Review: Kodak Easytouch Share

Kodak may have stumbled a bit while transitioning from its historic film roots to the modern digital world, but lately the company has created some killer products. For example, the Pulse digital photo frame remains one of my favorite products ever, and the new Easyshare Touch is my new favorite camera. With these products, Kodak […]

Are Penny-Auction Sites Worth the Price?

Could I interest you in a brand new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 digital camera for $4.26? How about an iPad 2 for $12.75? Or a $100 Bed Bath & Beyond gift card for $0.92? Those aren’t made-up prices. They’re among the recently completed sales at Sixjax, a new penny-auction site where you can score some pretty […]

5 Cool Tech Gifts for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner (May 8, in case you haven’t marked your calendar yet), but you’ve still got time to buy Mom something great. Flowers are nice, sure, but they usually don’t last more than a few days. If you want a gift that keeps on giving, head to the technology aisle. […]

Kindle Library Lending and Two Other Ways to Score Free eBooks

Regular Tech-pert readers know of my fondness for e-readers–and my hatred of e-book prices. (Sorry, publishers, but you can’t give me a good argument for why older and out-of-print titles aren’t priced at a buck or two.) Fortunately, there are ways to get books for your Amazon Kindle (and, in some cases, your Barnes & […]

My Thoughts on the ‘Kindle with Special Offers’

I’m not sure how to feel right now. Yesterday, Amazon took the wraps off the Kindle with Special Offers, an updated version of the $139 Wi-Fi-only Kindle. What’s so “special” about it? In a word: ads. Priced at $114, the Kindle with Special Offers (KSO for short) displays ads instead of the author illustrations that […]

Five Cheap Ways to Go Green for Earth Day (or Any Day)

Earth Day comes only once per year (this year it’s April 22), but let’s be realistic: every day should be Earth Day. After all, this is our only available planet (for now). Don’t you think we should keep it habitable for as long as humanly possible? Technology can help–and so can you. With the right […]

Get 20GB of Amazon Cloud Storage for $1 (or Less!)

Earlier this week, Amazon rolled out an interesting new service: Cloud Drive. It’s like an online hard drive, a place where you can store music, photos, documents, and other files. That not only gives you a Web-based backup for important stuff, but also lets you access your data on the go (like from a mobile […]

How to Speed Up Your Internet Connection

What if I told you you could boost your Internet connection speed by up to 30 percent, without the need for any special software, services, or gear? You can, and I’ve got proof. See, a couple weeks ago, a UK-based research firm found that wired connections to broadband routers are about 30 percent faster than […]