Author Archives: Adel

05 25 2014 ... I already have a lot of external drives on my iMac: a regular USB drive, a FireWire 800 drive, a 4TB NAS drive connected to the network—and yes, a Thunderbolt drive already on there. Yep, they are all big suckers, and all connect to an outlet of their own. They’re all difficult to bring with today’s storage-deficient slim laptops for this very reason, and pose a difficult problem if you wanted to use them with ...
02 25 2014 ... Just wanted to share a throwaway accessory I found at one of the stores. (I realize Technoodling is on hiatus, but I gotta quickly share this one, it’s so neat!) It’s nothing important, actually, but I find it quite useful. And quite a bit of an accessory for the slightly paranoid among us, too. It’s a third-party silicone sleeve for the DualShock 4—the new controller of the PlayStation 4. The Du...
02 12 2014 ... So I finally bit the bullet. Despite the fact that I (ahem) already own nearly every game console around, and despite all my rationalizing why I shouldn’t get the new ones yet until maybe sometime next year, I still unlimbered my wallet and got myself a next-gen Sony PlayStation 4. Sheesh. All that talk, and I still end up with one of these things. Early adopter indeed. Well, it’s about time, really. My PS3’s b...
02 05 2014 ... Pebble finally released Firmware Version 2.o for iOS yesterday, and with it, a brand new and free Pebble App Store. Last week, they started shipping the new, slightly more expensive Pebble Steel hardware, essentially the old watch with brand-new and fashionable steel casings and wristbands. Since then, people have been waiting for improvements to the firmware as well, and they released it this week, along with inaug...
02 03 2014 ... It’s been a long time coming, but SwiftKey has finally come to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch! Well… maybe not completely, but we’ll get to that later. The SwiftKey Keyboard has become one of the most popular Android apps ever, and millions of Android users have replaced the dinky default Android keyboard with it since it debuted three years ago. With its unique three-word suggestions and personali...
01 29 2014 ... Continuing my cheap budget-constrained tack on buying accessories, I’ve come across an inexpensive, tiny little adaptor that makes your Apple Lightning devices become more flexible, at least in terms of charging them up with the more ubiquitous microUSB power chargers everyone has. But first, a quick history. Apple’s been a d*ck about it, insisting on their own proprietary “Lightning” plugs f...
01 28 2014 ... I know I said I’m going to go au naturel with my iPhone 5s this time, and dispense with all those silly cases and just settle for a leather sleeve, but paranoia got the better of me. Nope, I’m still not getting a case, but I just might get a screen protector for my phone. In all likelihood a protector isn’t going to do a damn thing to “protect” it, but I’d certainly feel better wit...
01 27 2014 ... I sold it yesterday morning. My Nexus 7. Turned it over to the buyer at a Starbucks in Trinoma. I had mixed feelings about selling it. It was nice, it was convenient, it worked well. But to be honest about it, it really wasn’t for me. I got the Nexus 7 on a whim a year ago, almost to the day. A first gen, 32GB wifi-only unit. Bought it cheap and second-hand off a guy on an online selling site, and took it home ...
01 23 2014 ... Photo Stream has been a boon and a bane for Apple users. On the one hand, it’s a great way to centralize your work for the budding amateur photographer: you take photos on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or whatever Apple device, and it combines all of them in one online library on iCloud and makes them available to all your Apple devices, wherever they are. Nice concept. But on the other hand, in practice it get...
01 21 2014 ... Ah, to upgrade or not to upgrade. That is the question. The question is, should you upgrade, when you still have a perfectly working, if a little old, version of your gadget? I’ve long struggled with this problem, the most recent episode being my gaming consoles. In the end, I decided that my PS3 and Xbox 360 can wait another year more. A lot of the games are still being released for them, next-gen titles inclu...
01 20 2014 ... We all know who Siri is: she’s Apple’s personal digital assistant on iOS 6 and iOS 7, now also a he if you prefer a male voice. You can ask Siri to do things on your iPhone for you, like give directions, tell you the weather, the time, make a Twitter entry, give you the number of your dentist or enable and disable settings on your phone. Stuff like that. You can even chat with her, if you’re patient...
01 13 2014 ... We don’t normally do movie reviews here on Technoodling (we are a tech-and-gadget-centric site, dammit), but I thought Her deserved a quick quasi-review anyway, seeing as it’s a movie about a human falling in love with his OS. AI still has quite far to go before it reaches that film’s level, but I think it’s worth a mention here. Her hasn’t opened in the country yet, so I’d like to...