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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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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.

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IFTTT Automates the Internet Now, but What Comes Next?

Jeff Porten reviews the Internet automation service IFTTT (If This, Then That), and speculates on what it might mean in the near future when more real-world things become Internet-savvy.

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No, New York Times, Apple Doesn’t Want to Bust Your iPhone

After an ill-considered article in the New York Times Magazine implying that Apple designed iOS 7 to work poorly on the iPhone 4 in order to push users to upgrade, Jeff Porten couldn’t resist giving a point-by-point response.

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Seeing the World through Google-Colored Glasses

The social restrictions and cues surrounding Google Glass have yet to evolve, but Jeff Porten has discovered that they won’t be evolving in a vacuum, since the Glass Terms of Sale give Google an unprecedented level of technological and legal control over how Glass is used.

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Pondering the Social Future of Wearable Computing

Technology companies and pundits are pushing hard for wearable computers, but will society accept them? Jeff Porten examines how social conventions have changed — and will continue to change — to accommodate the likes of smartwatches and Google Glass.

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CES 2013: Showstoppers from Useful to Insane

Jeff Porten continues to ferret out the best and the britest (sic!) at CES, with products ranging from USB 3.0 display drivers and iPhone camera lenses to Bluetooth-enabled forks and brainwave-driven cat ears. Really.

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CES 2013: Pepcom’s Digital Exhaustion… er, Experience

Jeff Porten continues on his journey to CES, stopping off for food and gadgets at the Pepcom Digital Experience, yet another press-focused event before the real thing starts.

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CES 2013: Cases, Chargers, Docks, and Houseplant Monitors?

CES started with a press preview event, and once again, Jeff Porten was on the ground for TidBITS, nosing out products that are both weird and wonderful.

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Good (And Not So Good) Old Games Now on the Mac

Do you want newfangled video games to get off your lawn? Join Jeff Porten as he revisits some of the games of yesteryear, now available on the Mac thanks to

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“What Makes a Technology Cool,” According to Neil deGrasse Tyson

Jeff Porten shares an interesting insight from a talk by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson — we can identify abandoned or stagnating technologies when examples of that technology remain cool decades later. How might this inform our view of today’s cutting edge devices?

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Pondering Cybersecurity in the Real World

After listening to a speech by U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to a roomful security professionals, Jeff Porten muses about just how we should react to Napolitano’s statement that cyber attacks are the biggest threat we face.

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The Amazing Meeting 2011: Richard Dawkins vs. Chuck Norris

What happens when you put 1,600 skeptics and Richard Dawkins into the same hotel as Chuck Norris and the United Fighting Arts Federation? What happens is that the skeptics, including our correspondent Jeff Porten, are treated to an extra-long Q&A session with the noted author. Dawkins, not Norris.