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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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 – A Quality Tablet
May26

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 – A Quality Tablet

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 – A Quality Tablet While some people consider the iPad to be the only premium tablet, Samsung is giving Apple plenty of competition in the high-end tablet arena. With the Galaxy Tab S2, Samsung has developed a fast, thin, lightweight tablet whose specifications are either equal or better than a similar-sized iPad and whose price is lower. The Tab S2 comes in two sizes and three colors. You can purchase it...

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Samsung Gear VR: Virtual Reality for the Average Consumer
May03

Samsung Gear VR: Virtual Reality for the Average Consumer

After years of prototypes and last year’s first stab, the Samsung and Oculus partnership has produced the first-ever consumer-ready version of the Gear VR headset. It is smaller, lighter, and at $99, quite a bit cheaper, than previous versions. The Samsung Gear VR offers a totally new incredible experience of movies that can be watched and games that can be played while you are immersed in the 360 degree atmosphere. The Gear VR is not...

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Beddit Sleep Tracker Review
Apr26

Beddit Sleep Tracker Review

I was excited to try out the new Beddit Sleep Tracker, a sensor system that can track your sleep without requiring you to wear any sensors. The idea behind the Beddit is a good one. Wearing a Fitbit, Jawbone, watch, or other tracking device to bed to track your sleep can negate the results by making you uncomfortable. With Beddit, nothing touches your body. The tracking device is a piezoelectric strip about 1 inch x 25 inches about...

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Is it time to buy a 4K TV?
Mar29

Is it time to buy a 4K TV?

The typical resolution of a 4K TV is 3,840-by-2,160-pixels, which is about four times the number of pixels in the hi-def 1080p televisions that most of us are currently viewing. This produces a clearer, more detailed, and more true-to-life picture. While the 4K moniker was first used to describe these high resolution TVs, the name Ultra has emerged as a replacement name for 4K. Basically, you can assume that 4K and Ultra have the same...

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First Looks: An Enticing Selfie Camera from Panasonic
Mar17

First Looks: An Enticing Selfie Camera from Panasonic

The Panasonic Lumix Selfie GF8 has several unique features that make it a special camera. It is the first digital single lens mirrorless camera built around a 16 MP Live CMOS with a Four Thirds sensor mount. In addition, it takes selfies to a new level. The Lumix’s rectangular case and size is reminiscent of a Leica camera. At 4.2” wide, 2.55” high, and 1.32” deep, it is a good size to be held in a hand.  It has a good-looking,...

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