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Review: ResMed AirMini Portable CPAP Machine

Sleep apnea is a medical condition that afflicts more than 18 million adults causing them to stop breathing for at least ten seconds many times an hour. It is easily treated at home with a bedside machine and related accessories that are prescribed by a doctor and commonly covered by health insurance plans.
Note the key word in the preceding paragraph: “home.”
A close family member was recently diagnosed with sleep apnea …

Apple CarPlay to Get Lane Guidance, Speed Limit Info, Alternative Routes in iOS 11 But Here’s What Else We Want

It fell to me, the sole Android user on staff, to put together a dispassionate wish list for new features in CarPlay when Apple launches its iOS 11 operating system come fall. Some of the more rabid CarPlay fans here at Frequent Business Traveler, including FBT Editorial Director Jonathan Spira and News Editor Paul Riegler among them, didn’t shy away from telling me what they thought.
If you’re not familiar with …

Five Cameras That Changed History and Made Photography What It Is Today

While, thanks to the built-in cameras in our smartphones, more photographs are taken today than ever before, photography was at one time an activity that was done only on a special occasion and carried with it a significant cost.
Photo historian Jonathan Spira, FBT’s editorial director and a co-author of “The History of Photography,” named a best book of the year by the New York Times, takes a snapshot (yes, pun …

3 Tips to Keep Your iPhone or Android Smartphone Charged During the Day

Today’s smartphones have so many apps running in the background that sometimes it’s just a matter of hours before a user goes in search of a place to refresh the battery charge.
Here are three tips that will ensure your device is charged and still good to go at the end of the day.
1.) Carry a portable charger.
Instead of spending time searching for an outlet or putting your smartphone in a …

Dear Selfie Taker: Please Don’t Break the Artwork or Kill Yourself

The recent news that a woman in Los Angeles had knocked over 11 crowned pedestals, part of an art installation by Simon Birch, while taking a selfie came as little surprise to those who experience a type of Schadenfreude around selfies, selfie sticks, and the problems they occasion.
As Jonathan Spira noted in these pages two years ago, selfies, and by extension selfie sticks, can be dangerous to both the photographer …

Review and Test Report: Amazon Dash Wand with Alexa 2.0

If you’ve heard of Amazon’s Alexa and been curious to test-drive the voice-driven service, the company now offers an Alexa device that is essentially free for the taking.
The Amazon Dash Wand is a small (5.6” x 1.2” x 0.8” or 142 x 30.5 x 20.3 mm) handheld device that includes a speaker, microphone, and barcode scanner. Alexa, which is also the voice service in the Amazon Echo, powers it, albeit …

Happy Birthday! After 1 Billion Sold, The iPhone Turns 10

Ten years ago today, on June 29, 2007, the first iPhone went on sale. The move followed the January 2007 introduction at Macworld where the late Steve Jobs told the world he was introducing three products.
“An iPod, a phone, and an internet communicator. Are you getting it? These are not three separate devices,” Jobs said at the time. “This is one device.”
Despite the iPhone’s early limitations, the first-generation virtual …