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How I Run A Whole Company On The Surface 3
How I Run A Whole Company On The Surface 3

Some years ago I purchased Microsoft's Surface 3 laptop as a convenient on the go amendment to my full sized laptop at home. Obviously something running an Atom processor with 4GB of RAM isn't going to be a heavy duty work machine I thought. It was more of a tool to take to meetings and to get some work done outside of the office. The Surface 3 runs the latest full Windows version so all of my software could finally travel with me in a neat little package.

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Taking The Gear VR For A Test Drive
Taking The Gear VR For A Test Drive

For the past year, everyone online has been fascinated by VR. Virtual Reality, like the kind that we see in Anime and movies. Nobody I know has ever used a VR device, and that's mainly due to the fact that there aren't any real commercially viable options out there for regular people. Last year I bought the Oculus DK2 just to come to the realization that my 4-year-old laptop was not a gaming rig, and so it pretty much just looked like a PS2 game and 90% of the time crashed my computer. VR is tough apparently. People swear by this though. They assure you that it's pretty much like being there, wherever there may be at the time. Lucky for me, I just picked up a Galaxy S6 Edge to replace my aging LG G2 from a time long gone. And luckily again, Samsung has jumped on board the VR train and has come out with their own headset.

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Reviewing The Lumo Lift Fitness Tracker
Reviewing The Lumo Lift Fitness Tracker
Lumo Lift

Being a software developer is less strenuous than many other jobs. And if not, then you're doing it wrong. Sitting on a chair for 8-10 hours per day though takes a big toll on your overall health, and particular on that back of yours. I don't care how ergonomic and forwardly bent your work chair is at work. Nobody was meant to sit for that many hours per day. And because of that I just picked up the Lumo Lift from Amazon

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Reviewing The Moto 360 2nd Generation
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Reviewing The Moto 360 2nd Generation

Motorola's first 360 watch was one of the most talked about wearable devices when it first came out this time last year, and for good reason. It was one of the better looking smartwatches to hit the market. And in that same fashion, it's managed to do that once more with their 2nd Generation version. This time around, instead of going for a fully functional powerhouse watch, Motorola has balanced out a semi-powerful device in a very customizable and attractive package. This is my second wearable device so far, my first being the LG G Watch, and after a week of using it, this is how it held up.

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Oculus Rift DK2 Unboxing and First Impressions
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Oculus Rift DK2 Unboxing and First Impressions

I've heard tons of people talk about the Oculus DK2 and praise it for its magnificence. I've never tried it personally, but I wondered what it was that they were seeing that was so jaw dropping. And why were so many damn people falling on their faces when trying the virtual roller coasters. These questions needed answers. So I picked up the Google Cardboard to test out the waters. Although no where near the level of the Oculus, it gave me an idea of what I could expect. Shortly after that I decided to bite the bullet and pick one up. The Oculus site estimated about 1-2 weeks for shipping and they were right on it. I got the shipping notification about 7 days in, and it shipped 1 more day after that. Living close to Oculus HQ, it was set to arrive the next day. And it was a Friday! Awesome way to start the weekend, or so I thought.

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The Amazon Echo Unboxing And First Impressions
The Amazon Echo Unboxing And First Impressions

A while back Amazon surprised the internet by introducing it's latest and most out there device, the Echo. No one really knew what it was. It was a device that was out of the norm for Amazon. We're so used to seeing tablets and phones from them after all. But intrigued I was personally. It seemed to do the same things that Siri or "Ok Google" did, but it was different because it was always listening and there was no need to recharge it as it's intended to be an always on device. It was a bluetooth speaker, and it had this smooth voice that responded to any question you had. It could tell you jokes, then keep track of your shopping list. It could do all of those gimmicky things that you would show off one time and then forget about. So I just had to buy it.

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Microsoft Band Unboxing And First Impression
Microsoft Band Unboxing And First Impression

This is probably the most I've been excited for a new gadget in quite some time and Microsoft did a fantastic job at keeping the entire thing under wraps until it was released. We all heard the rumors that Microsoft was working on a multi-platform wearable device, but that's all we had to go on it. Then suddenly hours before the official launch date, Twitter goes crazy at the Microsoft Health app that started to appear in app markets.

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Walter G.
Walter Guevara
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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