Not quite as exciting as an Apple or Google Keynote, the Dayton Hamvention is this week, and I’ll be making the trek to the show this year in its first new location since I started attending, the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia, Ohio. Hamvention is like CES, but for Amateur Radio operators like myself, and it’s a lot of fun.
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Last Saturday, I got up and my wife asked me about a $700 charge on our account. I’m like uh-oh, so I go through the motions to fix it. It happens to lots of us, and sometimes we don’t even know how. A week later I find out: my card was breached when I ordered parts from Char-Broil.
Last year, I stumbled upon the Hybrx PC from Azpen Innovation. It’s similar to the Jide Ultratablet I reviewed, but it’s more like a laptop; the price was only $89, so I put money down on what would turn out to be the first product and last Kickstarter product I will ever support, due to the lack of support.
I’m in the market for a 3D printer for many reasons, so when Monoprice offered to loan me their Maker Ultimate 3D Printer to review I jumped at the chance. It was easy to set up and use, but it is not quite ready for people who just want to press print. So, what makes it great? Let’s find out.
I had many RC cars and trucks as I grew up but I haven’t had one since 1995 when I got an RC car as a perk for buying Windows 95. The Toy State Nikko RC Elite Ford F-150 Raptor was sent to me to check out.
When I used to commute to work, I would frequently take my work laptop in a backpack and another bag of clothes for the gym. The AER Duffel Pack tries to solve this problem by combining a gym duffel and a laptop backpack. It will not work, though unless you are lucky enough to have a 15″ MacBook or smaller.
Amazon’s Echo and they latest Echo Dot have taken off with them becoming mainstream as of late. The Black Friday special on the 2nd Generation Dot being only $39.99 is what triggered me to finally order one. After you get the Dot, it’s time to accessorize as it’s virtually made to be a hub for your smart home.
One of the most interesting things about my new phone, a Motorola Z Force Droid Edition, is the mod system. The initial mods were kind of blah with the speaker, various battery packs, the projector, and the Hasselblad camera. However, that will soon change with the help of Indiegogo and Verizon.
It is now November, and it’s been about 10 months from when I started receiving regular shipments from Harry’s. Since I started, not only has the price gone down, but the blades and the handles have had an update, and Harry’s has made the first push into brick and mortar stores, namely Target.
My wife has type 2 diabetes. Keeping track of blood glucose levels over time is something all diabetics should do, but many of the meters don’t have a good way to connect to a smartphone; until now. Dario’s Health Blood Glucose System attaches to your iPhone via the headphone jack or the lightening port.
I’ve been shooting more video for personal enjoyment and for my church. It’s for this reason I bought a GoPro Hero 4 Black a few months ago; it has since become my favorite camera. When given the opportunity to take a look at Pyle’s new Compact ACTION! Cam, I thought: Cold this possibly be as good as a more expensive GoPro?
The title says it all really. However, let me share with you what is probably one of the silliest toolboxes I have ever seen because everyone wants a tool box with a clock, speakers, and a battery for charging phones — oh yeah it also holds tools!
If you travel a lot your phone is your friend. It keeps track of your flight, your hotel, and more but it’s either via e-mail or an app like Google Keep or something else. Well, Google has brought together everything in one beautiful app called Google Trips!
Unless you were buried under a rock you know there was an Apple event this week and the debates about who is better have reared their head yet again. Who did this first. Who did what first. I won’t ever buy a phone without X. Most of them are complete crap. The tech holy wars need to stop.
With the elimination of the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 a whole host of peripherals will need to be re-implemented to work off of the lightening connector. This includes medical technology. DarioHealth made the Dario that works with the iPhone 6’s headphone jack and now they have added a lightning connector version designed to work with the iPhone 7!
Today marks an important event in the world of pop culture and for many geeks. It was 50 years ago today that Star Trek premiered on TV. Ever since then Star Trek has inspired technology from the communicator to the PADD (Personal Access Display Device) Star Trek has inspired many people and much of the everyday tech we use today!
Now that the yearly iPhone announcement has become real let’s talk about the elephant in the room: the 3.5 mm headphone jack. If we are to believe the rumors Apple will be eliminating it. Motorola did with the Moto Z and Z Force. Today I am going to give some good things and some bad about losing this ubiquitous jack.
I have had my Nexus 6 for over a year, and while it was still good, I really like the fingerprint reader on my work’s iPhone and wanted a MicroSD card. So I upgraded to a Moto Z Force Droid Edition from Verizon. Is it a worthy replacement to my trusty Nexus 6? So far, it has exceeded my expectations!
I’ve been a fan of Android since the beginning. While the phone experience has been solid lately, the tablet experience hasn’t been. While I thought it was ok, it really wasn’t. Jide has gone a long way to help this out with their version of Android, titled RemixOS with the Jide Ultra Tablet. It’s a winner.
Since the invention of YouTube Red, I’ve been sucked in to various YouTube channels and themes throughout YouTube. One that I find really interesting is MRE or Meals Ready to Eat Reviews. There are also YouTubers that review the former Meal, Combat Individual ration otherwise known as the C ration and those are by far the most interesting!
Quad copters were all the rage last Christmas. I’ve been wanting one, but I wasn’t willing to drop the cash on a DJI Phantom until I flew something else first. That’s why I jumped at a chance to check out the Skeye Nano Drone with Camera from TRNDlabs, which happens to be the hardest thing I have ever flown.