Posts tagged with: Editorial
  • 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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  • by | March 28, 2014 7:11 AM

    (Updated to include Pebble's official comments at bottom and a more precise timeline of events.) I'm a watch guy... okay, I'm a smartwatch guy. From calculator watches to Microsoft SPOT, and finally now with the Pebble smartwatch, if you find me out in public, check my wrist -- you're all but guaranteed that I'll be wearing some kind of technology on it. Before I found my current smart watch I went through quite a few Bluetooth watches. None of them did what I wanted. Then I was pointed to a Kickstarter campaign: an e-paper smart watch with real potential. Just two hours after its ...

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  • by | March 27, 2014 7:38 PM

    Every year, we wait for the major players to release their aboslute best smartphone possible. Some bring the heavy artillery to CES in Las Vegas every January. Some wait for the mobile-specific show in Barcelona, Spain, Mobile World Congress. And others, like HTC this year, choose to go it alone. Either way, the first few months of the year are, consistently, when we can expect some of the biggest smartphone announcements of the year. Not every company adheres to that schedule, though. Apple announces and releases its flagship in the last half of every year, typically September. Samsung ...

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  • by | March 27, 2014 11:00 AM

    HTC released a phone earlier this week, you may have heard of it. The HTC One M8 was unleashed on the world, and available for sale right away. This puppy is a beauty, let me tell you. It’s solid and beautiful and all Oh-Em-Gorgeous. Just looking at that spec sheet is enough to make you salivate. Snapdragon 801 processor. A gorgeous 5” SLCD3 1080p display. WOW! MicroSD Support! A 4 Mega pixel camera on the front. And on the back….oh wait. That’s on the…on the back? On the BACK?!?! Oh great! Another HTC mistake! That’s pretty much how the conversation went everywhere. Our own ...

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  • by | March 27, 2014 8:00 AM

    HTC BlinkFeed. From vocal revulsion to grudging acceptance to quiet praise, the community’s feelings about HTC’s custom news and social stream have come quite a ways in the year since it was introduced. Now, after a full point upgrade and many enhancements, BlinkFeed on Sense 6 stands ready to help you waste some time – and we're here to show you how to help it help you. If you’re new to an HTC smartphone and apathetic to the tech scene, your first question will probably be: what is BlinkFeed? The easiest answer is that it's analogous the Facebook News Feed or the familiar ...

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  • by | March 27, 2014 7:18 AM

    One of my favorite shows of all time is Joss Whedon's Firefly. Like most of Whedon's shows, a passionate fan base quickly emerged. Unfortunately, it was cancelled after just one season, and none of the networks wanted to pick it up for a second. Why? The numbers weren't that great. The characters, the sets, and the story were all fantastic. So why did it do so poorly? Even Serenity, the major motion picture that followed the series, didn't break any box office records. Why? In both cases, it came down to marketing -- or the lack thereof. We're seeing the same thing play out again, only ...

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  • by | March 27, 2014 3:04 AM

    I remember back in 2002 when I first started using smartphones, everyone else was using iPods and flip phones. The iPods were for music and the little flip phones were for phone calls. I thought that was all pretty ridiculous since my phone could do all of that, plus play videos, browse real web pages, send/receive emails, sync my calendar & contacts, play games, etc. all on a large color screen at a time when iPods and cell phones had tiny greyscale screens. All of those devices had clocks on them so since everyone was carrying a phone and an iPod around at all times, the need for ...

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  • by | March 26, 2014 5:58 PM

    This editorial was originally programed as “Sorry iPhone 6, I’m getting the All New HTC One” just a couple of days ago. Sadly, as much as I wish I wasn’t writing this, I just have to. Have you ever gone through the experience of seeing so much hype for a product that eventually ends-up disappointing you? I’ve gone through that experience time over time in things like fitness, where I’ve paid tons of cash for pairs of headphones that are retailed as “sweat proof”, and which die on me after a week of intense running. As a result, they lose a customer, and their brand loses my ...

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  • by | March 26, 2014 11:00 AM

    Some interesting news came across the feeds the other day. According to Billboard, Apple was considering a couple of new ideas. The first was considering opening a music streaming service as a direct competitor to Spotify. The streaming service would be subscription based and used as a platform to drive music sales. The other, far more intriguing prospect was the idea of putting iTunes on Android. If you’re dizzy from the double take, that’s ok. Just take some Dramamine and buckle in. This could get bumpy. Apple launching a music streaming service is not exactly a surprise. The ...

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  • by | March 26, 2014 1:26 AM

    If you're looking to buy a phone and the one at the top of your list has been around for a while (the Nexus 5, for example) you could easily take it for a spin. For devices that have just been released (or are still awaiting release from certain carriers), or if you'll be ordering your phone online, going "hands on" before pulling out your wallet may be a luxury that you cannot afford, or may be impossible depending the part of the world you call home. In those situations, sites likes Pocketnow try and take the guess work out of your decision process by providing in-depth reviews and ...

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  • by | March 25, 2014 4:31 PM

    Have you ever put most your faith – or all of it, for that matter – in something? Chances are, you have. Odds are also pretty high that something you put your faith in let you down, at least once by now, unless you're an overly-cautious (read: likely very boring, uneventful) person. That feeling you get when it happens, though, that pit in your stomach, is exactly what I'm feeling right this minute. After seeing Samsung's Galaxy S 5 announcement, I wasn't enthused. I'm still not. Sony's Xperia Z2 seems to be the hotness, but I'm not salivating over Sony's squared, industrial design ...

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  • by | March 25, 2014 7:06 AM

    Those who know me have heard my smartwatch story before. How I went from Casio calculator watches to Microsoft SPOT watches that got data updates over the FM airwaves, made my way through various Bluetooth connected timepieces, until I ultimately landed on the Pebble that's on my wrist right now. Even still, smart watches are still in their infancy -- no, perhaps they've made it beyond that. Let's say they're in their awkward adolescent phase. We're still trying to find out exactly what a smart watch is supposed to "do". Most of us agree that they need to be a watch first. If they can't ...

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  • by | March 24, 2014 5:08 PM

    With other smartphone technology advancements beginning to plateau, such as display quality (resolution, color, black levels, etc.) and CPU capabilities, OEMs are looking to other areas for differentiation. Alongside things like software features and packing massive batteries, one area several manufacturers have started focusing efforts is image sensing, as indicated by the massive achievements in both 2012 and 2013. First was Nokia's PureView technology with the not-so-mainstream, Symbian-powered 808 PureView, which came packed with a 41-megapixel sensor capable of taking up to ...

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