7 days have passed and this puppy hasn't left my hand yet, except to shower, even though it is water resistant. And one thing is for certain, the amount of time that is spent looking at my phone has drastically decreased. Maybe it's because of the novelty of the whole thing, or maybe it's because half the notifications I get really can be ignored, but the phone has found less and less time in my hands. So far it feels great having all of my notifications a snap of the wrist away.

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My Chromebook Vs My Windows Laptop
My Chromebook Vs My Windows Laptop

I purchased a Chromebook recently mainly because I needed a small and quick laptop that I could use to keep track of my websites, Analytics, Adsense, Youtube etc etc. And my i5 Terabyte Windows machine is big and in fact it's never actually left its desk. So I purchased this little number here from Amazon just to try it out. I'll admit that when Chromebook's first came out I was the first guy at the watercooler to say it was a waste of money. I was probably right. Those first models had no internal storage and without a network connection it was 100% useless. Now many more apps run offline, the battery life is way better, and most offer around 16GB of solid state awesomez.

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Walter Guevara
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Walter G. is a software engineer with over 10 years of professional experience. When he isn't blogging or being a CTO he enjoys coding randomly complex things that he hopes many people will get a chance to use one day.
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