Ipad mini vs Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″

With all of the choices available for tablets and e-readers, buyers must consider their options very carefully before making a purchase. We have looked through the many different tablet and e-readers available and chose the Ipad mini and Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ as our final two contenders.

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Source: https://www.apple.com/ipad-mini/specs/
Source: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BHJRYYS/ref=fs_ta#tech



Kindle Fire HDX

Ipad Mini

Battery Life

  • 12 hrs
  •  10 hrs


  • 2560 x 1600 (339 ppi)
  • 2048 x 1536 (326 ppi)

Input/Output Port

  • Micro-USB
  •  Lightning port

Retail Store Availability

  • No
  •  Yes


  • No software
  •  Itunes installation required

TV Compatibility

  • Yes (second screen and mirroring with Amazon Fire TV, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Samsung TVs)
  •  Yes (Airplay and mirroring available with apple tv)
  • Front and rear
  • Front and rear


  • Cloud and digital store
  •  Cloud and digital store



For the price comparison I chose the 64GB of storage on both with wifi and cellular capabilities and no lock screen ads on the Kindle Fire HDX to make them comparable.

Kindle Fire HDX8.9″: $554.00

Ipad mini with retina display: $729.00


Deciding factors:

The Kindle’s interface is a bit more confusing, especially for first time users, but it also has the mayday button which connects users to technical support 24/7.  This allows users to explore their new tablet but to have a lifeline to a representative if they get a bit lost.

Two other things which are original to the Kindle are the parental controls (freetime) and the test drive option. With freetime users can set limits for their children with the length of time they can use the device and also which apps are available to them. This essentially creates a completely different tablet for children to use. Test drive is also a great option which allows users the opportunity to test apps before they purchase them.

Getting down to the actual e book component of each, the Kindle and Ipad have very similar looks with the readers. On the Ipad users can highlight, make notes, and bookmark pages. With the Kindle, users have all of the capabilities of the Ipad but can also translate large chunks of text (up to the entire book) and have it read back or in print for the entire selection. The Kindle also has a seamless shift from audiobook to print allowing users to read in print, pick up in the same place with the audiobook, and then begin with print again without sifting through the pages to find their spot.

The Kindle syncs content wirelessly to many different devices whereas the Ipad content is only available on apple products.

For the money, the Kindle wins out over the Ipad with a higher resolution and PPI, compatibility across multiple platforms, new features, and battery life.

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Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration Ideas

In the past, Saint Patrick’s Day has fallen to the wayside of holiday planning for me but this year I have decided to give it a bit more effort. So I started planning.

My first stop for planning was, of course, the internet. While surfing around for different party ideas I found some great resources and I wanted to share my two favorites with everyone.


CNET correspondent Kara Tsuboi shares a few fun ways to add a splash of technology to your Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations in this video:

Link to Original Page: Tech to make part of your St. Paddy’s Day festivities


Alice Truong also shared a list of great high-tech Saint Paddy’s Day additions here:


This beertender looks incredibly handy!


I simply couldn’t decide which page I liked best so I will be taking ideas from both and I think this will be my best St. Patrick’s Day yet!

How do you celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day? Do you have any favorite tech additions that you love? Share them with us in the comments section below so I can start planning for next year!!

As always, your safety is our number one concern so please enjoy this holiday responsibly. Make sure that you have a dependable ride or call a cab. Please don’t drink and drive. Stay safe and Happy Saint Patrick’s Day from SNX Professor!!!


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Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts

This year is flying by for all of us here at SNX and we thought that it might be for you too. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner we have some last minute gift ideas for your favorite technophile to keep you covered.  

Jawbone Jambox: With the multiple plate colors and grill design options available this compact Bluetooth speaker makes the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for music lovers. 

Digital Photo Frame: While handmade gifts have a certain appeal, skip the scissors and tape with this digital photo frame. Simply upload pictures of you and your Valentine and give them a daily reminder of all your good times together.  

Heart USB Cup Warmer: This romantically shaped device will keep drinks warm all day which is sure to chase away any remaining winter chill and warm your Valentine’s heart.  

Mix Tape Flash Drive: The age of the cassette tape is long gone but with this gift you can add a bit of nostalgia to your Valentine’s Day celebrations. Create a 1GB playlist and label the cassette tape holder with a personalized message.  

RC Beverage Cooler: Treat your valentine to an afternoon of leisure with this remote controlled drink cooler. With a range of up to 30 feet and a 6 can or bottle capacity this cooler will assure that your Valentine won’t need to leave their seat all day.  


What Valentine’s day gifts have piqued your tech savvy loved one’s interest? Leave us a comment here to let us know and have a happy Valentine’s Day!

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Reblogged: The Evolution of Labor Day from http://gigaom.com


With the upcoming Labor Day holiday this Monday, SNX I.T. found the following intriguing article on how technology has changed the meaning of Labor Day for those of us that use technology to work almost 24/7, and hardly ever stop working.

SNX I.T. isn’t the only company out there that offers services available 24/7 (by remote access), with employees that work both on the job, but also from other off-site locations. The evolution of technology and its effects on the modern worker make it hard for some of us to truly not labor on Labor Day, which would require us to put down our smartphones or tablets and not work.

The following article was written by Nancy Nally on http://gigaom.com/2009/09/07/the-evolution-of-labor-day/ and elaborates on this topic:

“The origins of Labor Day, which takes place the first Monday of September in North America, are somewhat uncertain. The holiday originated in Canada, born out of the worker’s rights movement there in the 1870s. By the 1880s, it had spread across the border, and the first organized Labor Day celebration in the U.S. was held in New York City in 1882.

Throughout the 1880s the honoring of Labor Day gradually made its way throughout the U.S., until it became a federal holiday during the administration of President Grover Cleveland in 1894. Rather than being a day of rest for the worker, however, Labor Day was initially a day of activism. Early celebrations relied on parades and festivals centered around union organizations and their workers. Homage was paid to the rights of these workers and their incredible importance in the growing industrial economy of the country.

What is certain is that since then, the world of work has changed dramatically. The American worker is migrating from the factory to service and knowledge work. Union membership is falling. More and more of us work for small businesses, or even ourselves, instead of large corporations.

As the worker evolved, so did Labor Day. It became a day of rest for office workers. Or at least it was until technology took over. Increasingly, as we’ve discussed often here at WWD, technology makes it difficult for workers to get away from their jobs — even on the supposed holiday meant to honor workers. Our BlackBerrys, laptops and other devices mean our work follows us everywhere we go, 24/7. This is doubly true for web workers. And for self-employed web workers, there is another challenge: taking time off means we aren’t making money.

So how do we web workers celebrate such a holiday when it’s increasingly difficult for us to take a holiday from our work? Maybe we need to get back to Labor Day’s original advocacy-focused roots.

Few web workers are members of unions, or of trade groups that advocate for our interests on a larger stage. That’s because, especially for solo workers, it can be easy to feel like there’s no point in speaking up on issues that relate to us, to just be one voice amidst a chorus of organized groups.

But if we don’t speak up for ourselves, who will?

So this Labor Day, even if we web workers aren’t pausing in our work to honor ourselves, maybe we should all add self-advocacy to our task lists. We need to be reminded of how important it is to stand up for our own interests, just like our ancestors did in the 19th century.

What are you doing for Labor Day? Are you working or honoring the holiday?”

What are your thoughts on this topic? Do you plan to really rest this Labor Day or not?

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How to Backup Text Messages to your Hard Drive from an iPhone

Following along the lines of a previous blog which covered saving voice mails off of an iPhone, this blog will focus on how to back up text messages from an iPhone to your hard drive. Online research indicates that while iTunes does backup a copy of all text messages each time an iPhone is synced, for the common computer user the messages are still extremely hard to locate and decipher.

There are a few different applications and methods available to accomplish this. The method that follows entails purchasing the app SMSExport for $5.99 from iTunes. It is fairly straight forward and easy-to-use, despite some negative reviews out there.

If for some reason the method below doesn’t work for you, contact a computer expert at our retail store SNX Fix I.T. for assistance with all of your smart phone repair and purchase needs.

Step 1: Download the app SMSExport in iTunes (on your computer)

Important: This will only work if you download the application in iTunes on your computer. If you download it from the app store on your iPhone, you will only be able to use the trial version and will not be able to save text messages to your hard drive.

Buy SMSExport on your computer from iTunes

Step 2: Go to http://www.iphonesmsexport.info/ on your computer

SMS Export screenshot

Step 3: Download SMSExport (free)

Click on the Downloads page and download SMSExport for MS Windows or Mac. Don’t launch the program yet, just install it.

Download SMSExport

Step 4: Backup your iPhone

After downloading the program onto your computer, follow the instructions on the SMSExport homepage. First, open iTunes and connect your iPhone. Make a backup of your data.

iTunes Backup screenschot

Depending on when your last backup was and how fast your computer is, this could take a while. It always helps to close down any open programs that are running in the background.Watch 1916: The Irish Rebellion (2016) Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

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Step 5: Launch SMSExport on your computer and import your text messages

Once you have downloaded the program and your backup is complete, launch SMSExport from your computer and select “import” from the last backup you just completed.

Import from your last backup

Step 6: Save SMS messages to your disk

Use the filters to select what to export to your hard drive. Using the filters below will export all messages.

Select your filters

Next, click “Export” and choose the folder you want to store the file in.

Select a location for your export

Hit the “Save” button and the export begins. Within a few seconds, all of your text messages have been successfully backed up to your hard drive.

SMS successfully exported


The goal of the SNX Professor is to educate and enlighten customers and non-customers alike on anything and everything related to the field of Information Technology. We at SNX I.T. thank you for reading and hope you found this guide helpful. Your feedback and comments are appreciated!

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