All posts by Robert Calaceto

About Robert Calaceto

I am an IT Specialist working towards a career of becoming a System Administrator. Much of my time has been spent near the computer, learning about the various kinds of technologies that are interfaced with on a daily basis, and it is my wish to spread this knowledge to others.

Cirkul Water Bottle

Cirkul, a Water Bottle That Infuses Favor As You Drink

An ad for Cirkul appeared on my Instagram feed, a water bottle that uses cartridges to infuse (surprisingly good tasting!) flavor into your water, hoping to keep you hydrated throughout the day. The $5 free trial included a water bottle and two flavors, so hey, what the heck? I paid for the trial and got the Cirkul in the mail, giving me quite the interesting water drinking experience. Continue reading Cirkul, a Water Bottle That Infuses Favor As You Drink

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How to Unlock your Verizon Pixel 2’s Bootloader (Yes, really!)

As somebody who has switched over to Android wanting to get the most out of my phone, I was rather disappointed after having figured out that Verizon wanted absolutely none of that on Google’s shiny new flagship phone, the Pixel 2. Thanks to an oversight by the very same phone carrier that disabled this option, you can unlock the bootloader on your phone right now. Continue reading How to Unlock your Verizon Pixel 2’s Bootloader (Yes, really!)

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How a Self-Taught Programmer Came to Create Mugsy, an Automatic Coffee Maker

Matt Oswald, creator of Argyle Labs, has been on a mission to create Mugsy, a fully open-source and “hackable” pour-over coffee maker. It can learn how to make coffee from its users as they dial in the settings manually, allowing people who just want a quick cup of coffee to be left with a very satisfying brew. Continue reading How a Self-Taught Programmer Came to Create Mugsy, an Automatic Coffee Maker

Pixel 2 and Galaxy S8 web searches surge after announcement of iPhone 8, iPhone X

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Apple’s iPhone, which has forever changed the way people communicate, work, and play. While the innovation of the device has created an industry worth over $470 Billion, it seems that Apple may no longer be the center of attention.

After the initial announcement of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, the amount of Google searches for both the Pixel 2 and Galaxy S8 surged around 75%, tailing off at 50%. What this means is the competitor’s phones are now being searched on average 25% more prior to the announcement of this year’s iPhones. Continue reading Pixel 2 and Galaxy S8 web searches surge after announcement of iPhone 8, iPhone X

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The LocTote: A Bag Worth Breaking Into

Most of the time when I travel I don’t need a fancy multi-compartment backpack, making a tote bag the go-to method for transporting my things. The LocTote is a surprisingly robust bag that combines security with functionality through its anti-slash fabric, various locking mechanisms, and RFID blocking pouch. Continue reading The LocTote: A Bag Worth Breaking Into

Jailbreak for PlayStation 4 is likely months away

The PlayStation 4 was released three years ago, selling over 40 million units. As time goes on, vulnerabilities in its software begin to appear. Hackers have managed to find their way into the heart of its code, paving the way to a brand-new PS4 jailbreak.
Continue reading Jailbreak for PlayStation 4 is likely months away

Surprise! WhatsApp Shares Your Data with Facebook

To everybody’s “surprise”, the popular Facebook-owned messenger WhatsApp shares information with the social media giant. To make matters worse, they’re also distributing this information to advertisers for monetary benefit. Continue reading Surprise! WhatsApp Shares Your Data with Facebook