Google Lets Loose Self-Driving Cars on its Home Turf

Self-driving cars have been the stuff of sci-fi, from low brow futuristic shoot-’em-ups like Demolition Man to thought provoking social commentaries like Minority Report.   “The future” looks like it’s even closer. Google announced its going to put its fleet of autonomous vehicles on the streets of Mountain View, Calif. The cars will be limited to 25 miles per hour and minded by a human … Continue reading Google Lets Loose Self-Driving Cars on its Home Turf

Blackberry Returns to T-Mobile Shelves

T-Mobile will be offering the Blackberry Classic to its customers later this month. It can be purchased for either the full retail price of $439.92, or for zero down and 24 monthly payments of $18.33. While this seems like a fairly ho-hum announcement, especially given the fact that Blackberry fell a long way from its perch as one of the biggest names in the smartphone … Continue reading Blackberry Returns to T-Mobile Shelves

Oculus Rift Headsets Slated for Release in Early 2016: Will We Party Like its 199-Something?

In 1993, Aerosmith released “Amazing”, from their album Get a Grip. It was a huge hit for the band and marked its resurgence in the ’90s. The video was among the first appearances of Alicia Silverstone, who became one of the biggest stars of the decade. Just as big a deal in the video: virtual reality. For the last 20 years, companies promised that VR was just … Continue reading Oculus Rift Headsets Slated for Release in Early 2016: Will We Party Like its 199-Something?

Apple Releases Watch Band Design Guidelines, OKs Straps from Third Parties

The Apple Watch has been a device that’s been shrouded in mystery. How does the heartbeat monitor work? (Not very well if you have a sleeve tattoo.) Do I need to use it with an iPhone? (No. No you don’t. Sarcasm doesn’t come across well on blogs, does it?)  How long does the battery last? ( Well enough for most, not enough if you like … Continue reading Apple Releases Watch Band Design Guidelines, OKs Straps from Third Parties

Is Tesla’s Powerwall a Wonderwall?

Tesla Motors released the Powerwall yesterday, an in-home battery appliance will allow people to live off the grid by being able to store renewable energy sources. Or, if they live on the grid, to store it from solar cells or windmills and use it during peak hours (or store from the utility while it while energy’s cheap and use it when it’s expensive). If these Powerwalls … Continue reading Is Tesla’s Powerwall a Wonderwall?

Tesla Motors to Launch Home Batteries; Internet Speculates the Details

Tesla Motors may be expanding its business into your home. The company is expected to unveil a line of home batteries later today for use with solar panels, which the company’s CEO Elon Musk also has interest in through SolarCity, his photovoltaic installation outfit. Most media outlets agree on the broad strokes of what tonight’s announcement will be about (big, big batteries for home use, … Continue reading Tesla Motors to Launch Home Batteries; Internet Speculates the Details

Questionable and Expensive Advice: Inside those “You Have Malware! Call Now!” Pop-Ups

If you’re the designated tech support in your family, you’ve probably had someone approach you about those pop-ups that warn about the doom and gloom that’s about to befall that person’s computer if they don’t call the number on the pop up right then and there. The warnings are as real as a three dollar bill and the offer of tech support is, of course, … Continue reading Questionable and Expensive Advice: Inside those “You Have Malware! Call Now!” Pop-Ups

Apple Watch Stands Up to the Internet’s Attempts to Drown it

Officially, the Apple Watch has a water resistance rating of IPX7, which in plain English means that showering, being in the rain or washing your hands with the the device should be ok, but swimming with the watch would be a bad idea. Or would it? As with all things on the internet, people want to take it just a little bit farther. In this … Continue reading Apple Watch Stands Up to the Internet’s Attempts to Drown it

Apple Watch Makes its Way to Consumers; Available in “Boutiques”, But Not Apple Stores

After months of anticipation, the Apple Watch is being delivered to those who pre-ordered the device in the US and eight other countries. The Apple Watch wasn’t available for purchase through the Apple Store — sales were done through online pre-orders — but curiously, it is available for purchase through select “boutiques” in high-end retailers designated by the company. Apple fans who hadn’t pre-ordered the … Continue reading Apple Watch Makes its Way to Consumers; Available in “Boutiques”, But Not Apple Stores

When Elon Musk Almost Sold Tesla: “If we don’t deliver these cars, we are f@!ked.”

It’s hard to imagine Elon Musk and Tesla failing. The Model S is outselling established car brands like Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Lexus, in the poshest of cities. Despite concerns about “range anxiety” and the fact that the infrastructure for recharging electric cars isn’t as robust as gas stations, the battery powered cars keep on racking up awards and glowing reviews. However according to a book … Continue reading When Elon Musk Almost Sold Tesla: “If we don’t deliver these cars, we are f@!ked.”