Category Archives: music players/speakers

SmartTechCheck Podcast Bluetooth 5.2, iOS 16 bugs and benefits of ‘smart’ air purifiers

SmartTechCheck host Mark Vena, fellow tech journalist John Quain and I take on bugs with the new iOS 16, the benefits of “smart” air purifiers, and disruptive new features in Bluetooth 5.2. Watch this week’s SmartTechCheck episode here on YouTube.

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Apple’s New AirPods Pro Fix Two Big Problems

Two of the biggest complaints about Apple’s AirPods are how easily they fall out of your ears and how easy they are to lose. Apple fixes both of these problems and boosts audio performance with the next generation AirPods Pro, … Continue reading

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SmartTechCheck Podcast: Netflix, Disney Plus subscriber gains, iPod, passwordless sign-ons

Host Mark Vena and I opine on a tale of two streaming companies (Netflix and Disney Plus), the iPod is “retired,” and the promise of a “passwordless” future. Watch this podcast here at Yahoo.com.

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My CES 2022 Coverage

Here is my coverage of CES 2022. See “Space Tech: CES 2022’s Final Frontier” on page 34, in the CES Day 1 Show Daily here; See “Qualcomm Bows Wider Snapdragon…” on page 14, and “What Tech Trends Will ‘Matter’ In … Continue reading

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SmartTechCheck Podcast: Apple’s phantom event, Microsoft Exchange hacks, Zoom tips

My March 23, 2021, appearance on the SmartTechCheck podcast with host Mark Vena and fellow tech reporters John Quain and Rob Pegoraro. This week we discussed Apple’s phantom event, Apple HomePod’s temperature sensor, Microsoft Exchange hacks, Zoom tips, Apple’s app … Continue reading

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Huge Changes Coming to iPhone, iPad and Mac Apps

Today, at WWDC20, Apple unveiled a multitude of improvements coming to iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac. The new features will come with the release of iOS 14, iPadOS 14 and MacOS X Big Sur later this year and function across all … Continue reading

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Nest Aware Makes Whole Home DIY Security Affordable

Google is adding audio monitoring to its Nest Aware video security monitoring service next year to let you know if something is amiss at home. So you’ll be able to use one of the new Nest Mini smart speakers to listen for … Continue reading

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20 Awesome Things We Saw at the IFA Tech Show

IFA, Europe’s biggest consumer electronics show is always a hotbed of new products introductions. This year’s show was especially rich in innovative, unique, and even eye brow-raising new gear. After walkiing the two-dozen-plus buildings that house IFA on the Messe … Continue reading

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Personalized sound for every concert goer: Today Aerosmith, tomorrow at a venue near you

Imagine perfect sound quality at every live show. Dream on, you say? It’s real: THX and Mixhalo are democratizing live audio so Steven Tyler’s screeching vocals will follow you around — and every seat in the house will be the … Continue reading

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GfK: Overall Consumer Tech Business Will Be Flat Or Down In 2019

Political uncertainty, trade wars and regional economic worries are shaking consumer confidence, and TV prices continue a precipitous decline. These and other factors will combine to produce an overall slightly down year in overall consumer technology sales, according to market research company … Continue reading

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