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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 …

Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus – Review and First Look

Apple iPhone 6s Plus in gold and 6s in rose gold

In the Appleverse, “s” releases of iPhones are generally incremental, no big deal, a somewhat marginal update.
The 4s (originally the 4S and the “S” stood for Siri, as she was making her first appearance) made its debut in October 2011, 16 months after the 4 was released. It retained the 4’s design, but received an upgrade to the Apple A5 chipset, an improved camera, and an updated operating system (iOS …

Technivorm Moccamaster KBG-741 – Coffee Maker/Brewer Review

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The quest for the best cup of coffee is a never-ending one. You find a machine, fall in love with it, think your quest is over – and then become disillusioned. That is, until now.
I grew up in a household where water was boiled and lovingly poured over ground coffee beans. My parents knew better than to buy and use a percolator – which was all the rage at the …

Apple WatchOS 2 Review and Test Report

WatchOS 2 face with author's favorite photo of Iceland as background

When the Apple Watch first came out in late April, I lusted after the ones other staffers at Frequent Business Traveler had and soon found myself the proud owner of one. Even though it was a first-generation product, it showed enough promise, and had enough functionality over other smartwatches I had used – including the Pebble and a few Android Wear models – that I had to have it once …