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By: Pati Locke

We woke today with the news of Adam West’s passing. Adam was such a huge part of a lot of our childhoods and even into our adulthood, so this news hit so many of us hard. I know I can’t be the only one that ran around in my Batman Under-roos pretending to save the day from a nasty villain or to this day still wanting his fun gadgets neatly tucked away in that utility belt. He was best known from his portrayal of Batman from the 1966-68 T.V. series and the younger generation might better know him from Family Guy, where he played a comical  version of himself. Adam had been acting since 1959 and worked right up until his passing so everyone has come across him from at least one of his many projects. He’s done everything from serious films, kids movies to cartoons (adult and children’s). In any project he worked he was immediately recognizable, his voice alone is iconic. You can’t help but adore a serious actor who is comfortable enough to make fun of himself or take on more comical roles. I think that’s one thing that made him so endearing. It breaks my heart to lay another legend to rest. Rest In Peace Mr. West we will carry you in our childhood memories and remember you always. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends from all of us here at The Nerdery.

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Alright, the polls are closed and you have chosen the Best of 2016. Some of these results were really close. We had to bring in a tie breaker on more than a few of these categories. But, 2016 was a great year for nerds and 2017 looks to be an even better one.

Without any more bantering, here’s the results of the Best of 2016 Poll!!!

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By Ricky Ramirez

 

Ten years ago today, Apple unveiled the very first iPhone. A device that boasted a great camera, a built in iPod, and the ability to surf the internet through a mobile browser. In a partnership with the new AT&T, formerly Cingular wireless, Apple stunned the word with a device that was unlike anything seen prior. The biggest shock Steve Jobs delivered, was that the keyboard was on screen and could easily learn typing patterns, and be changed easily with a software update. The biggest competition out at the time was the RIM Blackberry and the Windows based Motorola Q. Both phones featured plastic keyboards, and ran a bit sluggish, but were both well received by the enterprise community. Before being renamed iOS, the Mac OS based operating system for iPhone, was pretty limited. The iPhone shipped with basic phone operations such as text messaging, calling, email, weather, compass, maps (using Google data without turn by turn), notes, and featured a YouTube app for the first time on a smartphone. iPhone, while impressive, was a bit limited at first. It lacked the ability to send and receive picture messages, and couldn’t add any new applications to increase productivity. 


With the dawn of its successor the iPhone 3G on the horizon, Apple updated the OS to work with picture messaging, and integrated The App Store. The App Store allowed developers to create useful applications for iPhone, and users could download the apps straight to iPhone for free, or at a cost to the developer’s chosen price. While all this seems like everyday usage to us now, this one phone started the revolution of mobile devices as we now know it. With the success of iPhone, both software companies and phone manufacturers followed suit with similar phones, and app stores. Google, Microsoft, The Linux Foundation, and several other companies can thank Apple for ushering them into a mobile world. Three of us at The Nerdery use iPhone’s daily for Nerdery-related work. I myself, am currently typing this article on an iPhone 7, and am looking forward to Apple’s ten year anniversary iPhone. I’ve watched every keynote like a fanboy, and have had a great deal of respect for everything Steve Jobs, Jony Ive, and company achieved with iPhone. Happy Anniversary Apple, and thank you very much!


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By: Ricky Ramirez

So it’s been a small amount of time since the release of Apple’s iPhone 7, and Google’s Pixel. Both come in two sizes, have powerful processors, and pack enough RAM to keep their respective OS’s running snappy! We’ve managed to sway from the Windows Vs. Mac battle that began shortly after Apple hiring Bill Gates, to a mobile war between Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. Truth be told the gap between what a smartphone can do, and what a computer can do it getting much smaller by the minute. So what the big differences between the two flagships? And what makes a person buy one over the other? As a self proclaimed shifter, I have a deep love for both operating systems and the quality of these Image result for iphone 7two phones has me in limbo. On one hand the iPhone 7 packs the best benchmark scores, an amazing camera for both bright and low light, and an OS that barely sips battery life. The Pixel packs Qualcomm’s newest processor, has a beautiful AMOLED display, and features large batteries, with very fast charging. On the downside, both phones have built in batteries, and are not capable of wireless charging. Many have said the latter is for a niche market. I used a Samsung Galaxy S7 for a short time and loved the wireless charging feature. A big difference for me, is how iOS stores files within the apps, while Android allows storage anywhere within the file manager and in a folder just like a PC. I can download a PDF file, and open it in any app that’s able to read it.Image result for google pixel With iOS, I open the file in an app, and save that file to the app. I can read a PDF and save it to iBooks. It’s kind of annoying, but I make due. That’s just a small pain in the neck. The reason I’ve given both pros and cons, is because in my opinion, the perfect smartphone doesn’t exist. I’m completely torn, and would be happy owning, and recommending either phone. These two flagships are wonderful devices, and despite a few nit picky flaws, either one performs to excellent results. While both handsets are more expensive than most, these two are the best of the best. If this is an example of what’s to come in the world of smartphones, I’m excited for the future.

By: Steven Saunders

Sometimes you run into a piece of technology that really surprises you, and it can be shocking how much was left out of the manufacturer’s description. Well, this was one of those cases for me: Bose Quiet Comfort 35 Wireless Headphones, Noise Cancelling – Black. What a great headset! Even in off mode, sound is noticeably canceled out when you put them on. Then you link them up, and the sound is perfect. It comes through so clear, you can hear every tone and every beat. The bass comes through perfect with no need for an equalizer. They just work! The comfort level is perfect, even when wearing them for long periods of time. The battery life is beyond belief. I have played them for a complete day nonstop watching movies and listening to music, and they were still at 50% when I put them on charge. Cell phone calls with the internal mic come out crisp and clear, drowning out all other noises beautifully. This is the best head set I have ever owned. Great job by Bose, of which I would expect nothing less. The biggest break on these 35s are the price: $349.00. It is a lot, but I have to say they are well worth it. Go out and give them a demo, you won’t regret it. I give them 5+ ninja scrolls.

 

Quiet Comfort 35 wireless headphones are engineered with world-class noise cancellation that makes quiet sound quieter and music sound better. Free yourself from wires and connect easily to your devices with Bluetooth and NFC pairing. Volume-optimized EQ gives you balanced audio performance at any volume, while a noise-rejecting dual microphone provides clear calls, even in windy or noisy environments. Voice prompts and intuitive controls make communicating and controlling your music hassle-free. A lithium-ion battery gives you up to 20 hours of wireless play time per charge. And if you anticipate a situation where charging may not be possible, just plug in the included audio cable. Wired mode gives you up to 40 hours of play time per charge. Premium materials make these headphones lightweight and comfortable for all-day listening. Use the Bose Connect app for a more personalized experience. Included: Quiet Comfort 35 wireless headphones; USB charging cable; backup audio cable; airline adapter; carry case.

 

 

  • World-class noise cancellation makes quiet sound quieter and music sound better
  • Volume-optimized EQ for balanced audio performance at any volume
  • Wireless, with easy Bluetooth and NFC pairing aided by voice prompts
  • 20-hour battery life per charge; up to 40 hours in wired mode
  • Noise-rejecting dual-microphone system for clear calls even in windy environments