Posts tagged with: Brutally Honest Question Corner
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    It's a rumor that trickles out every so often. Like some 21st-century Paul Revere, an analyst or a blogger will ride across the internet brandishing a leak, shouting over and over, "the Facebook phone is coming! The Facebook phone is coming!" Unlike their revolutionary Bostonian predecessors, though, the citizens of the internet don't respond to this call by rising up, or retreating, or advancing, or panicking ... they don't take action of any kind, really. The news gets dutifully reposted, the internet murmurs for a bit, and then everything settles back down to normal before lunchtime. ...

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    So, my roommate just got done shooting a scene with a famous actress in an upcoming movie. I'd tell you the actress' name, and what the movie is, but two things: first, you probably don't care, and second, it'd be a breach of trust. A spillage of secret information. What sort of secret information? Well, my roommate was chatting this actress up during one of her many breaks -film sets being bottomless black holes of wasted time- and started talking about, of all things, my involvement with Pocketnow (instead of, you know, the fact that I also happen to be an actor, and a single one at ...

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    "The salesman knows nothing of what he is selling, save that he is charging a great deal too much for it." Oscar Wilde Wednesday being a fairly big holiday in America, I went to an evening barbecue to celebrate. I ran into a friend there, who was carrying an LG Ally. I found this hilarious, because when I'm not careful I can be a bit of a phone snob. Anyway, we got into a conversation about it. Turns out the Ally isn't what she originally had in mind when she visited Verizon Wireless on her upgrade day last year. She'd actually been looking for a BlackBerry. So she walked into the store ...

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    For Windows Phone users, the world is a different place today. Microsoft's announcements at yesterday's Windows Phone Summit brought some welcome news to some current and prospective users of the platform: Windows Phone 8 will arrive in time for the holiday season, and it's bringing with it the sort of improvements you'd expect from a major point upgrade. The new version appears poised to correct many of the weaknesses of its predecessor, and it'll be bringing some fun and useful new capabilities to boot. While the Microsoft announcement was going on, I was fully immersed in the US ...

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    Apple dropped a huge bomb this week with the announcement that it would be replacing Google Maps with a mapping solution of its very own in iOS 6. This is a massive change; Google Maps has been the default mapping application on iOS devices since the first iPhone launched in 2007. We've been privy to rumblings and hints that this might be coming, starting with news that Apple had replaced Google's geocoder with its own in iOS 5. Now, all that speculation and rumor has given way to harsh reality: Apple is continuing to slowly and steadily disentangle itself from Google. Which makes all ...

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    Earlier this month, Verizon Wireless announced that it was targeting a date sometime in 2013 for delivery of a new service to its customers. The new feature isn't a high-speed data option or device upgrade policy, but something much more mundane or critical, depending on your perspective: an SMS-to-911 backbone. Developed in partnership with TeleCommunication Systems, the system will allow customers in the United States to send SMS text messages to emergency-response call centers. This is something that's been in the works for a very long time, and it makes a lot of sense: I've talked ...

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    At the moment, the wireless world is dominated by three major players. Google, Apple, and Microsoft have all built arrays of services and features around their respective platforms: Apple's iTunes, Google Play, and Microsoft's Marketplace are the mainstays. Secondary offerings also play an important role, like Apple's iCloud and AppleTV integration, Google's comprehensive set of web-based productivity apps like Gmail, and Microsoft's Office and Xbox suites. The landscape is awash in brand names and service marks. These company-specific sets of features have come to be referred to as ...

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    The Brutally Honest Question Corner is our continuing series on disputed or hot-button topics in the mobile industry. Recently, I was at a bar catching up with some old friends. All of us being under the age of 40, we had our smartphones splayed out around us, forming a perimeter of occasionally blinking technology that simultaneously isolated us from the world of the bar and connected us with the world outside its doors. At some point in the evening, I noticed that most of my friends were carrying Blackberries. Initially I attributed this to their occupation. Most of these people were ...

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    I remember making the conscious decision to "become a fanboy." It was the summer of 2009, and the mobile technology landscape was very different. Apple had found traction with the iPhone 3G, Android was beginning to show signs of life, and Palm had just burst back onto the scene with webOS. Microsoft was doing its best to do some hand-waving with Windows Mobile 6.5 while it finished WP7. The space was electric and exciting. Dominant players weren't yet totally established: CNN had just run a story that spring suggesting that the growth of the 30,000-strong Apple App Store was slowing. The ...

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    "There's no way I'm gonna talk more than 350 minutes in a month. Sign me up for that plan!" If your first mobile phone purchase went like mine, that statement -or one like it- probably came out of your mouth. Then, if your first few months of ownership were like mine, you spent a great deal of time wondering why you were paying so much in overage charges. In my case, It's because I was blowing that ish right up. Phone calls were king when I picked up my first mobile device in 2001. Sure, even my monochrome flip phone had "wireless web" and "shortmail," the internet and SMS analogs of the ...

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    The Brutally Honest Question Corner is a continuing series on disputed or hot-button topics in the mobile industry. In reviews of new mobile phones and tablets, we often see the term "benchmark." Benchmarking is used throughout the computing world, but in mobile technology, it usually takes the form of an app (native or web-based) that tests your device's performance. These tests produce one or many numeric scores which rate the device's ability to perform certain tasks. The principal advantage to benchmarking is that it takes subjective impressions out of the equation; the tests are ...

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    This is the first in a continuing series of articles on controversial or disputed topics in mobile technology. We're calling it the "Brutally Honest Question Corner." The leaks have transitioned from a few drips to a sizable deluge: the release of the latest in Samsung's popular Galaxy S line, one of the most anticipated Android smartphones ever, seems to be just over the horizon. On the eve of this product launch, Samsung seems to be directing more and more resources to strengthening its branding efforts. And I've never been less interested. Like a lot of gadget lovers, I was first ...

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