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 | November 20, 2013 7:00 AM

    Yesterday, I wrote that Google is attacking Microsoft on yet another level – hardware. The Moto G and the Nexus 5 both from “Google” are not going to hurt major Android OEM sales all that much, but could and very likely will cut into Windows Phone sales around the world, including the emerging markets into which Microsoft has made some significant inroads.  Of course, this is likely not Google’s primary motive at bringing these to devices to market, but all the same it’s probably going to hurt. The Moto G has a lot going for it, especially for a low-end device. Compared to ...

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  • by | November 19, 2013 7:00 AM

    Last week, Googlerola brought us a frying-pan-to-the-face shocker – The Moto G. While the Moto G isn’t exactly a spanker on the spec sheet, the price – starting at $179 off contract – cannot be ignored. It’s a really cheap phone. Well played, Google. Google has become known as Microsoft’s nemesis over the past year or so. Perhaps you see it as the other way around. Either way, they’re not sending each other Christmas cards. Google services remain one of the most crucial missing components from the Windows Phone experience. Third party apps exist, but lets do us all a favor ...

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  • by | November 14, 2013 7:00 AM

    People hate change. This is not a surprise. People are content waking up every day, going to work, coming home, kissing the kids, patting the wife’s butt and going to bed. Rinse. Repeat. But when something throws a wrench into those gears, people tend to freak out. If the change is small, they freak out less. If the change is big, they freak out more. If the change is Windows 7 to Windows 8…bedlam. And they’re not crazy for it. Boy, I’ll tell you in my days as a technical supporter there were very few days more stressful than those leading up to Windows 8’s official release. How ...

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  • by | November 13, 2013 7:00 AM

    When the Nexus 5 debuted just scant weeks ago it raised quite a few eyebrows. Here we had some high end hardware for a budget price. It was borderline scandalous. Everyone in the tech community wanted one, or two. They went on sale, they sold out, they went on sale again. There was clamoring – actual clamoring – for this phone. I admit, I also got caught up in the moment. Technically, I guess I still am since I plan to get a Nexus 5 in the not-too-distant future. But this last weekend, something occurred to me. Offering a high end, almost flagship phone for a low price is something ...

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  • by | November 6, 2013 7:00 AM

    Funny thing about Samsung. Samsung has become what amounts to be the superpower in the smartphone industry.  Once dominated by Apple’s iPhone, Samsung has handily dethroned the bitten fruit and claimed the crown for itself. One way it has done this is by producing an avalanche of mobile devices from tiny smartphones, to gigantic tablets and literally every size in between. If you have a hand, regardless of the size, Samsung has a phone that can fit into it. Google however, is starting to turn some heads of late. Google’s line of Nexus devices comes in all shapes and sizes – ...

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  • by | November 5, 2013 7:00 AM

    Sure enough, it came. While I was safely ensconced within a headset talking to legions of the under informed, the Nexus 5 saw the light of day, and was sold out, and was restocked. In between the waves in the ocean of ineptitude I regularly surf at my day job, I was able to read the really real specs of this phone. Now, I’m not a hardcore Android guy. My profile lists me as an "Android skeptic". I’m not really a modder or a customizer. At the end of the day, I want something more than just a grid of icons, but I don’t want to micromanage my phone. This is why I like Windows Phone. ...

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  • by | October 30, 2013 7:00 AM

    A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft introduced the world – or at 3 percent of it – to its latest creation to the little OS that could. Thus we met latest innovation from Windows Phone - drive mode. Adam Lein took us through a brief tour of the highlights of the new update and even explained how one could go about getting it on one's Windows Phone without having to wait for AT&T's hideously long thorough testing and official release. If you haven't watched those videos, I highly recommend you give them a peek. One of the features that Microsoft brings to the table is called Drive Mode. ...

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  • by | October 29, 2013 7:00 AM

    There's something I don't understand. I mean, I'm a smart guy. Not brilliant, but I'm not a moron either. I'm certainly no student of human nature, but there is this thing that people do – a lot of people – that I just do not understand and I will likely never understand. It's been going on for years, almost a decade now, and it just doesn't make a lick of sense. It didn't back then. It doesn't now. Why do people buy Apple products? (Oh no he didn't! Oh yes he did.) That's a pretty simplistic and troll-like way of saying that, but at the end of the day, I just don't get it. I haven't ...

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  • by | October 24, 2013 7:00 AM

    Boy was I in for a shock. I had no idea the backlash I would face writing an innocent editorial about some features of the soon-to-be-defunct Blackberry I would love to see on Windows Phone. It was a throw-away bullet point – the fifth and a half of five. It was based on a one-line email I got from a colleague here at Pocketnow (no names, lest they be flamed). It seemed like a decent idea, so I ran with it. Sideloading Android apps on Windows phone would be a good idea right? Well, if the commenters here and folks on twitter are to be believed – heck no. It was almost silly how ...

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  • by | October 22, 2013 5:30 PM

    This is going to sound silly. But one of the biggest eyebrow raising announcements to come out of Nokia World today was the announcement that Vine and Instagram were releasing official apps for the Windows Phone platform.  Now, don't get me wrong. I don't really use either, and not just because I'm on Windows Phone. I share photos and video via Facebook or Twitter depending on the subject matter. I've never had a use for either. Vine and Instagram on Windows Phone is pretty huge. These are probably two of the top ten apps that are often cited as missing from Windows Phone by detractors ...

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  • by | October 22, 2013 12:30 PM

    Nokia shocked the world today by actually having a Nokia World event in the twilight of their device manufacturing days. With the door on the phone factory about to close – at least the door with the “Nokia” logo on it - Nokia brought some pretty nice devices to the Windows Phone Lumia lineup, including two new six inch phablets and the oft rumored Nokia tablet. The crowd went wild. Go Nokia! Having said that, I have already made my general disposition toward a Nokia phablet known in a previous editorial. I understand the concept of it. I understand the reasoning behind it. I ...

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  • by | October 22, 2013 7:00 AM

    Have you ever had that feeling that something is missing? It should be something so obvious, when you walk in the room, that it hits you in the face like a frying pan in a bad marriage. And yet, you just can't put your finger on it. It's that dangerous question that a wife asks her husband - “Notice anything?” - and you know there's something different, but you just don't see it? Microsoft has that feeling right now. Or at least it should. Or else it should be hit in the face with a frying pan. The power of three GDR3. Just think about that for a second. Gee Dee Arr Three. Notice ...

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  • by | October 17, 2013 7:00 AM

    Samsung sure does love its features. Air view, Air glide, Air biscuit, all of them contribute to a skin on top of Android full of gimmicks and bloat. Oh, and fun. Of course fun. Sure. But the problem with these features is, they take up a lot of room. Like a lot of room. Samsung's Touchwiz takes up to four times the space on internal memory storage as stock Android. In Samsung's case, this isn't the Greek tragedy that it seems to be because Samsung is also famous for allowing expandable storage via the memory card. All the same there's only so much you can do with memory cards, and if you ...

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  • by | October 16, 2013 7:00 AM

    Here at Pocketnow, we like to dream. We like to play the what-if game a lot. What if this worked like that? What if that company had released this product first instead of that? What if I found myself trapped in an elevator with Halle Berry? Ya know, nothing crazy. Well, we’re not content to just kick back and day dream. We like to really dig in and see what is possible. So, Blackberry's pretty much dead in the water right? If there is anything approaching a consensus among the technology community about things that will happen in the near future, that's about as close to a certainty as ...

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  • by | October 15, 2013 7:00 AM

    Last week, we discussed a little company called Microsoft and talked about what kind of market they'd like to focus on. We also briefly chatted about the kinds of devices it would be wise to bring to those markets. But our analysis pretty focused on one market when another went largely undiscussed. And that previously undiscussed market is “Enterprise.” Microsoft should focus on enterprise, as well as the low-end/emerging market. Of course, I like using the term enterprise, because it instantly perks Michael Fisher's ears, but once you remove Scott Bakula from the discussion, it ...

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