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Diem Brown, MTV Contestant, Dies at 32

David Smothers November 15, 2014

Diem Brown, a star of an MTV reality series who, at 23, announced in her first appearance on the show that she had ovarian cancer, died on Friday in a New York hospital. She was 32. Ms. Brown began competing on MTV’s “Real World/Road Rules Challenge” in 2006. On the show, now known as “The… Continue Reading »

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Apple Patent Hints at a Weightlifting Tracker for the iWatch

David Smothers June 10, 2014

If feeling the burn isn’t enough, a new patent issued to Apple suggests that it might, maybe, possibly be working on a weightlifting tracker that will work with its possible smartwatch. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted Apple U.S. Patent No. 8,749,380— “Shoe wear-out sensor, body-bar sensing system, unitless activity assessment and associated… Continue Reading »

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You Can Now Get Totally Free Voice, Texts, and Data on a Galaxy S4

David Smothers May 22, 2014

The heralds of free data over at FreedomPop have finally extended their crazy free voice, text, and data plans to include some high-end Android phones. Meaning you could soon be slurping up free LTE data on a Galaxy S4. The first-of-its-kind free data plan (that is, free as long as you don’t go over your… Continue Reading »

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Cleaning Up Former Meth Houses Is a Booming Business

David Smothers December 30, 2013

Even if intrigue and criminal activity aren’t quite up your alley, you can still cash in on meth. That’s because riding on the coat tails of our nation’s meth epidemic is the growing industry of meth lab cleanup. You won’t be Walter White, but you can still to wear a fluorescent hazmat suit, and hey,… Continue Reading »

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AT&T Hands Over Foreign Call Logs to CIA for $10 Million Per Year

David Smothers November 11, 2013

I guess that’s one way to bolster your revenue numbers. We’ve all heard by now how wireless carriers in the United States routinely hand over their phone records over to the federal government as part of the latter’s counterterrorism investigations and efforts. What we didn’t know is that these wireless carriers are being paid to… Continue Reading »

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Announcing National Family Caregivers Month!

David Smothers November 5, 2013

November is National Family Caregivers Month and this year’s theme this is Family Caregivers – Now More Than Ever! Each year, more and more Americans are caring for a loved one with a chronic condition, disability, or the frailties of old age.  There are as many as 90 million family caregivers in the U.S. today.  Thankfully, as family… Continue Reading »

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If Apple’s iPad Mini Announcement Were Honest

David Smothers October 23, 2013

Apple unveiled two new iPads yesterday, and regardless of what new bells and whistles they’re packing, people will inevitably ooh and ahh over them, and buy the fresh tablets by millions. Which brings up a question: what if Apple’s announcement was completely BS-free? As usual, Kimmel’s fantasy interpretation of what could be in some alternate… Continue Reading »

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How Does Nike’s New Fuelband Compare to Its Toughest Competition?

David Smothers October 15, 2013

Nike’s newest iteration of its signature activity tracker seems… fine. It’s slightly more water resistant, it has some new tapping functions, and it’s added Bluetooth 4.0. That’s good! But the real question is whether it’s enough of an upgrade to keep up with an increasingly crowded field of activity trackers. Here’s how it compares. Based… Continue Reading »

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Apple Will Announce the New iPads on Oct. 22nd

David Smothers October 15, 2013

As was foretold by the ancients, Apple will hold its holiday iPad jamboree on October 22nd. We’ll see some new tablets, sure. But there also might be a trove of other odds and ends awaiting us next week. While Apple normally plants hints of what’s to come in its invites, it’s not entirely clear that… Continue Reading »

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GE Is Freeing Up ‘Thousands’ of Patents to Fuel Your Imagination

David Smothers October 1, 2013

Today, at an event in New York, GE announced that it will open up “thousands” of patents from its library of some 20,000 to inventors using Quirky’s crowdsourced product development platform. That means that if you’re bright enough, you can use a GE patent to invent something. GE will still collect royalties on your brain… Continue Reading »

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