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Amazon Fire Phone – Will It Catch Fire?

August 26, 2014 – 11:32 am | Edit Post

What Is It? – The Amazon Fire Phone is a gutsy, innovative smartphone by online retailer Amazon.  It has a handful of unique features that really separate it from the pack.  But it also has …

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Safe Drive Systems RD-140 – Don’t Get Driven To Distraction

August 29, 2014 – 10:50 pm | Edit Post
Safe Drive Systems RD-140 – Don’t Get Driven To Distraction

When I watch automobile commercials these days I confess I get a little safety envy….the wish that I could have some of those really great new safety features such as front end collision avoidance, blind spot detection, lane departure warnings, and others.  But I know full well I can’t afford to get a new car just to get a safer ride.  And while many of these systems are only available in new cars, increasingly some are available in the aftermarket. Among them are rear view backup cameras, sometimes linked to navigation screens,  There’s even an aftermarket night vision system.   Now comes the SafeDrive Systems RD-140.. It claims to be the first after market product offering radar enabled frontal collision avoidance, as well as camera triggered lane departure alerts. Read the full story »

Don’t Get Tripped Up By The Internet Of Things (IoT)

August 28, 2014 – 10:33 am | Edit Post
Don’t Get Tripped Up By The Internet Of Things (IoT)

By Marty Winston
Let me start with something that isn’t connected. I just put a new deadbolt on my front door. It’s a Kwikset Kevo, the model that builds in UniKey technology. Let me take you …

Bring Your Music System Into the 21st Century – Audioengine B1

August 23, 2014 – 1:51 pm | Edit Post
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So here’s the problem.  You’ve got this great legacy music system.  A dynamite set of floor standing speakers you’ve had for years.  Maybe you have a top end amplifier like a Macintosh or Citation.  And …

Moguls Mobile – Celebrity Glitz Meets Mobility

August 22, 2014 – 5:57 am | Edit Post
Moguls Mobile – Celebrity Glitz Meets Mobility

When I started covering this business, the superstars had names like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.  Now, everyone’s getting into the act.  Dr Dre, 50 Cent, and Shark Tank star and FUBU founder Daymond John.  John …

Go Ahead Cars, Talk Amongst Yourselves

August 21, 2014 – 12:02 am | Edit Post

The Federal Government is sending a strong signal that it wants new cars to be able to talk to each other, initially to help prevent accidents at intersections.  This week, the National Highway Traffic Safety …

Jitterbug 5 – Not Everyone Needs (Or Wants) A Smartphone

August 18, 2014 – 12:16 pm | Edit Post
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If you look at the never ending barrage of advertising from the cellular carriers, you might think that everyone on the planet needs to be carrying a smartphone.  But that’s not really the case.  There …

Genealogy:  Tips for when you’re Stuck in the 19th Century

August 15, 2014 – 9:41 am | Edit Post

By Robin Raskin
Founder – Living In Digital Times
My story is not different from thousands of yours.  Srul Avram Yisroel Kvar (or was it Kwar?or Kfare? ) lived in a town called L’Viv  (spelled ten ways …

When She Was Good….. iHealth’s Align Blood Glucometer

August 11, 2014 – 7:54 pm | Edit Post
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I could have titled this “Long Time Coming” with apologies to Richard Farina.  For several years now there’s been plenty of speculation that sooner or later one of the companies in the mobile health space …

Camping Gear From Brooklyn? The Biolite Story

August 1, 2014 – 8:54 am | Edit Post

Heading off to the woods for a camping trip?  The usual way of cooking when you’re backpacking  is to carry some kind of portable stove that probably runs on canisters of propane or other fossil fuel …

Samsung Gear Fit – Fit To Be Tried

July 30, 2014 – 6:39 pm | Edit Post
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The Samsung Gear Fit is designed to be both an activity tracker and a smartwatch.  And while it performs many of the functions you’d expect from both, the combination created some serendipity and some shortcomings.  The …

Meridian Explorer DAC – Worth Exploring

July 28, 2014 – 12:47 pm | Edit Post
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The Meridian Explorer DAC  takes the digital music from your laptop or PC and plays the files in a way that results in a far superior sound to what otherwise comes out of your computer.  The Meridian …