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

Amazon's latest and greatist 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

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.

The New Limited Edition Kobo Aura HD eReader 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, and Kobo Arc, I was eager to my hands on their newest model, the limited-edition Kobo Aura HD E Ink eReader, and see how it matched up against the previous models.

SLAPPA HardBody PRO Headphone Case (SL-HP-07) 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 the headphones unprotected in our backpacks, duffle bags, or messenger bags? Your best bet for protecting your headphones is not a soft nylon bag, but ideally speaking, a custom case that comes with them. But if they came with the aforementioned soft nylon bag, or worse, no protection at all, then your best choice is to purchase the appropriately sized and shaped hard case.

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 publicati...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

We Welcome Our Future Robot Insect Masters
TechJect Dragonfly Project
by Ernest Lilley

Forget robot planes, helicopters, and birds. The future of flying robots is hovering silently on dra...cont

HP Canada's Pre-CES 2013 Product Showcase In Toronto
HP Pre-CES 2013 Product Showcase
by Charles Mohapel

On Wednesday December 12, 2012, I and other members of Canada's high tech media got an early pee...cont

Tech News/Leads

NASA Administrator Remembers Leonard Nimoy NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Issues Official Statement On Passing Of Star Trek's Iconic Leonard Nimoy NASA Administrator Remembers Leonard Nimoy

NASA is mourning the passing today of actor Leonard Nimoy, most famous for his role as Star Trek<...more

Limpet Teeth Are Strongest Natural Material Known So You Think Spider Silk Is Nature's Strongest Material - Guess Again! Limpet Teeth Are Strongest Natural Material Known

The time was that experts thought that spider silk was Nature's Strongest Material, but the t...more

BlackBerry 10 OS 10.3.1 Arrives for Existing BlackBerry 10 Smartphone Users BlackBerry Releases BlackBerry 10 OS 10.3.1, Supports Additional BlackBerry Models, And More BlackBerry 10 OS 10.3.1 Arrives for Existing BlackBerry 10 Smartphone Users

On February 19, 2015, BlackBerry released BlackBerry 10 OS 10.3.1 for the BlackBerry Passport, Z3...more

Lenovo Says Superfish Not A 'Security Concern', Own Advisory Marks It Highly Severe Lenovo Management Claims 'Superfish' Malware Not A 'Security Concern' -- Their Own Advisory Marks It As 'Highly Severe' Threat Lenovo Says Superfish Not A 'Security Concern', Own Advisory Marks It Highly Severe

Following up on our news item from yesterday on the Superfish malware installed by Lenovo on lapt...more

Kensington BlackBelt and SafeGrip Rugged Cases Now Protect iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 Kensington Introduces BlackBelt and SafeGrip Rugged Cases To Protect Your iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 Tablets Kensington BlackBelt and SafeGrip Rugged Cases Now Protect iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3

On February 17, 2015, Kensington introduced two new product lines, the BlackBelt and SafeGrip rug...more

Hacker Ring Stole $1B From Banks In 30 Countries, Says Report Carbanak Cybergang Stole $1 Billion From 100 Financial Institutions Worldwide Since 2013 Hacker Ring Stole $1B From Banks In 30 Countries, Says Report

By targeting the banks themselves directly, the Carbanak Cybergang may have stolen up to $1 billi...more

Free Online Classes For Photoshop Week 2015 CreativeLive Offers Free Online Classes For Photoshop Week 2015 (February 23 - 28) Free Online Classes For Photoshop Week 2015

Get ready to completely transform your approach to image editing.  CreativeLive Photoshop We...more

Lenovo Is Breaking HTTPS Security On Its Recent Laptops Lenovo Admits To Breaking HTTPS Security On Laptops It Shipped Between September And December 2014 Lenovo Is Breaking HTTPS Security On Its Recent Laptops

With the news breaking on February 18, 2015 that Lenovo had been shipping laptops between Septemb...more

MacBook Pro Repair Extension Program For Video Issues Apple Announces MacBook Pro And MacBook Pro with Retina Repair Extension Program For Video Issues MacBook Pro Repair Extension Program For Video Issues

On Thursday February 19, 2015, Apple announced that a small percentage of MacBook Pro manufacture...more

Adobe Photoshop Turns Twenty-Five Twenty-Five Years Later, Adobe Photoshop Keeps Getting Better Adobe Photoshop Turns Twenty-Five

It's not every day that you get to hear the person who wrote the original code for an industr...more

'Breakthrough' NSA Spyware Shows Deep Grasp Of Makers' Hard Drives Moscow-Based Kaspersky Lab Says National Security Agency Figured Out Way To Implant Spyware Into Computer Hard Drives 'Breakthrough' NSA Spyware Shows Deep Grasp Of Makers' Hard Drives

We weren't really surprised at the news that Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab had announced that an...more

Stellar Resolution: The Nikon D810A Captures The Cosmos In Epic Detail Nikon Announces The New D810A, Optimized For Astrophotography And Other Scientific Applications Stellar Resolution: The Nikon D810A Captures The Cosmos In Epic Detail

On February 9, 2015, Nikon USA announced the new D810A, a version of the existing D810 DSLR optim...more

Stunning Images Are Made Simple With Nikon's New Budget-Friendly COOLPIX Compact Digital Cameras Nikon Introduces Nine New COOLPIX Compact Digital Cameras Certain To Be Easy On Your Wallet Stunning Images Are Made Simple With Nikon's New Budget-Friendly COOLPIX Compact Digital Cameras

On February 9, 2015, Nikon USA announced nine new COOLPIX compact digital cameras, the COOLPIX S3...more

NASA Has Hired The Guy Behind Victoria's Secret's Fairy Wings To Make Civilian Spacesuits From Victoria's Secret To NASA, Final Frontier Designs, Goes From Heavenly Views To A View Of Heaven From Above Earth NASA Has Hired The Guy Behind Victoria's Secret's Fairy Wings To Make Civilian Spacesuits

If you've ever watched "The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" in early December, you will p...more

The Back To The Future II DeLorean iPhone Case You Need In Your Life Bandai Offers 'Back To The Future II' DeLorean-Themed Case For iPhone 6 The Back To The Future II DeLorean iPhone Case You Need In Your Life

Just in time for the 30th anniversary of the release of the first film of the "Back To The Future...more

Mattel and Google Take View-Master Into the 21st Century

View-Master's 3D perspective  has always been linked with a view into the future, right ...more

ISS Expedition 45 Crew Members Wear Jedi Robes For Star Wars-Inspired Mission Poster

If you thought all scientists were withered academics or mad scientists, then the news that some ...more

FDA Approves The First Commercial Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Arm, The Deka Arm Developed By Segway Inventor Dean Kamen

Begun in 2006 as a DARPA-funded project and developed by Segway inventor Dean Kamen, the new Deka...more

SpaceX Launches DSCOVR Observatory On 3rd Attempt

Bad weather conditions forced SpaceX to postpone launching the DSCOVR Observatory until late on F...more

Some Samsung SmartTVs Are 'Really' Listening To You

It's all well and good when your smart television responds to your every verbal command, but ...more

At Least 1,784 RadioShack Stores To Close By March 31, 2015

On February 5, 2015 RadioShack filed for bankruptcy, announcing plans to close at least 1,784 sto...more

SpaceX Launch And Landing Now Postponed Until Monday February 9th

Radar tracking issues have caused the launch of an unmanned Falcon 9 rocket to be postponed until...more

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