iClever 6-Port Fast USB Desktop Charger Review

One of the downsides of being a tech nerd is keeping all those devices charged up. Until a few months ago, I maintained a collection of power strips and USB wall adapters, which I had setup in a few places – my bedside table, my office at work, and a portable solution for traveling. FindingContinue reading “iClever 6-Port Fast USB Desktop Charger Review”

Intocircuit 2nd Gen Power Castle Portable Power Bank Review

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of portable power banks. My first one came from Proporta, and I dearly loved it. While I was working at RadioShack, I had the chance to test out at least a dozen different models there, and am known to travel with no less than two portable powerContinue reading “Intocircuit 2nd Gen Power Castle Portable Power Bank Review”

Spotify’s New Personalization Could Be Awesome

The big news today is that Spotify is not only adding video content, but also a much more personalized music experience for its users. Mobile music is something I’ve been obsessed with ever since I bought an iPod Classic years ago to bring my entire music collection on the go. I switched to Google Play MusicContinue reading “Spotify’s New Personalization Could Be Awesome”

Thoughts On Smartwatches

I used my first smartwatch in 2008, reviewing the Sony MBW-150 (made by Fossil). It was a simple watch, essentially a ‘normal’ watch with a small LCD display embedded in the face, which would scroll various messages from my smartphone. My second smartwatch, the Pebble, was bought years later, in December 2013. I also hadContinue reading “Thoughts On Smartwatches”

Wednesday Watch: A Year Of The Selfie

One of the things that today’s mobile consumer is known for is the selfie. This is a photo taken of yourself, usually using the front-facing camera on your cellphone. There are variations of the selfie, usually based on the facial expression that one is making in the ‘selfie’. For the past year, I’ve been usingContinue reading “Wednesday Watch: A Year Of The Selfie”

With Smartphones, Case = Cash

With the shift from post-paid to pre-paid, the resale value of smartphones becomes an increasingly important factor. For most people dropping $400-600+ on a new phone isn’t something they can do frequently. For me, this means that I need to sell my current phone on Craigslist or eBay or something before I can buy theContinue reading “With Smartphones, Case = Cash”

How Jawbone Is Using Their Data Smartly

Earlier this week, an earthquake rocked northern California in the wee hours of the morning. According to CNN, it was the strongest earthquake to hit the area in 25 years. Jawbone, makers of the ‘UP’ fitness band/sleep tracker, smartly used their aggregated user data to insert themselves into the conversation in a rather brilliant way.Continue reading “How Jawbone Is Using Their Data Smartly”

JBL Synchros E40BT Bluetooth Headphones Review

Before I worked at RadioShack, I didn’t really use headphones. However, spend enough time in a cubicle environment and you start to understand the need for headphones. Also, having kids helps, too. I’ve had a chance to use and test lots of different headphones, so when JBL announced their new Synchros E40BT Bluetooth headphones andContinue reading “JBL Synchros E40BT Bluetooth Headphones Review”

Don’t Get Excited About Wireless Charging At Starbucks

If you’re online today, you’ve seen the news – you can now wirelessly charge your phone in select Starbucks locations – the first of a planned nationwide rollout in all Starbucks and Teavana locations in the U.S., as well as Europe and Asia. The “Powermat Spots” are “designated areas…where customers can place their compatible deviceContinue reading “Don’t Get Excited About Wireless Charging At Starbucks”

The FDA Has Approved A Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm

This is probably MUCH more impressive/symbolic to me since I just got finished watching the new RoboCop movie, but it’s cool, nonetheless. The FDA has recently approved a mind-controlled robotic arm created by the inventor of the Segway, called the Deka Arm. I don’t pretend to know much about the current state (or history of)Continue reading “The FDA Has Approved A Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm”