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About Josh Carr

Josh founded eciov in 2008 and has overseen it's evolution into a lifestyle site. He enjoys all things digital, art, music, creativity -- anything that can evoke emotion. If he's not working on this site or at his day job as a UX Engineer, he's out riding his motorcycle or jumping his truck on trails in the mountains.
6 04, 2015

Walking Scrolls of Alto’s Steamy Adventure – GG Episode 5

By |April 6th, 2015|Categories: Gaming, GG, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Welcome to GG Episode 5, our gaming podcast here at eciov. In this episode, Sean and Josh talk about Sean's obsession with The Walking Dead - the game and the TV show. Josh brings up the new Steam Machine controller design and his love hate relationship with Alto's Adventure. They also discuss the new microtransactions available in Elder Scrolls Online and Josh's new tanking build. If you play Elder Scrolls Online, Josh wants you to join his guild. He's a high-level crafter in every category and [...]

10 03, 2015

I Don’t Believe in the Magic of Apple, but Not for the Reason You Think

By |March 10th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Tech|Tags: , , , , , , , |

This is a difficult post to write. I’m not afraid of what people will think of me. I’m not worried that it goes against the last seven years of my life. Actually, it's difficult to write this because I believe people need to know the truth about Apple, and I have to figure out how to get them to listen. I don't think the Apple Watch is stupid, or that Apple is going downhill. I don't think they'll ever make a car, but they'll definitely improve our driving experience. I'm not writing this to hur [...]

9 03, 2015

Best Water Bottle for Leach-Free Drinking – Updated 2017

By |March 9th, 2015|Categories: Featured, Health and Fitness, Recommendations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

I don't necessarily look like the kind of guy who would review water bottles, but I have a very good reason for my obsession: I live in Colorado. I'll explain why my location plays an important role in this best water bottle recommendation shortly. I just want to stress why it's important I make the best recommendation possible. That's why I'm taking a few paragraphs to explain the ridiculously long process and requirements we created for this review. If you don't care about the background, just [...]

3 03, 2015

Epic Games Makes Unreal Engine 4 Free for Everyone

By |March 3rd, 2015|Categories: Articles, Gaming, Videos|Tags: , , , , |

For almost a year now, developers have been able to use Unreal Engine 4 to create immersive worlds for us to traverse. A $19 monthly subscription gave anyone access to the engine and early access to the Unreal Tournament pre-alpha. You read that right: a pre-alpha. It's a concept we don't see very often in the gaming industry. Epic Games hopes to encourage game developers and modders to create content for the new Unreal Tournament. They call it crowdsourced development; I think it's awesome. Wit [...]

2 03, 2015

How I Use Facebook in 2015

By |March 2nd, 2015|Categories: Articles, Society|Tags: , , |

When I first signed up for Facebook in 2004, it was an invitation-only service for select colleges. My college was one of the first on the list. I thought it was an exclusive club only the cool people knew about. I guess, at that point, it was. A few years down the road, they decided to add high schools to the service. I thought it was terrible decision at the time, but it didn't really affect me, so whatever. Then the inevitable happened: they allowed everyone to join the service. It turns out [...]

27 02, 2015

Net Neutrality Has Nothing (and Everything) to Do with Politics

By |February 27th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Politics|Tags: , , , , , , |

Net Neutrality is back in the news thanks to a recent FCC ruling that re-classifies the internet as telecommunication services under Title II of the Communications Act. That means the FCC officially ensures open access to the internet for all Americans. Specifically, it prevents your internet service provider from degrading your experience. That's great for the consumer, but this is also great for innovation. Some politicians want you to believe otherwise, but they're just wrong... willfully so. [...]

24 02, 2015

SteamStation Micro Machines – GG Episode 4

By |February 24th, 2015|Categories: Gaming, GG, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Welcome to GG Episode 4, our gaming podcast here at eciov. In this episode, Sean and Josh talk about Sean's recent purchase of a PlayStation 4. Josh questions Sean's loyalty to the pursuit of epic gaming (get a PC, folks). Sean questions Josh's desire to be an all-around game connoisseur. They agree to disagree on platforms, but some interesting things happen when they talked about the PS4. Game exclusivity turns out to be a major draw for Sean... more than he thought. Josh basically re-sells hi [...]

22 02, 2015

Toyota Dropped CarPlay Support – Shoots Self in Foot

By |February 22nd, 2015|Categories: Articles, Auto, Tech|Tags: , , , |

With nearly every major auto manufacturer on the list for CarPlay integrations, I'm admittedly a little surprised that Toyota dropped CarPlay support. In a recent New York Times article, Toyota's John Hanson said, "It currently had no plans to adopt Android Auto or CarPlay in the United States." No plans? That's a mistake, right? I hope he's just saying that so Toyota can spend more time on the integration. If Apple gets CarPlay into 50% of the industry this year, I think the brands that don't a [...]

17 02, 2015

Comcast Xfinity Apple TV Activation – Updated

By |February 17th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Tech, TV|Tags: , , , , , , , |

**We've added a list of apps with Comcast Xfinity Apple TV activation to the end of this post.** If you're an Apple TV user and a Comcast Xfinity subscriber, you've probably wondered why the steps to activate certain channels on the Apple TV don't work. It doesn't seem to be an issue with Apple's software. It appears that Comcast doesn't want certain channels like History, AETV, Lifetime, etc. available to Apple TV users. Comcast is actually dense enough to make this a difficult process without [...]

16 02, 2015

Best Moldable Rubber for Fixers

By |February 16th, 2015|Categories: Do it Yourself, Do it Yourself, Recommendations|Tags: , , , |

Without making this a manifesto for the "fixer movement," I wanted to share one of my favorite materials with you: moldable rubber. More so, I wanted to show you the best moldable rubber for fixing stuff. Why would anyone want moldable rubber, and how does it help me fix anything? Personally, I've found endless uses for this putty-like material including reinforcing charger cables, mounting USB ports in a truck console, custom-fitting a screwdriver, repairing headphones, etc. I keep a bunch of t [...]

15 02, 2015

SNL 40 was Awesome – You Should Watch It

By |February 15th, 2015|Categories: Articles, TV|Tags: , , |

SNL 40 was one of my most anticipated television events of the last month. I'm excited to say that the show was epic on all levels. Minus a few directorial snafus, the show had an amazing mix of old and new cast members, popular hosts, and musical guests. I've been a fan of the show forever. I haven't been around for all 40 years, but I've seen almost every episode thanks to the invention of reruns. If you were wondering about the 3.5-hour length, it's worth every minute if you're a fan of Satur [...]

13 02, 2015

Debunk – The Apple Van Will Never Happen

By |February 13th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Tech|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Chalk this one up to the stupidity of "analysts." I hate this rumor, so I'm putting it to death with this post. There isn't now, nor will there ever be, an Apple van or any automobile -- electric or otherwise. Let's think about the source of this rumor. It's an email commenter, who supposedly works for Apple, tipping off one of the most worthless business websites online. Why are we listening? I'm being harsh... deliberately. Normally, I leave rumor debunking to Chris Rawson at TUAW, but we all [...]

13 02, 2015

Heroic Shadow of the Elder Storm – GG Episode 3

By |February 13th, 2015|Categories: Gaming, GG, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

This is the third episode of GG, our gaming podcast here at eciov. In this episode, Sean and Josh talk about Blizzard's attempt at a League of Legends competitor: Heroes of the Storm. Haha, get it? Storm. Blizzard. So creative, guys... guys? It's currently in beta, but Sean's first impressions were good. Once the game is officially available, we'll revisit it and maybe record a session of Sean showing Josh how to play a MOBA game. Josh's FPS days are numbered. We also discuss the gaming world's [...]

12 02, 2015

People Hate Green Bubbles – The New Class Discriminator

By |February 12th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Society, Tech|Tags: , , , |

I'm judging you every time you text me. I don't actually care much, but there are plenty of people on Twitter who judge others based on the color of their texts. This is silly, right? Why would the color of my texts matter? Apparently, it means everything to some iPhone owners. They're absolutely appalled when someone sends them a green bubble. People hate green bubbles. If you don't believe me, do a quick search on Twitter for "green bubbles." You'll see tweets like this: If I'm texting you [...]

9 02, 2015

Pentatonix Grammy Win is Groundbreaking

By |February 9th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Music, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , |

[amazon template=amazon embed&asin=B00KR62ZUA]After tonight's Grammy win, I suspect Pentatonix will become a household name. They're not for everyone, but no musician can deny their talent. I've been watching them for years. The world first saw them in NBC's The Sing-Off Season 3. The five members met a day before the initial auditions and never performed together in public before the first show. I watched every episode just to see what they would arrange next. Pentatonix was miles ahead of [...]