Windows Phone 8.1: A Former Android User’s Initial Impressions

I received my Nokia 925 a couple of days ago, and after resolving a case of missing SIM holder, I upgraded to the Developers Preview of Windows Phone 8.1. Since then, I’ve been setting up the phone and re-familiarizing myself with Windows Phone after a few years on Android. I must say, the platform has […]

I’ve Seen the Future, and it’s the Microsoft Surface Pro 3

I was excited to learn that a new Microsoft Store was opening in a mall about 10 minutes from my house (the Oaks in Thousand Oaks, CA), and upon visiting it yesterday was subsequently disappointed to learn that it’s actually just a kiosk. So, my plan of making a quick trip on June 20 to […]

Costco Selling Dell Venue 8 Pro 64GB for $247 with Folio Case (Update: Deal’s Over)

Update: Well, the deal seems to be over, with three Costco stores I’ve visited lately no longer having any stock. They’re still selling the Venue 8 Pro online for decent prices, but nothing like this. That’s right: Costco is clearing out the Dell Venue 8 Pro 64GB version, with the very nice folio case, for […]

LogMeIn Cancels Free Accounts, TeamViewer An Excellent Alternative

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been using LogMeIn for years now to manage remote PCs (Windows, OS X, and Linux). Some of you might do so for business, but some might only manage their various personal machines. I fall into the latter category, and so I’ve enjoyed LogMeIn’s free capabilities for supporting the mother-in-law’s […]

Android Apps on Windows: Good or Bad for Microsoft?

There’s been a fair amount of debate recently about whether running Android apps on Windows machines is good or bad for Microsoft. Quite a few pundits maintain that it’s a bad thing, at least some saying that the availability of Android apps reduces the incentives for Windows developers to make quality modern UI apps for […]

Google Tasks Limitations and How to Work Around Them

So, I switched awhile back from using Toodledo’s backend task management system to Google Tasks, primarily because I’d gotten caught up in the premium version of Toodledo and wanted to save some money. I’ve discovered, however, that Google Tasks (and I’m talking the separate tasks functionality, not the old-style in-calendar tasks) has some significant limitations […]

ASUS Transformer Book Duet Skimps on the Resolution

As much as I love the idea of a powerful machine that can run both Android and Windows 8.1, it seems like every vendor who’s made one has missed the boat on some important aspect. Of course, Samsung’s ATIV Q, in addition to offering only 4GB of RAM (to be shared between both OSs), was […]

2014: What Will Happen in Tech?

It’s de rigueur, I think, for a tech blog to post predictions for the coming year. Because I don’t want to be left out, I’ll post some thoughts as well—although they’ll be short, and I’ll be posting well after the New Year has already begun due to a killer bug I caught on New Year’s […]

My Top 5 Products and Services of 2013

  2013 Recap It never ceases to amaze me just how quickly a year can pass by, nor how much can happen in a mere 365-odd days. Personally, 2013 was a mixed bag for me and my family. It’s not over yet (I’m starting this post on Christmas Eve morning), but I’m thinking that it’ll […]

Nexus 5 Camera – Android 4.4 vs. 4.4.1

Today has been a gloomy, rainy day here in Southern California, and so I don’t have any nicely light images to present. However, here are a few casual shots taken with my Nexus 5 before and after updating it to Android 4.4.1. The differences in quality are subtle, but overall significant. In particular, I’m finding […]