Galaxy S4 Playlists Made on PC Don’t Work

Every Android phone I’ve had, starting with the original Droid, allowed you to manually create .pla files through Windows on the phone’s memory card while connected via USB. This was a great feature, as it didn’t require any software like iTunes to...

Advances in Artificial ‘Solar Leaf’ Technology

I’d blogged years ago about an artificial leaf technology that was a potential step forward for energy production. Recently I caught a glimpse of an update on that solar research (thanks Matt!) and it got me thinking about energy production in general. The aim...

30 Days of iPad

After getting my hands on the iPad Air, my initial impressions led me to see what 30 days of heavy use would be like. What would it be like to offload as many of my daily tasks as possible to an iPad rather than a laptop or PC? Would I be surprised at how easy...
Fenix Flashlight Review: The E12 (1xAA)

Fenix Flashlight Review: The E12 (1xAA)

As the successor to the excellent Fenix E11, the E12 takes the proven versatility of AA flashlights and brings some new features to the table. Features Overview: Takes one AA battery (Ni-MH or Alkaline) Three output modes: 130 lumens HIGH, 50 lumens MEDIUM, and 8...

Google On Being A Gateway To The Web

In a recent news story Germany calls for Google to reveal its algorithms in the name of transparency, which prompted a response from the Google Europe blog. I support Google’s refusal to share their algorithm, as I don’t think a company should be forced to...

Replacing USB Port on Galaxy S4 from Water Damage

On a recent trip to Memphis I ran into a little water damage on my Galaxy S4, rendering it unable to charge reliably or sync with a PC. When plugged in it would either do nothing or display a message saying, “This charger is not compatible with this...