Historical Perspective: How Far We’ve Come in 15 Years

Rocketbook e-reader 1999

Can you remember life 15 years ago? Odds are, if you've been alive that long, you remember life to be not much different than it is today. The two time periods may seem similar, but consider just how much technology has changed your life since 1999. Consider the impact of Wikipedia, and e-books, and the rest of the web on your access to information, and on your education. Consider the impact of email, Twitter, Facebook, iMessage, on how you communicate with friends and family. Consider how much more entertained you are, having your phone, and the vast expanses of the web available to … [Read more...]

How To Set Up A Wifi Hotspot on Your iPhone or iPad in 3 Minutes

Volume Buttons on the iPhone 5S Gold

This update is current as of March 2014. This article was originally published on December 3rd 2011. OS: iOS 7 Devices: iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini Do you need WiFi for your laptop in the middle of nowhere? Would you rather pay $20 a month for Wifi, rather than $30 an hour? If the answer is yes, read on. Activating the WiFi hotspot feature on an iPhone or iPad is actually quite easy once it's set up. Note that it doesn't work on phones before the iPhone 4, or the original iPad. Step 1: The right data plan To set up your hotspot, you're first going to need the right data plan. This … [Read more...]

Will Apple Kill The Television this April? I certainly hope so

Apple iTV concept sketch

This April, Apple will reportedly release a killer new set-top box to replace the current Apple TV. Early reports suggest it may run "on top" of your current cable TV box, giving your TV a more functional interface, and offering access to services like Netflix directly on your TV. The fact is, Apple's new device may do much more than those initial reports suggest. I've spent the last several years covering technology trends on this blog and across the web, and my Apple predictions have been reasonably accurate, but take the following predictions with a grain of salt, because they're … [Read more...]

This Potty-trainer toilet Has A Built-in iPad

the ipotty - a potty training toilet with a built-in ipad stand

I'm a believer in the smart home. The web can definitely make household items much better. But is this potty trainer a bit overkill? Is this the message we should be sending our kids, and is it safe? CTA's digital 2-in-1 iPotty encourages the habit that we all  do discreetly...taking our phones/tablets into the bathroom. It's supposed to allow potty-training children to do some activities while they wait and learn. Those dual purposes just don't seem symbiotic though. The smartphone screen is already one of the dirtiest surfaces on earth (at least until smartphone makers install … [Read more...]