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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 […]

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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, […]