Yes, Samsung Really Can Make a Classy Ad

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Let’s be honest here: Samsung has made some really bad ads. And, they’re often way too focused on slamming the competition; as a marketer, I’ve always thought it best to focus on yourself and let your competitors fend for themselves (unless you’re T-Mobile and your CEO is John Legere, in which case all bets are […]

Forbes Agrees That the Surface Pro 3 Is a Very Good Tablet

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Reviews of Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 have generally been positive, at least as far as how well it functions as a quasi-notebook. The praise has been less forthcoming, however, when reviewers have considered the Surface Pro 3 as a tablet. I’ve disagreed with them, finding Microsoft’s hybrid to make for an excellent–I’d say, superior–tablet, at […]

Apple’s iPhone 6 Pricing is Brilliant Marketing

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Apple’s new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have been very well-received, for the most part. Design, functionality, features, build quality, etc. have all been up to Apple’s typical standards (comparisons to Android and Windows Phone alternatives notwithstanding). One area that’s been a point of contention, though, is pricing and specifications, particularly Apple’s decision to offer a […]

Surface Pro 3 Sales: At Least Better Inventory Management

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Microsoft’s $900 million dollar write-off, taken due to unsold Surface RT inventory in their Q4 2013 quarterly results, generated quite a bit of noise about the product’s success (or lack thereof). As of early this summer, it was estimated that Microsoft had lost around $1.7 billion in total on the Surface program, not accounting for costs […]

Apple: Haute Technology?

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Update: This is a rather long piece, admittedly. So, here’s a short version (tl;dr as the kids say). Apple has made itself into a very successful consumer technology company, with a core group of highly dedicated fans who see themselves as better equipped intellectually and aesthetically to appreciate Apple products than non-Apple fans. This core group drives […]

Actiontec ScreenBeam Pro Miracast Receiver Review

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I’ve been using Google’s Chromecast since its release on July, 2013 for sending video and mirroring the screen to my HDTVs from my various Android devices. It’s relatively simple to configure, and it generally works. When I switched to Windows 8.1 on my Dell Venue 8 Pro and my Microsoft Surface Pro 3, I was […]

No, I Don’t Hate Apple

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As the Apple event kicks off (and the live stream has problems), I just want to say: in spite of my Twitter rant this morning about Apple and in particular their public relations machine, I need to stress that I don’t hate Apple. They actually make some great machines, of which I own a couple […]

Is Apple’s 9/9/2014 Event “Historic”?

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I was going to write a heated post about ABC News characterizing today’s Apple event as “historic,” but my friend Adam (@DeadTechnology) beat me to the punch with this Tumblr post (I’m copying more than I usually would, with his permission): Last night, ABC news posted a teaser video in which it declared that their anchor, David Muir, will […]

How to Convert Notes from Evernote to OneNote

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I was a huge Microsoft OneNote user back in my days as a Ricoh sales engineer. I used a variety of Tablet PCs circa 2001-2007, with the last one being a Toshiba Portage M400, to take thousands of handwritten notes during meetings with hundreds of clients where I outlined business processes, identified relevant personnel, created […]

Lost Your Surface Pro 3 Pen? Here’s an Inexpensive HTC Alternative

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Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 has excellent inking via its N-Trig active digitizer. The included official pen, however, is a bit expensive at $49.99 from the Microsoft Store. It’s not something you’d want to casually lose, nor is it an impulse buy as a backup. Fortunately, there’s an alternative. The HTC Scribe pen (click for technical […]