Tag Archives: columns

We need to talk about the Polestar 1

Until now, Polestar has been relying on “I didn’t expect a Volvo to drive like this!” to stand out in the auto industry. This week, we got to see the next act for the newly-established EV automaker.

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Pixel 2’s Active Edge is another Bixby Button blunder

Just as the Samsung Galaxy S8 was roasted for its Bixby button, so too must we address the squeeze feature on Google’s Pixel 2. The hardware comes from the HTC U11, the first place where HTC implemented “Edge Sense” with open-ended functionality.

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Google made a huge mistake with Pixel 2

When the Pixel 2 was announced, I did not expect that Google would bring back wireless charging – and they didn’t.

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HomeKit security device experiments with the D-Link Omna

If you want connected home security, Apple’s HomeKit framework is pretty sparse. It’s one of the weak-points of the platform.

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Android OEM customizations are never going away, and that’s OK

There was some small amount of rejoicing within the Android community when Lenovo revealed that it would be putting its custom “Pure Vibe” skin to rest, starting with the K8 Note that was launched last week. As if in juxtaposition, Xiaomi is about to start the rollout of the latest version of its own custom experience, the MIUI 9. As … Continue reading

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Comcast Verizon merger would truly be the darkest timeline

These days, you hear a lot of jokes on the internet about the citizens of the world (or at least the US) heading down the “darkest timeline.” It’s easy to believe it, too, with important things like healthcare and net neutrality potentially at risk through new legislation. Now, Citibank analyst Jason Bazinet has penned an opinion that Comcast should purchase … Continue reading

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Rooting Android phones is no longer cool, it’s a liability

Android prides itself for being an open platform. On a technical and legal level, that might be true.

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Find your inner zen with these meditation apps for Android and iOS

An increasing number of professionals are extolling the value of meditation; it is relaxing, helps lower blood pressure, and more. Getting started, though, can seem daunting and that’s where guided instruction comes in

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Learning to love Apple CarPlay

If Apple is truly working on a car, as all the rumors suggest, then CarPlay is the visible tip of that iceberg. While I appreciated Apple’s aim of distilling the familiar essentials from your iPhone in a way that was both safe and convenient while you’re driving, it’s taken me some time to appreciate what the fairly barebones interface has … Continue reading

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Nintendo Switch will give mobile gaming a much needed boost

Nintendo fans are just counting the days, even if there are still weeks, to the Nintendo Switch’s launch. Critics are waiting with bated breath to see how expectations and marketing will match both reality and sales.

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