Posts by: James Pikover

Spawned in the horrendous heat of a Los Angeles winter, James was born with an incessant need to press buttons. Whether it was the car radio, doorbells on Halloween or lights, James pushed, pressed and prodded every button. No elevator was left unscathed, no building intercom was left un-rung, and no person he’s known has been left un-annoyed.

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Kobo Aura Review

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E-readers are a great underutilized technology, one that’s privy to great innovation. If only more of us had time to read books! I haven’t had the time to read a full book in over a few months, and the one I did read was short too! But today most of...

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Satechi 7 Port USB 3.0 Premium Aluminum Hub Review

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USB 3.0 hubs are expensive and generally hard to come by. USB 3.0 is still in its infancy, though the significantly faster data transfer port is in every new computer you can buy today. At 5GB/s, it’s over ten times as fast as USB 2.0 and still supports the older...

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Startech Thunderbolt Docking Station Review

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With any computer that uses Thunderbolt, unless you’ve got the cash to buy a couple of Thunderbolt Displays to go along with it, there’s very little most users can do with the high density data transfer connector. It’s expensive and has very little support in the PC community, even if...

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A-Audio Legacy ANC Headphones Review

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Noise cancelling headphones have a bad rap, and for good reason: the theory is great, but in practice most fall flat. The principle of noise cancellation is simple: block out interfering audio by creating an interference pattern so the bad noise is cancelled out. However, there’s almost always a lot...

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Satechi Blutooth Wireless Smart Keypad Review

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Use a Mac and the included Wireless Keyboard? As nice as it is, I prefer the Wired Keyboard because it’s just as light, just as thin, doesn’t need battery replacement (even though the Wireless Keyboard only needs new batteries once every 7-9 months), and because it has a number pad....

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Quirky Pivot Power Genius Review

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Handling electricity sucks. Devices can be overcharged, lights can be left on accidentally, there aren’t always enough outlets…the potential problems are infinite. As to be expected with any technology that’s remained mostly untouched for over 20 years, let alone longer. It’s about time that something smarter come around. Quirkey’s Pivot...

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DistilUnion Wally Case for iPhone Review

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The Wally is great. Combining the phone and wallet is a great way to make carry less and make your wallet easier to manage in a growing digital world. Because really, who needs to carry a lot of cash, if any, daily? But the Wally was only step one; it...

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Logitech FabricSkin Keyboard Folio for iPad Air Review

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Not all products are built right the first time around. Some just need a little more time in the oven to cook. The original FabricSkin Keyboard Folio from Logitech was a smartly built but tragically-flawed keyboard for the iPad 2-4. For the iPad Air the company corrected that heinous error,...

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Belkin QODE Ultimate Keyboard Case Review

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iPad Keyboard cases are plentiful but few are any good. The problem is that most compromise good form and function for price. As we’ve seen recently, even Logitech, who in the past has been a personal favorite with iOS accessories, has succeeded in producing some surprisingly mediocre cases while still...

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Withings Smart Body Analyzer WS-50 Review

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Tracking personal health data starts in the home with one of the first things many of us do daily: stand on a scale. Our weight is extremely meaningful to us, and tracking it in the past has been a constant struggle. The lack of actionable and visualized data means most...

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Apple iPhone 5s Review

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When it comes to the iPhone, every review since the 3G has exclaimed one thing: this is the best iPhone yet. And it should go without saying that enough changes and improvements have been made so that the newest models is, in fact, the best. If that didn’t happen, it...