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Yes, I watched the unveiling. Nobody hypes like Apple! I used to watch and cover Steve Jobs doing these intros back in the day. Tim Cook’s not the showman Jobs was, but the energy is still there, and the designs (if not all the features…) are still stunning.

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Talking iPhone 11 with Anchorman Eric Kahnert of San Diego CBS 8

CBS8 Eric Kahnert’s Dad Deals: iPhone 11

Apple intro’ed new TV services (AppleTV+), iPads, watches — and of course, iPhones, which are always the show-stealers. Are they a good buy? No — never a bargain when you shop in the Apple Store. These are premium phones with premium features. But $699 for the iPhone 11 is $50 less than the iPhone XR when it debuted, so perhaps Apple is getting the message that the feature-to-price ratio needs to favor the consumer a bit more.

If you still need the best Apple has, the iPhone Pro is the new top-of-the-line and it still sells for $1K.

Are you better off with Android? Depends on what you want to do, and how cool you want to look doing it. The Samsung phones are snazzy, but you won’t save much money on that line of devices. Personally, I’m a cheap date, so I prefer my LG Stylo 4 from Amazon for $170. It does everything I want it to do — no regrets. If you want a few more features for a great price, take the Google Pixel 2 XL from Verizon out for a spin. But I also carry an old iPhone 6S in my other pocket. Why? It’s more secure from hacking, so I use it for my cybersecurity-related work.

The best news for me about the new iPhones is that this makes it the perfect time to buy an older iPhone model: The two-year-old iPhone 8 now starts at $449, and sales will drop that even lower. Check out the deals at the AT&T Store.


Check out the live news segment that aired on KUSI.

Summertime and the living is easy — even easier (and more fun) with the right tech and accessories to make the most of the season. Here are my picks for living the good life this year as you hit the road for a memorable and action-packed summer vacation:

Samsung Galaxy S9 Mobile Phone from Verizon:

The feature-packed Samsung Galaxy S9 is your personal translator when traveling in a foreign country. The phone has “Bixby,” a voice-controlled feature that can translate foreign languages — street signs, menus, road maps and more — into English.

UE Wonderboom Speaker:

This bluetooth-enabled, lightweight, super-portable speaker is also water-proof — the ideal companion for lounging by the pool or at the beach.

Samsung 360 Camera:

Capture epic 360-degree views of your vacation destination with this pocket-sized, lightweight camera that delivers crisp 4K images.

GoPro HERO5 Silver Edition:

This GoPro camera has a built-in touch display for adjusting shots and settings, and its waterproof housing keeps it safe to a depth of 131 feet. With its built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, you won’t have to wait until you get home to share your exciting vacation video and photos.

FitBit Ionic SmartWatch:

The smart watch that cares — about your health. Packed with features from fitness tracking and guidance to health insights, music storage, apps & more. Great travel companion to the Samsung Phone from Verizon.

Tile Style:

These Bluetooth-enabled “smart” tags help you keep track of everything while you travel, from your keys to your luggage. It has a 200-foot wireless range, it’s water-proof and resilient — so no more misplaced items.

Sony Noise-Canceling Headphones:

The must-have accessory for “getting away from it all,” on the plane or on the move. Sony’s new WF-SP700N “Truly Wireless” Noise-Canceling Headphones for Sports are water & sweat resistant — perfect for the beach or the gym — while the 1000XM2 Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones provide “over-the-ear” protection to stop anyone from “messing with your mojo” when you’re on the road.

H2O Audio

This San Diego company doesn’t let a little water get in the way of rocking out to your favorite tunes. Their Stream Player MP3 device, along with a pair of Surge + or Surge S+ headphones, lets swimmers, surfers and other athletes and watersports enthusiasts enjoy an exceptional audio experience under even the most extreme conditions.

1-30-17_6If you’re a technophile like me, the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Vegas seldom disappoints. Among the thousands of products featured at the event, I’ve picked a few that highlight major trends I see coming to consumers this year. So here we go:

Trend #1:  Virtual Reality — It’s Finally Real!

It’s taken decades but VR has finally come out of the labs and onto our store shelves — and it looks amazing.

Trend #2: Welcome to the Internet of Everything

Everything is connected now, from baby’s bed to what we’re wearing.

Trend #3: Smarten Up Your House

Smart devices for the home are finally coming into their own, and that means everything from easier home automation to smarter locks, laser levels and phone chargers.

What do you give to the person who has everything? How about something so cool you’d almost rather keep it for yourself?

The top item on my list this year is the new Char-Broil Simple Smoker with SmartChef™ technology. This electric smoker is perfect for cooking your Christmas ham — right from the comfort of your sofa, or even while you’re out doing some last-minute shopping. The key to this electric marvel is the SmartChef app on your IOS or Android phone, which communicates directly with your smoker via the cloud, ensuring perfect results with zero guesswork.

Well, I’d continue my self- absorbed holiday shopping spree with a new mobile phone, and of course, I’d go top-of-the-line. For me, that means the new LG V10 Android phone from AT&T.

This phone has great camera features, so I’ll need (of course, I mean the loved one I’m buying this gift for will need…) an excellent printer to share and show off those incredible photos. My choice would be the new Epson “Small-In-One” Expression Premium XP-830 printer ($129.99).

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Epson is about more than just printers these days. In fact, they Have a sweet new GPS-enabled wearable device that’s worth checking out: the Epson RUNSENSE SF-110 GPS Watch ($139.99).

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And while you’re looking at the new crop of smart watches, here’s a few more wearables that caught my eye (and my wrist…): the Casio Edifice Bluetooth World Time Watch, the versatile Huawei Watch, and the Nuyu Personal Activity Monitor by Health O Meter.

I’ve compiled a list of several more tech gifts that could end up in my own stocking this year:

Remote Control Mistletoe Drone from Hammacher Schlemmer
Barnes & Noble Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Nook Reader
Barnes & Noble GlowLight-Plus Nook Reader
Kangaroo Windows 10 Mobile Desktop from In-Focus
The Hoop Anchor Earbuds from CoLoud
ECOPEBBLE Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker by ECOXGEAR
808 XS Bluetooth Speaker by 808 Audio
The Cobra Squeeze backpack from
Kinivo URBN Premium Bluetooth Headphones




This holiday, the coolest new tech toys are “ready to wear,” including wrist watches that do everything from making phone calls to monitoring your health, and much more:

Samsung Gear Smart Watch from AT&T — $299

Pebble Smart Watch — $150

Martian Passport Voice Command Watch from AT&T — $299

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Smart Phone   from AT&T — $299

MIO Alpha Heart Rate Sport Watch — $199

FitBug Orb Activity Tracker  — $49

LifeTrak Zone C410 Activity Tracker — $99

Polar Loop Activity Tracker — $109

iShower Bluetooth Water-Resistant Speaker — $99