Rick Broida

Kindle Fire HD 6 Review: Shocking Secrets of the $99 Tablet

Kindle Fire HD 6 Citron

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Author Rick BroidaRick Broida

Holding Amazon’s baby tablet, the Kindle Fire HD 6, in my hand, I’m instantly struck by this thought: The screen is just half an inch larger than that of my iPhone 6 Plus. Half an inch! In other words, it’s not far off from being able to slip into my pocket. In fact, I just […]

The Best Apple News Today is Not the iPad Air 2 or Mini 3

iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3

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Author Rick BroidaRick Broida

iPads are too damn expensive. There, I said it. Oh, wait, I’ve been saying that for years. How you can justify paying $399 for an iPad Mini when an Amazon Kindle Fire HD starts at $139? Or $499 for the entry-level iPad Air when Google’s (admittedly unexciting) Nexus 9 goes for $100 less? Today, as you […]

The Nexus 9 is here! The Nexus 9 is here! (Meh.)

Google-Nexus-9

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Author Rick BroidaRick Broida

Just a day before Apple takes the wraps off what is rumored to be a new iPad, Google trotted out some new hardware of its own: the Nexus 6 smartphone, Nexus Player streaming box, and, of particular interest to yours truly, a new tablet — the Nexus 9. Why the interest? It’s been nearly two […]

How to Edit Video without Spending a Fortune

CyberLink PowerDirector 13

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Author Rick BroidaRick Broida

What a time to be an amateur videographer. I don’t care if you’re a kid making stop-motion animation movies with your Lego figures or an aspiring Abrams hoping to go viral on YouTube. The tools you need to make sweet vids have never been cheaper, easier, or more abundant. Allow me a brief “back in my […]

A Cheap and Easy Halloween Costume for Tech Geeks

Tech Support Man

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Author Rick BroidaRick Broida

You know the old saying: The geeks shall inherit the earth! Or at least win Halloween, provided they dress accordingly. As a card-carrying geek myself, I often struggle with what to wear on October 31 — or, more often, to the parties that precede it. Sure I could go with an obvious choice — a Starfleet […]

Five Seriously Awesome Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

Podcasts

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Author Rick BroidaRick Broida

I’m extremely fortunate because my commute to work involves nothing more than a flight of stairs. If you’re not so lucky, you’ve probably wished for something — anything — to help you pass the time. Long drives, traffic jams, road work — it’s enough to make you spend money on audiobooks! Before you open your […]

Ting: A Dirt-Cheap Service Option for Your iPhone 5, 5c, or 5s

Ting iPhone 5c and 5s

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Author Rick BroidaRick Broida

Stop the madness! No, I don’t mean allowing Michael Bay to make movies, though we as a society should be taking a very serious look at that. The madness I’m referring to: paying too much for phone service. Specifically, it’s a common misconception that once your smartphone is out of contract, you have to keep paying […]

Five Easy Ways to Improve Your Smartphone Selfies

Credit: Kevin Dooley, https://www.flickr.com/photos/pagedooley/

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Author Rick BroidaRick Broida

Chances of the new ABC sitcom “Selfie” surviving more than six episodes: slim. Chances of you looking less blurry, overexposed, and/or duck-faced in your next selfie: 100 percent — if you read on. Selfies may be fun, spur-of-the-moment snapshots of one or more mugs, but they’re still photos, and therefore can benefit greatly from some […]

Five More Tech Freebies You Won’t Want to Miss

Microsoft Store free tech support

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Author Rick BroidaRick Broida

No, you’re not experiencing deja vu, but there’s definitely something familiar about that headline. Ah, right: A few weeks back I shared five new tech freebies you won’t want to miss. Good news: most of them are still available. Better news: I’ve rounded up five more. Because, let’s face it, short of a free lunch and […]

With New Kindle Fires, Amazon Totally Wins the Tablet Wars

Kindle Fire HD 6 and HD 7

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Author Rick BroidaRick Broida

It’s over. I’m calling it for Amazon. Yesterday, the company added four new Kindle Fire tablets to an already impressive lineup. (Two new Kindle e-readers, too, but I’ll come back to those.) With more features and mostly lower prices, there’s just no way a sane person could ever opt for an Apple iPad. Thus endeth the […]

Which Watch: The Moto 360 Now or Apple Watch Next Year?

Moto 360 side by side

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Author Rick BroidaRick Broida

Friends, Romans, countrymen — lend me your wrists. Also, your wallets. Because if you want a smartwatch, it’s gonna cost you. The new Motorola Moto 360 runs $250 with a leather band or $300 with a steel one, while Apple’s just-announced Apple Watch will start at $349 — and heaven knows how far it’ll skyrocket […]

Six Smartphones That Cost Less Than the iPhone 6

Huawei Ascend G7

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Author Rick BroidaRick Broida

If you’re anything like me, well, seek therapy. Seriously, though, if you’re anything like me, you were pretty excited to see Apple unveil two new iPhones a couple days ago: Big and Bigger, otherwise known as the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. You were less excited, though, about the pricing: $199 and $299 for a […]

Six Secrets of the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

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Author Rick BroidaRick Broida

It’s official: the iPhone 6 exists. And so does its bigger brother, the iPhone 6 Plus. Apple just about melted the Internet yesterday with news of the two new models, a new mobile-payments system, and the biggest attack on your wrist since the Swatch watch. Of course, with so much information flying so fast and […]

The New Moto G: Shut Up and Take My Money, Motorola!

New Moto G in hand

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Author Rick BroidaRick Broida

Earlier today, Motorola took the wraps off a bunch of new products, included a souped-up Moto X, the breathlessly awaited Moto 360 smartwatch, and the successor to one of the top-selling smartphones of 2014: the Moto G. Let me cut right to the chase. If you’re thinking of buying a new smartphone, buy the new […]

Five New Tech Freebies You Won’t Want to Miss

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Author Rick BroidaRick Broida

Regular Scratch readers know of my affinity for all things free, whether it’s an app bundle or a Microsoft Office alternative or two months of audiobook service Audible.  Sure, sure, smiles and hugs and the smell of freshly baked bread are pretty good, too, but they’re not quite so thrilling as free stuff. With that […]

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