What's in a bubble: loyalty or lock-in? That's the question Epic Games is asking in a recent court filing. Epic is arguing that because Apple won't make iMessage available on Android, they are guilty of forcing parents to buy iPhones for their kids instead of Android phones. Continue Reading →

LG Smartphones RIP

What can I say about a well-engineered smartphone line that was doomed to irrelevance because the parent company never understood how to differentiate its products (other than price)? Ever hear anyone say, "I can't wait for the new LG smartphone to come out!" No? I haven't either. Continue Reading →

Will Cortana dream?

Microsoft is not joking. Stick a fork in Cortana... it's done! If you are one of the dozens of Cortana users wondering why the Cortana content you created (such as reminders and lists) aren't working on your mobile devices, it's not an April Fools' joke: Microsoft announced last July that it would end support for the Cortana mobile app on March 31, 2021. Continue Reading →
There's a reason you're getting more robocalls now: due to the pandemic, many international call centers were shut down. At the same time, the government did its best to reduce COVID-19-related phone scams. All that's over now. Robocall volume is back to pre-pandemic levels, and about 60 percent of these calls are scams or unsolicited telemarketing. Continue Reading →

Is 5G a battery killer?

The other day, @VZWSupport tweeted (then deleted), "Are you noticing that your battery life is draining faster than normal? One way to help conserve battery life is to turn on LTE." So… does 5G suck the life out of your battery? Continue Reading →

A Week with the Samsung Z Flip

Samsung Z Flip
I've spent a little more than a week with Samsung's newest foldable phone, the Samsung Z Flip. Yes, it folds. I've had the phone long enough for the novelty to wear off... except it hasn't. Not even close. Continue Reading →
Motorola India Android TV
It’s becoming a trend for smartphone brands to release TVs, as OnePlus, Xiaomi and now Motorola are doing it. OnePlus is due to unveil its own Smart TV this month, so Motorola effectively beat it to the punch. With all the hoopla around Apple TV+ (the service), I think it’s important to remember that Google’s Continue Reading →