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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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February 25, 2015 • Reviews

Toshiba Canvio Aerocast WiFi Hard Drive Review: Back It Up and Stream It!

I use my Chromecast nearly every day to watch YouTube videos and more. The one thing that has not been as easy as I would like has been watching my own videos. That has now changed with Toshiba’s new Canvio Aerocast wireless hard drive, which has very good Chromecast support. Now you can watch almost any …

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February 16, 2015 • Reviews

Motorola FOCUS 66 Wi-Fi HD Home Monitoring Camera Review

I’ve been looking at WiFi cameras on and off for years.  Just within the last few, there have been cameras that have the home monitoring aspect which includes alerting you when something is being picked up on the camera. That’s where the Motorola FOCUS 66 WiFi HD Home Monitoring camera comes in.

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February 6, 2015 • News

Easily Defeat Keurig 2.0 DRM with the Roger’s Coffee Freedom Clip

Last year I wrote about Keurig’s new version 2.0 K-cup brewer, and how they were including digital rights management like features into it that would prevent owners from using any other K-cup except “approved” ones.  This has been worked around by many, but this free Freedom Clip from Roger’s Coffee has managed to make it easy to defeat this technology.

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February 2, 2015 • News

Raspberry Pi Model B Version 2 Now Available — if You Can Find It

The RaspberryPi is the darling of the maker and hacking culture. This little tiny computer is great. However it is slow. That’s where version 2 comes in and it’s now available today. Version 2 ups the specs so that the RaspberryPi will maintain interest for years to come and it will ALSO be able to run Windows 10.

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January 17, 2015 • Editorials, Rants and Raves

The Negative Aspect of Software in Smartphones and Other Devices

There are some negative aspects to using embedded software in hardware.  A few sites have written that about how phones or tablets still on Android versions below 4.4 are at risk for a vulnerability in the default browser. Don’t blame Google for this; blame the OEMs and carriers, as Google fixed the issue. However, there’s much more to this story.

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January 6, 2015 • News

Alcatel Introduces Pixi OS Agnostic Phone at CES 2015

Today at CES Alcatel has announced it’s 3rd generation of the Onetouch Pixi phone.  The Pixi 3 is designed to be OS agnostic and will run Android, Firefox OS or Windows Phone. Screen size will range from 3.5 inches to 5 inches so there should be a size for everyone! Hopefully we’ll hear more soon …

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January 6, 2015 • News

Griffin Introducs Cable Management Collection at CES 2015

Most of us have several cables we carry or use throughout the day be they charging cables, headphone cables or data cables. Unfortunately, they all tend to create a mess in the bag, on your desk and in your car.  Griffin aims to change that at CES with a new collection of cable management accessories.

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January 2, 2015 • News

Cutting the Cord with Live Streaming Sports: Impossible for Many Fans

As I watched the Ohio State Buckeyes face the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl, I realized that none of the top-four bowl games have been broadcast on television in the last five years. ESPN has a stranglehold on them, and that brings to light one big reason many can’t cut the cord by moving to live streaming sports.

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December 17, 2014 • Gear Bits

Fuel my Route Helps you Get Home for the Holidays

I was listening to Tom Merritt’s Daily Tech News Show and they mentioned a great site and app that will help you save money while going home for the holidays. It’s called Fuel my Route, and the goal is to show the price of gas along the route you’re traveling. This in turn should help you find …

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December 16, 2014 • Rants and Raves

NASCAR to Part Ways with Sprint in 2016: Who’s Next?

In 2003, NASCAR entered into a sponsorship with Nextel, which then merged with Sprint. This was well before smartphones were all the rage.  Today NASCAR has announced that Sprint will be ending its relationship at the end of 2015, severing Sprint’s exclusive rights to apps covering the sport which is a good thing.  

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December 16, 2014 • News

GrooveOtter Might Help You Get Things Done

Working from home I often find myself not wanting to take a break sometimes; with all the comforts of home it can be hard to realize how hard I am working. Recently, I came across GrooveOtter, which is purportedly an app that will help you get things done and not feel exhausted. Well, it’s not an app; …

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December 16, 2014 • News

Hush Smart Earplugs May Help You Get Rest

As a person afflicted with obstructive sleep apnea, I recognize when I have had a good night sleep. One issue I struggle with is that I hear my machine as well as other sounds when trying to sleep. On Kickstarter, I came across this interesting project that aims to change that with Hush, the first …

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December 15, 2014 • News

Tego Trio Cable Make You A Hero

When at a conference (or even a holiday gathering), invariably someone forgets their cable and their phone gets low on power. This is where Tego’s Trio Cable comes in. This is an Apple certified cable that is really just a MicroUSB cable with a couple of add ons which will make you look like a hero!

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December 6, 2014 • Editorials

Thoughts on the Orion Spacecraft Launch from a Space Shuttle Fan

I truly mourned the space shuttle’s demise.  You see, Challenger, the second space shuttle, first launched on my birthday.  Unfortunately, not long after that launch we lost Challenger. Then many years later we lost Columbia. This week’s launch of the Orion spacecraft signals a return to the capsules of old and in many ways a return …

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December 6, 2014 • News

D-Link Is Giving Away WiFi Smart Plugs for the Holidays

As everyone prepares for the holidays, one thing that many of us like to do is put lights. Something that would be smart to add to those preparations is a way to help control those lights as well as measure how much energy they take. Well, D-Link aims to make your holiday light display safer and greener with their giveaway.

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November 20, 2014 • Editorials

The Wrong Way to Allow People to Quit You

A while ago I signed up with Tresorit, which is yet another cloud-based back up service. I eventually decided to close the account; in order to do so, I had to act like I was signing up for the service again to delete it! Why? I’m not sure, but that’s what they required.

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