Mike Carrall

Mike Carrall is a tech executive by day in Silicon Valley who writes under a pseudonym. Mike's passions include extreme sports, testing audio gear, trying (not so successfully) to restore a vintage 70's McIntosh receiver and spending time with his seven year-old daughter.
SXSW News

Despite coronavirus SXSW organizers say conference is still on (Update: South By Southwest festival cancelled)

UPDATE: South By Southwest has been cancelled -- not much of a surprise given the current status of the coronavirus. Even though coronavirus continues to be a concern domestically and across the world, SXSW organizers (Vox Media) say that one of this country's largest conferences and festivals will proceed. SXSW (South...
Pandora launches new standalone app for Apple Watch

Pandora app for Apple Watch now supports standalone music streaming

Looks like Spotify isn't the only game in town. At least when it comes to standalone streaming apps for the Apple Watch. Pandora has announced that its new Apple Watch app can now be used to listen to music and podcasts without an iPhone . That means you can go...
New CarKey feature for Apple iPhone and Watch could be coming to iOS 13.4

Unlock your car with an iPhone or Apple Watch?

Tesla owners can already lock and unlock their cars using a smartphone such as the iPhone. But what about the rest of us? 9to5Mac has uncovered what looks to be an upcoming feature that will do exactly that. The feature could be called "CarKey" and is found in the beta build...
NVIDIA Shield TV remote control

Tech News: NVIDIA Shield TV remote now available to purchase separately

The NVIDIA Shield TV has been a perennial favorite among streaming video fans. It's powerful, supports all sorts of services including Amazon Prime, Netflix, Vudu, Sling TV, HBO Now, Hulu, Showtime, Disney among many others, in addition to being a perfect fit for popular media platforms like Kodi and...
YouTube TV app now available on Sony PlayStation 4 (PS4)

YouTube TV app now available on Sony PlayStation 4 video game console (and presumably upcoming PS5)

If you're looking for other ways to get your TV fix and watch your favorite shows without a satellite or cable, consider that old video game box sitting on your console. PlayStation 4 (and PS4 Pro) owners can now install YouTube TV. Google's nascent streaming service brings a lot to...
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Foldable PC - CES 2020

CES Awards: Foldable Lenovo PC wins best in show (plus other emerging tech to watch)

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Fold, a foldable tablet and could-be laptop device, took best in show in The Verge's annual CES Awards. If you want to see the latest trends and what to watch out for in 2020 and beyond, you may want to check out the complete list of...
Alexa can now beat you at two popular board games

Alexa ‘Ticket to Ride’ skill brings AI to boardgames for the masses

Amazon's Alexa assistant can now play a boardgame with you and the family, or simply explain the rules.
Canon EOS 90D DSLR Camera

Shopping Deals: Canon EOS 90D Video Creator Kit a smart buy

Canon has long offered bundles of its more popular cameras. The latest is for the well-received Canon EOS 90D DSLR. Like in the past its called the Canon EOS 90D Video Creator Kit. In this case the deal includes the 90D body with a kit lens, an external microphone and...
Apple's new Mac Pro available for purchase today

Apple’s new Mac Pro desktop computer is (very) expensive, highly configurable

$50,000 +. That's how much you'll need to fork over for a fully tricked out 2019 Mac Pro. Might as well cancel your Tesla Model 3 order. No Cybertruck for you. If you want the fastest Mac desktop ever made, you better line up an appointment with your loan officer...