Author Archives: Jason

02 18 2014 ... So, Technoodling is going on a hiatus. We’ve long wanted to overhaul TN — improve the quality of the photos and posts, go beyond merely reporting news and doing reviews, provoke a bit more thought and engagement from our readers. That partly explains why we were a bit cool toward our second Tatt Award nomination; we wanted to produce much better work, we knew we could do it, but just hadn’t gotten aroun...
02 14 2014 ... I love the Logitech Easy-Switch Bluetooth Keyboard, but because it’s a full-sized keyboard, it can be a pain to bring around since it only fits in largish bags. After seeing Vic’s Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for his iPad Air, I started thinking about getting the iPad mini version for myself. I had to think twice, though, before springing for one (via Amazon), for two reasons. First, I knew the keyb...
02 13 2014 ... When I started running and wanted a good, sweat proof and waterproof set of earbuds, the Sony W-series Walkman was one of the pairs that I had considered buying. But I didn’t, and promptly forgot about them. But now they’ve caught my attention again, thanks to their wild new packaging, courtesy of ad agency Draft FCB. Sony has embraced waterproofing as a differentiating feature of their products, from sma...
01 30 2014 ... Ok, let’s cut to the chase: Western Digital drives, on the average, last longer. On whose authority is that based? On the word of Backblaze, an online backup service that uses more than 27,000 drives in its servers. They posted some information on the longevity of the drives they use. The three brands they used most were Hitachi (12,956 drives), Seagate (12,765 drives), and Western Digital (2,838 drives). That&...
01 30 2014 ... iPhone cameras have improved significantly since the iPhone 4, and the one on the 5s is the best so far — good enough so that I can leave my point-and-shoot at home most of the time. And with the new Olloclip 4-in-one lens, iPhone photography moves to an even higher level. The package comes with the 4-in-1 lens and a microfiber cloth bag (which does double-duty as a lens cleaner), a simple polycarbonate case with a...
01 23 2014 ... I prefer smaller phones, and the iPhone 5s’ size and features suits most of my needs, with the exception of its less-than-stellar battery life. With regular use of the data connection — to check email, read RSS feeds, save articles to Pocket and Instapaper, sync notes in Simplenote and Evernote — I’m usually down to about 50% battery capacity by midday, and am sure to run out of power before the day e...
01 23 2014 ... The popularity of a number of Google Chrome browser extensions has attracted some shady online players, who have purchased them form their original developers and turned them into adware. Ars Technica and How-To-Geek broke the story last week. What is adware and why is it so bad? Advertising-supported software by itself isn’t so bad — they give users useful features for free, and developers make money from ad...
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01 17 2014 ... I gave up on Box some time ago because of desktop syncing quirks that would tie up my bandwidth for extended periods of time. But this new promo for iOS users had me giving it another try. The iOS app has been revamped for ease of use and speed, and a quick look at their desktop syncing app’s page shows that they’ve also improved the syncing experience. Among the notable features are better navigation thr...
01 02 2014 ... Original photo by Ashok Govind Two years ago we wished that telcos finally sell unlocked phones, especially if you chose to pay full price for one instead of subsidizing it through a two-year plan. We didn’t exactly get that, but we did get unlocked iPhones, made available through authorized resellers. This year, my wish is carrier unlocking. At the end of your contract, when you’ve essentially paid for y...
12 19 2013 ... Apple has been running a holiday promo for the last several years, giving away songs, apps, books, and games over a period of twelve days — but only in a few countries. This year the promo has come to the US and to the Philippine markets for the first time. These gifts come in the forms of a free app called 12 Days of Gifts that will run on your iPhone or iPad (sorry, iOS 7 only), and alert you when the free gift o...
12 12 2013 ... If you’ve ever asked tech questions beyond “What’s the latest?” and “What does it do?”, you might be interested in this quartet of writers and analysts who are now producing some of the best writing on tech online. Will Blackberry survive the next two years? Can Windows Phone ever get back its market share? What the hell happened to HTC? Is Apple really over the hill? The following...