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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    There’s so much craziness afoot in the Pocketnow world! Michael Fisher is switching carriers; I’m using phones from China. It’s madness I tell you, madness! But among all this fun stuff, some real questions have been raised about what phones work on what and where this phone will work and where it won’t. Some of our readers just want to import phones from other places to get the new hotness. So we decided to dive in a bit and see if we could help some of our Pocketnow brothers and sisters out with a little bit of knowledge. It’s what we do here. Scratching the surface So as it ...

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    Microsoft introduced its brand new developer preview of Windows 10 to the eager masses last week. Well, it delivered it to some of the eager masses last week. To the rest of the eager masses, there was a giant shoulder shrug emanating out of Redmond. So it made us wonder – what is with Microsoft and its failure to smoothly launch Windows software? Some have argued that Microsoft’s Windows 10 Preview launch is not going all that well, so far. Stephen Schenck wondered this aloud on his latest “Dial ‘F’ for Fail” segment of the latest Pocketnow Weekly. He laid out some excellent ...

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    Hello all! I hijacked Anton's normal thread so that we could play a little game of make-believe. Imagine, if you will, that you are suddenly in the market for a new TV. You go out and you check out all the various options that are out there. Finally you find one that speaks to you. It’s not the brightest, or the shiniest TV at the store, but you feel a connection with it. This thing will entertain me. There’s just one little problem with it. It only plays episodes of Stargate. Lolwut? You heard me. This is a wonderful TV that can call up any episode of Stargate, at any time – the ...

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    As efforts like After The Buzz, the Pocketnow U-Review, and Empty Nest demonstrate, we’re constantly searching for fresh ways to review mobile technology. The newest product of those efforts is Pocketnow’s “Review Rebuttal” series, in which a member of our team is assigned to test a smartphone or tablet that’s already gone through our standard review process. While the resulting video or editorial doesn’t affect the “official” Pocketnow review score, we hope it provides added context by showcasing an editor’s personal opinion, rather than a team-wide consensus. We call it ...

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    I’ve been experiencing a lot of firsts of the past few months. I’ve had my first smartwatch review, first time carrying a BlackBerry, and first time testing a device from overseas. It’s the latter I want to discuss today. The fine folks over at Efox-shop hooked us up with a recently released Xiaomi Mi Note and are allowing us to play with it. I’ve had the device in hand for a few days, and been using it as a daily driver for just a couple of days, since saying goodbye to the Galaxy Note Edge. So I wanted to share with you a few first impressions of this device. First of all, the ...

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    Once a few years ago, my wife and I were sitting on the couch, and a commercial came on. In it were a few scenarios where a user would activate Siri and do…whatever. When the commercial was over, my wife turned to me and said, “That makes me want to get an iPhone.” More recently, Google has been running a series of “OK, Google” commercials in which people are asking Google to do various things, or look things up. On the Windows Phone side of things, Joe Belfiore has an unabashed love affair going on with Cortana. So it made me wonder, are digital assistants really the way to sell ...

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    It’s hard to get a handle on tablet sales. Numbers say they are declining, or at least plateauing. Apple sells tablets by the truckload, but it's less truckloads these days. Microsoft’s earnings had a big happy face labeled “Surface”. Android tablet sales are pretty much Kindle, Samsung, and everyone else in that order. But what is clear is that tablets as consumption devices are starting to lose their allure, just a little bit. Enough to start to make OEMs just what they are going to do about this. Apple has come up with a great solution that should help tablet sales, at least in ...

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    I have a confession to make. I’m a technology writer, and I’ve never carried a BlackBerry. Ever. There are a lot of reasons for this. By the time I got heavily into the mobile tech scene, BlackBerry had its bags packed and was waiting for a cab. That’s the prime reason. When I started with Pocketnow, The Z10 and Q10 were launched within a few weeks. I wanted to get my hands on one, but it wasn’t in the cards. That is no longer the case. So these days, I’m toting the BlackBerry Classic, courtesy of GSM Nation and US Mobile, which is appropriate in many ways. And I wanted to give ...

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    App developers have an important question to ask themselves. That question is simply – for whom do I develop? The answer is not necessarily all that simple. The evidence seems to suggest that you need to develop for iOS first, Android second, and Windows Phone if you have the resources. But is it that cut and dried? I’m not so sure. Let’s take a look at some strategies here and see where we all end up. iOS flavors iOS is not necessarily the easy answer. Why? Well, because you have two very distinct screen sizes to work with – iPhone and iPad. Lately, you even have two sizes of ...

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    Microsoft made me excited about a Microsoft product again. Cortana was really the last time that happened, and I’m happy to report that my excitement was well-founded in that case. But this year, Microsoft introduced Windows Holographic, an augmented reality self contained headset that has a ton of potential in many market segments. This is what investors like to see – multiple applications in multiple verticals, or something like that. I lost my English to Business BS dictionary. So we decided to do a quick roundup from some of our editors on what we saw for the future ...

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    Microsoft had some big announcements last week. Announcements that left your head spinning, once you took Marty McFly Jr’s headset off that is. Microsoft even let the phones get into the picture, which was pretty cool. But it left me wondering if Microsoft shared any truly compelling reasons for people to come to the platform. Cortana First of all, let is be said that Cortana alone is a compelling reason to come to the platform. Microsoft’s digital assistant is accurate, fun, and a joy to use. Cortana is one of the things I miss most about Windows Phone, and quite honestly will be a ...

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    This past week, we got to see a bit of what Microsoft was planning for Windows Phone. Microsoft even checked off a few items on our wish list, which we appreciated. One other little nugget that Microsoft dropped on us was that new flagship hardware was coming.  There were few real details about from whom, or when. It was just an “oh by the way” on the way out the door. Perhaps we will see Microsoft focus on flagships for a while. This is great news! One of the reasons tech people (myself included) have been walking away from the platform is because of that very lack of high-end ...

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    As efforts like After The Buzz, the Pocketnow U-Review, and Empty Nest demonstrate, we’re constantly searching for fresh ways to review mobile technology. The newest product of those efforts is Pocketnow’s “Review Rebuttal” series, in which a member of our team is assigned to test a smartphone or tablet that’s already gone through our standard review process. While the resulting video or editorial doesn’t affect the “official” Pocketnow review score, we hope it provides added context by showcasing an editor’s personal opinion, rather than a team-wide consensus. We call it ...

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    Here’s the thing. I don’t get Google Glass. I never have. At first, it seemed like a Bluetooth headset, only more pretentious. It was a vague concept that you can use to “connect without disconnecting,” or while “staying in the moment” or some other kind of marketing drivel. Then it was priced at $1,500, and I only stopped laughing about that last week, which is when they coincidentally pulled Google Glass off the shelves, presumably with a dust buster close at hand. Earlier, we were introduced to Microsoft Holographic. At first, when they used the word “holograms” I perked ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is one of the more daring Samsung offerings in some time. Is it as daring as super gluing a camera to a smart phone? In some ways, it is not. But, one of the scary things about the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is that this phone is so unique, Samsung might just be on to something. In many ways, that makes this phone even more daring than the camera/phone hybrid. Because this design might have some much to offer, it might just stick around. I’ve had a couple of weeks with the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge and I’ve come across a couple of fun things to do with it that ...

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    Wednesday is a big day for Windows Phone fans, or at least it probably will be. Microsoft’s presentation should cover the latest iterations of Windows 10 and we hear there might be a fair amount of phone talk in there. Back in October, Mr. Lein, Mr. Fisher and I hashed out ten things we wanted to see from Windows 10. Well, since none of those have come to fruition just yet, we wanted to revisit that list and see what’s important now that we all have new calendars. There’s a ton of them, so we’ll be brief with each point. Keep the “phone” Some rumors have suggested that ...

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    A lot needs to go into smartphone design. It frankly takes a lot of design and brainpower to pack all the stuff into a super slim case and still make it beautiful. So when some features like selfie flashes start to become a thing, phone OEMs start needing to make some calls. Of course, selfie flashes are the meat of this article because of Lenovo’s recent CES offering – the Vibe Extension selfie flash. This battery-operated accessory is small, fits in your pocket, and plugs into the headphone jack on your phone. It’s a great solution to a problem many phones have – no flash on the ...

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    webOS is a funny creature. There are a lot of analogies that could describe its perseverance, but the two I usually default to are the scrappy little kid that keeps throwing himself against a bully despite numerous beat-downs, or the cockroach that just won’t go away even in nuclear winter. Neither of those two are particularly flattering comparisons, so instead we just call it the Chicago Cubs of the mobile world. Every year is “Wait ‘til next year.” And yet, we still keep writing about this mostly defunct operating system. Last week, two pieces of news came up in the feeds. The ...

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    Over the past few months, I’ve been the lucky recipient of some weird phones. I don’t mean “weird” as in oddly shaped, or anything like that, but the phones I’ve used have been outliers in the industry. They have been mostly five and one half to seven-inch phablets. One common problem that all these phones have shared is, “how do you use the thing one handed?” There have been some software attempts, and even a hardware attempt to answer this question, but it’s elusive. One of the better examples that I’ve seen is the Blu Studio 7.0. Blu, you may remember is a distributor ...

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    Last week at CES, we got some exciting news. Palm is coming back, and this time, it means war! Ok, that’s not the exact message that was being broadcast, but still Palm is coming back. Who, you might wonder, is the patron of our beloved lost OEM? TCL Communications, a Chinese OEM who also holds Alcatel Onetouch, that’s who. Palm, it seems will be the high-end hardware to compliment the mid to low-end phones brought to you by Alcatel Onetouch. So this is great news right? Palm is back! Well… Expectations First of all, if you’re expecting webOS, stop it – it’s not happening. TCL ...

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    There has been a lot of talk of late about phones that can have different operating systems on them. In most cases, these different operating systems are put on by the manufacturer and purchased as a Windows Phone, or an Android Phone, or in some, extremely rare cases, a Firefix Phone. But that has naturally brought up the idea of a user running multiple platforms on a single device. To clarify, this debate is not about whether an OEM should build a phone that could support multiple OS’s, much like some editorials have suggested of HTC. That just makes business sense. If you can have the ...

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    There are two things in mobile technology that have not gotten much better in the past few years. Specifications are flying through the roof with the average phone (and car) today having as much power as the best supercomputer from just 15 years ago. But despite all those advancements, battery and storage have remained pretty darn consistent. Battery is no surprise. There’s only so much chemical goo you can pack into a shrinking frame. Yes, there are some advancements on the far horizon when it comes to batteries, but these days it’s a pretty straightforward concept. Storage space on ...

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    HTC surprised a few people last year with a brand spanking new flagship phone for Windows Phone, the HTC One M8 for Windows. It was one of the most beautiful and powerful Windows Phones yet, but it still carried that 4 ultrapixel camera which my bias will not allow me to love. I’m sure it’s great and all, but I just can’t get behind it. But that’s not what we’re here to talk about. We're here to talk about an entry-level HTC Windows Phone, or two, or three. To Windows Phone, this was a great move. A new flagship! It helped bolster a strong, but aging lineup of Windows Phones. For ...

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    One phenomenon that I’ve taken a lot of interest in recently is the concept of the in-app purchase, specifically as it refers to gaming. I’m no stranger to the concept of the in-app purchase. Many games will allow you to play for a certain amount of time and then ask you to purchase the “full version” or purchase the next level, etc. But recently, these in app purchases have taken a twist, and I’m honestly not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing. That’s where this week’s debate comes in. For the record, I’m not referring to permanent purchases. In-app purchases that ...

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    It has been one heck of a year. One mostly dominated by Android, to be honest. It's not all green bots though, so take heart oh ye fans of other platforms. You're represented as well. We even wandered outside the realm of normal mobile tech a time or two. But this year was largely candy on a stick. Let's dive in, shall we? Text Our year started off with just such a wandering outside our normal mobile tech coverage. Joe Levi (who will be a familiar face by the end of this article) walks us through the pluses and minuses of 5 GHz wifi. Wondering why you sometimes have issues connecting to ...

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