Smart: the Tosee Intelligent Cigarette Filter

I don’t smoke. In fact, I’ve never smoked a single cigarette in my life, but my Dad smoked most of his life, though in the latter part of his life he was down to a single cigarette he’d make last through much of a day because he knew of the ill effect it could have. […]

Posted by on 24 March 2015 | 7:56 am

Comparing the MacBook and the Dell XPS 13

Much ado about the announcement today from Apple of the all new MacBook. Not MacBook Air, not MacBook Pro, just “MacBook”. Okay, that’s not confusing, Mr. Cook. Still, as I’ve been spending a lot of time with the beautiful new Dell XPS 13 Windows laptop, I thought it would be interesting to compare the two […]

Posted by on 9 March 2015 | 7:05 pm

Another Credit Card Bites the Dust

Another month, another credit card I have to cancel. This time I had to destroy my PayPal debit card because I was watching my transaction records, as I do, and saw an email about a $105 transaction at the Meijer store in Lima, Ohio. Now I’ve never been to Lima, Ohio so that was a curious transaction […]

Posted by on 21 February 2015 | 8:44 pm

A Eulogy for Radio Shack

It’s been a long time coming, and the company’s been doing poorly for at least a decade, but it’s still sad to see tech gadget stalwart Radio Shack declare bankruptcy today. Rumors swirl around what will happen to the over 5000 stores they have worldwide, with some predicting that Amazon will acquire some as demo […]

Posted by on 6 February 2015 | 12:02 pm

Should entrepreneurs have partners?

I was recently on the Entrepreneur on Fire podcast, interviewed by John Lee Dumas about my entrepreneurial background, the startups I’ve founded, and what I’m doing now. We had a good conversation, well worth listening to if you haven’t heard it yet. As a result of that program, I’ve received some interesting email from other […]

Posted by on 15 January 2015 | 11:53 pm

“Sponsored data” is a step towards free cellphones

Was just checking my bill on the AT&T Wireless site and was rather surprised to find that I now have a feature called “sponsored data” enabled, without any notification or promotion from AT&T. In fact, I bet you do too. It’s described by the company thusly: This is actually really cool because it means that […]

Posted by on 31 August 2014 | 4:16 pm

Buy Now buttons in the Twitter stream

Jason Del Ray over at Re/Code is reporting that “Buy Now” buttons showed up for a short period of time in the mobile Twitter app, likely as a test. Apparently it’s related to a partnership that has been building with a shopping site called Fancy. Here’s how it looked when it was being displayed […]

Posted by on 1 July 2014 | 11:54 am

Don’t Request Endorsements from Strangers

There’s a temptation in social media to push every button, flip every switch, and share everything with everybody. Privacy? Bah. That’s for old schoolers. Nowadays all the cool kids are oversharing, right? To some extent, that’s true, but there are still certain things that people need to be more thoughtful about, and an email I […]

Posted by on 13 March 2014 | 3:28 pm

What’s a Blog Brand Ambassador?

I’ve been talking with a couple of different tech firms about the possibility of serving as a brand ambassador. “What’s that?” I can hear you ask. It’s where you serve as a band spokesperson in return for product and, quite often, financial compensation. To find out what kind of deals are the norm, I asked […]

Posted by on 21 February 2014 | 1:39 pm

Interview with Sergio Troiani, inventor of the KLOQE

I received an email pitch from Sergio Troiani about his Kickstarter campaign for a new iPhone case. A new case? After I’d seen thousands of different cases at CES less than a month ago? I was intrigued, and our subsequent discussion about what he was doing turned into this Q&A. Keep in mind when you’re reading […]

Posted by on 9 February 2014 | 9:05 am