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Michael L. Berman has more than 40 years' experience writing and editing for The Hartford Courant, The Norwich (CT) Bulletin, The Journal of Commerce and The Middletown (CT) Press. Mike's Techtalk column was syndicated by the Scripps Howard News Service from 1995 to 2000 and appeared as a computer and technology blog on www.shns.com until No. 19, 2013. You can also visit Mike's consumer technology website at www.jocgeek.com.

Entries by Michael L. Berman

Develop a Head for Music and Games With These Headphones

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2016 | 12:32 PM

You see them everywhere:

  • Walking in the streets
  • On the subway
  • On the bus
  • At the airport

Headphones have become as much a part of today's fashion as hats were in the 1930s and appear in various styles - - - wireless, wired, Bluetooth, NFC, in-ear, over-ear and on-ear.

With...

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Portable Projectors: You can Take it with You

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2016 | 4:02 PM

Portable projectors aren't new, but the technology is changing.

New contenders from ZTE and JmGO have taken the world of big screen projection to another level by combining several new features into small pieces of hardware that can fit into a briefcase or bag.

The ZTE Spro 2 ($549.99) fits...

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You are What You (Android)Wear

(3) Comments | Posted February 12, 2016 | 12:11 PM

Once upon a time there were two AndroidWear smartwatches. One boasted a rich Swiss heritage, while the other was bred from solid Chinese stock.

Their tale has become legend as others have sought to bask in their glory, but, alas, their worst fear was realized: Although their heritage differed, they...

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Bermie Awards Reappear After a Year in Hiding

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2016 | 2:00 PM

One of the questions we hear most often in Jocgeekville is "What happened to the 2015 Bermie Awards?"

Truthfully, our panel of experts was too tired and cranky to make their annual selections for the prestigious prize last year (actually I forgot). But this year, we've cleared the decks for...

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'Tis the Season to Activate Your Power Packs

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2015 | 3:50 PM

'Tis the season for Activision and Disney to compete for your hard-earned dollars.

Both companies have new versions of their increasingly addictive interactive game sets and both have made changes to lure us back into their playset universes.

Activision has added Skylanders SuperChargers ($75 for the starter pack) to the...

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Tech Addicts Beware: These New Gadgets are Waiting for You

(2) Comments | Posted October 22, 2015 | 11:19 AM

Tech addiction: The inability to stroll through the aisles of a computer/box/department store without drooling over and buying computer-based/electronic items you really don't need.

Alas, those of us that are afflicted with this malady have little resistance as these "gotta have it" geek toys call to us from the store...

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Epson Raises the Bar on Printer Tech

(4) Comments | Posted October 12, 2015 | 1:30 PM

Fact: Purchasing a printer ushers in a mountain of debt for ink cartridges.

Fact: Printers are the razors of tech. They entice you with inexpensive hardware and profit from the need for ink.

Fact: Both of the above facts are no longer true.

The folks at Epson have developed a...

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Breathe New Life Into Older Electronic Devices

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 1:37 PM

It's time to dust off those old, pre-Bluetooth electronics and introduce them to the 21st Century. Often ignored and relegated to closets and back rooms, these older devices can, once again, play an essential role in your video/surround sound lifestyle.

Avantronics has developed adapters under the Avantree brand name that...

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Groove to the Music in Every Room Using Play-Fi and AllPlay

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 5:32 PM

In the beginning, the Great Technician created the Sonos speaker system. And it was good, as music reverberated around the Earth. But, realizing his new invention would not play well with others, he ordered the creation of Play-Fi and AllPlay and urged them to be fruitful and multiply.

The result...

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New Nikon DSLR Makes 'Moving Up' an Easy Process

(7) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 3:51 PM

The first thing you notice when unpacking the new Nikon D7200 DSLR camera ($1,699 with an 18 - 140 mm DX lens) is the size of the so-called user's manual. This can be a bit intimidating to those of us that are moving up from an entry-level DSLR (such as...

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Windows 10: Waiting for the Dust to Settle

(11) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 8:07 AM

It's been a week since The Boys from Redmond (Microsoft) unleashed their Windows 10 operating system on the computing public. I've, purposely, waited to give my opinion of Windows 10 until the dust has settled and the Windows naysayers have unleashed their tirades on forums and websites providing blanket coverage...

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Stream Your Favorite Tunes to Every Room

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 12:25 AM

Bach in the bathroom.

Beethoven in the basement.

The Beatles in the bedroom.

Imagine being able to stream music to all of these rooms, from different sources, at the same time.

Legrand's Nuvo Player Portfolio wireless audio system from Legrand (price varies depending on setup) does all of this and...

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Just Say 'Open Sesame:' There's an IoT Device for That!

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 1:50 PM

It's a dark and gloomy night.

You walk up a dimly lit path to a door, say "open sesame" and it magically opens.

No key. No pass code. Just you and the door.

Well, it may not be as simple as that, but the new Kevo Smart Lock from Kwikset...

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A Way to a Man's Heart Is Through His Man Cave

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 10:57 AM

A man's cave is his castle! In fact, a properly equipped man cave can keep most of us in hibernation for a millennium.

Two of the most important components for the perfect cave are the ability to lose ourselves in video and sound -- hence we need a decent projector...

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Cyberdads Unite! A Few Tips to Appeal to a Father's Inner Geek

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 12:49 PM

What happens every year and involves a hammock, a TV and a case of beer? Father's Day! But there may be a few dads that don't swing that way and have tendencies toward new gadgets and other things tech. These are cyberdads.

Being a member of the cyberdad society, I...

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Classic Vinyl: A Tale of Two Turntables

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 12:37 PM

Vinyl records are making a comeback, but will the new breed of turntables make our old record collection sound better (despite all of the hisses and pops delivered by the worn grooves of the recordings)?

To get the answer, we tested two new turntables with a record collection dating from...

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Want to Fend Off Cybercrooks? Wear Protection!

(1) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 1:09 PM

Every year at this time we anxiously await Symantec's Internet Security Threat Report, hoping that this would be the year that all cybercrooks would disappear. But, as usual, our hopes have been stomped upon by the facts.

We're all aware of the large-scale attacks against big companies, which have gotten...

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FORE!!!! With a Little Bit of Help

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 12:42 PM

It's time to dust off the old golf clubs and, for many of us, prepare for a season of high handicaps and frustration. But, by using a few devices ranging from high tech to simple exercises, we can cut or eliminate the season-long cursing and club-throwing incidents.

The Swing Wizard...

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Protecting Flash Drive Data Is a Priority, Not an Option

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 4:34 PM

Every time we read an article or hear a rumor about a major corporation or government agency being hacked by cyberthieves, the more paranoid we become. Fortunately there are ways we can protect our data from these hackers and feel a bit more confident that our documents and other information...

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Samsung: We're 'Just Friends'

(3) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 5:07 PM

It was Samsung Sunday. My hands were sweaty and my heart was pounding in anticipation of the company's big announcement of the "new, innovative" Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.

Then, all of a sudden, everything collapsed. It was like being on a bad date, where hopes were high, but...

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