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Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

I've been using the Samsung Galaxy S4 as my main mobile device for just about a year now (it launched in March 2013 and was made publically available in April 2013) and I like it – but to be as honest as possible, I don't love it. My main issues with the S4 have to do with the camera, battery life, ergonomics and ...

Portable Power Everywhere

Portable Power Everywhere

Spring has sprung, but this past winter was one of the most extreme in recent memory. In fact, according to weather.com, the United States suffered more than its share of extreme weather and climate events in the past three years. There have been devastating tornadoes (like the one that destroyed large parts of Moore, OK, ...

Anticipating Anticipatory Wearables

Anticipating Anticipatory Wearables

Wearable technology usually evokes images of fitness-tracking wristbands such as the Jawbone UP or FitBit Force. More athletic types might envision Polar H7 strap-on heart rate monitors or Nike Fuel bands, while others might think about Samsung's Galaxy Gear or try to imagine what Apple's new iWatch might look like. But ...

Could Facebook Facilitate Peace in the Middle East?

Could Facebook Facilitate Peace in the Middle East?

I'm sitting on the terrace of my hotel room overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem… the mid-afternoon Adhan can be clearly heard coming from the Muslim Quarter, the sounds of construction add a strange drum beat to the traditional call to prayer. The juxtaposition of old and new is ubiquitous in Israel, as are heated ...

Auschwitz-Birkenau: The Technology of Death

Auschwitz-Birkenau: The Technology of Death

Walking along the railroad tracks up to the main building at Birkenau was chilling. I was about to enter the largest of the 40 Nazi extermination camps and sub-camps that made up the Auschwitz complex, and its reputation preceded it. At first, it doesn't look like much. Twenty or thirty barracks, some brick, some ...

Technology: Good or Bad?

Technology: Good or Bad?

Is technology good or bad? If we look at case law, such as Sony Corporation of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc., 464 U.S. 417 (1984) or, more recently, MGM Studios, Inc. v. Grokster, Ltd., 545 U.S. 913 (2005), the courts have consistently decided that technology is neither intrinsically good nor bad. However, the ...

Apple CarPlay—Car Wars II: Attack of the Phones

Apple CarPlay—Car Wars II: Attack of the Phones

According to the Radio Advertising Bureau, radio advertising in the United States topped $16 billion in 2012. While it was much bigger before the expansion of cable television and the advent of digital, it's still a thriving, profitable business. That said, the success of radio in the US is (and always has been) ...

Bitcoin: Money, Currency or Something Else?

Bitcoin: Money, Currency or Something Else?

Here are 10 reasons why a US dollar is worth the paper it's printed on: USS Nimitz (CVN-68) USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) USS George Washington (CVN-73) USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) USS ...

The Polar Loop Fitness-Tracking Wristband: Shelly’s Review

The Polar Loop Fitness-Tracking Wristband: Shelly’s Review

After I wrote my review of the Basis B1 fitness-tracking wristband, the people at Polar reached out and asked me if I would like to try the Polar Loop. It's a relatively new, $99 device that tracks steps, calories, sleep and other activities, as well as heart rate with an optional device such as Polar's H7 Heart Rate ...

Tea Leaves on Comcast’s Bid for Time Warner

Tea Leaves on Comcast’s Bid for Time Warner

In 2009, Blair Levin was hired by the FCC to help the agency craft a national broadband plan. Way back then, it was clear that FCC chairman Julius Genachowski intended to reclaim a significant amount of television spectrum and repurpose it for broadband. A telling Craig Moffet quote (usually cited as a Julius Genachowski ...