My father’s favorite phrase is “People don’t plan to fail; they fail to plan.” I’m quite sure a very expletive laden version of this concept was bandied around Microsoft after the Sidekick backup debacle. So I posed the question to the Gear Diary Team: How do you back up your smartphone data?Read more
If you’re old enough you remember the advertisement for the delicious Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup . The old commercial has one person eating peanut butter and another enjoying a chocolate bar. The two bump into each other and, as fate would have it, peanut butter and chocolate collided.Read more
When out and about, sometimes you got a few minutes to kill. SPBTV for Android phones can help you use up a few of those minutes with a little mindless entertainment or a news update from overseas.
SPB TV is an application that streams live TV from the Internet directly to your phone. It has a nice interface and some
It took stealth, cunning, and nerves of steel (along with a cell phone camera and a friendly clerk), but here is my report from tonight’s visit to Barnes and Noble to scope out their nook displays.
Even before you enter the store, you are greeted with HUGE mock nook in the window. I kind of want one that size!
Apparently, funky is going mainstream in the auto industry.
What began as a unique phenomena over at a little startup division of Toyota has now spread across other Asian automaker model lines. Nissan challenged the squared Scion with a Cube and now Kia has put their heart and “Soul” into the mix.
(Sorry, had to work the pun in somewhere.)
photo credit: woodleywonderworks
In part one of “Learning a Language on a Budget” I talked a bit about the things you can do to get prepared to learn a language. A number of you offered comments and provided additional information about some resources that are available. Much appreciated!
In this second post in the series I’m going to focus on
So you have Windows 7 and you are all fired up about installing it on your netbook. The problem is that your netbook doesn’t have a CD or DVD player built in which means that DVD media that Windows 7 comes on is pretty much a coaster. You can solve the problem by popping $80-90 bucks on an external drive,
After a few hours of heavy use, the iPhone 3G S battery really gets spanked! The only way to make it through a long day is with external power – which is no problem as long as you’re by an outlet or USB port. If you aren’t deskbound, an external battery pack is the best way to go. I’ve been
Every once and a while a product comes along that really catches my eye. Such was the case when I spotted an advertisement for the HyperMac external battery in a tech. magazine last month. The HyperMac is currently the only external battery available for use with Apple’s line of Mac Book computers. And with the new unibody Mac Book ProRead more
So how are you spending you Halloween? If you are planning to spend it staring bleary-eyed at your computer monitor playing the 2008 online first-person shooter Combat Arms, now you can do it without missing out on the Halloween festivities! Nexon America has announced that their Halloween Update will include Pumpkin Head uniform pieces as well as other items. ReadRead more
A number of us jumped in and ordered a Nook as soon as the Pre-order site was up. It makes sense. Not only does the Nook look to solve some of the Kindle’s many usability issues thanks to its color touchscreen, but the Nook will let us access the eBook libraries we have amassed over the years. (Just how many
Since the first time I used one of the multi-touch trackpads on the current MacBooks I have wanted to have similar multi-touch abilities when using my iMac. I love using the trackpad on the MacBook. It works beautifully. The buttonless left and right click work great. And the multi-touch capabilities… well I didn’t really understand why I would want such
I reviewed Mailtones for the iPhone a few weeks back and really like it. The app allows you to assign different sounds to various contacts so that you know who has emailed without even looking at your phone. Now every time Judie emails my phone cheers. Every time Larry emails a fire alarm goes off. And every time my assistantRead more
Welcome to another round of State of the eBook! There’s been an avalanche of eBook news and releases, so let’s dive right in!
Barnes and Noble releases the nook upon the world
B&N’s nook came out swinging, with a dual screen design and an android foundation. Check out Gear Diary’s coverage of the nook’s release here, and commentary on
photo credit: woodleywonderworks
So far, I’ve talked about dictionaries and dictionary sites, and other language-learning resources on the Internet. There is, however, one Internet service that many of us will come across, even if we aren’t in the process of learning a language – online translation tools. Arguably, the biggest sites today for these services are translate.google.com, and babelfish.yahoo.com
This is for all of you Christians out there, in love with your own Roxane but too flummoxed to speak eloquently without a little help. Now, instead of hiding Cyrano in a nearby bush – ever fearful of being caught – as you regurgitate his lovely lines, you can slip this Brickhouse Security Invisible Bluetooth Earpiece in place and enjoy
Billshrink.com just did an analysis comparing the iPhone 3GS on AT&T, the Palm Pre on Sprint, and Motorola Droid on Verizon.
If you are looking at an unlimited voice and data plan, you will spend $1,250 less over two years. There are still substantial savings even with more limited plans. The phones, on paper, have fairly similar specifications and capabilities
Apple has released a major update to its Apple TV software. The hardware did not change but the new 3.0 software version has been given a full makeover.
With a totally redesigned start page, internet radio, support for iTunes LPs and more the new software version, although not the new hardware many people were hoping for, at least gives Apple
As much as some of us might like to avoid it winter is coming. There’s no stopping it. Do you want to be able to hit the slopes this season and bring some of your technology with you? There are plenty of clothing items which enable you to do so. Jackets with built in controls for your iPod, helmets withRead more
It seems you can’t catch a break these days.
Most will agree that Sprint has:
Good coverage. Not the best, but very decent.
Excellent pricing for ‘all you can eat’ data and data/voice plans
Very aggressive calling circle scenarios including inexpensive options for unlimited calls to any cell phone 24×7.
Their advertising is everywhere (at least everywhere I look). Tons
Here’s the dilemma: you’re listening to your favorite music, and outside noises are not only bleeding in, they are making your music less clear. Most people would turn up the volume to block the unwanted noise and amplify their audio. The only problem is that in the process, they might also be causing irreparable hearing loss. Then there’s the matter
I love my Roku media streaming device. I love its ability to stream Netflix streaming movies, Amazon Video On Demand an Major League Baseball. Best of all, the company is promising more content partners, and if their past track record is any indication, they will come through on that general promise.
I love the ease of use, the quick
Photo enforcement cameras are getting more and more popular in cities and towns across the country. These cameras don’t require any man power and can catch you in the act of speeding, tailgating, running red lights and other moving violations and then automatically process the information, including the FINE, without having a police officer enter the picture.
Do you want
Do you watch a lot a YouTube vidoes? I certainly do. One of the problems I routinely face with YouTube is buffering issues. Often times when I’m watching a video, especially one in hi-def, the video will stop to buffer. This results in a spinning wheel across the screen and I’m forced to wait for the video to catch upRead more
When the original BlackBerry Storm was introduced last year there was no shortage of positive (though not glowing) reviews. At least one major web site proclaimed the device as Verizon’s best smartphone. My how quickly fortunes and opinions can change in a year. Despite the almost universally hated SurePress touchscreen input method and lots of smack talk about the original