Could Drones-With-Cameras Soar Past Action Cam Sales?

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At an atypical press event last week, dominant drone market leader DJI announced its new advanced Phantom 4, a $1,400 model with a 4K camera mounted underneath. What was atypical was the broad-based press event itself, something the company has not been known for.

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My Smart Home Reporting for Gear Brain

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You can find the bulk of the stories I’ve been writing and will be writing on smart home technologies for Gear Brain, a new IoT site for consumers, here.

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What Is a Smart Door Lock—and Do You Need One?

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This is a self-exclamatory piece I did on smart locks for Hometips.com.

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Happy 125th Birthday, David Sarnoff (David Who?)

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It is so frustrating that people even within the consumer electronics industry don’t know who David Sarnoff is. I took the opportunity of his 125th birthday (Feb. 27) to explore Sarnoff’s unparalleled impact on technology for a huge chunk of the 20th century for re/code. You can read why David Sarnoff should be mentioned in the same breath as Steve Jobs and Bill Gates here.

Unfortunately, a quote I got from CTA president and CEO Gary Shapiro that, for some reason, didn’t get into the piece. For the record, here it is:

“David Sarnoff was an American tech entrepreneur – a pioneer in  television and radio – who laid the foundation for today’s innovation economy. Thanks to Sarnoff, we can watch our favorite programs and movies at home and in color. Sarnoff’s contributions paved the way for today’s best home viewing experience – Ultra High Definition television – as well as video streaming. Happy Birthday to the General!”

 

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The Best Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones

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My sort of annual roundup of the best Bluetooth stereo earphones for Techlicious.

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How To Wire Your House With Sound—Without Wires

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Samsung’s three wireless music system speakers

Here’s a general overview of the varying wireless speaker system options available, composed for Homes.com.

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Is There A Universal Cable Converter Solution?

If you think the presidential primaries, Cam Newton v. the media, and Superman v. Batman battles are brutal, just wait. Two of the most hated entities in our society—the Federal government and local cable TV providers—are about to butt proverbial heads over one of the most important devices in consumer homes: the cable box.

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Happy Birthday, Thomas Edison (Nikola Tesla Fans Exempted)

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February 11 is Thomas Edison’s birthday, and in this year’s commemoration I report on the sudden surge in Edison vs. Nikola Tesla for re/code.

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Should You Lease or Buy Your Next Smartphone?

No, not should I stay or should I go, but should you lease or should you buy your smartphone, a topic I explored for Tom’s Guide.

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Top 5 Gadgets to Make Your Life Easier in 2016

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For Quick & Dirty I composed a quick and dirty list of life-easing gadget, which you can read here.

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