App Guide: Get (Remote) Control of Your Home Devices with These Apps

You know all of these remote controls? Yeah. They can get completely out of hand/lost in couch or elsewhere. Consider this: I have one for the TV, one for Blu-Ray/DVD player, one for Roku, one for the soundbar – even one for the HD receiver to get local TV transmisions so I can watch Under […]


Top Seven Traveling Tech Tips for Spring Break 2015

Spring break is upon many and depending on your phase of life, that can mean anything from a short road trip to flying across the country or to a foreign land. There’s no better time than now to consider these seven simple (and very important) traveling tech tips (spring break edition). Load up on the […]


Review: High-Quality Videos Sans High Costs with Sony HDR-CX240

If you’re not trying to be the next Steven Spielberg and have video needs more like mine (meaning you occasionally say “Man, where’s the video camera when you need it?”), then Sony has what you just might need. The Sony HDRCX240/B Video Camera with 2.7-inch LCD screen is about as simple (and cheap, $228 at […]


Apps: Sling TV Might Be the Scissors to Cut the Cable Cord

(Updated: April 3, 2015) The lack of live sports and news is often cited by those holding out on cutting the cable cord as the big missing piece of the streaming media puzzle, but (and to borrow a beloved sports metaphor) the new Sling Television app could be a big game changer. Simply put, Sling […]


Audio Review: Dude, Where’s My Fugoo?

According to the press kit pics, the Fugoo Bluetooth speaker is designed mostly for use by beautiful people at beach-like settings and/or ON surfboards. Conversely, I am more likely to use it while mopping the kitchen or re-grouting the tile in my bathroom or pretty much anything other than surfing. Still, I can’t help but be impressed by […]

Either the best press photo or the worst

Smartphone Review: Ryobi’s High Tech Home Improvement Gadgets

Tool giant Ryobi knows tools and just about everyone knows smartphones, so it only makes sense to try and marry the two – and that’s exactly what the company aims to do with its new Ryobi Phone Works line. The idea is simple enough: your smartphone (iOS or Android) serves as the brain for a […]

Ryobi Phone Works Line

Audio Review: Audioengine’s Classy B2 Bluetooth Speaker

My house is usually full of music in one way, shape, or form. And since the music more oft than not consists of the jazz greats, I’m always on the hunt for the best ways to hear the vast dynamic range of Louis Armstrong hitting the highest trumpet notes and Charles Mingus’ low bass – […]

Audioengine B2 (Walnut)

Drone Review: DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter with Zenmuse H3-2D 3-Axis Gimbal

When it comes to tech, 2015’s hottest gizmo so far this year is the personal drone. It’s only the end of January and they’ve been making more headlines than any other piece of tech gear, for better or worse. I’ve jumped into the drone pool already, taking a chance on adding a big ticket item to […]


Streaming Media: Google Chromecast vs. Roku Stick

The idea behind Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player is enticing – broadcast to your HDTV whatever you would watch on your smartphone or tablet, from Netflix and Hulu to movies, music, and photos stored on your computer.  After six months of frustration with it, however, I know for sure of just about one thing […]


You Gotta See This: The Best Monitor Deal Around

Picked up a MacMini today. It’s a terrific little computer. I got the 2.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, which sells for $694. I’ll dedicate it to be used for Quickbooks and a couple of other programs. With a terabyte of storage and 8 Gigs of RAM, it will serve us well. But what really has […]


Break Your Paper Addiction: The Best in Scanners

The dream for many is to go paperless and thanks to advances in scanner technology, it’s a lot closer to reality now than ever before. I have some recommendations that can help you digitize that mountain of paper that surrounds you. There’s always something in real life that we want to bring into our digital […]

Going paperless: The best in scanners

Review: Don’t Run Out of Battery Juice

Power. We all need more of it.

I used to run out of juice about 4 p.m. most days on my iPhone. About an hour later, the tablet died.

No longer. I carry back up.

That’s because with so many of us using smartphones and tablets all day long and more and more USB devices becoming “necessities” for daily life, the standard batteries that accompany our gadgets just don’t cut it for all-day use.


The Mophie

That’s why I always carry the Mophie Powerstation Duo External 12000 mAh Battery.

The Powerstation Duo was developed to ensure you have enough power to keep them fully charged when you need it most. You can charge your phone and tablet together or share a port with a friend in need when outlets aren’t an option. You can get eight phone chargings from a single charge to the Mophie.

It’s the most powerful battery pack on the market, yet it easily fits on a backpack or briefcase. About $129 on Amazon.

Review: Wilson Electronics Sleek 4G Cell Phone Signal Booster

I do a lot of traveling around the country in an RV. In addition to this blog, I am a travel writer, freelance journalist, and I have to constantly be connected to the Internet. Many of the places I go have marginal cellular coverage. That’s where the Wilson Sleek 4G Cell Phone Booster comes in so […]