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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

Kodak's First Digital Moment Did You Know That Kodak Invented Digital Photography? Kodak's First Digital Moment

These days we all take digital photography for granted, even those people who use their smartphon...more

iSight Camera Replacement Program for iPhone 6 Plus A Small Percentage Of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus Models Have Failure-Prone Component In iSight Camera -- Apple Offers Replacement Program iSight Camera Replacement Program for iPhone 6 Plus

It's a given that consumers bought several million units of Apple's largest smartphone, t...more

NASA And MegaBots Team Up To Build Giant Fighting Robots Coming In 2016: Battle Of The Giant Robots (MegaBots' Mk. II vs. Kuratas) NASA And MegaBots Team Up To Build Giant Fighting Robots

Looking like real life versions of something you'd see in videogames, giant fighting robots l...more

Here's The Box That Can Turn A Puny Laptop Into A Graphical Powerhouse Intel's Prototype Thunderbolt 3 Hub Turns Wimpy Laptops Into Graphic Powerhouses Here's The Box That Can Turn A Puny Laptop Into A Graphical Powerhouse

USB Type-C isn't yet the household name that USB or USB 2 currently are, nor is Intel's T...more

Research Lab Goof Results In 4X Li-ion Battery Working Life Accident In Research Lab Produces Li-ion Battery That Lasts Four Times As Long As Before Research Lab Goof Results In 4X Li-ion Battery Working Life

When an accident in an experiment being conducted by scientists at Tsinghua University, Beijing, ...more

Report Claims Kaspersky Faked Malware To Trip Up Competitors' Products Former Employees Claim That Kaspersky Lab Doctored Malware In Order To Foul Up Competitors' Products Report Claims Kaspersky Faked Malware To Trip Up Competitors' Products

If the rumor that Russian malware protection software company Kaspersky Lab doctored malware in o...more

Tesla Announces $500 Million Common Stock Offering Tesla Offers Half Billion Dollars Worth Of Common Stock For Sale Tesla Announces $500 Million Common Stock Offering

On August 13, 2015, Tesla offered half a billion dollars worth of common stock for sale in order ...more

Our First Good Look At The BlackBerry Android Franken-Phone We Finally Get A Peek At The Rumored BlackBerry-Android Phone, Known As The BlackBerry Venice Our First Good Look At The BlackBerry Android Franken-Phone

Earlier this year word leaked out of a BlackBerry smartphone running Android. Notorious leaker E...more

MIT Created A Camera That Will Never Overexpose A Photograph Will MIT's Revolutionary 'Modulo Camera' Be The Next 'Big Thing' In Digital Photography? MIT Created A Camera That Will Never Overexpose A Photograph

If you were offered a new type of camera that was guaranteed to never overexpose a photograph, re...more

How 95% Of Android Phones Can Be Hacked With A Single Text Nearly 1 Billion Android Phones Can Be Hacked With A Single Malicious Multimedia Message How 95% Of Android Phones Can Be Hacked With A Single Text

Nearly 95% of the 1 Billion Android smartphones in the world are extremely vulnerable to the Stag...more

US Military's Top-Secret X-37B Space Plane Mission Nears 3-Month Mark U.S. Air Force's Top Secret 4th X-37B Space Plane Flight Approaches 3 Month Mark US Military's Top-Secret X-37B Space Plane Mission Nears 3-Month Mark

Launched from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on May 20, 2015, the United States A...more

Wow, Samsung's New 16 Terabyte SSD Is The World's Largest Hard Drive The Newest Contender To The Title Of The World's Largest Hard Drive Is Samsung's New 16 TB Solid State Drive (SSD) Wow, Samsung's New 16 Terabyte SSD Is The World's Largest Hard Drive

When we heard that the newest contender to the title of The World's Largest Hard Drive was Sa...more

Samsung Note 5 Removes Two Key Features: Expandable Storage And Removable Battery Samsung Note 5 Drops Removable Battery And Expandable Storage Samsung Note 5 Removes Two Key Features: Expandable Storage And Removable Battery

In Samsung's drive to compete with Apple, they have apparently angered some of their most loy...more

Apple Updates Galore, Including Very Timely Release Of iOS 8.4.1 Apple Released Numerous Updates On August 12th & 13th, Including iOS 8.4.1, OS X Yosemite 10.10.5, iTunes 12.2.2, and Security Updates 2015-006 Apple Updates Galore, Including Very Timely Release Of iOS 8.4.1

Apple released numerous updates on August 12th & 13th, including iOS 8.4.1, OS X Yosemite 10....more

NPD: Chromebooks Outsell Windows Laptops According To The NPD Group, Chromebooks Outsold Windows Laptops Between May 31st And July 18th, 2015 NPD: Chromebooks Outsell Windows Laptops

Although Windows laptops have been outselling Chromebooks, that trend was reversed in the sales p...more

Major iOS Security Flaw Lets Hackers Steal Your Data

Confirming yet again that Apple's iOS mobile operating system is not invulnerable to hackers,...more

Notorious Serial Hacker Develops $30 Electronic Device That Jimmies Car And Garage Doors Easily

If you thought that new keyless entry system for your garage or car provided superior security to...more

Google Spawns Larger New Company Named 'Alphabet'

On August 10th, Google annoiunced that were creating a new company named Alphabet which would inc...more

The Stagefright Vulnerability Makes Patching The Fragmented Android Ecosphere A Real Challenge

Given the fragmented nature of the open Android ecosphere when compared to the rigidly controled ...more

Released In July 2014, Nvidia Is Recalling 88,000 Shield Tablets Because The Batteries Are Overheating Badly And Are At Risk Of Catching Fire

Popular among gamers, Nvidia's Shield Tablet was one of the hottest Android tablets around.&n...more

Recently Discovered Major Flaw Renders Major Portions Of The Internet Vulnerable To Denial-Of-Service Attacks

When Rob Graham, CEO of penetration testing firm Errata Security reviewed some of the Bind source...more

Canon's New ME20F-SH Is A Multi-Purpose Camera With A Jaw Dropping ISO Of Over 4 Million

Using an "enhanced" version of the new CMOS sensor that was demonstrated in early 2013, the new C...more

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