Articles by Wayne Schulz


Amazon Echo Is Back on Sale for $99

The ever-popular Amazon Echo smart speaker is back on sale. Normally $179, Amazon has the device listed for $99. Previously we’ve seen it drop as low as $159.98 for two (with coupon code).


Grab a Refurbished Google Pixel or Google Pixel XL 32 GB for $250 off

Today Woot! has the 32 GB Quite Black variant of the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL for $250 off. Granted, these are both refurbished models with lower memory, but the price might make the buying decision a little easier. The Google Pixel is the successor to Google’s Nexus line of Android smartphones. First released in October 2016, these devices…



Here’s Why You May Be Suddenly Prompted for a New Verizon PIN

If you’re a Verizon customer and find yourself suddenly prompted to reset your PIN, you may not be alone. Word started to trickle out yesterday about a security breach which may have impacted up to 6 million Verizon Home customers.  The issue appears to be related to an error in how some data was secured on a public cloud server.


Amazon Echo Adds SiriusXM Streaming Skill

Amazon just added a Sirius XM skill allowing users (All Access or Streaming Subscription required) to listen to SiriusXM channels on any of their Amazon Echo devices. SiriusXM joins existing music services Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and Tunein Radio as music integrations that work on Amazon Echo devices.


Verizon Fights Back with $300 T-Mobile Switch Promo

Verizon today unveiled a promotion running June 4, 2017, through June 10, 2017, offering $300 off any iPhone 7 or iPhone 7+ provided the number associated with the phone is ported in from T-Mobile and activated on Verizon.


Mophie Releases Juice Pack for Google Pixel XL

Hello fellow Google Pixel XL users. If you’ve ever found yourself running short of battery then today’s your lucky day. Mophie just released their Juice Pack external battery pack price at $99 – with wireless Charge Force charging. In short, slap the Juice Pack onto your Pixel XL and gain another 2,950mAh built-in battery for a claimed 50-hour total battery life.


Deal: Uniden HomePatrol 2 Police Scanner with Digital APCO-25

My favorite police scanner has hit a new(ish) low price of $393 on Amazon. I’ve been using this model for about a year and just bought another for my office. If you’re interested in learning why sirens are going off all over town or why the traffic was brutal on the ride home – this is the device for you.



LastPass Warns About Extension Vulnerability

Popular password manager LastPass is warning about a security vulnerability in its browser extension. Based on the wording it appears the vulnerability exists when launching password protected sites via the extension (as opposed to looking up data). LastPass had a reported 7 million users when they were acquired by LogMeIn in 2015.


T-Mobile Set to Automatically Block Scam Callers April 5, 2017

T-Mobile today announced a new service named Scam Block. According to them. it will be live for most subscribers beginning on April 5, 2017. The service appears to work similarly to apps such as Hiya,  Truecaller and even the updated Android phone app which analyze incoming calls in real-time and display a notification for suspected scam or spam calling.


BodyGuardz Pure 2 for Google Pixel XL: The Most Smudgeproof Protection Ever?

I’ve been using a BodyGuardz Pure 2 for Google Pixel XL for about two weeks. While that’s hardly enough time to test the claimed 3-5x improvement in scratch resistances or the 25% improvement in drop performance (resistance), I can say one thing; the visibility on this AlumiTech Accessory Glass 2 by Corning screen protector is about the best I’ve used.




Amazon Deal : Uniden BCD436HP Digital Police Scanner

Amazon has one of my favorite portable police scanners – the Uniden BCD436HP – for an all-time low price. If you have nightmares of owning an older model police scanner and struggling to find the right frequencies, you’ll be happy to know the days of manually programming these receivers are over.



Trello Announces Acquisition by Atlassian

Atlassian just announced they bought popular online service Trello for $425 million. Trello is used by many startup companies as “a collaboration tool that organizes your projects into boards. In one glance, Trello tells you what’s being worked on, who’s working on what, and where something is in a process”.




T-Mobile Adjusts Soft Data Cap to 28 GB

T-Mobile just updated their guidance about what truly constitutes unlimited on their network. Previously, the company used a “soft data cap” usage limit for smartphone users of 26 GB which was what they say the average top 3% of users consumed in a typical month.