I Know You’re A Phone, But…

Hi there, Apple. Me again. I know you haven’t fixed that speakerphone thing for me yet, but I’m going to lay another longstanding gripe on you if that’s alright. Can we please have a feature that makes the phone treat the phone part of itself as a background app instead of always taking focus from …

The Coat May Not Be Fleeced, But You Will Be

I realize I’ve asked this a thousand times, but why does everything need technology in it? Why, for instance, do jackets now require batteries to power their built-in heating systems? Isn’t the coat combined with your own body supposed to be the heating system? I just get so furious when I read things like this. …

Don’t Forget The Dolly. I Want To Bring The Portable TV Along

For the low low price of $250 in 1959 money (around $2200 today) plus another $5.25 ($47 now) for the rechargeable battery, you too can own your very own battery powered television. Imagine being able to watch your favourite programs on a plane or train. It’s as handy as a camera. It only weighs 15 …

Alexa, Send The Time Machine To 1988

Wow, 80s Alexa has come along way since the last time we checked in on her. This Amazon thing might make a few bucks one day. I feel like I’ve said this before with these videos, but that electronic voice is hideous. Yes, I’m aware that this is intentional. It just sticks out to me …

This Little Light Of Mine, I’m Gonna Know When It Shines

I just saw this video from someone who just came back from guide dog class at GDB. She’s showing off something new that they sell, called the Audio Beacon Safety Light. Its most important function is to light up at night so that you can be seen. But it has a very cool feature of …

If iOS 14.6 Has Crushed Your Battery Life, Maybe This Will Help

A few weeks ago, the iPhone 8 that Rogers tried to rip me off on was in trouble. Straight out of the blue, it had no battery life at all. I could charge it, and a few hours later, no matter how much or how little I had used it, it would be totally dead. …

Hey Robot Might End UP Being My New Favourite Party Game

This sounds pretty fun, and I’ll bet it’s surprisingly difficult. Everybody House Games has come up with an idea they’re calling Hey Robot. It’s a game where you’re given a word, and then you have to try to get your digital assistant (Google, Alexa, etc) to say it in a set number of turns. There’s …

I’m Not Making You A Memorial Page Until You Stop Talking

Maybe Microsoft has good intentions with this. It’s possible. But if they do, I’m struggling to figure out what those could be. It seems to me like making chatbots that try to impersonate your dead friends and family based on everything they’ve ever communicated electronically could only make things worse. How are we ever supposed …

Gotta Go. Bone’s Dead

Never lie to your doctor. If you’ve somehow managed to lose a phone cable up your dong, just say so. Any embarrassment you may suffer will almost certainly pale in comparison to the week of unnecessary pain you’ll go through while they try to figure out why they can’t find the headphones you said you …