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

In Apple, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, iPhone, Mobile, Opinion, Software, Tech News by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

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

In Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Google, Hardware, iPhone, Opinion, Tech News by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

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

In Apple, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, Hardware, iPhone, Opinion, Tech News by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

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 …

Announcing HighTechDad’s “1 Gift a Day” Week

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

Wow, that title sounds really corny, doesn’t it? Well, I thought that I would do something special for my readers starting next week. A PR firm that I have worked with in the past (Sandbox Strategies) has graciously offered products from some of their clients for me to give away. What kind of things? Well I will leave some of that to the surprise of the day, but definitely some gadgety, techy stuff! Sorry, but I’m not giving away HDTV’s or Camcorders or Netbooks. Maybe some day I will (any vendors want to donate anything?) What’s the catch? There isn’t …

Tech News: Twitter DM Spam, Facebook Stock, Kindle OS Update & Cheap HDTVs

In Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, Hardware, Opinion, Social Media, Social Networking, Tech News by Michael Sheehan3 Comments

More fresh Technology News for you on this day before Thanksgiving (and my wife’s 40th birthday). The Tech News just doesn’t rest, does it! Here are things that are hot right now: WARNING: New Twitter DM Spam Attack – “Uh oh. It looks as if Twitter is being plagued by another DM spam attack. We’ve received a few ourselves, and plenty of Twitter users are taking to the medium to express that they too have received inordinate amounts of spam messages via direct messages.” (source: Mashable) HTD: One of these days, either Twitter will lock things down or Twitter users …

Tech News: Android & Apple, PS3 & 3D, LinkedIn Open & iPhone Worm

In Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, Hardware, iPhone, Opinion, Tech News by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

I’m going to try something new here. When you are writing about Gadgets or Consumer Electronics, things happen quickly within the space. While I try to post 1-2 gadget reviews a week, that takes time and often I miss out on quickly discussing things that catch my eye. So, I’m going to embark on a bit of an experiment here. As I work through the morning, I’m going to watch for different articles or announcements that I feel are important enough to warrant a quick mention and commentary from me. While I can’t guarantee that I will be able to …

A Week with the Verizon/Motorola DROID (By an iPhone Addict)

In Apple, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iPhone, Review by Michael Sheehan16 Comments

This past week, I decided to find out what the hype was all about regarding the Droid. Launched just a few weeks ago, the Droid has been positioned as a potential iPhone-killer. Being an avid iPhone user (but still someone open to new, better or different devices), I wanted to truly test the Droid out to find out what the hype was all about. Even before the Droid was launched, Verizon initiated a series of “attack campaigns” targeted at the iPhone. These “iDon’t” ads really helped to delineate the differences between the two companies (Google and Apple) from an Operating …

A Theater in your Pocket: WowWee’s Cinemin Swivel

In Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iPhone, Review by Michael Sheehan4 Comments

I must admit, I have never heard of the WowWee Cinemin Swivel until my step-brother-in-law sent me a Facebook message asking me if I had ever tried it out. I told him that I hadn’t but that I would try to get my hands on one for a review and let him know my thoughts. Funny thing is, I actually had heard of WowWee before (FlyTech Dragonfly) but just not about this specific  product. The Cinemin Swivel is definitely NOT a toy (the way the Dragonfly is, sort of). The Cinemin is a pocket-sized DLP projector which hooks up to …

“The Sony Witch Project” – A Halloween Adventure with Sony Gear

In Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, Hardware by Michael Sheehan6 Comments

Ten years ago, a movie was released that scared many and used a format that was unique to its space for the time period. The Blair Witch Project had an interesting premise, 3 student filmmakers disappear in the wood of Maryland while filming a documentary about a witch. After a year, footage from the students is found and thus this movie comes to be. The movie is edgy, raw and quite frightening. As is seen in the footage, the students become lost and as night descends, they camp and things just gets odder and scarier. They find out they are …

The Future is Here: Wireless Power Charging with Powermat

In Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iPhone, Review by Michael Sheehan4 Comments

When your life is filled with gadgets, much the way mine is, you have a huge trail of power cords that follow those devices. What this means is that you have to consider where to store those cords, which cords go to what and keep track of all of them. I have thought about actually labeling ever power cord that I have received so that I know what goes to what. I may still do that…however I now have a different, better and more modern solution. The people at Powermat have come up with a device that anyone who has …