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Amazon Fire Phone

Amazon finally unveiled its long-awaited smartphone, the Fire Phone. #epicfail #at&texclusiveareyoukidding #tooheavyandawkward #toolate #seenitbefore #wherearetheapps #shouldhavecalledzuckandaskedfirst #jeffwhatwereyouthinking Built around the Amazon Prime experience, the Fire Phone runs the same heavily tweaked version of Android found on the Kindle Fire. That means it’ll have access to the 240,000+ apps in the Amazon Appstore, but not every Continue Reading →

Cannes: Mobile First

Cannes
Tickets? Check. Passport? Check. Invitations to awesome parties and events? Check. Mobile phone? Che… err… um… mobile phone? Smart phone? Cell phone? Heading to the south of France for a conference that self-describes as “the world’s greatest celebration of creative communications in all its forms,” I’m expecting to see some amazing examples of mobile creativity. Continue Reading →
When Apple unveiled iOS 8 at WWDC on June 2, it officially marked Apple’s entry into the mobile health and Quantified Self arena. While iOS 8 doesn’t revolve around health as early reports suggested, it was one of the most exciting new aspects of the mobile OS. “Health” (the name of the app) and “HealthKit” Continue Reading →
LG G3
Here’s my short list of awesome gifts for dads and grads: If you need a smartphone today… HTC One M8 (MSRP $199 w/ 2-Year Contract) Apple and Samsung have held the “best smartphone” crown for several years, but the best all-around phone on the market right now is the HTC One M8. It’s got an Continue Reading →
Spotify
Spotify recently announced a major milestone: the music streaming service hit 10 million paying subscribers and now has more than 40 million active users across 56 markets worldwide. Since Spotify launched in 2008, more than 12 billion hours of music have been streamed. The most streamed artist? Eminem. (Rihanna is the most streamed female artist.) Continue Reading →
Toll Plaza
On May 15, 2014, the FCC voted to move forward with considerations on a proposal for new rules known as "Open Internet" rules -- the new name for Net Neutrality. If you are a provider of Internet services, nothing has changed. You still get to do business exactly the way you have been. If you are a concerned citizen wondering how you can compete and prosper in a world where ISPs charge for the "fast lane," you still have time to make your case. Continue Reading →
HTC's Power to Give
Have you ever wished your smartphone could do more? Forget about multitasking – what if your smartphone could save humanity? Those questions are the driving force behind HTC’s Power to Give program on its One and Butterfly phones. Power to Give makes your device more than “just a phone” – you can now use your Continue Reading →
Nike+ FuelBand
Nike recently discontinued Nike Fuel bands and fired a bunch of related staff. President and CEO Mark Parker said, “I think we will be part of wearables going forward. It’ll be integrated into other products that we create, and then we’ll look at expanding our partnerships to create more reach for the Nike Fuel and Continue Reading →
Aereo
According to aereo.com, “With Aereo, you can watch real, live TV through a tiny remote antenna you control over the Internet — from home or anywhere in your home coverage area.” If you’re a TV viewer with a broadband connection to the public Internet, this seems like an awesome idea. For $8 per month, you Continue Reading →

Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

Samsung Galaxy S5
I’ve been using the Samsung Galaxy S4 as my main mobile device for just about a year now (it launched in March 2013 and was made publically available in April 2013) and I like it – but to be as honest as possible, I don’t love it. My main issues with the S4 have to Continue Reading →

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