Technocracy


Apple introduces new iPad in Air and Mini

Last week on Oct. 16, Apple announced the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 at its press event.  The iPad Air 2 comes equipped with an A8X processor and an M8 processor for motion tracking and barometer readings. The company explained that the device also has a 10-hour battery life. In addition, it has TouchID, Apple’s fingerprint sensor used to unlock its devices and confirm App Store purchases. On the back, there is an 8MP iSight camera capable of 1080p video, time lapse video, better face detection ...

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A new beginning for Microsoft

On Sept. 30, Microsoft announced its latest operating system and so far, it has not disappointed.The operating system (OS) is not named Windows 9, due to the fact that Microsoft is determined to start a new era; it clearly wants to put the bad experiences of Windows 8 behind it. Instead, it bears the name Windows 10. The company has stated that it is listening to the feedback of its customers, and it seems to be keeping its word. Touch-centric apps can now be resized, whereas in Windows 8, they ...

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Google preps for release of Nexus 6

Google is expected to release its flagship device, the supposedly Motorola-crafted Nexus 6, quite soon in time for this holiday season.   Here are some of the specifications, according to CNET: a 5.92-inch display with a quad HD resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, a Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of memory, 32GB of internal storage (for the entry level version), a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera capable of shooting 4K (roughly 3,840 x 2,160 pixels) video and a two-megapixel front-facing camera. ...

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Oculus, Samsung pair up for virtual reality

On Sept. 20, Oculus, creators of the gaming, virtual reality (VR) headset Rift, announced a new prototype known as Crescent Bay, which is a step forward toward the upcoming consumer model. Features of the device include 360-degree tracking, which allows the Rift’s external camera to track all angles of the headset, three-dimensional audio, better ergonomics and a lighter weight. Earlier this month, Oculus and Samsung announced the Gear VR mobile headset to be used for phones and tablets and probably ...

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Don't hate on Microsoft's eight

It’s official. Microsoft has unveiled a press event for the next release of Windows, Windows 9, for Sept. 30. Hopefully this will be a free upgrade for Windows 8 users and a reduced price upgrade for Windows 7 users. The Redmond, WA team’s operating system (OS) will most likely feature flatter icons, the return of the start menu from Windows 7 with tiles from the polarizing Windows 8 start menu and better integration between the desktop and touch interfaces that eluded them ...

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Don't call it the iWatch

Apple’s entry into the smartwatch market is finally here after two years of rumors. If you thought it would follow the same naming convention as the iPhone and the iPad, however, you are mistaken. The Apple Watch, which is designed to work with an iPhone, can act as a Fitbit (a tracker worn on your body to calculate things like distance traveled and calories burned), effectively replacing that device. Like other smartwatches, it can run apps and push notifications from your phone to the smartwatch. ...

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Windows app gives eyes a rest

Some monitor manufacturers just make their screens too bright to use late into the day, even with the brightness setting turned all the way down. For well over a year after getting my newest computer, I struggled with eye strain at night. I had a love-hate relationship with this habit as I enjoyed watching videos and playing games in dark rooms (I still do) but the glare was just too much. I began to look for solutions when I could no longer tolerate the annoyance and tried one other app that ...

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The Next Generation: iPhones

When can get your hands on the next iPhone? According to sources, such as Forbes, the next iPhone will be revealed on Sept. 9. Two devices will be unveiled just like in the previous generation, this time with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays, which are both bigger than the iPhone 5S’s and 5C’s four-inch displays. Both phones will feature an A8 CPU, a new design, and a sapphire crystal display to make them even more scratch resistant. To translate, these features add up to two redesigned iPhones ...

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Summer Rumors of Upcoming Tech

Summer, while considered to be the one of the greatest times of the year for students, typically isn’t an exciting time for new releases in the tech world. It’s the quiet before the storm, and the storm in this case: The holiday season. So unfortunately, we’re most likely not going to see reveals of new devices, like the Galaxy Note 4 and the iPhone 6, until around the beginning of next school year. However, Google, the creator of the Android mobile operating system, may reveal its new ...

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For office suites, there is more than Microsoft

No matter what operating system you use, you need an office suite to get by in school. To be productive, you need to write papers, give presentations and use spreadsheets at one time or another. Microsoft has provided this for years and as a result, it has monopolized the market. I don’t know about you, but I can’t afford to pay $80 to $140 every few years for a suite that caters just to “home and student” usage. What does “home and student” mean anyway? I don’t hate Microsoft. ...

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