C.S. Magor

C.S. Magor is the editor-in-chief at Uberreview.com, which has been committed to bringing readers the latest science, technology and gadget news since 2004. We tackle the big stories, the little stories and everything in between with a sense of humor and a pinch of fun.

Why You’re Going to Love Your Wi-Fi Power Strip

Posted In Living in Tech
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The promise of the Internet of Things has been around for the better part of a decade. For the most part, however, the things have been few and far between – but that’s quickly changing. Now, a combination of technologies has begun to make things cheaper, less complicated and much easier to implement. There was a time, not all that long ago, when Wi-Fi networks were more novelty than necessity. They were expensive, unreliable, difficult to configure and slow. Moreover,… continue…

Silk Road: A Lesson in Information Security

Posted In Living in Tech
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By now you know how the Silk Road, an online marketplace for all things illegal and semi-legal, has been shuttered by the FBI. Ross William Ulbricht, the alleged owner of the anonymously hosted website, is in a lot of trouble. Ulbricht was caught for a number of reasons, but what first brought him to the attention of the authorities was likely a simple Internet search. After that, the authorities were easily able to connect the dots between Ulbricht’s allegedly different… continue…

SteamOS Could Be Great for Linux, Costly for Microsoft

Posted In Linux, Working in Tech
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With the wraps off SteamOS, the real reason why Valve has not so quietly been promoting Linux game development recently might have come out of the bag. The new operating system, which is Linux-based, is primarily geared toward entertainment. Not just games mind you – it’s for television, movies and music as well. We’ve known for some time that Valve’s been working on a console of sorts, but the money was on it being a small form-factor PC, so the… continue…

Yes, The iPhone Fingerprint Scanner Jeopardizes Privacy. So What?

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Apple’s decision to include a fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5S and presumably the next generation iPad, has been met with a certain level of righteous indignation from privacy advocates. If the phone stores your fingerprint, then it doesn’t take much of a leap to figure out that it could send your fingerprint to any law enforcement or intelligence agency with an appropriate loosely worded subpoena. Fingerprinting is for criminals – I am not one, ergo the government has no… continue…

Google’s Pay-Per-Gaze Intriguing, But Needs Foundation

Posted In Living in Tech
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Not long ago, Google filed a patent for pay-per-gaze technology. The technology, which allows Google to assign advertising revenue to content providers based on a reader’s glances, is big news for content providers who are tired of giving up free space to advertisers. But it may be a lot more impactful than that. The obvious weakness of the pay-per-gaze framework, other than privacy, is that it requires an always-on camera — if you think real-time monitoring of a user’s eye-movement… continue…

Next Gen. Console Game Lineups Hint at Future Directions

Posted In Living in Tech
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Perhaps the most surprising thing about Microsoft and Sony’s next generation console game lists is that there were so few surprises. By December 31, Microsoft and Sony plan to release at least 23 and 33 titles, respectively. Based on sheer numbers, it would seem that Sony would have the upper hand, but a closer look reveals that the company might have been trying to boost its numbers: More than half of the titles are digital downloads, of which it appears… continue…

Get Ready for a Virtual Future

Posted In Living in Tech
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When virtual reality (VR) first became a buzzword in the early 90’s, we seemed destined for a world full of headsets and totally immersive content – then that future evaporated and we were left with naught but bitter disappointment. What happened? Early VR systems suffered from three fatal flaws: They were really heavy, really expensive and there was a serious lack of applicable content. The impact was never in question, the reactions of attendees of “fine art” installations by earlier… continue…

Can the Oculus Rift Revive Flagging PC Sales?

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The term “game changer” gets thrown about a lot these days, but if there is one device to which it can be correctly applied, it’s the Oculus Rift. The Kickstarter-funded virtual reality headset single-handedly revived interest in immersive gaming experiences. Could it inject some much-needed life into flagging PC sales, too? For PC manufacturers, these are interesting times. Consoles and portable devices have been eating into sales. While PCs have always enjoyed a performance edge, consoles have been getting better… continue…

Look to Japan For Next-Generation Smartphone Influences

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Upcoming smartphone releases from Sharp and Kyocera to Japan’s AU KDDI network may hint at the future direction of other manufacturers. Samsung’s Galaxy S4 videos trumpeted the fact that it has the first touchscreen smartphone that you don’t have to touch to operate. Onboard technology detects your finger swipes even when they’re above the screen – which is apparently great news for spare rib aficionados. At 4.99 inches, the screen is 0.01 inches from the arbitrary definition of a phablet.… continue…

The Cylindrical Mac Pro Will Only Be a Footnote

Posted In Living in Tech
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Apple has lifted the lid on its completely redesigned Mac Pro. In spite of the chorus of “oohs” and “aahs” that greeted the unveiling of the high-powered cylindrical computer at this year’s WWDC, it will almost certainly be Apple’s least significant product of 2013. The trouble with Mac Pros — and not just this version — has always been their price. Their appeal lies with a limited number of designers and video editors who can and will pay the Apple… continue…