Posts by Adam Z. Lein

Adam has had interests in combining technology with art since his first use of a Koala pad on an Apple computer. He currently has a day job as a graphic designer, photographer, systems administrator and web developer at a small design firm in Westchester, NY. His love of technology extends to software development companies who have often implemented his ideas for usability and feature enhancements. Mobile computing has become a necessity for Adam since his first Uniden UniPro PC100 in 1998. He has been reviewing and writing about smartphones for Pocketnow.com since they first appeared on the market in 2002. Read more about Adam Lein!

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    We saw some news and rumors about Acer making a very small 8 inch tablet running Windows 8 a while back.  Well, now we got to try out an early version of the new Acer Iconia W3 and it seems like Windows 8 will work quite well with the smaller 8 inch form factor. Of course, it's not a terribly powerful tablet with a 1.8ghz Intel Atom processor, 2Gb RAM, and 32Gb storage, but right now it's one of a kind and the price is going to be a respectable $379 when it's available in a couple of weeks.  An innovative keyboard accessory is also going to be available for an extra $70.  The ...

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    Samsung announced a whole slew of new products yesterday and while most of the action was happening in London, we also found a Samsung ATIV Tab 3 on display at a small expo in New York City. The ATIV Tab 3's claim to fame is the fact that it's the thinnest full Windows 8 tablet around. The tablet is only 0.32 inches thick and weighs a very light 1.2 lbs. For internals, it's got a 1.8 ghz Intel Atom Z2760 dual-core processor, 2Gb RAM, and 64Gb of storage with a MicroSD card for adding another 32gb of storage. It also comes with a 90 day trial of Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 and after the 90 ...

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    The big news that everyone is talking about from last week is the Xbox One and Playstation 4 announcements.  Both are still being considered gaming consoles and are being compared in that manner, but I think the Xbox One is really supposed to be something different… kind of like a smartphone. 10 years ago, many of us were dreaming about a smartphone that combined the features of a regular phone, an MP3 player, a portable video player, a GPS navigation device, and a touch screen PDA that covers personal information management, email, web browsing, and other apps that you can install at ...

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    The Bing team has always had a strange relationship at Microsoft. On one hand, they want to gain market share as a search engine, on the other, they want to integrate with other Microsoft products.  In the past, many of the Bing apps on non-Microsoft platforms really took priority.  For example, Bing on the iPhone was once much better than Bing on Windows Phone and experiences often differ greatly between platforms.  Then there was a very nice Bing for iPad app long before there was anything for Windows Tablets, and to this day Bing on iPad still has a few features more than Bing on ...

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    Nokia has been releasing new Windows Phones just about every month these days and they've been coming in all sorts of price ranges, shapes, and colors with some very innovative features and designs.  That Lumia 620 with its duo-tone translucent body just looks incredible, and the $130 Lumia 521 is probably the best deal for a high quality smartphone ever.  The Lumia 928 is a minor upgrade to the 920, but adds a great Xenon flash.  The new Lumia 925 brings a new design that features an aluminum rim and wireless charging sleeves along with the Pureview optical image stabilization and new ...

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    I know, I know, comparing the top-of-the-line Android phone with the bottom-of-the-barrel Windows Phone is crazy talk.  However, recently we saw Ben Rudolph's video showing how much gear you could get for the price of an off-contract Samsung Galaxy S4; including the new inexpensive Nokia Lumia 521 Windows Phone of course.  Ben paid $750 for the off-contract AT&T version of the Galaxy S 4 from Best Buy but the T-Mobile version is only $629.  He showed how you could get a Nokia Lumia 521 straight up with no contract subsidy for only $150 and then use the rest of that $600 to buy some ...

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    Pocketnow Insider isn't just about video. It's a collection of posts that offers a glimpse behind the scenes of Pocketnow - and a brief look into the lives of the people behind it. This new recurring text series offers you the opportunity to get to know our editors better, outside the scope of their work here on the site. Our second installment features Senior Editor Adam Z. Lein. You'll find out about his background, interests, and activities - and a bit about his duties here on Pocketnow as well. We hope you enjoy this new series documenting the lives of the people who keep Pocketnow ...

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    Star Trek is one of the most widely praised science fiction series of the 20th century.  I highly doubt that anybody working in the technology industry today has never seen at least one episode of Star Trek.  As is often the case, fact follows fiction and all of those people who ever saw a Star Trek episode have often thought to themselves, "Wouldn't that be cool if we could really make that?" This week, Microsoft has been featuring some special Star Trek images and facts as part of an Easter Egg interface on Bing.com and of course the new "Star Trek: Into Darkness" is being released to ...

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    My first and biggest complaint after buying the Surface Pro months ago was that it did not include WinTab drivers for the screen's pressure sensitive digitizer input. The hardware supports pressure sensitivity, but with the default drivers, that only worked in certain newer graphics programs like Sketchbook Pro and Manga Studio. My first tweet the day I bought the Surface Pro went to the Surface team explaining that they NEED to implement the WinTab drivers. At first they thought it was an Adobe issue, but really they just needed some help from Wacom to make the right drivers. Those ...

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    Every time Nokia announces another "Asha" low-end phone there are always people out there trying to extrapolate that into an indication that Nokia is giving up on Microsoft and abandoning the Windows Phone operating system that they are supposedly so committed to.  *cough*VentureBeat*cough*TheVerge*cough*  The truth is that Nokia has never stopped working on low-end inexpensive phones running their s40 operating system and have consistently been releasing new versions of these types of phones the whole time. Back in 2011, during the Nokia Windows Phone announcement, they said outright ...

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    An updated Foursquare app for Windows Phone has been awaited for a long time and it's finally here.  The previous Foursquare app was pretty much unchanged since it's first release around the original launch of Windows Phone 7 a few years ago.  With version 3, Foursquare sees a complete overhaul that brings it up to speed with the mobile apps on other platforms and surpasses them in some ways.  The feature I was most excited about; speech UI integration, was unfortunately not implemented as nicely as it could have been.  The "Foursquare check in" command only brings you to the ...

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    When all of the new Windows 8 tablets started showing up on the market late last year, the prices seemed a little steep.  Why would you pay $900 for a Windows 8 tablet with 64Gb SSD, 2Gb of RAM and an Atom processor?  That sounds like Netbook specs to me.  According to Anand Shimpi, the OEMs knew these prices were too high from the beginning. Shimpi tweeted a nice deal where you can get the Acer W510-1666 Tablet for only $479 from NewEgg though it's now back up to $529 but that's still less than the $599 usual price.  You can now find a similar model for $399 at the Microsoft Store.  ...

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    Since the official Facebook for Windows Phone app is actually made by Microsoft, the official Facebook software developers obviously don't keep track of it too well. This morning, Facebook must have changed something in the APIs that the Windows Phone Facebook app uses because now the app crashes consistently when trying to access comments or notifications.  The reviews for the app have lit up with complaints about its new found crashing tendency. There haven't been any recent updates to the Facebook for Windows Phone app itself, so the problem has to be somewhere on the back end.  If ...

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    Over the weekend, the Westchester, one of New York's trendy suburban malls, had a two-day fashion event as part of the "Simon Fashion NOW" mall tour designed to show off many of the stylish products available in its stores. Of course, you would expect to see new outfits from the likes of LOFT, J. Jill, Victoria's Secret, White House | Black Market, Gap, Anne Taylor, Tommy Hillfiger, Eileen Fisher, Juicy Couture, Bebe, Banana Republic, Cache, Hugo Boss, and other clothing stores that have shops in this particular mall. They were all there with their own little fashion shows, but there's ...

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    T-Mobile has already announced that the Nokia Lumia 521 would be coming to their network twice. It should be showing up within a month or so, but we got to play with an early version at the Pepcom Digital Focus event the other night in New York City. It's certainly smaller than the popular larger phones out there, and definitely smaller than T-Mobile's Nokia Lumia 810. It really feels great in the hand, but it's not quite as ergonomically designed as the Lumia 710 was. The thickness and weight feel just about perfect, as does the smaller screen size, but then again I'm the type who prefers ...

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