Posts tagged with: Editorial
  • by | April 4, 2014 2:24 PM

    Michael published the review of the HTC One M8 last Tuesday. In his time with it, he snapped dozens – maybe even hundreds – of photos, not only because that's protocol when reviewing a phone, but for two important, additional reasons: the Duo Camera is a primary feature of the M8, and its camera, especially the resolution, has been a controversial topic since the phone was made official. I've voiced my opinion about it. I wasn't impressed, based on what Michael and many other first-round reviewers had posted. The camera seemed gimmicky, the images it produces are often noisy and lack ...

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  • by | April 4, 2014 7:19 AM

    Last week we announced that Microsoft was officially releasing Office for Apple's iPad and shortly thereafter went hands-on to show you what to expect if you're an iOS user. Being an Android guy, I immediately headed to the Play Store so I could download the Android version on my 2013 Nexus 7. The link said that my device wasn't compatible with the app. What? Not compatible? How can that be? I've got Google's latest tablet running the latest version of the Android operating system! How can Microsoft Office not be compatible?! Android Support I pulled out my Nexus 5 and checked the same ...

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  • by | April 3, 2014 6:23 PM

    I know, I've been writing about tablets as productivity tools a lot this week and last – more than usual. That's due in part to a video I was scheduled to make late last week – the one about going tablet-only for a day – and it getting replaced with another tablet-centric video about Microsoft's Office for iPad. After months upon months of rumors of the popular Office suite for iPad, Microsoft finally made it official last Thursday. For free, you're not going to get a lot from Microsoft on the iPad, though. The Office Mobile app, which has been around for some time for Android ...

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  • by | April 3, 2014 7:57 AM

    With all of the excitement over the release of Microsoft's Office for iPad, the newly free-to-use versions of Office Mobile for iPhone and Android phones, as well as the reveal of a touch-friendly version of Office for Windows 8 tablets at Microsoft's Build conference… it got me wondering if Windows Phone would ever see a more comprehensive version of Microsoft Office. Since Windows Phone 7 was released back in 2010, the only real changes to the mobile Office suit was removing OneNote from the Office hub and giving it its own app icon. Microsoft has said that the mobile Office is mainly ...

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  • by | April 3, 2014 7:07 AM

    Last week we reported that HTC is planning on releasing BlinkFeed and Zoe to the Google Play Store -- and available for installation on non-HTC devices. Pause for a moment and let that sink it. It's a huge deal. Sure, they're just apps, so there's no reason that they couldn't be distributed through the Play Store, they simply haven't been in the past. There are many reasons why an OEM might choose to keep their apps exclusive to their devices. On the other side of that coin, there are many reasons why an OEM should publish their apps through the Play Store. To publish? Apps that are ...

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  • by | April 2, 2014 8:56 PM

    "We have to temper our enthusiasm," warns Stephen Schenck, "lest we get ahead of ourselves." It's sage advice. The news piece broadcasting that warning also contained a rumor as tantalizing as it was familiar: some folks over at WPDang had heard through the grapevine that HTC intended to follow up its new One M8 with a Windows-powered variant of the same hardware. We'd heard tell of a similar rumor when the One M7 launched last year, only to spend the next twelve months buried under a wave of Nokia Lumia devices, punctuated by the occasional Samsung rehash. Rather than the Live ...

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  • by | April 2, 2014 6:39 PM

    Windows Phone, being the youngest of the major mobile platforms, is comparatively feature light. There are holes in its offerings, such as application support, no centralized notification center, and even customization options for end users. As petty as any one of these missing features may seem, together – paired with the other, tiny idiosyncrasies – are far more important and difficult to overlook. Android and iOS, on the other hand, have received several major point updates since their launch and have both physically and visually matured an impressive amount. They're still far from ...

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  • by | April 2, 2014 3:09 PM

    Yesterday, I explored the concept of working entirely from a tablet – an iPad mini with Retina display, to be exact. On Thursday last week, I attempted to go tablet-only for the entire day, only to confirm what most already knew. While I could easily do 90 percent of the writing, editing, and publishing I do – including photo editing, spreadsheets, and fact checking – it wasn't ideal to try to do everything from an iPad. No surprise there. I've known this for some time. I've tried countless times in the past to move over to a tablet to handle the brunt of my work and it's never ...

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  • by | April 2, 2014 11:00 AM

    Update: The original edition of this article misidentified Android Wear as "Google Wear". This has been corrected and the author has been appropriately flogged. That headline has multiple dimensions to it. Sure there are a number of concerns involved with touching your phone. Safety, for example. Texting and drive and the death and mutilation that can occur is one such example. Hands free devices are always preferred when navigating a 2000 lb box of death at 55 mph (ya know, give or take) on the highway. There are also health concerns. Lately, your cell phone has been compared with toilet ...

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  • by | April 2, 2014 7:19 AM

    Not long ago we we started hearing that Google would be implementing a new boot logo requirement. The document, first reported by Geek.com, is a bit vague and incomplete, but what it does show is a very simple and stylized "powered by Android" message that we've started seeing pop up in various boot sequences over the last few weeks. We still don't know everything about this move, so we'll have to make some assumptions, and they could be flawed. Disclaimers aside, let's look into the situation, the problem, what Google could be doing to address it, and why it's a great idea, but ultimately ...

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  • by | April 1, 2014 8:39 PM

    What if you woke up and your laptop wasn't working? Work or that term paper isn't going to wait. You've got to get work done, no excuses. You reach for your tablet, then pause. Can you actually get work done with that ol' thing? Most use tablets for leisurely things, such as playing casual games, reading, or even chatting with friends and family. Sure, some people use their Android tablets or iPads to get real work done. And those sticklers with their Windows and Windows RT tablets surely know how to get work done with as little as possible. But could you actually work from a tablet? Would ...

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  • by | April 1, 2014 3:39 PM

    (Updated 02 April 2014 to add HTC's comments at bottom.) Sometimes, all you need is a phone. Not a digital assistant, not a pocket internet tablet, not a gaming platform. Of course all of those things are nice, and the enhanced features smartphones bring to bear have become essential to millions around the world. But thanks to the realities of battery endurance and processor capabilities, most of today's smartphones offer a variation on the same promise: "From the moment I come off the charger until the moment I lose power, I will be a smartphone. Nothing less." With the unsubtly-named ...

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  • by | April 1, 2014 7:27 AM

    Yesterday we talked about the benefits of 802.11AC over 802.11n, and the majority of our readers agreed that the newer AC spec wins out almost every time. But what if you don't want to jump on the 802.11AC bandwagon just yet? Good AC routers still cost around US$200, and from a speed standpoint, 802.11n may suit you just fine. Isn't there something you can do with your current 802.11n router that could help without spending any money? After all, if it isn't broken, don't fix it! Luckily, yes, there may be something you can do hiding inside the wireless router that you already own. History ...

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  • by | March 31, 2014 8:23 AM

    I've been having some problems with the WiFi side of my router -- the wired side works fine, but WiFi has been giving me problems. This isn't an uncommon occurrence and usually happens as routers age, but happens more frequently as the chips that run the radios get hot. It's that latter part which is kind of interesting. Besides distance issues, I can't recall having had problems with WiFi connectivity in my home. Then over the last year or so I've been suffering from intermittent connectivity problems, dropped sessions, slow transfer rates, and more. The manufacturer of that router ...

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  • by | March 29, 2014 9:00 AM

    I'm tired of telling you what to think about the HTC One M8 camera. Actually, telling you how to feel isn't what a review is supposed to do; ideally, it provides information you need to make an informed decision about whether or not to buy a particular product. But that information needs to be placed in the proper context, and that always involves injecting some opinion –sometimes a great deal of it– into a piece. Finding a balance between the subjective and the objective is the tough part. Nowhere is that tougher than when discussing a smartphone's camera performance. We're not a ...

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