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The Chevy Volt comes to an end

 In 2011 GM introduced the Chevy Volt. Since then it sold more than 150,000 units, not matching its potential, but still impressive.  The Volt’s benefits were never well-explained by the company, but it was a significant step towards the future of electric cars. Hybrids, cars that use both battery and gas, have been synonymous with […]

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The Future of Uber

 Uber went public last week at the low end of its predicted range, and saw the stock quickly tank. It was one of the poorest IPOs ever in terms of the first day loss in company value. And more than 3/4 of those that invested over the past few years hare also underwater.  It’s an […]

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United beats Qantas on my recent flights

 It’s not often that United beats one of the other major International airlines, but during a recent trip, my experiences on United bettered Qantas on many of the touch points. Of course, this is sample of one and not necessarily representative of anything other than one isolated trip. I traveled between LAX to Melbourne on […]

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Car rentals – The end of loyalty

 Renting cars has always been a hit or miss situation. As a 30-year Avis member I was loyal to the company, renting their cars for hundreds of business trips over this time period. But that loyalty all ended when on a trip to Kauai, they sent me a $350 cleaning bill for returning a minivan […]

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The Attack of Blue Light

 Are we being attacked by blue light? It seems to be the case with phones, computer and tablet makers now offering screen modes to reduce the amount of blue in the backlight we stare at for hours at a time. They explain that blue light can keep us awake and overstimulate us. But many of […]

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Sprint + T-Mobile = New T-Mobile

 John Legere, T-Mobile’s outspoken CEO is lobbying hard to merge with Sprint. He argues that with this merger, T-Mobile will be a stronger company, better able to fight against AT&T and Verizon. He even believes that a stronger T-Mobile will force the two other carriers to lower their prices. Legere is outspoken, brash, and unequivocal […]

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Which cellular carrier is best?

  Which cellular carrier is best? It used to be very dependent on where you live. Often you might be in a pocket where only one carrier could reach you. But increasingly as the carriers fill out their coverage, the differences are less dependent on the area of the country. In a new comprehensive report, […]

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The Quiet Innovation

 Normally tech innovations are announced with a huge, well-orchestrated PR campaign, press briefings, and a large advertising budget. And often times the supposed innovation is hardly one at all.  Yet, for the first time in the history of the Internet, there’s been a sea change in music streaming, but hardly anyone is aware of it. […]

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On the road with media

 Reading We’re always looking for ways to pass the time on long flights or the waits between them. I used to grab a stack of magazines, like old New Yorkers or Atlantics before long trips, but with fewer of us getting subscriptions, we rely on our electronic gadgets for reading. So I try to download […]

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When companies don’t know when to stop

 First appeared at Techpinions I’ve been wondering whether some of the major high-tech companies among the FAANG gang, don’t know when to stop their “continuous improvement,” a term revered by the Japanese in the 90s when they continually improved their products. My observation is we are seeing “continuous degradation” instead. It seems these companies might […]

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New iPad from Apple

 Apple’s new 12.9-inch iPad, positioned as a replacement for computers, fails to deliver on that promise. In spite of the big rollout and promises by Apple CEO Tim Cook. Early reviews say that it misses that mark by a lot. A fully equipped iPad  Pro with a 12.9-inch display, a keyboard, pencil and adequate memory, costs […]