Aug
25
Is The Apple HomePod an Alexa Killer?

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That title conjures up images of two smart speakers silently stalking each other, maybe while politely using their natural voices to call out taunting threats. In reality, it's market pressure that's forcing Apple to address the Alexa threat. Currently interred...
Jul
18
The Arrival Of The Samsung Note 8 Causing a Stir.

Countless internet memes were spawned by the Samsung Note 7 battery burn-up enigma. The potentially explode-y batteries were recalled, released back to disturbed owners, then finally recalled permanently. Ever since this story made the news headlines, Samsung executives have been sweating. The release of the mostly trouble-free...
Jul
17
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What ails Samsungs new flagship smartphone? Not much, as it turns out. Consummately attractive by design, the relatively new handheld is loaded with power, thanks to an updated processor. That means 2.35 GHz of raw processing power is under the hood, plus there's an accompanying GPU that's working in tandem with the CPU to throw millions of tiny pixels around the newly...
Oct
18
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Incremental hardware updates are no fun at all. But that's been the trend, of late, with the PS4 Pro designers telling us that we need to follow a less than exciting stopgap approach to gaming. Instead of a major upgrade, a console that ramps up available performance, the technology focuses on a minor upgrade. Why even bother, we hear you ask? Granted, there's...
Oct
18
The Best Legal Kodi Addons

A certain group of unauthorized Addons, you know the ones, have been pushing Kodi into the news headlines. That announcement should fill every fan of this ever-popular open source multimedia package with warm feelings, except that it doesn't. Why doesn't Kodi's newfound place of prominence make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside? Well, that fame is being secured for all the wrong reasons....
Aug
24
Amazon's Dash Wand

Amazon's website classifies the new Dash Wand as a twenty-dollar shopping assistant, a voice-activated gadget that's also designed to scan barcodes. Apparently, not satisfied with taking over your home with the Alexa-equipped Amazon Echo family, the omnipresent online retailer is now targeting your shopping habits. That means you get to put away your online shopping cart for the afternoon while you...
Aug
14
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Maybe it's all of those things to everyone. After all, the device is classed by the Microsoft marketing department as a family. That's a colloquialism that covers a multitude of product placement sins. Perhaps it's best to start over by attaching a branching flow chart to the Surface line. In one branch, the new Surface Pro 5 is a gifted tablet...
Sep
02
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The Arrival of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update Causes a Stir


Knowing everything we do about past updates and patches, the great Microsoft operating system juggernaut should be flying free of OS debilitating problems by now, but that's not what's happening with the much-heralded Anniversary update. Granted, many users breezed...
Sep
02
Reviewing The Galaxy Note 7

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Samsung is back in the black with the Galaxy Note 7, a palm-filling phablet that shares much in common with the electronic manufacturer's flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S7. Arguably, there are many other phones on the market built for giant mitts, but these are considered pretenders to the throne....
May
18
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Smartphone sales are slowing, the tablet market is at a crawl, and everything mobile seems to have plateaued. The LG V10, a premium handset with a rich feature set, pulls out all the stops and does its very best to sidestep this fate by incorporating luxury features. Two front-facing 5-MP cameras capture wide-angle shots. The resulting "selfie" images are fairly sharp but it's the...