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13 Crucial Apps for Boosting Work Productivity at Home

Thursday, July 9th, 2015 - by Michael T. Hamilton

Whether you work a 9-to-5 job in a brick-and-mortar building or work from home in an office seated conspicuously close to where your family is living, playing, and napping, who doesn’t want to increase their productivity and efficiency? Here are 13 of the best apps and app-combos I find indispensable to working from home. Most […]

Why I Want to Parent Like Steve Jobs

Monday, June 15th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

One of the first discussions we had as new parents involved how we were going to introduce technology to our child. For my husband, a computer geek and career engineer, the immediate desire was to get his kid pushing buttons fast. Suddenly he was ready to change cell providers just to get a more rugged […]

Inside the Dark and Scary World of Mommy Tech

Friday, May 29th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

“I don’t know how your father and I managed to raise perfectly healthy children without all this stuff.” That was my mother’s reaction to Buy Buy Baby, the suburban megastore modeled after its sister location, Bed Bath & Beyond. We got a kick out of the baby monitors that allow you to speak to your child […]

Your Face Could Be Your Password

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 - by James Jay Carafano

The Day is Coming When Your Body Will be Your Mobile Device By James Jay Carafano Passwords are stupid security. Jimmy Kimmel proved it. Corporate America is frustrated with how dumb we are.  They are busy looking for other ways for you to prove that you are you-before you start using their stuff. The most […]

WATCH: Passover, Rube Goldberg Style

Friday, April 3rd, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Need a way to explain Passover to a kinesthetic learner or future engineer? Check out this video from Israel and you’ll be saying, “L’shana haba b’Technion!” Chag Peseach Sameach!

The Rise of the Robot Employee

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 - by Bonnie Ramthun

President Obama’s new initiative is a higher minimum wage, and if he is successful the result will not be higher-paid employees heading off to work every day. Instead their jobs will be filled by an entirely new sort of worker: Robots. Robots, unlike humans, don’t require pay or sick time or vacations. If they break […]

2 Turtle Doves: A Gift Guide for the Tech-Savvy

Monday, December 23rd, 2013 - by Becky Graebner

Today is Monday, December 23, 2013.  If we were having a literal countdown of the “Twelve days of Christmas” song, we would receive “two turtle doves” today. There are only two days until Christmas! Here is a gift guide for the people on your list who love electronics and gadgets. Audio: Bose:  QuietComfort 15 Acoustic […]

Why You Should Give Yourself A Cable-Free Life For Christmas: Go Roku

Sunday, October 27th, 2013 - by Rhonda Robinson

For most of our adult lives, television at the Robinson household consisted of a large antenna in the attic. We jokingly called it “farm vision.” Then we did what all old people do when their children are grown–we moved into town. I really enjoyed the luxury of cable–that is for about two years. Then I […]

The Future Just Got Closer

Saturday, October 26th, 2013 - by Stephen Green

What to get to go with your 3D printer? A 3D laser scanner, of course. ***** Cross-posted from Vodkapundit

How To Hang Pegboard To Finally Get Your Garage Organized

Thursday, October 17th, 2013 - by Builder Bob

After moving to my new place, I had access to a great studio space. It had cabinets, shelves, and a large counter top work surface. But after my first few projects digging tools out of cabinets, tool cases, and packed boxes I decided it was time to organize my work space more efficiently. Adding Pegboard […]

Hiring the Homeless to Stand in Line for iPhones? Genius!

Monday, September 23rd, 2013 - by Walter Hudson

“That is just wrong,” posted one commenter in response to a story out of Los Angeles which raises vital questions about the morality of the market. From Ubergizmo: A businessman in L.A. took scalping to a whole new level, when he picked up about 100 homeless people from Skid Row in Los Angeles. He promised […]

Will Virtual Reality Make Privacy Obsolete?

Thursday, July 18th, 2013 - by Walter Hudson

As a child, I wanted to be a pilot when I grew up. My dad worked for a major airline as a mechanic and I spent a fair amount of time in and around aircraft as a result. Dad was also a big computer nerd who always had the latest and greatest personal computer in […]

My Secret Method For Getting Rid of That Cat Smell

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 - by Sarah Hoyt

Glenn Reynolds recently linked Althouse reporting on an interview with Patti Smith. The interviewer said the house smelled of cats, and every surface was covered in plastic. This led me to getting lost in the comments with people making all sorts of suggestions, the most prominent of which was “get rid of the cats.” As […]

PlayStation 4: The Good, the Bad, and the Mysterious

Thursday, February 21st, 2013 - by Bryan Preston

On Wednesday Sony announced its next-gen gaming console, the PlayStation 4. Sony expects the new console to be available by the Christmas season of this year and is being coy about the price. When the PS3 arrived, it carried a hefty price tag of about $600, scaring some gamers off for a few months. Rumors […]

Look! It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane…

Saturday, February 9th, 2013 - by Bryan Preston

Today I’m at the Dallas Sci-Fi Expo (which is actually taking place in Irving). Kevin Sorbo and Morena Baccarin will be here today and tomorrow, along with stars from Back to the Future, Battlestar Galactica, Tron, comic book artists, and of course, just about every superhero and villain imaginable. Let’s walk the exhibition floor and […]

Trigger Point Therapy for Relieving Computer Pain

Monday, January 7th, 2013 - by Helen Smith

I am always in pursuit of something to relieve my neck and shoulder pain from the hours I spend at the computer (yeah, I could just stay off but then how would I fill the empty days without my vice?). Anyway, my husband, Glenn, ordered this trigger point foam roller called The Grid. I already […]

TV Be Gone

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012 - by Helen Smith

Have you noticed that everywhere you go now there is a blaring television with the most disturbing news blasting in your ears? I have, and it’s getting really tiresome. I can understand that a sports bar or pub would have a TV for sports or something (though with the PC stuff some of the sportscasters spout […]

Sitting is Bad/Standing is Good? So What?

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 - by Helen Smith

I read the article in the New York Times entitled “Taking a Stand for Office Ergonomics” (thanks to the reader who sent it to me): But a closer look at the accumulating research on sitting reveals something more intriguing, and disturbing: the health hazards of sitting for long stretches are significant even for people who […]

Will the New Kindle Fire HD Be an Improvement?

Friday, September 7th, 2012 - by Helen Smith

I just saw on Amazon that the new Kindle Fire HD will be  available as soon as next week. What caught my eye about the new Kindle was this: Reduced Screen Glare Most tablet displays are made up of two pieces of glass – an LCD on the bottom and a touch sensor on the top, […]

In the Future, Will Sexbots Replace Real Women?

Thursday, July 19th, 2012 - by Helen Smith

Chateau Heartiste (AKA Roissy) has a provocative post called “Porn Is A Portent Of Sexbotopia” that I read with interest: Sexbots. The very word sends chills down the spines of low sexual market value women. They fear competition or, worse, replacement…. Sexbots that can simulate real women are still one silicone foot in the fantasy […]

You Can’t Touch This

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 - by Stephen Green

One of the big selling points of Microsoft’s Surface tablet is that it will run the full Office suite natively. Ars Technica‘s Peter Bright got to take the beta version out for a test drive and discovered — no pun intended — only the surface functions have been touch-optimized: And… that’s about it, the full […]

The Fit Desk

Sunday, July 15th, 2012 - by Helen Smith

My husband Glenn got a FitDesk that lets you exercise while working on your laptop. We finally got around to putting it together (well, he did, sadly, I watched, handed out tools and cleaned up). Anyway, I have had a great deal of hand and back pain from all the time I spend at the […]

The Future of Computers: Goodbye Mouse and Keyboard, Hello Leap Motion

Sunday, July 15th, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

“The Most Important New Technology Since the Smart Phone Arrives December 2012″ from MIT’s Technology Review: By now, many of us are aware of the Leap Motion, a small, $70 gesture control system that simply plugs into any computer and, apparently, just works. If you’ve seen the gesture interfaces in Minority Report, you know what […]

On Atari’s 40th Birthday: The 10 Greatest Atari 2600 Games

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 - by Bryan Preston

On June 27, 1972, Atari Inc. was incorporated in the state of California. That makes today the 40th birthday of the company that pioneered coin-op gaming, and six years later Atari would unleash the Video Computer System, later renamed the 2600.   The console gaming industry was for all intents and purposes born with the […]