If you recently decided to try out the Amazon Music Unlimited plan for the Amazon Echo and your 30-day free trial is coming to an end, or if you’ve already started a paid subscription, clearly written instructions for how to cancel are provided below. Continue reading How to cancel the Amazon Music Unlimited Echo plan
I love Macs, but I consider myself level-headed when it comes to criticizing Apple — not an apologetic fan. That’s why I’m a bit surprised by the recent backlash against the new MacBook Pro notebook computers. I don’t share the outrage. Sure, the choice of older Skylake processors over the new Kaby Lake line is a let down, but for me it ends there. Perhaps controversially, where I disagree the most is with the recently abandoned MagSafe power connector. Continue reading An unpopular opinion: The Apple MagSafe power connector was annoying
The iPhone home button symbolizes simplicity, but, when it comes to music services — it’s anything but simple. The overlapping options offered by Apple, Google, and Amazon are terribly confusing. Below they’re visualized with multiple iPhone home buttons. Why? For the hell of it…
Google announced a bunch of new hardware products today, and as I watched their presentation, it seemed clear that they wanted to be taken seriously, once and for all, as a hardware manufacturer. But then I read a statement by a tech journalist that made me question their commitment. Continue reading One reason why you shouldn’t buy Google Wifi
When Steve Jobs introduced the original iPhone in 2007, he unveiled several major innovations — but the multitouch interface was by far the most important. It redefined the possibilities of mobile tech. Seven years later, Amazon debuted a product that may have an equally impressive input innovation. However, instead of being a sleek handheld gadget, it was a stark, voice-activated speaker.
Initially, the Amazon Echo was greeted with befuddlement and indifference. Like seeing a smartphone that lacked a hardware keyboard for the first time, a speaker that listened and spoke was a puzzling novelty. Continue reading Amazon aims for domination with the 2nd Gen Echo Dot
The Amazon Echo Dot is a tiny gadget that acts as a digital assistant for your home. What makes it special is that it doesn’t have any screens — it’s controlled entirely with your voice. If you have a Sonos sound system, you can connect the Echo Dot to it, giving you reliable voice control of music, web searches, and a lot more. You get the best of both worlds: Amazon’s excellent voice interface and the great sound quality of Sonos. Continue reading How to use the Amazon Echo Dot with Sonos
I’ve had the 3rd generation Nest Learning Thermostat installed in my home for the past four months, and now I want to share my experience with this sleek, sexy, and slightly frustrating gadget.
If you don’t have time for a long review, here’s a quick one:
Overall, I’m satisfied.
It’s not perfect, but it’s far better than any other thermostat I’ve ever encountered. My wife is less enthusiastic — but she hasn’t ripped it out of the wall yet. Continue reading Endearingly frustrating: A review of the Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd gen)
On a recent trip to Washington D.C., I somewhat randomly decided to peek my head into the National Museum of American History. A few seconds after stepping into the lobby I realized it was going to be a highlight of the trip. I was standing face to face with the legendary General Motors EV1, the first mass produced (yet extremely rare) electric vehicle. Continue reading Face to Face with the General Motors EV1
When I bought an Android phone in October of 2013, it surprised people. I had long been pegged as an Apple fanatic. Indeed, I was a big supporter of Apple. All of my computers were Macs, I owned an iPad 2 and an Apple TV. I had been using iPhones nonstop for five years. Continue reading Switching to an iPhone 6S after two years of Android
Apple announced a quarterly revenue this week of $49.6 billion — over $10 billion of which was sheer profit. iPhone sales are up, and the Apple Watch is selling well. But even with this cash-soaked earnings call, Apple still had a shitty week. Continue reading Even with $200 billion, Apple still struggles with software development