In general, I tend to shy away from the “app-ification” of eBooks. If it’s a book, I want to just sit down and read it. I like eBooks, but I don’t need unnecessary videos, music, etc. However, the exception is reference books, cookbooks, and anything else where it’s not a linear process to read from point A to point B.Read more
I was already working on this review of the Plantronics Calisto 620 portable wireless UC speakerphone when I went to Florida for the day and found myself using it. That experience alone was enough for me to give this Bluetooth speakerphone a rave review. It was small and light enough that I easily carried it in the small carry-on bag
The iPhone, iPad and iPod touch offer terrific ways to play with your pictures. iStopMotion for iOS is one of the best. I used the app years ago when it first came out but have recently revisited it and like what I found. Using iStopMotion for iOS on my iPad and the free companion app on my iPhone 5 IRead more
In a little over a decade, the compact crossover/sport utility segment has more than doubled in the number of competitors and they come from all corners of the globe. Automakers have seen sales figures of these vehicles account for nearly 13 percent of all light vehicle sales and they all want a piece of that pie.
Toyota introduced its first
One of the cool things that happened this year at Mobile World Congress was that Sony and an assorted group of partners gave select press and others an MWC-software customized Sony Xperia T complete with Spanish SIM. With it we were able to enter the venue with a validated NFC ID, and we were able to collect information from NFCRead more
Nate Kutsko is a born problem solver. His day gig is a partner with his father in a handyman service that has earned a reputation for coming into houses and being able to fix just about anything that needs repairing, from plumbing to electrical to woodworking. In his home workshop, Kutsko likes to tinker around with projects, especially with wood.
The Smart Stand for iPad 4, iPad 3, and iPad 2
USBfever.com is quite the source for numerous Apple ecosystem 3rd party peripherals and the array of items is dizzying! I’m constantly surprised by what sorts of items appear on their site to augment mobile computing. Take for example the iPad. For those of us possessing an iPad 2/3/4 there
8-string Ibanez guitar, on which to slap your Rotosound 8 string set (Image courtesy of The Twelfth Fret)
So here’s the thing: Like any red-blooded American male since the year 1958, I tried to learn how to play a guitar. And frankly, I stunk at it. It’s not that I’m unmusical, or am tone-deaf, or anything like that; definitely
Today was Day Two of Mobile World Congress, and Judie has been busy walking, talking and seeing all the new wares being rolled out in Barcelona. Along the way she got some hands-on time with the Samsung GALAXY Note 8.0.
We brought word of the Samsung GALAXY Note 8.0 the other day, and it looks rather compelling. It offers
Are you drowning in email? Do you use your inbox as a rolling to-do list? Do you constantly leave emails unread so you remember to answer them later? Mailbox aims to change all that. In case your Twitter feed didn’t explode with people reserving their access to the app, Mailbox is an email app for the iPhone that forces moreRead more
Although Dan had previously reviewed the ōlloclip (read it here) when I met the folks from ōlloclip at the LA Times Travel Show, they were kind enough to give me an ōlloclip for iPhone 4/4S to test out for myself. They also showed me a new case they are developing to go with the ōlloclip, which is not quite
Sarah and I are HDTV shopping (our old TV is the size of a coffee table and weighs as much as my first car). I understand the basics of HDTV like 720p vs 1080p. But when you get into features like Smart TVs, and when you look at the price difference between buying, say, a Samsung TV versus a Vizio,Read more
While visiting the LA Times Travel Show over the weekend, I didn’t expect to run into too many tech or gadget related items, but to my surprise, there were several gadget travel related booths. While my wife was signing up for every time-share contest in the place, I got a chance to visit with a few.
I got to chat
Did I miss the irony that my schedule precluded me getting this done in a timely fashion? Not it did not. When it comes to any runner, athlete, musician, parent, employee, or person in general … we have one thing in common: there are some days when we are ‘just not feeling it’. By that I mean that we don’tRead more
Android support for Withings’ Smart Baby Monitor and the Wireless Scale announced at MWC
It used to be that the interconnectivity of gadgets in your house was expected Real Soon Now, but it didn’t seem like it would ever arrive. When I went to see the move “The Sixth Day”, for example, the refrigerator that reminded you that you needed
During the first day of MWC, ASUS showed off a number of new products. The ASUS PadFone Infinity is a powerful quad-core, LTE-equipped smartphone and redesigned tablet into which it docks. The tablet looks like any old tablet from the front but, flip it over and you’ll see that its brains actually come from the companion phone docked into it.Read more
Jabra has been making some great moves in recent weeks and has announced a bevy of new products. In addition to the Jabra Solemate (I use mine every time I am on the treadmill!) they recently showed off the Jabra Revo, Jabra Revo Wireless and Jabra Vox. Two more products now join the ranks and complete the Jabra Music PortfolioRead more
I’m still kind of smitten with the Samsung GALAXY Note 8, but the ASUS Fonepad looks kind of tasty as well. The ASUS Fonepad is a 7″ Android tablet running Android 4.1.2. Like the GALAXY Note 8, the ASUS Fonepad can also function as a phone. (That functionality may not be available in all markets and all carriers. We willRead more
The 3-in-1 charger-battery pack for iPhone 5, Galaxy S3, and other USB gadgets
I know it may seem a bit redundant sometimes, but I do like bringing you folks news of power gear. Battery pack-case combos, external power bricks, multi-jack power adapters . . . I do talk about them frequently. But that’s because access to power, and keeping your
Android video editing app WeVideo
Despite being in high tech for my entire career (aside from a 3-month stint as a security guard back before I got my first tech job–don’t even ask), one of the things that has continued to truly amaze me about the advancements in electronics in the last 5-10 years is the incredible advances in photo
Incipio has entered the rugged iPhone case ring with their new line of Stanley iPhone cases, including the Stanley Highwire iPhone 5 Case by Incipio. These cases are clearly targeted toward folks in construction jobs or other hands-on work where you’d rather not worry have to worry about the safety of your high priced smartphone. I think the Highwire caseRead more
When choosing a smartphone these days one of the key “features” worth considering is speed. After all, with smartphones now serving as powerful on-the-go pocket computers having a fast, ever-present connection is key. The Huawei Ascend P2 promises just that. Judie went hands-on at Mobile World Congress. Here’s a look.
The company is calling the Ascend P2 the “World’s FastestRead more
We reviewed Spigen SGP’s Illuzion for the iPhone 5 some months ago. (Read the review.) Fast forward a bit and the Samsung GALAXY Note 2 is gaining an increasing number of fans. The phablet (phone/tablet hybrid) is an impressive device and I am seeing an increasing number of people carrying them. As with all “take everywhere” devices youRead more
This weekend my son had a birthday party to attend, but forgot about actually getting a present until Thursday. While he had some ideas he really hadn’t decided, and with the crazy schedule each of us had it just wasn’t clear when he would get to go shopping. At dinner that night we started to talk, and by the endRead more