Written By:Rick Broida3.03.15Did you ever notice that on "Star Trek," Kirk and the gang never had to worry about a dead battery in their tricorders and communicators? That's because they lived in the 23rd frickin' century, when battery technology was good for more than a single day's worth of missions.Needless to say, this ain't the 23rd century. No matter how good the battery in your phone, it's not nearly good enough. That's why most folks turn to
Written By:Nick von Keller2.18.15You've got a printer, a speaker set, a scanner, an external hard drive – but you can't shake that sinking feeling that you're wasting those last few USB ports on your computer. Well it's time to put them to use, as long as the word "use" is defined very broadly.USB Fondue PotTired of having to walk away from your computer every time you want fondue? Tell me about it! With the Fundue you can melt all the Alpine cheeses and bulk Belgian
"Microsoft" and "free" in the same sentence? As a general rule, not so much.
So it was with a mix of surprise, skepticism, disbelief, and, ultimately, joy that I discovered this: Microsoft is giving away 100 MP3 albums.
Let me clarify that a bit. Microsoft is giving away complete albums, new and older pop music alike, with no strings attached. Not even DRM: These are unrestricted MP3s you can listen to on the device(s) of your choice.
I don't know who accidentally ingested
Ever since phone makers started building front-facing cameras into their handsets, people
have been snapping "selfies." But only when some yutz coined that term last year did the
selfie backlash begin.
Frankly, I don't think the picture itself is the problem. It's the process of taking them that
Think about it: Using just one hand, you have to hold your phone at arm's length, then
tap the screen or a button to trigger the shutter. That seemingly simple action often results
in a slight jarring of the phone, which can lead to a blurry image. And how often do you
screw up your carefully staged camera angle at the same time?
This is, suffice it to say, a first-world problem, but it's also one with a solution: HISY, a
remote camera trigger that let's you snap hands-free photos. (Well, sort of. Read on.)
Summertime is nearly upon us, and for most folks that means travel. Whether you're packing up the minivan for a cross-country road trip or hopping a flight to visit far-flung family, you'll want to throw a few key tech tools into your bag.
MyCharge Peak 6000
The last thing you need during a trip is for your phone or tablet to run out of juice. The MyCharge Peak 6000 is a portable power supply with built-in connectors for the most common gear—and a USB port for the less-common stuff.
The half-pound Peak packs enough mobile power to charge not only small devices like phones and Bluetooth headsets, but also larger tablets like the iPad. I've been using one for months, and it has quickly become my most indispensable travel accessory. Read my original review if you want to learn more.
The Peak 6000 lists for $99.99, but AT&T currently has it on sale for $69 shipped.
So you tweet, right? I mean, who doesn't tweet these days? But isn't it sometimes just annoying that when you go to read your friends' tweets that you have to, like, actually read them and stuff? I mean, it's so tedious! It would be so great if you could just have a friend sitting beside you, reading the tweets to you, so that you could get on to more important tasks in your life.