Rich Warren

Rich Warren

Rich Warren | Positive repair stories

I have received a number of emails from readers concerning repairs on their electronic gear. From reader feedback, Campus Mobile bats 1.000. Here are two emails:

Rich Warren | Surround yourself with sound

Nothing written here would qualify as an April fool. So much of consumer electronics and home entertainment verges on outlandish that any joke or hoax about a new product or future development would qualify as unbelievable. Thus, we won't go into the new nuclear-powered smart phone with five-year battery life or the 128K TV being introduced at the next CES.

Rich Warren | Some battery stories are happier than others

Batteries spark controversy. Many blame batteries as the bane of their existence. Without batteries, the untethered products we take for granted would not exist. Recently, we devoted a column to the Sisyphean efforts one reader endured attempting to replace the battery in his iPhone. Here's a story with a happier ending, but also a caveat:

Rich Warren | Television resolution can get complicated

This column seeks resolution, at least where it concerns your TV picture. At the dawn of digital broadcasting nine years ago, nearly anything better than the original analog 480i resolution qualified as "high definition." DVDs, being 480p, were considered enhanced or improved definition.

Rich Warren | Don't pin volume issues on Comcast

If Goldilocks visited the contemporary three bears, she would discover three sets of headphones on the table rather than porridge. She might wonder if any of them were playing at just the right volume. This reader email echoes a complaint that goes back to the advent of television:

Rich Warren | Pursuit of Apple battery an uphill climb

Put an "i" before any electronic device, and it becomes the Apple of your eye. Most Apple owners regard the rest of the electronics industry the way the Crusaders of the Middle Ages felt about the infidels. Thus, few people complain about the faults and flaws of Apple, except for the following reader who wrote this in response to my Jan. 28 iPhone battery replacement column:

Rich Warren | It's a shame that CDs are fading away

Billboard magazine, a trade journal of the music industry, reported that Best Buy will cease selling CDs this summer, while Target will severely limit its CD inventory. Ironically, Best Buy will continue selling LPs. I plan to open a store selling 78 rpm discs.

Rich Warren: Avoid solicitations for computer assistance

We received this upsetting email from a reader: "Hope you can shed some light on a recent transaction I had with this group out of Cedar Park, Texas. They sent an email to me about a possible 'infection' on my MacBook that might leave me open to possible hacking into my bank account.

Rich Warren: Cellular providers should lead way into 5G

Cellphones rule! Even those who insist they only own a flip phone remain tethered to the cellular universe. The smartphone arrived barely over a decade ago, and the cellphone itself only became common about a decade before that. Yet here we are in a wireless wonderland, which is about to become either more wonderful or wicked over the next few years.

Rich Warren: Don't lose sleep over new security scare

Remember Y2K? All of our computer systems would stumble at midnight Jan. 1, 2000. A programming shortcut of using two digits rather than four digits for the year promised to end civilization as we knew it. Yawn. Midnight chimed and life went on. Admittedly, much mitigation was done prior to the appointed hour, but to this day, experts disagree about the severity of the problem.