I live in Brooklyn, NY, and write about technology, security, gadgets, gear, wristwatches, and the Internet. After spending four years as an IT programmer, I switched gears and became a full-time journalist. My work has appeared in the New York Times, Laptop, PC Upgrade, Surge, Gizmodo, Men's Health, InSync, Linux Journal, Popular Science, Sync, and I've written a book called Black Hat: Misfits, Criminals, and Scammers in the Internet Age. You cand find more about me at BigWideLogic.com.
The new XBox, called the One, is a heavy-duty gaming machine that is sure to be on a lot of Christmas lists this year. The games are going to be incredible - graphics have gotten much better even since the last console generation. However, the One has a secret, rarely-discussed feature that could change the way you watch TV.
The secret is the Xbox's TV viewing feature. It works by connecting to your cable or satellite box and adds a few cool features to your boring old DVR.
While the rest of the world fighting over the last PS4 and the Xbox One on store shelves, why not take a breather with some family-friendly board games? These are five of my favorites and we've found that they make great birthday and holiday gifts for families who are tired of screen time.
Every year around this time, Apple launches a few new products. Last week the company announced two new iPads -- the iPad Air and a brand new iPad Mini with Retina screen. These two devices are pure sexiness (and this is coming from a guy who isn't impressed easily).
But which one should you get? And, more important, should you upgrade?
If you're in the market for a new laptop it might be worth looking into some of the new Chromebooks on the market. These ultra-thin - and ultra-cheap - systems run Google's own browser-based Chrome OS. While these things won't run Microsoft Word or the latest games, you can browse the Internet, read email, and even edit text documents and spreadsheets.