My Microsoft Transition: the Biggest Challenges So Far

I’m well into my transition from a mixed Windows/Android world to one that’s all Microsoft products. I’ve been using Windows Phone 8.1 on the Nokia 925 and a Surface Pro 3 for over a week now, along with my Dell Venue 8 Pro, and other than grabbing screenshots for comparison purposes haven’t touched any of […]

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 […]

The “It Depends” Method of Evaluating Technology

There are a few areas where debate constantly rages over which product is better than another. Performance automobiles comes to mind. Music, and particularly popular music. Vacuum cleaners (well, maybe not, but I drew blank trying to think of a third category). But nowhere are things worse than in technology. Apple vs. Microsoft. iOS vs. […]

Android 4.4 Kit Kat – Really? (Updated)

Okay, so, Google has announced that the next version of Android, 4.4, will not be Android Key Lime Pie, but rather—wait for it—Android Kit Kat. When I first heard the news, I was thinking that Google must be playing a bit of a joke on us all, but at this point it seems legit. My […]

The State of the Tech Chat: Gadget Lust

So, I thought I’d start a new tradition of periodically jotting down those gadgets that have me chomping at the bit to spend money I probably shouldn’t spend. These are the ones that some might call obsessions–although I subscribe to the theory that my brain simply likes shiny new gadgets to play with, and some […]

Chromecast vs. Samsung Motion Plus Feature – Soap Opera Effect

I was using Netflix on my Chromecast last night, specifically the one attached to the Samsung 55” HDTV in the family room. I played the second-to-last episode of Weeds (I cancelled Showtime before finishing the final season), and noticed some serious soap-opera effect (the “too real” look that motion interpolation gives TV images). I knew […]

Google Chromecast Setup and Testing

So, I was lucky enough (or quick enough) to snag a couple of Chromecasts from Amazon before they sold out (and, before the 5:31 PST cutoff for the 3-month Netflix coupon). I ordered via Amazon Prime but they came a day early, and so I was able to spend a few minutes this evening playing […]

Nexus 10 Tablets Showing Up at Walmart

If you’d rather buy a Nexus 10 locally as opposed to the Google Play store, then your only option today is Walmart. And even then, there doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to which Walmarts have them and how many they’re stocking (most seem to have two on hand). I called all of […]

Initial Thoughts on the Google Nexus 7

  Update (8/2/2012): Well, the Nexus 7 launch has been a bit problematic for some folks, myself included. A number of design or build problems have surfaced, with the most common being the issue I mentioned where the left side of the screen separates to a greater or lesser extents from its base. So far, […]

What Will the Google Nexus Look Like? UPDATE: Like This

Speculation is heating up in the last few hours before Google’s keynote speech at the 2012 Google I/O event. We’re all expecting details about Jelly Bean, the next version of Android, and the Google Nexus tablet, a $199 device to take on the iPad and Kindle Fire. So far, the Nexus tablet is looking like […]