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Thanks To DUO, You Can Now Take Your Second Screen With You

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a dual monitor setup for nearly 10 years now, and I don’t think I could ever go back to a single screen, no matter how big the monitor.

That’s actually the only reason why I still use a desktop computer instead of a laptop, because there aren’t any dual-screen solutions for laptops that don’t involve clunky docking stations and the like. Heck, that’s why the Razer Project Valerie was such a hit at CES, because there’s a real need for a multi-screen laptop for power users out there.

Mobile Pixels has come up with the perfect solution to this problem, and it’s called the DUO. As the name suggests, DUO is a portable monitor (weighing only 1.5 pounds) that is designed to work with virtually any laptop, through a simple, plug-and-play USB connection.

Seriously, how genius is this? As you can see from these photos, DUO attaches to the back of your laptop screen, sliding out on either side and providing a full 270° rotation, allowing for the optimal viewing angle for any situation. When not in use, it tucks away cleanly, making it a breeze to travel with, adding very little bulk to your laptop.

Mobile Pixels - DUO

Available in a 12.5″ screen size, DUO was designed to artfully fit any laptop, regardless of size, and the video driver helps reduce battery drain and give users a long-lasting battery life.

The innovative laptop accessory has raised over $400,000 after just a week on Kickstarter, and is on pace to raise over $1.5M in pre-sales alone. So apparently I’m not the only one who can’t live without their dual-screens. 🙂

The DUO is currently available for pre-order for the early-bird price of $179, with an estimated delivery date of January 2019.

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Protect Your Personal Information From Hackers With Hotspot Shield

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There’s no question that public Wi-Fi has made it easier than ever to stay connected when you are traveling. But what most people don’t realize is that free, unsecured Wi-Fi comes with its own set of risks, and that your personal information can be compromised if you’re not careful.

Case in point. A few months back, my wife ordered some shoes from an online retailer while at a coffee shop, never giving it much thought. But a few days later, she got a fraud alert from her credit card company, as someone was trying to use her credit card to buy a bunch of stuff.

Being that she didn’t use this credit card very often, it wasn’t too hard to trace this back to the coffee shop, and the fact that she was connected to their unsecure Wi-Fi network. For hackers, this is all it takes to them to access your bank info, passwords, and more.

Scary stuff, right? But luckily, there’s an easy way to protect yourself. Hotspot Shield secures your devices from hackers, allowing you to send encrypted data over previously unencrypted networks (like public Wi-Fi networks). But that’s not all it does.

Hotspot Shield

In addition, Hotspot Shield protects your privacy by making your online activities anonymous. Your ISP can’t see what sites your visiting, and no one can share or sell your private data. And Hotspot Shield provides unrestricted access to the internet from anywhere in the world, so you can stream shows or access social media even while abroad.

The folks at Hotspot Shield recently invited me to try out their service and share my thoughts on it. As someone who travels quite a bit for work, I’m constantly putting myself at risk by trusting the hotel’s public Wi-Fi with my various passwords (Gmail, Facebook, Comcast, etc), so I was only too happy to test this out for myself.

First impressions? Hotspot Shield is super easy to install, and in just a few steps, I was up and running. To ensure that it was working correctly, I went to WhatIsMyIP, and it displayed my masked IP and fake location rather than my real info. Afterwards, I ran a Speed Test to see if there were any effects on my connection, and it came back plenty fast. Nice!

It would have been handy to have Hotspot Shield last month when I was traveling overseas, as I found myself geo-blocked from sites on more than one occasion. But with Hotspot Shield, I would have been able to click on the “Browsing from” tab and choose a server in the United States, “tricking” the sites into thinking that I was somewhere else entirely.

Hotspot Shield

Overall, I couldn’t be happier with Hotspot Shield, and I’d highly recommend it to anyone who wants privacy protection, Wi-Fi security, unrestricted access to content, and much more. Over 650 million users in 200 countries access the Internet securely with Hotspot Shield, and if you want that peace of mind in knowing that your connection is secure, then you should too!

Visit www.hotspotshield.com for more information and to get started for free today.


This is a sponsored post on behalf of Hotspot Shield.

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The Huawei Mate 20 Pro Is One Sweet Phone.. Too Bad You Can’t Buy It

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If you’re in the market for a smartphone packed with all of the bells and whistles, your choices are the iPhone XS, Google Pixel 3, Galaxy Note 9, or the new Huawei Mate 20 Pro. Unless you live in the United States that is, in which case you can scratch that last one off your list, as the Chinese smartphone maker isn’t welcome in the US anymore.

And that’s a shame, because Huawei makes some great phones. So much so that after nearly a decade of iPhone loyalty, I made the switch earlier this year to the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, and I couldn’t be any happier with my decision. The phone takes amazing pictures (which is most important to me), and it comes packed with cutting-edge features.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Now, Huawei is raising the bar with the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, with an even greater focus on AI, a Leica Triple Camera, a new 7nm chipset, a larger 4200 mAh battery, wireless charging, and an in-screen fingerprint scanner. This phone features a 6.39-inch curved OLED screen with a 3120 x 1440 resolution (19.5:9 aspect ratio).

Perhaps the most noteworthy feature on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is that Leica Triple Camera, which houses a 40 MP main camera, a 20 MP ultra wide-angle camera, and an 8 MP telephoto camera. Together, the trio of lenses supports a wide range of focal lengths (equivalent to the performance of a 16-270 mm zoom lens), enabling it to mimic the results from professional cameras, while still small enough to fit in your pocket.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

In addition, the Mate 20 Pro features the Kirin 980 processor, which gives a huge improvement in both speed and power efficiency over the outgoing model (which was no slouch itself). It also allows the phone to step up it’s AI efforts. Real-time image processing can be done on video now, not just photos, while real-time object segmentation is more precise.

Besides superb performance, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro also features some big improvements on battery life. The smartphone’s large, high-density 4200 mAh battery supports SuperCharge, giving the device a 70% charge in 30 minutes. It also supports Wireless Quick Charge, along with Wireless Reverse Charge – where the phone acts as a power bank for other devices. Neat feature if you need to charge up your Bluetooth headphones or something.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Much like Face ID the iPhone XS, the Mate 20 Pro gets facial unlocking, which can be used not only to access your phone, but for specific software too. App Lock will allow you to secure individual apps, while File Cabinet will do the same thing but for files. In addition, the Mate 20 Pro gets an in-display fingerprint sensor, allowing you to press your fingertip against a certain part of the screen to unlock your phone.

All in all, the new Huawei Mate 20 Pro sounds like quite the phone, at least based on its specs. But seeing as how we can’t go to our local Best Buy or AT&T store to play with it for ourselves, it’s an expensive gamble to order one from Amazon sight unseen. And therein lies the rub.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

What do you think of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro?

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The GoPro HERO7 Black Makes Shaky Videos A Thing Of The Past

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GoPro HERO7 Black

Like many of you, I’m rocking a GoPro that’s more than a few years old, and seeing as how it still works just fine, I haven’t found the need to upgrade to the latest model.. until now.

The GoPro HERO7 Black was just introduced, and let me tell you, it’s a total game changer, setting the bar for video stabilization with its standout feature, HyperSmooth.

HyperSmooth is the best in-camera video stabilization ever featured in a camera. It makes it easy to capture professional-looking, gimbal-like stabilized video without the expense or hassle of a motorized gimbal. Don’t believe me? Just watch this video and see for yourself.

Pretty incredible, right? GoPro really knocked it out of the park this time. And it’s not all. The HERO7 Black introduces a radical new form of video called TimeWarp, applying a high-speed, ‘magic-carpet-ride’ effect to your videos and showcasing longer experiences in short, flowing videos that are compelling to watch and easy to share.

And when it comes to sharing, there’s no faster way to do it than live. HERO7 Black is the first GoPro to live stream, enabling users to automatically share in real time to Facebook, Twitch, YouTube, Vimeo and other platforms internationally. The result is an exciting and convenient way to share life’s more interesting, on-the-go moments.

GoPro HERO7 Black portrait mode

“HERO7 Black is the GoPro we’ve all been waiting for,” said GoPro founder, Nick Woodman. “With HyperSmooth video stabilization, HERO7 Black is a camera anyone can use to capture amazingly smooth, professional looking shots of their activities. And they can do it live.”

HERO7 Black Features:

  • HyperSmooth Stabilization – Gimbal-like stabilization without the gimbal
  • Live Stream – Automatic sharing as you live it while saving your streamed videos to your SD card in high definition
  • TimeWarp Video – Super-stabilized time lapse ‘magic carpet ride’ videos of your experiences, up to 30x speed
  • SuperPhoto – Intelligent scene analyzation for professional-looking photos via automatically applied HDR, Local Tone Mapping and Multi-Frame Noise Reduction
  • Portrait Mode – Native vertical-capture for easy sharing to Instagram Stories, Snapchat and more
  • Enhanced Audio – Re-engineered audio captures increased dynamic range, new microphone membrane reduces unwanted vibrations during mounted situations
  • Intuitive Touch Interface – 2-inch touch display with simplified user interface enables native vertical (portrait) use of camera
  • Face, Smile + Scene Detection – HERO7 Black recognizes faces, expressions and scene-types to enhance automatic QuikStory edits on the GoPro app
  • Short Clips – Restricts video recording to 15- or 30-second clips for faster transfer to phone, editing and sharing. Great for new users and kids.
  • Photo Timer – Countdown timer for convenient selfies and group shots
  • Stunning Image Quality – 4K60 video and 12MP photos
  • Ultra Slo-Mo – 8x slow motion in 1080p240
  • Rugged and Waterproof – Waterproof without a housing to 33ft (10m), goes everywhere your phone can’t
  • Voice Control – Verbal commands let you go hands-free in 14 languages
  • Auto Transfer to Phone – Your photos and videos move automatically from camera when connected to the GoPro app for on-the-go sharing
  • GPS Performance Stickers – Track speed, distance and elevation, then highlight them by adding stickers to videos in the GoPro app
  • Touch Zoom – Frame your photos and videos with just a touch

The GoPro HERO7 Black is currently available for pre-order for $399. And for those of you who don’t need all the bells and whistles, the HERO7 Silver ($299) and HERO7 White ($199) offer a lot of bang for the buck as well.

What do you think of the GoPro HERO7 Black?

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