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  • TechBits: 4K ready for prime time? (7.30.14)

    TechBits: 4K ready for prime time? (7.30.14)

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:32 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:32:14 GMT
    New 4K TVs were all the rage at the Consumer Electronics Show- but a half-year later, the technology isn't really ready for most homes.The sets are very expensive, and most people can't even tell the difference between HD and 4K until screen sizes get up to about 84 inches. Plus, there's very little content available right now in the Ultra-HD format.The tech guy takes a look at where 4K stands for most consumers.More >>
    New 4K TVs were all the rage at the Consumer Electronics Show- but a half-year later, the technology isn't really ready for most homes.The sets are very expensive, and most people can't even tell the difference between HD and 4K until screen sizes get up to about 84 inches. Plus, there's very little content available right now in the Ultra-HD format.The tech guy takes a look at where 4K stands for most consumers.More >>
  • TechBits: wifi range extenders (07.16.14)

    TechBits: wifi range extenders (07.16.14)

    Thursday, July 17 2014 1:35 AM EDT2014-07-17 05:35:13 GMT
    Walls can pose a big problem with your home wi-fi, but there are ways to extend your coverage when walls degrade your signals.A travel router can pick up the original signal, and re-broadcast it. That's not what they're designed for, but they can serve the purpose in a pinch.D-link and other brands have devices designed to extend your wi-fi range. Many do much more than just repeat and extend your signal. A new unit from D-link can serve as a wireless bridge, so you can use wired devices fart...More >>
    Walls can pose a big problem with your home wi-fi, but there are ways to extend your coverage when walls degrade your signals.A travel router can pick up the original signal, and re-broadcast it. That's not what they're designed for, but they can serve the purpose in a pinch.D-link and other brands have devices designed to extend your wi-fi range. Many do much more than just repeat and extend your signal. A new unit from D-link can serve as a wireless bridge, so you can use wired devices fart...More >>
  • TechBits: Ingress & Field Trip

    TechBits: Ingress & Field Trip

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 10:36 PM EDT2014-07-10 02:36:18 GMT
    The Tech Guy admits he was wrong when he said Google may be using data from the game Ingress to improve its mapping services.The space-age capture-the-flag game is based on virtual portals placed at points of interest all of the world. Two teams fight for control of the portals, and the minds of mankind. The game was created by a division fo Google called Niantic. That led to talk that Google was using the location data in the game in its services.But Niantic has another app, called Field Tri...More >>
    The Tech Guy admits he was wrong when he said Google may be using data from the game Ingress to improve its mapping services.The space-age capture-the-flag game is based on virtual portals placed at points of interest all of the world. Two teams fight for control of the portals, and the minds of mankind. The game was created by a division fo Google called Niantic. That led to talk that Google was using the location data in the game in its services.But Niantic has another app, called Field Tri...More >>
  • TechBits: preventing child car deaths (07.02.14)

    TechBits: preventing child car deaths (07.02.14)

    Wednesday, July 2 2014 10:41 PM EDT2014-07-03 02:41:28 GMT
    New devices on the market can help prevent child deaths in cars in summer heat. Many employ receivers that sound an alarm when parents get too far away from the vehicle. Some also keep the receiver from sounding when a child is not in their car seat. This is done through use of a pressure pad placed under the seat.The devices have some shortcomings. Batteries can get low- and the alerts can be hard to hear in noisy environments. They are not intended as any kind of substitute for good, attent...More >>
    New devices on the market can help prevent child deaths in cars in summer heat. Many employ receivers that sound an alarm when parents get too far away from the vehicle. Some also keep the receiver from sounding when a child is not in their car seat. This is done through use of a pressure pad placed under the seat.The devices have some shortcomings. Batteries can get low- and the alerts can be hard to hear in noisy environments. They are not intended as any kind of substitute for good, attent...More >>
  • TechBits: Bluetooth locators (06.25.14)

    TechBits: Bluetooth locators (06.25.14)

    Wednesday, June 25 2014 10:39 PM EDT2014-06-26 02:39:07 GMT
    The Bluetooth connection on your phone can be a powerful ally if you lose things you love.It can be used with the Stick N Find app to find locator tags you stick to things like your keys or your camera. The app serves as sort of a smartphone radar, which can show you when you're getting close to your tags. You can even use the app to ping the tags, making them light up and beep, to more easily find an item close by. The app also has a map to show you were in the world tags were the last time ...More >>
    The Bluetooth connection on your phone can be a powerful ally if you lose things you love.It can be used with the Stick N Find app to find locator tags you stick to things like your keys or your camera. The app serves as sort of a smartphone radar, which can show you when you're getting close to your tags. You can even use the app to ping the tags, making them light up and beep, to more easily find an item close by. The app also has a map to show you were in the world tags were the last time ...More >>
  • TechBits: flight technology (06.18.14)

    TechBits: flight technology (06.18.14)

    Wednesday, June 18 2014 10:32 PM EDT2014-06-19 02:32:52 GMT
    The main technologies behind flying haven't had drastic change in decades. Now, that's changing.European aircraft company Airbus is set to release an electric airplane. It's a departure form the petroleum engines that have been in use in aviation for about a century. The E-Fan is designed for short-term flights, particularly in the process of getting a pilot's license.There's been talk for years of commercial flight to the the edge of space. Now, some companies are building the aircraft that ...More >>
    The main technologies behind flying haven't had drastic change in decades. Now, that's changing.European aircraft company Airbus is set to release an electric airplane. It's a departure form the petroleum engines that have been in use in aviation for about a century. The E-Fan is designed for short-term flights, particularly in the process of getting a pilot's license.There's been talk for years of commercial flight to the the edge of space. Now, some companies are building the aircraft that ...More >>
  • TechBits: grilling technology (06.11.14)

    TechBits: grilling technology (06.11.14)

    Wednesday, June 11 2014 10:14 PM EDT2014-06-12 02:14:22 GMT
    At this year's Consumer Electronics Show, the Tech Guy got a look at some electronics to make your backyard cookout easier.Lynx plans to roll out a series of smart grills in 2015. The grills use voice recognition technology to handle ignition, burners, and more. They can remind you when to flip your food, and tell you when it;s done cooking. The grills also inter-act with a mobile app that can give you information about things like heat zones on the grill.When the cooking is done, you can eas...More >>
    At this year's Consumer Electronics Show, the Tech Guy got a look at some electronics to make your backyard cookout easier.Lynx plans to roll out a series of smart grills in 2015. The grills use voice recognition technology to handle ignition, burners, and more. They can remind you when to flip your food, and tell you when it;s done cooking. The grills also inter-act with a mobile app that can give you information about things like heat zones on the grill.When the cooking is done, you can eas...More >>
  • TechBits: Advanced Home Control (06.04.14)

    TechBits: Advanced Home Control (06.04.14)

    Wednesday, June 4 2014 10:38 PM EDT2014-06-05 02:38:59 GMT
    The Tech Guy continues his look at home control systems. This week, he shows you how you can do more than just switch on your lights.The systems let youprogram devices- or even collections of devices- to go to certain settings based on the time. For instance, if you usually get home from work at a specific time, you can have your thermostat kick in before you arrive. That way, you don't have to air condition an empty house while you're gone. Or, if you tend to forget to lock the door when you...More >>
    The Tech Guy continues his look at home control systems. This week, he shows you how you can do more than just switch on your lights.The systems let youprogram devices- or even collections of devices- to go to certain settings based on the time. For instance, if you usually get home from work at a specific time, you can have your thermostat kick in before you arrive. That way, you don't have to air condition an empty house while you're gone. Or, if you tend to forget to lock the door when you...More >>
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