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Apple Watch: Get It or Forget It?

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A new milestone in timekeeping and computing comes to pass today when the eagerly awaited “Apple Watch” becomes available for pre-order online and “demonstration” by-appointment-only at Apple Retail Stores. Deliveries and in-store sales kickoff in two weeks on Friday, April 24th. I published my first take on the Apple Watch back in September when it, […]

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Firefox Browser’s Super Simple Video and Voice Calling

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Video phone calling has been around, at least in concept, if not in practice, for decades. In 1964, U.S. telephone giant, AT&T, premiered its “Picturephone.” But neither that first device or its later iterations caught on. Fast-forward to the present, and thanks to services like Skype, Apple’s FaceTime for both Mac computers and Apple mobile […]

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FAA Says “No!” to YouTube Drone Videos

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I am both a travel writer who incorporates video into stories posted on Tales Told From The Road and someone who produces “shorts” for airing on public access TV stations. So when I first learned that one could shoot aerial footage with a GoPro camera mounted on a relatively cheap-to-own unmanned drone, I immediately became […]

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Live From The Apple Watch Event!

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Beginning at 10:00 am PDT, Apple will kick off a media event at which it is expected to lay out the details for the Apple Watch which should be available for purchase next month. Tales Told From The Road provides the following live reporting on the event by The Verge. For more on the Apple […]

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Watching Out For The “Apple Watch”

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Back in September when we published our first take on the latest Apple products, including the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, we noted that you wouldn’t be able to get hands on the “Apple Watch,” the newest gadget to come from the famous Cupertino, California tech company, until sometime in 2015. Well, that sometime is […]

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ApplePay Takes Flight, Lands at Starbucks

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Using a credit card to pay for in-flight purchases such as meals and beverages isn’t new. It’s been in use by airlines for over five years. But up until now, owners of the iPhone 6 models have only been able to use the phones’ ApplePay mobile payment system at land-based merchants whose card readers work […]

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Credit Cards vs. Mobile Payments: Which Is Best?

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Back on October 24, 2014, not long after Apple showcased its two new iPhones, the “6″ and “6 Plus,” I took a fairly detailed look at “Apple Pay,” the mobile payments system that owners of those new phones (but not those with older models) could use with merchants’ “point-of-sale” terminals instead of swiping a traditional […]

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Get Landline Messages on Your Smartphone

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While it’s not uncommon for people to only have a cellphone rather than a “landline” telephone today, there’s still many (like me) who find that those “old-school” telephone devices can be more reliable (especially during a power outage) and have better call quality than even the smartest of smartphones. But there’s one problem everyone who […]

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Using An iPad as an iPhone “Extension Telephone”

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If you’ve got multiple landline phones in your home, office, or hotel room, one is likely to be close at hand whenever a call comes in. But if you are out of earshot when your iPhone rings, you’ll miss the call. And as far as I can tell, there is no way to set up […]

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Deciding What “Tech” to Travel with in 2015

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On Wednesday, January 6th, the annual International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) kicks off a three-day stand in Las Vegas. If may be a little late for you to book a flight or hotel room to join in with 150,000 of your “new best friends” to take in the Whiz-Bang display of “tech stuff you can’t […]

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How to Download Facebook Photos and Videos

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So you uploaded photos or videos to Facebook, or one of your Facebook Friends did, and you’d like to share them outside of Facebook. That’s not a problem if your or your “Friend” have a copy available on a smartphone, tablet or computer. But what if that prized shoot or goofy video has been deleted […]

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Recharging Yourself and Your Phone at Starbucks

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For some months, what looked like 45 RPM records have been imbedded in the counter by the window of at a Starbucks near the gym where I work out. But they weren’t those oldie, goldie song discs. They were mobile device chargers built by a company called Powermat. They remained inert for what seemed like […]

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2014 Tablet And E-Reader Buying Guide

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Almost a year ago to the day, I published my “2013 Tablet and E-Reader Buying Guide” which covered iPads, Nooks, and Kindles, plus Samsung Galaxy tablets, the Google Nexus, and the Microsoft Surface. It was comprehensive, detailed, and when printed out, ran to about 10 pages, exclusive of the illustrations. By contrast, this year’s buying […]

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Three Cameras for Filming “The Action”

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Any relatively new smartphone, digital point-and-shoot or SLR camera can record high-definition video. But none are well-suited to filming your point of view as an “action figure” whether you are skiing, surfing, skateboarding, row, row, rowing a boat, or simply walking across the planet. For that you need a camera that can be attached to you […]

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Video Duke-Out: iPhone, GoPro, DSLR

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Okay. You want to shoot video, but you’ve got an iPhone, a DSLR, or a GroPro Hero and you don’t want to shell out money for a separate big-time camcorder and carry around yet another piece of photo gear. But how do these different cameras, all of which can record video, compare to each other? […]

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Video Storytelling, Two Ways

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Recently the “Starz” network decided so sponsor an unusual movie-making contest: Give two directors the same script, allow them to produce two different films, show them both in theaters, and award a $250,000 prize to the one whose film gets the most votes via social media. This isn’t a new idea. Hollywood has been turning […]

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First Take: New iPads, iMac, Apple Pay, and “Yosemite”

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About a month ago the world went amok (well, sort of) when Apple announced the release of two new smartphones: The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. With much less fanfare, last week the Cupertino company unveiled other new products: The iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3, a new iMac desktop with Retina […]

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4K: The Next Generation of TV and Video

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Coincidences, coincidences, coincidences. Writing about technology is like life in general: Stories get written because of coincidences. By coincidence, my wife had a “supporting role” in a documentary “short” that screened at this year’s Mill Valley Film Festival in Marin County, just north across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. By coincidence, while listening […]

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Using “Tech” for a “Smoother” Flight

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Ah, flying. The one thing all travelers have come to hate! But here’s some advice from tech guru, David Pogue (formerly with The New York Times, now a “Yahoo” guy) on how technology can make life “up in the air” (or before you get to the airport) “more better.” Get more travel news! Subscribe to […]

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First Take: Apple’s New Mobile Devices

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(Originally published on September 12, 2014. Last updated on October 8, 2014.) Apple’s new iPhone 6 models will go on sale tomorrow, Friday, September 8th, in Apple and other retail stores, including those of cellular carriers. To help you decide which, if either, phone to buy, read this story which we ran last Friday and […]

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HISY: Remote Control for “Selfies” and Group Photos

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I recently learned that an Apple earbud will act like a shutter release on a DSLR if the Camera app on an iPhone or iPad is turned on. If you prop up your iPhone or iPad, you can stand or sit back up a few feet away and press the “+” button on the earbud […]

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