2019 Ranger: Ford DNA Does Not Apply (Eyes-On Review)

This week at the North American International Auto Show, Ford took the wraps off the long-anticipated fourth generation Ford Ranger – and it’s totally disappointing. What used to be a relatively inexpensive workhorse, small and fuel-efficient yet capable and durable, is now basically an also-ran in today’s small pickup market. The new 2019 Ford Ranger…

Wow the Nissan Pathfinder is Terrible

Off the Path Originally, I was renting a Nissan Rogue. The name alone is enough to make me want literally anything else (speaking of names, Nissan upped their game and replaced the Juke with a new model called Kicks. Plural. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ). I was renting an SUV to visit my wife’s parents for the holidays. For…

Tangent Throwback – Does Google Home Leave Alexa Homeless?

“Alexis, what is weather?” I have a bit of a problem when it comes to home automation devices. I have z-wave light switches, Philips Hue bulbs, motion sensors, and door sensors galore. For my in-laws, this is a problem because I’m the only one in the house who really knows how to use them. My…

Pixel Buds Review

Are these buds for you? Google’s hardware push continues this year with new Pixel phones, an expansion to the Google Home line, updated Daydream VR headsets, and a set of wireless headphones. Yes, Google is vying for a spot in the crowded Bluetooth headphone market, using Google Assistant integration as the headline feature. Are the…

RIP Text Messaging — So Long and Good Riddance

The lowly text message is ready to evolve I admit this comes across as pompous, maybe a little arrogant. I’m writing this from the balcony of my Cancun hotel, during a thunderstorm. I’m here for a wedding, and the rain and clouds that mercilessly descended on our beach activities have temporarily mandated that we seek…

iOS 11.2 – You’re Going To Want To Download This Update

iOS update keeps up with the time(s) If you happen to use an iOS device running iOS 11 and you have daily alerts or repeat reminders, you might have noticed that your device has been crashing since Saturday. A bug in iOS 11 affected certain devices after 12:15 am, December 2nd, causing soft-reboots and system…

In Defense Of: Net Neutrality

Get Ready For a Restricted and Costlier Internet Next month, the FCC will be voting to repeal Net Neutrality rules. Net neutrality, for the uninitiated, is the concept that the internet should treat all network traffic equally. Essentially, this means that no particular company or set of data should be given priority over others. That…

All About Chrome OS

You are no doubt aware of Windows and MacOS, the two most well-known computer operating systems from Microsoft and Apple. What you might not know is that Google also has a computing platform called Chrome OS. Let’s dive in and learn more about what Chrome OS is and how it stacks up against the competition….

How Essential Is Essential?

Update 11/14/2017: Essential has released Android Oreo as a beta. More information can be found here. Essential is Relative This is the Essential phone. There is a reason why I haven’t posted about this before in the past and it’s the first thing I’ll mention in this review: the price. This phone debuted at $699….

Don’t Buy The iPhone X – Yet

Patience is a virtue. The new iPhone X is finally here and with it the impulse to buy the latest and greatest of Apple’s products. I’m here to tell you to resist that urge like crazy. The iPhone X is undoubtedly the best iPhone yet, bringing with it an edge-to-edge OLED screen, upgraded cameras, Face…