Jan 242019
 
The Cleer Flow Bluetooth Noise Cancelling Headphones

Ever since 2016 when Apple forced the issue by eliminating the regular headphone jack on its iPhone 7 model, some headphone manufacturers have necessarily responded by offering Bluetooth connectivity on their headphones. This is, frankly, unfortunate and totally unnecessary, but for Apple’s decision to make things more complicated for us, and clearly motivated by their […]

Jan 102019
 
CES Report 2019

Ever since 1967, the first week in January has seen the enormous Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  This year was no exception, with over 180,000 attendees from over 150 countries and over 4,500 exhibiting companies meeting in an enormous 2.5 million square foot exhibition, sprawling over the Las Vegas Convention Center and spilling into […]

Nov 082018
 
Apple Breathes New Life Into iPads

Apple’s iPad has always been a strange product.  Its original launch was accompanied by a level of hype perhaps never seen before or since, and the product appeared with outstanding specifications in terms of battery life, capabilities, screen size, weight, and even price. Overnight, a totally new category of computing device was created, causing some […]

Aug 092018
 
The Cori Travel Pillow - Design Your Own Comfort?

The endless quest for a magic way to transform a coach class seat into a comfortable travel experience continues unabated.  The obvious difficulty in achieving such an objective, and the continued hurdles being placed in our path by evil airlines and their ever-more-inadequate seating is being matched by ever-more-creative devices and ways of possibly improving […]

May 102018
 
Using an Amazon Echo

We’ve had a love-hate relationship with our Amazon Echo devices since  getting our first back in 2016.  We love what they do, but we hate that we don’t know more about how to use them better, and we get annoyed at ourselves when we forget the appropriate voice commands to do the things we wish […]

Feb 012018
 
The $79 Way to Make Your $80 Headphones Sound Almost Like $800 Headphones

Here’s a very clever program that digitally compensates for the non-perfect sound coming from your headphones, creating a clearer, smoother, and broader frequency response, with less unwanted sound coloration. These days, the speakers/headphones are by far the weakest link in any sound reproduction chain.  The storage and playback/amplification is all very close to perfect, it […]

Dec 072017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 8 December, 2017

Good morning As is always the case, a typical rush to get ready for the 2017 Travel Insider Christmas Cruise saw some projects failed to complete.  But I don’t feel too abjectly guilty at not completing the external battery pack project though, because I have been nonstop continuing to test batteries all the last week. […]

Nov 232017
 
Top Ten Christmas Gift Giving Guide

Whether you’re looking for gifts for others, or wanting ideas to pass on for appropriate items for yourself, here’s a wonderful cornucopia of ideas, at least some of which are sure to delight everyone. We’ve come up with a mix of the commonplace (but sometimes overlooked) and the unusual, giving preference to modestly priced items […]