Experiments with devices – Part 5, final thoughts

My Chromebook experiment had more ups than downs. My laptop came back from the repair shop yesterday (I just love AppleCare) and the Thunderbolt ports are working again. I had another inquiry about the pile of equipment in the...
February 4, 2016

Google’s Drones May Provide 5G Internet (If Eagles Don’t Get Them First); More in This Week’s Five for Wednesday

Google’s solar-powered drones may someday deliver the Internet at speeds up to 40x greater than 4G LTE. But then again, eagles may someday become the drone’s most feared predator. Smart REALTORS® use Google Alerts to monitor their online reputations,...
February 3, 2016

Experiments with devices – Part 4, third day of work

I am expecting a Google Cloud Printer later today, and I need it to keep up with my work demands. Right now, I am sending documents to friends to print and I refuse to get a dedicated, directly attached...
January 28, 2016

Smart Sensors Get Sweaty, Camera Hackers Get Investigated, and More in Five for Wednesday

Researchers have developed a band filled with sensors that can detect the levels of sodium, potassium, glucose, and lactate in your sweat. Smart watches and activity bands might be getting a whole lot smarter pretty soon. New York City’s...
January 27, 2016

Experiments with devices – Part 3, second day of work

The first thing I did today was to address my printer problem. In order to fully experience the Chromebook in a corporate environment, I needed to be able to print things. I checked the vintage of the department’s printers...
January 27, 2016

Experiments with devices – Part 2, first day of work

I resisted the temptation to use my laptop instead of the Chromebook for an entire weekend. My next challenge was to get through a week at work. With two full days of e-mail exchanges behind me and already being...
January 26, 2016

Experiments with devices – First weekend with a Chromebook

I have been in love with my Mac since I transitioned from a Linux laptop about five years ago. I didn’t start looking at new devices because I was unhappy. Instead, I studied what the under 21 crowd has...
January 25, 2016

Edit Your Facebook Ad Preferences; Encrypt Your Text Messages; More in Five for Wednesday

Unrelenting advertising is the price we pay for using Facebook, and that’s likely never going to change. But you can see (and edit!) what types of ads Facebook thinks you want to see. So if you’re like me and...
January 20, 2016

More Efficient Incandescent Bulbs, Google Is Reading Your Mind, and More in Five For Wednesday

If you’re not a fan of energy-saving LED lightbulbs, you’re not alone. But MIT scientists have figured out a way to capture the huge amount of heat lost by incandescent bulbs, making them (almost) as efficient as LEDs. That...
January 13, 2016

Cool New Stuff from Samsung; The Breakthrough Technologies of 2015; More in Five for Wednesday

Samsung is set to release a number of new products, including a smart belt that measures your waist, tracks your activity, and as Gizmodo points out, doesn’t look half-bad. Back in February, the MIT Technology Review identified 10 breakthrough...
December 30, 2015