First Looks: The Razer HDK2 Virtual Reality
Jul25

First Looks: The Razer HDK2 Virtual Reality

AT E3 this year, Razer announced an impressive new version of their HDK called Razer HDK2. While HDK stands for Hacker Development Kit, Razer is clearly targeting more than the hacker and development communities. With virtual reality at the forefront this year, it is not surprising to see gamers and others becoming more and more excited about virtual reality. Many of these early-adapters are stymied by the closed-systems used by...

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Speed up Your Computer with ReadyBoost
Jul18

Speed up Your Computer with ReadyBoost

ReadyBoost has been around since the days of Windows Vista. It is a little known Windows feature that can use external USB flash drives (or SD cards or CF cards), as a hard disk cache to speed up disk read performance. As we will explore in this article, there are times when ReadyBoost can be used as an effective tool as well as times when it shows no performance enhancement at all. As a performance tool ReadyBoost is smart and...

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Must Have Windows 10 Apps
Jul14

Must Have Windows 10 Apps

Windows 10 is a good operating system, but an operating system doesn’t have all the tools that you need to be happy and productive.  That’s where the Windows 10 apps come into play. Whether it’s a Windows 10 app from the Windows Store or a desktop app from the manufacturer’s website, these apps can help you perform your tasks. Here are some of the must-have Windows 10 apps. VCL media player Since Windows Media Player was removed from...

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Google Photos at One Year Old
Jul11

Google Photos at One Year Old

I started using Google Photos after I reviewed it last year. It became my photo app of choice because I was amazed by its many new features including face recognition, unlimited free storage, and a fabulous photo assistant. I guess many of you also liked this full-featured app because in just one year Google Photos has amassed over 20 million active monthly users, making it one of the fastest growing consumer products in history....

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Google OnHub Router of the Future
Jun30

Google OnHub Router of the Future

I never thought that I would get excited about a router, but Google’s OnHub wireless router has changed my mind. The Asus SRT-AC1900 OnHub that I received is a dual-band 802.11ac MIMO Wi-Fi router with speeds up to 1900 Mbps. This might sound like a normal high-end router, but the OnHub is not your average router. It looks nothing like the normal rectangular router with lights, ports, and pointed antennas. Instead it is a black...

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Google’s Gboard Keyboard
Jun27

Google’s Gboard Keyboard

Google apps have become a backbone of the iPhone and iPad. Besides Google Search and the Chrome browser, I also use Google Maps, Google Play Music, and Google Drive on my Apple. So it is not surprising that Google recently released their new Gboard keyboard in the Apple iTunes store, even before it makes its expected debut in the Android Play Store. Whether you are an Apple user or an Android user, this is one keyboard that you won’t...

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TP-LINK Smart Plug
Jun16

TP-LINK Smart Plug

Whether you want to give your home that lived-in look while you are on vacation or are just looking for the convenience of being able to have the coffee ready when you wake up, the TP-LINK’s Smart Plug may be just what you need. The Smart Plug is a small device 2.6” wide, 3” deep and 3.9” high. Included in the box is a Technical Support pamphlet, a GNU license notice, a Quick Start Guide, and the smart plug. Setup is easy. Just...

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The Ditto – Cell Phone Alert
Jun06

The Ditto – Cell Phone Alert

Sometimes the simplest idea produces the most useful device. That is the case with the Ditto by Simple Matters. It is a small device only 1 3/8” by 7/8” x ¼”. It is made of smooth, hard, plastic and comes in black, white, or transparent. Press the bottom at one end and the other end opens to allow you to clip it on your belt, pocket, or other piece of clothing. It can even be clipped on and worn discretely on an undershirt, bra, or...

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Blue Light from Digital Screens is Hazardous to your Health
Jun02

Blue Light from Digital Screens is Hazardous to your Health

The latest news alert for tech aficionados is this: Blue light from digital screens is hazardous to your health. Recent scientific studies have demonstrated that blue light emitted by the screens on cell phones, tablets, televisions and computers may be making it harder for us to sleep. Each of us has a master clock built into our bodies. That clock has a circadian rhythm that coordinates with the Earth’s 24-hour rotation cycle which...

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Word Flow – Microsoft’s New Keyboard for iOS
May30

Word Flow – Microsoft’s New Keyboard for iOS

While I don’t usually think of Apple and Microsoft as best of friends, Microsoft’s new Word Flow keyboard, which is currently in final testing for iOS, is like a match made in heaven. Other Microsoft apps like Word and Excel do not necessarily make the most of the Apple mobile operating system, but Word Flow does. Word Flow is not new to Microsoft. It has been available for quite a while on Window’s phones. In 2014 Word Flow won a...

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