Saturday, February 13, 2016

Impressions of the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show

I attended the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, produced by the Consumer Technology Association (name change from Consumer Electronics Association last year.)

I've been attending regularly, although of late, it's usually every other year, as I seek to see major changes in the electronics industry, and lately, I haven't seen many significant revelations in just one year, although the event is a gadget lovers paradise.

A good friend and I also attend virtually, surfing the web sites that report the news from CES, and the summary of the trends in the industry, and new announcements, which are almost impossible to see in a 5 day show.  I wouldn't trade the actual experience of being there in person with only online information, but it's in the online information that much is revealed.

Here, then are some of the sites that we've visited with updates you may wish to visit yourself as well:
  1. My presentation on CES given to the Central Florida Computer Society on February 14th:
  2. Adam Blakin covers CES Unveiled, an event prior to the opening of CES to the general public:
  3. Gary Shapiro, President of the Consumer Technology Association, gives the keynote presentation for CES:
  4. The Last Gadget Standing: An annual event at CES as producers of new products compete to be the winner of a competition. Link to their site with the nominees and winners:

    Video presentations of the finalists and the award ceremony:
  5. Two of c/net's many journalists covering CES summarize their top ten picks from the show in a 15 minute presentation:
  6.'s top picks from CES:
  7. c/net's review of OLED TV's from CES:
  8. DEsign News Blog covering 5 of the coolest 3D Printers from CES:
  9. Check out this video of the 3D printing of a beautiful deer model on the Ultimaker 2 3D printer:
  10. Next Generation Cars at CES video presentation by Time Warner Cable:
  11. Virtual Reality at CES video presentation by Time Warner Cable:
  12. c/net reviews the Elac America Uni-Fi UB5 bookshelf speaker which the reviewer states, "The results left me positively beaming.
  13. Drones were everywhere at CES. Now there is an anti-drone rifle that lets police take control of UAVs with radio pulses:
  14. (Watch this post for additional links)

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

How to prevent Windows 10 from downloading

If you're like me and don't want Windows 10 to install or even download on your computer then you should follow the instructions in this article to prevent it from downloading and taking up a lot of space.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Don't Be Deceived

Take a look at this blog post, 5 Ways To Spot Social Media Scams & Rogue Apps

Ever wonder why so many people are so easily deceived? I guess we're just gullible, although we don't like to admit that we'd be one of those who would fall for such a scam. Be sure and read some of the earlier postings called out in this article too, and then share it with your friends on social media so the word gets around.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

No, that's NOT Microsoft on the phone calling you

Just a reminder, people, Microsoft (and any other software company) is NOT going to call you and tell you that you have problems with your computer and offer to be of assistance. Believe you won't be taken in, well a good friend, very intellegent, was called today. They'd have gotten into his computer as he was ready to let them, but thankfully they got him on his cell phone while he was out and he got to me first. Remember what P.T. Barnum said, "There's a sucker born every minute." Don't be one of them!

Scroll down to the video at the bottom of this blog that gives you a detailed accounting of what happens when "Windows Technical Support" calls you from India!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Cutting the Cord With Simple TV

Cutting the Cord: Watch local shows anywhere with Simple.TV. See further details in this article:

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Is a new AMD chip in your future?

AMD's Kaveri processors coming to smaller, cheaper desktops | PCWorld
Will you favor one of these over discrete CPU and graphics card(s)?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Old phone? Your Personal Data May Not Be Gone!

Via SecurityWatch with Neil Rubenking Jul 8, 2014

Sometimes you can get a nice trade-in when you upgrade your old phone to the latest model. When that's not possible, many electronics vendors offer a decent buy-back program. But if you're already familiar with selling online through eBay or similar services, you may find it convenient to just put your old phone up for sale. When you click "Erase everything" on the phone, all your data is safely erased, right? Well, no. Forensic data recovery by researchers at Avast found that supposedly-erased phones harbored thousands of items of personal data, some of them significant.

Read on

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Don't store your files on your Desktop!

Pretty crowded desktop, no? Does this look like your computer?  There is a natural tendency to store files and downloaded programs directly to your desktop, but you really shouldn't do it. Here's a great article from Make Use Of's blog that gives you all the reasons. My recommendation, the only thing on your desktop should be links to Windows functions, Folders, and links to most used programs. Note that I'm using the word, "links". There is a big difference between a link or shortcut and the actual program or file it represents.  Read on:

Free Office Webinars from Microsoft

Free Office Webinars from Microsoft

Microsoft offers Free 15-minute webinars about how to use Office programs. New links are added as they become available or you can register for live scheduled webinars.
Here are the recorded webinars. You can register for the free live sessions at the same link.
 Presentations are at 9:15 am Pacific Time, every Tuesday. Topics are posted in advance. You can watch the recordings at any time. Each of them is about 15 minutes. Here is a link to the complete list of Microsoft Webinars on Hewie's News & Views blog:

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

SwiftKey Android Alternative Keyboard Now Available Free

Have an Android phone? SwiftKey is an excellent alternative to the default Google keyboard, and now you can download and install for free from the Google Play Store. Many customizable features including an always present number row at the top, 'swipe' support, predictive typing, customizable layouts, many free for downloading. I do have the paid version as I saw all the additional features it provides me; as a result, the publishers made additional premier themes available:

Scamming the Scammers

Isagenix: Can You Afford Not To?