Articles by Joel McLaughlin

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.


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 a look at this projector.


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 Anker’s PowerLine MicroUSB cable!


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 iPhone case? Let’s find out!


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 it’s worth a buy!


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 liner and the metal outside.


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.


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 the app.


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 offer Edge speeds.


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 is, it’s NOT the truth.


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 OS.


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 me and many other hams.


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 now thanks to the Airing.


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 really? I don’t think so.


‘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 summer.


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.


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.


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 of 26000 mAh.



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 video on your Chromecast.


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.