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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    Apple’s continuity is a pretty powerful feature that’s coming to iOS. Actually, a lot of the features in iOS 8 and Mac OS X Yosemite are very powerful. And they’re all designed to make you do one thing – go all in. Apple should do this, there is no question in my mind. But after giving it a couple of weeks to process, it occurs to me that Apple and Microsoft are taking two different approaches to the same end – unification. Microsoft has been beating the unification drum for some time now. Microsoft’s dream is to make all devices – phones, tablets, and computers – run the ...

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    Microsoft pushed out this nifty little app recently which does what I’ve been wanting to do for years. It’s called ‘Files’ appropriately, because it manages files on your phone. Android’s been doing this for eons via third party apps and Apple will probably never do it. But I had hoped that Microsoft might someday allow users to dig into the file system a bit and get some stuff done. Finally, we can do it. Actually, in all fairness, it looks like there's been at least one third party solution out there for at least a year. But, this official Microsoft  app single-handedly makes ...

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    If you have read my last few editorials, you’ll notice I get a lot of inspiration from the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast. That is because it’s awesome and apparently inspiring. So good for it. Last week on the Weekly, a comment was made by one of the hosts (I honestly don’t remember who) about how Samsung design is stagnant, which amounts to basically the same phone over and over again. There’s a reason it is called “Samesung” by detractors. That sent my little brain flying down a number of paths, paths that I will lay out here for you. Welcome to my mind. Please wipe your feet. ...

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    There was big news out of the WWDC camp yesterday. Mac stuff, iOS stuff, and a whole bunch of…well stuff. Apple brought some really cool features to the table with iOS 8 and Mac OS X Weed Yosemite. Unfortunately, some of us were too wrapped up in snark to realize just how cool this stuff was and for whom it was cool. Full disclosure – I, too am guilty of riding the snark train most of the way through the keynote address that was all full of grey hair and comedy. I watched from my desk as feature after feature rolled out and I too joined the ranks of the snarky by saying “Oh sure! ...

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    Like many, I found myself to be particularly impressed by the Surface Pro 3 when it debuted. It was a fascinating event filled with some deep fried cool and just enough weird to keep everyone off balance. As off balance as a Surface in your lap! See what I did there? Ok, I’ll stop now. But just based on what I saw, I’d be willing to replace my MacBook Air with a Surface Pro 3. The combination of power, size, and speed gave the whole tablet a chutzpah that’s frankly hard to ignore. Why is it hard to ignore? Because as I’ve said from the beginning (or near the beginning anyway) I ...

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    There’s an interesting phenomenon that emerges whenever a new wireless charging technological device is discussed. Someone always asks the question, “How fast does it charge?” or “What’s the charge time for wired vs. wireless?” I always find this to be an odd question and one that I have never worried about one iota about in all my time with wireless charging. This reared its head most recently when the S5 PWRCard came around that allowed the GS5 to charge wirelessly. A slim card slipped in over your battery, bulked out your back plate, probably killed your water resistance, ...

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    Motorola made some waves the other day when it announced its Moto E smartphone. This phone started at a low price of just $129 and was targeted at a global market out shopping for a durable phone. A phone that doesn’t necessarily have to be powerful. A phone that does the basics very well. In other words, a phone that's cheap and low-end. Well the intersection of Cheap Street and Low-End Lane has had an occupant for some time now. The Lumia 520 is the very definition of cheap and low-end. There are some similar specifications here, but the main difference is Windows Phone versus Android. ...

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    If you listened to the Weekly last week, you heard that I was on, so therefore it was awesome. Actually, it’s awesome all the time but it bubbles over when I…never mind. On the weekly last week we took some time to discuss the latest Moto Phone to delve the depths of the smartphone price ocean. The Moto E is the latest low-end smartphone to hit the market that might just be worth looking at. As a matter of fact, two of my day job co-workers independently approached me and asked about the Moto E. I told both of them, “Spend the extra $50 and get the Moto G.” Both of them responded ...

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    We are teetering on the brink of smartwatch design. From fitness tracking, to notifications, we are just now learning what's possible in the wearable, and especially in the smartwatch field. Wearable technology is still in its infancy and we get to watch it grow up, crawl and take its first steps. If this were a baby, these would be really exciting milestones. Unfortunately, this is technology and we want our tech to grow up fast and awesome and if at all possible, yesterday. With a virtual avalanche of smartwatches ready to fall into our midst, we wanted to take some time and talk about ...

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    Rumors are swirling about a new device about to burst forth from the fertile loins of Redmond. A Surface Mini looks to be unveiled later this very month and it will bring Microsoft up to speed with all the form factors that are held by today’s tablet-toters. The only problem is, that Microsoft is kinda already up to speed in this arena, but it’s throwing another tablet into the mix anyway. The Surface Mini follows in the footsteps of other devices that carry the "Mini" tag, which is to say it will be a smaller, 8” inch version of it’s older and larger sibling. This is all fine and ...

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    Something has been bothering me in the smartphone world lately. It’s something that started off slowly and enjoyed a little ribbing. Then it got silly. Now it’s just plain old dumb. There are too many “One” smartphones today. Already we see the HTC One, the OnePlus One, and the rumored Moto X plus One. So let’s run through those ones again shall we? Moto X Plus One, One, and OnePlus One. Did I miss anyone? Or should I say, “Did I miss any One?” Confused yet? You should be. I think those three companies should get together and run a promotion – “Say all of these names 5 ...

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    I saw an interesting graph a few days ago that asked an interesting question, and I was curious where our readers fell in regards to this question. The question was, "What would you give up? Books, TV, Internet, Smartphone or Tablet." We are, after all a smartphone and tablet website. But I thought it was important to fully define these terms so that we could all be really clear what we were dealing with. First of all, assume no brands. For our purposes here, an iPhone is the same as a GS5 is the same as a Lumia Icon. Same applies for tablets and computers (a Dell is the same as a Mac, ...

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    If you listened to the Pocketnow weekly last week, you heard some talk about the OnePlus One. This “Flagship killer” which isn’t (more or that later) is a superphone being brought to the invited masses by a new startup called OnePlus. This is a spec heavy masterpiece of mobile technology with a big screen, power processor, great ram, plus it brings a brand name of a sort – CyanogenMod – to the table for one extremely low price. One of the most common criticisms I hear about this phone was echoed on the Weekly by the hosts. That being “they’re trying to sell specs.” The ...

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    Microsoft has completed the deal and brought Nokia’s Devices and Services division under its Cloud First, Mobile First umbrella. It seems natural that a discussion popped up amongst us tech folk about the merits of the 41 megapixel sensor that made Nokia a king among camera phones. There are a number of factors to consider when looking at this technology so I wanted to make my case about why Microsoft should continue to push the image-sensing envelope. It’s worth noting that the 41 megapixel sensor is nothing new. The 808 Pureview had that and it didn’t exactly take off like a rocket ...

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    With the recent release of the GS5, I think it’s important to look back on its roots. Remember where it came from. Reflect on where it is going. No, I’m not talking about the entire device, just that stupid little thing on the bottom of it. That’s right, the fingerprint scanner. The reason we’re looking at the fingerprint scanner is, well, it’s kind of ridiculous in a Samsungy kind of way. The interesting part about that little button is not the fact that Samsung decided to put a fingerprint scanner on its flagship phone. I mean really, if you look at the progression of devices ...

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