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Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Silly Easter Eggs in Google Hangouts

December 12th, 2014

So, I was on the Internet the other day (imagine that!) and I was chatting with my friend on Google Hangouts. I don’t recall exactly what it is that I said, but it must have been funny, because he replied with a hearty “hahahaha.” Suddenly, a yellow figure emerged from the bottom of the chat […]

Why I Bought a Year-Old Smartphone

November 21st, 2014

Considering that a good part of what I do as a freelance writer is cover the world of technology and consumer electronics, the natural assumption is that I will always buy the newest and shiniest toy on the block. My cell phone contract just expired, so I became eligible for a hardware upgrade and was […]

Have You Already Quit Ello?

October 21st, 2014

Go back a few weeks and you may have noticed that Ello somehow became the talk of the early adopter town. People were talking about just how much of a game changer this new social network was going to be, because it completely changed the way that it approached the typical social media game. It […]

The Android Apps I Used the Most in 2014

October 16th, 2014

Yesterday, my friend Bob posted about the iPhone apps that he used the most this year, so I thought I’d follow with the Android apps that found the most use on my smartphone in 2014. Some are for fun, some are for work, and most likely fit somewhere in between. Who needs work-life balance when […]

On the Wonderful Randomness of My YouTube Channel

October 10th, 2014

As of this writing, my YouTube channel contains a total of 369 videos. When I first “launched” my YouTube channel back in 2006, I didn’t have any real expectations for the platform other than being able to share my videos with friends and family over the Internet. Fast forward to today and I’ve accumulated over […]

Tech Tuesday: LuguLake Bluetooth Speaker Stand

September 23rd, 2014

Before Bluetooth speakers really became a thing, the more conventional path was that of the iPod speaker dock. It was literally a speaker that you plugged in the wall and it just so happened to have a 30-pin dock connector somewhere to plunk your iPod. These days, Bluetooth speakers provide better universal support and many […]

Tech Tuesday: ZTE Grand X 5-Inch Android Smartphone (Video)

August 26th, 2014

It’s easy to get excited about the next generation of flagship devices. We’re expecting to see the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the Motorola X+1 and the iPhone 6 very soon. However, it’s also obvious enough that many of these more expensive devices are overkill for a lot of people. Addressing an entirely different segment of […]

Technology I Now Take for Granted (That I Didn’t Have as a Child)

August 15th, 2014

Technology, in many ways, is the gift that keeps on giving. Over the years, those amazing scientists and engineers have blessed the world with their inventions. Because of them, we have transportation systems that don’t rely on literal horsepower. Because of them, we have electricity, microwaves and indoor plumbing. But even without going that far […]