Review: 60″ Vizio M-Series Razor LED Smart TV with Theater 3D

With my 47″ flat panel starting to show its age (it’s 5+ years old, and having just moved into a bigger place, I set out to find an attractive, moderately priced 60+” LCD HDTV during the 2013 holiday shopping season.
After a quick trip to Costco (my preferred retailer for expensive electronics due to their flexible …


Moto X: The pocketwatch of smartphones

Having originally dismissed the Moto X when it came out, I unexpectedly found myself considering Motorola’s recent Cyber Monday deal. For $349 (30% off the usual $499) unlocked and off-contract, the idea of keeping my unlimited data plan and maintaining my upgrade eligibility on Verizon without signing a new contract became very intriguing. Not to …

There and back again: Boilr returns (kinda)

I’ve not had the time, and if I’m going to be entirely honest, interest, in posting to my oldest blog. In fact, this is the first post of 2013.
To make the site more appealing to it’s ~75 daily average readers (drastically down from its peak of ~560 dailies in 2011) and to inspire myself …


Instagram for Android: Take back your filtered squares

Love it or hate it, Instagram has made (gratuitous use of) filters the norm and changed how folks share mobile photos. For most of the app’s lifespan, Instagram was only available for iOS… until recently, when it finally became available for Android. Despite all the outcries from iOS fanboys enthusiasts, the recent addition of Android …

How-to: Get better battery life from your Galaxy Nexus

As smartphones continue to evolve – bigger displays, faster processors, higher speed data networks, etc. – one things remains the same: the need for ever-longer battery life. The good news is, however, there plenty of ways to squeeze every last ounce of power out of your device’s battery without too much hassle.
So you’ve got …

The 2011 Boilr Zeitgeist

Another year, another year-end Boilr Zeitgeist. Despite posting less frequently in 2011, Boilr surpassed 500,000 total visits (since enabling WP stats in February 2008, some two years after starting the blog) on Christmas day!

So what were the 10 most popular Boilr posts in 2011? Here they are (per Google Analytics) in descending order:


Five. Hundred. Thousand. Plus.

Total visits!

(since 02/08)


How-To: Combine ‘Phone’ and ‘Google’ Contacts on Android

If you’re like me, you didn’t realize that adding new contacts to your Android device under ‘Phone’ would come back to haunt you should you lose your phone or change to a different device. Luckily, despite all my failed attempts in the past, it turns out there is a pretty easy way to combine ‘phone’ …

Update HTC Droid Incredible to latest Gingerbread (4.08.605.2)

If you own a HTC Droid Incredible and have had (major) issues updating your device to Gingerbread, you’re definitely not alone.
As previously noted, Verizon/HTC tried to roll-out Gingerbread (Android 2.3) to the original Incredible a few months back only to end up pulling it due to bugs. Then, last week, they tried again with a …

HTC Incredible Gingerbread update halted, being “enhanced”

UPDATE: New Gingerbread OTA update is available, isn’t easy to install.

Several weeks ago, Verizon began rolling out an OTA Gingerbread (Android 2.3) update for the HTC Droid Incredible. While many received the update, I never did…and now I finally have some insight into what happened.
After calling Verizon and being told that I would get the …