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August 19, 2013

Where've you been, Ben?

Loyal readers of here's the thing have probably noticed that it's been more than a month since I've published a new tip. So, what happened?

Long story short, our family had a bit of a medical crisis following some routine surgery in mid-June. (Turns out "routine surgery" is something of an oxymoron.)

The good news is that the crisis is over, and a full recovery is definitely in the cards.

That said, our family has been through a lot in the past several weeks, and we've all needed time to heal and rest—and that meant taking an extended leave from here's the thing.

Anyway, I plan to be back to work in the next few days—so yes, here's the thing will be back very soon.

I'd like to thank all of you for your patience and your kind words over the past few weeks. I can't wait to get back to answering your tech questions.

All the best, and see you soon!

June 05, 2011's the thing!

As many of you know, I said my goodbyes to Yahoo! a few months ago, and since then I've been dropping hints about a new project up my sleeves.

Well, I'm almost ready to take the lid off my new site, but I wanted to give friends and family—that's you—the chance to take a sneak peek.

Without further ado, say hello to here's the thing, your source for practical advice, the latest buzz, and the bottom line about gadgets and technology.

here's the thing is a safe, friendly place to talk about technology and gadgets—the gadgets that matter to you.

I could tell you more, but seeing is believing—so head on over and take a look for yourself. And if you like what you see, by all means, don't keep it to yourself; tell your friends, "like" us on Facebook, and spread the word on Twitter.

See you at here's the thing!

March 16, 2011

"Dragon Age II": Pared-down, yes, but it's got the original's soul (and it's still fun)

I was a huge fan of Dragon Age: Origins; indeed, I’ve playing it through two and a half times in a little over a year, and I would still be hacking and slashing had I not lost all my saved games following a botched PS3 hard drive swap. (Yes, I know, I need to move on.) Needless to say, I’d been eagerly awaiting Dragon Age II for many months, with the game finally dropping into stores—and into my anxious hands—last week.

Unfortunately, the new Dragon Age hasn’t been greeted with the same acclaim as its predecessor, with furious fans of the first game bemoaning the sequel’s pared-down scale (rather than an entire world to explore, you’re confined to a single city, named Kirkwall), the simplified character abilities (no more “skills,” such as persuasion and trap-making) and inventory systems (you can’t customize the armor of your companions), and the gratuitously recycled environments (expect to see the same dungeons, neighborhoods, and hallways over and over again).
In fact, anyone who’s played Mass Effect 2, a wonderful, sci-fi-oriented gaming epic, will notice more than a few similarities between that game’s “action”-style RPG gameplay and Dragon Age II—not that surprising, perhaps, given that both titles come from game developer BioWare.

March 11, 2011

Bidding farewell to Yahoo!

It’s been a blast, but as I wrote in my farewell post today … change is good.

I’m proud of my four-year tenure as Yahoo!’s resident Gadget Hound, and I’ll miss the Yahoo! News team. It was a great experience—one of the best of my career—but it’s time to move on, and I’m looking forward to the opportunities ahead.

I’ll be taking a (much-needed) break for a few weeks, but after that, I’ll be back in the freelance game … so drop me a line if you’d like to talk about an assignment. I’ve also got a couple exciting projects of my own to roll out in the coming months—stay tuned for more details.

My Yahoo! farewell post follows ...

March 02, 2011

iPad 2 gets unwrapped. Yes, I want one.

Here's my coverage of today's iPad event on Yahoo! News, along with a comparison of competing tablets. And yes, I'm getting one—the slimmer, lighter form factor and dual-core processor look too good to resist. Too bad about the non-"retina" display, though.

As for the dual cameras ... meh, not that interested anyway. Indeed, I've yet to place a FaceTime video chat on my iPhone 4, and I don't envision myself starting anytime soon.

So, are you thinking about the new iPad, or will you stick with the original — or will you go for one of the iPad's tablet competitors?