Retrospective: 2017

Retrospective: 2017

As I do each and every December, I sat down to write about the past year, and all its up and downs, reflecting on whether it was a good year, or a bad year. 2017 must be categorized as both. For Houston, it was both a great year, and a terrible one. For me and my...
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: 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...
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 web...
Another 24 Hours with a Windows Tablet

Another 24 Hours with a Windows Tablet

In February, 2014, I wrote a post titled “24 Hours with a Windows Tablet“. I had purchased a Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet, with the intention of using it primarily as a media consumption device, and having the added benefit of it being a full-blown computer...
Review: HP Stream 7

Review: HP Stream 7

How much would you pay for a 7-inch tablet? An iPad mini, with a slightly larger screen starts at $250, and most Android tablets cost at least $100–$200 or more for a decent one. What if you could get a 7-inch tablet that could also double as a full-fledged PC for...
24 Hours with a Windows Tablet

24 Hours with a Windows Tablet

I’m kind of a gadget junkie, as most of those who know me are already aware. As such, I’m always on the lookout for the latest-and-greatest technology. Lately, my Nexus 7 (2012) Android tablet started acting up, and the battery life has grown inconsistent....
Why You Should Stop Storing Contacts On Your Cellphone

Why You Should Stop Storing Contacts On Your Cellphone

We’ve all been there. You lose your cellphone, or damage it beyond salvation, and there’s no way to recover your contacts from it. You’re then stuck trying to get everyone to send you their contact information again, ultimately losing a few phone...