Tech travel checklist: Don’t leave home without these essential accessories

(Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto) Each year, I spend more time than I’d care to think about on the road, typically spending a total of at least six weeks in hotel rooms, conference centers, and friends’ homes. And airports. Lots of airports. Even if you’re not a frequent business traveler, chances are you spend a fair amount of time away from the comforts of your home and office. That’s especially true during…

November 19, 2019
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Huawei Watch GT 2 review: Highly capable GPS sports watch with advanced sleep tracking

The Apple Watch dominates the smartwatch market and there is really no other competitor if you are looking for a watch with third party app support. Garmin and Samsung do well with GPS sports watches that have advanced activity tracking and offline music support. Huawei’s latest watch, the Watch GT 2, offers many features and functions similar to Garmin and Samsung at a lower price, but it’s not available for…

November 19, 2019
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Sold the Fold: Samsung’s innovative device has room for improvement

I have been thoroughly enjoying the Samsung Galaxy Fold, see my full review, but over the past couple of weeks, I kept having to swap the SIM into another phone for a few reasons. At $2,000, I couldn’t justify keeping it around if it wasn’t capable of full-time use, so I sold it via Twitter. There are many reasons the Galaxy Fold can be an excellent daily driver for many…

November 18, 2019
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Fitbit announces upcoming OS 4.1 update, expanded Premium features

While Google will soon own the company, Fitbit continues to develop and enhance its wearable products and the hope is that these efforts won’t change for some time. The new OS 4.1 update will be available for the Fitbit Ionic, Versa Lite, Versa, and Versa 2 starting on 3 December. Fitbit OS 4.1 Back when the Fitbit Versa 2 was released, one of the features I looked forward to was…

November 13, 2019
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The /e/ Google-free, pro-privacy Android phone runs well — for a beta

Douglas C Schmidt, a Vanderbilt University professor of computer science, found last year that “a dormant, stationary Android phone (with the Chrome browser active in the background) communicated location information to Google 340 times during a 24-hour period.” Every time you use almost any Android phone, you’re trading your privacy for convenience. If that bothers you, and you can’t stand being locked into Apple, you should consider a phone with…

November 12, 2019
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COROS GPS sports watch update makes them track stars, new POD tracks run power and dynamics

A few months ago I reviewed, and then purchased, a COROS Vertix GPS adventure watch, and since then received an update that added touchscreen capability. Once again, COROS proves it may be the leader in updating existing products to make sure your purchase lasts for years. In addition to supporting existing owners, COROS launched a new trade-in program where you can get up to $100 credit towards a new COROS…

November 12, 2019
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Can this startup’s mobile fintech app bring some magic to your savings?

David Ruidor is a fast talker, which may come from having started work as a magician at the age of 13 years. Initially, he promoted his tricks through Google AdWords but then developed his own magic technology, even collaborating with celebrated US magician David Copperfield. Innovation The next step, in 2015, was creating an app to help people learn how to become a magician. Two year later, he set up…

November 12, 2019
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Chrome OS 78, LG G8X Dual Screen, Apple Watch arrives, and Fold leaves (MobileTechRoundup show #486)

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November 11, 2019
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Android ecosystem is not ready for adolescent Pixel 4

The Pixel 4 from Google is a weird unit, and not necessarily in a bad way, but it is different in small ways from the Pixels that have come before, and that makes all the difference. In many ways, the phone is a teenager. It is not a fully evolved product, and you can see where it is heading and might even convince yourself it is a good thing. But…

November 11, 2019
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Totallee thin cases for the Pixel 4 and iPhone 11 Pro: Attractive minimalist cases protect from scratches

While the back and edges are protected from scratches and bumps, there are cutouts on either side so that you still use the native buttons of the iPhone 11 Pro. On the left side the two volume buttons shines through the openings while there is a cutout for the ringer switch. On the right side you get access to the right side button so there is never any worry about…

November 10, 2019
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