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 lot has changed in Windows Phone land over the past few months. So much so that Windows Phone is starting to be viewed by much of the tech community as just as good as Android and iOS with respect to OS function. Apps and ecosystem may be another conversation, but for now Windows Phone is putting on the big boy pants and declaring, "We've got fun things to do on Windows Phone 8.1! So lets give them a look. We’ve come a long way baby. A lot has been rolled out to the public of late from the halls of Redmund, so we thought it might be a nice time to show you some of the new toys at your ...

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    It’s happening again. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, carriers are mucking them up again. They’re sticking their noses where they don’t belong and making OEMs change look, feel, and behavior of their models on phone because the carriers want something unique. Something original. Recently, we’ve seen the emergence of the HTC One MB HK edition exclusive to Sprint. Just what exactly is exclusive remains to be seen since reports say the difference is negligible. But an even more interesting occurrence of this phenomenon is the recent introduction of the ...

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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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    Here at Pocketnow, we're not so certain that just one review is enough. After all, different reviewers have different perspectives. One editor loved this device so much, I'm surprised it didn't have a ring on it when I got it. I was equally surprised when I found no red pentagram from another editor. That being the case, after our Surface Pro 3 review dropped a couple months back, I knew I needed to get my hands on this bad boy to give it the full experience and try to come at this from a little more in the middle. Ever since the webOS days, I have dreamed about a unified ecosystem that ...

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    2014 seems to be shaping up to be the year of the wearable, and more accurately, the year of the smartwatch. Already this year we have seen an impressive array of smartwatches debut, and as Frank Sinatra once said, “The best is yet to come.” He also said Chicago is “[his] kind of town,” so the man was obviously a genius. Anyway, back to smartwatches. The Moto360 and the iWatch/iTime have yet to see the light of day and yet, they are probably the two most anticipated wearables yet. There has been some discussion that wearables and smartwatches in particular will not take off. They ...

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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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    When you stop and consider the world we are living in, it’s a fascinating time to be alive. In the span of a few short decades, we have gone from bag phones permanently installed in a car, to people that carry around two of the same things in one pocket. We’ve gone from the phonebook to Google, and from 411 to…well Google. Technology has exploded all around us and left in its smoky wake a society that is all at once smarter and faster because of these devices we carry. But it wasn’t always like that. No sir. Once upon a time, a Blackberry was a status symbol and a PDA was in a ...

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    Up until a couple of years ago, Microsoft was not known for its high quality hardware design. Sure, if you wanted a piece of software, you knew where to go. But hardware was just something Microsoft didn’t do. There was nothing wrong with that, plenty of OEMs were happy to step up, buy a license and go, go, go. But then Microsoft decided to get into the hardware game. It aimed high. The Surface is one of its more recent attempts at hardware and it is beautiful. The Surface RT and Surface Pro both debuted just over two years ago, and they were absolutely gorgeous machines. The metal ...

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    Memos have been flying around like crazy over at Microsoft. Satya Nadella and Stephen "Hello there" Elop have been trying to synergize with their employees to maximize efficiency and leverage...whatever. It’s like a Weird Al song over there. Recently, Elop made it clear in no uncertain terms that Nokia's devices and services division, now living under the Microsoft umbrella is no longer in the Android phone making business. Of course anyone who has even tangentially been paying attention to the smartphone landscape over the past few years should have seen this coming, but it does beg the ...

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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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    Editor's note: I use the word "surface" a lot in this article, both when referring to the device and the platform upon which it was set. Assume "no pun intended" as needed. Thank you. The Surface Pro gets a lot of flak for being unbalanced and top heavy. It has been said that the Surface won't stay on your knees and therefore isn't a great portable computing device. So bad has the reputation been that Microsoft has put the tablet through 2 complete redesigns of its signature characteristic – the kickstand. Fortunately, Microsoft nailed it on the third try. For those not familiar, the ...

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    A few weeks ago, our intrepid reporter, Taylor Martin attempted to use on the Surface Pro 3 for one solid week, forgoing his typical writing machines in favor of the Surface Pro 3. He didn't quite make it. In Taylor's defense, there were some unforeseen power issues, and Taylor reported that in his piece. But at the same time, he also wrote about how the user experience of the Surface was a bit too disjointed for him to successfully use the tablet on the regular. Ok, fine. Windows 8.1 has some issues. But were they so bad that a user couldn't get along after, say using a Macbook Air ...

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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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    July 22 is going to be a very, very big day in Microsoft. Or it'll be more of the same. Satya Nadella's original open letter on July 10 to his employees seemed to suggest a lot of changes being made, requiring almost two weeks to “meet with senior management” to iron out all the details of what exactly is going to happen. Here's the thing about corporations – they tend to not announce that they're meeting with senior management if everything is status quo. So Microsoft may be getting a face lift and what will be left after that face lift is complete has some of us wondering – ...

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    A good question came up on Twitter not long ago. It was one that I couldn't rightly answer. What is everyone on the Pocketnow team using as a daily driver these days? So many new phones have come out, allegiances have changed back and forth. Is Michael using a review device or is that personal? No one ever knows any more. So I brought in the team for a little bit of a confab. We put our phones out on the table and talked about them a little bit. We discussed the whats and the whys and even a couple of hows. That's where things got weird. But anyway, some had just one phone; some of us, ...

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