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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

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If you use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 on your PC or Mac, you'll be delighted to know that Ve...more

NASA Cargo Launches To Space Station aboard SpaceX Resupply Mission SpaceX's Third Resupply Mission For NASA Launched To International Space Station (ISS) NASA Cargo Launches To Space Station aboard SpaceX Resupply Mission

On Friday, April 18. 2014, nearly 2.5 tons of NASA science investigations and cargo was launched ...more

Achieve Photographic Distinction with the Medium-Format PENTAX 645Z PENTAX 645Z 51.4MP CMOS Medium Format Camera Announced Achieve Photographic Distinction with the Medium-Format PENTAX 645Z

Scheduled to be available in June 2014, the 51.4 Megapixel PENTAX 645Z Medium Format DSLR will of...more

Boeing-Built Fighter Jets Could Launch US Military Satellites Into Space DARPA Gives Boeing $30.6 Million Contract To Develop Inexpensive Satellite Launch Vehicle Boeing-Built Fighter Jets Could Launch US Military Satellites Into Space

Last month Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) gave Boeing a $30.6 million contract...more

Canon 7D Mark II Delayed Because Of Sensor Production Issues? Delivery Of Canon 7D Mark II Rumored To Be Delayed Due To Sensor Production Issues Canon 7D Mark II Delayed Because Of Sensor Production Issues?

With Canon's 7D Mark II anticipated to feature a higher performance version of the Dual Pixel...more

Pouring Saltwater Over Graphene Generates Electricity Chinese Scientists Produce Measurable Quantity Of Electricity By Pouring Saltwater Over Graphene Layer Pouring Saltwater Over Graphene Generates Electricity

Generating hydroelectric power on a massive scale is a commonplace occurrence but generating it o...more

Navy Powers Model Plane Using Fuel Made From Sea Water US Naval Research Laboratory Powers Scale Model Of P-51 Mustang Using Seawater Navy Powers Model Plane Using Fuel Made From Sea Water

With finite fuel supplies and pollution being twin concerns, being able to create a viable liquid...more

The New AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300MM f/3.5-6.3G ED VR Lens The New AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300MM f/3.5-6.3G ED VR Lens Is A Versatile Yet Compact And Lightweight Telephoto Zoom Lens The New AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300MM f/3.5-6.3G ED VR Lens

If you own a Nikon DX-format D-SLR and are looking for a compact and lightweight telephoto zoom l...more

Panasonic's HIT Solar Cell Hits Record 25.6 Percent Conversion Efficiency Panasonic's New HIT Solar Cell Sets Conversion Efficiency Record In Its Category Panasonic's HIT Solar Cell Hits Record 25.6 Percent Conversion Efficiency

When it comes to setting new records in conversion efficiency of solar power cells, the improveme...more

No Filter Needed: The New Nikon COOLPIX S810c No Filter Needed: The New Nikon COOLPIX S810c With The Android Operating System Is The Seamless Way To Shoot No Filter Needed: The New Nikon COOLPIX S810c

Imagine combining a quality point and shoot camera with a a small Android tablet.  That'...more

Legendary Stradivarius Loses to New Violins in Blind Tests Are Modern Day Violins Equal Or Superior To Those Handcrafted By Stradivarius And Guarnerius? Legendary Stradivarius Loses to New Violins in Blind Tests

We're not even from Missouri but we have serious doubts about both the 2010 study pitting new...more

A Greater GALAXY: OtterBox Cases for GALAXY S5 Now Available OtterBox Offers Four Models Of Cases for Samsung's Hot New GALAXY S5 A Greater GALAXY: OtterBox Cases for GALAXY S5 Now Available

Samsung's GALAXY S5 is the current hottest smartphone to hit the market and OtterBox is pleas...more

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While NASA's current spacesuit gets the job done, they're extremely uncomfortable and ver...more

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If you own an iPad 2 or or later running iOS 7, you will soon be able to get access to the new Li...more

Sony's New alpha7S Full-Frame Camera Shoots 4K Video And Has Amazing ISO Range Of 50 To 409,600

Prior to its official introduction at NAB 2014 in Las Vegas on April 6th, Sony's new alpha7S&...more

Say Goodbye to Windows XP - If You Use It For Personal Use

Officially, all free support for Windows XP finally ends today, Tuesday April 8th, 2014, but cert...more

Wind Power Tech Toy Teaches STEM Concepts

Wind Power 2.0 looks like a pretty cool collection of tech "toys" for experimenting with generati...more

Affordable 3D Printer Zooms Through Kickstarter Funding (50K in 11 min)

THe Micro 3D printer set a modest goal of $50K for intinal funding on Kickstarter and launched it...more

Capable Of Shooting 4K Video, Sony A7S Mirrorless Camera To Be Introduced At NAB 2014 This Sunday Night

Set to be announced on Sunday April 6, 2014 at NAB 2014 in Las Vegas, the...more

The Smithsonian's National Air And Space Museum's Milestones Of Flight Gallery To Be Renovated For Museum's 40th Anniversary In 2016

The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum's Milestones of Flight Gallery will be ex...more

World's First Open Source Laptop Is More Than Halfway To Its Fundraising Goal

If you said the words "Open Source" to a computer literate person, they would immediately think o...more

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