Tech Talk Thursday: Your Black Friday 2016 Gadget Guide

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November is here, and that means that Thanksgiving is only three weekends away. Which means that Christmas and Hanukkah and the other winter-time holidays are only about seven weeks away. Crazy, right?! To be honest, I started listening to Christmas music two days ago.

If you’re anything like us, you may be hoping to get some of your holiday shopping done on or around Black Friday – after all, it pays (well, saves) to be a savvy shopper, especially when it comes to newer technology releases. At this stage, precise Black Friday 2016 deals have yet to be confirmed; however, that doesn’t mean we don’t have a good idea of the sort of tech-y goodies you’ll be able to snap up on the cheap, so we’ve rounded up a list of the top technology products to look out for this holiday season. Be sure to make any tech-savvy family member or friend happy by keeping an eye out for these products, which are shaping up to be the most popular steals of the shopping season!

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Tech Talk Thursday: Say Hello to the Google Pixel

Tech Talk bannerApple products hold a special place in our heart, but we would be remiss if we didn’t take some time to cover neat tech announcements from other successful companies as well. If you missed it yesterday, Google held an event officially unveiling their jump into the smartphone market, the Pixel and Pixel XL. The event also highlighted other hardware and software coming soon. We’ve got a recap for you right here!

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Tech Talk Thursday: Technology Events As Far As the Eye Can See!

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‘Tis the season of technology events and pumpkin spice! So while you’re preparing your holiday gift list or enhancing your career as a tech expert, do your homework first for all your tech savvy needs. Check out one or many of these upcoming events!

 

VMworld!

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Held in Las Vegas August 28 – September 1, 2016, virtual mogul VMWare’s annual convention will offer hands-on training labs and certification exam centers. Can’t go to the one in the US? They’re also holding a WMworld 2016 in Europe on October 17 – 20!

 

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The annual convention for cloud-based identity management service Okta will be held August 29-31, 2016 in Las Vegas. At first glance, I honestly had no idea how an identity management service works or how it might benefit me, but the name was too cool to pass up. Upon closer inspection, I saw that they have some awesome guest keynote speakers such as B.J. Novak, Malcom Gladwell, and Adam Savage lined up, which is enough to have completely peaked my interest!

 

IFA

IFA 2016 - IFA Eröffnungspressekonferenz – Melinda Crane, Moderatorin, Hans-Joachim Kamp, Vorsitzender des Aufsichtsrats der gfu; Miss IFA; Dr. Reinhard Zinkann, Vorsitzender des ZVEI; Dr. Christian Göke, Vorsitzender der Geschäftsführung, Messe Berlin GmbH, Jens Heithecker, Executive Director, IFA (v.l.n.r.) IFA 2016 - IFA Opening Press Conference – Melinda Crane, Moderator; Hans-Joachim Kamp, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of gfu; Miss IFA; Dr. Reinhard Zinkann, Chairman Household Appliances Divisions ZVEI; Dr. Christian Göke, CEO, Messe Berlin GmbH; Jens Heithecker, Executive Director, IFA (l.t.r.)

– IFA Opening Press Conference –
Melinda Crane, Moderator; Hans-Joachim Kamp, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of gfu; Miss IFA; Dr. Reinhard Zinkann, Chairman Household Appliances Divisions ZVEI; Dr. Christian Göke, CEO, Messe Berlin GmbH; Jens Heithecker, Executive Director, IFA (l.t.r.)

The Internationale Funkaussetellung Berlin (International Radio Exhibition Berlin, or “Berlin Radio Show”) will be held September 2-7, 2016 in Berlin. The IFA is one of the longest standing industrial exhibitions in Germany and has become one of the leading trade shows for electronics and home appliances in the world. Bookending the IFA event is also a Samsung press event on September 1 and a LG Press event September 6.

 

Apple Press Event

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Tim Cook holds the billionth iPhone at an employee meeting in Cupertino.

Coming September 7, 2016 at 10am PDT is one of the most anticipated annual releases here in the U.S. While there’s a lot of speculation as to what new and innovative products Apple will release this year, it seems certain that a 7th iPhone will be unveiled!

 

PlayStation Press Event

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Also on September 7, Sony is rumored to announce an improved PlayStation 4. Perhaps the perfect gift purchase for Black Friday?

 

TechCrunch Disrupt SF

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Silicon Valley’s leading influence on technology startups and innovative ideas, TechCrunch Disrupt SF, will be held in San Francisco on September 12-14, 2016. With segments titled “Hackathon,” “Crunch Match,” and “Startup Battlefield,” any investor, hacker, entrepreneur, or tech fan will have something to see at this highly anticipated event.

 

Microsoft Ignite

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Held in Atlanta on September 26-30, 2016 and already sold out, this year’s Microsoft event is geared towards enterprise technology. Combined with the Microsoft Data Science Summit, Ignite offers training, certification and sharing of ideas for big data engineers, IT pros, and machine learning practitioners.

 

Dell World

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Where to begin? I’m not a huge Dell fan, but perusing the DellWorld’16 site has sold me on attending this event. The event will be held October 18-20, 2016 in Austin (yeah, did I mention it’s in Austin, TX?). Not sure you can swing the time off? The event’s website offers a “The Top 3 things to tell your boss” printable page to support your case to your superior on why you should attend this event. DellWorld’16 will offer hands-on labs, demonstrations, and breakout sessions for IT and business professionals.

 

So, whether you’re an IT professional interested in enterprise technology or simply appreciate and enjoy consumer electronics this technology conference season holds something for you. For these and MANY more technology events visit: https://www.techmeme.com/events

 

Tech Talk Thursday: Best Apps for Back to School

Tech Talk bannerIt’s that time of year again–the dreaded Back to School! If you’re like me, when August rolls around and the store shelves are lined with backpacks, highlighters, composition notebooks, and other school supplies, you start having that familiar queasy feeling in the pit of your stomach. For many of us August means our kids are (finally!) getting out of the house after a long summer and heading to school, while for others it’s a time to start fresh with a new school year. For some, myself included, it’s a bit of both. Wherever you find yourself this August, we have some apps that will help you transition smoothly into the back to school grind.

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Tech Talk Thursday: iOS 10 Summer Sneak Peek!

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It’s that time again, Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference 2016 (WWDC2016) kicked off its June preview with the demo of the highly anticipated new operating system for mobile devices, iOS 10! Some tech blogs are referring to this as the “Biggest iOS Release Ever”. No pressure, Apple! Along with iOS 10, Apple will also be releasing a new macOS, Sierra, as well as new softwares in tvOS and watchOS. The public beta version of iOS 10 will become available sometime in July and can be found here, if you’re interested: https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/

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The Skin-ny on Melanoma Detection

Tech Talk bannerWith summer quickly approaching (though if you’re Floridians like us you’re familiar with our seemingly endless summer), the concern of Melanoma is constant. For anyone who has ever had a loved one who has even been affected by cancer, you know there are an amalgam of questions and concerns that flood your thoughts which usually only lead to more questions. Some cancer cannot be detected until later stages. Luckily, the American Cancer Society says Melanoma can be. However, you may find yourself struck with paranoia as any dark spot, mole, rash, discoloration, etc. you find on your skin could be alarming and send you into a spiral of worry and doom. In the past anyone potentially high risk for Melanoma most assuredly had a biopsy in their future but perhaps not anymore. Continue reading

Tech Talk Thursday: Virtual-Reality and Medicine

Tech Talk bannerWith Virtual-Reality (VR) Week being held last week in California and all the hype on awesome new VR viewers like the Oculus Rift the HTC Vive, you may start to wonder what virtual-reality has brought to world of medicine. You’re not the only one, and many have begun to explore this idea. The world of virtual-reality is exciting nowadays; technology has finally begun to reach the level of sophistication required to make VR useful to us…and fun as well of course!

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What You Need to Know About The FBI vs Apple Showdown

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Why should you care about what the House Judiciary Committee thinks about the FBI vs Apple court case? Well, do you own a phone, or anything electronic? …then you should care, here’s why!

Lost somewhere in the infinite sea of misinformation are clues about how Apple will go toe to toe in court with the FBI later this month. If you were as confused as I was about what all this Apple/FBI/Congress fuss is about then you’re not the only one. So here’s, as far as I can tell, how it all went down Capitol Hill.

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