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Should you buy an EV or PHEV?

The debate about which EV to buy has become a simplistic discussion just about range. Most reviewers seem to focus only on how many miles you can drive between charging, as if that’s all that matters or is more important than anything else. What’s missing in all of these reviews is that we don’t all […]

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Thank technology for making travel a bit better

While airline service has deteriorated over the years with tighter seats, new fees, lost bags, higher prices, and unexpected cancelations, technology has helped make traveling a bit better or at least a little less bad. There’s an array of electronic gadgets and products that we now take for granted, but help offset the pains of […]

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New CES products for the traveler

I’ve attended the CES show, the annual showcase of consumer electronic products from around the world, for over 30 years. But I gave it up a few years ago when I tired of the terrible traffic jams, the miles of walking each day, and the inefficiency of back-to-back meetings held in different hotels miles apart. […]

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Hertz unloads its Teslas

Hertz announced today that they’re selling 20,000 Tesla EVs from their fleet and replacing them with internal-combustion engine vehicles, taking a $245 million loss. As noted in my earlier column, Hertz’s original decision to purchase 100,000 Tesla’s was a really idiotic move that was never clearly thought through: ….Owning an EV as a personal car […]

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Dissecting the UAG Monarch iPhone case

I’ve used the Urban Armor Gear Monarch iPhone case on my last several phones. I’ve liked its ruggedness, design language, and feel in my hand. The details and finish are impressive, even the screws on the four corners that look like they could be used to bolt the case together. I especially like the layer […]

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Time to review your subscriptions

This is a good time to review your digital subscriptions and recurring monthly charges. It’s likely to save a sizable amount of money, especially if you subscribe to a number of digital publication. In a space of a few hours I was able to save about $400 by making a couple of phone calls and […]

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Favorite tech stuff of 2023

As the year closes I look back at some of my favorite discoveries of new products and services ffor 2023. iPhone cases iPhone cases are now a billion dollar plus business with an enormous selection of all types -from clear to leather to wallets to waterproof. Amazon alone offers more than 2000 models! But my […]

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A bargain airfare. What could go wrong?

I cringed when my friend Larry told me that he was flying from San Francisco to Newark during the holidays. Then I shuddered when he said he was flying Frontier Airlines to Phoenix connecting to a Spirit Airlines flight to Newark. I jokingly told him to take good notes because this could make for an […]

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An update on EVs

For those still thinking about buying an electric vehicle, the landscape has changed considerably over the past year. Yet deciding what to buy has become even more complex. A Tesla was always a safe bet, offering the best range and a broad charging network, with car prices lower than ever. But with Musk supporting and […]

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Best travel products of 2023

Here are some of the best tech products, gadgets and services that made my traveling easier in 2023. INUI MagSafe Battery Pack – The INUI MagSafe battery snaps onto the back of an any iPhone (models 12 and newer) and recharges it from near empty to full in less than an hour. It can also […]

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The Magic of Amazon

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday just over, I’m marveling at how Amazon has changed our buying habits. Not just becoming a substitute for driving to a store, but so much more. First, you cannot find many of the items on Amazon in other stores, certainly not the depth of choices. Whether it’s a motorized […]

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Ai Pin: A new product attracting attention and ridicule

A new tech gadget that’s soon going on sale is receiving a huge amount of attention from the tech community. It debuted at Paris Fashion Week on the lapel of supermodel Naomi Campbell, it was featured in a TED talk watched by tens of thousands, and it’s received $230 million in funding from Silicon Valley insiders. Rarely […]

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Fake airline accounts scam Twitter users

These days it’s safe to assume when you’re contacted by a stranger using email, texting, or social networks, it’s likely a scam. That’s the nature of the internet with so many trying to make a buck. It takes very little effort for a twelve-year old savy computer user in their basement in some far away […]

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Hertz EV plans short out

Hertz thought they were being forward thinking when they ordered 100,000 Tesla Model 3 EVs last year, amounting to about a quarter of their fleet. Now a year later, its plans are in disarray and on hold. At the time it seemed to be a clever attempt to move on from their bankruptcy and take […]

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Managing the cable-charger mess

It seems wherever we go and whatever we do, we’re fussing with cables and chargers. Whether it’s while we’re traveling, sleeping or moving throughout the day, we’re constantly trying to keep our devices charged. Our phones, watches, iPads, cameras, eReaders, and computers, always seem to need attention. Cables have their own special annoyances: they slip […]

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Hawaii calls

(This column was written for JoeSentMe, the informative travel newsletter for professional travelers.) I just finished a delightful vacation in Kauai with my wife and daughter. Unlike many trips this year, this one was smooth and trouble free. We were fortunate to travel on Alaska Airlines’ non-stop from San Diego. With no status or special […]

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A new carry-on and a clever compact wallet

One of the first rules of experienced travelers is to avoid checking bags at all costs. That usually means using the most efficiently-designed baggage to maximize what you carry on. The default suitcase has become the 22-inch (22 x 14 x 9 inches) rollerboard that’s the maximum size you’re allowed to take on board and […]

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The idiocy of Elon Musk

Sometimes you need to believe what’s in front of your eyes. If something is so obvious, then perhaps it’s just as it seems. That’s especially true with Elon Musk. If we follow all of his actions, decisions, and statements with regard to Twitter, it’s as clear as can be that he has singlehandedly destroyed about […]

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Hi-tech systems that come with great customer support

While our customer experience is generally poor when it comes to many companies, I’ve encountered an area where the service and support have been outstanding. That’s the area of home connected devices, including routers, audio systems, and security cameras. Now I can’t speak for all of the companies in these categories, but my last three […]

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Shopping for a TV

I’ve been shopping for a new large screen TV to replace a twelve year old Samsung, and it’s been quite an ordeal. Remember the book, Paradox of Choice? It’s about having so many choices that it’s impossible to reach a decision. That’s what I faced. I did quite a bit of research in an effort […]