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Hands on with the 2022 Wacom Cintiq Pro 27

Ever since I started working as a graphic designer in the 90’s, I’ve always been fascinated with pen displays for computers. Well, maybe that love started with the Koala Pad on an Apple IIe in the 1980’s. Anyway, Wacom has always been the best of the best when it comes to a drawing interface for […]

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Panasonic Toughbook 40 Review

A rugged hardcore portable computer Panasonic’s Toughbook series of laptop computers are mainly designed for the more rugged dangerous workplaces like military, law enforcement, or construction scenarios. It’s not meant for the indoor desk jobs and design jobs that I’m used to. I did get to use the Panasonic Toughbook FZ-55 a while back though, […]

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Apple’s iPhone may be 15-years-old, but this 20-year-old smartphone was way better.

This year Apple both celebrated the 15 year anniversary of their first iPhone and announced the discontinuation of their last remaining iPod product; something that was first launched 20 years ago back in 2002. What’s interesting to me is how far ahead of Apple, actual smartphones were back 20 years ago. Yeah, Apple got a […]

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The new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold (2022) is Awesome

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold is Lenovo’s next generation of large 16″ laptop tablet style folding screen devices. I got to see an early prototype of this model a while back, and seeing the new version is a huge step forward. It’s better in every way. There are still a few minor software issues to […]

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Angry Miao Cyberblade Earbuds Review

The most badass earbuds you can find today From the moment I opened the box I was impressed with the Angry Miao Cyberblade earbuds. That’s saying a lot because I’ve used plenty of different stereo wireless earbuds and many mono Bluetooth headsets over the past 20 years of tech reviewing at Pocketnow. Most of the […]

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How to transfer files between any device on your network; Mac, Windows, ChromeOS, Linux, Android, iOS, etc.

This open protocol from the 1900s works on practically everything. I see a lot of articles on other tech sites about cross-platform and cross-device file transfer problems. For example, there’s this article on XDA developers.  Here’s another article on TNW about Google making yet another file transfer protocol.  It makes me wonder, “Do people not […]

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Asus Vivobook S 14X OLED Review

Beautiful OLED screen and excellent H-series performance The Asus Vivobook S 14X OLED is a great new laptop in the $1000 price range that features a gorgeous organic light emitting diode screen as well as a high-performance H-series Intel processor. This laptop is mainly geared towards the 18-30 year old crowd of college students and […]

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Smartphone Graphic User Interface Design Tips

iPhone and Android touch screen smartphones have a lot of interaction design and usability problems, many of which stem from originally being designed only for 3.5 inch screens and also not being designed for adaptability across the system. Here are some tips to consider to help resolve those shortcomings. All of the general interaction design […]

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Do we need an open operating system for designers?

It used to be that Mac OS was a great operating system for graphic designers since it was the first consumer available operating system with a graphical user interface plus it had great postscript printer and font rendering support. That was back in the late 1980’s. Today it feels like Apple doesn’t care that much […]

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The smartest messaging method is not a segregated mess of WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram, SMS, Slack, Teams, Facebook, Instagram, WeChat, etc.

“Too Long Didn’t Read” Summary: Managing too many messaging apps can cause cognitive overload and contribute to burn-out. It’s smarter to focus on the one system that works with everything everywhere there’s internet and is completely open for you to control and customize on your own within the largest messaging ecosystem on the planet. Type […]