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50 Cities Report Record High Temperatures for March

50 Cities Report Record High Temperatures for March

Based on data from the National Climatic Data Center at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, following a winter that was the fourth warmest on record across the U.S., higher than average temperatures were reported in hundreds of cities for the month of March.
More than 50 cities saw the warmest March on record.
The list of major cities breaking high-temperature records includes Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Washington, …

Samsung Galaxy Note Review and Test Report

Samsung Galaxy Note Review and Test Report

Ever since smartphones added touch displays and ditched physical keyboards there has been a steady trend towards increasingly large screens.  With the Galaxy Note, Samsung has presented a serious challenge to all other companies who would dare to compete with them in the phone size race.
It is in many ways a well designed and executed smartphone, but ultimately it is one of the most frustrating mobile devices I have had …

The New Apple iPad: Faster, Sharper, But Thicker – First Review

The New Apple iPad: Faster, Sharper, But Thicker – First Review

Over the past few days, I’ve been thinking about the new third-generation iPad.  No, not about the absence of its name (although, as many have already mentioned, the lack of a “3” gives one pause).  Rather, I’ve been thinking about its size and weight and display, and whether the trade-off is worth it.
Earlier today, thousands of people lined up at stores from Australia to the Zürich to be among the …

Tumi Alpha Garment Carrier – Review

Tumi Alpha Garment Carrier – Review

I’ve never been a big fan of garment bags. I’ve wanted to like them. I’ve tried several different bags over the years but was never satisfied. I see myself more of a traditional packer. Everything neatly folded and placed in luggage.
Recently, I was preparing to embark on a 14-day cruise. It was going to require air travel and had more clothes to take along than usual. I decided that, rather …

Dymo CardScan Executive 800c Business Card Scanner and Software – Review

Dymo CardScan Executive 800c Business Card Scanner and Software – Review

The Dymo CardScan Executive 800c business card scanner, at 6.5 inches long (16.5 cm), 4 inches wide (10.2 cm), 1.5 inches high (3.8 cm), and only 1.23 pounds (.55 kg), is well-suited for the business traveler who receives a lot of business cards, and easily fits into a carry-on. Mine came with Dymo CardScan Executive software (version 8.0.5), an installation guide in seven languages, a USB cable, and is (according …

Verizon FiOS TV and DVR Release 1.9 – Review

Verizon FiOS TV and DVR Release 1.9 – Review

Verizon FiOS (Fiber Optic Service), first introduced in 2004, eschews copper wire in favor of fiber-optic connections that deliver telephone service, Internet, and television programming into home and offices.  I’ve had FiOS for almost four years now and have been far happier with it than any previous such service.
When FiOS was first installed, the first thing I noticed was how clear and sharp the picture on my television set was.  …

Dyson Hot Fan Heater Review

Dyson Hot Fan Heater Review

Space heaters are ubiquitous – and necessary.  One finds them in homes, offices, kiosks, and even hotels.
Space heaters are also source of great concern.  Most people simply don’t feel comfortable leaving a space heater on in an empty room or where pets or children are around, for fear it will fall over and cause harm.
Dyson has applied the same thinking to its Hot fan heater as it did to the …