iPod Classic

by Jonathan Spira
iPod Classic

The Apple iPod is unquestionably the most popular MP3 player to hit the market, with 71% of market share, according to the NPD Group.
So what could Apple do to improve the world’s favorite music player as it continues to define the portable music player? Quite a bit, it turns out.
For starters, the 80 Gbyte iPod Classic ($249) is thinner than its 60 Gbyte predecessor. The 160 Gbyte ($349), only slightly …

T-Mobile Hotspot @Home

by Jonathan Spira
T-Mobile Hotspot @Home

The landline phone, while nowhere near extinction, is something that fewer and fewer people rely on.  Where are all of your phone numbers stored? Your mobile phone, of course.  How do your friends reach you? Same answer. Besides, you can’t send a text message to a landline phone.
But what if your mobile phone gets poor reception at home or the plan you are currently on doesn’t support hours of catching …

Wi-Fi Alert for Business Travelers

by Jonathan Spira
Wi-Fi Alert for Business Travelers

The free Wi-Fi hotspot you just logged into in the hotel lobby to read your e-mail, conduct your banking, or read the news wasn’t necessarily a nice amenity provided by the hotel.  In fact, it might have been operated by the well-dressed gentleman sitting beside the potted palm.  While you sent your confidential proposal, he was collecting people’s credit cards numbers, user names, and passwords, all while enjoying the ambiance …

Trying to Like the Amazon Kindle

by Jonathan Spira
Trying to Like the Amazon Kindle

If you are looking for an electronic book reader, the Amazon Kindle is head and shoulders above the competition. But the question really is, do you want an electronic book reader.
I really wanted to like the Kindle, with its E Ink high resolution display that gives an almost print-like appearance, free wireless connectivity (limited to the U.S. because it uses Sprint’s EVDO network, and post modern interpretation of, well, a …

Google Maps Send to Car

by Jonathan Spira
Google Maps Send to Car

GOOGLE MY CAR
With increasing delays at airports (both due to security, weather, and, more recently, entire fleets of aircraft grounded due to safety compliance checks), more business travelers are taking to the road in lieu of flying.  Now you can use Google to send your destination(s) to your car’s satellite navigation system as well.
Introduced by BMW in early 2007 in European markets, both Mercedes-Benz USA and BMW of North America …

Cradlepoint PHS300

by David Goldes

Sometimes, when you are out of the office, you just need Wi-Fi.  While mobile broadband service (which can come built into laptops or separately as a USB stick or USB modem) provides reasonably fast service, it typically serves only one computer at a time.   For groups or families travelling, off-site meetings, and even emergency back-up in the office, the ability to fire up a WLAN (wireless local area network) can …

Belkin Wi-Fi Phone for Skype

by Jonathan Spira
Belkin Wi-Fi Phone for Skype

Skype is a great way to keep in touch when travelling, given the fact that some international calls are actually free (to other Skype users); other calls are a few cents per minute.  But using Skype usually meant using your laptop and plugging in a headset or, at home, using an adapter permitting the connection of a landline phone.  What if someone were to marry the convenience of a mobile …