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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    Funny thing about being a technology writer. You have to use a lot of technology. Different devices, different apps, different technologies. It’s key to keeping a perspective on the mobile landscape.  But then, it’s a funny thing about haters – the abject rejection of…anything…regardless of quality or any arguments approaching logic. Don’t try to reason, it only irritates us. And there I was, smack dab in between these two perfect storms just waiting to be swept away. I started off my technology career years ago as a dyed in the wool, damn the torpedoes and full speed ahead ...

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    2013 was an interesting year – in theory. What I mean by that is 2013 saw a lot of activity in the theoretical mobile market. Theoretical because not many of the newcomers who stood up to be recognized actually had any kind of hardware that people could, you know, hold and use. But now that 2014 has rolled around, many of these emerging mobile platforms have actually started coming up with some promising looking stuff and we thought, with the dawn of the new year, we’d give them a look and see what we might expect. Many of the new kids on the block can be categorized into one of two ...

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    Late last year, news came out that the Nokia Lumia Black update rollout was going to commence. As a matter of fact, as of the time of this writing, the Lumia Black update has already gone out to the Lumias 1020, 925, and unlocked 920's. Coming along with Microsoft’s GDR3 package would be a suite of Nokia-bred software, which – are you sitting down? – would primarily be camera-centric apps and enhancements. I know. Try and hide your surprise. But along with those camera enhancements would come a couple of interesting features. Interesting, that is, if you’re using Windows Phone. To ...

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    Is it fair to call Windows Phone a distant third in the smartphone race? I mean really, are they even a contender? Does any Android OEM or Apple look at Windows Phone with any amount of concern? You wouldn’t think so, and truth be told, some probably don’t. The United States is a pretty clear two-horse race. Much of Europe is the same. Android has a strangle hold on world smartphone market share and Samsung has a stranglehold on world Android market share. So who is concerned about Windows Phone? Who should be concerned? Well, Apple for one. Microsoft released an interesting statistic ...

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    This week at CES, we will see a rebirth, or as the Verge calls it, a reboot. Our old friend, webOS is making its triumphant return to the large screen it was always meant for. No, I’m not referring to tablets, but to TV’s. Oh, didn’t you hear the news? Yeah, we review TV’s now. (No, we don’t). But webOS’s return to electronics is definitely interesting. Sure, it’s not the electronics we want, nor does it resemble the interface we’ve all come to know and love - and more on that later - but it is confirmation that the webOS zombie has dug itself out of its grave and begun to ...

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    Ahh CES. It’s like spring every year, when flowers bloom and the sun shines, and Chicago gets colder than the South Pole. Seriously. But it warms my heart every year to see a flood of devices spring from Las Vegas like a Jack in the Box of technology. One device that has thus far rung my bell just a bit, is the Lenovo ThinkPad 8. You’ve got a serious Windows 8 tablet here and for a great price. But Lenovo is taking a curious route with this one. Lenovo’s stance for this tablet is it’s a powerful business tablet. This is probably true. But the truth is, this is just a powerful ...

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    2014 dawns and Windows Phone lives to fight again. Not that there was much doubt as to its ability to survive. Quite the contrary. It has not only survived, but grown. But let’s face it, that sounds more dramatic. Windows Phone hasn’t exactly been burning up the charts and it remains a distant third in the mobile phone ecosystem. That’s not a bad place to be. It’s certainly enviable compared to the likes of Blackberry, Sailfish, Ubuntu, and all the other party people rocking the house tonight. There are some lessons that can be learned from Windows Phone’s 2013 performance. Give ...

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    We were so close. So close we could taste it. It was right there. A softball toss just waiting for us to knock it out of the park, trot around the bases, blow kisses at the little red light on the camera and sign a multi-year deal with the Kansas City Royals, only to be traded mid-season after your 14 game losing streak ends against the White Sox (oh no he didn’t, oh yes he did). But there we were at the plate, swinging and missing and slumping back to the dugout dragging our bat behind us like a caveman and his club. Oh don’t get me wrong, the Nexi (Nexuses? Nexusi?) phones and ...

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    2013 is coming to a close, and slipping in under the wire is a brand new operating system brought to us by Jolla called Sailfish. You can check out our coverage of Sailfish from MWC 2013 all the way to our quick impressions having actually used the device, or at least as much as we Americans could use it. One thing that really stuck with us was the major use of gestures in the interface. Just about anything you want to do comes with its own gesture. Now, we here at Pocketnow have special places in our hearts, down near but just to the left of the cockles of our hearts, for gesture-based ...

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    Update: Y2K bug fixed. Poll is now open! Let’s take a trip, you and I. We’re going to hop into our DeLorean and head on back, not to 1955, but rather back to the future. I’m not really sure what year we’re going to go to, but it’ll be right down the block from fantasy land as well. There’s some funky times up ahead. Fasten your seat belts. We’re going to go to a time in which we can, as a consumer, own a smartphone with a screen that heals itself. It’s really not so crazy, but it would require a bit of tweaking to today’s technology. But first, let’s establish some ...

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    Last week, we heard a rumor – please note this was a rumor – that Microsoft was planning on ditching Windows RT and combining it with Windows Phone 9. Awesome right? But this rumor also said that Microsoft was also going to be getting rid of its metro modern whatever-you-call-it interface in favor of something new. Lolwut? Now, it’s true that the Windows Phone hasn’t taken off as well as many would like. Windows Phone is still a distant third in the smartphone race (though we did kick Blackberry’s butt) and gaining ground via baby steps, rather than the leaps and bounds Microsoft ...

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    Bargain hunting? Looking for that perfect deal holiday deal? Need a nice stocking stuffer? Well, how about you head on down to your local Microsoft store and pick up a brand new off contract $59 smartphone? Yes, it’s a smart phone. Yes, seriously. Totally. Yep, apps and everything. I’m not yanking your chain and I’m not even sure you’re wearing one and even if you were, I’m not so sure I would yank it, or anything else, thank you. Yes, this sounds like a silly conversation, but it’ also a realistic one – even the chain part. Have you ever heard the expression, “perception ...

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    “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.” Wise words sung by a cartoon fish. So how many of you, when you woke up this morning, thought you’d be reading an article with "wise words sung by a cartoon fish" in it? Not everyone at once now. Show of hands? Apple is the very definition of “just keep swimming”. You want flash? Just keep swimming. You want NFC? Just keep swimming. You want a phablet? Just keep swimming. You want a cheap iPhone? Just keep swimming. Which is it? But what we don’t know, and what we’ll probably not know for quite ...

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    Is it just me, or does it seem a tad ironic that this headline exists? I mean seriously; we’re talking about phones here. Of course call quality has to be the most important right? Ehh.. not so much. It’s really funny. I was watching our own Michael Fisher’s review of the LG G Flex. He got to the part talking about call quality, and I found myself thinking to myself, “Who cares about call quality…wait.” But it is true. Call quality and camera quality are both pretty highly subjective fields, but we as a tech community are much more forgiving about call quality than we are about ...

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    Funny thing about mobile tech: everyone has their own use-cases. Sometimes those are about as diametrically opposed as Cubs fans and reality. For today’s Pocketnow Insider moment, I bring you a conversation I had with Anton D. Nagy. We were having our weekly editorial phone call, and he mentions this thing that Nokia is putting out and he could absolutely care less about. I look at it, and I’m stoked. Nokia’s BH-121 is something I’ve been looking for for quite a while now. You can read the deets in our news coverage, but basically what it is is a tiny (think iPod nano) Bluetooth ...

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