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Multi-ScreenWhen it comes to technology, the budget can quickly get out of hand.  Between buying the tech itself and content and subscriptions to make it useful, a trickle of money can soon grow into a river.

Techsnoop is here to help with tips on what to buy and not buy.  As a card-carrying geek, Techsnoop has trouble deciding what to buy and what to skip in the gadget world.  But one thing is a deal-breaker for tech Techsnoop buys.  Freedom.

This means that software, content and apps are the choice of Techsnoop, not the manufacturer.  Techsnoop is a control freak and cannot be held hostage to specific sites or fixed prices for content and tools.  For example, the HTC EVO 4G LTE smartphone allows you to install apps from Google Play, Amazon app store and even copy books from a computer to the phone all while offering superior phone service.

To Stream or Not to Stream

For streaming, decide what content you view most frequently, then review the offerings of each service.  Don’t buy separate streaming boxes unless you ditch your cable box.  The cable box and wireless router allow you to stream directly from each site so no extra device is needed.  Generally Netflix offers movies and older TV episodes, Hulu focuses on newer TV.  Each comes with a trial period to test out the offerings.  Due to the full Star Trek content and new Disney deal, Techsnoop is a Netflix junkie.

Mobile devices on the Android platform have many free options.  For instance, Amazon offers one free app a day on the App Store and many free books from new and established authors.  Visit the App Store each day to get the free app.  Google Play also offers free books, apps, music and more.  Sign up to receive email notifications of specials.

Multi-Tasking Monster

Whenever possible, purchase items that are multi-functional.  Don’t walk around with a Bat-belt or people will take pictures of you and post them on social media.

If you need a tablet mostly for reading, email and low powered game apps, consider a large screen smartphone and great bluetooth headphones.  A good set of headphones coupled with voice service allows you to make and receive calls hands-free as well as listen to music while reading or checking email.  Spending an extra $50 to $100 on a phone can save you the whole “which tablet” question.  Check out some great deals and options here.

For more high-end computing, try one of the newer tablets.  Some are heavier than a regular tablet, but lighter than a laptop.  The Microsoft Surface Pro comes with full Windows 8 and has lots of power for updating and collaborating on the go.  Samsung has just released a slew of new tablets that justify a look over.  From serious gaming to business applications, the new tablets may have you leaving your laptop at home.

CNET’s video on the top 5 money sucking tech should help you decide which services to keep and which to ditch.  Let us know in the comments what you tossed overboard.

 

 

 

Darth Disney?

Darth DisneyThe takeover of Star Wars by Disney has many fans fearful for the future of the franchise.  Star Wars has a strong following over many generations of fans.  Even with Jar Jar Binks, a sappy unbelievable love story sub-plot and killing off the Jedi, the franchise stands strong.

Disney has a great track record with the Marvel franchise and many other beloved characters, but sci-fi fans stand in a category by themselves.  They don’t want their story lines drifting off center.  Don’t believe me?  Star Trek Enterprise anyone?  What killed that story was the radical shift from the known Star Trek universe.  Don’t play with my backstory.

So let’s give Disney a chance to expand upon the great foundation they inherited from Lucasfilms.  There is a wealth of material still to be explored, especially with The Clone Wars series.  If you haven’t seen it, tune in to Cartoon Network and catch a few episodes.  It is a great accounting of how Anakin transitioned from promising Jedi Master to Darth Vader.

If you are one of the many upset about the Disney buyout of Star Wars,  here is something to help you sulk it out.  A fantasy take on George Lucas’ revenge as if the buyout was a sinister plot.

Friday Fun!

There has been a long standing tradition of comparing Star Trek to Star Wars and asking which is best.  Now Best Engineering Online brings us a great infographic comparing the two universes point by point.  Look it over and decide which you like best.

Personally, Techsnoop is firmly in the Star Trek universe due to the tendency of humans to try to be the best they can.  Not to mention all the great tech we have filched from them (smartphone, tablet, diagnostic bed) and the great gardens.  However, I like Star Wars also and no one can tell me Yoda isn’t the best Jedi ever.  But the drinking, drug problems and over manufacturing of many planets is not a healthy universe.

Let us know in the comments which universe you like best.
Star Wars vs. Star Trek
Source: Best Online Engineering Degree

I love music.  The right song can lift you up from the lowest mood and inspire you when stuck at work.  But, there is no way that any set of earphones is worth $300.  I think the slim, light up cool factor of the Soul by Ludacris earphones is great and the sound may be superior, but $300?? With a national unemployment rate around 10%?  No way.  Please vote with your wallets and say no to this excess.  Expensive earphones do not make you money even if you are in the music business.  Great sound can be had for much less.

Love this slideshow on the coolest, almost Bond-like tech coming in 2012.  Samsung has a smartphone that is part tablet and LG presents a mouse that doubles as a scanner.  Pardon me if I take a pass at the personal 3D viewers.  By completely covering vision and hearing, this device is potentially a  public hazard.  Many will not use it wisely.  And, no, I will not pay for designer 3D glasses.  $300 and more to watch a movie at home?  Not happening.

But Sony shows once again that they are at the top of the cool list with the world’s thinnest camera, the Cyber-Shot TX55.  Thin, touch screen and 3D photos.  What more could you want? Maybe a Star Trek replicator or transporter to keep the food and transportation costs down so you can enjoy your tech.

Take your pick for holiday giving.  Or receiving.

Space travel has captured the imagination of humanity for millions of years.  Now that NASA has been stripped to oblivion, the private sector has begun its own space race.  This competition will be just as fraught with set backs as the early tests at NASA, but backed by private dollars.

Now, I know many will think in the current global economic climate all dollars should be spent on terra-firma, and further space exploration is a useless  a waste of money.  But let’s look at the larger picture.  Most of today’s medical and daily technology has come as a direct effort of experiments with space travel or trying to duplicate technology from sci-fi franchises such as Star Trek or Star Wars.

The hypospray, a needle-less delivery system for medications is a reality and now the diagnostic bed, a non-invasive tool for reading patient information is also here.  Read more on Trek Technology here and here.  All of these radical inventions and many life saving drugs and tools are spin-offs from space exploration.

Look no further than your flat-screen TV and cell phone to find even more tech from the stars.  The challenge for us mortals is to merge humanistic efforts here on Earth with our necessary exploration of the surrounding universe.  They are both worthy goals and even in Star Trek, the ending of poverty and world hunger began with the development of Warp Drive.

Live long and shoot for the stars…