Howard Sneider

Howard Sneider lives northwest of Boston and consults in the Bioprocess field. Growing up, he took as many things apart as he could in the house to see how they work. (They weren't all reassembled.) These days, in nearly every setting he finds himself, he is the resident gadget guru. Howard lives with his wife, two children, and pet turtle. In his free time, he does what he can to stay active and, of course, play with gadgets.

Obi Wan, it is a Moon, and also a smart hub with levitating camera

NEWS – Technology startup 1-Ring Inc. has created the smart home hub called Moon. The first thing anyone (who hasn’t been under a rock for 41 years) will notice is that the camera part of the hub looks like the Star Wars Death Star. Then again, the first thing people may notice is that the …

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Sense home energy monitoring device review (part 1)

REVIEW – Monitoring electrical usage is useful to reduce energy cost, to understand what electrical devices are being used in real time and historically, and to discover abnormal operation that may indicate current or anticipated problems with electrical devices.  Sense Home Energy Monitoring has the potential to achieve all of this. Read on to see what …

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Suaoki 14W portable solar charge panel review

REVIEW – The Suaoki 14W portable solar charge panel can keep your rechargeable items fully powered even when you’re off the grid. The lightweight, thin, water-resistant design features two USB charging ports with optimized power output. Read on to see what I think!                                …

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SpotCam video AI service review

REVIEW – SpotCam, purveyors of Wi-Fi video camera solutions for indoors, outdoors, and doorbell applications is an industry leader for innovative design,  free 24-hour cloud video recording, and connectivity with IFTTT and Conrad Connect. The cloud platform now features optional SpotCam video AI services that actively detect specified events and provide instant notification of the …

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The new LG 8K OLED TV is 33,177,600 pixels beautiful

NEWS – At IFA 2018,  LG introduced the world’s first 8K (7680 x 4320) OLED TV. The 88-inch class 8K model demonstrates the unmatched contrast ratio and true blacks that have made OLED TV’s sought after in lower resolutions. LG was the first to mass produce large-screen OLED TVs and is committed to supporting the market for these …

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KAMVAS Pro 22 pen display features battery-free pen

NEWS – In the digital age, where digital content replaces printed material at an ever-expanding rate, it only seems logical to draw with digital ink on a digital screen. The graphics tablet, which combines a tablet pen, tablet, and screen is one way digital drafting can become a reality. Last month, Huion introduced the KAMVAS Pro 22 graphics …

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eMeet OfficeCore M2 conference speakerphone review

REVIEW – Conference calls may be problematic if the local telephone system ineffectively captures voices or is not loud enough for everyone to hear the remote party. The eMeet OfficeCore M2 is a portable Bluetooth adapter for a mobile or telephony app that ensures great conference calls can be conducted anywhere. Read on to see what …

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Go figure – ClassPad.net is a web based graphing calculator.

NEWS – Back in 2003, Casio released a stylus-based graphing calculator that featured a computer algebra system. It was a hybrid of the typical number pad calculator of the time and a PDA. The most recent version, the Casio fx-CG500, was introduced in 2017.  Casio has also made a web version on the website Classpad.net. This …

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Bestek MRJ1011 Wi-Fi smart plug review

The Bestek MRJ1011 Wi-Fi smart plug is a device that can turn on or off the AC outlet on it’s front. The device can be controlled manually, self-controlled by timers set by an app, or controlled by the IoT through the Smart Life app, Amazon Alexa, Google Home,  or IFTTT. It also has two 2.4 amp USB ports. …

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The Tap Keyboard has no keys and no board

The venerable computer keyboard has been around for about 140 years and hasn’t changed much. Even individuals who are unable to see may use a keyboard because of its familiar layout. However, to use a keyboard requires a fixed and unmoving position.  Keyboards on modern mobiles are almost all images on glass. Their small size …

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The Mission Battery Shell For Amazon Echo 2 has you covered

The Amazon Alexa service is a world class platform for enabling natural language with a host of Alexa capable devices. Many people interact with the Alexa service using one of Amazon’s own Echo devices. Late in 2017, Amazon updated the original three-year-old Echo with a new design. The new design offered a lower price, new …

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Kizik handsfree sneakers feature Foot Activated Shoe Technology

Kizik design recently announced the launch of a new product line: a luxury handsfree sneaker designed for men. The shoe’s materials include 100% top grain leather and other premium textiles to ensure they are durable enough to provide enjoyment for many years. They come in three styles and multiple colors and textures for men and will …

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