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Open House At The 2015 Canadian Grand Prix Fan-Friendly Formula 1 Open House At The 2015 Canadian Grand Prix Gets Cool Sunny Weather
Open House At The 2015 Canadian Grand Prix
by Charles Mohapel

Open House at the Canadian Grand Prix was held on the Thursday morning of Grand Prix Week in Montreal and the track at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve was open to everyone, not just the people who bought the 3-day weekend passes which began at $127.00 for General Admission or the more expensive tickets.

Flare Audio R2PRO Titanium Earphones Why I Think Flare Audio R2PRO Titanium Earphones Are Worth Buying Right Now
Flare Audio R2PRO Titanium Earphones
by Charles Mohapel

Flare Audio is not a well known name on this side of the pond as the Brits would say, but then again they're working on remedying that.  In their own words, "Flare Audio is a British loudspeaker technology company who believe that artists and engineers, not loudspeakers, should create sound."   "Following its success in the professional sound market, Flare Audio is planning to take its revolutionary technology to the listening public, with the launch of a global campaign on Kickstarter to raise awareness of its groundbreaking innovation in consumer headphones.  The campaign is now live and runs until June 3rd 2015."  They have impressed some of world’s most respected musicians and producers such as legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist and music producer Jimmy Page, as well as Chris Kimsey, producer for bands including The Rolling Stones, ELP (Emerson, Lake & Palmer), and INXS.

Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse Logitech's Newest High Performance Mouse: MX Master
Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse
by Ernest Lilley

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 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 ligh...cont

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 Thurs...cont

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
by

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

Tech News/Leads

SpaceX Rocket To ISS Disintegrates 2 Minutes After Launch SpaceX CRS - 7 Resupply Mission To International Space Station (ISS) Fails 2 Minutes After Launch SpaceX Rocket To ISS Disintegrates 2 Minutes After Launch

Proving yet again that launching spacecraft is not a perfectly safe endeavour, SpaceX CRS-7, an u...more

Lexus Builds A Functional Hoverboard Prototype Lexus Goes 'Back To The Future' And Builds A Working Hoverboard Prototype Lexus Builds A Functional Hoverboard Prototype

In 1989's "Back to the Future Part II", Michael J. Fox's character Marty McFly made his e...more

Nikon D5 Rumored to Pack 4K and a Native Max ISO of 102,400 Rumors Of The Nikon D5 Hint At A Native Max ISO Of 102,400 And Full 4K Video Nikon D5 Rumored to Pack 4K and a Native Max ISO of 102,400

Available since March 2014, the Nikon D4s is their current flagship professional DSLR, but rumors...more

T-Mobile iPhones Hit By 'Blue Screen Of Death' Following Update, T-Mobile iPhones Hit By Dreaded 'Blue Screen Of Death' T-Mobile iPhones Hit By 'Blue Screen Of Death'

If you thought that only Windows users were subject to the Dreaded "Blue Screen Of Death", then y...more

Samsung Disables Windows Updates to Favor Its Own Crappy Bloatware Samsung's 'Proprietary' Bloatware Disables Windows Updates And Renders Users' Computers Very Vulnerable Samsung Disables Windows Updates to Favor Its Own Crappy Bloatware

You may or may not remember the ruckus back in February when it became public knowledge that Leno...more

Surround Sound System And Portable Speakers All In One With Kien Kien, The Flexible Sound System, Is Extending Its Indiegogo Campaign An Extra 27 Days Due To High Demand Surround Sound System And Portable Speakers All In One With Kien

Imagine a wireless audio system capable of tracking your progress from room to room in your home ...more

Lego Puts $1 Billion Behind Push To Go Green Lego To Spend $1 Billion Over Next 15 Years In Continued Plan To Go Green Lego Puts $1 Billion Behind Push To Go Green

As part of its continuing plan to "Go Green", Lego plans on investing $1 Billion over the next 15...more

This Radio Bug Can Steal Laptop Crypto Keys, Fits Inside a Pita Don't Laugh -- Your Lunch May Be Spying On Your Computer This Radio Bug Can Steal Laptop Crypto Keys, Fits Inside a Pita

Israeli researchers from Tel Aviv University and Israel's Technion Research Institute have de...more

These Bulbs Mimic the Sun All Day To Help You Sleep Better At Night Silk by Saffron -- A Smart LED Bulb That Automatically Adjusts Its Color Temperature So You Get Light Tailored To Your Circadian Rhythm These Bulbs Mimic the Sun All Day To Help You Sleep Better At Night

Our body’s sleep and waking cycles are known as Circadian rhythms and are very sensitive to...more

Samsung Wants to Make 'See Through' Trucks That Are Safer to Pass Samsung's 'Safety Truck' -- An Idea Whose Time Has Come Or An Expensive Gimmick? Samsung Wants to Make 'See Through' Trucks That Are Safer to Pass

First put forward by Russian design house Art Lebedev back in 2009 as "Transparentius concept" an...more

The Venus Laowa 15mm f/4 is the World's Widest 1:1 Macro Lens Say Hello To The Newest World's Widest 1:1 Macro Lens, The Venus Laowa 15mm f/4 The Venus Laowa 15mm f/4 is the World's Widest 1:1 Macro Lens

Announced on June 12, 2015 by Chinese camera lens manufacturer Venus Optics, the Laowa 15mm f/4 W...more

V3Solar's Spinning Solar Cells Generate 20 Times More Electricity Than Flat Photovoltaics V3Solar's Photovoltaic Spin Cell Cone Is No Child's Toy V3Solar's Spinning Solar Cells Generate 20 Times More Electricity Than Flat Photovoltaics

On first glance it looks like a neon blue manual juicer, but it's actually V3Solar's phot...more

The Trifecta DSLR and Mirrorless Camera Backpacks Hold Your Three 'Workhouse' Lenses Think Tank Photo Introduces The Trifecta DSLR and Mirrorless Camera Backpacks For Serious Photographers And Their Three Workhorse Lenses The Trifecta DSLR and Mirrorless Camera Backpacks Hold Your Three 'Workhouse' Lenses

On June 16, 2015, Think Tank Photo introduced the Trifecta 10 DSLR Backpack and the Trifecta 8 Mi...more

Apple Watch Users Explain Why They're Reselling On eBay Can't Afford An Apple Watch At Retail? There Are Lots On eBay Apple Watch Users Explain Why They're Reselling On eBay

No doubt a significant number of early buyers of Apple Watches did so in order to capitalize on t...more

New Exploit Turns Samsung Galaxy Phones Into Remote Bugging Devices More Than 600 Million Samsung Galaxy Phones Vulnerable To Being Hacked New Exploit Turns Samsung Galaxy Phones Into Remote Bugging Devices

More than 600 million Samsung mobile device users including the recently-released Galaxy S6, ...more

Hard Drive Replacement Program For Some 27-Inch iMacs With 3TB Hard Drive Sold Between December 2012 And September 2013

If you bought a 27-inch iMac with a 3TB hard drive between December 2012 and September 2013, ther...more

Samsung's Galaxy S6 Not As Rugged As The Galaxy S5, But Now You Can Buy The New Galaxy S6 active

If you missed the water-resistance of Samsung's Galaxy S5 when the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S...more

Adobe's Release Of Creative Cloud 2015 Provides Major Updates, Plus Adobe Stock, And Many Reasons To Update

On June 16, 2015, Adobe released Creative Cloud 2015, which includes major updates to Photoshop C...more

Adobe Launches Adobe Stock Photo Service Worldwide

On June 16, 2015, Adobe launched Adobe Stock, a new worldwide photo service. With an estimated 85...more

Facebook And Carnegie-Mellon Release Study Of SSD Findings Of Failure And Fatigue In The Data Center

When it comes to the problems of home users using consumer grade Solid-State Drives (SSDs) and la...more

Beginning In July, Twitter's 140-Character Limit For Direct Messages Only Will Be No More

If you hated the 140-character limit on Twitter's Direct Messages, that limit will disappear ...more

Flickr's Most Recent Update Decreased Image Quality, Increased Compression, and Angered Many Users

If you're a long time Flickr user and you haven't looked at your photos in months, get re...more

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