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Three 4K TVs that Cost Less Than $1000

It’s the dilemma of every entertainment system owner out there: You really want a display upgrade, but you can’t pay thousands of dollars for it – and if you’ve checked the latest, fanciest TVs available these days, you know they are well over thousands of dollars, especially when it comes to big new features like 4K.

The good news is that 4K TVs are finally growing common and prices are falling. The even better news is that we’ve searched the very best 4K TVs of 2016 to find those under $1,000, so they can fit both your living room and your wallet!

Before we begin, here are two important points to remember:

  • Screen Size: Look we love 4K resolution, but it does have a screen problem. On smaller screens, you really can’t tell the difference between a lot of pixels and a whole lot of pixels. The bigger the screen, the more 4K matters. It’s a good idea to get a screen that’s at least 50 inches to benefit from 4K: After all, if you can’t tell the difference then why bother paying more? Also remember that the distance you sit from the TV is also important when it comes to resolution.
  • HDMI: Remember that you’ll need HDMI 1.4 or HDMI 2 port for wired connections on your 4K TV. Early HDMI standards don’t support 4K, so you won’t get a 4K picture, end of story. Other port options won’t support it either, so you have to be careful on this point. Wireless streaming directly to your TV is a different matter: Make sure you have plenty of bandwidth!

Hisense 50H7GB2 – $550

Hisense 50H7GB2

If you really want to save money, this model is absolutely your best bet: We haven’t seen any other 4K TV with such a low price, and we probably never will again. This 50-inch screen includes a 120Hz refresh rate and plenty of outputs, including four HDMI ports. The backlighting is pretty simplistic and may decrease the quality of bright images, but at this price you can live with the knowledge of all the money you saved – it’s a fair trade, right?

Vizio P552ui-B3 – $1,100

Vizio P602uiB3

Okay, so we’re cheating a little bit on this one, although we will note that the 50-inch version of this TV is well under $1,000 so there are options to save even more money. The great thing about this TV – in addition to its wireless capabilities – is the 64 active LED zones, a feature that tends to provide better backlight for clearer contrast. Otherwise extra features on this TV are sparse, but as we like to say, what do you use your TV for anyway? With so many features provided on receivers, set-top boxes, and consoles, most people just need a few HDMI ports and great screen quality – and that’s what you get here.

Sharp LC 50UB30U – $750

Sharp LC 50UB30U

This 50-inch sharp TV increases LED backlighting yet again with a full array, which means the enter screen is backlight instead of just the edges, a feature that also tends to provide clearer, brighter images and so is usually worth the extra money (unlike many of those super special tech “features” that are just branding language). The refresh rate, however, is only at a native 60Hz, which may disappoint some hardcore gamers. Inputs include two USB ports and four HDMI ports, which should be plenty!

Skintrack Turns the Surface of the Arm into a TouchPad

skintrack smart ring

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The Skintrack is a new emerging technology that allows smartwatch users to transform the surface of the arm into an interactive touch pad. Developed by a research lab at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh called Futures Interfaces Group, the Skintrack uses a ring and a sensor to make the entire arm an interactive screen for the smartwatch. This eliminates the annoyance of trying to input commands into the small surface of a smartwatch screen, one of the main issues regular smartwatch users in the IT services field face.

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Our Top 2: Best Radar Detectors

Top Radar Detectors

Save money and time with our top radar detector picks.

A radar detector sits quietly on your dashboard, using its instruments to provide information not just about radar signals, but about many different road and traffic conditions. They’re valuable auto tech devices for many kinds of drives, but when the time comes to actually buy one, many people don’t know what they’re looking for…which is why we’re here to break it down for you.

Radar detectors sense not only radar lasers and frequencies, but also traffic lights, road conditions, and even driver behavior, depending on the model. The more advanced versions come with iPhone apps and are equipped with GPS for an even more comprehensive look at road around you. Notable features for top models include the ability to filter out false positives, an alert if it looks like you’re getting sleepy, real time traffic updates, and of course detailed maps and information on radar hotspots and detection.

When looking at what to buy, focus on the readout screen and any associated apps or car accessories, because this is how your information is relayed, and you want it to be clearly legible while you are driving. You should also look at the radar detection quality – radar signals function on a number of different bands, and a good detector will search for all types of radar in use on the streets at a handy range. After that, the extra features are largely about personal choice. Truckers may enjoy the many add-ons, but they may not be necessary for the average driver. Let’s take a look at a couple strong candidates for our best radar detector list.

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Our Top 3: Best Chromebooks

Top Chromebooks

The best 3 Chromebooks

Chromebooks are a special category of ultrabooks designed with Google’s Chrome OS. Contrary to some assumptions, that does not mean they are produced by Google – there are actually a few different brands that work with Google to produce them – and does not mean they are connected with Android (Chrome OS is really more of an advanced version of the Chrome browser).

What is a Chromebook? A lightweight, slim little laptop that is designed to keep both costs and size small by focusing on cloud-powered activities rather than storage space. That means you need to expect plenty of Google Docs and Dropbox, and less access to traditional software like Microsoft Word.

Still interested? Then be sure to watch the specs carefully: the best Chromebook in 2016 come in an array of different speeds, hard drives, screens, and other features. In many respects shopping for a Chromebook is like looking for any ultrabook…except the prices are much lower, and the hard drive is less important. Pay particular attention to batter life when possible, Here are some of our top picks.

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Our Top 2: Best Laptops for College

Best Laptops for College

Get the power to complete all your school work with the college laptops.

Chances are good you already have a few ideas about what laptops for college need. Great streaming capabilities, a long-lasting battery, and all the tricks or software that you (or your loved one) need for specific classes. But when the time comes to find the right model, the choices can easily overwhelm. That’s why we’re here! We have collected a list of the best laptops for college students around.

When picking out one of these school-oriented laptop computers, several specs are worth taking a look at. The size and weight are surprisingly important, because that laptop will get carried around a lot. The processor and RAM are also key, because that laptop may have to run some demanding software, depending on the college class. The goal, then, is to find something powerful enough, but with all the mobility necessary. If entertainment is particularly important, then dorms rooms will also appreciate a larger, high definition display.

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Our Top 3: Best Ultrabooks

Top Ultrabook Picks

We’ve done the homework and found the top 3 Ultrabooks

Are you tired of tablets but still want an ultra-portable, fast-acting laptop that you can use for a variety of tasks on the go? That’s why the best ultrabooks exist – and these lightweight machines continue to hold their own against tablets thanks to their power, affordability, and those handy keyboards.

Yes, you sacrifice some power and storage with an ultrabook (they pair well with an external storage drive), but you also gain unique features. Chromebooks are also a good example – these cloud-powered machines are very affordable, super light, and use the Chrome OS, making them ideal for fans of Google who don’t mind working in the cloud. Plus they’re fairly inexpensive.

When looking for the best ultrabook, it’s smart to pay attention to several key factors. The first is, of course, the OS – do you need a Windows computer, a Mac, or a Chrome machine? Many programs and apps are not compatible across different operating systems. You should also compare battery life and storage. Battery life can vary, but is usually around 10-12 hours – preferably more if possible. Storage also varies, but if you are willing to pay high prices you can find a model with a 256GB SSD, which will improve speed over a traditional hard drive.  That all in mind, let’s take a look at some of the top models.

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Petcube – Remote Wireless Pet Camera

Petcube, the company that keeps people connected with their pets, offers a free mobile app for iOS and Android devices as well as a Petcube Camera – an interactive pet monitor. The Petcube Camera is the first product that allows pet owners to watch, talk and play with their pet from their smartphone, no matter where they are. Petcube was funded on Kickstarter and became one of the most successful crowdfunding pet products in history.

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World’s First Bacon-Powered Diesel Motorcycle Preparing For Cross Country Trip

Hormel Black Label Bacon Motorcycle

Bacon Week 2014 – International Bacon Film Festival 2014 is just a couple of weeks away and everyone will be looking forward to the “Driven by Bacon” documentary. This documentary is about a diesel motorcycle that runs on bacon grease fuel. Austin-based Hormel came up with the idea of powering a motorcycle dubbed Hormel Black Label Bacon Motorcycle that runs on B-100 bio-diesel which is converted from bacon waste into bio-diesel by bio-Blend Fuels in Winsconsin. The bike fuel costs just $3.50 a gallon and makes the motorcycle run 75-100 miles per gallon. Now, that is quite impressive since the demand for bio-fuel is paramount.
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Bric+ Case for iPhone 5 / 5S Aims to Provide Users with 2.5X Extended Battery Time

bric+ case

Those of you who’re not happy with the battery time of your iPhone 5 or iPhone 5S should give Bric+ Case a look, which is compatible with both the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S. The case is manufactured by Sudong Cho and Bricwave and aims to provide an extended battery life, almost 2.5 times more than the original battery, thanks to the Li-ion built into the protective case. According to the company, the case can provide up to 25 hours of talk time compared to 10 hours on the original iPhone 5. Additionally, the case also comes with a Lens at the back, giving users 3.5 times optical zoom to help you improve your photography capabilities. The project is currently on Kickstarter with a $65000 funding goal, before they can start production of the case. If you think this is a good idea, head over to Kickstarter and make the pledge.

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