Articles in Personal Tech

Lobby Bar – February 5: A Bloody Mess in London, On-Demand Underwear, and Why Scorpions Don’t Like Winter

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Lobby Bar – A Glittering Collection of FBT News and Views
Fight fire with fire. Despite what Punxsutawney Phil predicts, hazardous weather could carry on more months to come, so be sure to check out our ten tips for safe winter driving.  Try to avoid driving on icy roads, but carry a USB-powered flamethrower to help clear the path ahead of you just in case.
Cold-weather arachnida. The Blizzard of 2016 gave …

‘Password’ and ‘123456’ Once Again Top Most Popular Password List for 2015 (So Please Change Yours)

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Choosing a new password is as easy as “123456,” at least for some.
Password management company SplashData released its annual list of commonly used passwords and the company’s findings reveal that computer users not only continue to ignore exhortations from security experts but also ignore the significant publicity that the annual list generates.
The two top passwords on the list are the same as last year’s, namely “123456” and (with apologies to …

Epson WF-100 Wireless Mobile Printer – Review

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With the exception of screen sizes, everything in the tech world seems to be getting smaller these days. Smaller chips, slimmer computers, and thinner tablets are just the beginning. Portability has always been a popular trend, and tech companies are quick to capitalize on the demand by consumers who want to travel lighter.  A printer, however, is one thing that doesn’t immediately come to mind when thinking of portable tech. …

Philips Hue Bridge 2.0 and Apple Homekit – Review

The Apple Homekit-compatible Philips Hue Bridge

When it comes to home automation, there are dozens of products and it takes patience to determine what works with what, with the exception of the Philips Hue line of smart bulbs and, to some extent, Apple Homekit.
The former is a fairly substantial lineup of color-changing LED bulbs, white LED bulbs, controllable dimmer switches, LED lightstrips, and light fixtures with built-in LED bulbs. The latter is not a product but …

Review: Why T-Mobile Is the Best Choice for International Travelers

The Danube River viewed from the ruins of the castle where Richard the Lionhearted was held captive in Dürnstein during the Crusades, sent via T-Mobile from the ruins

Earlier this year, our readers chose T-Mobile USA as the “Best U.S. Mobile Phone Provider for Global Travel,” a sentiment that FBT staffers wholly agreed with as we’ve been T-Mobile customers for over a decade.
Most of the conventional wisdom about international travel with your phone is now obsolete, in many respects thanks to T-Mobile, and using a smartphone abroad – be it for voice calls, texting, or data – is …

Today in Tech History: Hedy Lamarr, Inventor of Spread-Spectrum Technology, Born in 1914

Johann Strauß II in Vienna's Stadtpark, the birthplace of Hedy Lamar

Chances are, you are reading this story on a mobile device, a smartphone, that uses a wireless network to send and receive data.
You have but one person to thank: Hedy Lamarr.
Hedy Lamarr, born in Vienna on November 9, 1914 as Hedwig Maria Eva Kiesler, was much more than a pretty face, much more than a glamorous actress whose career partnered her with Spencer Tracy, Charles Boyer, Robert Young, James Stewart, and …

Motorola Moto X Pure Edition – Review

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I’ll admit it: I’m team Android.  Friends and family, as well as much of the FBT staff, are baffled by my devotion to Apple computers in view of my reluctance to embrace the iPhone.  Having used both Android and iOS platforms extensively, I definitely like the iPhone experience, but I love the variety in Android products and the open interface that the operating system brings.
There are pros and cons to …