Posts by Adam Doud

Adam joined the tech world after watching Jon Rubenstein demo the most epic phone ever at CES 2009. He is webOS enthusiast, Windows Phone fan, and Android skeptic. He loves the outdoors, is an avid Geocacher, Cubs/Blackhawks fan, and family man living in Sweet Home Chicago, where he STILL hosts monthly webOS meetups (Don’t call it a comeback!). He can be found tweeting all things tech as @DeadTechnology, or chi-town sports at @oneminutecubs. Read more about Adam Doud!

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  • by | April 16, 2014 7:00 AM

    Windows Phone 8.1 dropped earlier this week. We saw it at Build, but now we’re actually using it. And it’s for really real. Sure it’s a “Developer’s Preview” and sure some of the features aren’t quite done cooking, but it’s a pretty impressive upgrade to what Windows Phone users have been using. Plus, it’s available for (I think it’s reasonable to say) most Windows Phone users out there, less than two weeks after it’s debut on stage. That’s availability of Apple proportions. The reason this is so exciting is because in so many ways, Microsoft leveled the operating ...

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  • by | April 10, 2014 7:00 AM

    There was an interesting question that came up recently and I wanted to take a moment to examine the topic. I’m as big a fan of Nokia as the next guy. Heck, my last feature phones before graduating up to smart phones were Nokia. So I’m not a Nokia hater by any means. But the question did give me pause: Does Microsoft need Nokia? This is a multi-faceted question, as are most good questions. There’s the hardware side, the software side, and as they love to say in the dugout of a baseball game, “the intangibles.” Microsoft has not been shy about recruiting new and exciting OEM’s ...

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  • by | April 2, 2014 11:00 AM

    Update: The original edition of this article misidentified Android Wear as "Google Wear". This has been corrected and the author has been appropriately flogged. That headline has multiple dimensions to it. Sure there are a number of concerns involved with touching your phone. Safety, for example. Texting and drive and the death and mutilation that can occur is one such example. Hands free devices are always preferred when navigating a 2000 lb box of death at 55 mph (ya know, give or take) on the highway. There are also health concerns. Lately, your cell phone has been compared with toilet ...

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  • by | March 27, 2014 11:00 AM

    HTC released a phone earlier this week, you may have heard of it. The HTC One M8 was unleashed on the world, and available for sale right away. This puppy is a beauty, let me tell you. It’s solid and beautiful and all Oh-Em-Gorgeous. Just looking at that spec sheet is enough to make you salivate. Snapdragon 801 processor. A gorgeous 5” SLCD3 1080p display. WOW! MicroSD Support! A 4 Mega pixel camera on the front. And on the back….oh wait. That’s on the…on the back? On the BACK?!?! Oh great! Another HTC mistake! That’s pretty much how the conversation went everywhere. Our own ...

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  • by | March 26, 2014 11:00 AM

    Some interesting news came across the feeds the other day. According to Billboard, Apple was considering a couple of new ideas. The first was considering opening a music streaming service as a direct competitor to Spotify. The streaming service would be subscription based and used as a platform to drive music sales. The other, far more intriguing prospect was the idea of putting iTunes on Android. If you’re dizzy from the double take, that’s ok. Just take some Dramamine and buckle in. This could get bumpy. Apple launching a music streaming service is not exactly a surprise. The ...

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  • by | March 20, 2014 7:00 AM

    I received my Nexus 5 just a couple weeks ago and one thing I completely forgot about was the fact that this sucker has a notification light. Woo hoo! That’s something that I’ve totes been missing from the Windows Phone experience and it’s awesome (or maybe not, read on…)! It takes me back to the good old days of webOS. Almost too much so since I often find myself pressing the notification light to turn on the phone (If you don’t get that, I’m sad for you). Not surprisingly, it’s not supposed to work that way. I haven’t dug deeply into the features here. I’ve noticed the ...

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  • by | March 18, 2014 7:00 AM

    Spoiler alert. If you haven’t watched The Walking Dead yet, go do so and come back. We’ll wait. Recently, Microsoft reportedly struck deals with a couple of future Windows Phone friends in which Microsoft dropped their licensing fees for their operating system to the low, low price of…free. This wasn’t really a surprise as rumors about it doing so went back several months. But it did raise questions. How can Microsoft do this? It’s just crazy talk. Like, blonde girls on The Walking Dead crazy. Does this spell the end? For blonde girls on The Walking Dead, yes. But for Microsoft, ...

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  • by | March 13, 2014 7:00 AM

    Last week was a pretty leaky week here on Pocketnow. I say that, not because of the number of leaks that came out, but because of what happened in the leaky world. First, we had an amateur video released about the All New HTC One (HashtagANHO) by a 14 year old whose mommy or daddy had some ‘splaining to do the next day at work. Then the leak wizard himself, Evan Blass a.k.a. @evleaks came on to the Pocketnow Weekly and dove into the depths of what it’s like to be a leak-master extraordinaire. A set of questions that arose from that interview was how legal and how moral was Evan’s ...

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  • by | March 12, 2014 7:00 AM

    Across the pond at MWC, Microsoft had a few things to say about its upcoming and much anticipated Windows Phone 8.1 update. In addition to nine new hardware partners all taking a bite of the Windows Phone pie, and Android dual-booting goodness, it was also announced that Microsoft would no longer be requiring hardware buttons on their phones, including the much loved camera button. I get it. I really do. When you’re attacking the low-end market, pennies count, and the fewer pennies you have to spend on a handset, the better. A lot of OEMs may take this as a real bonus, but I hope not all ...

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  • by | March 6, 2014 7:00 AM

    In the Doud household, there is an ongoing debate. Those of us who are mobile technology enthusiasts are trying to trim an extra $50 of fat off of our monthly bills, and those of us who are...well, my wife is adamantly refusing to tell AT&T where it can go shove its landlines. Don’t get me wrong, she has some solid points (which I’m going to call “cons” but I love you, honey – as if you’ll ever read this.) But there are some real pros to the issue as well. So let’s break them down here, M.C. Hammer style. First of all it should be mentioned that your mileage may vary with ...

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  • by | March 5, 2014 7:00 AM

    Awwwkward. Ever have one of those times when you’ve had to make up for someone else’s mistakes? Maybe they blurted out something that you hadn’t intended to make known to the general public and now you have to change your whole disposition. Maybe your little sister accidentally blurted out your impending wedding plans to your future in-laws, the Capulets. Similarly, at MWC Nokia introduced us to the Nokia X Microsoft is now saddled with. It’s embarrassing and now you have to explain things earlier than planned and where are you going to get a bottle of poison at this time of night? ...

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  • by | February 27, 2014 9:00 AM

    When the Samsung GS5 was announced, it brought some interesting features to the table. The one that made me stand up and take notice was the ultra-power saver mode that according to Samsung could make a phone last for 24 hours receiving phone and SMS on just 10% battery life. That’s just silly good. But we’re not here to talk about that. We’re here to talk about water. Water resistance was also brought to bear in the GS5. Not the GS5 Active, but the GS5 itself. Yes, there is a USB flap/door/thing that needs to be closed, but this phone is water resistant. That’s a pretty big deal. ...

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  • by | February 27, 2014 7:00 AM

    An interesting question came up recently in light of the news that Nokia was A. Releasing its Nokia X line of Android phones at MWC and B. Not releasing any Windows Phones at MWC, namely the rumored 630 and 930 models. It made one wonder, with in impending acquisition of Nokia’s Devices division coming soon, is the time of the Nokia Lumia over? This brought sadness to our melancholy souls. The Lumia had a good run, dating back several years. The design of these phones was almost instantly recognizable and distinct. Nokia’s adoption of a large color spectrum made them particularly ...

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  • by | February 25, 2014 8:30 AM

    Early this week Microsoft made several announcements about Windows Phone and its future. Specifically, Microsoft announced nine new hardware partners committed to building Windows Phone. Some of these manufacturers are familiar to you, others not so much. Microsoft also announced new compatibility with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 200 and (previously unsupported) 400 processors and dual SIM and soft button support. More is better right? Well... When you read between the lines here, what you’re seeing is something that is probably great for Microsoft, but not so exciting for you and me. I ...

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  • by | February 20, 2014 7:00 AM

    Just the other day, Benedict Evans posted a couple of graphs that showed Apple’s increasing success in the “Computing Device” space, and Microsoft’s declining share in that same category. The point of these charts seemed to be that Apple is outselling Microsoft in the arena of computing devices. Whether or not the chart actually shows Apple outselling Microsoft is up for some debate. But that’s not why I’m writing this today. The chart reiterated a point that I can’t quite come to terms with by making a rather subjective and in my opinion inaccurate comparison. The mobile ...

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