The classically trained pianist and singer's music has been featured on hit TV series "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice" and in Pedro Almodovar's 2011 film "The Skin I Live In." The new album, released … Read more
The year is coming to an end, and of many products I've worked with during 2013, just a handful of them are really memorable because of a unique feature, function, or capability that each possesses. Note that these devices are not necessarily among the best of their type (though most of them are); they are just those I personally find most interesting.
I've listed each product below with the reason that makes each stand out from the pack. This list is sorted in the order in which they were reviewed, with the most recent on top.
Lupe Fiasco, the Grammy-winning, platinum-selling rapper, releases his next record, "Tetsuo and Youth," in early 2014. Fans are getting a taste of the new material on the Tetsuo and Youth preview tour this month.
From the road, the rapper best known for spitting such hits as "Superstar," "The Show Goes On," "Out of My Head," and "Battle Scars" chatted about the new album, the apps he uses on the road, his new health and wellness app, and his top five faves.
While on tour, which apps do you use to … Read more
Imagine spending the winter globetrotting to such exotic locales as Mykonos, St. Tropez, Marrakech, and Ibiza and partying with the likes of Stephanie Pratt from "The Hills," model Elisabetta Canalis, and rapper Tinie Tempah, among a host of local insiders.
This season your champagne wishes and Hvar dreams will finally be realized, guided by travel connoisseur and "Bold and the Beautiful" soap star Jacqueline M. Wood on new series "Party On," which showcases the most exclusive party destinations around the globe. Audience members won't feel left out, since the interactive series encourages plenty … Read more
By now you should have heard about the new 802.11ac (AC for short) wireless standard, which offers up to 1.3Gbps Wi-Fi speed to compatible clients. (If not, check out this post.) Since the new standard is available only on the newer 5Ghz frequency band, all AC routers on the market are true dual-band (also supporting the older 2.4Ghz frequency band) to work with all existing Wi-Fi clients. Most of them are regarded as high-end routers.
In all, AC Wi-Fi is great but not all home routers supporting this new standard are worth your hard-earned cash. Following is … Read more
If you've been frustrated with the cell phone signal -- or more precisely, the lack of one -- in your office building, relief might be on the way.
Ericsson announced today a new method designed to bring cellular signal to even the most hard-to-penetrate parts of a building. Called the Radio Dot System, this system consists of multiple disc-shaped radio broadcasters called Dots. Each Dot can "provide high-quality access to mobile broadband and voice services" for the surrounding area, and multiple Dots can be used together to broaden the coverage indoors.
To be clear, this system is … Read more
Some 5 million veterans in the US are estimated to be suffering from depression, according to the National Science Foundation, and that doesn't take into account the full range of behavioral health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder, general anxiety, and drug abuse.
So a few years back the NSF teamed up with former Navy pilot Rich Gengler and former Army sergeant Justin Savage to launch a free online screening and counseling program called Vets Prevail in an attempt to help veterans transition to life back home. Now, the NSF said the approach is working, with the group reporting a 99.76 percent user satisfaction rate and 98.3 percent efficacy in lowering clinical measures among the 16,000-plus veterans who've gone through the program since its inception three years ago.… Read more
Linksys introduced today at IFA 2013 the latest in its Smart Wi-Fi EA series of home networking devices, the EA6900 true dual-band router.
The new device's marketing name is Linksys Smart Wi-Fi AC1900 router, and the AC1900 hints that it offers a combined speed on both its 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequency bands of up to 1,900Mbps. More specifically, on the 5GHz band, the router offers up to 1,300Mbps when used with 802.11ac-enabled clients, and on the 2.4GHz band it offers up to 600Mbps to supported 802.11n clients.
While the speed of 802.11ac … Read more
If you're looking for the best home broadband speeds, cable Internet service is still the go-to choice for most users. But what many people don't know is that they may be paying more than they need to for cable broadband -- especially if they use the equipment provided by the cable company.
Indeed, many users can save upward of $7 per month -- more than $80 per year -- on their current cable Internet service. To that … Read more
Sometimes more is not better, at least for a while. Case in point: the AiCloud feature of Asus' USB-enabled routers.
In my last review of an the RT-AC66U, I found the device to be one of the best 802.11ac routers on the market, which it still is now. Among other things, the router's USB-connected storage feature was one of the most comprehensive, offering convenient data sharing, media streaming, and so on.,
A month after my review, Asus moved to add even more to the router by introducing the AiCloud feature together with firmware version 3.0.… Read more