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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    A disturbing trend has emerged over the last couple of years in the smartphone space. The mini device has been brought forth in an effort to sell – well - something to the masses. The S5 Mini, the HTC One Mini 2, the Xperia Z3 Compact, so many mini’s, so few alliterations. With the recent introduction of the S5 Mini, we decided it’s time to give this category of devices the good ‘ol Weekend Debate once over. There are two classes of mini device when you look at it. One of those classes only has one device in it, so it is, quite literally, in a class all its own. The mainstream ...

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    The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we're making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything. Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Saturday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow ...

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    So it’s an interesting question. Whenever any kind of new “thing” comes along, consumer demand is a hard aspect to pinpoint. Will they love it? Hate it? Not know what to do with it? These are all valid questions that any competent product and marketing team need to answer if a product is to succeed. This particular question came to my mind from a variety of sources. There was some discussion at my day job, and some discussion last week on the Pocketnow Weekly. At my day job, one co-worker commented that Android Wear didn’t really add anything except a slightly more convenient way ...

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    Last week, Google sprung it’s latest version of Android onto the world. Android L is a pretty major UI update in some ways and pretty minor in others. Overall it’s generally well received and seems to be an improvement over its predecessor, so there’s nothing to complain about. My platform of choice, Windows Phone, recently had a bit of a bump as well, so I thought it’d be fun to see where these two stand now that they’re both in hands as we speak. Now, it’s interesting to note that both Android L and Windows Phone 8.1 are still in Developer Preview mode. Neither of what you ...

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    So this week was exciting huh? Google I/O and the return of 3D graphics and animations in Android. Android Car, Android TV, Android Lunchboxes. All very exciting. So exciting, that it almost drowned out one of the more notable announcements of the Keynote: Android One. But it’s a confusing issue, so lets talk about it a little shall we? Android One is basically a blueprint for a low-end phone. It’s a set of hardware and software rules that OEMs can follow to make what amounts to a pretty good dual- SIM toting handset that is set to reel in “the next billion”. “The next billion” ...

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    The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we're making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything. Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Sunday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow ...

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    Today’s Google I/O Keynote left me a bit on the disappointed side. Sure, Android L looks pretty cool. Somehow the 3D interface is back after a two-year hiatus since everything needs to have depth, apparently. I must have missed that memo, but anyway. There were no new tablets and no new phones but there was an Android Wear smartwatch or three, which brings me to the point of this article. One of the bright spots of the keynote was the official presentation of Android Wear and a real solid walkthrough of the interface and its capabilities. There weren’t a whole lot of surprises there. ...

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    You can go back a long way and see that I have been on board the “Amazon making a phone” train from the start. I was an early adopter before there was anything to adopt. I was genuinely excited to see the Amazon event. I was genuinely disappointed when Amazon decided not to stream their event. But that’s not the only thing that genuinely disappointed me, as you’ll soon see. Amazon was making some very interesting strides into the mobile field. Firefly was surely cool – snap a photo of something to buy it. It was very Amazon. Carousel not only apps, but also books and websites. ...

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    The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we're making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything. Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Sunday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow ...

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    Remember how excited you were? Think back. Think way back to February in the year two thousand fourteen - seems like ages ago doesn't it - and how exciting it was for Samsung to be launching its newest flagship device, just under a year after the GS4 hit the stage. Are you harkening? Do you feel the thrill? The excitement? You don't? Well good, you shouldn't. Because it all meant absolutely zero, zip, zilch. That's right, it's 'Prime' time people. No, not the time when your favorite show - Dancing with the American Ninja Idol Warriors is on. No, it's time for Samsung to upend the apple ...

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    Windows phone has long had the reputation for running great on all things. It’s that reputation that in most editors’ opinions makes the 50ish dollar Lumia 520 a virtual steal. Here you have a phone that would barely tread water with Android, and probably even iOS on it, and with Windows phone, it’s doing laps in an Olympic sized pool. When Windows Phone 8.1 came out, there was much rejoicing. Cortana was far and away the star of the show, but numerous other features – a notification center and live tile backgrounds in particular – made this new update so great because it really ...

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    The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we're making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything. Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Sunday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow ...

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    “So, did you hear about that great new touch optimized version of Microsoft office that came out? You know, that one that’s getting rave reviews? The one that sent Microsoft rocketing to the top of the charts in the app store? That’s the one. You haven’t heard about it? Well, why is that? Oh. Because you’re using a Windows tablet. Sorry about that. Forget I said anything.” Did that seem weird to anyone else? Maybe it felt weird on a few different levels. Totally understandable. Because it seemed weird to me, even as it happened, and even as it’s about to happen again. ...

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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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