This is the 38th post in a series called 5 Things. Each week I will share a combination of technology articles and apps that I have discovered and liked in the past week. Anything highlighted in blue is a link to an article, an app, or another section of my website.
I have a wide variety of devices in my house that I could use a Bluetooth keyboard with. I own the Apple Bluetooth keyboard, but it is a pain in the butt to switch between my iPad, my wife's iPad mini, and my Mac. I have heard very good things about the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard 760 from some people I trust and I might be picking up one of these from Amazon.com for $55.
In 5 Things - Week Ending 4/6/12 I first mentioned Google Glass. My question at the time was whether Google could turn the neat concept into a shipping product. It certainly appears that they are making good progress on shipping late 2013.
Between Google Glass and rumors of the Apple iWatch, it appears that wearable tech will be a hot topic in 2013.
I thought that this was a very good article on the topic of online advertising and how your brain handles it. I strongly dislike advertiements and make a point of avoiding them when I can.
Check out 30 Second Tips - Block Ads On The Internet to learn how you can block ads that are displayed on websites like Google and Facebook.
My parents recently decided to purchase a new Mac to replace their nine year old eMac. Saving money is always a concern for them so I recommended a refurbished Mac mini from Apple (saved $130 compared to brand new Mac mini). They were a bit hesitant about the Mac mini because it does not come with CD/DVD drive. I explained to them that almost all brand new Macs no longer come with a CD/DVD drive.
Once they heard this they agreed to go along with the Mac mini and a new display but they still wanted to have a CD/DVD drive. We were planning on buying Apple's USB Superdrive for $79. Before we made the purchase I read Dan Frommer's blog post and suggested that we try the AmazonBasic DVD drive for $35 and save a little money.
The drive showed up, we plugged it in, and they were able to install the TurboTax disc that they had purchased from Sam's Club.
I would encourage anyone with a MacBook Air, iMac, or Mac mini that would like a CD/DVD drive to check out the AmazonBasic DVD drive.
I thought of two things when I read this article.
- I should remind people that you should never buy a $50 HDMI cable from Best Buy.
- I should make sure that people know about Monoprice.
I have had great success with Monoprice products in the past. It's a great way to save money.
They are based in America and the majority of it's operations (product design, warehouse, customer support) is handled in California. They do manufacture their products in Asia.
I would strongly encourage to check out Monoprice next time you are in the market for cables, adapters, ink, or any other technology accessory.