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Peak Design Fights Amazon with Humor

 It’s no secret that Amazon has become a haven for unauthorized and fake merchandise. Type in the name of any music artist or group appended with the word “shirt,” and up comes scores of them emblazoned with the the artist’s name and image. Then there are products on Amazon that are knock-offs or copies of […]

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End of the line for Fry’s

 In 1985, a few years after moving to Silicon Valley, a new 20,000 square foot store opened in Sunnyvale, called Fry’s Electronics. It was founded by the same family that had run a regional supermarket chain by the same name. It was one of the first super-sized stores in the area to specialize in electronics, […]

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Taking us for a ride?

 Just when you thought there was an app for everything, there’s a new one that lets building tenants operate their elevators remotely from their smartphone or watch. Yes, you read that correctly. Control the elevator from your smartphone. Now what can go wrong with that? Atlanta-based thyssenkrupp Elevator claims their new app reduces elevator traffic […]

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Needle in a Haystack

 Imagine if we were searching for a flight and had to sign in to each of the airlines’ websites, one by one, then enter all our personal details in each site, and only then learn whether a flight was available on a particular day. That’s pretty much the scenario we now face in trying to […]

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Choosing your next TV

 With our spending more time at home and with all the streaming entertainment available, now is a good time to buy a large screen TV (HDTV). New models are being announced, older models are being closed out, and the annual Super Bowl sales are about to begin.  Even without the sales, you can find decent […]

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Clash of the Titans

 Facebook has been relentless in selling our personal information to their customers in order to target us with ads and messaging, some even encouraging people to join groups with like interests, including hate groups. They’ve done this with little opposition as they sweep up more and more of our data, to the point where they’ve […]

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Protecting a new MacBook

 Staying home in voluntary isolation, I’m spending more time than ever with my 13-inch MacBook Pro, purchased earlier this year shortly after it was announced. This is the first MacBook Pro in five years without the unreliable butterfly keyboard design that caused no end of grief for many, including myself. With that change, it’s been […]

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Neil Young Archives – A biased review

 While I frequently review hardware and software products, this week I’m reviewing an incredible website that’s like no other. Full disclosure, its a site I’ve been working on for several years with a talented team and now manage. It’s neilyoungarchives.com,  (abbreviated as NYA) a site whose vision, concept, inspiration, design, scope, and essentially every detail […]

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Tech on the ballot

 I’ve never been a fan of ballot initiatives. They seem like a way for legislatures to avoid doing their job. Too often initiatives are poorly worded, often making you think a yes is a no or no is a yes. But they’re with us for good and the recent election was no exception. There were […]

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Remembrances of Reviews Past

 I want to bring you up to date and provide new information on some of my past reviews and stories. Too often you’ll read early impressions and rarely hear anything further. With more time first impressions often change, the novelty wears off, and new information comes to light. Moving from Cable to Streaming Living with […]

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Don’t fall for Apple’s message: 5G is not a reason to upgrade your iPhone now

 Apple just introduced four new iPhone 12 models, shown in the image below in blue. The major improvement over last year’s models are the inclusion of 5G cellular on all models.  5G promises to speed up data downloads and create the opportunity for new high-bandwidth services such as high resolution music and hi def videos. But […]