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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    Last week, Stephen Schenck’s “Dial F for Fail” segment was an argument against subscription payment systems. A lot of what I write in this article will rehash his comments during that segment, and on the back half will be my rebuttal to that stance. That’s not normally how this column works, but it is this week, so buckle in. #TeamSchenck Stephen made his argument while discussing YouTube’s new music streaming service, YouTube Music Key. This music streaming service allows you to remove ads from YouTube videos, download them for offline viewing, etc for about eight dollars per ...

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    It’s interesting what is going on in the wearables camp. There are two separate factions – fitness bands and smartwatches, both claiming to do just enough of the other to make the other not necessary. FitBits, and Bands, and 360’s abound in the wearables circle. Most of the time, we here at Pocketnow talk about the watches more than the bands, but there is that other camp that keeps hanging around so let’s step aside for a moment and examine. Health and fitness trackers have made a bigger boom in the industry than smartwatches to date. There are a number of factors surrounding that ...

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    Are slab phones the last form factor iteration in this space? I for one hope not, but they’re far and away the most popular. But now we’re entering an era of the wearable. Early indications seem to be that this is not really a fad that’s going to be going away. There are a number of reasons for this, but the bottom line is that wearables are simply very useful. No, they cannot replace your phone, and no they should not replace your phone. Your phone has very specific use-cases that a watch simply cannot fill. But it does make one wonder about what could be. I recently got my hands on ...

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    I came to a startling realization the other day. I don’t know how it happened or why it manifested itself in me in this way, but the truth is really undeniable. I feel no shame nor guilt in feeling this way and I don’t care if you want to judge me. I feel the way I want to feel. I don’t know if it’s a product of nature or nurture, but I have accepted this part of me for what it is. My name is Adam Doud, and I love crazy phones. The Legend of the Blue Taco I think it started long ago when I fell in love with a blue taco. I know what you’re thinking – a blue taco can’t possibly ...

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    Pebble is one of the founding fathers of the smartwatch world. Virtually any conversation about the industry has to include Pebble in one way or another. Pebble was first to the scene and best to the scene, and both by a wide margin over its nearest competitor. But today, Pebble’s OS and hardware are starting to look very…dated. It’s not Pebble’s fault. It’s just that the features upon which Pebble can hang its hat are becoming more and more scarce. In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. Indeed that’s where Pebble found itself just a couple of years ago. Android ...

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    iPhone gets a bad rap. It really does. Apple is such a polarizing company it’s almost funny. Apple has fans that are so very dedicated to the platform they almost need therapy. iPhone, iPad, iMac, Apple TV, Apple Watch, and even a white Starbucks membership card. Apple has achieved the kind of fan base that corporations only dream about – for better or for worse. iSheep You know the stereotypes – iSheep, rich yuppies hanging out at Starbucks, when they’re not camping out at Apple stores, that is. These people, the fans who have done nothing wrong except fall in love with a product ...

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    Now we have wearables from all three major platforms – iOS, Android, and Windows. Or at least we’ve seen announcements for all three. Apple is a little on the slow side coming to market but for the purposes of this article we’re going to assume what we saw in the demos is actually what people will be wearing. What we’re looking at here is not the aesthetics of each brand – so Microsoft Band haters can just move all those thoughts to the recycle bin for now. Rather, what we’ll be examining is the philosophy behind the wearable, because we have three distinct platforms here all ...

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    See what I did there? When Tim Cook announced Apple pay just a few weeks ago, it was a pretty exciting time. NFC payments were coming to Apple, marking a huge opportunity for Apple and its customers. It’s true, Google users were already on the NFC payment train with Google Wallet, but Apple stood to legitimize the mobile payment industry simply by adopting it. I wrote as much just after the product launch. Then, my theories were proven true – kinda – by the Merchant Customer Exchange who suddenly doused its drawers at the thought of Apple Pay trouncing it’s here-but-not-really, ...

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    Some rumors recently suggested that Apple was planning 12.(something) inch iPad Pro. This would put this iPad directly in line to compete against the Surface, which is a role reversal of sorts and that makes me smile a little bit. Other rumors suggest that the iPad Pro would actually replace the iPad mini in Apple’s lineup as “the second iPad”. Now this rumor was interesting for a few different reasons. But it got me to thinking – is that such a good idea? It’s true the iPad mini has never sold as well as the iPad. The first generation iPad mini didn’t have a retina screen, so ...

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    We work with so much technology every day that sometimes it’s mind-boggling. At times you don’t even know how to feel about a product coming out. The Amazon Echo is one example – how am I supposed to feel about this thing. It sure looks cool but is it? Sometimes you have expectations about something. That was the case with me with smartwatches. I really, really wanted a smartwatch. And then I got one. I’ve been using the Moto 360 now for a couple of months. It’s really great tech, but as my rebuttal review headline read, it’s “flawed beauty”. There’s a lot that the Moto ...

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    Yesterday, we took a look at why the Microsoft Band is good for the Windows Phone platform, but we never really examined why the Microsoft band was good in and of itself. We touched on a few points that will be reiterated here, but now we’re going to focus on those positives, and maybe a minor negative here and there. The Microsoft Band is a 1.0 product. Let’s just go ahead and get that out of the way right now. It’s not really finished and I don’t think it’s the destination of this journey. It’s maybe a point of interest or tourist trap that you encounter on your way to the ...

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    Last week, Microsoft quietly released a new wearable into the space – the Microsoft Band. What’s remarkable about this device was how quietly it was released considering it is the first wearable to be fully compatible with Windows Phone. Ok, Pebble fans, I know you have an app. I’m very happy for you. But this Microsoft Band is something else because it is designed to work with Windows Phone. Oh, and it works with Android and iOS too. LOLWUT? Yessir, that’s the case. The Microsoft Band is cross-platform hardware, something which I mentioned would be a fabulous idea a few months ago ...

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    Normally, on the Weekend Debate, we look at two sides on an issue – is the Nexus 6 price too high or too low or what should the primary function of a smartwatch be? This week, we’re going to take a look at two potential solutions to the same problem. The traditional way just isn't working all that well. The Problem You’ve been there. A kid’s recital, a concert, or some other public display is on and suddenly everyone whips out their cell phones and clamors as close as possible (and probably in your way) to get the best shot. Which is fine except they’re in your way and they’re ...

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    Interesting news in the world of smartwatches has been flying of late, not the least of which are rumors of a cross platform compatible smartwartch coming from Microsoft. But even more interesting was some recent news that Google was considering some Android Wear  compatibility options. As in, perhaps going cross-platform. ORLY? Well isn’t that interesting. As our news article suggests, this likely isn’t anything more than a flight of fancy on an “Ideas to kick around” spreadsheet somewhere, but it raises a few questions. Would Android Wear be better off being a cross platform ...

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    Android is everywhere, but sometimes it's a little hard to tell. Samsung's Android is not the same as HTC's which is not the same as Alcatel's. Every OEM pours a little of their own flavor into its version of Android. Some for the better, others...well, not so much. But in a world where 80% of the market is using the same platform and you have no less than two dozen competitors all touting the same OS, what can you do to make your product stand out and shine? Skin it of course! Which leaves us, the consumer, in an odd and sometimes confusing place. Android is Android is Android right? ...

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