The XGPS150A by Dual Electronics is a Multipurpose Universal Bluetooth GPS Receiver that is arguably faster than a phone's built-in GPS. It can be paired to a user's phone or tablet via Bluetooth for more accurate use of GPS-requiring apps involving aviation, golfing, geocaching, hiking, and more. The free GPS Status Tool shows user location, the number of satellites the device can see (plus their signal strengths), the receiver's battery level, and connection confirmations.
The Apple-endorsed LG UltraFine 5K Display is expensive but gives users a great 5K image for a lot cheaper than the $5000 Pro Display XDR. The screen carries a 5120-by-2880 resolution, supports billions of colors, and runs 27 inches diagonally. There is 1 Thunderbolt 3 port, 3 USB-C ports, and an included Thunderbolt 3 cable (that charges Macbook Pros/Airs). Additionally, the monitor comes with a built-in camera, microphone, and stereo speakers. OS requirements for Apple connections include macOS Mojave 10.14.6 (or later) and iOS 12.4 (or later).
Google's new Pixelbook Go is the "go-there, do‑that" Chromebook practically made for students. It measures 12.2 in x 8.1 in x 0.5 in (with a 13.3-inch touchscreen) and weighs just over 2lbs, making it extremely easy to carry around campus. The various models range from 8GB of RAM to 16GB, as well as 64GB - 256GB of storage. The highest-end model sports a 4K Ultra HD Molecular Display and an Intel Core i7 processor, but costs $1,399. Battery life lasts up to 12 hours and the camera records at 1080p HD 60fps.
SatPaq is a small satellite dish that physically attaches to your cell phone and sends your messages up 22,000 miles in the air (and back down to the destination). This is a great device for communication when disaster strikes, when wide power outages occur, or during wilderness hikes in signal-less environments. While texts won't show a user's own phone number, a name can still be attached. SatPaq costs about $250 and the battery lasts around 4 months. The product uses Bluetooth to connect and supports Android and iOS.
Rich DeMuro is filling in for Leo Laporte and has written a new book titled 101 iPhone Tips & Tricks: Unlock the useful, time saving and fun features in iOS 13.
The book is up to date and includes guidance for iOS 13 changes and additions, as well as fun tips from previous editions. Plus, it is available in paperback and Kindle versions to suit your reading preference. From "dark mode" to privacy warnings, Rich DeMuro's 101 iPhone Tips & Tricks should be a useful companion to any modern iPhone consumer.
While Microsoft has built-in voice recognition in Windows 10, some may prefer third-party software. Nuance's Dragon Home version 15 is a speech recognition solution for home users that costs $150.00 and features Nuance Deep Learning Technology. The product may sound familiar to some as Dragon NaturallySpeaking. The software also comes with a Playback function that helps with proofreading/editing chunks of text. Dragon Home can allow customers to simply speak to their computer to complete homework, compose emails, surf the web, etc.
The VR3 Phone Jack Powered Emergency Night Light and Charger is a device that plugs into your telephone jack and when fully powered, has an active light sensor that can be turned on and off automatically. It also has USB ports that you can use to charge your devices, albeit slowly. This device is great during power outages!
Corel PaintShop Pro is a raster and vector graphics editor for Windows. It allows for pro-level photo editing with high precision depth of field, selection, and cloning tools. It also has built-in algorithms to correct or alter images with a few simple clicks. There's also an Ultimate edition of PaintShop Pro that comes with additional features.
The 65R625 from TCL is a great 65-inch TV option for consumers with a <$1000 budget. It possesses a Roku interface and can be voice-controlled via the mobile app or certain voice assistant devices. The product uses "QLED" (Quantum Dot technology) for color realism and Dolby Vision for brightness. TCL's Contrast Control tech even makes use of 120 local dimming zones for best contrast between light and dark. The AiPQ Engine optimizes color via machine-learning, but TCL will also come out with an iOS/Android app that can perform basic calibration with a phone's camera.
Pop!_OS is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu, and it is free to download and try. This OS by System76 features dynamic workspaces, side-by-side window snapping, sophisticate keyboard navigation, three main power-saving modes, an intelligent hue shifting "night light", and a Do Not Disturb mode that disables pop-up notifications. Pop!_OS enables full-disk encryption and does not store info from installations. Automatic firmware updates are applied to System76 laptops for security and reliability.