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  • Coin: 10 Reasons It’s Not a Nightmare

    Tom's Guide published a piece called 10 Reasons Coin Card Could Be a Security Nightmare that starts off with a great summary of what Coin is but then goes on to excessively magnify the risks of using Coin and their likelihood. This alarmist piece does not accurately portray real usage and real risks of ...

  • New York City Subway Map – High Resolution

    Despite a lot of searching online, I've had a hard time finding a high-resolution map of the New York City subway system. To its credit, the NYC MTA has a subway map on its website and has a downloadable, printable PDF. However, there's no official high quality image file to ...

  • Google Glass Explorers Invitations Available

    As most of you can tell, I've been beta testing +Google Glass since June. Google is expanding their pool of beta testers and I have two invites to give out. Purchase necessary. Let me know if you're interested in one of them and why you would be a good fit by Saturday, ...

  • $100 Android HDMI Dongle: Dell Project Ophelia

    This new release by Dell signals a foray into a new market by a large and respected hardware manufacturer. The $100 Android HDMI dongle is a very appealing form factor for a variety of uses and several have been released in the past year given advances in hardware miniaturization and ...

Canon dSLR and Lens Guide

Posted by Mario Stylianou Categories: Photography
Dec
11
Canon EF EOS 2012

Given that I take a lot of photos and have a dSLR with a variety of lenses, I often get asked for camera and lens advice. Having been told that it’s been helpful, I’m sharing it online in the hopes that it can assist others in their decision-making process (and something I can point people to in  [ Read More ]

Lens Notation Primer

Posted by Mario Stylianou Categories: Photography
Dec
10
Canon EF Lineup 2013

As part of my series on buying entry-level dSLRs and lens buying, you may come across notations on a lens that are unfamiliar to you. If this all seems familiar, move on to my dSLR and lens guide. If not, read on to get a handle on what I mean. Focal Length — wide-angle, telephoto,  [ Read More ]

Coin: 10 Reasons It’s Not a Nightmare

Posted by Mario Stylianou Categories: Cybersecurity, Technology
Mar
26
Coin is a connected device that can hold and behave like the cards you already carry. Coin works with your debit cards, credit cards, gift cards, loyalty cards and membership cards. Instead of carrying several cards you carry one Coin. Multiple accounts and information all in one place.

Tom’s Guide published a piece called 10 Reasons Coin Card Could Be a Security Nightmare that starts off with a great summary of what Coin is but then goes on to excessively magnify the risks of using Coin and their likelihood. This alarmist piece does not accurately portray real usage and real risks of Coin, doing a disservice to  [ Read More ]

Mar
19
New York City Subway Map

Despite a lot of searching online, I’ve had a hard time finding a high-resolution map of the New York City subway system. To its credit, the NYC MTA has a subway map on its website and has a downloadable, printable PDF. However, there’s no official high quality image file to work with (and no original  [ Read More ]

Google Glass Explorers Invitations Available

Posted by Mario Stylianou Categories: Technology
Nov
06
Mario with Google Glass at NYC Glass Headquarters

As most of you can tell, I’ve been beta testing +Google Glass since June. Google is expanding their pool of beta testers and I have two invites to give out. Purchase necessary. Let me know if you’re interested in one of them and why you would be a good fit by Saturday, November 9. Thanks! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/supermjr/posts/10102224794535768 Google+: https://plus.google.com/117730076110633798473/posts/Y9kyAbh31A2  [ Read More ]

$100 Android HDMI Dongle: Dell Project Ophelia

Posted by Mario Stylianou Categories: Technology
Jul
30
Dell USB Ophelia

This new release by Dell signals a foray into a new market by a large and respected hardware manufacturer. The $100 Android HDMI dongle is a very appealing form factor for a variety of uses and several have been released in the past year given advances in hardware miniaturization and performance, reductions in cost, and  [ Read More ]

Apr
15
Samsung Galaxy S4 Hands On

A leaked document from Staples shows that the Samsung Galaxy S4 AT&T release date will be April 26, 2013 and for Verizon it will be May 30, 2013. The T-Mobile release date of May 1, 2013 has been known for a while now. It’s worth noting that the document asks stores to prepare S4 reservation signage on  [ Read More ]

North Korea Deploying New Missile on East Coast

Posted by Mario Stylianou Categories: News
Apr
05
North Korea Taepodong 2

North Korea has redeployed some of its missiles to the country’s eastern coast, a provocation and implicit warning that it just might carry through on some of its recent threats. New ICBM models aren’t like iPhones; you don’t just take them out of the box and expect them to function properly. They have to be  [ Read More ]

The Proofreader’s Paradox

Posted by Mario Stylianou Categories: Technology
Nov
13
Oxymoron

On page four of a literary work is a reference to something that appears on “page five.” But the thing being referenced appears at the very top of page six. So I change the reference from “page five” to “page six.” All is good. But in so doing, because the word “six” is shorter than  [ Read More ]

Sep
05
romney_vp_ryan_announcement

Someone anonymously claims to have stolen Romney’s tax returns, sends data to Republican and Democratic leaders, and threatens to release the information publicly unless Romney pays $1 million. The U.S. Secret Service is looking into claims that this unknown person has hacked PriceWaterhouseCooper (PWC) to obtained the tax returns of the presidential nominee and the  [ Read More ]

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