Google announces new Chromecasts, Pixel tablet

Pixel C, Chromecast, Nexus

Earlier this week, Google announced a variety of new devices and services. Here’s my two cents on all the new Google stuff. Chromecasts: Now with audio Google’s released an updated version of the Chromecast. Besides various software (and WiFi hardware) updates, the new Chromecasts will also come in a choice of colors: black, “coral” (red), and “lemonade” (yellow). … Read more

10 years with Linux, and how my usage has changed


It’s been 10 years since I started using Linux as an operating system for my home PCs. A decade ago, I’d grown interested in using Linux for various reasons, including: A free (as in cost) operating system, as well as free (as in cost) software. I didn’t have much money to spend on an office … Read more

Next on the “dying tech” list: home landline phones

Rotary telephone

The next dying piece of technology, per current trends, is the landline home phone. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been surveying phone ownership since 2004, as part of one of its health studies. The CDC’s figures show that US households have gone from 90% landline usage a decade ago to landline-only and cell … Read more

Apple now accepting non-iPhone phones for trade-ins

iPhone 6

Apple’s announced it’s expanding its “Reuse and Recycling Program” for computers to include iPhones. Those looking to buy a new iPhone can now bring in a Windows phone, Android phone, or Blackberry for trade-in credit toward a new iPhone. The offer only applies to certain models, however, and doesn’t apply toward the Apple Watch. Details are available … Read more

Google launches mobile payment platform called Android Pay; Samsung launches Samsung Pay

Google Wallet

Google’s announced at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, that it’s launching a new mobile payment platform, Android Pay. The service will allow third party companies to build payment services into their Android apps, and let users pay for purchases with their smartphones. This isn’t a stand-alone app, but the service will be built … Read more

Google Wallet will be pre-installed on T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon Android smartphones

Google Wallet

Google’s own Wallet smartphone payment service hasn’t been getting as much traction as Google’s hoped. Despite the temper-tantrum thrown by a few stores over Apple Pay a few months back, Apple’s service seems to be gaining ground, thanks in part to its control over iOS/iPhones. Less so for Wallet, Softcard, and other services. To rectify this, Google’s … Read more

Apple introduces the Apple Watch, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

iPhone 6 and iPHone 6 Plus

Apple today announced its biggest news in awhile. The iPhone line is being updated with bigger screens; Apple’s introduced its own smartphone-using payment system; and Apple’s introduced its own smartwatch. My thoughts on all of these are below. iPhone 6 and 6 Plus The two new iPhones are the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 … Read more

Blackberry will *not* be undersold…or sold period?

In a surprise bit of news today came word that Blackberry’s impending sale reported in September has fallen through. Instead, Blackberry plans to raise $1 billion while letting go its now-former CEO Thorsten Heins, replacing him with interim CEO John S. Chen. The stock market apparently didn’t like this news, as Blackberry’s value declined today … Read more

Google (finally) releases the Nexus 5

On Halloween, Google officially released the Nexus 5, its successor to the previous Nexus 4 smartphone. Much of the information’s been leaked by now, so not much announced was actually a surprise (beyond maybe the price). A full list of the specs are available in this Engadget article. Overall, despite costing $50 more than the … Read more