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January 31, 2015 • Editorials

Calling Off the Outlook Mobile App Challenge!

Yesterday we invited everyone to join us on the Outlook Mobile App Challenge, which seemed like a fun way to put this new ‘universal inbox’ app to the test. Since then some significant security concerns have been identified that makes this an app that we cannot recommend using right now. As a result, we’re stopping …

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January 30, 2015 • Editorials, Rants and Raves

Verizon Account Sign-In #Fail

Dear Verizon: Why exactly have I chosen a password for your site, when upon login from a new computer you’re still going to ask me about some obtuse reference I probably have not jotted down and which may have multiple answers? In many cases, answers to these dumb challenge questions are easily found by looking …

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January 28, 2015 • Editorials, News

Doomed Apple Manages to Circle the Drain for One More Fiscal Quarter

We all know that Apple is doomed… it must be, people have been saying so since the Mac vs. PC days of the late 1980s. In spite of their inevitable demise, Apple chose yesterday to announce that it had exceeded profit and revenue estimates while selling 74.5 million iPhones and 21.4 million iPads last quarter.

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January 23, 2015 • Editorials

Samsung Gear S and Why You’ll Want (or Not Want) One

During CES 2015 I picked up a Withings Activité Pop; it hasn’t been off my wrist since. It is the anti-smartwatch, and it doesn’t try to do too much. At the other end of the spectrum is the Samsung Gear S; it tries to do it all, and thanks to Sprint, that even means replacing your smartphone!

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January 22, 2015 • Editorials

Tell the FDA to Add Sesame to Allergy Labels!

I have mentioned this before, but my son is severely allergic to sesame seeds. We found this out the hard way, after one small bite of hummus landed us in the ER. Unfortunately, companies do not have to label if sesame is an ingredient or cross contaminant in the US, so it’s time to petition …

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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 2, 2015 • Editorials, Gaming, Reviews

10 Great PC and Mac Games from 2014 You Should Play Now!

2014 was an incredible year to be a PC or Mac gamer, and even better if you are a fan of classic RPGs. I am both, so I got to enjoy one of the best years of gaming I can recall since before Microsoft entered the console wars! If you love PC or Mac gaming, …

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December 17, 2014 • Editorials, Music Diary

Old Mix CDs Prove Some Things Have Sadly Not Changed

I found a stack of old CDs in our attic a few weeks ago, and I was enjoying the nostalgia of listening to mix CDs I made 10-15 years ago. But as I’ve gone through the various tracks, I noticed a disturbing trend; many of the social issues being addressed in this CDs are still …

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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 • Rants and Raves

Uber’s Real Flaw Gets Exposed During the Sydney Hostage Crisis

I’ve never used Uber, but I am familiar with it. They’ve had their fair share of issues related to their “surge” pricing, where the price of a ride can double, triple, or even quadruple depending on demand. But their response to their surge pricing during the hostage situation in Sydney, Australia showed Uber’s true attitude towards …

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December 15, 2014 • Editorials

Technology 2014 Summary / 2015 Predications

The future’s so bright in technology gear and various media as 2014 ends and we look on the horizon to 2015.

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December 14, 2014 • Editorials, News

Global Rich List Reminds Us of Just How Much We Have

If you were to guess what percentage of the world’s population had less annual income than you, what would you guess? Maybe 10%? Well, you’ll likely be surprised to find out that if you live in the US and eat regularly, you fall in the top 1% of the world’s wealthiest people, and more likely …

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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 1, 2014 • Editorials

Amazon Does Odd Shipping Date Math

Last night I placed an order on Amazon and noticed something odd about the displayed delivery options. Look closely at the shipping times below. As a Prime member I should receive Free Two-Day shipping on eligible items.   However when you look at Amazon’s current delivery options for an order placed today (Monday) it appears the are adding …

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November 26, 2014 • Editorials, Rants and Raves

BlackBerry Passport Black Friday Deal: Great for Those Expecting Coal in Their Stocking

Here’s one Black Friday offer you should refuse. It’s the BlackBerry Passport at $200 off.  If you fall for this deal, you are virtually guaranteed to be the only one amongst your friends to own this  BlackBerry device (GSM unlocked – coal colored) – normally $699 now $499 through November 30, 2014.

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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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November 10, 2014 • Editorials

Software Defined Radios Are the Future

Software defined radios are radios that are defined, primarily, with software. What does this mean? That means instead of needing a circuit to do the job, a portion of what the radio normally would do has been replaced by software. Want a different mode or even a frequency? Update the software. This has forever changed …

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October 30, 2014 • Editorials

Why It Matters That Tim Cook Came Out As Gay

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, has written a heartfelt and beautiful letter in Bloomberg Businessweek coming out as a gay man. If you haven’t read it yet, please stop what you are doing, and read it immediately. It’s been a bit of an open secret for some time, but seeing him put it in writing …

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October 27, 2014 • Editorials

NFC, Apple Pay, CurrentC, and Smartphone Competition

Apple Pay rolled out last week, and it’s already hitting some roadblocks as some retailers are blocking or not supporting it. This isn’t because they hate iPhones, it’s because they have a competing product — CurrentC — waiting. A few years ago, companies wouldn’t have dreamed of blocking a new Apple product, but competition has made …

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October 18, 2014 • Editorials

10 Worst Things from the October Apple iPad Launch

This week Apple held its second product announcement meeting in as many months, this time focusing on the iPad and Mac and Mac OS X. While the September meeting featured the major announcements of large-screen iPhones and the Apple Watch, the October announcements were more subdued – but let’s focus on the disappointing Apple iPad …

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October 15, 2014 • Editorials

Google Announces Nexus 6 – Too Big? Too Expensive?

Google today announced their widely anticipated Nexus 6 Android flagship smartphone. They  unveiled two additional devices – one a Nexus 9 – a 8.9″ IPS screened tablet sporting 8MP rear camera, 1.6MP front camera. The other a Nexus Player featuring apps, games and more for your TV. Both the tablet and smartphone will run the latest version …

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