[Review] Star Trek: Titan: Absent Enemies

[Review] Star Trek: Titan: Absent Enemies

I like John Jackson Miller’s writing. His work on the Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith novellas and short stories went a long way to establishing a unique identity and twist for a well-worn concept. Although I bailed early on his Knights of the Old Republic comic book, I can appreciate that it has its fans and was pretty popular.

Then Miller applied his craft to the Star Trek universe, namely for Star Trek: Titan in a novella that is a follow-up to the previous novel, James Swallow’s The Poisoned Chalice.  How does it fair?

Unfortunately, not so well.

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The Wearables Tipping Point

The Wearables Tipping Point

A few months ago, I had purchased a Fitbit, which is all the rage in terms of fitness trackers. I wanted something to track steps and easily sync to my smartphone in an ongoing effort to improve my health. Being budget conscious, I didn’t want to spend very much, and the Fitbit cost $99. For me, that hit the sweet spot.

The gadget geek in me had looked at smartwatches such as the Pebble and Samsung Gear for a while. Each presented issues. Samsung’s smartwatch was strictly tied to its Galaxy phone brand, and wouldn’t work with other devices. Though at the time I was using a Galaxy Note 3, I know myself well enough that I tend to switch between devices depending on testing needs and personal preferences, and tying myself to such a narrow set of options with Samsung would be an unwise move (the mediocre reviews didn’t help, either). With the Pebble, I liked the simplicity and long battery life, but felt like it was to smartwatches what the old Palm III was to handhelds: quaint rough drafts of the platform.

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