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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

Vanadium Battery Technology Could Transform Power Grids Are Vanadium-Flow Batteries The Next Generation Of Power Technology? Vanadium Battery Technology Could Transform Power Grids

Just a tiny percentage of vanadium is sufficient to harden it to the point where you can make ste...more

Nail Polish Created To Help Prevent Date Rapes Could Your Next Bottle Of Nail Polish Contain Secret Ingredients That Indicate If Someone Spiked Your Drink? Nail Polish Created To Help Prevent Date Rapes

Founded by four male undergraduate students from North Carolina State Uni...more

Apple Will Stagger The Release Date Of Its Two iPhone 6 Models Apple Will Stagger The Release Date Of Its Two iPhone 6 Models - But To Maximise Sales, NOT Because Of Manufacturing Problems Apple Will Stagger The Release Date Of Its Two iPhone 6 Models

The latest rumor regarding the Apple iPhone 6 has the 4.7 inch model having an anticipated launch...more

Canon 7D Mark II Specs Leaked? The Canon 7D Mark II - When Will The Rumors Become Facts? Canon 7D Mark II Specs Leaked?

Trying to pin down the facts on the Canon 7D Mark II specs is like trying to grab quicksilver wit...more

New Type Of Solar Concentrator Doesn't Block The View Michigan State University Researchers Produce New Efficient Transparent Solar Cells New Type Of Solar Concentrator Doesn't Block The View

Up till now the best colored transparent luminescent solar concentrators have a maximum efficienc...more

iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program 'Small' Number Of iPhone 5 Devices Have Defective Batteries -- Apple To Replace Them, Free Of Charge iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program

A very small percentage of iPhone 5 devices sold between September 2012 and January 2013 have exp...more

DARPA Seeks High-Tech Alternatives To Armor DARPA's Ground X-Vehicle Technology (GXV-T) Program -- Is It The Answer To Adding More And More Armor To Modern Armored Vehicles? DARPA Seeks High-Tech Alternatives To Armor

In the continuing battle between weapons and their ability to penetrate armor and the ability of ...more

Chairless Chair Is The Chair That You Wear The Chairless Chair From noonee of Switzerland, Lets You Stand For Several Hours At A Time -- Or Even Run Chairless Chair Is The Chair That You Wear

When you hear the word "exoskeleton", you probably think of something like the Caterpillar P...more

Apple iPhone 6 Rumor Roundup: Specs, Price, Release Date Apple's Upcoming iPhone 6 Rumors - What, When, And How Much Will It Cost? Apple iPhone 6 Rumor Roundup: Specs, Price, Release Date

Rumored to have an anticipated launch date of September 9th, Apple's next generation iPh...more

Intel, 50 Cent Team Up To Develop Heart-Monitoring Earphones Intel and SMS Audio To Introduce Heart-Monitoring Earphones Later This Year Intel, 50 Cent Team Up To Develop Heart-Monitoring Earphones

In May Apple purchased Beats Music and Beats Electronics for $3 billion US and now Intel is teami...more

Internet Outages, Slowness Spike Expected With '512K' Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) Traffic Jam Beginning To Affect The Internet Internet Outages, Slowness Spike Expected With '512K'

For the most part, the "Y2K" bug was more hype than reality, but the underpublicized Internet "Tr...more

This Is The Actual Hack That Saved The Astronauts Of The Apollo 13 If Necessity Be The Mother Of Invention, Then This Was The Mother Of All Occasions This Is The Actual Hack That Saved The Astronauts Of The Apollo 13

MacGyver was famous for his uncanny ability to make use of various mundane materials around him t...more

Apple Has 'No Immediate Plans' To Deal With 2011 MacBook Pro Faults Apple Reacts To 'Growing' Problems With Certain 2011 MacBook Pro Laptops By Saying There Is No Problem Apple Has 'No Immediate Plans' To Deal With 2011 MacBook Pro Faults

Not for the first time, Apple's reaction to reports of growing problems with one of their pro...more

New Nikon Full Frame DSLR Rumored for September Rumors Of A New Full Frame Nikon DSLR Surface - Will It Appear At Photokina 2014? New Nikon Full Frame DSLR Rumored for September

With Photokina 2014 coming up in Cologne, Germany from September 16th to 21st, the Rumor Mill has...more

When A Security Firm Uses Fear To Make Money Did Hold Security Cross Ethical And Legal Lines? When A Security Firm Uses Fear To Make Money

Following up to our news item of August 6th titled "Password Hack Affects 1.2 Billion Accounts, S...more

NASA Expects To Fabricate The World's First 3D-Printed Space Camera By The End Of September

Although NASA has already used 3-D printing to fabricate rocket engine parts, a space pizza maker...more

Pending FAA And Local Approval, Brownsville, Texas, Named As Site For Future SpaceX Spaceport

On Monday August 4, 2014, Gov. Rick Perry announced that the State of Texas was offering $2.3 mil...more

Rumored Since Last Year, Will Canon Unveil Medium Format Camera At Photokina? ...more

On August 6th, The ESA Spacecraft Rosetta Became The First Spacecraft To Orbit A Comet

Launched in 2004, European Space Agency (ESA)'s Rosetta spacecraft becomes the first spa...more

Russian Hackers Attack 420,000 Websites, Steal 1.2 Billion User Names And Passwords

On Tuesday August 5, 2014, a New York Times story told how Hold Security, a Milwaukee firm had di...more

Cybersecurity Researcher States That Passenger Jets Can Be Hacked Through Their WiFi And Inflight Entertainment Systems

Cybersecurity researcher Ruben Santamarta says that passenger jets can be hacked through their Wi...more

Does The 'Cannae Drive' Break Newton's Third Law -- And Why?

Invented by American scientist Guido Fetta, the "Cannae Drive" is a revolutionary new method of s...more

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