Garry Kolb

After a successful 35-year career in information technology in mid-Michigan, I am now happily retired and living the dream life in The Villages, Florida with my fun-loving and very tolerant wife of over 35 years. When not playing golf, pickleball or water volleyball, I like amazing our neighbors with our automated home and fiddling with new gadgets.

Skylum Software Luminar 3.1.0 with Accent AI 2.0 photo editing software review

REVIEW – Recently, I had the opportunity to review Skylum Software’s Luminar Flex photo editing plugin which offered much of their full Luminar product’s AI-based (Artificial Intelligence) editing available in Photoshop or other supported software.  Skylum has been in the lab and has released Luminar 3.1.0 with their new Accent AI 2.0 logic for one-touch …

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Level up your DIY game with LumiLevel

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – Are you a DIYer that needs to keep things on the level?  This can mean hanging things, building things, installing plumbing lines and so on.  Lots of things are simply better if they are straight side-to-side or up-down.  Kickstarter project LumiLevel looks to level up your game with their new digital level. …

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MyCharge Unplugged10K wired/wireless charging pad review

REVIEW – We all count on our phones.  We count on them for different reasons, calls, texts, social media, calendars, cat videos, games, and so on. No matter what your particular reason is, the underlying common denominator is that all those activities drain your battery. The MyCharge Unplugged10K can help alleviate dead-battery anxiety by giving …

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Slow, low-res images with Etch-A-Snap concept

NEWS – Ever wanted to take a detailed, beautiful photograph and scale it down to a 1-bit black and white 244 x 144 pixel low-resolution image?  Me neither. But someone did and created Etch-A-Snap. Etch-A-Snap is controlled by a Raspberry Pi processor.  It takes a regular image and then downscales it to one-bit black and …

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Skylum Software AI-powered Luminar Flex one-touch photo editing software review

REVIEW – Cameras today are amazing. Phone cameras, point-and-shoots, mirrorless, and full-on DSLRs all produce pretty jaw-dropping images, right out of the camera, all on automatic.  You can certainly tweak them in-camera by changing ISO, aperture, shutter speed, and white balance, but that definitely requires a deeper knowledge of photography and the specifics of your …

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Get totally immersive with Feelreal

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – Dive deeper into your gaming and movie experiences with Feelreal VR headset add-on. The patented design attaches to your existing VR headset and can simulate smell, rain, wind, vibration, punches and more. Weighing in at only seven ounces, the unit magnetically attaches to your headset.  It can generate up to 255 different …

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Tronsmart Element Force Bluetooth speaker review

REVIEW – It seems that every few days, there’s an announcement about yet another new Bluetooth speaker.  Today’s entry is the Tronsmart Element Force.  Is it worthy of your consideration?  Read on! What is it? The Element Force is a Bluetooth 4.2 speaker with up to 15-hour battery life. It is relatively small and portable …

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SpaceX sticks the landing – the world’s first triple booster landing

NEWS – April 11, 2019, I got to watch history – at least part of it, as SpaceX launched its second Falcon Heavy from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral.  I did this from my driveway – or more correctly, a friend’s driveway down the street, which is pretty darn cool. Disclaimer – most …

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Look up! Broadband from the sky with Amazon Kuiper

NEWS – Not content to just sell everyone on the planet everything they need, Amazon wants to help you with that process by providing global broadband internet access…from space! Project Kuiper is an ambitious project to launch 3,236 satellites into orbit at three different orbital altitudes: 784 satellites at an altitude of 367 miles; 1,296 …

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Ikea and Sonos team up for another bizarre Ikea product name – Symfonisk

NEWS – Ikea, the king of unusual product names, and Sonos, the whole-house WiFi speaker gurus, have teamed up on a new product line called Symfonisk. Planned for an August 2019 release, the Symfonisk line will offer two speaker products, a bookshelf speaker and a table lamp speaker. Both products are fully Sonos enabled and …

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Thin is in with the Hyper Thin 420 & 440 EDC wallet multi-tools

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – The team behind the WildCard multitool is back at it again with the Hyper Thin 440 (HT-440)  and 420 (HT-420) every day carry wallet multi-tools. Every part of the tools are useful, and there are laser-drilled holes all over to reduce weight. Both are incredibly thin and light. Specs Width: 3.15in Height: 2.17 …

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