Category: Hardware

That Cheap Garage Door Opener From eBay

I have to admit since I purchased my Google Home, I’ve been trying to find ways to automate various things around the house. One of the easiest/quickest things to do is to purchase the smart outlets or smart plugs. Recently, I was looking at smart options for garage door openers. I went looking through eBay …

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Easy Media Server Storage Solutions

If you’ve been running a media server for any amount of time (like Plex or Emby), you realize how fast your media library can build up and how much storage it can require. The good news is that storage space on hard drives seems to double on a very rapid basis. So finding a hard …

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Using Mini Smart Sockets

Over the past year or so, I’ve been getting into using the Google Home (assistant). It’s nice to be able to turn lights on, ask general questions and set appointments just by talking. But one of the most disappointing things about the Google Home habitat is the ancillary devices/switches. A lot of them are fairly …

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Review: GONGNIU – USB Car Charger

This is a quick post about something I found on Amazon.com. So, first I was looking for a car charger that would fix my problem where I use my GPS on my phone and unfortunately, my car charger would not charge my phone fast enough so as I’m using my GPS, my phone is also …

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5 Ways to Conserve Smartphone Battery Power During the Work Day

You forgot to plug your phone in last night, and you’re starting the work day with only 20 percent battery life. It’s a situation that’s happened to everyone, and it’s no fun at all. But with some battery-saving tricks up your sleeve, you can make minimal battery life last you through the workday. Plus, when …

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Review: iVUE Horizon Pro 1080p HD Camera Glasses

A while back I got an opportunity to do a review on iVue’s Horizon Pro 1080p HD camera sports glasses. People who like to do activities like to be able to record themselves, but trying to record using a smartphone while doing activities is kind of difficult. IVue has come out with a pair of …

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Review: Canon Vixia HF R700 Camcorder

I recently picked up a new camcorder to keep track of my son’s activities with tae kwon do and football. Some of the main things that I was looking for  was a good optical zoom, HD recording, the ability to take still photographs during the recording process and to be very easy to use. It’s …

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Slick new iPhone 7 case restores the headphone jack

I think it’s always funny when you see companies trying to dictate the path of technology in such a way that it angers people. Apple’s newly released a new iPhone 7 it’s causing a star with the absence of the headphone jack. There was a lot of discussion about the release of the iPhone 7, …

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Hewlett Packard Imposes Ink Cartridge DRM Requirements On Customers

A couple of years ago, I made the conscious decision to switch from using an inkjet printer to using a color laser printer simply because the ink cartridges didn’t last very long and they were very costly. When you’re using an inkjet printer you don’t know exactly how many pages you going to be able …

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So now Google wants Chromecast built into TVs, like Roku

At the beginning of 2014, Roku was able to work out some deals with Hisense and TCL TV manufacturers to incorporate the Roku abilities; TVs from 32 inches to 55 inches. At the time, I thought it was a bad move considering all the number of streaming media devices that people can use nowadays. Albeit, …

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