Hardware Review Extravaganza! Amazon Echo, Amazon Fire, Logitech Solar Keyboard

Today I gathered up some recent gadgets I’ve been wanting to share with you. Here are some short and almost-short reviews of three devices that you have been asking about.

Shortest Video: Logitech Solar Keyboard (less than two minutes)

Medium-Length Video: Amazon Fire HD (just over five minutes)

Longest Video: Amazon Echo (one second over seven minutes)

 … Get the scoop...

Speek: A cool way to teleconference

 

Whuda thunk that technology startups would seek to make teleconferencing more fun? The new options for meeting people via phone are very cool indeed. Instead of the traditional phone number and PIN code, the new systems connect with the web, smart devices and your computer with just a click of a button rather than a series of pound signs and access codes.… Get the scoop...

iSpeech: Convert text to speech

Frankly I’m one of those people who gets a little irritated when I hit a website and a movie comes up or audio starts playing. But my learning style lends itself to reading, not listening, and that’s not true for everyone.… Get the scoop...

FastStone Screen Capture: Another way to avoid the “Print Screen” Button

Sigh. I guess it was bound to happen. I found a low-cost screen capture tool that competes with Jing, which is one of my all-time favorites.

FastStone Screen Capture comes in as an unobtrusive toolbar. You can capture windows, the full screen, a scrolling screen and a video with audio (see my sample below — I don’t think the audio recording is as good as Jing).… Get the scoop...

Audacity: Free Audio Editor and Recorder

Many people today are recording podcasts, webinars, messages and more via their computers. Audacity is an awesome (and free) audio editor and recorder that takes little time to master.

With Audacity, you can record a clip, cut out your mistakes, add in other audio and end up with a professional sound bite (IF you use a great microphone… otherwise it’ll always sound homemade).… Get the scoop...