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 | October 12, 2013 9:00 AM

    I wrote recently that Microsoft would be wise to focus on low-end smartphones, but to not neglect flagship devices. The reasons are many, and laid out in the other article, but since I opined so profusely on “do this, don't do that” (can't you read the sign?), we thought it wise to examine the proper ratio of flagships-to-lower-end devices. It's not an easy question to answer as most OEMs seem to have their own answer to that question. Of course, one needs to define the concept of the “flagship” versus other offerings. Is a flagship phone the absolute pinnacle of technology? Is ...

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  • by | October 10, 2013 7:00 AM

    Microsoft spoke recently about their future plans, stating that they planned to continue the Nokia tradition of focusing on low-end smartphones for emerging markets. After all, there are a lot more people out there NOT using smartphones than there are using them. But when one hears something like that, one might become concerned. Does a focus on low-end devices mean a lack of focus on flagship devices? I for one sure as heck don't think so. Flagships and other higher-end devices are just as important to a product line up as low end emerging market type smartphones. Windows Phone in ...

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  • by | October 9, 2013 7:00 AM

    Microsoft has an opportunity here. It may not realize it, being minus one CEO and all, but there is opportunity for advancement here. Android is a fantastically popular operating system. It's incredible. The meteoric rise of Android from Verizon's DROID to what it is today has been a beautiful thing to behold. But there is one place were Android has not been able to make a dent. Sure it has made nicks here and there, but no dents. And that is in the tablet space. You remember tablets, right? They're those things that run iOS and make people vomit. It's almost silly how absolutely and ...

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  • by | October 8, 2013 7:00 AM

    Apple did one thing right when it comes to Touch ID biometrics. They made it cheap. Or at least, they made it cheap enough to fit into a smartphone while keeping the cost down – for Apple, that is. Of course, I've already talked at length about Apple's Touch ID and whether or not it's a good idea or not (Spolier alert, it's not). But it occurs to me, maybe we're all just not used to this new fangled technology, and perhaps what we need to make this technology a part of our lives is ubiquity. Now that Apple has brought the price of biometric technology to the smartphone level, maybe it's ...

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  • by | October 2, 2013 7:00 AM

    Ya know? It's not easy to explain what drives me to pick up my yellow phone every day. It doesn't make sense. I mean....a yellow phone? What am I thinking? Why do I still use Windows Phone? This isn't iOS. This isn't Android. My phone does not fit with 85% of the smartphone wielding world out there. It's in third place, and it's so distant a third place, it's barely even a place. It's like those episodes of the Amazing Race, where the last place team is trying and trying and trying to complete a task, and the other teams have already checked in and are getting ready to leave again, and ...

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  • by | October 1, 2013 7:00 AM

    Apple's evil plan has finally been revealed. For years, we have all wondered what that button on the front is for. I mean sure, it took you back to the “Home Screen”, but it had to be more right? Why else would they make it a physical button? Why would they put such an ugly, clunky looking circle-square thing right on the face of the most beautiful phone on earth? It just didn't make any sense. At last! We discover the end game. Fingerprints. That has to be it. That had to have been the plan all along. There's no other reason why the surface of every Apple phone would be marred by this ...

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  • by | September 26, 2013 7:00 AM

    Taylor Martin published a piece recently about disconnecting. And for the most part, he was right. It's a good idea to disconnect every now and then. Enjoy the show. Smell the roses, or at least look at the roses without immediately whipping out your phone and taking a picture of them and uploading it to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, MMS, BBM, and email. But, like many things, it's only a problem if it takes over. Connectivity is a good thing. It's a wonderful thing. It makes your life easier in every conceivable way. Life is good when you're connected. But connectivity needs to remain a ...

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  • by | September 25, 2013 7:00 AM

    Tim Cook, CEO of too-big-to-fail Apple took the opportunity to kick the rotting corpse that is Nokia just a few microseconds after a deal between Microsoft and Nokia was announced. Said Timmy, "I think [Nokia] is a reminder to everyone in business that you have to keep innovating and that to not innovate is to die." The problem here is that Nokia did innovate. It's Apple that has been lagging behind for years. This is of course coming from the CEO of the company that released last year's iPhone as this year's iPhone plus a paint job and whose biggest innovation on their latest flagship was ...

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  • by | September 24, 2013 7:00 AM

    First of all, apologies for the headline. “How the mighty have fallen” is typically reserved for mocking those who have “fallen” and we here at Pocketnow do not intend to sound mocking or belittling. Far from it. We have the utmost respect for both Palm and Nokia (and Blackberry) for having a large part in what we all write/talk/live/breathe today. To think that either is now a fallen OEM does not sit well with us at all. It's with a certain amount of sadness that we write about these once proud warriors who now lie beneath the earth, their mighty broadswords thrust into the earth ...

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  • by | September 19, 2013 7:00 AM

    It was inevitable, really. It couldn't not happen. The very second Apple announced “15% bigger” the parallels were drawn. “Wait a minute! The HTC One has bigger pixels. The iPhone 5s has bigger pixels.  They must be the same!” Well, not quite. But it had to happen, so here it is. There was much speculation as to why HTC decided to put a teeny tiny camera with a fake name into their phones. Some claimed HTC was cheap. Some claimed the One couldn't hold a bigger camera given its thickness or lack thereof. Some claim – get this – that the Ultrapixels actually contribute to a ...

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  • by | September 18, 2013 7:00 AM

    Funny thing. After Apple's announcement, a lot of folks asked me, “What does this mean for Windows Phone?” (it's what I do after all). My answer was always the same. “Not a whole lot, really.” Then, I would elaborate. Windows Phone is kinda tiny. In the grand scheme it's almost....almost...inconsequential. Now, now fan boys, it's ok. I'm not saying that Windows Phone is nothing. It's not. Far from it. But when compared to giants like Samsung or Apple, it's nothing even close to impressive. Stay with me here This can be an advantage, believe it or not. Right now, Windows Phone's ...

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  • by | September 17, 2013 7:00 AM

    Apple's announcement of the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s last week brought to a close the flood of rumors and speculation that had been building since the day after the iPhone 5 was annouced last year. Let the iPhone 6 rumors begin!... anyway. The most popular speculation surrounding the launch was the introduction of a “cheap” iPhone which would appeal to a more global audience. Apple has had a problem on the worldwide stage for some time now. Emerging markets around the world have been adopting smartphones at a previously unprecedented rate and Apple's audience has grown, but not nearly ...

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  • by | September 13, 2013 7:00 AM

    Accessories. We use them every day. Or we don't. They complete out mobile lifestyle, or they go ignored. They allow us to more effectively use out mobile tech, or they're too cumbersome to contemplate. As it turns out, with our team it's a pretty wide spectrum that we fall into when it comes to accessories. This is probably the most divergent set of opinions our team has shared. And whether we use them or not, believe in them or not, we sure do like to talk about them. And talk about them a lot. Whether it's bluetooth, audio, game play, or cases, chances are someone uses something. So, ...

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  • by | September 11, 2013 7:00 AM

    Just last week, Microsoft announced that they had purchased what amounts to us readers at Pocketnow “Nokia”. Now it's true that Microsoft only acquired a part of Nokia – their mobile devices and services division - but for all intents and purposes, Microsoft bought Nokia. Anyone who had any sense of mobile technology today really should have seen this coming from the time the pair of Steves stood on stage and gave each other a big wet sloppy kiss. But in doing so, Microsoft may have missed the point of working with Nokia in the first place. Nokia used to dominate the cell phone ...

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  • by | September 10, 2013 4:40 PM

    Yay! Hip hip hooray it's iPhone day! Woo hoo! My life has meaning once again! I just can't wait to get my hands on the latest iPhone! OMG It's gonna be sooooooo awesome.... “I'll take 'Reasons I almost deleted my twitter account today' for $100, Alex.” So the iPhone announcement has come and gone. Middle aged women are all googly and atwitter with the latest golden beauty to roll from Cupertino. It's basically awesome, and no one really knows why. I mean on the face of it, the iPhone 5(X) seems not too shabby. The “cheap” iPhone is rolling out of the factory at a mere $100 on ...

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