While it wasn't my intention, I had a tech-heavy 2016 holiday season, dealing with a number of new devices and systems, despite having aimed for a relatively simple, scaled-back holiday.

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Coastal Point • Illustration: The new version of Explore Coastal Delaware includes instant access to the Coastal Point newspaper, tides and more.Those of you who have already downloaded our Explore Coastal Delaware app got a major update in the last week or so — one that not only enhances th…

This season has been a confusing time, clouded in mystery and unstuck in history. People have Clinton campaign stickers, the Backstreet Boys (or was it 'NSync?) have announced their latest tour, and Pokémon reigns supreme once more as the king of pop culture.

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: The Antares rocket exploded seconds into its planned launch at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Tuesday, Oct. 28. Thankfully, there were no reported casualties at the scene.The Antares rocket exploded seconds into its planned launch at the Wallops …

Our new, free app -- Explore Coastal Delaware -- is now available in the Apple App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/explore-coastal-delaware/id886698442?mt=...) and Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.coastalpoint.ecdelawar...).

Coastal Point illustration • Shaun M. LambertHave you changed your passwords this week? If you haven't, you may want to consider doing just that, after the Heartbleed bug impacted an estimated two-thirds of the world's websites this week, potentially exposing users to having their passwords …

Calling all ham radio lovers: the annual Amateur Radio & Electronics Expo will return to Georgetown on Saturday, Oct. 26. Electronics hobbyists, CBers, boaters and everyone with an interest in communications and electronics is welcome to attend the yearly “Hamfest” at Sussex Technica…

The controversial SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (PROTECT IP Act – “Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011”) are set to be debated during upcoming committee hearings on Capitol Hill, and this week marked the peak of public…

There was more than one fitness gadget on my holiday wishlist this year – perfect timing as we hit New Year's and the season of resolutions. Near the top of that list was the Up, from Bluetooth headset manufacturer Jawbone, which incorporates the functions of a high-end pedometer, meal-track…

Last month, the world lost a man who may someday be considered one of the most influential people of our generation, at least in terms of how we, as individuals, interact with the world. Steve Jobs' death was not unexpected, though it came surprisingly suddenly for those who were not in his …

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 5, after several years fighting off pancreatic cancer and having received a liver transplant back in 2009. Jobs died just one day after the first major product announcement from Apple since he stepped down as CEO in August of this ye…

It seems a new hacking or security-breach story is erupting into the national and international headlines every week, lately. With people increasingly doing business and managing their personal lives online, it's an issue that affects nearly everyone, whether they realize it or not. But shou…

Did you pick up some thumb socks for Dad for Father's Day? If not, you may want to put it on the list for an early Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa or Yule present later this year, because Delaware lawmakers on June 22 passed a bill that bans texting or use of a hand-held cell phone while drivin…

The Internet has undoubtedly changed the way we live our lives. It's changed the way we learn, communicate and spend our time, especially for today's youth. But there are risks out there, hiding behind the anonymity and ambiguity of the Internet. This past week, Delaware Attorney General Jos…

Late last year, the Selbyville Police Department became one of the few local law enforcement agencies to utilize a computer service, called Nixle, to directly contact members of the community in the event of an emergency or other urgent concerns. Now, with the help of grants and state fundin…

We've all had it happen: A co-worker or family member heads out for a few hours. You call them on their cell phone to relay a message or ask them to pick up a gallon of milk, only to hear the distinctive sound of their phone's ringtone coming from down the hall.

We've had a great response in the last two weeks to our new Coastal Point Facebook page, with dozens of new “fans” and an ever-expanding network of “friends” for our staff. It looks like some of our friends and fans are relatively new to Facebook, and we hope you've been enjoying the experie…

Judging by the attention it's been getting in the mainstream media lately, social networking seems to have come into its own. No longer are Facebook and MySpace the isolated bastion of college students. No longer is Twitter just the sound a bird makes for those who don't consider themselves …

I received a recorded message from my satellite television provider a few weeks ago, letting me know that if I'd like to upgrade my equipment, I could receive the new digital television broadcasts right through my satellite box, with no additional converter box needed, all for a modest price.

After two years of short supplies that have sent many a parent heading to eBay or home in discouragement, supplies of the popular Wii video game console are finally showing signs of freeing up, just in time for the 2008 holidays.

Periodically, we get requests from Coastal Point readers to expand our technology columns to offer tips to those who are just learning to use computers and other gadgets, or those who know the basics but want to expand their horizons, with some Tech 101-type pieces. For all of you who made t…

Well, it's the end of Week 2 of the Coastal Point Health-Tech Challenge, and I've been pleased with my ability to keep up my new exercise regimen using Wii Fit. On the down side, I've gained 4 pounds since starting the program two weeks ago. On the up side, even without verification with a b…

The average computer user replaces their computer every two to three years. New television technology is tolling the bell on millions of TV sets across the country, as viewers upgrade to sets capable of displaying high-definition signals. And millions of VCRs are being replaced these days wi…

In our recent series of health stories on technologically-savvy ways to get (and stay) in shape, I noted the expected release of the Wii Fit game and balance board peripheral this month. Well, May 22 arrived late last week, and with it my very own copy of the game and my very own balance board.

Many U.S. taxpayers will start receiving their 2008 stimulus payments in increments of $300 this week through direct deposit, with $300 or more for many single taxpayers, $600 or more for many couples and $300 additional for each eligible child. While many of them may be eyeing that new big-…

While the back-to-basics, low-electricity push of the green movement may seem incompatible on some level with computers and computer monitors, there's no question that the Internet has been a major mover in the efforts to protect the planet and human health, and plan for a greener future. Th…

While we've been talking mostly about “active” fitness technology in our series of stories on health tech, I don't think many would argue about the value of good sleep in overall health, so this month, I'd like to look a little at some high-tech options that could help you get a little more …

Chances are when most of the remaining analog cellular phone systems were turned off Feb. 18, you didn't lose the use of your more modern wireless phone, even if some people were surprised to find their alarm systems and older cellular-based car systems were affected. But what will happen on…

Welcome to CoastalPoint.com 2.0! If you've visited our Web site in the last few weeks, you'll already have noticed the appearance of the first phase of months of behind-the-scenes work by our staff on The Point's Web presence.

Now that the holidays have come and gone, it's certain that quite a few of us woke up Christmas morning with a new cell phone under the tree or unwrapped something shiny, silver and technological to go with the traditional blue and silver of Hanukkah, or perhaps a nice, flat black (just like…

Ah, the holidays… when all good geek brains turn to thoughts of e-goodies and tech toys. Yes, it's time for the annual round-up of my top tech gift ideas for you and yours, with items for all budgets and every tech lover on your gift list.

While picking technology gifts for teenagers and adults is more a process of narrowing down a wide range of options, it's only been in recent years that technology for the smallest of humans has really started to come into its own.

It's likely that at least as many of you will read this column online as on paper. So, what's keeping you from reading your copy of “War and Peace” or the latest bestselling crime thriller in digital format rather than in paper and ink format? Well, according to Amazon.com's Jeff Bezos, you'…

The buzz from tech-heads over last week's Consumer Electronics Show was easily drowned out by the enthusiastic sighs over Apple's new iPhone – the long anticipated cell phone/iPod hybrid that CEO Steve Jobs announced at the company's annual unveiling of new products.

Ah, the days after Christmas, when all good gift cards go back to the store for a belated spree of shopping goodness and all bad gifts are hoped to do likewise.