Articles in Personal Tech

Aging Boeing 737 in Cuba Crash Had Strong Safety Record, Unlike the Airline Operating It

The Boeing 737-200 that crashed shortly after taking off from Aeropuerto Internacional José Martí in Havana was one of the oldest passenger airliners still in operation and was believed to be airworthy although questions remain about the operator of the flight, a little-known Mexican charter company hired by Cubana de Aviación.
Founded in 1929, the story of Cubana de Aviación, Cuba’s flagship carrier, mirrors that of the island nation. As so …

Hello? It’s Me, Robocaller. Here Are 3 Tips to Combat the Machines

The ingenuity of the presumed humans behind robocalls oftentimes seems boundless, a fact that is small comfort to the humans whose mobile phones and legacy (landline) instruments are flooded by call after call.
Just to review, in case you’ve been on an extended Martian holiday, a robocall is a phone call placed by computer to deliver either a human being or a sometimes interactive pre-recorded message. They are typically associated with …

Credit Card Signatures Prepare to Face Their Maker

For years, I’ve made what I consider to be artistic drawings when asked to sign a credit card receipt, instead of actually penning my signature. Occasionally I’ll resort to “M Mouse” or “Max und Moritz” and I gave one cashier a laugh when I digitally signed Happy Halloween on October 31 and it popped up on her screen. The same goes for checks, yet no one at …

Major Developers Are Discontinuing Their Apple Watch Apps But That’s Not Necessarily a Bad Thing

When Apple introduced the Apple Watch in April 2015, iPhone developers couldn’t wait to get onto the Apple Watch bandwagon. It was like being seen at the right table at 21 but sometimes it didn’t make sense to be there in the first place.
Now developers are recognizing that it isn’t necessarily appropriate to invest the resources to maintain a separate Apple Watch app versus merely allowing users to get notifications …

8 Tips to Prevent Fraud and Identity Theft

Everyone is vulnerable to identity theft but frequent travelers are even more so. With yet another data breach making the headlines on an almost bi-weekly basis, it pays to assess how vulnerable you are and take measures to limit exposure.
Remember, your personal information can be compromised in a number of ways, not just via a data breach. Criminals use social engineering techniques such as phishing and spoofing that cause some …

Lobby Bar – March 16: Super-Powered Editors, Drive with the Beatles, Smart Stoves, Fly for Free

Lobby Bar – The Only Meeting Place That Makes You Question Your Existence
What-er? Put down that water bottle; turns out there may be some unwanted surprises inside. The special ingredients will give consumers some rare superpowers, but they won’t necessarily be all that great. Sure, some people might join the ranks of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but then again you have the case of FBT’s Anna Breuer, who grew …

Review: August Smart Lock Pro – Third Time’s the Charm

Thanks in part to the many cars that have keyless access, I’ve been a big fan of the very same feature for my home. I first installed the original August Lock in 2015, exactly ten years after taking delivery of my first BMW equipped with such access.
When August introduced a lock with Homekit support, I purchased that model from Amazon and was henceforth able to use my Apple Watch to …