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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 […]

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When your rental car fails

 I’ve rented hundreds of cars over the years, mostly from the major companies, including Avis, Hertz and National, but my worst experience with a car failure occurred this week. I picked up a rental car from Avis at Boston Logan. I’m a preferred member, but got a better rate via Costco than directly with my […]

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The Big Apple Keyboard Fiasco

 Let’s talk about computer keyboards, something that should be one of the most constants in our computing work, and a subject that you think would be settled by now. Keyboards are a basic necessity for writing, emailing and doing most everything we create on a computer. Computer companies got keyboards just about perfect decades ago, […]

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AT&T’s LG V35 ThinQ – The best phone/audio player you can buy

 Smartphones have matured to a point where it’s difficult to keep track of new models and the differences between their predecessors and their competition. While there are two main competitors for all practical purposes, Apple and Samsung, sometimes another model comes along that betters its competition. In this case it’s LG’s latest phone, the LG […]

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Solving the spam mail and spam call problems

 Technology has benefit us with time saving products but has also encumbered our lives with annoyances that interrupt us, scam us and have aggravated us to no end. Think of all of the robocalls and the cascade of unwanted emails that are smothering us daily. If there was an argument for our government and corporations […]

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How Silicon Valley failed

 (Originally appeared on www.techpinions.com) The new bestseller about Theranos, Bad Blood by John Carreyrou, is a must-read for anyone in the tech world, particularly those in Silicon Valley. Not only is it disturbing in its own right, but it’s a reflection on Silicon Valley and not in a positive way. How could its founder, Elizabeth […]

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Exciting new audio product SpeakEasy

 Como Audio’s Kickstarter campaign for it’s new product, SpeakEasy™ is coming to an end this week. Before it does, I highly recommend you give it a look. SpeakEasy is a true hi-fidelity music system with exceptional sound quality, stunning design, and multiple source options, including Bluetooth, Spotify, Tidal, and Internet & FM radio. Most exciting is the addition of […]