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The Best of CES 2017

January 9, 2017

From PCMag.com: The Consumer Electronics Show (now officially simply termed CES) turned 50 this year. And yet, rather than turn stale or start to fade into irrelevance, the 2017 show brought some genuine innovation we haven’t seen in quite a while. Sure, wacky gadgets and pointless prototypes are all over the place at CES, but this […]

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Tech Upgrades Just Aren’t That Great Anymore

December 27, 2016

From Bloomberg View: This week, after four and a half years of faithful service, I finally replaced my old laptop. I will not bore you with the litany of troubles that led to this decision. The only interesting thing about my decision to replace my old 15-inch Macbook Pro is what I chose to replace it […]

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Then and Now

December 23, 2016

We’ve come a long way. In 1951, Univac, the first commercial computer, made its way into computer history. It was 25 feet by 50 feet, weighed 8 tons, and cost close to $1 million. It had a processing speed of 2.25 megahertz (MHz) and a memory capacity of 1,000 words. Today, 65 years later, for less […]

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How to Turn a USB Stick into an Ultra Portable PC

December 19, 2016

Not only do portable apps let you hop between computers easily, they also keep your main machines clear of clutter and almost as speedy as when you first booted them up. If you’re yet to dive into the wonderful world of portable apps, here’s how you can get started. Source: How to Turn a USB […]

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December 17, 2016
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Guide to “Computers in the Back”

November 17, 2016

Most US dentists have moved computers into the treatment rooms, but not everybody. If you are one of the hold outs make 2016 the year you upgrade. When you do it do it right before the end of the year in order to score some tax breaks. There is more to it than just buying […]

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The Best Tablets of 2016

October 24, 2016

From PCMag.com: Whether you’re looking for an Android, Apple, or Windows tablet, here’s what to consider, along with our top-rated slates. Source: The Best Tablets of 2016 | PCMag.com Tablets have many uses in the dental office. Most commonly they are used in place of a clip board and paper for patients to register and fill […]

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Galaxy Note 7

October 16, 2016

This is not good. Saw this waiting for my flight to a speaking engagement.

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Galaxy Note 7: Going Down in Flames

October 14, 2016

Hmmm, from CNN: The South Korean tech giant announced this week it was killing off its flagship Note 7 smartphone. The move came after reports kept emerging of the devices catching fire — even after Samsung  had promised customers that replacement phones it was providing were safe… …But even more pain could be yet to […]

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Spending Tech Dollars

October 11, 2016

Some thoughts on how to best spend limited IT dollars in a dental office. Maintain your support agreement especially if it includes software upgrades Get annual training for the whole office on your Practice Management System Purchase and use e-services to eliminate administrative busy work Upgrade any computers over four years old Some thoughts on […]

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Go with a Pro

August 22, 2016

Who does your IT? Don’t go “Cheapo” this is an essential part of your office, hire a pro. Here is a good resource: DIA Or for Henry Schein customers Tech Central.

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Mini Keyboards

July 19, 2016

Since space is almost always an issue in the treatment rooms smaller keyboards are often a good choice. There are many mini keyboards available. This image shows the basic difference between a standard and a mini keyboard.

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Judy the Juggler

July 18, 2016

Judy the juggler works the front desk for Dr. Paperman. The front desk is the data center of the office. The data is the schedule, financial records and the charts. If the schedule is a paper book the book can only be in one place at one time and can only be accessed by one […]

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China’s New Supercomputer is World’s Most Powerful

July 6, 2016

From IEEE Spectrum: …today, the Top500 group announced that Tianhe-2 has been ousted by another Chinese supercomputer, the Sunway TaihuLight. The new machine, which is based at the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi, can perform a key benchmark test called Linpack at 93 petaflops (a thousand trillion floating point operations per second)—nearly three times the speed of the Tianhe-2. Source: China’s New Supercomputer is […]

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Ultra-Thin Dongles Make It Easy To Add Biometric Security

June 13, 2016

From Gizmodo: Designed to work alongside the biometric security options in the latest versions of Microsoft Windows, Synaptics’ new USB scanners manage to shrink fingerprint readers down to a minuscule dongle that you can leave attached to your computer at all times Source: Ultra-Thin Dongles Make It Easy To Add Biometric Security To Your Old […]

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Samsung’s wireless earbuds are completely cable-free

June 8, 2016

One neat feature on the IconX is the ambient sound mode. Activate it and you’ll still be able to listen to music, but you’ll also be able to hear what’s happening around you. Samsung says it’s a safety feature for letting users hear traffic around them. Source: Samsung’s fitness-tracking wireless earbuds are completely cable-free These […]

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Monitors in the Treatment Rooms

June 2, 2016

In a dental treatment room space is a valuable commodity. If you set your keyboard at the edge of the counter and your monitor behind your keyboard, your actual usable workspace for dentistry has been greatly reduced. When you add a second patient monitor it is usually impractical to use another cart or cabinet for […]

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Monitors in the Celing

May 24, 2016

Getting computers in the treatment area is a great first step. However if they are not placed in a way that makes them easy to use they don’t get used and the time and investment is wasted. I am not a fan of monitors or TVs in the ceiling. They are very hard to upgrade, […]

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Apple pulls latest iOS update from iPads after bricking reports

May 24, 2016

FYI: Following complaints that the iOS 9.3.2 update has bricked newer iPads, Apple pulled the latest update for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro… While the company did not specify which iPads were affected by the update, multiple outlets have reported that the update is hamstringing the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and not the 12.9-inch version or other […]

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How IBM’s new five-qubit universal quantum computer works

May 13, 2016

From  Ars Technica: The IBM system is, on a very superficial level, similar to D-Wave’s. Both systems use superconducting quantum interference devices as qubits (quantum bits). But the similarity ends there. As IBM emphasizes, its quantum computer is a universal quantum computer—which D-Wave’s is not. Source: How IBM’s new five-qubit universal quantum computer works | Ars […]

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