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Expect to see new PCs out with the release of Windows 8.1 in October. The update is designed to address some of the frustrations people have had with last year’s Windows 8. Among other things, the new version will make it easier to bypass Windows’ tile-based interface and use a desktop mode that’s more familiar to long-time Windows users.
Apple is also coming out with a Mac Pro computer for high-end, professional users. It’s notable in that it will be assembled in the United States, rather than in Asia. Apple also may refresh its popular line of MacBook Pro laptops. A new MacBook Air came out in June, sporting longer battery life.
Avid readers will have at least two major e-book readers to choose from: an updated Kindle Paperwhite device from Amazon (starts at $119) and the Aura from Kobo ($150). Both start selling this month. Many people prefer tablets because they do more, but those who only want to read digital books, e-readers are a good choice.
People will also have choices when it comes to standalone devices for watching TVs and movies.
Last month, TiVo Inc. released a digital video recorder that lets people watch recorded shows outside their homes starting this fall, using an app for iPhones and iPads.
Apple, Roku Inc. and other companies have devices for streaming video from Netflix and other services on big-screen TVs. An updated Apple TV is possible this fall.
If you need a new TV, Sony and other companies are continuing to promote so-called 4K sets — those with ultra-high resolution, far more than current high-definition sets. The 4K sets are coming down in price — to just a few thousand dollars!
It’s your choice: Spend $3,500 on a Sony 55-inch 4K TV. Or buy an iPhone 5C, an iPhone 5S, a Kindle e-reader, a 10-inch Kobo tablet, both new game consoles and six Gear smartwatches, one in each color.
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