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Thanks to a Court of Appeals decision several weeks ago, the FAA’s Small UAS Registration for drone hobbyists is now officially dead. A case brought by model aircraft pilot and lawyer John A. Taylor has prevailed over what was essentially an illegal registration requirement. The Congress has at least one bill pending to replace the now defunct registry, and may decide to require hobby owner registration in the future. The court’s decision invalidated the registration requirement as it applies to certain model aircraft under section 336 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act. Owners whose aircraft are in compliance with…

We spoke with LG earlier this year in January about their new W-Series TVs, which were absolutely fantastic to look at in person. Only 1/10th of an inch in thickness, they truly are one of the first TV’s to lay perfectly flat on your wall like a poster. It features 4K, HDR and everything else you’d expect to find in a high price model. All connections are stripped clean from the TV and placed on the accompanying speaker to help make this possible. LG promised that they would be available this year, with the 77-inch model finding its way into…

Taking a different approach to using a mouse at your computer, Evoluent is one of a few companies that decided that you have been using your mouse wrong all these years. Instead of the conventional mouse that everyone is quite familiar with, Evoluent flipped the mouse on it’s side and turned it vertical, allowing your hand to wrest at a more natural angle (as if you were reaching out slightly to shake someone’s hand). Although this approach isn’t the first time a vertical mouse has made its way into the world, it still remains one of the less spoken about…

Recently, Amazon added the ability to use Alexa on their Echo devices to call and text people within your smartphone using your voice. Hands free calling anywhere you have an Echo device positioned within your home. This prove to be a perfect feature to demonstrate Alexa’s capabilities with and help sell the speakers/devices. Now, Amazon has also included the ability to call other Echo devices around your house, essentially using them as an very lucrative and user-friendly intercom system. The new feature is called “Drop In”, and all you have to do is mention the name of the device you’d…

The ever running war on who has the best thumb drive or memory card, is always saturated with so many options to choose from. The benefit of this, is it helps keep the prices down where possible and allows for a wonderfully open and free market. The disadvantage, is that sometimes it can be hard to figure out which one of those many option suits you best. If speed is what you yearn for, then a lot of those options are null and void as a majority of what’s out there ranges between 30MB/s and 95MB/s (possibly even less if…

For those of you who read my review on last year’s Nintendo impossible to get Super NES Classic Edition system; Get ready to stand in line. Nintendo is releasing the Super Nintendo Classic Edition this year on September 29th. It will retail for $79.99 USD but per last year, if Nintendo doesn’t ship enough units, people are going to jack up the price before the holiday rush. Here’s where they get it right and where they learned from last year’s mistakes. This time, no hard to find second controller needed. The unit comes out of the box with two very…

Earlier this year at CES 2017, in Las Vegas, we met with a company with an interesting concept: Wireless charging in any object in your home or even outdoors. Backpacks, bowls, tables, etc. They are working to create an easy way to charge your gaming accessories, smartphone, smartwatch, your Bluetooth headphones (etc), anywhere you want with a simple device installed anywhere in your home. If you missed the interview with Humavox, here’s another look. Powercast is another player in wireless charging, who has also recently been given FCC approval to sell development kits to manufacturers of these types of devices.…

Adding one more thing to the list of odd things that have crossed my desk, it is time to start getting rid of those pesky flying bugs that won’t leave you alone, regardless of where you are. The Zapplight is an LED light bulb that contains a built-in bug zapper, allowing you to use it anywhere that allows you to screw in a typical light bulb (E26 type at least). We have seen numerous LED bulb combinations, including WiFi repeaters, speakers and cameras. Bug zappers however, is something new. I didn’t exactly know how to test something like this since…

In the latest addition to Amazon’s Alexa, available on various devices such as their own Amazon Echo lineup, SiriusXM has come to strengthen the already popular digital assistant with their powerful suite of streaming channels. SiriusXM offers a large lineup of channels that span a number of genres, including all of your favorite music options, as well as sports, news, celebrity hosts like Howard Stern, comedy, and more. Now all of this can be accessed by a simple voice command and streamed directly to your Amazon Alexa device. All you have to do is say “Alexa, play (channel) on SiriusXM”,…

Microsoft has announced their new Modern Keyboard, a familiar design that mimics their Surface Keyboard and looks surprisingly a whole lot like something from Apple (but who am I to judge). The new keyboard features a simple, and well, modern look (so the name really says it all), allowing it to both function well while also complimenting your desk’s layout. What sets this keyboard apart from the Surface Keyboard (or most any other keyboard for that matter), is the fact that they have added a fingerprint sensor in the form of a key. Conveniently nestled between the right-side alt and…

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