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Posts about a variety of topics which are not news and are not reviews.

Harmony Express remote… we hardly knew ya

NEWS – Just about a year after its introduction, the Logitech Harmony Express remote is being discontinued. I reviewed the Harmony universal voice remote when it was first released. On Thursday, I (and other customers who purchased the remote) received an email from Logitech informing me that as of September 30th, 2020, the remote would …

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Julie’s gadget diary – Now that home screen widgets are coming to iOS, I may finally switch to an iPhone

ARTICLE – Did you watch Apple’s WWDC (World Wide Developers Conference) keynote yesterday? Even though the iPhone and iPad haven’t been my primary devices in several years, I am always interested in everything new with iOS, iPadOS, and macOS (since my main computer is a MacBook). I was overjoyed to see that with iOS version …

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7 Apps to keep your life running ‘normally’ during quarantine

ARTICLE – Staying home is a necessary step to fight COVID-19, but all that alone time can be taxing. If you find yourself sitting around on your phone waiting for things to go back to normal, you’re not the only one. Thankfully, that phone you can’t look away from can help you get by in …

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Apple Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro: First impressions

ARTICLE – Nearly as soon as it was announced, I ordered one of Apple’s Magic Keyboards for my recently-acquired 11” iPad Pro (first generation). And when it arrived today, I eagerly got it set up and started typing out my first impressions. Previously, I had been using a spare Mac Magic Keyboard and a Twelve-South …

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Wi-Fi to expand to 6GHz as FCC approves new bandwidth

ARTICLE – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously approved an expansion of Wi-Fi signals to include 6GHz wavelengths.  Formerly only in the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, this marks a major expansion for Wi-Fi and a potential increase of about five times the available bandwidth. Wi-Fi demand continues to increase and the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands …

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Marco Polo is my most used app while sheltering-in-place

ARTICLE – This is week 6 of working from home for my day job at Cummins, Inc. and I’ve told several people that social distancing and sheltering in place hasn’t really been an issue for me because as an introvert, I’ve been training for this for years 😉 Seriously though, even though I don’t mind …

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Jackbox offers quirky, fun games you can play remotely

ARTICLE – I wrote about the Jackbox Party Pack on Feb. 5. Never did I imagine two months later this quirky trivia game package would be a lifeline to friends and family during a pandemic.  But here we are. Longing for some company beyond our four walls, and especially missing our extended family over the …

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Crowdfunding campaign to fund studies on whether far-UVC light can effectively inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19

ARTICLE – I stumbled upon an interesting crowdfunding campaign while researching the germicidal effects of ultraviolet type-C light for my PhoneSoap Go review (review coming soon). The Center for Radiological Research (CRR) at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) is conducting a campaign to raise money to perform studies that will help determine how effective …

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5 products that will make working from home more comfortable

ARTICLE – To combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, many companies are asking their employees to leave the office and work from home. This might sound great in theory, because who wouldn’t want to work 8 hours a day in their pajamas while eating Cheerios? But in reality, not everyone’s home or apartment is …

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How to prep your gadgets for daylight savings time

ARTICLE – Daylight Savings Time (DST) is just around the corner, so are your gadgets ready for it? When the time changes in the wee hours of the morning on Sunday, March 8, it may throw you off your schedule a bit. But it doesn’t have to. If you’re anything like the average American, you …

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Are smart contact lenses going to be the next big wearable of the future?

ARTICLE – Several years ago (2014), I read an article on Dezeen about how smart contact lenses coated with graphene would allow the wearer to see heat signatures in the dark (using the infrared spectrum). University of Michigan researchers had been working with graphene (a single atom layer of carbon atoms), which is an electrical …

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Use ModernStates.org to test out of a year of college for free!

ARTICLE – Perhaps you’ve heard by now about the student loan debt crisis. According to a Forbes article written in February 2019, about 45 million people owe a total of over $1.5 trillion in student loans here in the United States. That just blows my mind. If you happen to have high school-aged kids or …

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