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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….

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EDITORIAL: The singularity

Great, another thing to worry about. You know about global climate change, genetically modified food, and the threat posed by an ever-increasing number of Kardashians. Unless you’re very tech savvy, you may not know about the…


EDITORIAL: Enough stuff to charge already

Sure we’d love it if you would consider this cool charging station. But unless it’s going in an emergency kit, you have to be pretty hard core to need to charge 5 devices. But more and more…


Amazon 4K comes to Samsung TVs

4K streaming is coming sooner than you think, as early as October Amazon Instant Video could start streaming 4K. With one catch, they will only be streaming to Samsung UltraHD TVs. The announcement came from…


Get back to school!

Back to school, and we all know what that means… New gadgets! We’ve been waiting patiently all year for this season, back to school electronics. I’ll list a few of my favorite here in this…


CEDIA Show Floor Wrapup

My feet are sore and I think I caught a cold. But it was worth it to get all the skinny for you, my loyal Solid Signal Blog readers, as I scoured the CEDIA EXPO in…


CTIA 2014 Wrapup

One and done. Our time at CTIA 2014 was short, but oh did we get to see a whole bunch of stuff. In a lot of ways, it was a condensed version of CES, just without…



PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Startech HDMI VGA Adapter

The cure for old monitors. Ever since VGA was introduced in the late 1980s on IBM’s PS/2 line, that 15-pin connector with the blue plastic cover has been the ultimate standard. Plugging in a monitor…



EDITORIAL: Have we reached “peak gadget?”

Yeah, I’m making up a new term. It’s like “peak oil,” that theoretical point where our demand for oil permanently outstrips the amount we can take out of the ground. It’s an indication that we’ve innovated…



Here’s what that new USB connector will look like

Smaller than MicroUSB and more powerful. That’s the message from the USB Promoter Group who have finally finalized their Type C connector. It looks to be a little smaller than MicroUSB, or about the size of a Lightning…