CES Coverage Remote #2: Press Day Thoughts & Day 2 News [Update #1]

In CES, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Microsoft, Mobile, Tech News by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

[Updated: 01.07.10 @1:05 pm Pacific] While it is obviously not the same as being at the International Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2010, I was able to watch quite a few of the press events over the web (probably with a better seat than most of the people attending the events in person). Also, the flood of press releases continues in my inbox (being on the press list) so I have been culling through various announcements and reviews/commentary online to find what really grabbed my attention. My first day summary can be found here. In light of some of the common …

Remote CES 2010 Coverage: Initial Thoughts & Day 1 News [UPDATE #3]

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[Updated: 01.06.10 @ 3:20 pm Pacific] I’m jealous of all of those who are able to brave the madness of gadget-hungry attendees of CES 2010 (the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show). I was able to secure a blogger press pass at the end of last year, but unfortunately due to changes in my schedule, I was unable to attend this year. Perhaps in 2011 I will attend (fingers crossed). However, just because I’m not at the show doesn’t mean that I can’t cover it. I have been receiving a steady stream of product briefs, press releases and correspondences from various …

A USB Mic with a Great Name and even Better Functionality – the BlueMic Snowflake

In Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Review by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

Recently, I have tried to move my content beyond just the typed word (although it is my de facto method of doing a review). I have expanded to include videos using a variety of video capture devices (e.g., HD camcorders & screencasting software). Also recently, some other “daddy bloggers” and I have started a regular podcast (see CastofDads.com for the shows). Do you see a common thread here? The movement towards the spoken word. While the camcorders and my computer have built-in microphones, sometimes those aren’t the most ideal to use, and frequently sound a bit tinny or scratchy. This …

Can You Do A Backup Without Touching a Button? ClickFree Can!

In Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Review, Software by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

Backup solutions abound. Most external hard drives you buy bundle some kind of backup software with them and most of that software works pretty well. But, you have to remember to set up a backup schedule and ensure that you follow that schedule. There are also online backup solutions that you can use like Mozy or Carbonite or iDrive. I have yet to review one of those though, but the advantage over online backup service versus a local one is that if you have a catastrophic disaster, most likely your backups are offsite and safe. The best backup strategy, however …

Buzz! Quiz World for PS3 Gets Your Brain Buzzing with Trivia

In Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Review by Michael Sheehan3 Comments

When my wife and I first met, there was a computer game that we played with our friends called “You Don’t Know Jack” (YDKJ) which has got to be one of the most fun games I have ever played. Ok, I admit it, I played it a lot more than she did. I spent hours in front of a computer with friends (mainly the guys), huddled over a keyboard, trying to answer trivia questions that were presented in creative yet humorous ways. I think I still have the CDs somewhere in my house and would love to bring those out …

Cast of Dads: Podcast #2 – “Vomiting, Vaccines, Vacations & More”

In Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, PodCast by Michael Sheehan4 Comments

A bit delayed, heck, it is the holidays and we have all been pretty busy. But our Cast of Dads Podcast #2, which I have titled “Vomiting, Vaccines, Vacation & More” is now live! Obviously it goes beyond those three “V’s” mentioned. The Cast of Dads is a new podcast put on by 5 Daddy Bloggers. We all worked together on a Sony project (the DigiDad Project) and decided to form a group for podcasting independently. In this, our second podcast, we covered a variety of topics including: Sick Kids H1N1 vaccines Spring Break Holiday travel with kids tips When should …

HighTechDad’s Reasons for Canceling the HP TouchSmart Giveaway

In Consumer Electronics, General, Giveaway by Michael Sheehan3 Comments

This is a copy of my original post that appeared on Blogspot while my site was undergoing a Denial of Service (DDoS) and botnet attack. The original post appears here. TITLE: NULL & VOID: Statement and Winner Announcement from HighTechDad on HP TouchSmart Giveaway HighTechDad’s Reasons for Canceling the HP TouchSmart Giveaway was last modified: February 5th, 2010 by Michael Sheehan

CANCELLED: HighTechDad’s HP TouchSmart 600 Giveaway!

In Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Giveaway, Hardware by Michael Sheehan

I HAVE DECLARED THIS GIVEAWAY NULL AND VOID DUE TO A VARIETY OF ISSUES. My full disclosure about my decision to do this is here. I thank all of the entrants, the people who voted legitimately and HP and their PR firm for giving me this opportunity. It is unfortunate that it had to end this way. It’s been an exciting week with a lot of great entries for my HP TouchSmart 600 Giveaway. Both HP, their PR firm and I were thoroughly impressed with the entries (even though there were not too many – quality over quantity, right?). For …

Tech News: iPhone Ustream Live, AT&T to “Fix” SF/NYC & “Conspiracy vs. the Heavy Data User” by AT&T

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If you haven’t entered my HP TouchSmart 600 Giveaway, do it NOW! It’s super easy to enter (kind of fun as well) and right now, the odds are pretty good at winning! Spread the word with friends, family and coworkers! Ustream Streams Live Video from Your iPhone 3GS “iPhone 3GS: It’s been a long time coming, but Apple’s finally approved a (notable) live video streaming app for the iPhone 3GS. Ustream is one of the first out of the gate, and it seems to deliver on its promise.” (source: LifeHacker) HTD: It wasn’t until a friend showed me this in …

Tech News: Chrome Beta for Mac, Boxee in a D-Link Box & Verizon Droid OTA Update

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I just bought a burrito just so that I could hold it to warm my hands. Yes, it’s still cold here in the Bay Area. But the Tech News is “hot” as always: Hands-on Chrome beta for Mac “Google released the first beta build of its Chrome browser for Mac and Linux earlier today, and it’s hard not to be impressed when putting the Mac version through its paces. Chrome for Mac still lacks some of the key features that are currently available in the Windows beta, but this is a browser that most people should feel comfortable using.” (source: …

HighTechDad Wants to GIVE You an HP TouchSmart 600 for FREE! Here’s how…

In Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Giveaway, Hardware by Michael Sheehan

First of all, I’m jealous. I really like being able to actually play with the technology that I write about. It’s important for me to understand what make things tick and if I like them or not and then write about it. So when I was approached to give away an HP TouchSmart 600 to one of my readers, I started trying to come up with some sort of a crafty way to make myself the winner. But that would be unethical now, wouldn’t it! So, one of you reading this is going to be the lucky recipient of, from …

Tech News: Google Real-time Search, CrunchPad Now the JooJoo & Apple iTunes in the Cloud via Lala?

In Apple, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, Google, Hardware, Opinion, Tech News by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

Happy snowy, hail-y & raining Monday from the San Francisco Bay Area. But, the tech news is HOT today: Google Aims To Push The Speed Of Light With Realtime Results. Seriously. “Today, at its Search Event in Mountain View, Google Fellow Amit Singhal (who recently participated in our Realtime Crunchup) took the stage to announce a big new feature for the search giant: Realtime. “It’s Google’s relevance technology meeting the realtime web,” is how Singhal described it.” (source: TechCrunch) HTD: The Search Engine wars continue to their game of Frogger with Google today announcing that they will be providing real-time …

Forget Holiday Shopping! Win the GRAND PRIZE – HighTechDad’s Gift-a-Day Giveaway (Day 5)

In Apple, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Giveaway, iPhone by Michael Sheehan

Boy, this giving away of free stuff is hard work (actually it is, writing posts and all)! But it sure feels rewarding. While I would have loved to have kept many of the items that I have been giving out, there are many people out there who deserve it for one reason or another. So that is why I’m doing this. Again, I’m not in this for anything really. You don’t have to follow me on Twitter (I want that process to be as organic as possible). Sure, I ask for some traffic to my blog, but that will be …

Win My Baby: 1st Steps for Wii & DS – HighTechDad’s Gift-a-Day Giveaway (Day 4)

In Consumer Electronics, Family, General, Giveaway, Software by Michael Sheehan

For Day 4 of the HighTechDad Gift-A-Day Giveaway, we are back to video games. But this one is a bit different than Bakugan (the Day 1 gift). Think raising a family and those wonderful first 3 years. I have gone through that 3 times so I know it well. Each child is different in real life…in this game, you get to make the choice yourself or have the game do it for you. The game is called My Baby: First Steps. Here is a bit more info: My Baby First Steps follows last year’s blockbuster Nintendo DS hits My Baby …

Tech News: New Tweetdeck, CrunchPad Fail, Next-Gen iPhone & Kindle Sales

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Happy Cyber-Monday all! Be sure to get your shopping done ahead of time. There are definitely deals to be found out there! Here are a few Tech News tidbits that I came across: The New TweetDeck Goes List Crazy And Adds Maps To GeoTweets “Streamreaders just keep getting better and better. A new version of TweetDeck is rolling out today with some major improvements, including support for Lists, Retweets, maps for geo-tagged messages, and LinkedIn streams. TweetDeck has already been downloaded more than 10 million times, and its active user base is in the low millions so this is a …