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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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CES 2018: PEPCOM Digital Experience

Jeff Porten continues the trek through the CES pre-shows and finds more gadgetry (a 1 TB USB stick, an inexpensive USB-C hub) and technological innovations (a smartwatch that charges from body heat, a dual-screen smartphone).

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CES 2018: CES Unveiled Gives a Duck

Jeff Porten starts off CES 2018 with the mini-show CES hosts for the media. Read on for the latest in wireless earbuds, mesh Wi-Fi systems, smart corkscrews, electronic scent mixers, and even a robotic duck designed to help kids with cancer.

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CES 2018: Tech Trends from the Consumer Technology Association

Jeff Porten kicks off another CES show with the Consumer Technology Association’s trends and predictions for 2018.

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Consumer Electronics at the PEPCOM Holiday Expo

Jeff Porten warms up for January’s CES in Las Vegas with a trip to PEPCOM’s branch show in New York City.

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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.