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Big advances in small travel chargers

There have been huge improvements to travel chargers in recent years. They’re smaller, lighter and more powerful. You no longer need to carry one of those large white charging blocks for your MacBook, a huge power block for your PC notebook, or a a large multi-port charger for simultaneous charging of your computer, phone, tablet, […]

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Apple’s new products. Should you upgrade?

This week Apple announced their next generation of iPhones, Airpods, and watches. The new products are the annual upgrades to their current versions, which always raises the question of whether the new features are a good enough reason to upgrade. That’s because after years of evolving, the previous year’s models are hard to improve upon. […]

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New line of products from Waterfield

If you like Tumi products, you’ll love this new line from Waterfield that includes a backpack, a messenger bag, a duffel, and a small carry bag. Both Tumi and Waterfield use ballistic nylon, but the Waterfield bags are less than 1/2 the cost and are made in the U.S. Tumi bags are made in China […]

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An Apple a day….not

Apple has grand ambitions to move into the healthcare field. The company’s CEO Tim Cook once referred to health as the company’s “greatest contribution to mankind.” CNBC has reported that the company has built up a huge internal team staffed with doctors, health coaches, and engineers, and has developed health-focused software and hardware, and even started medical […]

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Using your phone internationally

When four of my family members traveled to Europe last month for seventeen days, they all traveled with their Verizon-enabled phones that are on my family plan. If they all chose to use their phones’ cellular service, even for a minute a day, the cost would have been $40/day x 17 or $560. That’s because […]

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Protecting against power outages

With the increasing number of power outages, many of us are looking at ways to protect ourselves when we lose power, something that seems to becoming more frequent. Loss of power means no Internet, spoiled food, no heat or air conditioning, no hot water and darkness. The conventional solution to power loss has been using […]

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The Decline of Facebook the company

Rarely do huge companies suddenly collapse. Instead they peak and then begin to slowly erode. It’s not aways visible because these companies have a lot of inertia and have PR departments working with compliant analysts and press to mask their troubles and paint a rosy picture. I’ve been around the high tech industry for more […]

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Taiwan is vital to our electronics industry

Taiwan may be a small island off the coast of China, but it’s a country never to be underestimated. I’ve been traveling there since 1983 and have seen it transformed from a thrid world manufacturer of cheap toys and simple electronics to the designer and builder of most of the world’s notebook computers and the […]

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Tesla’s future: just one of many

Ten years ago I walked into a small engineering lab in Long Beach, CA and saw a brand new Tesla in pieces – completely disassembled with each piece neatly laid out across the floor. The engineering company was hired by a major automobile manufacturer that wanted to understand this revolutionary new car that was about […]

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Bad math and the news

I’ve been watching the news lately and there’s a lot not to like. But some of it is because of the confusion of reporters and writers that relate to their use of math. It’s as if they never took high school algebra. One of the most famous math errors is this exchange between Brian Williams […]

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Ring doorbell cameras compromise our privacy

Each Friday morning I receive a notification on my phone telling me that my personal security report is available for my neighborhood. It presents a map with pins where there have been criminal incidents over the past week. It’s one of the “benefits” I get with my Ring doorbell, along with being able to review […]

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The iPhone to get new Lockdown Mode

It’s becoming a very nasty and dangerous world and Apple is taking one small step to protect its users with an unprecedented move to allow its phones, tablets and computers to be protected from dangerous intrusions with its new Lockdown Mode. (I am freely quoting below from Apple’s press release, since the feature is not […]

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Searching for medical information

Just when I congratulated myself for avoiding Covid, it finally struck. It was due to carelessness on my part, dining out with a friend. We had asked for outside seating but when we arrived only indoors was available. The next day my friend called to say he tested positive. I tested negative for the next […]

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Ricoh GR IIIx – A unique travel camera

As a photo enthusiast I’ve owned all sorts of cameras from full size Nikon and Canon film SLRs to digital Leicas and, most recently, a 24-megapixel Sony full-frame mirrorless (Alpha 7III). As I prepared for a recent trip to Paris and Bordeaux I considered taking no camera at all and just use my iPhone 12 […]

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The ultimate note-taking tablet

For years, technology companies have tried to come up with a product for electronic notetaking to replace paper and pen. The benefit, proponents say, is you could digitize handwritten notes and sketches, convert them to text, store them on line, and share with others. Digital note taking also allows more flexibility using different templates, pen […]

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After Steve – A riveting story of a business success

One of the great business stories of our time is the rise of Apple to become the most highly valued company in the world and the inventor of some of the most desirable consumer products ever created. While much of the credit goes to its co-founder, Steve Jobs, the company only reached its height years […]

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International travel is back – but not Uber

Our first international trip after a two and a half year hiatus was to Paris via a British Airways nonstop flight between San Diego and London. My wife and I then took the high speed Eurostar Chunnel train to Paris. Traveling on the Eurostar was a great way to avoid flight connections at Heathrow’s infamous […]

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End of the iPod – Good riddance

With this announcement, Apple announced the end of an era, the discontinuation of the iPod after 21 years: “Music has always been part of our core at Apple, and bringing it to hundreds of millions of users in the way iPod did impacted more than just the music industry — it also redefined how music is discovered, […]

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Jet Pens – A uniquely amazing online store

I discovered an online store about seven years ago that’s unique in so many ways and a model for customer-focused on-line retailing. They offer products unavailable elsewhere and provide a wealth of information to help you make intelligent buying decisions. It’s a great example of how a small company is able to compete with the […]

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What will become of Twitter?

When my wife was shopping for a new car a few months ago, she refused to consider a Tesla, even though several friends love them and they’re one of the best cars being made today. She wanted an eco-friendly car and the Tesla seemed like a great choice. But she wouldn’t even look at a […]