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Jeff Porten

Jeff Porten

Jeff Porten provides consulting services on Mac, IT, and productivity, and is a freelance writer in Philadelphia. His most recent book is Take Control of Your Productivity.

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Ideas from CES 2017: 5G in Your Future

Fresh from a panel discussion on 5G networks at CES 2017, Jeff Porten discusses the goals of this next-generation networking technology and speculates on how it will actually be implemented.

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CES 2017: Gadget Finds on the CES Show Floor, Days 3 and 4

Jeff Porten bids adieu to CES 2017 with a show floor wrap-up.

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CES 2017: Gadget Finds on the CES Show Floor, Days 1 and 2

Having finished up with the media-only events, Jeff Porten hits the show floors of CES, and has many miles to go and products to write up for you before he sleeps.

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CES 2017: From Laundry to Play-Doh at Showstoppers

Jeff Porten continues his explorations of what’s new and cool at Showstoppers, the third and final media-only show floor at CES.

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CES 2017: Gizmos from the PEPCOM Digital Experience

Jeff Porten continues his CES death march across Las Vegas with highlights from the PEPCOM Digital Experience.

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CES 2017: Cool Products from CES Unveiled

Jeff Porten continues his CES 2017 adventure by showcasing some gizmos from the CES Unveiled event.

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CES 2017: Tech Trends to Watch

Jeff Porten begins his 2017 CES adventure by taking stock of the overall trends looming over the show: voice recognition, artificial intelligence, and smart homes.

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Some 2016 MacBook Pros Suffering USB Drive Problems

Some early adopters of Apple’s just-released MacBook Pros are seeing their machines shut down repeatedly and unexpectedly. The problem appears to stem from moving lots of data over multiple hard drives connected via Thunderbolt 3’s USB-C ports, which is, of course, the only way to connect them.

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Massive DDoS Attack Blocks Access to U.S. Web Sites

Jeff Porten explains just what the heck was going on with the Internet last Friday.

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On Hacking During the U.S. Presidential Campaign

During a period of partisan debate about threats to political uses of information technology, Jeff Porten tries to bring a technical perspective to a noisy argument.

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After September, Still Apple Watching and Waiting

Jeff Porten came away from the Apple keynote feeling uncharacteristically unimpressed, so he shares his thoughts about what he doesn’t quite get about Apple’s direction.

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Four Smartwatches Reviewed: Cookoo, Martian, MetaWatch, i’m Watch

Jeff Porten covers his arm from wrist to elbow with smartwatches to see how they match up to each other, to the Pebble, and to his expectations of what feature an ideal smartwatch would provide.

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CES 2014: ShowStoppers Continues the Robot Armageddon

Jeff Porten makes it to a third CES side event, but he’s seriously considering getting a telepresence robot to replace him.

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CES 2014: The Pepcom Experience, When Monkeys Fly

Jeff Porten visits the Mirage and sees visions of 3D iPhones, laser sights, and revamped gizmos from decades past.

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CES 2014: CES Unveiled and the Startup Debut

Jeff Porten once again braves Sin City to cover the interesting bits of the International CES kickoff events.