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The 5G Hype

 5G is the new cellular standard being rolled out by the carriers and showing up on the newest models of phones. It uses a variety of new technologies to provide data transmission speeds up to 40 times faster than the current 4G technology, at least in theory. When Apple announces their new iPhone 12 series […]

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The other side of tech

 Throughout much of my career in high tech, I’ve experienced the promise of how high tech would make things better for the world. We’d having flying cars, robots doing our housework and more time to spend with our families. Well, it’s safe to say that it was a rosy prediction that never considered the downside […]

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A small step for privacy

 Beginning next month when Apple rolls out its new iOS 14 for the iPhone and iPad, users will have a chance to opt out of being tracked. This is a major benefit that few companies have dared to offer. The question you’ll be ask will be something like:  “Do you want this app to follow […]

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Gadgets for the Home

 While I love covering travel technology, few of us are traveling these days and there’s little interest in new luggage from Tumi or Away. It’s much more likely we’ll be touring our home than touring another city. So rather than writing about travel tech, I thought I’d focus on some great gadgets for the home […]

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Superhuman Email – What’s it all about?

 Background Superhuman email software is creating quite a buzz in the tech community. The company of the same name describes the product as “not another email client,” but a product “rebuilt from the ground up” that will make you “feel like you have superpowers.” Many of its users are equally effusive about how it’s revolutionized […]

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Follow up on Streaming TV and Hey Mail

 YouTube TV emulates the cable companies Moving from cable to streaming for TV watching just became more expensive. In earlier columns, I analyzed the benefits and cost savings of making the move. While there was a small cost advantage, the main benefits were convenience, simplicity, and access to a wider variety of content that you […]

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The upcoming tech hearings

 Later this month the four leaders of the world’s most powerful technology companies will testify before Congress as part of the government’s multiple anti-trust investigations. David Cicilline, a Democratic congressman from Rhode Island, will lead the questioning of Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Sundar Pichai of Google and Tim Cook of Apple. Hopefully, […]

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Apple announcements and what they mean for you

 Apple held its annual developers conference this week where they made a score of new announcements, mostly software related and not about specific new products. Like other Apple events, it was carefully choreographed and filled with presenters that exuded excitement and enthusiasm about what they each presented. It reminded me of an adult version of […]

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Hey, a new email service, clashes with Apple

 Email has been something we’ve used for years, but works essentially the same way since its invention. Essentially it’s a collection of folders that groups a collection of incoming and outgoing emails. Improvements have included adding folders, including spam and less-important email, and a variety of other incremental features around the edges. But while email […]

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A New Appreciation for Technology Services

 App-based products and services that one seemed silly are now becoming important in this age of Covid-19. As a tech reviewer and technology prognosticator, I had been dismissive of several of them until I began isolating at home. I once dismissed the value of grocery-shopping services for the masses. Sure, they were helpful for those confined […]

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The ultimate charger for your Apple devices

 With all the devices we use, keeping them charged can be a challenge, and in fact, has spawned a huge accessory market that includes battery packs, battery cases, multi-port chargers, and desktop charging stations. Keeping your devices topped off has become even more important with many of us spending more time on our devices. For […]

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Gadgets to help us with the Coronavirus

 While we’re isolating ourselves to avoid exposure to the coronavirus, there are several inexpensive gadgets that can help us identify early symptoms of the disease. One involves recent findings about a drop in oxygen levels before more noticeable symptoms develop, and the other relates to elevated temperatures as an early indicator. Oxygen Levels A New […]