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    The Internet of Things was all the rage this year’s Consumer Electronics Show because inexpensive connected devices were everywhere. I was particularly interested in wireless sensor tags that allow you to monitor location, motion, temperature and even humidity on just about anything you care about. These inexpensive devices will allow you to monitor things like […]
  • Turn off sharing when connecting to public wifi

    You’ve heard me and others in the tech industry preaching about the dangers of public wifi for years, but there’s something that you may not have realized. Your laptop may be sharing information with anyone else connected on the coffee shop or hotel wifi you’re using without you realizing it. If your laptop is setup […]
  • No, your smart TV is not snooping on you!

    The plethora of salacious headlines that suggested that Samsung Smart TVs were constantly eavesdropping on all your private conversations are a complete misrepresentations of what actually happens.
  • Online backup

    In my years of helping others with their technology, one constant issue seems to exist; everyone knows that they should be backing up their data, but they just never seem to get around to it. If you’re one of the millions that have this critical task on their to-do list, but just can’t seem to […]
  • IFTTT revisited

    I love technology that fills the nooks and crannies of our daily lives and one of my long-time favorites is a web service called If This Then That or IFTTT for short. This free resource helps you put the Internet to work for you by creating conditional statements called recipes that integrate your online life […]
  • iBillionaire

    For those seeking an investment strategy, the Internet is filled with advice that ranges from throwing darts at the newspaper to exotic algorithms that track millions of market variables. If nothing you’ve researched is resonating with you, how about tracking what a bunch of billionaires are doing with their investments? An app called iBillionaire does […]

    For those of you that have discovered the benefits of yoga movements, something that I saw at CES this year may be of interest. It’s called the SmartMat and it’s a yoga mat that’s loaded with 21 thousand sensors and pairs with a special app. The combination becomes a virtual yoga instructor that helps you […]

    If you use reading glasses to work with your smartphone, keeping track of them can become a constant source of frustration. The solution for many is to buy a bunch of reading glasses and leave them all over the place. Wouldn’t it be great if you could keep your reading glasses with your smartphone at […]
  • Which antivirus program should I use with teens in the house?

    Securing your computer has gone well beyond just an antivirus program these days because the list of threats has grown.
  • Coinbase

    Bitcoin, the virtual digital currency, is understandably something that most people have a tough time getting their head around, even those in the banking industry. Because there is no regulatory body, it’s always been considered somewhat of a risky thing to get involved in, but a new company called Coinbase might be the first signs […]
  • Sling TV

    The term ‘cord-cutter’ refers to households that have cut out cable or satellite television service in favor of Internet based services such as Netflix or Hulu Plus. While cord cutters can save a boatload of money, they often have to give up access to first run content or live sporting events. If you’re a hardcore […]
  • Honey

    Attention online shoppers, here’s a time and money saving tip! If you do any type of online shopping, you know that coupon codes can save you money, if you know where to find them. Sites like allow you to search for coupon codes for just about any online retailer, but it’s a manual process […]
  • Magzter

    All you can eat subscription services like Netflix for movies, Hulu Plus for television, Spotify for music and Amazon Unlimited for books are clearly resonating with consumers. Well now, if you’re a magazine junkie there’s an all-you-can-read subscription service called Magzter that you may want to check out. The Magzter Gold service gives you unlimited […]
  • Google Translate now with WordLens

    Rudimentary smartphone translation apps have been around for years and one of my favorites has always been WordLens because it could visually translate words using your camera. Google acquired the company a while back and they’re doing two things that I love: they made it free to use and they’re incorporating it into the Google […]
  • Understanding the big changes in TurboTax’s software

    After years of using TurboTax, I'm not happy with the changes that they made to their software this year and am ready to try another option. Any suggestions on an alternative?
  • Allcast

    Streaming media boxes are becoming a common sight in many of our homes these days. With options like Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV and even Xbox, the options are many to stream content to our HD TVs. If you have an Apple TV and an iPhone, you can push whatever’s on your phone […]
  • What is Tizen?

    Today’s tip is a preemptive bit of information for a term that you may start hearing in the near future: Tizen. No, it’s not some eastern neck wear or new buzzword for being efficient, it’s actually a relatively new mobile operating system. A partnership between Samsung and Intel is aiming to use yet another mobile […]
  • Be My Eyes

    My passion for technology and innovation is fueled by those rare occasions when someone comes up with something really amazing. This week that thing is an app called Be My Eyes and it’s simply ingenious. An enterprising social inventor in Denmark released an app that allows the visually impaired or blind to connect with sighted […]
  • Pulse LED bulbs with JBL speakers

    When is a lightbulb not just a lightbulb? When it’s on display at the world’s largest electronics show. Smart LED bulbs were everywhere at this year’s CES but one company believes that ightbulbs should do more than just generate light. Sengled believes we should hide other ugly electronics in our lightbulbs, such as wifi boosters, […]
  • Bellabeat Shell

    Baby monitors are a pretty common sight in most homes these days, but a baby monitor that monitors before and after the child is born is pretty unique. The Bellabeat Shell is a small round monitor that can let you listen to the baby’s heartbeat, track its movements and play music for your baby during […]