This week, Google decided that some people were giving Google Glass such a bad name that it had to release an official guide to good behavior. That got me thinking. There's plenty of bad behavior with tech gadgets and services outside of Glass. Maybe other companies should be offering advice to their users. If so, here are a few pet peeves from me and others that might be worth including.
To make this list, I asked for suggestions from people on Twitter, Facebook and Google+, along with my own. I'm sure there's plenty not covered, so please, … Read more
When I flew to Las Vegas on Southwest Airlines on Tuesday, I had to do the same old routine of turning off my electronic devices. But for my return trip on Thursday, life was dramatically different. Southwest changed to allow devices to remain on, as a new Federal Aviation Administration rule allows. It also became the first airline to allow "gate to gate" Wi-Fi. For me, it was the perfect opportunity to put that promise to the test.
Could I really connect while I was on the ground, before leaving my departure gate and maintain my Internet connection … Read more
"No one gets left behind," goes the Battlefield 4 trailer. But if you're one of those making the move to play Battlefield 4 on the PlayStation 4 when it comes out this week or the Xbox One next week, your friends aren't coming with you. Not unless they buy new consoles as well.
Battlefield has an upgrade offer with several merchants, so that you can trade in your PS3 or Xbox 360 Battlefield 4 discs and get, for a low price, versions of Battlefield 4 to play on the PS4 or Xbox One.
About a year ago, a friend of mine was raving about his standing desk. "Sitting is death," he proclaimed. Me, I couldn't see that I'd want to stand all day working. But now I've gone to the other extreme. Not only am I standing while I work, but I also walk -- and I'm loving it.
I've been using a treadmill desk for about two months now. I'm writing this even as I walk at 2 miles per hour. In a typical day, I'll walk anywhere from 4 to 7 hours, burning an estimated 500 to 1,000 calories. For the step-counters, I usually do around 15,000 to 25,000 steps per day.
I've been using a LifeSpan desk, specifically the TR1200-DT7, which the company loaned to me when it suggested this test. I'll talk about what this particular model is like, but my main goal is to share what the transition from a sitting desk to a walking one has been like. … Read more
I've read a number of headlines talking about Apple's new policy of giving OS X away for "free" and how that might harm Microsoft's future. A reality check is in order.
OS X, also called Mac OS, isn't free. Even if you want to buy that argument, it's unlikely to be a major factor in shifting people from Windows to Mac. The price of an operating system is a sideshow compared with the cost of hardware, and more importantly, when you consider the shift from PCs to tablets.
I didn't like the Nexus 4 when it came out about a year ago. No LTE? Not for me! But now that you can no longer buy it, I have a new appreciation of what it was. A good little smartphone at a fantastic price. Will the Nexus 5 give us the same and more? I sure hope so.
Google is "out of inventory" on the Nexus 4, in both the $200 8GB and $250 16GB versions. It's been that way for about a month, with The Verge having reported a source saying it won't … Read more
You probably didn't notice, but this week, your searching activity on Google got a little safer from prying eyes. When you go to Google, it likely will transfer you automatically to its "encrypted" service, one designed to prevent potential "eavesdropping" on your searches. What's not to like with that? Chiefly, a loophole Google has left in for its advertisers and a lost opportunity to get all sites to go secure.
Blocking "eavesdropping" of search activity Encrypted search -- officially, Google SSL Search -- protects you from "eavesdroppers" in the same … Read more
Earlier this year, I set out on a grand journey. I tested several activity trackers all at once, to decide which was the best in accuracy and in motivating me to lose a few pounds. Today, they sit unused on my desk. And I weigh pretty much the same.
What happened? For one, perhaps no one should try to use four activity trackers at the same time. Trying to stay on top of how they all compared ended up feeling like exercise itself.
But ultimately, I perhaps lost my motivation to be motivated by these devices by knowing too much … Read more
I'm fortunate to have several smartphones to choose from. For work reasons, I need to keep up with the Android, iOS, and Windows Phone platforms, as well as specific devices from particular makers. Usually, I take two with me when going out. But on the rare occasions that I take only one, it's the iPhone that's must-have. Must-have, that is, until the Samsung Galaxy S4 came along.
I didn't expect to like the Galaxy S4, when the review unit from Samsung arrived a few weeks ago. I never took to the Galaxy S3 when I tried … Read more