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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
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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

Tech News/Leads

Intel And Micron Team Up To Launch A New Class Of Computer Memory Intel And Micron's Joint Venture Produces Revolutionary 3D XPoint Computer Memory Intel And Micron Team Up To Launch A New Class Of Computer Memory

The result of the decade-long partnership between Intel and Micron to build better flash memory u...more

Musk, Wozniak, And Hawking Urge Ban On Warfare AI And Autonomous Weapons Billionaire Elon Musk, Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak, And Professor Stephen Hawking On 'Terminator'-Type Artificial Intelligences Musk, Wozniak, And Hawking Urge Ban On Warfare AI And Autonomous Weapons

Given the rapid proliferation of stateless threats to Humanity such as Al-Qaeda and Daesh (ISIS /...more

Police Just Busted A $19 Million iPhone Counterfeiting Factory In Beijing Police Just Busted A $19 Million iPhone Counterfeiting Factory In Beijing Run By A Middle-Aged Married Couple Police Just Busted A $19 Million iPhone Counterfeiting Factory In Beijing

Given China's proclivities for counterfeit goods, we're inclined to be cynical and sugges...more

SanDisk 6TB And 8TB SSDs Coming In 2016 SanDisk To Introduce 6TB And 8TB Optimus MAX Serial Attached SCSI Solid State Drives (SSDs) In 2016 SanDisk 6TB And 8TB SSDs Coming In 2016

Last year SanDisk introduced their affordably priced enterprise level 4TB Optimus MAX Serial Atta...more

Researchers Hack Air-Gapped Computer With Simple Cell Phone Israeli Researchers Prove That Even Non-Networked Computers Can Be Hacked Using A Basic 'Dumb' Cell Phone Researchers Hack Air-Gapped Computer With Simple Cell Phone

Time was that if you had computers that required high levels of security, keeping them offline an...more

PSA: Many Film Processing Services No Longer Return Your Original Film If You Still Shoot Film, Check Carefully To Make Sure You'll Get Your Negatives Back PSA: Many Film Processing Services No Longer Return Your Original Film

If you're one of the photographers who still shoots film and doesn't develop it themselve...more

950 Million Android Phones Can Be Hijacked By Malicious Text Messages Nearly 1 Billion Smartphones And Tablets Running Android 2.2 Or Later Vulnerable To Being Hijacked By Malicious Text Messages 950 Million Android Phones Can Be Hijacked By Malicious Text Messages

On July 27th, the world got the bad news that nearly all 1 billion smartphones and tablets runnin...more

Car Hacking Forces Recall Of 1.4 Million Jeeps, Rams, Dodges, and Chryslers Remote Wireless Car Hacking Of 1.4 Million Jeeps, Rams, Dodges, and Chryslers Forces Recall By Fiat-Chrysler USA Car Hacking Forces Recall Of 1.4 Million Jeeps, Rams, Dodges, and Chryslers

On July  Fiat-Chrysler USA issued a "voluntary" recall of 1.4 Million Jeeps, Rams, Dodges, a...more

China Is Building An Absolutely Massive Radio Telescope China Building Massive Radio Telescope That Will Dwarf Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory China Is Building An Absolutely Massive Radio Telescope

Currently the world's largest single-dish radio telescope, Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observat...more

E1: The World's Smallest Micro Four Thirds 4K Camera The E1 Camera From Las Vegas-Based Z Camera -- The Newest World's Smallest Micro Four Thirds 4K Camera E1: The World's Smallest Micro Four Thirds 4K Camera

What's the size of the GoPro camera favored by daredevils and extreme sports enthusiasts, sho...more

Astonishing LEGO Optimus Prime Actually Transforms! Imagine Making A LEGO Transformer Capable Of Full Transformation Astonishing LEGO Optimus Prime Actually Transforms!

Making a static LEGO version of one of Hasbro's Transformers robots is impressive, but when a...more

Tesla Plans To Add Faster Zero-To-60 'Ludicrous Mode' To Model S Sedan Tesla Motors To Release Even Faster Custom Version Of Model S Sedan And Offers Upgrade To Existing Model S Sedan Customers Tesla Plans To Add Faster Zero-To-60 'Ludicrous Mode' To Model S Sedan

Tesla Motors is known for having fast electric cars, including some equipped with their spec...more

Kodak Turns 92-Year-Old Film Manufacturing Building Into Rubble Kodak Levels Sprawling Building 53 As It Continues To Downsize Its Film Business Kodak Turns 92-Year-Old Film Manufacturing Building Into Rubble

At Kodak USA, film is not dead yet, but it is definitely a niche product these days.  On Jul...more

The Untold Story Of ILM, A Titan That Forever Changed Film Happy 40th Birthday To Industrial Light & Magic The Untold Story Of ILM, A Titan That Forever Changed Film

The most famous special effects department in the world is Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), fo...more

Windows 10 Will Kill The Installation DVD, Finally Microsoft Discontinues Installation DVD For Windows 10, Replaces It With Windows 10 On USB Drives Windows 10 Will Kill The Installation DVD, Finally

Depending on how old you are, your memories include which media your copy of Windows came on -- C...more

Acadine Technologies And Former Mozilla Executive Aim To Challenge Android And iOS Domination

With Android and iOS the dominant operating systems for smartphones and tablets, a new Hong Kong-...more

Apple Increases Its Share Of All Smartphone Profits To 92 Percent Thanks To Rapid Expansion In China, Macau, Taiwan, And Hong Kong

Although Apple's share of the smartphone market is under 20 percent, they managed to grab an ...more

If You Thought The Photos From NASA's New Horizons Probe Were Gorgeous, Check Out These From The Cassini Space Probe

For everyone who thought that Pluto was a featureless iceball, the flyby of NASA's New Horizo...more

Two Zero-Day Exploits Discovered In Flash Player Plugin 18.0.0.203, Adobe Releases Flash Player 18.0.0.209 on July 14th

Good News!  Adobe released Flash Player 18.0.0.209 on July 14th and hopefully that's the...more

Professional Photographers of America 'Unknowingly' Used Member Photos To Promote Itself

Call us gobsmacked when we read the open letter to the Professional Photographers of America (PPA...more

Project Nimbus Brings 19th Century 'Zoopraxiscope' Into The 21st Century With Airborne Lasers

Even if you're a buff of photographic history, the name of Eadweard James Muybridge or the wo...more

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Discusses Sharpening Smartphone Business Focus

Reading the article, especially the title by GIZMODO's Darren Orf, you'd think that Micro...more

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