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January 11, 2016 • Reviews

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1040 with AtmosCheerFX Review

Some friends of mine have frequently watched movies and football games in their backyard by setting up a projector. A few, like I have, used a projector as decoration or set pieces. This is thanks to the Epson Home Cinema 1040 and AtmosCheerFX. Next year, you can be the life of the party!

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January 11, 2016 • Reviews

Avia Stride Activity Tracker Review

CES is now over and activity trackers and other wearables were all the rage at the show this year. With Under Armour, Casio, and others releasing devices, it looks like almost everyone has a tracker now. Avia, who I know more for sneakers than electronics even has one, and they sent me an Avia Stride; I …

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November 30, 2015 • Gift Guides

Holiday Gift Ideas for Photographers

One of my tech oriented hobbies is photography. I almost always have at least one other camera with me be it my Nikon D3300, a point and shoot or a Kodak ZI8 video camera. So other than a camera, here’s a list of ideas for that photog on your list.

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November 25, 2015 • Reviews

Epson Powerlite 1040 First Look

One trend I seem to be noticing is the neighborhood outdoor movie or football game party.  Why bring the meat to the TV bring the TV to the meat and setup a projector on the deck?  Epson’s Powerlite 1040 is small enough that you can even bring it with you on a trip. Let’s take …

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November 4, 2015 • Reviews

Anker PowerLine MicroUSB Cables: A Cable That Can Take a Beating!

We all use USB cables. Even if you are an iPhone user, you invariably have a headset or something else that requires the ubiquitous MicroUSB cable. Every cable you have ever had with a device also needs to be replaced because they wear out. Usually at a stress point. That may end today thanks to …

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November 4, 2015 • Reviews

Silk Innovation iPhone 6s and 6s Plus Cases Round Up!

As a recent iPhone owner, the one thing that is always around to review are cases for the iPhone. Silk Innovation was kind enough to send out a selection of their new cases for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus for my family to check out. Will they unseat the Moshi Luxe as my favorite …

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November 4, 2015 • News

CM4 Q Card Case for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Review

One thing I have seen with many iPhone cases is the option to throw a credit card or ID in the case itself. There just seems to be a need to have a card with them. Will the CM4’s Q Card Case excite me or will it continue to bore me? Let’s find out if …

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October 7, 2015 • Reviews

Moshi iGlaze Luxe Case for the iPhone is Cool Metal Genius!

As a recent iPhone user, I jumped at the chance to take a look at Moshi’s new iGlaze Luxe case for the iPhone 6 and 6s. I like slim cases, but it must protect the phone. The iGlaze Luxe does just that and looks pretty cool at the same time, thanks to the soft inner …

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October 7, 2015 • Rants and Raves

An Android User’s Thoughts on iOS: Likes and Dislikes

I’ve been an Android user ever since I received a G1 as a gift. I’ve only ever had Android phones and tablets, so I haven’t had a lot of exposure to iOS. When my workplace offered us a phone for work use, I had a choice between a Galaxy Note 4, a Galaxy S6 and the iPhone 6.

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August 11, 2015 • Reviews

LiveScribe 3 from an Android User’s Perspective

LiveScribe has long been loved by Dan and Michael. I finally took the leap last year buying the LiveScribe Sky, as I needed a way to take notes during conference calls. I recently upgraded to the LiveScribe 3, as it now supports Android. While the support and basic functionality are there, I am a bit underwhelmed with …

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August 10, 2015 • News

Ubuntu Phone Now Available Worldwide but You Still Won’t Want It.

Canonical has been working on the Ubuntu Phone for quite sometime.  It was launched in Europe and the launch was seen as successful, so BQ has now made Ubuntu Phone available worldwide.  If you live in the US you still won’t want it as you will be constrained by carrier choice and it will only …

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July 12, 2015 • Editorials

Are Children Getting Addicted to Technology?

I was relaxing after going to the store today, when I came across this video via Mashable that was produced by Nature Valley. Yes the Granola Bar people. It explores the differences between generations with what they do/did when they were kids, and paints a dreadful picture of our kids who never go outside; thing …

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June 28, 2015 • News

Windows 10 Technical Preview on the HP Stream 7

Like Michael, last November I bought the HP Stream 7 Tablet. As Windows users everywhere were getting the button in the notification bar that you can reserve Windows 10 for your PC, the Stream 7 didn’t because it uses a compressed version of Windows 8.1.  That does not mean it will not run the new …

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May 23, 2015 • News

Dayton Hamvention 2015: Still the Greatest Spectacle of Ham Radio

Since I have fully recovered from the past Dayton Hamvention, I thought I would share some of my thoughts of the event.  Now you may be unfamiliar with Hamvention so let’s just say it is the biggest Ham Radio event not just here in the US, but in the world. That’s what it means to …

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May 23, 2015 • Crowdfunding

Relief for CPAP Users With the Airing

I am afflicted with a condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA. OSA is when you stop breathing many times a night. There are many treatments for OSA including surgery, but by far the most effective has been a machine called a CPAP machine. CPAP machines have a dreaded hose and requires electrical power. Until …

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May 1, 2015 • News

Will Tesla’s Powerwall Really Change the World?

We’ve heard it before: product X will change the world. We heard it about the Segway and the iPhone. Rarely does a new product really change the world.  The iPhone changed what we thought about phones. Now Tesla and their new battery called the Powerwall is supposed to change how we use power. Will it …

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April 15, 2015 • News

‘Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser’ to Go Straight to Crackle

Does anyone remember direct to video?  Yeah I do.  Usually that means the movie sucked so bad that it wasn’t worth the studio putting it in theaters.  Well it looks like direct to streaming seems to be a thing now that the mullet sporting David Spade will be appearing in Joe Dirt 2 on Crackle this …

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April 10, 2015 • Reviews, Yum Log

Is Graze Worth the Price for Healthy Snacks?

I explored  Nature Box as a way of having healthy snacks on hand. Working from home helps in that I choose what’s on hand. Graze is another healthy snacks service like Nature Box, except the default is single serving packages.  Is the service worth it?  The answer is … it depends.

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March 18, 2015 • News

Aiwa Relaunches with an Awesome Looking Bluetooth Speaker, The EXOS-9

I remember the Aiwa audio brand from my childhood. Sadly, it was absorbed by Sony in 2002.  They, in turn, discontinued the brand in 2006. Joe Born of Neuros Technology, Digital Innovations and Hale Devices fame has resuscitated the brand with what looks like a fabulous new bluetooth speaker, the EXOS-9.

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March 18, 2015 • News

Anker Astro E7 25600 mAh Anker Battery Promises Many Charges

I have a problem.  No matter what phone or other devices I have with me I never seem to have enough battery life in the device.  That’s why I have more than one Anker battery and was thrilled to see that Anker has a new version of their Astro battery. It has a monstrous capacity …

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March 3, 2015 • How to Do It Yourself!, News

Raspberry Pi and D-star: Work the World from Where You Are.

There’s quite a few hams I talk to every day that use D-star and a Raspberry Pi computer to use D-star even in places where there are no repeaters.  The Pi is IDEAL for this as it has  low power requirements and is small. This is just one of many uses hams have come up …

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