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Feedback Wanted: Whole-House Internet Video, Audio, and Telephony Solutions

There is no doubt that Internet-based services have transformed our worlds of entertainment and commmunications especially in the last 10 years. Many folks have come to rely on voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) solutions from providers such as Vonage and cable companies like Comcast. iTunes and digital music have become the mainstream, and new digital audio streamers such as Sonos have grown… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on November 18, 2008 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Early Adopter- or Pack Rat? Blackberry Analysis

(Note: Make sure to read my detailed BlackBerry Storm review found here)

So, I have been walking around with this big, old, fat original Blackberry for about 2 years now, much to the dismay of my co-workers and friends. Problem is, I am an early adopter, meaning I get new technology gadgets or services when they improve my life with some new capability, but I also hold on to them as long as they are… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on November 11, 2008 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Are the New Gaming Systems Worth The Money?

The new gaming systems have been blowing my mind. Everything is so real! I don’t play video games that often and even though these new systems are incredible I have never thought that it would be worth the expense and I will just stick with my Madden on PS2. I dare anyone to try to convince me that it is worth spending half a grand on a new system. I have played some games on the new Xbox and I have to admit it is fun. However, I think I will just mooch of my friends’ gaming systems instead of… Continue

Added by Ben on August 4, 2008 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Cell Phone Use Defines My Generation

From generation to generation there is always one thing that represents the main difference between the two generations. Cell phones have defined the difference between my parents and I. However, it isn’t just the cell phone in itself that is the difference because cell phones were in existence back when my parents were young adults. Even if it was the bag phone it was still a portable phone nonetheless. Cell phone use has really been the thick line between the culture thirty years ago and now.… Continue

Added by Ben on August 4, 2008 at 1:02pm — No Comments

Smaller Ipod Larger Capacity Please

I have been waiting to see what the next generation of IPod will be in great angst because I think Apple is getting further and further from creating an IPod that I want. I want small IPod with large capacity. It seems like now I have to always make some sort of compromise with size versus space. I find myself always buying the smallest over the most capacity with the thought “I can just delete the songs off my iPod that I don’t like”. What a hassle. If only Apple focused instead on making a… Continue

Added by Ben on July 18, 2008 at 2:43pm — No Comments

BlackBerry Pearl- Still Needs Shined

The word Blackberry is now a part of everyday vocabulary. Even my grandmother knows not to start picking the bushes for fruit when “I can’t find my Blackberry!”. Just as this little device, small enough to fit in the back-pocket of the tightest pair of jeans, is an integral part of our speech it has also become an integral part of our lives. With phone, blue-tooth, a camera, e-mail, internet, and even GPS capabilities, when you lose your phone I think everyone has experienced that panicked… Continue

Added by Jessica Steele on July 11, 2008 at 2:00pm — No Comments

A Media Revolution: the iPod

Note: this Trender Post was original posted by Ben Preston and is being reposted here.

By Ben Preston, Senior Trender

It is clear to see that the iPod has been dominating the electronic world ever since it was released. The iPod wiped the portable CD player off the face of the earth within weeks of its introduction into the market and made all other MP3s obsolete. We have come a long way from the thick black and white screen from the first generation iPod that was… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on June 18, 2008 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Vacation with the Garmin

Our Garmin has prevented many arguments in the car and has become an essential item to take along with us on vacation. However, we would have been better off if we just left it at home when we went on our most recent vacation to Arizona. We landed into Phoenix very late leaving my family itching to tuck into the beds at our rental house an hour or two outside of the city. We got our rental car, punched in the address into the Garmin, and departed for the house which was located in a relatively… Continue

Added by Ben on June 5, 2008 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Garmin Batting Less Than .500 :-(

Perhaps it's user error, perhaps it's asking the device to do too much. But in the past month my Garmin has failed me 3 our of 5 times. First time, I was heading to an address in Natick, MA. I plugged in the street adress and off I was. The first problem was that Garmin took me through a ridiculous set of back-roads during rush hour instead of the major high-ways. Easily added 25 minutes to my trip. The next problem was that Garmin did not tell me the same street had a "North" and "South"… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on May 12, 2008 at 10:17pm — No Comments

Are We There Yet? Navigation Devices Break Out and Drive Home in Droves

Navigation devices are having another break-out year. By all accounts, this consumer electronic product category hit the mainstream, with wide adoption by many different demographics. Thanks to competition and price cuts, aggressive advertising, and greater understanding and acceptance by consumers, global sales of personal navigation devices (PNDs) grew to over 29 million units in 2007 (ABI Research). It seems like nav devices are also popular gift ideas.

We had a chance to meet with…


Added by Brian Mahony on March 25, 2008 at 5:00am — No Comments

Vonage Grows Up

By Brian Mahony, Chief Trender

OK, so I have to start with full disclosure— I am a VOIP guy (Voice Over Internet Protocol). I spent a good chunk of the past 15+ years in the telecommunications and internet services industries, with a focus on internet telephony and video, so VoIP has a special place in my heart. Having worked with several vendors in the space (Netcentrex, Siemens), I have been following this space with a vested interest for some time.

So it was with keen…


Added by Brian Mahony on March 13, 2008 at 4:30am — No Comments

Garmin Nuvi 260W: 90% Great.

The Garmin Nuvi 260W Navigation Device has been my first experience with a touch screen navigation system. All in all I would have to say my Garmin use has been almost entirely positive, and if I were a teacher I would give the product an A-. The positives far outweigh the negatives, and I would certainly consider the Garmin a good buy.

Some of the many great POSITIVE features include:

1) Tons of pre-loaded street maps that include destinations by type.

-This is… Continue

Added by Sean Clarke on February 26, 2008 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Tom Tom

I bought the Tom Tom Go 510 about a year ago. I'm in the real estate business and I can't imagine working without one. I used to spend hours on the computer printing maps and directions off the computer. The biggest advantage of using a navigation system for me is relaxation. I always used to get a little tense driving in unfamiliar areas wondering if I missed a turn. Now I just plug in the address and go. I bet in the future when everyone has navigation systems there will be alot less road… Continue

Added by Todd on February 11, 2008 at 10:08pm — No Comments


I'm sure almost everyone who owns a television has heard of HDTV. I am here to tell you all that if you watch television on a frequent basis and are trying to decide to get an upgrade on your television, DO IT. I recently bought my first HDTV, a new HD cable box, and a new HDMI cord to connect the cable box to the television. I watched the Super Bowl on this TV and decided I could never watch another football game on a normal TV again. The picture on my HDTV is incredible; crystal clear.

I… Continue

Added by Brian on February 6, 2008 at 3:28pm — 2 Comments

Technology in Philosophy

One of my favorite movie quotes is from the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Gene Wilder, who plays Willy Wonka says "Oh you can't go back that way. You have to go forward in order to go back". To a lot of people that does not make much sense of course you can always go back the way you came. This is not so. In the case of going back in history, we cannot simply just go back.

Going forward to go back actually makes some sense here. 100's of years ago, When Issac Newton… Continue

Added by Brian on February 6, 2008 at 3:11pm — No Comments

Review of Garmin Out of the Box

So my dear sweet wife gave me a Garmin StreePilot c330 for Christmas (we sometimes bicker about directions in the car, so there is some controversy who needs this gift more, but that is neither here nor there). I wanted to challenge myself to see how quickly I could get it working…


Added by Brian Mahony on February 5, 2008 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Nintendo DS

I have always been a fan of Nintendo products and have my own personal experiences. For you parents out there, having a portable game system that kids can recharge(batteries), was an ingenious idea. The DS is light and very easy to use and great for trips in the car. You certaintly don't hear, "Are we there yet?"

I myself own a pink one, a gift from my husband. I also enjoy the Pokemon versions of games. However, Nintendo does an assorted array of video games for a slew of interests…


Added by traceylb on January 21, 2008 at 10:40pm — No Comments

"Navi", our British tour guide...

One of my best purchases has been a Garmin navigation system, which we use in our recently purchased Honda Oddyssey minivan. The minivan could have come with a factory installed navigation system, which I believe would have been about $1,500. Stop right there, already I've identified the first thing I love about our was only $300, so it saved us lots of money (I believe the model we bought now sells for as low as $150). Despite this huge reduction in cost, quality or features…


Added by Steven DeVrieze on January 21, 2008 at 10:19am — No Comments

Me and my cell phone

My cell phone is a wonderful gadget with so much hidden potential. The truth is, though, I only know how to make calls. I don't even have phone numbers programmed into it! The good news is I have a great memory for numbers so if I've called you once chances are I can remember your number. I guess my phone is a camera too but only by chance have a snapped a shot of my kids when I've managed to hit the "take picture button". I feel as if I'm confessing some embarrassing secret but I just am not a… Continue

Added by Kirsten on January 18, 2008 at 2:34pm — 1 Comment

My new family member - the Garmin navigation system

My best friend bought me the system for Mother's Day. It was the best gift ever! I recently moved to a new state and this system has saved me so much grief. I don't have to go a website and print out directions (saves trees) and if I make a wrong turn, she (of course she's a woman), she redirects me. When I'm traveling I can find a place for food or the specific gas station I want to go to. Its hard to imagine life before Navi (that's her name). Its also great b/c its so user friendly and not… Continue

Added by Rani on January 16, 2008 at 6:43pm — No Comments

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