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June, 2011 Archive

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June 30, 2011 • Autos, Events

Forward with Ford: Safety, Innovation, & Being Green!

I recently joined a group of online and traditional media for the “Forward With Ford” event at Ford’s Dearborn facility for a multi-day event covering trends and technologies that Ford is addressing. Before attending, I was offered the choice of exploring three of the following sessions; I chose the ones with stars next to them. …

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June 30, 2011 • Autos

Chevy Camaro Convertible Hot As a Firecracker

This is my last Chevy Camaro review this year I promise. Maybe. Arriving just in time for the official launch of summer was this blazing redhot Victory Red Camaro Convertible. And as luck would have it we are celebrating the second hottest June ever right here in North Central Texas. Wonderful. What that means is …

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June 30, 2011 • Music Diary, Reviews

Music Diary Notes: A Baker’s Dozen of Great Jazz Covers of Beatles Songs

No sooner had my Music Diary Retrospective: A Magical Mystery Tour of the Beatles Catalog been posted last year, I got an email from someone saying that they were surprised given my love and heavy coverage of jazz (including the recent Rubber Soulive by Soulive), that I didn’t list any jazz covers of Beatles songs. …

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June 30, 2011 • News

You Suspected They Were the Same Movie … Here’s Proof!

I previously looked at how unsurprisingly music from the same songwriting factories … gasp … sounds alike. But the music industry isn’t the only group pushing out me-too efforts with just enough star power and a low enough budget that even a modest box office take will generate decent profits. Perhaps the worst thing is …

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June 30, 2011 • News

Wakemate May Help You Wake up Feeling More Refreshed

  Wakemate looks like an interesting device that promises to help you get a better night’s rest.  Wakemate 2, works with software that runs on iOS, Blackberry and Android devices. To use it, you just set the 20 minute window that you want to wake up in and slip the band on.  The band will …

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June 29, 2011 • Reviews

Review: Monster Turbine Pearl High Performance In-Ear Speakers

Whether watching a movie, playing games or listening to music, many of us spend a lot of time with some sort of headphones in our ears. A while back I believed that the ubiquitous original iPod offerings were good enough. Later, I realized they were awful and bought some in ears buds. At the time, …

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June 29, 2011 • News

Random Cool Stuff: Your Saliva Can Reveal Your Age!

We know that our DNA holds the fingerprint to our entire physical makeup, but what about our age and the things that have happened to us through the years? Apparently we can even learn some of THAT through our DNA according to new research! According to a study from UCLA: During normal development, DNA in …

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June 29, 2011 • Editorials

Capitalism Versus the Independent Bookstore

(image courtesy a feather adrift) Seattle Mystery Bookshop created quite the tempest in a teapot this past week. They’re a small independent bookstore in, you guessed it, Seattle. Seattle is also the home of Amazon.com, and it’s clear from SMB’s attitude that they are not happy to have Bezos and Company in their backyard. In …

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June 29, 2011 • Gaming, Reviews

PC Game Review: Duke Nukem Forever

I recently did a retrospective review on Duke Nukem 3D, so that experience was fresh in my mind as I loaded up Duke Nukem Forever and played it. One of the reasons I wanted to do that was because it is very easy for faded memories to turn into inaccurate assessments and then into unrealistic …

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June 29, 2011 • Rants and Raves

LG G2X Screen Bleeding Issues Continue; No More Returns Accepted at T-Mobile

  (If you aren’t familiar with the ongoing issues Francis has had with his G2X, be sure to see his initial explanation here: Original G2X Screen Bleed Article) Last week I wrote up a quick post about sending in my G2X to T-Mobile due to excessive screen bleeding issues. After receiving a new phone, returning a …

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June 29, 2011 • Music Diary

Music Diary Songs of Note: The Earliest Full Length Duke Ellington Concert Film

This is simply amazing stuff – I have been listening all afternoon in the background at work, and the video and sound quality are excellent! This is a full-length concert from 1958, appparently the earliest known such event recorded on film! A couple of years earlier Duke had experienced what he called his ‘second birth’ …

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June 28, 2011 • Reviews

Blue Microphone Yeti Pro Review

Blue Microphone has consistently impressed me with their line up of microphones.  From consumer USB microphones to professional units that plug into existing sound systems, the company puts out quality devices.  This time, Blue Microphone took my favorite USB offering, the Yeti, and added a professional twist thanks to an option that now lets you …

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June 28, 2011 • Gaming, Reviews

Game System Review: Nintendo 3DS: Part 2

Nintendo 3DS users can finally use the online feature update including the eShop, 3D videos, and a Nintendo DSi to 3DS transfer with more Web content to come.

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June 28, 2011 • Music Diary, Reviews

Music Diary Review: Pat Metheny – What’s It All About (2011)

For whatever psychological reason, songs we heard growing up stick with us throughout our life – whether or not we really liked them as kids! I can still sing along with Bobby Vinton and Neil Diamond songs that I didn’t like then. But songs we did enjoy or struck a chord with us at a …

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June 27, 2011 • Gear Bits

GD Quickie: Toshiba Thrive Tablet Gets a “Special” Sneak Peek Unboxing via YouTube

Image courtesy of Gizmodo If you’ve seen one unboxing video, then you’ve seen well….Unboxing videos are a great first look at a device but Toshiba is stepping it up with their latest Sneak Peek. I saw this first on my twitter timeline and after a few dozen RT’s I figured it was worth a look. …

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June 27, 2011 • Reviews

T-Mobile HTC Sensation Android Phone Review

It is increasingly difficult to review phones running the Android operating system these days. After all, there seems to be a new Android handset every other day and, more and more, the difference between one and another of them can be rather small. This is an even bigger challenge when you look at the field …

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June 27, 2011 • Reviews

iPad Accessory Review: Newer Technology NuGuard GripStand/GripBase

With all of the tablet focus on the iPad 2 (and new rumors about the possibility of an iPad 3 release coming less than a year after a second generation device) it is easy to forget just how many original iPads are in circulation and serving their owners remarkably well. In fact, there are many …

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June 27, 2011 • eBooks, Reviews

The Oberon Large eReader Sleeve Case Review

When I took the Oberon eReader Sleeve out of its packaging, Sarah exclaimed “That’s not a case, it’s a work of art!” It is a work of art, but it’s also a very functional sleeve case that fits Kindle 2s, NOOKcolors, NOOKs, and any similar sized eBook readers. From Oberon Designs: For those that like …

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June 27, 2011 • News

The Twitter-sphere: None of You Have Any Friends!

I use Twitter, but there are times when I have to wonder if (or why) anyone cares about my random musings and shared links. Of course, my rationale for using Twitter in the first place is that many of my friends are all over the country (if not the world), and this is a great …

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June 26, 2011 • Reviews

Monster iSport High Performance Waterproof Headphones Review

The other day I was given the opportunity to review a headphone/MP3 player combination that are intended for use in damp and rugged conditions. For under $100 they certainly get the job done but, as I concluded, they didn’t sound particularly great and they certainly felt rather cheap. At the same time I was looking …

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June 26, 2011 • Reviews

The Sonos Wireless Home Audio System Review

If Apple were to release a wireless speaker system, it would probably look and function the way the Sonos Zone system does. Fortunately Cupertino doesn’t need to go to the trouble, since Sonos beat Apple to it — and there isn’t a whole lot of room for improvement. Sure, I understand that those opening sentences …

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