2014

EDITORIAL: Phonepocalypse

What you see above was Apple’s first mobile device, the Newton. It didn’t work very well and didn’t sell very well either but it was the basis of a whole generation of “personal digital assistants” that…

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Building the city of the future

You read that right, Qatar is planning on building a multi-billion dollar city to host the 2022 World Cup. The city, Lusail, is set to be complete by 2020 which is a very short time…


Can an Alkaline Battery Be Recharged?

I’ve heard about this for years and always assumed that since the chemistry was not designed for recharging, any claim that this could be done was just so much hot air. A few months ago…


EDITORIAL: I hate microUSB

Despite the fact that I am an Apple user, I find myself overrun with microUSB cables and devices. It’s the go-to charging cable for just about everything in my life with the exception of those Apple…


The future of batteries

It’s no secret battery life is one of the limiting factors in smartphones and other hand-held devices. The current standard, lithium-ion, batteries have been in use for 25 years now and their lifespan is limited….


Are you using too much power on your desktop?

Electricity isn’t free… but chances are you knew that. All things considered, though, it’s not really that expensive either. We are lucky to live in an age full of electronic wonders, and although they are beholden…



Which HD BLADE antenna is for you?

There are so many if you search at SolidSignal.com… it’s hard to know which one is right for you. Let’s break it down by your main choices, rather than list all 65 or so. That might make…



The iView 3500STBII Revisited

In April 2014, I wrote a short, quick review of the iView 3500STBII in iView 3500STBII Quick Review. Since that time I’ve picked up a second iView 3500STBII and have been using it on a different…



SECRET USE for the DIRECTV GENIEGO 2

If you have the new generation GenieGO 2 there’s one trick you probably didn’t know it would do. You can put the GenieGO 2 in place of your DECA Broadband or Cinema Connection Kit and it will…


Why Protect Your Home with CCTV?

“It won’t happen to me!!” Famous last words, when it comes to home break in’s. Check out these eye opening facts… The U.S. leads the world in break-ins In 2010, there were an estimated 2,159,878 burglaries…