Pixels, Pixels, And More Pixels! [CES 2014]

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It’s far from surprising, but the trend at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2014) is packing as many pixels as possible into the devices we love. TVs, tablets, monitors, you name it and it is getting a higher resolution screen. That’s great to see in a showroom, but if the prices are astronomically high the average consumer is left wanting what they can’t have. Luckily for us, that’s all changed this week. Let’s take a look at some of the most affordable, pixel-tastic items announced at CES 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Michael Bay Meltdown Steals The Show At CES 2014

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Samsung unveiled lots at CES today. New Ultra High Definition TVs and some new tablets aimed at the pro market. But by far the biggest story was the meltdown that took place when director Michael Bay took the stage. After the teleprompter apparently malfunctioned, Bay was forced to “wing it.” Instead he fumbled his words and excused himself from the stage seconds later. Check it out for yourself above. (Bay arrives at the 57:15 mark)

As I said earlier on Twitter, I’m not sure why Michael Bay had so much trouble without a teleprompter. Most of his movies don’t have a script anyways. BOOM! ROASTED!

Man’s Best Tech’s Favorite Podcasts

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Podcasts are great. Whether you’re driving, passing the time at work, or relaxing at home, there are thousands of options at your disposal at any given time. Name a topic and there’s sure to be something that peaks your interest. Hardly a day goes by when I don’t listen to a podcast because of its convenience. As long as you have an internet connection, or you download podcasts you want to listen to beforehand, you can listen anywhere you go on your smartphone, tablet, PC or Mac. To top it all off podcasts are free and have minimal ads compared to more traditional media like cable television. Now, without further ado, here are some of my favorite podcasts that you should start listening to immediately. Read the rest of this entry »

Watch Samsung’s CES 2014 Event Press Conference Here

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Samsung’s CES 2014 keynote starts at 2PM PST/ 5PM EST today. Watch the full live stream above. We will update the post with any noteworthy announcements!

 

How-to: Redeem Your iTunes Gift Card Using Your iOS Device

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iTunes gift cards are one of the most popular gifts each holiday season. They are a great way to buy music, TV shows, movies, and apps. If you just got one there is a quick and easy way to redeem your value so you can start enjoying all the iTunes Store has to offer.

1. Scratch off the label on the back of the gift card
2. Open the iTunes app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch
3. Hit ‘Redeem iTunes Gift Cards’
4. Sign into the iTunes Store using your Apple ID password
5. Choose ‘Use Camera’ (You can also choose ‘You can also enter your code manually’)
6. Make sure your code is visible to the camera
7. The balance of the gift card should be available to you immediately
8. PROFIT!!!

Of course you can still redeem your gift card the old fashioned way, via iTunes on your Mac or PC. Whichever way you decide, let us know what you will be purchasing from iTunes in the comments and on Twitter! Read the rest of this entry »

iPhone 5s Review: 3 Months Later

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If you’ve been reading MBT for a while, you know that I use an iPhone as my primary device. I switched over from a Blackberry (what was I thinking?) in October 2011. I loved my iPhone 4S for the 11 months that I had it but I convinced myself I needed to upgrade to the iPhone 5 in September 2012. I bought it unsubsidized (ouch!) in order to keep my unlimited data with Verizon. I was truly happy with the iPhone 5. The screen was bigger and brighter, it was unbelievably light compared to previous smartphones, and the processor was incredibly ‘snappy’. Flash forward another 12 months and I was sure I was going to sit the iPhone 5s out. That is until I was offered a family member’s own upgrade which wouldn’t affect my unlimited data. Now after using the 5s everyday for the past 3 months am I still happy I upgraded?

First let’s start off by saying that if you have an iPhone 4S or older, you want to switch over to iOS from Android, or are in the market for your first smartphone, I highly recommend the 5s. It’s a beautifully made phone with incredible processing power that only a handful of other handsets can even compete with. Here are my observations after using the iPhone 5s for 3 months: Read the rest of this entry »