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What Tech to Expect in 2016? #AskAndy

Welcome to the inaugural episode of #AskAndy! Join in and ask me your questions on Twitter  and YouTube.

In this episode I answer a few questions from you guys with the main question “What tech to expect in 2016?” coming from Canoopsy.

Congrats to Matthieu for being one of the random winners chosen to win a giveaway prize. Check out Brennan’s video to find out the other winner.

Links mentioned in this video:

Apple certified refurbished Macs
Aeropress coffee maker
Aeropress timer app

Best Ergonomic Mouse? Logitech M570 Review

Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball Review: Best ergonomic mouse?

If you’re like me then you are constantly using a computer. These days it’s hard not to. One of the biggest consequences of this, however, is wrist pain and even carpal tunnel syndrome caused by doing the same wrist movements over and over. I was concerned about this because I edit a lot of videos and the process of video editing can take hours and even days. So I decided to do some research and I went out and got the best ergonomic mouse I could find. This is my Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball review.

The Logitech M570 is currently less than $30 and has an almost perfect 4.5/5 star rating on Amazon. It’s not just for people who are specifically looking for an ergonomic mouse, but in my opinion everyone who uses a computer on a daily basis should own this mouse. Here’s why. It’s actually not labeled as a “mouse”. Instead, Logitech calls it a wireless trackball because instead of moving your arm like with a traditional mouse, with the M570 you are rolling this ball around with your thumb to move your mouse across your screen. Having said that, I will still refer to this as a mouse and trackball throughout this video.

Right out of the box, the Logitech M570 works with Windows and Mac. Just connect the unifying receiver to a USB port, turn on the trackball, and you’re ready to start using it. The wireless capability is one of its best features. It can work upwards of 30 feet away from the computer. Also since the tracking sensor is built inside the mouse, it can literally be used on nearly any surface. Or no surface at all. I also love how lightweight it is and the long battery life. It comes with a Duracell AA battery and Logitech claims that one battery can last up to 18 months. I’ve owned this mouse for a few months and I still haven’t needed to replace the battery yet, but I usually turn the mouse off when I’m not using it anyway. The ergonomics is also one of its best features. The way its designed lets your hand rest at a more natural position which should help relieve any wrist pain when using it for long periods of time.

For me, the trackball was very smooth right out of the box. However if it’s not as smooth as you’d like you can pop the ball out and wipe it down with a cotton cloth to make it even smoother. The rubber grips on the bottom give it a sturdy placement on the surface it’s on so the mouse itself doesn’t accidentally move when your hand is resting on it at an angle. The mouse feels great in the hand. On the top it has standard left and right click buttons and a scroll wheel. It also has quick access to forward and back buttons which can be programmed as custom triggers using the free Logitech software. There’s also a battery light indicator as well. The bottom where the battery goes has a slot for the unifying receiver in case you are traveling and don’t want to lose the USB dongle. Pretty convenient.

Really, the only downside is that this trackball is only designed for right-handers, like most mouses. Having said that, for right-handers this is one of the best purchases you’ll make. The Logitech M570 is my go-to mouse when I need a break from my trackpad or my Logitech MX Performance. It is a smooth, long lasting, and comfortable wireless mouse that works great. I highly recommend it because for less than $30 you could potentially avoid long-term pain or damage to your wrists. If you have any questions leave a comment below and give this video a thumbs up if it helped you out. Thanks for watching and I’ll talk to you in the next video.

Dell XPS 13: Can It Replace My MacBook?

If you’re not new to my channel you probably know that I primarily use Macs in my personal life. I’ve been using Mac OS X since 2009 when I got my first MacBook Pro (which I still use to this day) and I haven’t owned a Windows laptop or Windows desktop in over 8 years.

So when Dell reached out to me and asked if I wanted to experience the new Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook my first immediate reaction was “No, I don’t really use Windows laptops.”

But then I started doing some research on the Dell XPS 13 which was just released at the end of 2015 with Intel’s 6th generation processors, and this thing has been topping the list on a lot of popular tech blogs as the best Windows laptop and the best Windows ultrabook out right now. That definitely sparked my interest and as I got to researching it more I noticed that it looks very similar to the new MacBook.

Then I realized that this new Dell XPS 13 is the PC equivalent of a MacBook. It’s kind of a mix between the MacBook Retina 12″ and the MacBook Pro 13”. If you are in the market for a MacBook or new Windows laptop and you don’t really know which way to go or you want to see which laptop performs better at certain tasks then I am here to answer that question for you.

I’m taking the challenge. For the next month I will be replacing my MacBook Pro with the new Dell XPS 13 9350 and using that exclusively. In about six weeks I will give you the conclusion and my full review of the Dell XPS 13. I’ll let you know how it sizes up to the Mac experience coming from a primary Mac user myself.

Definitely stick around and find out how this works out. I’m looking forward to using the Dell XPS 13. It certainly looks awesome. Also, full disclosure, Dell did send this to me at no charge but I will be completely honest and unbiased in my review. We’re going to find out if this is the best Windows ultrabook out right now and is it really a MacBook killer? Please subscribe to my YouTube channel so you will be notified when I release that video here in about six weeks. It’s going to be fun. Also  make sure you follow me on Twitter and Instagram.

Best Mac Apps 2016: The Ultimate List

What makes a Mac great? The awesome apps you can use on it. Here are the best Mac apps of 2016 in alphabetical order.

Free

Alfred: Boost your productivity with hotkeys and keywords. Search your Mac and the web effortlessly and control your Mac using customized actions.

Amphetamine: Keep your Mac awake. Simple.

AppCleaner: Automatically uninstall Mac apps along with all the junk files that usually get left behind.

BetterTouchTool: Configure many gestures for your Magic Mouse, Macbook Trackpad and Magic Trackpad and also mouse gestures for normal mice.

Burn: Simple DVD/CD burning application.

Chrome: Google’s free and fast web browser.

CopyClip: Clipboard manager for your Mac that stores all that you have copied or cut in the past.

Dropbox: Free cloud storage solution. iCloud alternative.

Evernote: Cloud-synced notebook and notes to store everything you need to remember.

Flux: Makes the color of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day

GIMP: Open source photo editor. Photoshop alternative.

Google Drive: Free online data storage and online office suite from Google.

Handbrake: Video converter and DVD ripping app.

HiddenMe Free: Quickly hides all the icons on your Mac desktop.

HitFilm Express: Free and powerful video editor. iMovie or FCPX alternative.

Infinit: Easy and simple way to send large files to anyone.

LibreOffice: Open-source office suite for Mac. Microsoft Office alternative.

Pocket: Online cloud-synced bookmark manager. Save any website/webpage and access it anywhere.

Skitch: See something that sparks an idea? Use Skitch to snap it, mark it up, and send it on in an instant.

Skype: Popular message application. Video/audio chat with anyone.

SmartConverter: Simple video and audio file converting app.

Spectacle: Resize Windows with quick keyboard shortcuts.

Spotify: Popular music streaming and online radio app.

SuperDuper: Make a bootable backup of your Mac system.

TeamViewer: Remotely connect and control your Mac or other authorized computers from anywhere.

TextWrangler: Free and simple text editor.

Transmission: Lightweight and easy-to-use torrent client.

Unarchiver: Open any zipped file.

VirtualBox: Run Windows and other operating systems virtually on your Mac.

VLC: Best overall media player that plays nearly any audio/video file.

Xmind: Free mind mapping software for Mac and Windows.

Paid

1Password: Best password manager for your Mac and iOS devices.

DaisyDisk: Helps you recover disk space by finding and removing large useless files.

Pixelmator: Full-featured and powerful image editing app for the Mac.

PopClip: Select text with your mouse and instantly access context-specific actions including copy/paste, plus extensions.

Unclutter: A new handy place on your desktop for storing notes, files and pasteboard clips.

Best Antivirus 2016 – How to Protect Your PC

If you’re a PC user, having an antivirus is almost always a necessity.

But which antivirus is the best? Here’s my vote for the best antivirus and anti-malware applications in 2016 for Windows computers.

Best Antivirus: BitDefender

In my opinion, BitDefender offers the best free and premium antivirus applications for Windows in 2016. BitDefender Free Edition has everything you’d want in a free antivirus: hassle-free installation, easy-to-use and simple interface, quiet and unobtrusive, lightweight and optimized, and strong threat prevention. It’s a top-ranked antivirus that consistently gets rated as one of the best antivirus programs by security companies each year.

Many people can feel safe with the free edition, but if you’re less tech-savvy and want the peace of mind of having the most complete protection for your Windows computer then BitDefender Total Security 2016 is a solid choice when you want a premium antivirus. It gives you everything you need to keep your computer and data protected if you don’t know much about safe computing and safe web browsing.

Best Anti-Malware: MalwareBytes

MalwareBytes is a free anti-malware program that every Windows user should have installed. The free version features an on-demand scanner that does a great job at finding and removing malware such as worms, Trojans, rootkits, spyware, adware and other threats that can slip by your typical antivirus program.

It’s a smart move to have this installed as a second line of defense along with your main antivirus program. You can run a weekly scan to make sure your system is clean. They also offer a premium version for just $24.95 per year that can be used for real-time protection and scheduled scanning to keep you fully protected without worrying about scanning manually.

More Tips to Stay Safe

  • Don’t install software from random websites. If you install software, make sure it’s from a trusted source.
  • Avoid Internet Explorer. Use a more secure web browser like Chrome orFirefox. Also consider an adblocker.
  • Don’t click on links or pop-ups. If you encounter links, hover your mouse over them to preview and verify the destination. If it looks suspicious, don’t click.
  • Don’t visit sketchy or unsafe websites.
  • Don’t install toolbars. Consider using Unchecky.
  • Don’t click on links in emails or download attachments from un-verified sources.
  • If you see something like “OMG watch what happens when this fight breaks out!” on Facebook, don’t click it. Just don’t.
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