Long-time Samsung user’s first 2 months with a Pixel phone

Let me start by saying that I’ve been a devout Samsung phone user since falling in love with the first one back in 2010.  In fact, my last 9 personal phones have been: Samsung Galaxy S Samsung Galaxy S II Samsung Galaxy S III Samsung Galaxy S 4 Samsung Galaxy S 5 Samsung Galaxy S 6 Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Samsung Galaxy S 7 Samsung Galaxy Note 7 I’ve had experience with many of the Nexus phones as well.  Each […]

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Android Wear 2.0 and the LG Watch Sport

After having 3 other watch wearables in the past few years, I decided to try the new LG Watch Sport with Google’s new Android Wear 2.0 operating system. With my other watches, my favorite feature was simply the notifications.  I love not having to get my phone out of my pocket to see who is calling or texting me.  That feature alone will keep me looking for the perfect watch. My new watch offers many […]

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Google found a place in my Home

I’ve had an Amazon Echo (Alexa) in my house for quite a while.  One of “Alexa’s” biggest disappointments is her lack of knowledge.  Often, after hearing Alexa say “I’m sorry, I don’t understand the question you asked.”, I found myself turning to Google on my phone for the answer. The Google Home is an Echo-like assistant for your home that has the knowledge base of Google behind it.  I can also control my IoT devices like […]

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Watering your lawn using Rachio Smart Sprinkers

Upgrading my “dumb sprinkers” to Rachio’s smart spinklers was a great thing for me to do.  Here are the 4 reasons why: 1 – It’s Easy to Program It is so much easier to use a computer or smartphone to program the timers and/or control the sprinklers.  It’s fast, simple and I can do it from anywhere. 2 – It Knows More than I do The Rachio timer is connected to the internet so it knows when it is […]

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The Amazing Amazon Echo

The Amazon Echo was quite a surprise when it was released in late 2014.  A smart speaker/virtual assistant that works with your voice.  Even though it’s a pretty cool device, it took a while to gain popularity.  This was partly because it wasn’t available to the general public for the first 6-months or so. I’ve grown to really love it.  The array of mics around the top of the Echo allows the device to know where […]

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The Pains of Supporting Crowdfunded Projects

In recent years crowdfunding has become a pretty big thing.  Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the internet. I’ve never started a crowdfunding project myself but I have a few friends who have found a lot of success using it as a funding method.  I’ve also created videos for crowdfunded campaigns.  Most crowd funded campaigns have […]

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WeMo Light Switch by Belkin

About 6 months ago, I installed WeMo light switches in my house.  These switches allow you to control your lights a number of new ways: Using your Smartphone Set to a Timer Using your Computer Using your Voice with help by the Amazon Echo or other service Old fashion way using your finger on the switch For the most part, they work great.  They connect to your home network through your Wifi connection. There are […]

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Canon’s New Flagship 1D X Mark II

I’ve been using Canon’s new Flagship DSLR for the past few months for both video production and photography.  The Canon 1D X Mark II is quite an amazing camera.  It shoots up to 16 frames-per-second which is why it was a favorite camera for the professionals shooting the Olympics in Brazil this summer.  The ability to shoot that fast can help you capture the exact moment the athlete crosses the finish line.  While I have not used it […]

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Can’t Twitter just be Twitter?

Some people get twitter.  Some people don’t.  Whether you use it or not, with over 300 million active users and over 350,000 tweets per minute, it is a social media powerhouse. For anybody who isn’t familiar, twitter is a social network where users can share short (140 character maximum) thoughts called tweets.  Users can follow and reply to other user’s tweets. The big problem that Twitter has is that it isn’t growing.  Investors like growth. […]

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