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That’s right, four years ago, on February 1st 2010, the first Nifty Tech blog post went live. While technology has come a long way since that first post, it is remarkable how so many of those early posts are still relevant today. For years is  long time in the technology industry, but I don’t think we’ve had a single Nifty Tech pick that has gone by the wayside. If anything, most of the products have managed to improve since the original reviews. And while things have been slow in the past year, we’re not done yet…

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While we at the Nifty Tech Blog don’t report on the tech press, that doesn’t mean that we don’t read it. Although sometimes we might wish that we hadn’t. It is a known fact that Apple has hired people to work on wearable technology of late. That much has been well reported. But tech pundits have gone on from this fact to deduce that since Apple is investing in wearable technology, it must mean that an iWatch is most surely about to appear. The lack of vision that these pundits display makes it clear why they are reporting on technology, while Apple is innovating in the field. They see only the most basic of possibilities and assume that since they imagined it, it must be true…

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[This week, we have something special for you. Over the past few months, we've had many people contact the Nifty Tech Blog interested in guest posting on the Blog. Unfortunately most of those inquiries haven't panned out. They've just missed the target of  helping to demystify technology.

But this week, we have something that has hit that target. This is an article offered to us by Rachel Greenberg, who is a bit of a VoIP evangelist. Rachel is actually part of the VoIP industry, in that she contributes to several sites that help customers compare different VoIP providers to find the balance of cost and features that satisfy their needs. Since this article is more about a technology than a particular service offering, and since Rachel is a bit of an insider, we've filed this article under Editorials. You may feel there is some bias to the article, but it should still help you on your own investigation to see if VoIP is something that might make your life better.

We hope you enjoy Rachel's article. - Editor]

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I’ve been lax in dealing with my correspondence of late. Personal matters have driven a lot of things to the side, including this blog. So, when I came across an e-mail from MacPhun telling me that their app FX Photo Studio was going to be free in the iTunes store for just one day in April, I figured that I had missed an opportunity to share this with you. Well not quite. FX Photo Studio, is available FREE TODAY. FX Photo Studio is a photo manipulation app that boasts 194 different photo effects. We haven’t looked at it before as a potential review, but we will be considering it in the future. But if you want to check it out for yourself, today is the best time to pick it up. Just head to the iTunes Store and get your copy for iPhone or iPad before the price goes back up.

UPDATE: Whoops, it turns out I did miss the free day, but MacPhun was so happy with the numbers they got, they have kept FX Photo Studio at free and they are hoping to get 10 million downloads by the end of May.

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Apple USB Superdrive – A cautionary tale

by Doc Coleman - Nifty Tech Editor January 15, 2013 Editorial
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This article isn’t a real review. To be honest, it can’t be, as I had the product in my possession for a grand total of four days. As the headline above says, this is a cautionary tale. It is a warning about the way that companies advertise their products to make them sound better than they actually are, stupid decisions corporations make that make their products less useful and pull sales out of their own pockets, and how good customer service can still save the day. I hope you’ll read my little tale, as it may give you the opportunity to save yourself some time and money.

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Support the Staff’s latest endeavor!

by Doc Coleman - Nifty Tech Editor October 9, 2012 Announcements
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Yes, it’s been a while since our last review went live. Sometimes it gets like that, with new revisions coming out right when you think a review is ready, or discovering some problem that knocks a promising candidate right out of the water. And sometimes, life gets in the way. This post is about some of that life.

If you’ve ever taken time to visit our Meet the Staff! page, you’ll know that both Scott and I write fiction in addition to writing tech reviews. We’ve each had our own projects from time to time. Now we’ve got a new project  where we’re both going to be participating. It’s not a Nifty Tech project, but I thought I’d share it with you and let you decide if you are interested.

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#FollowFriday – @WritersPodcast: Mining the pyrite of speculative fiction for Literary Gold!

by Doc Coleman - Nifty Tech Editor July 13, 2012 Follow Friday
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It has been a while since I’ve done one of these. It isn’t that there aren’t plenty of folks out there worth following. Quite the contrary, there are a lot of them. The fault has been mine. I’ve simply been trying to work too many projects.

But this isn’t about me. This is about someone who has bent his creative energies to finding new ways to helping others discover and develop their own creativity. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the man behind the Roundtable Podcast. I give you Dave Robison, aka. @WritersPodcast.

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The Janus Affair: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel

by Doc Coleman - Nifty Tech Editor June 6, 2012 Personal Stamp
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Fastens your seat belts, folks, this one is one hell of a ride.

If you read last year’s review of Phoenix Rising, you probably either already know what I’m about to say, or you’re already nose deep into the book and not reading this review. For those of you who are coming late into the game, or just enjoy reading my reviews, Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris are at it again! On May 29th, 2012, Harper Voyager released their second Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel, The Janus Affair.  Once again, Wellington Thornhill Books, and Eliza D. Braun have emerged from the Archives of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences to uncover a dastardly plot that endangers Queen Victoria’s England, and possibly the rest of the world.

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Are you going to Balticon?

by Doc Coleman - Nifty Tech Editor May 18, 2012 Announcements
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I am!

I’m going to be a guest again this year at Balticon 46, and if you’re going to be there, and you’re a Nifty Tech Blog reader, I’d like to meet you! While you can find out all about Balticon at their web site, Balticon.org, there are a lot of panels and programs to sift through to find what you’re looking for. If you’re looking for me, I’ve put up my Balticon itinerary over at Swimming Cat Studios. I’ve got twelve panels this year, plus a reading of my fiction on Monday.

See you at Balticon!

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Free Will (and other compulsions), Book 2 of the Antithesis Progression

by Doc Coleman - Nifty Tech Editor April 4, 2012 Personal Stamp
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Once more, I’m visiting the Time Waster’s category, providing a new review with my personal stamp on ways you can fill up that excess personal time you have from using the Nifty Tech reviewed on these pages.

Free Will (and other compulsions) is the second book in J. Daniel Sawyer’s Antithesis Progression series, which manages to combine science fiction and noir elements into a fascinating future setting. The first book in the series is Predestination (and other games of chance). If you’ve read Predestination and enjoyed it, you’re sure to want to pick up Free Will, and no doubt look forward to the next time J. Daniel Sawyer publishes a book with a short title (and a long and contradictory subtitle). At the time of this writing, Free Will is only available in electronic formats, but is available for KindleNook, and a variety of other formats via Smashwords.

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