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1Password is a good password manager if you’re anxious about hacking

I think password managers are an extremely good idea, second only to backup. To have reasonable security, you really need to have a different password on every account, so that the keys to the castle aren’t given away if a single site gets compromised. And ideally each password should be as much of a scrambled mishmash […]

Gadgets I like: Roku

There’s a lot of hype about the new generation Apple TV, and I’ll be taking a closer look at that soon. However, while I was sitting around waiting for Apple to up their game — the previous Apple TV was certainly long in the tooth — I tried out a Roku, and I love it. Roku […]

One Week Wearing the Apple Watch: Pros & Cons

I’ve had my Apple Watch for about a week. Here are my initial thoughts.   Size & model I have the 38mm black sport watch. The size is good for my hand, and because it’s all black, it’s very inconspicuous. I haven’t had one person ask me about the watch; I don’t think anybody even […]

IvanExpert in the news, talking security

The science and technology correspondent for called me to get my take on the current state of security: The cyberattack that targeted stars such as Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton may be just the tip of the iceberg, predicts a security expert, warning that hackers are becoming more sophisticated. “We’re clearly in a moment where the […]

Amazon Fire Phone: Better than the iPhone?

Amazon just announced a mobile phone, which they are calling Fire Phone.  Should you consider switching from your iPhone or Android? Here’s the overview. What’s it cost? $199 with a 2-year contract from AT&T What’s cool about it? Here are the top 4 things that make it interesting: Point it at a book, movie, or other […]

Lotta Drama on iPhone/iPad Jailbreak Sunday for iOS 7

Hoo boy. First off, H/T to iClarified, from whom I learned of all this news. Go there for the latest updates. Earlier today, a jailbreak team called “Evad3rs” released a much-anticipated jailbreak for iOS 7. Stay away from it. Jailbreaking, if you’re unfamiliar with it, means using special software to modify your iPhone or iPad […]

Top 5 Tech Podcasts for Apple Lovers

Podcasts are a great way to learn about what’s new in technology while you’re doing something else (like exercising, commuting, washing the dishes, or picking up around the house). Here are my 5 favorite tech audio podcasts that are useful for Mac, iPhone, and iPad users. They’re all available for free in iTunes. 1. This […]

Frustrations with Yelp Advertising

We did a 2-month trial of Yelp advertising. That experiment is now concluded, and we’ve decided not to continue because we weren’t satisfied with the experience. Here are a few things you should know about Yelp if you are considering advertising, you have a Yelp page for your business, or you write Yelp reviews. 1. […]

Jury Duty and Technology

I’ve been on jury duty this week, and my case is finishing up today or tomorrow. I’m at the Manhattan courthouses on Centre Street in lower Manhattan. A lot has changed since I last did jury duty a number of years ago. Here are the most striking differences. 1. There is free wifi everywhere, including […]

Don’t panic, and have a backup

Here at IvanExpert, we know that computers cause stress. I think this is because: They’re an inextricable part of our lives We’re completely dependent on them Apple, in particular, makes it seem as though everything they make is going to be wildly simple to use and work perfectly But we know it isn’t true. Any […]

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