Several cars in the 90s-2000s had integrated handsfree speaker systems that relied on a specific phone (ostensibly the Motorola StarTac) to function. They even had custom molded hideaway trays in the center console. Today, they're useless and vestigial remnants of technology from the past. » 8/20/14 1:13pm Wednesday 1:13pm

So then the "Walled Garden" idea is really about elitism. Haters bash Apple for having such a closed system, even though it keeps the malware and scams at bay (mostly). When we see services that are less rigidly enforced, we see big problems like this. But hey, that keeps the people who aren't tech savvy out right?… » 8/19/14 1:38pm Tuesday 1:38pm

I'm not specifically defending Samsung here, but honestly. We're in an era of electronics design where simplicity is key because it sells better. There are several brick-like BT speakers out there, and this one only looks similar because it's a close shade of blue. » 8/19/14 7:48am Tuesday 7:48am

I would imagine that security post-9/11 has more to do with it than any utility. Try going into an office building these days without passing through security. The fewer access points there are to buildings, the fewer security checkpoints they have to setup and maintain. Plus, who contracts for cleanup and… » 8/11/14 4:54pm 8/11/14 4:54pm

The sound would have been just barely tolerable but for a couple of key things that ruined it. They used the wrong sounds for many of the operations, it seems like they bought a sample pack of "foley sounds for Logic X" and were trying to make stuff fit. For instance, the quite distinct "circular saw" sound at :36,… » 8/06/14 7:55am 8/06/14 7:55am

If you've never done this before, it's a good idea while you're in the auto parts store buying oil and a filter to also get an oil filter cap socket. They make many difference sizes of these, so take your oil filter out and find the socket that fits. Even if the last person to change your oil only hand-tightened the… » 7/01/14 9:52am 7/01/14 9:52am