Pens and wallets were once the staples of gift giving. In this column I check out today’s up-to-date versions of each, particularly the pens used for digital note-taking and wallets that are designed to accommodate the increased use of credit cards.
Need some ideas for holiday gifts? Here’s a selection of products, many of which are new this year, and that I’ve tried and liked.
With our dependency on smartphones, protective cases have become one of the hottest and most profitable categories among accessories, a market estimated from $1.5 billion to $2 billion.
San Diego and California turn out to be great places to own a plug-in electric vehicle, such as an all-electric Tesla or Nissan Leaf, or an electric plug-in with gas generator backup vehicle such as the Chevy Volt.
Bhavin Shah, a software engineer, visited Kabul, Afghanistan, with then-Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson in 2004. He was there to provide technology to educate women on prenatal health.
Over the past several years I’ve written about Toyota’s unintended acceleration (UA) incidents, and from the beginning, expressed doubt that they were caused by misplaced floor mats, sticky gas pedals or driver error.
Both Microsoft and Apple have made major software upgrades over the past month. Microsoft has upgraded its Windows from version 8 to 8.1, and Apple has upgraded the operating system on its iPhones, iPads and iPods from iOS6 to iOS7. Here’s my take on each.
Using the Internet to make phone calls is nothing new, but it’s had a mixed reception because of unpredictable call quality. I use Skype several times each week and often need to reinitiate a call due to poor quality. And my early experiences with Vonage were also trouble prone: voice breakups, echoes, and delays.
American inventiveness is alive and well as represented by some of these recently introduced products.
I recently had the opportunity to try out the new 2014 Mazda3 on a 168-mile ride along winding roads, hills and highways driving east along the Mexican border and then looping north and west through Julian and Ramona, and back to downtown San Diego.
New York’s attorney general last week announced steps to reduce deceptive reviews on Yelp, where online companies wrote phony reviews for businesses in exchange for payments.
Not another phone! These were the words my editor wrote me when I sent in a column a while back reviewing (and panning) the new BlackBerry Z10. And she was right. We’re being inundated with new models weekly, but are we getting to the point where few care?
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Phil Baker is an expert in new product development and market development for large and small companies. He has held senior product development and marketing positions with Apple, Polaroid, Seiko, Proxima, ...About the author