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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    Some interesting news came across the feeds the other day. According to Billboard, Apple was considering a couple of new ideas. The first was considering opening a music streaming service as a direct competitor to Spotify. The streaming service would be subscription based and used as a platform to drive music sales. The other, far more intriguing prospect was the idea of putting iTunes on Android. If you’re dizzy from the double take, that’s ok. Just take some Dramamine and buckle in. This could get bumpy. Apple launching a music streaming service is not exactly a surprise. The ...

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    I received my Nexus 5 just a couple weeks ago and one thing I completely forgot about was the fact that this sucker has a notification light. Woo hoo! That’s something that I’ve totes been missing from the Windows Phone experience and it’s awesome (or maybe not, read on…)! It takes me back to the good old days of webOS. Almost too much so since I often find myself pressing the notification light to turn on the phone (If you don’t get that, I’m sad for you). Not surprisingly, it’s not supposed to work that way. I haven’t dug deeply into the features here. I’ve noticed the ...

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    Spoiler alert. If you haven’t watched The Walking Dead yet, go do so and come back. We’ll wait. Recently, Microsoft reportedly struck deals with a couple of future Windows Phone friends in which Microsoft dropped their licensing fees for their operating system to the low, low price of…free. This wasn’t really a surprise as rumors about it doing so went back several months. But it did raise questions. How can Microsoft do this? It’s just crazy talk. Like, blonde girls on The Walking Dead crazy. Does this spell the end? For blonde girls on The Walking Dead, yes. But for Microsoft, ...

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    Last week was a pretty leaky week here on Pocketnow. I say that, not because of the number of leaks that came out, but because of what happened in the leaky world. First, we had an amateur video released about the All New HTC One (HashtagANHO) by a 14 year old whose mommy or daddy had some ‘splaining to do the next day at work. Then the leak wizard himself, Evan Blass a.k.a. @evleaks came on to the Pocketnow Weekly and dove into the depths of what it’s like to be a leak-master extraordinaire. A set of questions that arose from that interview was how legal and how moral was Evan’s ...

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    Across the pond at MWC, Microsoft had a few things to say about its upcoming and much anticipated Windows Phone 8.1 update. In addition to nine new hardware partners all taking a bite of the Windows Phone pie, and Android dual-booting goodness, it was also announced that Microsoft would no longer be requiring hardware buttons on their phones, including the much loved camera button. I get it. I really do. When you’re attacking the low-end market, pennies count, and the fewer pennies you have to spend on a handset, the better. A lot of OEMs may take this as a real bonus, but I hope not all ...

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    In the Doud household, there is an ongoing debate. Those of us who are mobile technology enthusiasts are trying to trim an extra $50 of fat off of our monthly bills, and those of us who are...well, my wife is adamantly refusing to tell AT&T where it can go shove its landlines. Don’t get me wrong, she has some solid points (which I’m going to call “cons” but I love you, honey – as if you’ll ever read this.) But there are some real pros to the issue as well. So let’s break them down here, M.C. Hammer style. First of all it should be mentioned that your mileage may vary with ...

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    Awwwkward. Ever have one of those times when you’ve had to make up for someone else’s mistakes? Maybe they blurted out something that you hadn’t intended to make known to the general public and now you have to change your whole disposition. Maybe your little sister accidentally blurted out your impending wedding plans to your future in-laws, the Capulets. Similarly, at MWC Nokia introduced us to the Nokia X Microsoft is now saddled with. It’s embarrassing and now you have to explain things earlier than planned and where are you going to get a bottle of poison at this time of night? ...

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    When the Samsung GS5 was announced, it brought some interesting features to the table. The one that made me stand up and take notice was the ultra-power saver mode that according to Samsung could make a phone last for 24 hours receiving phone and SMS on just 10% battery life. That’s just silly good. But we’re not here to talk about that. We’re here to talk about water. Water resistance was also brought to bear in the GS5. Not the GS5 Active, but the GS5 itself. Yes, there is a USB flap/door/thing that needs to be closed, but this phone is water resistant. That’s a pretty big deal. ...

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    An interesting question came up recently in light of the news that Nokia was A. Releasing its Nokia X line of Android phones at MWC and B. Not releasing any Windows Phones at MWC, namely the rumored 630 and 930 models. It made one wonder, with in impending acquisition of Nokia’s Devices division coming soon, is the time of the Nokia Lumia over? This brought sadness to our melancholy souls. The Lumia had a good run, dating back several years. The design of these phones was almost instantly recognizable and distinct. Nokia’s adoption of a large color spectrum made them particularly ...

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    Early this week Microsoft made several announcements about Windows Phone and its future. Specifically, Microsoft announced nine new hardware partners committed to building Windows Phone. Some of these manufacturers are familiar to you, others not so much. Microsoft also announced new compatibility with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 200 and (previously unsupported) 400 processors and dual SIM and soft button support. More is better right? Well... When you read between the lines here, what you’re seeing is something that is probably great for Microsoft, but not so exciting for you and me. I ...

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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