Category Archive: gadget

Sep 04

Dyson Robot Vacuum

There hasn’t been a lot of changes in robot vacuums over the last ten years, until now. Dyson’s new vacuum sports a 360 degree camera which it uses to determine reference points for where it is in the room. It has the suction tech Dyson vacuums are known for. It can also be controlled with …

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Apr 03

Nest pulls Nest Protect smoke detector for sale

Nest has pulled the Nest Protect from sale because of an issue where the detector could unintentionally be turned off, delaying the alarm in case of a real fire. Once the issue has been fixed, they’ll put it back for sale. If you have one of these, Nest suggested you immediately disable this feature. When …

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Mar 25

The Facebook Acquisition of Oculus Rift And Thinking Long Term

People’s first response has been “Why would Facebook buy Oculus Rift”? They see the current incarnation of Facebook and think, “What can you possibly do with VR on Facebook? Facebook is just a text interface! Are they just going to make VR Facebook games?” That’s really short term thinking. In order to make really ground …

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Mar 04

Keurig’s DRM Coffee Machines

Ah, Keurig Coffee Machines, those coffee makers that take a little cup, drop it in, and out comes a nice cup of coffee in whatever flavor you like. People buy those coffee makers, and find inexpensive sources for those little cups you drop in, since the Keurig brand isn’t at the price they want to …

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Mar 04

Roku Streaming Stick Drops to $50

Roku 3500R Streaming Stick Drops to $50.

Mar 03

Apple CarPlay Demo

Here’s something that Volvo just posted: Update: And Apple now has a page on CarPlay up now as well.

Mar 02

The Nest Thermostat


I’ve been seriously considering getting the Nest Learning Thermostat for the house. It’s a learning thermostat, as opposed to a straight programmable thermostat. What that means is that the thermostat learns from your behavior about how it sets the temperature in your house. So, for example, if it learns that you’re away from 8:30am to …

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Mar 01

iOS Books List Added

I added a page with iOS Programming Books listed, in case you’re interested in learning how to program for iPhone and iPad.

Mar 01

iPhone Case

I upgraded to an iPhone 5s a couple of months after the new phones were released. After going a couple of weeks without one, I thought it’d be a good idea to get a new case before I dropped the phone on the floor and cracked it. There are so many iphone cases on the …

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Oct 05

Self-Assembling Robots

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