Author: Zack Bishop

Zack Bishop

Zack comes with a number of years in the technology industry. Specializing in live production and sound recording, his background also extensively covers other categories such as lighting and A/V technologies. With a strong history of both covering and thoroughly understanding technology and science in nearly every category imaginable.

Short links have been a hot commodity for years, allowing users to hide long complex links behind shortened URLs that are much easier to remember and more compatible with online services or apps that suffer from character limits (ie, X/Twitter). With the use of a URL shortener like Google’s or Bit.ly, anyone can create them with little to no effort or cost. However, Google’s shortener will be coming to a full stop in 2025. It has been one of the more recognized options for some time now. But the company has been slowly trying to bring an end to that…

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It looks like writable optical disk media (CD, DVD, BD) just aren’t selling like they used to. This especially makes for sad news for writeable Blu-ray discs. For quite some time, Blu-ray has provided a more affordable means of storing data when compared to storing it on physical hard drives.  A single 50-pack of basic BD-R discs gains a user over a terabyte of writable (or re-writable, if using BD-RW/BD-RE) storage. This was a major win when it came to the price of hard drives when BD-R media was in its heyday. Of course, this only lasted until the capacity…

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We have been testing out the new Tiny 2 Lite PTZ 4K AI Webcam from OBSBOT that acts as an entry-level model from the company that offers more than any entry-level model normally would. Like most of OBSBOT’s products, it is a PTZ webcam imbued with AI wonders, and we have shared some of these in our video below. Although it is an entry-level camera for the company, it isn’t an entry-level for the industry by any means. It can auto-focus, track, zoom, and more. It offers gesture, voice, and remote control, and can be controlled via its software. It…

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1MORE has launched a new model of open earbuds, focusing on those looking to keep things within a simpler budget. The new 1MORE Fit SE Open Earbuds S31 recently hit the market this month, falling within a sub-$50 range, making open-ear a little more accessible for some, and creating a new entry-level position within 1MORE’s catalog. When it comes to budget-friendly models, it can typically be a solid choice for those who are just looking for a solution for taking phone calls, background noise, and other situations where “sound” doesn’t have to blow you away. In other words, perfect for…

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This has followed users through the years, leading to many picking up the habit of always ejecting their drives before removing them, with the fear that if they do not, it could cause devastating damage to the data. The option to eject (or “safely remove”) USB devices has been around since Windows 98, as well as other operating systems. But is it (really) required to be used every time? The question has been thrown about many times over time and the answer mostly still remains the same–yes. It is technically smart to always make use of the eject option when…

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It’s not every day that you see a mouse that is specifically launched for Apple Mac users. This is something that used to be a norm back when devices had proprietary connections that were different for Mac and PC users. But thanks to USB, you can use almost anything with anything. At least, until something like the Logitech MX Anywhere 3S for Mac comes along offering specific controls that are dialed in for Mac users. So what makes this mouse special for Mac users specifically? Not much actually. This is simply part of a line of accessories coming from Logitech…

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Bad news for AT&T users today as the company suffers from another outage issue affecting customers across the nation. This outage is preventing certain customers from being able to make or take calls to/from users outside of the AT&T network (ie, T-Mobile, Verizon, etc). This is the second time that the company’s network has suffered a major stroke causing customers to lose connectivity to other networks, with the previous event happening in February. This last event was described by AT&T as being “due to an incorrect process it executed as part of a network expansion upgrade”. AT&T has not provided…

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Sonnet Technologies (aka Sonnet) has released a new affordable 2.5GbE PCIe card for computers, adding to the selection of 2.5G options for those looking to make the upgrade. The new card offers a simple 2.5GbE port for the back of your Windows or Linux system so that it can take advantage of the top speeds of Cat5E cables and beyond. With fiber internet growing in popularity as it expands across the nation to various cities, multi-gigabit internet plans are on the rise. Now users have more reason than ever to go 2.5Gb (or faster) with their networks, leaving 1GbE behind.…

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Google has been working to slowly migrate the Google Chrome browser toward its newer Chrome Extensions platform known as Manifest V3. This allows the company to focus on newer extension techniques and features that focus on security, performance, modern API use, and more. It also deprecates or prepares to deprecate various features that have been in use with the older Manifest V2 platform. These efforts have been slowly in effect over the last so many years. The move has been slow since V3 places a lot of restrictions on developers when it comes to what extensions have access to or…

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As internet connections continue to evolve, so does everything else. However, the one thing that doesn’t seem to be evolving, is the restrictions that ISPs place on their customers. Mainly, the monthly data caps (quotas) they exercise as a way to (mostly) score a little extra profit. ISPs used to claim that by placing a monthly restriction (data caps) on how much data one uses, they can prevent people from ‘abusing’ their connection through the use of servers and excessive downloads that affect other people in the same node/area negatively. But this just isn’t the case anymore thanks to advancements…

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