Category Archives: cell/smartphones

The Best Smart Locks

Of all the functions and devices technology promises to improve or replace, there are few more critical to you and yours than the lock on the front door to your home. Like most technology, however, so-called “smart” locks represent two … Continue reading

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Is Home VR Doomed?

Few mass market tech failures have been as remarkable as at-home 3DTV. While 3D still has a life in theaters, no TV maker bothers to hawk (or, in many cases, include) the feature anymore. Why? Dependence on glasses for home … Continue reading

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AV1: Curb Your Enthusiasm

Like Chewbacca cosplayers drooling in anticipation over any Star Wars Episode IX detail droplet, attendees at the recent Streaming Video East confab were all atwitter over the potential of the recently minted AV1 video codec proffered by the Alliance for … Continue reading

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The 4K Video Codec War: What You Need To Know

We’re all familiar with format wars — VHS v. Beta, Blu-ray v. HD-DVD, even the 19th century’s AC v. DC war of the currents. What you may not be familiar with is the current 4K video compression format war between … Continue reading

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Beyond AirPods, ‘True’ Wireless Headphones Developing Into Lucrative Market

Anyone traversing sidewalks, trains, buses and running paths have noticed the white sticks sticking out of the ears of a growing number of people. Apple’s completely wireless AirPods — a type of completely wire-free earbuds that wirelessly connect via Bluetooth … Continue reading

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‘Ready Player One’: Good Movie, Bad VR Future-casting

Far be it from me to find fault with filmmaker-great Steven Spielberg or with author Ernest Cline. But as effective and entertaining as Ready Player One is, its depiction of what VR will be like 25 years hence is, conceptually, ridiculous. Continue … Continue reading

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Review: ADT Home Security Starter Kit is a good start – if you add ADT monitoring

The purpose of a home security system is to ease concerns about the safety of your castle and the people it houses. With a standard ADT system, the company installs your system – sensors, motion sensors, keypads, etc. – and … Continue reading

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Thinking of Buying an Apple HomePod? Don’t.

Consider buying an Apple HomePod more of an investment bet than a practical purchase because, right now, it’s a pretty useless device. Like most gaudy objects, HomePod’s aural and aesthetic beauty blinds you of its practical near-worthlessness in comparison to … Continue reading

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Toy Fair 2018: ‘Alexa, Play With Me’

Like a puppy trailing a child, the toy industry often trails after the consumer electronics industry in integrating advanced technology into playthings. But at this year’s Toy Fair, Amazon Alexa voice-recognition, AR and VR, STEM/STEAM-oriented educational gear, 3D printing and … Continue reading

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Review of the Apple HomePod

Is it the best-sounding and most beautiful smart speaker extant with a lot of potential or an overpriced smart speaker with limited functionality? The ‘net has been bubbling over with one or the other of these wildly divergent assessments of … Continue reading

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