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Report from CES: Home Theater, Bluetooth, and Car Tech

Report from CES: Home Theater, Bluetooth, and Car Tech

For much of the northern hemisphere, January means snow, frigid temperatures, and cancelled or delayed flights.  To the tech enthusiast, however, January is a month that ushers in some of the most anticipated gadgets of the year at Las Vegas’ annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
As always, the weeklong tech extravaganza has seen the debut of dozens of new gizmos and gadgets, many of which are prototypes or yet-to-be-released products.  We’re …

2013 Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide

2013 Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Unique Gift Ideas for the Holidays
Still searching for just the right gift? It isn’t too late because we’ve already found it for you.
From an Apple iPad Air to a Tumi toiletry bag, here are gifts that the frequent traveler in your life will appreciate.
Apple iPad Air
Four words will come to mind the first time you use the new Apple iPad Air: thinner, lighter, faster, and better.  While it isn’t all …

HP EliteBook 2170p Laptop Computer – Review

HP EliteBook 2170p Laptop Computer – Review

For the first time in a long while, I found myself using a laptop other than my Lenovo ThinkPad, and I came to realize that I have long been overdue for an upgrade.  The HP EliteBook 2170p proved to be a worthy contender, as it included many new features that I had missed out on during the previous generation of personal computers.
One adjective seems to be used most often whenever …

T-Mobile Worldwide Free Data Roaming – Review and Report

T-Mobile Worldwide Free Data Roaming – Review and Report

While European regulators in particular have been struggling to lower roaming charges for Europeans traveling in other countries, T-Mobile, a U.S.-based telecom company, beat everyone to the punch and not only lowered data and text roaming charges, but eliminated them completely for its customers.
Americans take roughly 30 million trips overseas each year, and many come back not only with souvenirs but with large and unexpected bills from their mobile operators.
As …

Apple iPhone 5s Two-Month Review and Test Drive

Apple iPhone 5s Two-Month Review and Test Drive

Apple’s newest flagship smartphone, the 5s, is going to be turning two very soon; two months that is.  Introduced at the same time as the 5c, essentially the existing 5 with colorful new case options, Apple sold nine million in the first three days the phones were on sale.  Apple simultaneously introduced a completely redesigned mobile operating system, iOS 7, and reported over 200 million downloads of the OS in …

Motorola Moto X Smartphone – Review

Motorola Moto X Smartphone – Review

Many industry enthusiasts knew that Google had something up its sleeve when the tech giant acquired Motorola in 2011.  Many went as far as to predict that Google would use Motorola to market its own Android phone.  And they were right; two years later, the Moto X was announced and released to the public.  Let’s take a look at why the Moto X is unlike just about every other smartphone …

Windows 8.1: Microsoft Puts Start Button Back But Problems Remain

Windows 8.1: Microsoft Puts Start Button Back But Problems Remain

Microsoft introduced its Windows 8 operating system one year ago and trumpeted its many features, including the fact that it didn’t have or need the start button that had been ubiquitous in earlier versions. On Thursday, the Seattle-based software company retreated from its previous position and put the missing button back.
At its launch, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer optimistically said that “Windows 8 brings together the best of the PC and …