The iPhone 6 from an Apple Hater’s Perspective

No, I Don’t Really Hate Apple Okay, so I’m not actually an Apple “hater.” I admit that I’ve been pretty harsh towards Apple for the past few years, but I really dislike this use of the word–to me, hate is something reserved for the worst things in the world; merely strong dislike and harsh words […]

Amazon’s Kindle App: Everything That’s Wrong with Windows Phone

As I’ve mentioned before, I prefer Windows Phone. I like its workflow, as epitomized by the People hub where I can access all relevant information about a person, from the typical contact info to their social media updates to our entire contact history, all in one place. I like the at-a-glance information provided by the […]

Microsoft Lumia: Goodbye Nokia

So, it’s official. Microsoft has dumped the Nokia brand and will be marketing its Windows Phones under the Microsoft Lumia brand name. This has been widely reported and is hardly news at this point–it was part of the Nokia hardware purchase agreement that Nokia would hold onto its name will handing over the Lumia brand. Personally, […]

Is Apple’s 9/9/2014 Event “Historic”?

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 […]

The 8 Best Things About Windows Phone 8.1

I’m working on a one-month (or so) review of Windows Phone 8.1. In the meantime, I thought I’d list the top 8 things I like best about the latest version of Microsoft’s plucky mobile operating system. Here’s a hint: I like it, and more than I like Android. 1. User Interface The UI is a broad […]

Living on the Bleeding Edge – Should You Buy a Gadget Right Away?

With any device, there can be hardware issues in the earliest builds that are fixed in future builds. Manufacturing issues can be identified and resolved (e.g., screen adhesion issues that cause yellow tints, a la iPads), problematic components can be fixed by suppliers (e.g., screens that suffer from inconsistencies, WiFi components that can’t be completely […]

Microsoft CEO Paints Picture of a “Productivity and Platform” Company

    Edit: I spent a little more time reviewing Nadella’s email, and I’m not sure that I agree with ZDNet’s interpretation. So, I’m adjusting my post to better reflect my own interpretation (which I should have done in the first place). ZDNet published a fascinating article outlining CEO Satya Nadella’s vision of a new […]

Microsoft Experimenting with 3D Screen Technology?

This is pretty cool, and although I don’t necessarily expect this anytime soon, I’d love to see this kind of 3D sensing technology in an upcoming Windows Phone.

Windows Phone’s Past Performance Does Not Predict Microsoft’s Future Results

I’m certainly cognizant of the uphill battle that Microsoft faces in terms of making Windows Phone a viable player in the smartphone market. They have a very compelling strategy, namely that of creating a single development environment that supports many different platforms (Windows 8.1 desktop, notebooks, hybrids, and tablets, Windows Phone 8.1 smartphones, and the […]

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 […]