Jumping Into January – What I’m Missing & What I’m Not and Why It’s Relevant

In Apple, Book, CES, Consumer Electronics, Event, Gadgets, General, Opinion, Parenting, Tech News by Michael Sheehan0 Comments

Who would have believed what a busy month January 2013 would be. As is customary for me, I can barely see the end of my nose, the end of the day or the end of an article. How the heck can I look through a month and plan ahead? Honestly, I wish that I had actually planned ahead a bit more as January is looking to be one of those really important months. But “focus” is a key word for me in 2013 so planning will be crucial. I have to make choices, just like everyone else. While I wish …

Does the Blackberry Playbook Have Another Play Up Its Sleeve? Potentially!

In CES, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Mobile, Opinion, Review, Software, Tablet by Michael Sheehan4 Comments

I remember when the Blackberry Playbook was first announced, in fact, I was at the CES 2011 where it was revealed. Everyone was saying what an amazing piece of hardware it was but then over time, the details emerged about how closely tied it was to having a Blackberry smartphone. Also, during the 1.5 years between the announcement and now, the tablet market has changed and evolved dramatically. The iPad is on its third iteration and there are some big players in the Android tablet marketplace. And let’s not forget about the Amazon Kindle Fire. The tablet world has really …

I’m an Ultrabook Fan – the Speed, Weight, Performance & Design Convinced Me (An #UltrabookDads Video Production)

In CES, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Intel, Microsoft, Opinion, Review, Tech News, Video by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

Remember when netbooks were the “next big thing”? A few years ago, everyone wanted one of these small, compact and seemingly essential computers. But after a few years, the fog lifted from people’s eyes as they realized that the small form factor wasn’t the only thing that people needed. They wanted the best of all worlds, a small, lightweight, portable laptop that is fast and boast solid performance, has stellar battery life and looks slim, sleek and edgy. This new form-factor, based on a reference design from Intel, actually now has a name – Ultrabooks – and you will be hearing more …

Gadgets + Dads = “Dadgets” – Cast of Dads VIDEO podcast at CES 2011

In Audio, Cast of Dads, CES, Consumer Electronics, Event, Family, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Intel, Mobile, Opinion, Parenting, PodCast, Tablet, Video by Michael Sheehan0 Comments

The Cast of Dads has been on a bit of a vacation recently – the reality is, we’ve all been so busy that our little “baby” (Cast of Dads) has become a bit neglected. But we promise to get back on track! To get things going again, we actually did do a video podcast at CES 2011. Unfortunately it was only a 3/5ths of the Cast of Dads as Brad Powell and Max Kalehoff were not at the show. But we did have our first guest ever and it was none other than Dave Delaney (a dad as well) of …

35+ Tips, Tricks & Strategies for Preparing For, Attending & Returning From a Trade Show or Expo (Part 2)

In CES, Consumer Electronics, Event, Gadgets, General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Opinion by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

This is the Second Part of a Two Part series that hopefully will help you plan out and strategize your next trip to a trade show. In the previous post, I discussed the Pre-Show Planning. It’s important to think about the show well before you get there. If you haven’t read Part One of this post, be sure to take a look at it. This portion of the article is mainly about what to do AT and AFTER attending a trade show. This part becomes increasingly more subjective as people have different expectations of a show as well as objectives …

35+ Tips, Tricks & Strategies for Preparing For, Attending & Returning From a Trade Show or Expo (Part 1)

In CES, Consumer Electronics, Event, General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Opinion by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

I’ve been back from CES for a month now (and recently attended MacWorld) and have had time to cobble together a few blog posts about things that I saw at both shows as well as have a tiny bit of time to reflect back on my time there. My general experience at CES was that of being thoroughly overwhelmed, not only by the amount of technology that was being showcased, but also at being at a place and event that was quite new to me. Yes, this was my first CES (but not my first tradeshow) and only my second …

From the Tablet Clutter and Chaos Comes “The 10 Tablet Commandments”

In Apple, CES, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Google, Hardware, iPad, iPhone, Microsoft, Mobile, Opinion, Tablet by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

Apple has tablet competition…and lots of it. The iPad has been reigning supreme for over a year and only now are some possible contenders starting to pop up. The next iPad model is due in April, or so the rumors are saying. By all intents and purposes, Apple is well ahead in the tablet race having come to market early on with a precise, full featured and elegant piece of engineering. But as I saw at CES 2011, new tablets are coming, and lots of them at that. Many manufacturers are going to come after Apple to try to topple …

Congrats Sony, You Have a Winner with the NEX-5 Digital Camera

In CES, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Review, Sony, Video by Michael Sheehan4 Comments

At CES 2011, I was introduced to a fantastic digital camera made by Sony. It’s the NEX-5 and while it is not exactly a Digital SLR camera (I did mistakenly call it that in my video below), it is perhaps the smallest digital camera that has a detachable and interchangeable lens. I have used a few small digital cameras in my time, but nothing to the level of the NEX-5. It’s feature packed, is a 14.2 megapixel camera that also films 1080/60i HD video. But it isn’t just the multi-function and the small form factor that made me really like …

A Couple Intel Innovations that Caught My Eye at CES 2011

In CES, Consumer Electronics, Event, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Intel, Video by Michael Sheehan3 Comments

There was a lot to see at CES 2011, so much so that next year I’m considering having an Intel processor installed in my brain just to try to analyze all of the information I consumed at the expo. Honestly, with all of the recent innovations coming from Intel recently, I wouldn’t be surprised that somewhere deep within their Labs division (which I particularly love, by the way) their isn’t an initiative already underway that does just that. All that I can talk about is what I read about or have seen personally. And that is exactly the subject of …

Ford Truly Deserves to be at CES: Ford Sync AppLink & 2012 Ford Focus EV Pave the Way!

In Application, Auto, CES, Consumer Electronics, Event, Ford, Gadgets, General, Microsoft, Mobile, Safety, Software, Tech News, Video by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

For many, many years, I never thought much of Ford . I had been unimpressed with their cars (with a few exceptions like the Mustang) and especially with their styling and technology. In the 80’s and 90’s, to me, Ford was “just another American car” which said a lot. All of the technology, style and innovation had been coming from overseas (Japan and Europe). My position on this over the past year has literally flipped a complete U-turn. Last year, I got to test drive the 2010 Ford Flex and experience the Ford Sync by Microsoft for the first time. …

No Longer a “CES virgin” – Thoughts After 2 Days at CES 2011: Tablets, TVs & Other Tech

In Audio, Auto, Cellular, CES, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Intel, iPad, iPhone, Mobile, Review, Sony, Tablet, Video by Michael Sheehan4 Comments

In many ways, 2 days at CES 2011 (International Consumer Electronics Show) is not enough time to really absorb the show. I was only able to essentially pay only a few vendors any quality time, others were quick, short visits, and others were just walk throughs getting from one place to another. On the other hand, 2 days is completely exhausting. I found myself really enjoying returning to the peace and quiet of my hotel room and not be part of the human pinball game as I fought for position to view a tiny electronic gadget. But this was my …

CES 2011 Bound & A Quick iPad Keyboard Case Review – Sena Keyboard Folio

In Apple, CES, Consumer Electronics, Event, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Intel, iPad, Mobile, Review, Tech News by Michael Sheehan3 Comments

Finally in the air and at 10,000 feet, thus all of the gadgets are coming out and on. Yes, the plane is packed with all types heading to CES 2011 to hear what revolutionary new device will be teasing us or making us think what a stupid idea it is. Honestly, last year’s big thing was 3D TV which, in my opinion turned out to be a real yawner, I mean who really wants to wear a dorky pair of glasses and sit in a certain way on their couch, needless to say, upgrade their TV to something that supports …

Aaxa P2 Pico Projector Shoots a Big Bright Picture from a Tiny Box

In CES, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Review by Michael Sheehan11 Comments

A few months ago, I reviewed the WowWee Cinemin Swivel pico projector. It was the first pico projector that I had tried out and put down a pretty high standard. Since then and after reading through various articles and press releases coming from CES, it seems that my prediction that pico projectors would be hot this year may be coming true. In this article, I’m looking at another pico projector that is a bit more powerful and more “business-class” – the Aaxa P2 pico projector. For those who do not know what Pico projectors are, they are essentially very compact …

Hands-on Video: Parrot’s AR.drone – iPhone Controlled Quadrocopter Compliments their Vision

In Apple, CES, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iPhone, Review, Video by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

MacWorld Expo 2010 kicked off yesterday but even before the Expo exhibit hall opened, I was having fun with a gadget that got a lot of hype at CES 2010 – the Parrot AR.drone, an iPhone-controlled, Augmented Reality “quadrocopter”. While not actually a part of MacWorld, the Parrot team was just down the street from the Expo giving hands-on previews of the AR.drone and a variety of their other products. I was lucky enough to get actual piloting experience of the AR.drone. I was also given some time with some of the other Parrot products including the Zikmu (speakers) and …