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Holiday Tech Talks 2017 -- Smart Home for the Holidays

It's Holiday Tech season again -- And this year I'm focusing on the "Smart Home" -- including using wireless speakers to jingle bells around the house, digital assistants to remotely deck the hall lights, and wireless cameras to record video...

Australia to Zimbabwe

Australia to Zimbabwe: A Rhyming Romp Around the World to 24 Countries is another recent children's book project on Kickstarter. This is a large-format children's A-Z book that is a "whirlwind romp around the globe." It's an amazing labor...

Progamming Languages ABC++

Yes, Programming Languages ABC++ is a toddler's ABC board book -- It indeed features a different programming language for each letter (although C++ actually is not one of the languages). The book obviously is not intended to actually teach...

NoPhone Zero

The NoPhone is exactly that, a plain black plastic rectangle about the size of a smartphone that was created as a Kickstarter project for people who are "addicted to rectangular devices." It has a thin, light, and "completely wireless"...

TYLT ENERGI Desktop Charging Station

TYLT has expanded its product line of batteries, chargers, and other mobile accessories by using Indiegogo to crowdfund a new and larger TYLT ENERGI Desktop Charging Station. This is a desktop hub that plugs into the wall with the...

Sound Blaster Roar 2 - Portable Bluetooth Speaker

I'm a big fan of portable Bluetooth speakers to share the music from our portable devices. There are nice small more portable speakers for an office space or hotel room, and larger ones to pump up the sound for a...

Digitsole Warm Series - Connected Heating Insole

As an example of the kind of ingenuity that can be enabled by crowdfunding, the Digitsole Warm Series is a new "connected heated insole." If you're working outside in cold weather, just slide this replacement insole into your shoes...

Ozobot Bit - Creative Robot

The Ozobot Bit is a tiny one-inch wheeled robot that provides a clever path to get kids involved in programming robotic behavior. It starts with a stunningly simple idea -- The Bit simply follows the path of lines that...

Brookstone - BB-8 App-Enabled Droid by Sphero

The original Sphero app-enabled robotic ball that I covered two years ago (see earlier post) is lots of fun -- for driving, racing, programming, or messing with toddlers and cats on the floor. This season's addition is the Star Wars-themed...

Brookstone Cat-Ear Headphones

Yes, Cat Ear Headphones from Brookstone -- really. These are the brainchild of Victoria Hu and Wenqing Yan, recent graduates of the University of California at Berkeley who are also anime fans (think of Japanese cartoon drawings with waifish...

Holiday Gadgets 2015

My Holiday Gadgets 2015 selections include both commercial and crowdfunded products (see previous post). I've focused on some innovative gift ideas from both commercial and crowdfunded sources, to make your mobile technology both more efficient and more fun. These also...

Crowdfunding for Holiday Gifts and Gadgets

'Tis the holiday season, and this year the Internet offers a fascinating new aspect to holiday giving, through "crowdfunding" -- direct person-to-person support for things that you are passionate about.        This can be philanthropy for individuals and organizations in...

SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD Drives

There's a great new option for video editing on the go -- the SanDisk Extreme line of deliciously-fast portable disk drives. These combine the memory-access transfer rates of solid-state drive (SSD) storage with the SuperSpeed USB 3.x interface. SDD...

Cameo by Vimeo: Video Editing on the iPhone

Vimeo, the online video community hosting site, has released version 2 of its free Cameo video editing app for the iPhone. Yes, Cameo runs on a smartphone -- You can import and trim clips, add titles and soundtracks, and apply...

Corel VideoStudio X8

Corel VideoStudio Pro X8 is targeted as a fast and easy consumer-grade video editor, priced at only $79.99. But this is not dumbed-down editing -- VideoStudio supports 64-bit editing in a traditional timeline, with HD to 4K resolution, Dolby...

Pinnacle Studio 18

Pinnacle Studio 18 is part of the latest wave of video editing tools that have stepped up to 64-bit processing, providing the performance and capacity to handle the demands of high-definition video editing on today's PCs. (Studio also still...

CyberLink PowerDirector 13

Amazingly for software starting at $69, CyberLink PowerDirector 13 is not anybody's idea of "consumer" level video editing -- in fact, it's not really even "enthusiast" level either. Instead, PowerDirector offers serious, professional toolkit editing -- including 2K/4K resolution,...

Holiday Gadgets 2014 - Wearables and Accessories

'Tis the season for Holiday Gadgets, and my annual coverage this year focuses on "wearables" -- fitness bands and smartwatches. The industry is making big bets that 2015 will be the year of the smartwatch -- with the impending arrival...

CES 2014 Wrap

The 2014 edition of the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has wrapped in Las Vegas last week. The big push from the major CE companies were Ultra HD TVs (the next step up to "4K" resolution), and curved and...

CES 2014 in Las Vegas

The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) returns to Las Vegas this week, with the exhibition running from Tuesday, January 7 through Friday, January 10, 2014. The show is produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), which reports that CES...

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