Buying a Windows 2-in-1 or Tablet? Focus on Accessories!

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Having penned an article in which I outright declared that the future of mobile computing was in convertibles and tablets last week, I decided to take my advice and pick up a 2-in-1 of my own. Before I received my Surface Pro I made a lot of assumptions about how I would use the device. […]

State of Power: Should Batteries Be Regulated?

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I a bid to control electronic waste and make the planet a bit greener, there had been chatter in the past about standardizing on phone chargers. As recent as the end of last month, the European Union and its commissioners are said to be mulling on micro USB as the de facto phone standard, a […]

Most Users Won’t Care About the Samsung Galaxy Gear

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Until Samsung announced the Galaxy Gear this week, smartwatches weren’t even on my radar. Being a Windows Phone user means you’re left out of the loop on a lot of things. Chief among those are accessories. There simply aren’t that many of them to choose from, and the ones that do exist don’t offer anything near the level […]

With Nokia, Microsoft May Have Just Killed Windows Phone Innovation

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Microsoft VP of Windows Phone development Joe Belfiore is defending his company’s $7.2 billion acquisition of smartphone-maker Nokia in a bid to become a bigger player in the growing mobile market. The acquisition would make Microsoft the third largest maker of phones in the world, but it would also place Microsoft in a difficult position […]

Why Nokia, Not Microsoft, Should Use Its New $7 Billion to Acquire BlackBerry

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On Monday, Microsoft had announced that it is acquiring Nokia’s device business along with Nokia’s talent and management in crafting smartphones, effectively transforming Microsoft further into a devices and services company for the cost of $7 billion. Shortly after the Microsoft announcement, rumors are circulating once again that the Redmond, Washington software giant turned device […]

Nokia Saga: Microsoft’s Secret Return to a Monopoly

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Microsoft had announced that it had acquired Nokia’s devices business, giving it an in-house hardware brand and development for future Windows Phone devices, potentially branded as Microsoft’s Surface Phone following the company’s foray into the Surface tablet computing market. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who had been pushing for more branded hardware in transforming the software […]

With Xbox One Gold Home, Microsoft Turns The Gaming Tide Against Sony

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Since announcing the Xbox One, Microsoft has seen gamers blasting the company on Facebook and Twitter for being ill-informed and dead-set against providing a great experience for consumers without price gouging. Whether they are right or not remains unclear. For all of the hay some gamers made about having their Xbox Ones check-in every 24 […]

Processor Doping: Do Smartphone Benchmarks Really Matter?

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In the early days of Android, disparity between processors, clock speeds, and the manufacturers of the ARM-based CPUs meant that there was no objective way to compare a phone’s performance. Benchmarking tools helped to solve that by normalizing the curve and comparing processor and graphics performance, applying applicable tasks that can be repeated regardless of […]

How Samsung Killed the Nokia Lumia EOS Before It Even Launches

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To preface this editorial, I’ll begin by saying that I am a fond Nokia user who have appreciated the camera technology that the Finnish smartphone-maker has brought to market for quite some time now. However, despite my fondness for Nokia’s imaging, which later evolved to carry its own PureView branding, Nokia may have missed an […]

Will iOS 7′s Security Focus Continue for the iPhone 5S?

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Though Apple’s security-centric iOS 7 demo at WWDC yesterday may have been overshadowed by the glitzy, yet simple new UI and other more consumer-friendly features like iTunes Radio and a new multitasking experience, security is very much a big feature for the iPhone-maker. In the past, it was rumored that the “S” in the iPhone […]

NSA, PRISM, Digital Records: Are Americans Delusional in Thinking They Are Entitled to Privacy?

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After the UK’s Guardian broke that the National Security Agency, or the NSA, in the U.S. had compelled telecom provider Verizon Communications to comply in releasing the telephone records of millions of Americans, public outrage began mounting. Shortly after that news broke, the Wall Street Journal had reported that Verizon isn’t alone in its “Share Everything” plan with […]

Why Samsung, Apple Should Be Concerned About the Moto X Threat

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Google executives have been underplaying the potent power of Motorola Mobility’s X Phone, which has was recently referred to as the Moto X, but the device could signify trouble for dominant smartphone-makers Apple and Samsung. Earlier this year, Google CFO Patrick Pichette tried to temper expectations about the secret device, saying that it lacked the “wow […]

Apple’s iRing-Controlled iTV Sounds Like a Craptastic Idea

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At a time when CEO Tim Cook is pushing forward with simplicity and trying to build in more synergies between more Apple products, an iRing accessory to control a rumored iTV, Apple’s fully branded HDTV unit, doesn’t make sense. We had reported about the iRing controller two months ago, and now Topeka Capital analyst Brian […]

Windows 8.1: Why Microsoft Needs to Bet Big on Phablets

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While there is chatter that Microsoft will be allowing its smartphone partners to scale up with the next build of Windows Phone, Microsoft really should be thinking about scaling down its Windows 8 platform to fit smaller phablet-sized screens. With Windows 8.1, the company is now allowing tablet-makers to create smaller 7- and 8-inch slates, […]

Is Google Stifling Motorola’s Innovative Culture?

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Like Tim Cook who kicked off All Things D‘s D11 conference, Motorola’s Dennis Woodside didn’t reveal much specifics in terms of products, but Woodside and Cook did give insight into the inner workings of their respective companies. We now know that the oft-rumored Motorola X Phone will soon be launching as the Moto X per Woodside’s […]

Is Tim Cook Leading Apple Into Palm’s Dismal Fate?

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At one point, Palm owned the personal digital assistant, or PDA, market share in the U.S., largely outselling its closest competitor, Microsoft’s Pocket PC platform. However, Microsoft pushed aggressively for new features at the time that were not available on the Palm Pilot, including color displays, ability to support multimedia content such as music, video, […]

ARM Holdings Should Brace Itself for Potential Samsung Exit

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ARM Holdings, the company whose processor designs is used in an overwhelming majority of the smartphones available today, is the dominant chip-maker in the mobile space after Intel’s initial failure to break into mobility. However, a changing mobile climate and repeated murmurs of a rumored tiff between Samsung and Android should have ARM scared. Rumors […]