Google Pixel 2 XL: So much fun packed into one smartphone!

Let me get straight to the point. Google's Pixel 2 XL is the first smartphone I have tested in recent months that I could see replacing my Samsung Galaxy S8+. It's so much fun to use! The basics Before I jump into the fun stuff though, let me cover a few of the basics...

Have you tried the Amazon Treasure Truck?

Have you heard of the Amazon Treasure Truck? It not, pay attention because I think it's brilliant! The Amazon Treasure Truck is a dressed-up truck that periodically makes its way around a city, stopping at 3-4 specific locations. Loaded on the truck is a sort of...

My $10 gift to you this Christmas

I can't think of an easier way to save money on your holiday shopping than to take advantage of Ebates. I mean, if used correctly, it takes almost zero effort. If you're not familiar with Ebates, they offer you cash back for your online shopping. For example, right...

Shoot video like a cinematic pro with the LG V30

Every smartphone seems to have its "thing" these days - that one feature that makes it stand apart from the others. With the LG V30, that "thing" is video. Cine Video The LG V30 includes the ability to add 15 different cine effect presets while shooting your video (in...

What 3 words describe your location?

Every one of us can recite our home address backwards and forwards. It's the same format for everyone (at least here in the United States). Street name, city, state, zip. But what if someone told you their address was ""? What would you do with...

There are dinosaurs in my living room!

The ASUS Zenfone AR is the first smartphone I've used with integrated Project Tango technology. That's a mouthful of jargon for, "it's got really cool augmented reality apps". If you're not familiar with augmented reality, think of it as a blend between the real world...

When should you stop paying your child’s cell phone plan?

As my kids get older and move through high school, I have started to wonder how long I will continue to pay for their cell phone service. As of now, I don't pay for their smartphones any more. I helped pay for their first one. But each of my sons is on their second...

Audible app update adds “car mode”

You all probably know by now that I love listening to my Audible (Start your free trial of Audible now) books in my car. It's a great way for me to take advantage of my down time while learning a new business strategy or getting wrapped up in a fictional thriller....

Verizon opens new concept store on Mass Ave

I was recently invited to the grand opening of a new concept Verizon Store on Mass Ave in Indianapolis. Admittedly, I didn't know what to expect. I mean how different could it really be? Turns out it is pretty different - and I really liked the change. Here are a...

Using technology at Starbucks… because I can

Sometimes I don't realize how ridiculous I am when it comes to using technology. Like when I'm in the drive-thru at Starbucks and take my phone out to pay for my order with the Starbucks app. And then realize that I don't have enough money left on my Starbucks card to...

Forgotten permission slip? Challenge accepted!

Back when I was a student in high school, if I forgot to have my mom or dad sign a permission slip, there was nothing I could do about it, short of asking the teacher to call my parents (and we all know how desirable that option is to a high schooler). Oh how...

Lofter LED desk lamp adds extra light to your workspace

Sometimes you need a little extra light in your bedroom, office or other workspace. That's where the Lofter LED Desk Lamp comes in handy. It's strong clamp allows you to securely attach the light to a desk, table, shelf, or any other sturdy surface. Lofter LED Desk...

How much do you really know about PayPal?

I use PayPal on a regular basis. In fact, I have one account for personal transactions and another for business transactions. I love how easy it is to send and receive money with really nothing more than an email address. But as much as I use PayPal, I've never really...

XFINITY xFi saved me money even when I wasn’t home

Not too long ago I wrote about the XFINITY xFi system and how I love the family control it has given me over the wired and wireless devices connected to my home network. Since that writing, I've experienced first-hand yet another benefit of the xFi system. While away...

Moto Z2 Play Review

If you've been reading my smartphone reviews lately, you already know my opinion that, for most high-end smartphones, 90% of the features are all the same. So these days, I concentrate on the 10%. With that in mind, let's jump right in with the Moto Z2 Play. What's...

Waze adds roundabout 6 days after it opens

It's no secret that Waze is my favorite GPS navigation app on my smartphone. Not only does it provide great directions, but it also routes around accidents and slow-downs in real-time and informs me of where the police are hiding (not that I would need this... wink,...

XFINITY xFi: Take (back) parental control of your home Internet

SPONSORED POST In my house, Internet connectivity is like currency. It's how I get my kids to meet all of my demands. Okay, okay, it's how I negotiate with them. Don't judge me unless you've been there! The problem I've had in the past though is that when I cut off...

Watch your DVDs on your tablet or smartphone with DVD Ripper Pro

I love that we live in a digital world where we can darn near summon up any movie or television show on our tablet or smartphone via Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Google, iTunes, Vudu or dozens of other services. What I don't love is that I can't do the same with the DVDs I...

Is binge watching television shows shortening your life?

I don't binge watch a lot of television shows but a few have sucked me into the dark world of couch-potato-ness. These include: Breaking Bad, Bates Motel, House of Cards and Homeland. I never really felt all that bad about binge watching these shows until I watched...

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