Apple, I Wish I Could Quit You

Apple, I Wish I Could Quit You

With the release of the next wave of Android flagship phones, namely the Galaxy S8 by Samsung, I find myself lusting over that new phone, and yet, want as I might, I cannot make myself switch back to Android. Apple has managed to lock me in, and I can’t navigate...
Review: Apple AirPods

Review: Apple AirPods

At long last, truly wireless earbuds! Apple has received a lot of criticism for the AirPods since their announcement. Many have complained about the look of the ear buds, the price, and the idea that it might be easy to lose them, but few people have actually provided...
Review: Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Gen)

Review: Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Gen)

Amazon wants us all to believe that the Echo, and Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, is something we absolutely need in our homes. She’s an always-listening artificial-intelligence assistant, ready to help out in myriad ways. Alexa can provide information...
Retrospective: 2016

Retrospective: 2016

As has become my custom, I take a look back at the previous year, the good and the bad, the surprising and the obvious, and reflect on the year as a whole. Many would agree with me that 2016 was not a great year. It saw turbulence across the globe, in all aspects of...
What I Read in 2016: The Year In Review

What I Read in 2016: The Year In Review

For the Goodreads graphical version of this report, click here. Over the past few years, I’ve set myself fairly aggressive reading goals, and managed to hit those goals. 2016 is the first year that I can remember falling short of my goal, and not by a little bit—but a...
I Want More From Artificial Intelligence

I Want More From Artificial Intelligence

  Siri. Cortana. Google Assistant. Alexa. These are all variations of today’s artificial intelligence-based assistants. They all let you do roughly the same things, like adding items to your calendar; sending messages; setting alarms and timers; and doing basic...
Why I’m Excited About the iPhone 7

Why I’m Excited About the iPhone 7

On Wednesday, September 7th, 2016, Apple announced the latest generation of iPhone, which they’re calling the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Ironically, the rumors on the internet indicate that Apple will radically re-design the iPhone in 2017, for the tenth-anniversary...
Retrospective: 2015

Retrospective: 2015

As 2015 ends, I take my yearly look back, at what has happened, not happened, and try to determine how happy I am with the previous year. 2015 has been quite a year, with mostly some very significant ups, and the downs being fortuitous in that they could have been far...