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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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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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November 6, 2014 • News

The Amazon Echo Is Always Connected and Ready to Help

Amazon just announced a device called the Amazon Echo.  What exactly is the Echo?  Well, imagine Google Now or Siri combined with a Bluetooth Speaker and you get the idea.  Is it more than that? Yes.  Will it make it easier to spend money on Amazon?  Undoubtedly. Will it give you the creeps? Maybe, but …

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October 17, 2014 • News

Thoughts on the Nexus 9

Last year’s Nexus 7 is a great device, but it does have some limitations.  Namely, the 16:9 screen is not optimized for work as it’s really short when in landscape mode.  The Nexus 9 no longer has this issue, as it has a 4:3 formatted screen just like the iPad.

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October 8, 2014 • News

ResMed S+ Sleep System Promises to Monitor and Help You Sleep

As a person with sleep apnea, sleep is something that doesn’t always come easy for me. Sleep apnea is when you stop breathing wile you sleep.  It affects both how you sleep and a host of other issues. While the new  ResMed S+ sleep system can’t help with everything, it can help you fall asleep …

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October 3, 2014 • News

Last Man Standing’s Tim Allen Earn’s His Ham Radio License

I love the show Last Man Standing. One reason why I love it is Tim Allen’s character, Mike Baxter, is also depicted as being an Ham Radio operator like me. Well, last week at the Hollywood Hamnado special event sponsored in part by the show, it was announced that Tim has truly earned his license and …

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August 24, 2014 • News

Things We Used to Care About: the Graphing Calculators Edition

When I started college in 1989, I was going to school to get my Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. Graphing calculators were brand new; before that, we had Texas Instrument calculators as well as Casios, and my first weapon of choice for busting out math problems was an HP 28S. Do you remember?

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August 19, 2014 • News

Traveling with the Chromecast or Any Other Set-Top Box

Two weeks ago, I went on another business trip.  Since I had just bought the Chromecast, I thought I would take it with me to have something to watch in my down time. While I was able to get it to work, it wasn’t the easiest thing to do, so that might be enough to make …

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August 5, 2014 • News

I Bought a Chromecast and Completely Changed My View

It’s hard to believe it’s been just a little over a year since Google released the cheapest set-top “box” there is, the Chromecast.  Initially, I wasn’t too enthused.  After hearing how my friends liked it, I figured why not make the jump?  It would give me some entertainment when I was on the road as …

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July 2, 2014 • News

A Conversation with Adam Curry thanks to Amateur Radio

One of the things I always say about Ham Radio is that you never know who might have their license; there are even famous people who do.  An example of this comes in a short conversation I had via Amateur Radio with former MTV VJ and one of the hosts of the No Agenda Podcast, Adam Curry, …

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