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 | 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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  • by | February 18, 2014 7:00 AM

    Funny thing about fences. They have two sides, but they also have riders. Those who prefer the precarious perch as opposed to placing their feet squarely on terra firma. Some do it because they have no honest opinion, nor care. Some do it to avoid conflict. Some do it just to see how things look. All end up with a really nasty wedgie. I’m not riding a fence here. But I am hopping over to see how things look on the other side. I’m talking about Android apps on Windows Phone. Recently some outlets reported that sources inside Microsoft were claiming that Microsoft was investigating the ...

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  • by | February 13, 2014 7:00 AM

    So the results are in, the votes are counted, the hanging chads are ignored, and we have a new CEO – Satya Nadella. Mr. Nadella is a mainstay with Microsoft who has been with the company since before many of us bought our first smart phone. Twenty-two years ago, a bright, young engineering n00b stepped onto the deck of the U.S.S. Microsoft and today he gets to go straight to the captain’s chair formerly occupied by just two other gentlemen – Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer. That’s right, this is like Ben Sisko taking charge of a space station following Kirk and Picard (though maybe ...

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  • by | February 11, 2014 7:00 AM

    So, I’ve got good news and bad news for you. The good news is that I’ve eliminated one of the three phones I’ve been debating for my forthcoming new phone purchase: The Lumia 1020. I’m sorry, bring me your torch. The Tribe has spoken. “But Adam! You’re a Windows Phone fan! How can this be? I hate you you lousy son of a…” Trust me people, I get it. I really want a 41 megapixel camera. I do, I do. But it’s just not enough to fork over ~$400 just to upgrade one component of my phone. Here’s a little background. I am currently toting a yellow AT&T Lumia 920 as my daily ...

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  • by | February 6, 2014 7:00 AM

    The more things change, the more they stay the same. This has all happened before, and it will probably happen again. Searching for that blue pill yet? Here we are, all dressed up in tight black leather and PVC and still no unified operating system to speak of. Are we in for another iteration of the Matrix, or will Satya Nadella pass through the door to the left and save Trinity, er I mean Windows 8. We really have been here before. Microsoft attempting to unite all devices – phones, tablets, laptops, desktops – into one unified system that works the same way everywhere. Harken back ...

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  • by | February 4, 2014 7:00 AM

    Update: Oh the perils of scheduling editorials. Microsoft announced Satya Nadella as its new CEO, so in the words of Gilda Radner, "Nevermind". Now let's get back to discussing violins on TV... CEO rumors they are a-flying. Maybe it’s Stephen “Trojan Horse” Elop. Maybe it’s Alan “Too Many L’s” Mulally. Maybe it’s Matthew “Shirtless in Seattle” McConaughey (spoiler alert it’s not, but I just watched “Sahara”, so…). No, it’s gotta be Satya “I wish I had a cool nickname” Nadella. Now the latest rumor surfaces – “Ripped A-” Sundar Pichai. You probably ...

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  • by | January 30, 2014 7:00 AM

    Last week, on the weekly, our hosts discussed an interesting rumor that Microsoft was going to try and feed off its “cool” product, the X-Box and put Cortana on Windows Phone. “Cortana”, for those of you who are familiar with sunlight, is the sexy-in-a-girl-next-doorish-kind-of-way voice of the AI computer in X-Box’s flagship game, Halo. The theory here is that the name “Cortana” will evoke wonderful memories of death and explosions in twenty- and thirty somethings around the world, and they’ll all rush out to buy new phones. This is not the first time Microsoft has tried ...

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  • by | January 29, 2014 7:00 AM

    So here’s the thing. I’ve got $400 burning a hole in my pocket and I need a new phone. I still can’t believe I just wrote that sentence. I’ve never had $400 burning a hole in my pocket. But that’s what getting laid off after eight years of dedication will do. Yay severance! Anyway, so I’ve got $400 to spend on a new phone, and I’ve narrowed my options to a Moto X and a Nexus 5. Yes, I know, I’m a Windows Phone guy, so I haven’t completely ruled out the Lumia 1020 I found on Swappa for $390. But let’s just pretend I have. So now I need to ask myself - and you. Moto X or ...

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  • by | January 21, 2014 7:00 AM

    Funny thing about being a technology writer. You have to use a lot of technology. Different devices, different apps, different technologies. It’s key to keeping a perspective on the mobile landscape.  But then, it’s a funny thing about haters – the abject rejection of…anything…regardless of quality or any arguments approaching logic. Don’t try to reason, it only irritates us. And there I was, smack dab in between these two perfect storms just waiting to be swept away. I started off my technology career years ago as a dyed in the wool, damn the torpedoes and full speed ahead ...

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  • by | January 16, 2014 7:00 AM

    2013 was an interesting year – in theory. What I mean by that is 2013 saw a lot of activity in the theoretical mobile market. Theoretical because not many of the newcomers who stood up to be recognized actually had any kind of hardware that people could, you know, hold and use. But now that 2014 has rolled around, many of these emerging mobile platforms have actually started coming up with some promising looking stuff and we thought, with the dawn of the new year, we’d give them a look and see what we might expect. Many of the new kids on the block can be categorized into one of two ...

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  • by | January 15, 2014 7:00 AM

    Late last year, news came out that the Nokia Lumia Black update rollout was going to commence. As a matter of fact, as of the time of this writing, the Lumia Black update has already gone out to the Lumias 1020, 925, and unlocked 920's. Coming along with Microsoft’s GDR3 package would be a suite of Nokia-bred software, which – are you sitting down? – would primarily be camera-centric apps and enhancements. I know. Try and hide your surprise. But along with those camera enhancements would come a couple of interesting features. Interesting, that is, if you’re using Windows Phone. To ...

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  • by | January 14, 2014 7:00 AM

    Is it fair to call Windows Phone a distant third in the smartphone race? I mean really, are they even a contender? Does any Android OEM or Apple look at Windows Phone with any amount of concern? You wouldn’t think so, and truth be told, some probably don’t. The United States is a pretty clear two-horse race. Much of Europe is the same. Android has a strangle hold on world smartphone market share and Samsung has a stranglehold on world Android market share. So who is concerned about Windows Phone? Who should be concerned? Well, Apple for one. Microsoft released an interesting statistic ...

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  • by | January 8, 2014 7:00 AM

    This week at CES, we will see a rebirth, or as the Verge calls it, a reboot. Our old friend, webOS is making its triumphant return to the large screen it was always meant for. No, I’m not referring to tablets, but to TV’s. Oh, didn’t you hear the news? Yeah, we review TV’s now. (No, we don’t). But webOS’s return to electronics is definitely interesting. Sure, it’s not the electronics we want, nor does it resemble the interface we’ve all come to know and love - and more on that later - but it is confirmation that the webOS zombie has dug itself out of its grave and begun to ...

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  • by | January 7, 2014 7:00 AM

    Ahh CES. It’s like spring every year, when flowers bloom and the sun shines, and Chicago gets colder than the South Pole. Seriously. But it warms my heart every year to see a flood of devices spring from Las Vegas like a Jack in the Box of technology. One device that has thus far rung my bell just a bit, is the Lenovo ThinkPad 8. You’ve got a serious Windows 8 tablet here and for a great price. But Lenovo is taking a curious route with this one. Lenovo’s stance for this tablet is it’s a powerful business tablet. This is probably true. But the truth is, this is just a powerful ...

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  • by | January 3, 2014 12:00 PM

    2014 dawns and Windows Phone lives to fight again. Not that there was much doubt as to its ability to survive. Quite the contrary. It has not only survived, but grown. But let’s face it, that sounds more dramatic. Windows Phone hasn’t exactly been burning up the charts and it remains a distant third in the mobile phone ecosystem. That’s not a bad place to be. It’s certainly enviable compared to the likes of Blackberry, Sailfish, Ubuntu, and all the other party people rocking the house tonight. There are some lessons that can be learned from Windows Phone’s 2013 performance. Give ...

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