Category: Technology

VIDEO: Where To Sell Your Phone For $

With new smartphones coming out, it may be time to sell your old one. Here are some tips I gave on FOX26 Houston on how and where to get the most $ for your gadgets. Plus a quick overview of the new Samsung Note20 Ultra 5G.


VIDEO: Back-To-School-From-Home Products – Laptops (“Great Day Houston”/CBS)

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to alter our lives and processes, parents will be making choices about homeschooling and what products to buy for their kids to fully utilize distance learning.  Here is a recent segment on Great Day Houston (KHOU-TV, CBS) where I did some show-and-tell on laptop choices.

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VIDEO: Back-To-School-From-Home Products – Laptops (KPRC/NBC)

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to alter our lives and processes, parents will be making choices about homeschooling and what products to buy for their kids to fully utilize distance learning.  Here is a recent appearance on KPRC-TV News (NBC/Houston) where I did some show-and-tell on laptop choices.

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VIDEO: Back-To-School From Home Products – Laptops (Fox26)

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to alter our lives and processes, parents will be making choices about homeschooling and what products to buy for their kids to fully utilize distance learning.  Here is a recent appearance on FOX26 Morning News (Houston) where I did some show-and-tell on laptop choices.

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VIDEO: Keep Flabby Abs Quarantined

From Great Day Houston (CBS): We’re stuck inside our homes which could mean less exercising and activities. Here are some apps to help get you motivated and an interesting device, Stealth Body Fitness, to keep your abs tight. Take a look as I try to melt away the fat and blast away alien invaders.

REVIEW: Accell Power Dot Power Station

I am always in need of plugging things into an electrical outlet.  My home office frequently looks like a wiring fiasco around a Christmas tree with extension cords strewn all over the place.  And now that we are in the midst of the COVID19 quarantine, my kids now need to plug their laptops and phones into outlets to juice up their gadgets.

I recently discovered one smart solution by using the Accell Power Dot Office. It is a round power station that currently handles most all of our family’s power needs in our makeshift office/home school (aka the dining room table).

The Dot Office has four surge-protected AC outlets that can swivel, 3 USB Type-A charging ports and 1 USB Type-C charging port. Total output of the ports is 5V and 24W.

The low-profile device measures 8 x 7 x 2.4″ and has an 8′ ($54.99) or 16′ ($64.99) power cord. The center top can pop off to hold gadgets like an Amazon Dot (hence the name), a Google Home Mini, or other small accessories for a neat work space.

It come in stark white or shiny black and can be ordered on Amazon.com or directly though the Accell website.

 

VIDEO: Slow internet speed? The problem may be as near as your couch. (ABC13)

With so many family members using the internet from your home during this COVID19 quarantine time, internet speeds can seem to slow to a crawl.  Do you blame your ISP?  Are there better times of the day or night to watch streaming videos or download items?

I recently spoke with ABC13 (Houston) about this issue and how to maximize your internet speed as best as possible.

How To Properly Disinfect Your Phones

You should have been doing it all along. Regularly cleaning and disinfecting that nasty smart phone of yours. And your laptop, tablet, remote control and every other piece of gadgetry around your home and office. But now with COVID19 spreading you hopefully are more aware of the germs and dangers that can cling to these electronics.  So do it.

It is not just you touching your phone. When you touch a public door handle or grocery cart and then pick up your phone, congrats it is dirty. The first thing you should NOT do is wipe it with rubbing alcohol. STOP, don’t do that. Straight alcohol can strip the protective coatings that keep oil and water from damaging your display and other ports. My first choice has been to use cleaners made specifically for electronics.  Whoosh Screen Shine is safe for all screens as it is alcohol-free, ammonia-free, and an anti-static. Screen Mom and Bryson are similar products also without alcohol, ammonia or phosphates.

Whichever you choose, unplug the device and do not ever spray anything directly onto the screen . Use a microfiber cloth that is often sold with these products. Spray the cleaner onto the cloth and then carefully wipe down all parts of your phone. Make sure to remove the phone cover to get parts such as buttons and crevices.

Other products can be safely used on electronics such as Clorox Wipes.  Just make sure to use disinfectants that contain no more than 70% isopropyl alcohol to clean screens.

Other products to avoid cleaning phones with:

  • window cleaner
  • kitchen cleaners
  • paper towels
  • makeup remover
  • compressed air
  • vinegar
  • dish and hand soap

Here is a recent TV segment from FOX26 (Houston) where I go into more detail:

Some Things I Saw (and grabbed) at CES

So how was your CES this year?  Here are my stats:

  • an average of 27,000 steps walked per day (photo here just to prove it)
  • hundreds of hand shakes
  • 14 glasses of highly-caffeinated iced tea (we don’t do coffee)
  • less than 6 hours of sleep per night
  • 3 packed suitcases of gadgets and trinkets that will either change my life or trash up my garage

 

I am receiving more items from companies who announced or launched products at the annual Las Vegas convention.  I continue to talk about and review them on my radio show (11a-1p Saturdays, KPRC/iHeartRadio) and TV appearances.  Here is a recent clip from “Great Day Houston” (KHOU, CBS) with much more to come:

Links to the items I spotlighted:

Targus Mobile VIP + Backpack With Qi-Charging – targus.com/laptop-backpack

TruMedic Magic Hands Shiatsu Neck and Back Massager – trumedic.com/magichands-trushiatsu

Puro Volume-Limiting Headphones – purosound.com

Jabra Elite Active 75  – jabra.com

Audio-Technica – audio-technica.com

Monster – monsterstore.com

Helm Audio – helmaudio.com

Noerden Self-Cleaning Smart Bottle – noerden.eu

Kwikset Home Smart Lock – kwikset.com

CES 2020 Coverage

My 20th year covering CES in Las Vegas. It only gets larger and crazier, at least in terms of the product launches and offerings.  Sex “toys” are the thing this year after being dissed at the tech trade show in 2019.  I’m still waiting for samples to arrive for full review.

Smart homes, cars, 8K TVs, 5G, AI, Google and Amazon are all over the place.  Tune in to my radio show on KPRC 950AM and iHeartRadio for live reports from the show floor.