Posts by Adam Z. Lein

Adam has had interests in combining technology with art since his first use of a Koala pad on an Apple computer. He currently has a day job as a graphic designer, photographer, systems administrator and web developer at a small design firm in Westchester, NY. His love of technology extends to software development companies who have often implemented his ideas for usability and feature enhancements. Mobile computing has become a necessity for Adam since his first Uniden UniPro PC100 in 1998. He has been reviewing and writing about smartphones for Pocketnow.com since they first appeared on the market in 2002. Read more about Adam Lein!

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    One time I rented a car to go away for a long weekend and I was happy to see that it had Microsoft's Sync MyFord Touch in-car computer built in.  I thought, "Cool! This should work great with my Windows Phone since it's made by Microsoft!"  Wrong!  It turns out, Microsoft's in-car computer works best with the iPhone according to this compatibility chart (PDF).  You'll notice that only Windows Phone 7 devices are on that list.  Another list shows some Windows Phone 8 devices, but the number of features supported is paltry.  I was using a Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8.  It paired with ...

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    Back in the 80's and 90's, if you were a creative professional using technology, you probably had a Mac. Macintosh computers were indispensable for the cool creative types.  In fact, the Macworld conferences weren't so much about the Macintosh computers as they were about creative software and tools that so many artists were using at the time. Most of the conference sessions were about things like learning about creative techniques in Photoshop, QuarkXpress, or Avid video editing. Fast forward to 2013 and Apple is all about selling phones and music players and cheap little apps these ...

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    Back when Windows Phone 7.5 Mango was released we thought Microsoft had kicked Windows Phone into high gear with all the hundreds of great new features we had seen over the hastily developed Windows Phone 7 operating system.  Then Microsoft rebuilt Windows Phone with the NT kernel as Windows Phone 8 Apollo.  Sure, that brought some huge potential with the standardization of building upon the full Windows operating system… up to 64 processor cores and huge amounts of RAM are now possible… but that put a bit of a set-back on building out breakthrough features and innovations.  How can ...

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    Friday, Apple released their new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C.  Of course lots of people lined up to buy one, but Apple's newest mobile operating system, iOS 7, happens to include a pretty major security bug.  With only a few button presses, you can bypass the security password lock and biometric security.  It takes about 11 seconds.  That's like having a safe with a combination lock, but anyone can open it by knocking the side of it in the right spot.  Forbes has a video that shows how easy it is.  The 11 seconds between 0:55-1:06 is all that's required.  LookOutMobile has another video ...

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    Every time I’ve tried Evernote it has been a disappointment.  OneNote is far more flexible and feature-rich.  Of course, both Evernote and OneNote have multiple different app versions that vary in features and quality across each operating system and platform. Because of that variance, OneNote on Windows Phone 8 may be better than Evernote on Windows Phone 8, or Evernote on Apple's iOS may be better than OneNote on Apple iOS.  For the sake of simplicity, we'll mainly look at what would be the most powerful OneNote and Evernote clients; the Windows Desktop versions of both apps.  Both ...

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    Microsoft released Xbox Music apps for Apple's iOS and Google's Android today in order to expand the cross platform capabilities of their music subscription service once known as Zune Pass.  The service has been available on Windows, Windows 8, Xbox 360, Windows Phone and the old Zune players since forever, but now you can finally use it on iOS and Android devices as well.  How does the experience compare though?  Is it just as good or not quite? Xbox Music for iOS and Android The new Xbox Music apps for iOS and Android are practically identical to each other... and absolutely nothing ...

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    Back in the Zune days, one of the coolest features was the ability to download playlists and "mixtapes" from the Zune music store.  That feature kind of got lost with the switch to Windows Phone and the rebranding of Xbox Music.  You could sometimes find some good store-generated playlists if you did a search, but they were never very discoverable in the Windows Phone Store.  Luckily that has changed today as now you should see a "Top Playlists" section in the Windows Phone 8 Store's Music section.  You can find playlists within each genre now.  It's easy to start playing each ...

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    The BBC was able to interview Microsoft's corporate vice-president for Skype, Mark Gillett recently and revealed a few interesting things on the road-map for the future of Skype.  One thing that I found odd was when Gillett was quoted as saying "I can imagine a day when you have a 3D-cellphone screen that doesn't need 3D-glasses to use it, It's less clear to me that we're close to having 3D cameras on cellphones."  I think we can all imagine that day and it was back in the summer of 2011 when the Thrill 4G, HTC EVO 3D on Sprint, and LG Optimus 3D were all available.  All of those phones ...

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    When you see a smartphone available on the Home Shopping Network for $99, you might think that it would be something horrible that would fall apart after a month or it would be so slow and crashy that it would be unusable… unless it's a Nokia Windows Phone. We went ahead and ordered the budget friendly Nokia Lumia 521 to see how it works.  It's also available from T-Mobile, Walmart and other retailers, but the Home Shopping Network bundles a few extra accessories for a really great price.  Not ony is this Nokia Lumia 521 a really great deal, but there are a few things that actually put ...

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    The news of Steve Ballmer's retirement is really big.  The CEO of the world's largest software company is responsible for the tools that support a huge number of businesses around the world.  I wouldn't be surprised if almost all industries are affected by Microsoft software in some way.  Will Ballmer's retirement change the world again?  Will it be a good thing or a bad thing? Of course no one knows just yet, but we do know that Microsoft had changed CEOs in the past.  Originally all was overseen by Bill Gates.  The transition to Ballmer has seen plenty of criticism, but if you look ...

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    Taking incredible photos is not really so much about the smoothness or sharpness of the image or the resolution or the technical superiority of the photo or the equipment used to create it. Really incredible photos come from imagery that communicates emotion to the viewer. That's what photography or any kind of art is all about and sometimes people forget that. You don't always need amazingly powerful equipment to capture and communicate powerful emotions. That being said, amazingly powerful equipment can give you less limitations when trying to capture those emotions and it can let you ...

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    While you may have already seen our review of the international version of the Nokia Lumia 925, a special version made for T-Mobile USA was recently released. This marks the first time that T-Mobile really has a good high-end Windows Phone to offer its customers. As the model number would indicate, the Lumia 925 has a lot of similarities to the Lumia 920 that's been available on AT&T for quite a while as well as the Lumia 928 which is available on Verizon in the US. T-Mobile's Nokia Lumia 925 finally brings the carrier up to speed with the amazing technological advancements that ...

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    Last week you may have noticed that the Home Shopping Network had a little sale on the T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 521.  For only $99, we decided to hit the buy button especially since we didn't give it too much coverage when it was first released and since then the phone has become quite popular.  It was just delivered so naturally we're going to give you an unboxing video.  You might be surprised by just how much is actually included in the box if you buy the Lumia 521 from HSN.  Most phones these days have a simple little box with a charging plug and a USB cable.  Not very ...

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    Originally, Smartphones were really made to help keep all of your communications, scheduling, and mobile business needs organized on one device while you're out and about.  They've grown to offer so much more and one of the popular functions these days is to use your smartphone to help keep you in shape and healthy.  There are so many exercise apps, food logging apps, and other health related apps on all of the smartphone platforms out there that you might find that everyone uses something different.  Here at Pocketnow, a number of us have been working really hard to get in shape and ...

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    While the international version of the Nokia Lumia 925 has been available for a little while, a slightly different version made for T-Mobile in the USA was just released yesterday.  Currently it's only available in the white color with 16Gb of storage, but it has a few advantages over the international version which are mainly related to the T-Mobile USA network.  It supports T-Mobile's new LTE network as well as their 4G HSPA and 2G networks.  It also has HD voice calling (which is only an advantage when calling some one else with HD calling support.)  It also has WiFi calling ...

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