Imagining a Driverless Future

Austin traffic: it’s dangerous; it’s boring; sometimes it’s even enraging—road rage enraging. Now, what if there was a magical technology that cleared traffic from the road, reduced accidents by 90 percent and eliminated your bumper to bumper commute? Sci-fi and...

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Cute Photo? Think Before “Sharenting”

When I was a toddler, I ensured that posterity would be free of any lasting memories of my terrible twos. In one fell swoop, I learned to use scissors, and my mom learned that she had a very mischievous little boy on her hands. She took the scissors, but I graduated...

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Don’t Get Burned By That Hot New Device

As many of you know, I have some weaknesses: Samsung phones, Apple Computers, Tesla Cars and Cheetos. Some would call that a lethal combination. I might have to agree. One of them corrodes your arteries. Two ransack your bank account. And one of them may make you…how...

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Your Little One Can Use a Little Tech

It’s a new year. The eggnog is empty. School has rebooted. The piles of gift wrapping and ubiquitous Amazon boxes are stacked by the street. Wait. Is today recycle day or was that  last week? But not everything is back to normal. I’m sure Santa left you with new...

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Choose New Tech-gifting Options Big and Small

Can it really be time to talk holiday gifts? I’m not ready. But for you, our faithful readers, I’m willing to dive in. And there is a lot to talk about! The latest and greatest gadgets are out. Which ones look good? Which ones fit your budget? Which ones do you want...

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How Strong Are Your Passwords?

I have an admission. My passwords used to be weak. So says Kim Komando. Komando styles herself “America’s Digital Goddess.” And, with a name like Komando, why wouldn’t she be? Back in June, she wrote about “5 Password Mistakes Far Too Many People Make.” I plead...

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I SPY – The Latest Options in Security at Your Front Door

Let’s start with true confessions. There are two kinds of people in this world: those who answer their doors without hesitation, and those who recoil when the doorbell chimes. I’m a door half-closed kinda guy. Yeah, I’m that person. I might be overstating my loathsome...

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Get Your Tech In Back-to-School Shape

If you’re like me, the coolest back-to-school technology that you were ever able to brag about was a Crayola box with a built-in sharpener for first grade, parachute pants in late elementary school and a jam box in middle school. Phew! Times were tough back then....

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Water Hose Redux: Yard Tech Slip ‘N Slides into the Future

I’m not very good at it, but I try to avoid ecological tomfoolery. I like the environment. I like fresh air. I love the planet. In my bones, I’m a conservationist. I’d love a “John Muir is my homeboy” sticker on my (imaginary) Tesla. I do have to admit, however, that...

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RUSTY REBOOT: Awaken That Antique Laptop with the Latest Tool

  I was 28 years old when I bought my first laptop. I was ecstatic. “Imagine the possibilities!” I was untethered, I thought to myself. Well, as untethered as one could be while being plugged into a 30-foot-long telephone line. But never mind that, I had a...

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Tesla Announces a New Treat as Dreamy as a Summer Day

As a kid, I didn’t have an ice cream truck that toured our neighborhood blasting Pop Goes the Weasel. Imagine my surprise when my cousin introduced me to the ice cream truck experience one summer long, long ago. In the great Pavlovian style, the music played, the...

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