10 Years ago this past November Amazon released the first Kindle, which brought e-ink to the mainstream and forever changed the face of reading.
Actually, it didn’t quite happen like that, at least in part because the hardware was sub-par, oh, and a little something called the iPad was released 3 years later. But, even prior to the release of the iPad, the tablet market was rapidly expanding and, much like phones had done the years prior, users and developers alike worked to find as many uses for tablets as possible. This, whether fortunately or unfortunately, included the development of Amazon’s Kindle app which in effect competed with the Kindle. In 2009, Barnes and Noble released the Zune (I mean the Nook) which stole a small segment of the market, but still, the Kindle never really took off except with hard-core readers. Continue reading
I’ve had the pleasure of using two amazing phones over the last couple months; the iPhone X and the Google Pixel 2 XL. Both are fantastic phones; both are very fast and both have exceptional user experiences that are everything you’d expect out of flagship smartphones. My goal is to lay out the positives and negatives for each device in as many areas of use as possible—to better inform you as you consider making a major purchase. Continue reading
In the growing Smart Home market we are seeing with each month more major products that start from a “smart first” perspective—meaning specifically, primary devices that are intended to do some basic function (wash your clothes, vacuum your house, etc.), and also have smart capabilities to go along with them. For instance, think about the Philips Hue line of light bulbs, which are lights first before anything else, and they also happen to connect to your wireless network for something better. In contrast, some manufacturers are releasing adapter kits for standard light sockets that allow you to take a “dumb” light bulb and make it a smart one. Continue reading
While the audiophiles out there may scoff at the mere existence of a small, highly mobile, wireless ear bud that requires a special case just to charge it, there is no denying that truly wireless ear buds are becoming more and more popular with each passing month. No, Apple wasn’t the first to do it, not even the first to do it well, but man oh man did they do it well. And, we’ve seen the typical post-Apple-success market spike with truly wireless earbuds over the last several months, with more and more players coming into the space. Continue reading
Why do we always have to be so serious about everything? Nearly every time I visit the Target or Toys R Us toy aisles, I (for the most part) resist the urge to buy a new Nerf gun, or a small inexpensive drone. I resist because, as much as I love being a kid again, I know the generally overpriced slab of plastic is only going to make me happy for the 10 minutes immediately following opening it, which of course is in the car on the way home and no later. (Side note: this is why you only make those purchases when you’re with someone else, so they can drive and you can get that quick toy fix.) Continue reading