I know higher end phones already have this, but I really like my IR blaster on my One M8. What I really want though is to be able to use my phone as a replacement for my Logitech Harmony remote. I love having one remote to control all devices with easy one-button on/off and saved favorite channels.

A smartphone… » 8/31/14 4:41pm Yesterday 4:41pm

You, sir, are my hero. I did this with Harviestoun Ola Dubh last year, except that it was the same beer aged 6 months in 6, 12, 18, and 30 year old whisky casks. The flight also threw in some Old Engine Oil for comparison.

Same place had the Bourbon County Stout and I am pissed at myself for only getting two. I… » 8/29/14 2:49pm Friday 2:49pm

I worked as a claims rep. for GEICO and I can say that it does matter. If a customer of over 5 years asked something that was against our policy, it was much more likely to be considered and granted. Even if they were only a policy holder for 2-3 years then it was more likely to be considered.

An auto insurance… » 8/27/14 5:22pm Wednesday 5:22pm

On Android I'm not including Gmail, Maps, Chrome, etc... since they are usually preloaded. Typically there are others like Facebook and a messaging app (I really like HTC's stock messenger).

So I usually start off with:

-TitaniumBackup Pro
-Dolphin Browser
-ES File Explorer

If it's not obvious, I…
» 8/24/14 7:07pm 8/24/14 7:07pm

I know it's not really part of the article, but it's related. Wifi automation, especially for those of us on data caps, has gotten very important and fortunately gotten very easy. For the last few years I relied on tasker, though a series of very complicated profiles, to toggle my wifi based on location and nearby… » 8/23/14 12:33pm 8/23/14 12:33pm

I was going to suggest you give the HTC One M8 a shot before that last sentence about small tablets. It's definitely large at 5 inches but it's by far the best phone experience I've had. I only had the Droid X and then the Galaxy Nexus before so I was all about pure android. But HTC has really nailed it with Sense.… » 8/22/14 8:26am 8/22/14 8:26am

I did the same in May. Switched from to T-Mobile from Verizon and got the HTC One M8. I left an unlimited data plan and my wife and I both got a single gigabyte each on T-Mobile. With only moderately more attention to my wifi usage I'm able to stay under a gig, in fact I usually only use about 350 megs per month.

» 8/21/14 4:00pm 8/21/14 4:00pm

Ehhh... I had a cheapo stylus that I got from a job fair somewhere that just had the plastic ball at the end. When it finally wore out after a few months I sprung for one of these, I believe based on reading from wirecutter. I admit it is extremely accurate and feels very sturdy, for someone that does actual work on… » 8/21/14 5:22am 8/21/14 5:22am

I'm guessing you haven't been looking for a job recently. I say this since I graduated in 2007 and then again with a masters in 2009. It was impossible to get a job then. I worked two part time jobs for a while, then worked a job requiring no degree. I now have a job that only requires an associates degree. » 8/12/14 1:40pm 8/12/14 1:40pm

I did a graduate degree straight out of undergrad. I was almost 24 with a Master's degree and no work experience, but I assumed that a grad degree was enough to get me in the door. That was 5 years ago and I've worked several part time jobs, a full time job that I hated for a year and now finally into a career that… » 7/23/14 9:24am 7/23/14 9:24am

And this is why we are currently waiting on a house to be built for us. It's 5 blocks from the ocean yet is one of the few areas in the town that doesn't require flood insurance. It's got a new 30 year roof, new plumbing/electrical, and no issues left behind by the former owners. I'm a bit of a neat freak and can't… » 7/15/14 6:24pm 7/15/14 6:24pm