2022-09-20 - Bill Schweber

Book review: The evolution of consumer electronics

Tony Fadell's book "Build" provides a sneak peek at consumer electronics design while providing accounts of iPod, iPhone and Nest thermostat.

2022-09-14 - Brian Dipert

Apple’s (first) fall 2022 announcement event: half-steps provide only prior-gen augment (vs fuller advancement)

Another September brings new Apple iPhones, watches, AirPods and the chips powering them.

2022-08-29 - Brian Dipert

Disarming a carbon monoxide detector

A quick perusal of the instruction sheet educated me that the CO alarm was the “end of life signal” operating state, and it would need to be replaced. The word “teardown” near-immediately popped into my still-groggy brain.

2022-04-18 - Brian Dipert

Noise-suppressing headsets and earbuds: Differences, but all telephony duds

Active noise cancellation sounds (pun intended) great in theory, but its reality is underwhelming if not degrading.

2022-04-07 - Brian Dipert

Microsoft Surface Duo: A software evolution testimonial, but for who?

Foldable smartphones deliver compelling use case benefits, unfortunately in combination with (getting-fixed) bugs and performance limitations.

2022-03-11 - Brian Dipert

Apple’s Spring Event pique: A not-so-unique chiplet ‘peek’

Apple's system transition to its own processors seems to be on track, if not ahead of schedule.

2022-02-21 - Brian Dipert

The Microsoft Surface Pro X: Windows without the x(86)

Here's an in-depth look at the Microsoft Surface Pro X.

2022-02-07 - Brian Dipert

Inevitable demise of the standalone camera

Will standalone cameras completely disappear? Not any time soon. But for the masses, they're increasingly being supplanted by image capture-capable smartphones.

2022-01-14 - Brian Dipert

Teardown: Apple AirTag

Bluetooth-based trackers definitely aren’t a "dime a dozen," as this teardown analysis makes obvious.

2022-01-11 - Brian Dipert

Repurposing a HDV camcorder for the home office

Here's how you can use a high-def video camcorder as a webcam for your home office.