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Amazon’s Echo brings to mind Star Trek and Hal

January 22, 2016

In a previous column I mentioned the Amazon Echo ($179 on as a useful device for listening to music and podcasts. But, after using the Echo for the past month and hearing others talk about it as CES, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s far more than that. It’s reminiscent of the voice command computers in Star Trek and Hal, from Arthur C. Clarke’s A Space Odyssey. I bought [...]

Zum: Like a child-friendly Uber just for kids

January 19, 2016

Zum founder and CEO Ritu Narayan Uber, Lyft and traditional taxi and car services are great for adults who need to a ride now and again, but if I still had a young child, I don’t think I’d want to chance it by having him or her picked up by one of those drivers. I’d not only want someone who is vetted as an excellent driver and safe around kids, but I’d want to know that they are good [...]

Streaming audio gains popularity

January 16, 2016

Live streaming of music is mainstream with the likes of Spotify, Pandora and Apple Music becoming increasingly popular. In the meantime, we're starting to see progress when it comes to news, talk, audio books and podcasts. [...]

CES caters caters to health and fitness fanatics

January 7, 2016

Fitness products were all over the Consumer Electronics Show this year. Fitbit announced a fancier Fitness tracker called the Blaze. Unlike previous Fitbit products, it has a color touchscreen with swapable bands. And, like most smart watches, it can be used to answer or decline calls and check text messages and your calendar. It’s arguably more attractive than the company’s standard [...]

Auto manufacturers use CES to highlight advances

January 7, 2016

I spent the last several days at CES in Las Vegas with about 150,000 of my closest friends and more than 3,500 companies. CES used to stand for Consumer Electronics show but it’s now officially called International CES. The sponsoring trade group was known as the Consumer Electronics Association but now it’s the Consumer Technology Association or CTA. Although I have never fully [...]

Fitbit and other exercise trackers can help motivate

December 31, 2015

This is the time of year when people make New Year’s resolutions, which they often forget about by the time February rolls around. I don’t have a foolproof way of guaranteeing that you’ll keep your resolutions, but if getting more exercise is among them, then an exercise tracker or smartwatch could help motivate you. My guess is that getting and staying fit is the main reason a [...]

CNET Slideshow: Most anticipated tech for 2016

December 28, 2015

CNET is out with a slideshow on the most anticipated tech products of 2016. They include the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, the unveiling of a more affordable new Tesla and lots of other upcoming products. Click here for the slideshow [...]

Looking back at 2015 tech products

December 28, 2015

As 2015 is about to enter the history books, it’s time to take a look at some of the year’s most interesting products. The Apple Watch was certainly the most hyped. It was the first new product category under CEO Tim Cook. The last time Apple introduced an entirely new product line was when Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad in 2010. The watch, which Best Buy and some other retailers [...]
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