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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: 4.7-inch Super LCD 3, Quad Core 1.7ghz 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 SmartPhone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, quad-core, 1.7GHz processor, a "premium metal unibody", camera optimized for low light, and a 4.7 inch, Full HD 1080p, 468 PPI display.

Epson PowerLite 1761W Projector 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 around a portable computer, a set of cables, and a bulky projector. Epson's 1761W (the W stands for Wireless) 3 LCD projector goes a long way toward upgrading this scenario. The 1761W is small, bright, and light, and streamlines mobile presentations.

bxSlider - A Simple and Versitile JQuery Content Slider and Carousel 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 publications we work with (SFRevu, Gumshoe,...) and found this one by Steven Wanderski, which can be used in lots of different ways. Here's an example showing the current issue of SFRevu, which is a great source for science fiction and fantasy reviews, btw. If you like Steve's work, be sure to stop by his site and buy him a beer. Evidently he prefers Belgian Ales, but PayPal makes it easy for you to kick over a few bucks to let him choose his own brew.

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, Kobo of...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

LP-2020A+ Lepai Tripath Class-T Hi-Fi Audio Mini Amplifier with Power Supply

by Ernest Lilley

Though it's smaller than a hardcover novel and only puts out 2x20W RMS, this little amp delivers...cont

Adobe's Create Now Live Event: The Creative Cloud Offers More
Create Now Live Event - December 11, 2012
by Ernest Lilley

We caught Adobe's online presentation for their cloud based version of Creative Suite, Adobe Cre...cont

RetroUI Pro: More Than Just Putting Start Back in Windows 8
RetroUI Pro: Getting Back To Work With Windows 8
by Ernest Lilley

Windows 8's new "Metro" interface may bring a tablet/smartphone feel to the desktop, with fun ap...cont

Tech News/Leads

Help Shape OS X Yosemite Do You Want To Influence The Next Version Of The Mac OS While Testing Possible New Features? Help Shape OS X Yosemite

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MindShift Gear's rotation180 Panorama Backpack Wins OutDoor Industry Award 2014 MindShift Gear's rotation180 Panorama Backpack Wins Second Prestigious Award MindShift Gear's rotation180 Panorama Backpack Wins OutDoor Industry Award 2014

First, MindShift Gear’s rotation180°...more

Sling Media Launches Powerful 'TV Anywhere' Solutions Sling Media Launches Powerful 'TV Anywhere' Solutions That Deliver an Industry Leading Mobile Device And Smart Living Room TV Experience Sling Media Launches Powerful 'TV Anywhere' Solutions

This week, Sling Media introduced the new Slingbox M1 and Sli...more

ReWalk Exoskeleton Gets FDA Approval For Home Use The ReWalk Rehabilitation System Gets Approved By FDA ReWalk Exoskeleton Gets FDA Approval For Home Use

Paraplegics in the US now have one more possible tool in their daily battle to regain a normal li...more

'God Particle' Collider Rebooting to Be Most Powerful Yet The Reboot Of CERN's Large Hadron Collider To Be More Powerful Than First Attempt 'God Particle' Collider Rebooting to Be Most Powerful Yet

We know that CERN's first attempt to start up the Large Hadron Collider in their search for t...more

Using Sand To Improve Battery Performance What Would You Say To A Cheap, Environmentally Clean, Longer Lasting Lithium Ion Battery? Using Sand To Improve Battery Performance

If someone offered you an inexpensive, environmentally friendly, lithium ion battery that outperf...more

MindShift Gear's New Outdoor Photography Filter Nest is Two Bags in One MindShift Gear's New Dual-Purpose Filter Nest Provides Protection In A Easy-To-Carry Package MindShift Gear's New Outdoor Photography Filter Nest is Two Bags in One

Photographers on the go frequently need a variety of filters but most filter pouches are either n...more

NASA Updates Apollo Anniversary, Next Giant Leap Events Apollo 11 - Forty-Five Years Later NASA Updates Apollo Anniversary, Next Giant Leap Events

Forty-five years ago this weekend, Apollo 11 landed on the Moon and NASA astronauts Neil Armstron...more

The Nikon D810 Is The HD-SLR That Delivers Unmatched Image Quality The Power To Create The Compelling: The Nikon D810 Is The HD-SLR That Delivers Unmatched Image Quality And A Truly Cinematic Experience The Nikon D810 Is The HD-SLR That Delivers Unmatched Image Quality

The newest member of Nikon's superb line of D-SLRs for professional photographers and cinemat...more

Clever Copters Developed At Sheffield Can Learn As They Fly Simple Flying Robots Learn A Variety Of Things, Including Good Manners, As They Fly Clever Copters Developed At Sheffield Can Learn As They Fly

At the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering (ACSE) of the University of Sheffi...more

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Just before the Fourth of July, the three biggest Anerican airlines - American, Delta, and United...more

Brain-Controlled Exoskeleton To Help Kick Off FIFA 2014 World Cup A Paraplegic Person Using A Brain-Controlled Exoskeleton Will Kick Off The FIFA 2014 World Cup In Brazil Brain-Controlled Exoskeleton To Help Kick Off FIFA 2014 World Cup

Taking place on what is probably the world's greatest stage at the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Bra...more

Hackers Involved in Locking and Ransoming Apple Devices in Australia Arrested Apple Ransomware Threat Ended And Culprits Arrested Hackers Involved in Locking and Ransoming Apple Devices in Australia Arrested

Two weeks ago a number of Australian iPad, iPhone, and Mac users got a very rude start to their d...more

Nikon D800S Coming June 26... Will Rumors Of Nikon D800S Come True On June 26th? Nikon D800S Coming June 26...

Rumored as the replacement for the Nikon D800 and D800E, speculation is running rampant about the...more

A Computer Has Passed The Turing Test For The First Time Russian Computer First To Pass The Turing Test, But What Does This Bode For Online Security In The Foreseeable Future? A Computer Has Passed The Turing Test For The First Time

For the first time ever, a computer successfully passed the Turing Test.  Named after comput...more

National Science Foundation Researcher Banned For Using Two University Supercomputers To Mine Bitcoins

The National Science Foundation has banned a researcher for the unathoriz...more

Apple Introduces OS X 10.10 Yosemite Beta and Developer Preview

On June 2nd, 2014, Apple released the OS X ...more

Apple Introduces iOS 8 Beta And SDK To The World

On June 2nd, 2014, Apple released the iOS 8 beta and SDK for developers.  iOS 8 will be...more

Samsung's New Z Smartphone To Run Their Proprietary Tizen OS - Now, How Do You Pronounce 'Tizen'?

When it comes to operating systems for smartphones. Android has dethroned Apple's iOS as the ...more

SpaceX Introduces Next Generation Dragon V2 Spaceship

On Thursday May 29th 2014, Elon Musk's private spaceflight company SpaceX, unveiled more

Ransomware Strikes Australian iPad, iPhone, And Mac Users - Is This Problem Localized Or Will It Spread?

A number of Australian iPad, iPhone, and Mac users got a very rude start to their day when they s...more

As More iPhone Users Turn To Android Smartphones Their iMessages Vanish Into The iEther

While iPhones are still the single most popular smartphone, Android smartphones now hold the larg...more

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