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3 03, 2016

Pelican Trekpak Partnership – Big News for Colorado Startups

By |March 3rd, 2016|Categories: Articles, Tech|Tags: , |

Pelican Products, the makers of the finest hard cases around, just announced a partnership with TrekPak - a Colorado-based startup focused on organizing photography gear. The Pelican TrekPak partnership is awesome news for the growing Colorado startup community. TrekPak started as an idea in 2011, Kickstarted in 2012, and delivered their products to backers that same year. That's becoming a rarity in the world of failed Kickstarters. Thankfully, TrekPak's Founder and CEO, Georgia Hoyer, has unyi [...]

1 11, 2015

9 Things I Hate About Apple TV 4th Generation – Updated March 2016

By |November 1st, 2015|Categories: Articles, Gaming, Opinion, Tech, TV|

Apps aren't enough to make it great. That first sentence could be my entire post. I have no idea how Nilay Patel at The Verge could give this a 9/10. Christina Warren at Mashable called it "fantastic" and a "huge improvement". Was she using the same device I have in front of me today? My experience was the exact opposite of Nilay and Christina. Go ahead and call me a negative nancy, but too many long-standing issues remain for me to give this device a good rating. Unfortunately, there are so man [...]

15 10, 2015

Stupid-Proofing Magic Mouse 2 – Apple’s True Intent

By |October 15th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Tech|

Sigh. I thought I finished writing about Apple, especially in terms of coming to its defense. I haven't hidden my disdain for its software, hardware, or strategy choices over the last few years. Throughout that time, I've come to learn why Apple makes some of their odd choices: stupid-proofing. Call Apple a walled garden or a closed box; use whatever metaphor makes sense to you... but understand that Apple's stupid-proofing is what makes them so popular. Stupid-proofing prevents 90% (or more) of [...]

7 10, 2015

Best Micro SDXC Card for GoPro and other Cameras – 2016 Update

By |October 7th, 2015|Categories: Recommendations, Tech, Technology|

I just recently started riding a motorcycle again after a 10-year hiatus. It's a 2014 C50 B.O.S.S by Suzuki. It's a great bike that's perfect for my needs. I'll write an article on it eventually. Since I have a family I love dearly, I want to be as safe as possible when riding my bike. That means good gear and some tech to help keep me safe. Over the next few weeks, I'll be posting some of my recommended gear here on the site. The first part of that series is the best Micro SDXC card for GoPro a [...]

2 09, 2015

Lyft Driver Application – Dryving with Lyft

By |September 2nd, 2015|Categories: Articles, Auto, Society, Tech|Tags: , , |

In the "Dryving with Lyft" blog series, I'll be writing about any fun (or not so fun) experiences I have over the next few months. I've been pleasantly surprised by the community Lyft created, and I want to share it with you. It'll hopefully inspire you to sign up with Lyft as a driver or a passenger. Hit the buttons below if you decide to take the leap. Don't sign up without a referral code; you'll lose out on extra money. Disclosure: if you sign up via these links, I get a kickback from Lyft. [...]

2 06, 2015

Yerdle Helps You Reduce Clutter, Get Free Stuff

By |June 2nd, 2015|Categories: Articles, Society, Tech|Tags: , , , , |

American culture is full of wasteful thinking. We consume fast food in Styrofoam containers, we buy bottled water (seriously, that’s incredibly wasteful), and we throw out perfectly good clothes if they go out of style. Most of us have heard of the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” concept, but how many of us care enough to participate? Thankfully, this movement is growing. What would you do if recycling your unwanted items became super easy? Would you actually do it? What would you do if that recycling [...]

14 04, 2015

Apple Watch – My Initial Thoughts

By |April 14th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Tech|Tags: , |

Ignorant and financially irresponsible -- those are two labels recently given to me in the eciov newsroom. The reason: I’m getting an Apple Watch. The topic is more divisive among my circle of techie friends than I anticipated. I suppose we should expect that these days. Apple is popular enough now that it warrants the extra attention and scrutiny. Words can hurt, but I’ll press on and tell you about my first experience with the Apple Watch. Before talking about my Watch appointment, I’d like to [...]

30 03, 2015

The iPad Air 2 is Great, and the Apple Watch Stinks

By |March 30th, 2015|Categories: Opinion, Tech|Tags: , , , |

I recently (and unnecessarily) sold my original iPad Air to help fund the purchase of an Air 2. I had read scant information on whether or not this was a wise financial move, so I made an unwise one. However, I stand by my decision, and I’ll tell you why. Firstly, there is still a compelling iPad-sized hole in my daily life. I love my MacBook Pro for heavy content creation (writing, recording, photo and video editing), and I love my iPhone for everything an iPhone is great at doing (taking photo [...]

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 [...]

26 02, 2015

Apple Sent Invites to March 9 Event, and I Wasn’t Invited

By |February 26th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Tech|Tags: , , , , , , , |

This morning, Apple announced an upcoming event by way of sending invitations to the party, and yours truly is not on the guest list. I’m not at all bitter about missing the event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco. The affair will begin March 9 at noon here in the lovely state of Texas (10:00am Pacific, 1:00pm Eastern). I’ll probably be eating lunch or obsessively refreshing one of a hundred different liveblogs from the select few in attendance. Who knows? The invit [...]

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 [...]

18 02, 2015

Can Smartphones Replace DSLR Cameras?

By |February 18th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Tech|

Modern smartphones are getting incredibly good at taking pictures. So good, in fact, that I recently sold my Canon 5D Mark ii and all my lenses. Amazing lenses like the Canon 85mm f/1.2L and the Canon 35mm f/1.4L. Was that kit capable of great images? You bet it was. It shoots full frame, low noise, and 21 megapixel pictures. By selling my gear, I forced myself to answer this question: can smartphones replace DSLR cameras? The answer may surprise you. See, I was a professional photographer for y [...]

17 02, 2015

Comcast Xfinity Apple TV Activation – Updated January 2016

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

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 any justification besides its own ego. It's not the first time they've been stupid; they've done [...]

14 02, 2015

#DaftPunKonsole – Are You Daft, Punk?

By |February 14th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Music, Tech|Tags: |

My name is Andy. I'm a robot built to make music better with my persistence, speed, and strength. I do this by working harder than all puny humans work; my work is never truly over. In my travels, I came across a pathetic duo of humans posing as robots. They created terrible music. I challenged them to a duel knowing full well that I would win... and win I did. Unfortunately, they recorded my whole performance and claimed it as their own. Since robots can't file a DMCA claim -- humans are notori [...]

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 [...]