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Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse Logitech's Newest High Performance Mouse: MX Master
Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse
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Logitech's top of the line mouse gets its third major redesign, hoping to court office workers that need a really good mouse, but for playing Call of Duty with. Like its predecessor, it's got the benefits of Unifying receiver and USB charging, so you don't have to stop working just cause you ran out of juice... you just have to suffer the indignity of having a cabled mouse again for a little while.

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin Launches Private Spaceship Test Flight (Photos, Video) Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin Company Executes Surprise Launch Of The New Shepard Spacecraft
Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin Launches Private Spaceship Test Flight (Photos, Video)
by Charles Mohapel

Everyone knows the name of Amazon.com, but how many know the name of its billionaire founder Jeff Bezos?  The answer would be a lot less.  When it comes to privately owned space companies, SpaceX and billionaire Elon Musk leap to mind, but did you know that Jeff Bezos has his own space company called Blue Origin with its own commercial passenger ship named New Shepard?

Kindle Voyage Kindle Voyage - Crisper Text, Buzzing Buttons, and More..
Kindle Voyage
by Ernest Lilley

Amazon's latest and greatest E-ink Kindle has sharper text, weighs less, and lights up better than the Paperwhite, but is it a must have upgrade? We took an extended look at the lightest resolution e-reader available and came away with mixed feelings aobut it.

Kobo Aura H2O - The First Premium Waterproof eReader Kobo Aura H2O - The First Premium Waterproof eReader With A Light
Kobo Aura H2O - The First Premium Waterproof eReader
by Charles Mohapel

When I read the press release for the new Kobo Aura H2O in late August, I requested one for review.  Having used the Kobo Wireless eReader (1st gen. and 2nd gen.), Kobo Touch, Kobo Glo, and color Kobo Vox (the latter very briefly), and reviewed the Kobo Wireless eReader (2nd gen.) Kobo Glo, Kobo Arc, and Kobo Aura HD E Ink eReader, I was eager to see how much the Aura H2O differed from the other Kobo ereaders and tablets.

Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite Ultimate 2015 Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite Ultimate 2015
Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite Ultimate 2015
by David Em

Autodesk's Entertainment Creation Suite Ultimate 2015 streamlines the company's flagship imaging tools for 3D artists

When Did Smartphones Get Smart? Smartphones Didn't Take Off Until 2009, Even Though the iPhone Came Out in 2007.
When Did Smartphones Get Smart?
by Ernest Lilley

IBM brought a touchscreen phone named Simon with more than phone functions to the market in 1994. Nokia produced the Nokia 9000, a clam-shell phone/PDA with a keyboard in 1996, which was, at the time, their best selling phone. But it wasn't until the 1997 that Nokia called the GS 88,  the successor to the 9000 a smartphone, coining the term that would describe all phones with computing capabilities built in from then on.  That's the official story, and it's factual, but I think it's off the mark.

Sony DSCRX10/B Cybershot A Bridge Camera For DSLR Fans
Sony DSCRX10/B Cybershot
by Ernest Lilley

Sony's 20.3 megapixel DSCRX10/B may be part of their Cybershot line, with an integrated lens and an electronic viewfinder, but it might just make serious photographers consider an all-in-one camera for all that it offers, including a DSLR feel in a semi-compact format.

Logitech Wireless Performance Mouse MX MX Performance Mouse: Still Our Choice
Logitech Wireless Performance Mouse MX
by Ernest Lilley

Having pretty much worn out the clickers on my favorite mouse, a Logitech MX Performance mouse, I'd limped along for a few weeks on wired mice I had lying around that worked reasonably well, but eventually went and a new one. It's not quite the same as the mouse I reviewed in seven years ago, and it may take a day or two to get used to, but it's still a terrific mouse.

Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite 2014 Autodesk And The Future Of Animation
Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite 2014
by David Em

Autodesk's Entertainment Creation Suite 2014 features a wide array of tools that shine a light on the future of digital entertainment.

Open House At The 2013 Canadian Grand Prix Fan-Friendly Formula 1 Open House At The 2013 Canadian Grand Prix Is Back
Open House At The 2013 Canadian Grand Prix
by Charles Mohapel

After a one year forced hiatus, Open House at the Canadian Grand Prix was back. Held on the Thursday morning of Grand Prix Week in Montreal, the track at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve was open to everyone, not just the people who bought the 3-day weekend passes which began at $126.00 for General Admission and Platform Wheelchair Accessible 41A.

Kobo's Newest eReader, The Aura HD Is Available In Espresso Brown, Ivory, and Onyx
The New Limited Edition Kobo Aura HD eReader
by Charles Mohapel

Having used the original Kobo eReader, second generation Kobo Wireless eReader, Kobo Touch, Kobo Glo...cont

Let The SLAPPA HardBody PRO Headphone Case Protect Your Favorite High End Headphones
SLAPPA HardBody PRO Headphone Case (SL-HP-07)
by Charles Mohapel

How many of us have broken our favorite headphones or damaged the cable connection by carrying th...cont

HTC One Sprints Onto The Scene
HTC One: 4.7-inch Super LCD 3, Quad Core 1.7ghz
by Ernest Lilley

Sprint just announced the online availability of the much anticipated HTC One, HTC's new Android...cont

Take Your Show On The Road With Epson's 1761W 3 LCD Projector
Epson PowerLite 1761W Projector
by David Em

Back in the nasty old days of the late Twentieth Century, mobile presentations required lugging ...cont

A Simple Carousel Slider in JQuery
bxSlider - A Simple and Versitile JQuery Content Slider and Carousel
by Ernest Lilley

I've been looking for a simple carousel for images to use with TechRevu and some other public...cont

Why The Kobo Arc Tablet Is A Tablet To Be Reckoned With
Kobo Arc 16GB Tablet (Black)
by Charles Mohapel

The Kobo Arc is the second color tablet from Kobo, the first color tablet being the Vox. Both come ...cont

Plantronics Audio 478 Stereo USB Headset (Audio 478)

by Ernest Lilley

The .Audio 478 scores high marks for both comfort and audio quality whether you're Skypeing away...cont

Plantronics Audio 648 Stereo USB Headset
Plantronics Audio 648 Stereo USB Headset
by Ernest Lilley

If you're looking for an inexpensive behind the ears headset, this one offers simple controls an...cont

Certifications: CompTIA Security+
Certifications: CompTIA Security+
by Ernest Lilley

IT Security certifications are often the next step tech's take after getting their basic hardwar...cont

Lenovo U310 13.3-Inch Ultrabook (Graphite Grey)

by Daniel P. Dern

Lenovo IdeaPad U310 combines performance, style and portability in an "Entertainment-oriented" ultra...cont

Are You Ready For Some Super Bowl Ads?
Super Bowl 2013 Ads: Tech, Sex, and Selling Sure...But Nothing Beats An Astronaut. Ever.
by Ernest Lilley

Maybe football isn't our fandom of choice, but we love the Super Bowl anyway. For us, the suspen...cont

Windows 8: Time To Upgrade
Windows 8: Time To Upgrade
by Ernest Lilley

As of the end of this month, the $39.99 upgrade for Windows 8 Pro goes away. If you're running a...cont

3D Printing Comes To The Catwalk In Paris Fashion Show
Stratasys and Materialise Prototype The Future of Fashion
by Ernest Lilley

The future won't really arrive until you can step into a new 3D printed outfit made to whatever ...cont

Deep Space Industries Plans To Mine Asteroids With Robot Ships
Deep Space Industries Robot Miner Fleet Launches in 2015
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Starting in 2015, Deep Space Industries is planning on launching robotic mining spacecraft to grappl...cont

Audi Takes A4s and iPads to the Track - For Slot Cars
Audi quattro Experience: iPads, 4WD Slot Cars, and a Custom Track
by Ernest Lilley

There was a time when slot car tracks could be found in every hobby shop across the USA. For many, i...cont

CES 2013: The Dern Report
CES 2013: The Dern Report
by Daniel P. Dern

There were, as always, thousands (or more) of new/newish products at this year's (2013) Consu...cont

CES 2013 ShowStoppers: Press and Gadgets at the Wynn
CES 2013 Showstoppers
by Ernest Lilley

ShowStoppers closes out the first full day of CES 2013 over at the Wynn. We'll be back with phot...cont

CES 2013 Starts With a Pepcom Tailgate Party
Pepcom Digital Experience @ CES2013
by Ernest Lilley

The Pepcom team always bring together a mind-boggling array of cutting edge tech companies in a pres...cont

Kobo's New Glo Sheds Some Light On Your eReading
Kobo Glo eReader
by Charles Mohapel

While the various Amazon Kindles and Nooks from Barnes & Noble dominate the American market, ...cont

Panasonic's LX7: Shoots Eyes Wide Open With f1.4 Leica Lens
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX7K 10.1 MP Digital Camera with 7.5x Intelligent zoom and 3.0-inch LCD - Black
by Ernest Lilley

There are a lot of things to like about this advanced single lens digital...which we can't bring...cont

Tech News/Leads

Kensington Introduces MP230L Performance Mouse For Wireless Freedom And Precision Tracking Kensington Introduces 1600 DPI MP230L Performance Mouse For Wireless Freedom And Precision Tracking For Right-Handed Or Left-Handed Users Kensington Introduces MP230L Performance Mouse For Wireless Freedom And Precision Tracking

On May 12, 2015, Kensington introducee the MP230L Wireless Performance Mouse for Windows and Mac....more

Which Windows 10 Version Should I Get? Windows 10 To Be Released In Six Flavors -- Which One Is Best For You? Which Windows 10 Version Should I Get?

Unless you've been playing Rip Van Winkle, then you know that consumers with computers runnin...more

Ultra HD Blu-ray Is Bringing High-Res Movies Home Soon Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs And Players Expected To Hit Market In Last Half Of 2015 Ultra HD Blu-ray Is Bringing High-Res Movies Home Soon

For months now streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, and YouTube have had the 4K landscape to ...more

Why It Doesn't Matter If Windows 10 Is (Or Isn't) The Last Version Of Windows Will Windows 10 Be The Last Numbered Version To Be Released? Why It Doesn't Matter If Windows 10 Is (Or Isn't) The Last Version Of Windows

Apparently Microsoft has decided that Windows 10 will be the last numbered version of their opera...more

Brazilian Pirates Discover New Hack For The PS4 Brazilian Pirates Use PS3-Like Hack On The PS4 Brazilian Pirates Discover New Hack For The PS4

It has been verified that Brazilian pirates used a PS3-like hack developed in Russia on the PS4.&...more

HP Reinvents The Desktop Category With Next Wave Of 2015 Back To School PCs HP Introduces Their 2015-2016 Back To School Lineup HP Reinvents The Desktop Category With Next Wave Of 2015 Back To School PCs

Just because the 2014-2015 school year hasn't ended yet, doesn't mean that companies like...more

Bigger Than Heartbleed, 'Venom' Security Vulnerability Threatens Most Datacenters 'Heartbleed' Is So 2014; 'Venom' Is This Year's Big Nasty Security Vulnerability Bigger Than Heartbleed, 'Venom' Security Vulnerability Threatens Most Datacenters

In 2014 the "Heartbleed" and "Shellshock" vulnerabilities had system administrators shaking in th...more

MindShift Gear Adds to Award-Winning Rotating Backpacks With the Higher Volume rotation180 Horizon MindShift Gear Adds Fifth Rotating Backpack To Their Award-Winning Rotating Backpack Line With New Higher Volume rotation180 Horizon 34L Backpack MindShift Gear Adds to Award-Winning Rotating Backpacks With the Higher Volume rotation180 Horizon

On May 8, 2015, Think Tank Photo's sister outdoor company, MindShift Gear added the new rotat...more

More Serious Security Flaws Found In Lenovo Computers More Serious Security Flaws Found In Lenovo ThinkPads, ThinkCenters, and ThinkStations More Serious Security Flaws Found In Lenovo Computers

Given Lenovo's debacle with the preloaded Superfish security flaw that *they* had themselves ...more

The $9 Computer: What Do You Get? How Much Computer Can You Really Get For The Princely Sum Of $9? The $9 Computer: What Do You Get?

If we told you that we could put together a computer for only $9 you first inclination would be t...more

Apple Confirms Existence Of Applebot Web Crawler Apple Unveils Search Engine For Its Own Mobile Devices Apple Confirms Existence Of Applebot Web Crawler

Forget Apple using Google or Bing as the primary search engine for their mobile devices as Apple ...more

Flare Launches on Kickstarter to Bring Distortion Free 'Pure Sound' Headphones to Consumers Flare Launches New 'Pure Sound' Tech On Kickstarter (Global Campaign) Flare Launches on Kickstarter to Bring Distortion Free 'Pure Sound' Headphones to Consumers

Far from being a household name in North America, Flare Audio has been a staple of British profes...more

This Migraine Preventing Space Tiara Was Just Approved By The FDA Looking Like A Science Fiction Prop, The Cefaly Helps Prevent Migraines This Migraine Preventing Space Tiara Was Just Approved By The FDA

Looking like something straight off the set of "Stargate Atlantis" or "Babylon 5", the Cefaly pre...more

Twitter's Streaming App Creates Piracy of Year's Biggest Fight Periscope, Twitter's Video Streaming App Used To Steal Money From Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao, HBO, and Showtime -- Do You Care? Twitter's Streaming App Creates Piracy of Year's Biggest Fight

When we heard that Twitter Inc.'s video-streaming application Periscope was used to pirate th...more

Solid-State Drives Lose Data If Left Without Power For Just A Few Days The Newest Solid-State Drives (SSDs) Are Better -- But Are They Really??? Solid-State Drives Lose Data If Left Without Power For Just A Few Days

The latest Solid-State Drives (SSDs) offer higher capacity and higher speed, but they have a down...more

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk Unveils Battery Storage System For Home, Business, And Utility Use

Famous for his supersized achievements, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk unveiled the new Tesla Energy ...more

Want To Play Your LPs Without Touching Them? Then The ELP Laser Turntable Is For You!

Audio purists still swear by vinyl records as providing superior sound when compared to CDs and M...more

Updating To Windows 10 This Summer -- What Will It Be Like For The Average End User?

While we know that Microsoft will release Windows 10 at the end of July, how many of the millions...more

Forget Corning's Gorilla Glass - Spinel Provides Bulletproof Protection

For all of its vaunted toughness, Corning's Gorilla Glass fails to live up to the hype. ...more

Preparing The Original Model Of The Starship Enterprise For Display

If you watched the original "Star Trek" TV series which aired from 1966 to 1969, you will have se...more

Japan's Maglev Prototype Sets New World Speed Record

The Guinness World Records says that the fastest train speed was recorded by the Central Jap...more

HP's First Group Of Pavilion And Envy Convertibles And Pavilion Notebooks For The Coming 2015-2016 School Year Offers Bang & Olufsen Sound

The 2014-2015 school year hasn't even finished for many students, but HP is already busy intr...more

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