Consumer issues

A request to our credit card-issuing banks

While certainly not a world-class problem, it’s one that likely impacts more and more of us as we age. And it’s such a simple problem to fix: Credit card issuers, Make the phone number of the back of the credit card larger!  For some reason the phone numbers are always printed so small, that some […]


Internet of Things: What could go wrong?

Two weeks ago I reviewed security cameras and the Ring video doorbell, all products in the category called Internet of Things (IoT) that connect to the cloud through your WiFi network. While they provide useful benefits, they can also bring some risks. That became evident for many of those using a Nest connected thermostat, one of […]


The first connected and heated shoe

Why? Because they could, I suppose. Read the press release: Digitsole, the connected footwear specialist, announces that its newest creation – the Warm Sneaker – has won an award at the 2016 ISPO. ISPO is an international trade-fair gathering the whole sport industry and honoring exhibitors in different categories every year. The Warm Sneaker has […]


Enjoying wine one glass at a time

Tonight my wife wanted a glass of white wine and I wanted a red with our dinner. I was able to pour a glass of each from unopened bottles and then put the bottles back in my wine cabinet to use another time. I was using the Coravin wine device that lets you enjoy a […]


Leica introduces a rugged, waterproof pocket camera, the X-U

Leica Camera has unveiled its first camera designed specifically for outdoor and underwater photography – the Leica X-U (Typ 113). Incorporating a fixed focal length Leica Summilux 23mm f/1.7 ASPH. lens (equivalent to 35mm) with underwater protection filter, and a large APS-C CMOS sensor, this fully waterproofed member of the Leica X family delivers images […]

Automotive Tech, CES, Technology

A challenge to the automotive companies

One of the highlights of this year’s CES was, literally, carloads of new technology shown by the automotive companies from Detroit, Europe, Korea, and Japan. Everything from self-driving vehicles to tablet-sized displays to 20 speaker audio systems. The automotive industry seems to have embraced new technology, with many of the companies opening research and development […]


Capturing that drawing or photo – Mustek 2400HS scanner

One of my hobbies is pen and ink drawing and water color painting. In my struggles to make copies of my pieces for friends, I’ve been experimenting with a variety of techniques and devices.  Photo copies are generally the most inexpensive way to print in large format. Large color prints can cost just a few […]


Waterfield announces new leather Staad Attache

San Francisco manufacturer and designer, WaterField Designs, has introduced the Staad Attache´ with a padded compartment for the iPad Pro or Apple 13-inch laptops. Constructed of ballistic nylon, waxed canvas and full-grain leather in classic, muted colors, the Staad Attache´ bridges the gap between the casual messenger bag and formal briefcase for style-conscious professionals. Cost is […]

CES, Technology

Fitbit’s new Blaze is extinguishing their stock price

Fitbit introduced their new activity tracker, called the Blaze, at CES last week. And since then, the company’s stock has dropped by nearly 30 percent.. The product was panned as being ugly and under-featured, particularly for its $200 price. Even if you assume what they showed was a prototype, the product looks much like an “As […]

Automotive Tech, CES, Technology

Worst CES product of the day – Day 5

Awarded to Harman International and Microsoft.  Harman announced that it’s bringing Microsoft Office—including Word, Excel and Powerpoint—to your car. It will operate via voice-activation, using Microsoft’s Cortana, meaning you’ll be able to work on spreadsheets and file your taxes while driving. “By ensuring that Office 365 services are seamlessly integrated with car and driver telematics and […]

CES, Technology

Worst of CES 2016

The Consumer Show is now underway and, while many are reporting on the exciting new products, I decided to focus on the Worst of CES just to be contrary. Actually, that’s probably an easier task since they are much easier to find. Each day I’ve added an item here on . This entry summarizes […]


Worst CES product of the day – Day 4

Kodak has announced plans to launch a Super 8 cine camera using analogue and digital technology. The new camera, called cleverly “Kodak Super 8 Camera,” will record its movies on normal Super 8 film cartridges while using a digital LCD display as its viewfinder. Super 8 film was originally a low quality amateur product that can’t compare to the convenience or quality […]

CES, Technology

Worst CES product of the day – Day 3

SensorWake is an olfactory alarm-clock that allows you to wake up with your favorite morning smells. SensorWake is presenting the product with their nice scents bar. SensorWake gently wakes you up in less than two minutes—with the power of smell. Users set the time they want to wake up and insert their choice of scent capsule, with options ranging from coffee, peach, seaside and even the smell of dollars. […]

CES, Uncategorized

Worst CES product of the day – Day 2

Tuesday, January 5 – Samsung refrigerator with a 21-inch display in the door and a camera inside. Samsung’s Family Hub Refrigerator is a $5,000 smart refrigerator with a giant built-in 21-inch touch screen with built-in apps such as Pandora, a family calendar and photo streaming. There’s a camera inside the refrigerator that allows you to […]

Technology, Travel

Silent Pocket allows you to go off the grid

Silent Pocket of Encinitas, CA, has created a line of cleanly designed leather goods that block out wireless transmissions. There are a number of reasons why you might want to use these products. One reason is to prevent others from reading the new credit cards that contain electronic information. Another is to prevent others from […]


Worst CES product of the day – Day 1

Each day I will review new CES products being unveiled and will pick one worthy being the worst. Monday, January 4 – Candy Crush Scented iPhone Case  


New product is actually 3 in 1

Nascent Objects has introduced a new product that can be morphed into any of 3 devices. They include Droppler – a water conservation product Streaming WiFi speaker with Apple AirPlay and Spotify Support WiFi HD video camera with streaming and IFTTT capabilities The products all convert from one to another. The company realized that so many […]


British start-up em-barks on CES 2016 to launch wearable tech for pets

Yes, this had to happen, as silly as it may seem. A UK technology start-up has “unleashed” PitPat, a wearable activity monitor for dogs, at CES. The press release says, “Designed and manufactured in the UK, PitPat gives owners a fun and engaging way to ensure that their dog gets the exercise it needs by tracking […]