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Throw it out and see what sticks

 First published on Tech.pinions From the June 22 Wall Street Journal: In the first 24 hours of the launch of an electric-scooter pilot program in the city of Hoboken, N.J., the local police department received more than 1,500 complaints and comments about the scooters, its police chief said. Since the May 20 launch, a steady […]

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Don’t leave home without these

 A few years ago there were plenty of new travel gadgets to cover, but those times are past. No new GPS devices and few luggage trackers that work. Still, there are some well-designed products for travel that are useful and worth considering, even if they are just improvements from earlier designs.   Backup Batteries for […]

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What was Apple thinking?

 After decades of work as a design engineer I find it intriguing to analyze new products and imagine the thinking that went into creating them. What was the goal? Was it durability, appearance or something else? Having been through the development process hundreds of time, that experience often provides some useful insight. Sometimes a product […]

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The Chevy Volt comes to an end

 In 2011 GM introduced the Chevy Volt. Since then it has 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 […]

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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 […]